NIST awards $7.4M in grants for additive manufacturing research

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The US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is awarding grants totaling $7.4 million to fund two research projects aimed at improving measurement and standards for the rapidly developing field of additive manufacturing (AM). Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a group of new technologies that build up objects, usually by laying down many thin layers on top of each other.

Ford turns its attentions to: school buses?

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Ford Motor Company has teamed with the Georgia Institute of Technology on the US’s first conversion of a traditional school bus into a hydraulic hybrid [.]. Biofuels Ford Green cars Latest news biofuel school buses Ford College Community Grant Georgia Institute of Technology hybrid school buses school busesIt doesn’t seem like a natural fit, does it? One of the largest car manufacturers in the world is working on school buses – but that’s exactly what has happened.

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Georgia Tech study finds link between sulfate, metallic particles from vehicles and adverse health impacts

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Now, researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have shown how these vehicle-emitted metals—such as copper, iron and manganese—interact with acidic sulfate-rich particles already in the air to produce an aerosol that, when inhaled, is more likely to cause oxidative stress and impact respiratory health. —Athanasios Nenes, a professor and Georgia Power Scholar in the School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.

Tolero Licenses Biomass Pyrolysis Technology from Univ. of Georgia

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LLC, a Sacramento, California-based biofuels company, has licensed a biomass pyrolysis process from the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc (UGARF). The exclusive license provides Tolero Energy global rights to the technology, including the right to grant sublicenses. Lead inventor of the technology is Tom Adams, a retired member of the University of Georgia Faculty of Engineering. Tolero Energy.

Ford and Georgia Tech partner on hydraulic hybrid school bus conversion

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The Ford Motor Company Fund and the Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering on the US’ first conversion of a traditional school bus to a hydraulic hybrid vehicle that runs on recycled biofuel. Conducted by Georgia Tech, the project is financed by a $50,000 Ford College Community Challenge Grant, one of five given annually for a student-led project that matches university resources with an urgent community need related to sustainability.

EPA Awards $3.6M in Grants for Particulate Matter Research

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million in four grants to universities to research the relationship between the chemical composition of particulate matter (PM) and health effects. Grants were awarded to: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga, $899,956. The US Environmental Protection AGency (EPA) awarded $3.6 PM is a complex mixture that consists of direct emissions and reaction products formed in the atmosphere. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., 893,439.

USDA awards $10M in grants to spur production of biofuels, bioenergy and biobased products

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $10 million in research grants to spur production of biofuels, bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help create jobs. Vilsack highlighted the announcement with a visit to Michigan State University, a grant awardee. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded the grants through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

Virginia Clean Cities requests proposals from Southeastern fleets interested in converting to propane Autogas

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Fleets in the following states are welcome to submit proposals: Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Washington DC. The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program is a Virginia Clean Cities project partially funded by a Department of Energy-Clean Cities American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant.

NSF Awards Rapid Response Grant to Study Impact of Oil and Methane from Gulf Spill on Microbes

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To examine the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on microbes in the waters and sediments near the spill site, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a rapid response grant to marine scientist Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia (UGA) and colleagues. The grant is one of many such Gulf oil spill-related rapid response grants NSF has awarded to date, and will make in the near future.

Heat-conducting polymer cools hot electronic devices at 200 C; potential for automotive applications

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A team led by researchers from Georgia Tech have used an electropolymerization process to produce aligned arrays of polymer nanofibers that function as a thermal interface material able to conduct heat 20 times better than the original polymer.

NIST Awards $123M in 12 Recovery Act Grants for New Research Facilities; Univ. of Ky CAER to Expand Capacitor and Battery Manufacturing Research with its $11.8M Award

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The US Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded more than $123 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants to support the construction of new scientific research facilities at 11 universities and one non-profit research organization. million to the Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Atlanta, Ga.)

DOE to provide up to $450M for design and commercialization of small modular nuclear reactors

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The newly announced funding builds on the Obama Administration’s efforts to help revitalize the US nuclear energy industry that include: In 2010, DOE signed a conditional commitment for $8 billion in loan guarantees to support the Vogtle project, in which the Southern Company and Georgia Power are building two new nuclear reactors, helping to create new jobs and export opportunities for American workers and businesses.

President Obama Announces 48 Projects to Receive $2.4B in Grants for Next-Generation of Batteries and Electric Vehicles; To be Combined with $2.4B in Industry Cost-Share

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billion in grants to US-based manufacturers to produce batteries and their components and to expand battery recycling capacity; $500 million in grants to US-based manufacturers to produce electric drive components for vehicles, including electric motors, power electronics, and other drive train components; and. Companies and universities in Michigan are receiving more than $1 billion of the grants. State of Colorado State of Georgia Fort Collins, CO Boulder, CO Atlanta, GA.

$112.5M awarded to research consortia studying effects of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Gulf of Mexico

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The new grant recipients were selected using a competitive merit-review process. Through a series of competitive grant programs, the GRI is investigating the impacts of the oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico and the affected coastal States in a broad context of improving fundamental understanding of the dynamics of such events and their environmental stresses and public health implications.

USDOT awards $14M to UC Davis-led National Center for Sustainable Transportation

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The US Department of Transportation recently selected the National Center for Sustainable Transportation, led by the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, to receive a five-year grant totaling approximately $14 million ($2.8 Other members of the NCST consortium include University of California-Riverside, University of Southern California, California State University-Long Beach, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of Vermont.

Agrisoma expanding partnership with Univ. of Florida on biojet fuel in US; Carinata seed

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SPARC partners include academic institutions (Auburn University, Florida A&M University, University of South Florida, University of Georgia, Mississippi State University, and North Carolina State University), USDA-ARS, industry (Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. The USDA is providing a $15-million grant to support the research initiative aimed at scaling commercial production of Carinata for aviation fuel. Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.

Researchers find that algae-derived natural polysaccharide as a binder yields stable Li-ion battery silicon anode with 8x reversible capacity of graphitic anodes

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Researchers from Clemson University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have identified a promising new binder material for lithium-ion battery electrodes that not only could boost energy storage, but also eliminate the use of toxic compounds now used to manufacture the components. The project was supported by the two universities as well as by a Honda Initiation Grant and a grant from NASA.

Three-layer technique helps secure additive manufacturing

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Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Rutgers University have developed a three-layer system to verify that components produced using additive manufacturing have not been compromised. The two institutions recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to further develop the process to be described at the symposium. —Raheem Beyah, Georgia Tech.

EPA awarding $2M to 5 projects for research to improve air quality

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected five projects for grants totaling almost $2 million for research on innovative processes to further improve air quality in the US and help track the effectiveness of pollution control measures. Georgia Institute of Technology will develop a system for estimating and minimizing the impacts of prescribed burning on air quality, particularly in Georgia.

New high-performance cathode materials for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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Korea), Georgia Institute of Technology, and Dong-Eui University (S. Peak power densities of cells with LnBa 0.5 Sr 0.5 Co 1.5 Fe 0.5 GDC (Ln = Pr and Nd) cathode. Credit: Choi et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) (S.

EPA honors winners of the 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge; advanced biofuels

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Algenol is also working with PNNL, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Georgia Tech on development of higher-value green chemical production concepts. In the past five years, Algenol moved this technology from laboratory scale to pilot scale and is currently completing the construction and commissioning of a 2-acre facility as part of the IBR Project ($52 million project with a $25 million grant from the U.S.

USDA and DOE award $8.1M to 7 biomass genomics research projects for biofuel and bioenergy

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million in research grants to 7 projects using genomics to develop non-food feedstocks that can be used for bioenergy. Katrien Devos, University of Georgia, Athens. The Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (DOE-BER), and the US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (USDA-NIFA) are jointly awarding $8.1

Obama Administration launches $200M Big Data Research and Development Initiative

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SDAV is a collaboration tapping the expertise of researchers at six laboratories: Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, and Sandia national laboratories and in seven universities: Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers, the University of California at Davis, and the University of Utah. USGS is announcing the latest awardees for grants it issues through its John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis.

EPA announces availability of $26M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleet

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the US’ existing fleet of diesel engines. Grant funds may be used for clean diesel projects that use: EPA-verified retrofit technologies or certified engine configurations. Since the first year of the DERA program in 2008, EPA has awarded nearly 700 grants across the US.

EPA approves emergency gasoline fuel waivers for 16 states and DC

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exercised its authority under the Clean Air Act temporarily to waive certain federal clean gasoline requirements for gasoline sold and distributed in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, District of Columbia, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

US Departments of Agriculture, Energy partner to award $4.9M for bioenergy research

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) are partnering to award nearly $5 million in grants to scientists to study the use of plants to further bioenergy development. million in research grants is awarded under a joint DOE-USDA program that began in 2006; DOE is providing $2.9 Fiscal Year 2015 grants include: AWARD TABLE. University of Georgia.

Shell Oil replacing Ryder diesel trucks with with Ryder LNG trucks for operations in Louisiana and Texas

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Ryder has deployed CNG and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles into the fleets of Ryder customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Quebec, Canada. Shell Oil Company has signed an agreement with Ryder System for 15 liquefied natural gas (LNG) heavy-duty vehicles supporting oil and gas logistics operations in Lafayette, La. and Houston, Texas.

Dow Planning to Build and Operate a Pilot-Scale Algae-to-Ethanol Biorefinery with Algenol Biofuels

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Dow, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Membrane Technology & Research, Inc. Algenol submitted its formal request last week to obtain a grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) for financial support to successfully conduct the pilot. The Dow Chemical Company plans to work with Algenol Biofuels, Inc.

New Self-Assembled Silicon-Carbon Nanocomposite Anodes for Li-ion Batteries Offer More Than 5X The Reversible Capacity of Graphite Anodes

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Source: Georgia Tech. Gleb Yushin, an assistant professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The paper also acknowledges the contributions of Alexander Alexeev at Georgia Tech and Igor Luzinov from Clemson University.

USDA to invest up to $100M to boost infrastructure for renewable fuel use; seeks to double number of higher blend ethanol fuel pumps

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Specifically, USDA will administer competitive grants to match funding for state-led efforts to test and evaluate innovative and comprehensive approaches to market higher blends of renewable fuel, such as E15 and E85. USDA has supported efforts to build six new biorefineries to produce advanced biofuels in Louisiana, Georgia, Oregon, Nevada, North Carolina, and Iowa, in addition to two existing facilities in New Mexico and Florida previously supported by the program.

XG Sciences and Oak Ridge National Laboratory launch joint-development program for advanced titanium/graphene composite materials

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and the Georgia Institute of Technology. In Brian Cantor, Patrick Grant, and Hazel Assender (Eds.) XG Sciences, Inc., a manufacturer of graphene nanoplatelets ( earlier post ), has launched a joint program with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop a titanium-graphene metal-matrix composite (MMC) using an advanced powder metallurgy manufacturing process.

USDA Approves Field Testing of ArborGen Freeze-Tolerant Eucalyptus as Biomass Crop

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The permit was granted following the completion of an environmental assessment which found no significant impact for a controlled release of the hybrid. Range Fuels is building a commercial cellulosic biofuels plant near Soperton, Georgia. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a permit to allow ArborGen to move forward with field testing of its freeze-tolerant Eucalyptus hybrid in seven southeastern states.

Range Fuels Closes on $80M Loan Guaranteed by USDA for Cellulosic Biofuels Plant

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The proceeds from the $80 million bond will be used to partially finance the first two phases of construction of Range Fuels’ first commercial cellulosic biofuels plant using renewable and sustainable supplies of non-food biomass near Soperton, Georgia. Range Fuels, Inc. has received a loan note guarantee from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and closed its related $80 million bond issuance. Earlier post.)

USDOT awarding $55M to support purchase of Low-No buses; electric buses and infrastructure

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The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $55 million in grant selections through the Low or No Emission (Low-No) Vehicle program, which funds the development of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced fuel technologies. Georgia Department of Transportation.

UT Austin to lead $58M study of methane hydrate in Gulf of Mexico; $41M from DOE

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The grant, one of the largest ever awarded to the university, will allow researchers to advance the scientific understanding of naturally occurring methane hydrate so that its resource potential and environmental implications can be fully understood.

Range Fuels Produces Cellulosic Methanol from Biomass at Soperton Plant

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has produced cellulosic methanol from the initial phase of its first commercial cellulosic biofuels plant near Soperton, Georgia using non-food biomass. Range received a $76-million grant from DOE to help build a 40 MGY wood-based ethanol plant in 2007. Range Fuels, Inc. The cellulosic methanol produced from Phase 1 will be used to produce biodiesel. Range Fuels plans to begin production of cellulosic ethanol from the plant in the third quarter this year.

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Nissans US Roll-Out Plan for the LEAF

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The EV Project is a result of a partnership with charging infrastructure provider ECOtality and partially funded by a grant from the US Department of Energy. Nissan’s LEAF EV first will be available to consumers in December, in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. These areas are home to The EV Project—the largest electric vehicle and infrastructure deployment yet undertaken.

UGA/NCSU team engineers hyperthermophilic bacterium to produce industrial chemical building blocks from CO2 and H2; ARPA-E project

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Researchers at the University of Georgia and North Carolina State University have used a unique temperature-dependent approach in engineering a hyperthermophilic archaeon, Pyrococcus furiosus to be able to use CO 2 and hydrogen to produce 3-hydroxypropionic acid, one of the top 12 industrial chemical building blocks.

New Sulfur- and Coking-Resistant Ceramic Material Could Expand Applications for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a new ceramic material for use in a solid oxide fuel cell that resists deactivation by carbon buildup (coking) from hydrocarbon fuels or by sulfur contamination (poisoning)—two of the most vexing problems facing SOFCs. Meilin Liu, a Regent’s professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The new material developed at Georgia Tech addresses all three of those anode issues.

CTT Plans US Joint Venture with PUES for EVs; In-Wheel Motors and Rapid Chargers

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With plans for additional research, development and manufacturing of these motors in the US, the partners have applied for financial support from a Department of Energy grant. Company officials are considering potential sites in Alabama, California, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina; the company expects to employ 2,600 within the next five years.