ExxonMobil, Georgia Tech and Imperial College London publish joint research on potential breakthrough in membrane technology for oil refining

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Scientists from ExxonMobil, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Imperial College of London have published in the journal Science joint research on potential breakthroughs in a new membrane technology that could reduce emissions and energy intensity associated with refining crude oil. The polymers were designed and tested at Georgia Tech, then converted to 200-nanometer-thick films and incorporated into membrane modules at Imperial.

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Georgia Tech team develops high-performance intermediate-temperature sold-oxide fuel cell

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A team from Georgia Tech, with colleagues at the university of Kansas, has designed a high-performance solid-oxide fuel cell that operates directly on nearly dry (only ~3.5 —Meilin Liu, who led the study and is a Regents’ Professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Material Science and Engineering. The new cell also eliminates the need for a major ancillary device called a steam reformer, which is normally needed to convert methane and water into hydrogen fuel.

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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.

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Georgia Tech team develops highly efficient multi-phase catalyst for SOFCs and other energy storage and conversion systems

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Researchers at Georgia Tech, with colleagues in China and Saudi Arabia, have developed a rationally designed, multi-phase catalyst that significantly enhances the kinetics of oxygen reduction of the state-of-the-art solid oxide fuel cell cathode. The ions meet to make water, which exits the fuel cell.

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Georgia Tech prototype triboelectric nanogenerator could extract energy from ocean waves

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Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed an inexpensive and simple prototype of a triboelectric nanogenerator that could be used to produce energy from ocean waves by making use of contact electrification between a patterned plastic nanoarray and water. For example, a voltage variation rising up to 300 mV is observed when deionized water flows through a 1 m-long rubber tube. µC m -2 is measured on each water droplet pipetted from a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) tip.

Georgia Tech team furthers four-stroke-cycle active-membrane piston reactor for enhanced SMR for H2 production

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Seeking to develop an SMR system suited for such distributed applications, a team from Georgia Tech in 2014 proposed the sorption-enhanced CO 2 /H2 Active Membrane Piston reactor (CHAMP-SORB)—a variable-volume batch reactor for the production of hydrogen from catalytic steam reforming of methane that operates in a cycle similar to that of an internal combustion engine. Fedorov, a professor in Georgia Tech’s George W.

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Vanderbilt, Nissan and Georgia Tech partner on new low PGM electrospun nanofiber catalysts for improved automotive fuel cells

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Vanderbilt University, Nissan North America and Georgia Institute of Technology are collaborating to test a new technique to electospin low-platinum-metal-group (low PGM) electrocatalysts with a proton-conducting binder to improve durability and performance of fuel cell electrodes. The pores between fibers in the mat electrode also facilitate the removal of the waste water.

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Obama Administration Announces $8.33B in Loan Guarantees for New Nuclear Power Reactors in Georgia; First New US Nuclear Power Plant Project in Nearly 3 Decades

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billion in loan guarantees for the construction and operation of two new nuclear reactors at a plant in Burke, Georgia. The AP1000 is a 1,117 to 1,154 MWe pressurized water reactor (PWR) nuclear power plant that is an extension of the older AP600 design. (It It is considered a Generation III Advanced Light Water Reactor.) Georgia’s need for electricity is growing and is expected to increase by approximately 30% over the next 15 years.

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New efficient electrolysis process for direct hydrogen production from biomass; 16.7% of energy required for water electrolysis

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Researchers at Georgia Tech, with colleagues at Hunan University and the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, have devised a novel, efficient electrolysis approach for hydrogen evolution directly from native biomasses—cellulose, lignin and even wood and grass powders—to hydrogen at low temperature. of the energy consumed for the reported water electrolysis.

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Enzymatic Process Converts Cellulosic Materials and Water into Hydrogen at Low Temperature; Close to Theoretical Yield of H2 From Glucose

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Hydrogen production from cellodextrin and water by a synthetic enzymatic pathway. Researchers at Virginia Tech, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the University of Georgia have produced hydrogen gas in a spontaneous, “one-pot” process using an enzyme cocktail, cellulosic materials from non-food sources, and water. In the new process, the team targeted the production of hydrogen in high yield from cellulosic materials and water.

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DOE announces $11.5M in Phase 1 funding for carbon capture and storage program; ARPA-E FLECCS

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The post-combustion outlet gas is more easily separated into water and CO 2 to the pipeline, thereby lowering the electricity costs of grids with high levels of VRE. The team’s CO 2 capture process maximizes the net present value of the plant by using advanced water-lean solvents (WLSs) and process intensification equipment, such as a rotating packed bed (RPB) centrifugal absorber and dual-stage flash solvent regeneration. Georgia Institute of Technology.

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UGA study links heavy-metal contamination to antibiotic resistance

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Using a process known as genomic analysis, University of Georgia scientists have found a strong correlation between antibiotic resistance and heavy metal contamination in an environment. The study reports previous research identified antibiotic-resistance in heavy metal-contaminated streams on the site by examining water samples in the lab.

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DOE awards $97M to 33 bioenergy research and development projects

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Georgia Institute of Technology. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $97 million in funding for 33 projects that will support high-impact technology research and development to accelerate the bioeconomy. These projects will improve the performance and lower the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts from biomass and waste resources.

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Researchers develop wave-energy-driven CO2 reduction system for production of carbon-based liquid fuels

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A team from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, and Georgia Tech has developed a a wave-energy-driven electrochemical CO 2 reduction system that converts ocean wave energy to chemical energy in the form of formic acid, a liquid fuel. Under simulated waves, the system can produce 2.798 µmol of formic acid per day via the wave energy harvested from a water’s surface area of 0.04

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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. —Baratunde Cola, corresponding author and assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Thomas Bougher, a Ph.D.

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DOE selects 28 hydrogen and fuel cell R&D projects for $38M in funding

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3M Company: Low-cost, High Performance Catalyst Coated Membranes for PEM Water Electrolyzers. Pennsylvania State University: Advanced Anion Exchange Membranes with Tunable Water Transport for High Performance, Long Lifetime and PGM-Free AEMFCs. Georgia Institute of Technology: Durable, High-Performance Unitized Reversible Fuel Cells Based on Proton Conductors.

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US DOE awards ~$5M to expand research on methane hydrates

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When methane hydrates are “melted,” or exposed to pressure and temperature conditions outside those where the formations are stable, the solid crystalline lattice turns to liquid water, and the enclosed methane molecules are released as gas. Selected projects are: Georgia Tech Research Corporation. US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced nearly $5 million in funding across seven research projects designed to increase the understanding of methane hydrates.

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NSF awards $55.5M to support 3 new Engineering Research Centers; one focused on power electronics

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The two other new ERCs are: Off-grid drinking water. The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems (NEWT) will pursue high-performance and easy-to-deploy water treatment systems that can turn both wastewater and seawater into clean drinking water. CBBG will be led by Arizona State University in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, New Mexico State University, and the University of California, Davis.

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USDA to award $11M loan guarantee to Oregon biorefinery

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The plant will return approximately 172,000 gallons of treated water to the Port of Morrow daily. USDA has financed projects in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Oregon. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will support Novus Energy’s new biorefinery project in Boardman, Ore. with an $11-million loan guarantee through the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program.

Waste Management and Renmatix to explore conversion of urban waste to low-cost cellulosic sugar via supercritical hydrolysis

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The water-based Plantrose Process consists of two core steps: Fractionation of biomass and separation of the remaining solids which contain cellulose and lignin. The stored solids are slurried with water and pumped and heated to reaction temperature and then fed to the fractionation reactor where the reaction takes place. Cellulose hydrolysis of the pretreated solids under more severe conditions utilizing supercritical water as the primary solvent. Waste Management, Inc.

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BASF to partner with Renmatix for the production of industrial sugars from biomass; bio-based precursors for chemicals and fuels

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wood, agricultural-residues or straw) into industrial sugars using supercritical water (water at high temperature and pressure). The water-based Plantrose Process consists of two core steps: Fractionation of biomass and separation of the remaining solids which contain cellulose and lignin. The stored solids are slurried with water and pumped and heated to reaction temperature and then fed to the fractionation reactor where the reaction takes place.

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DOE awarding $72M to 27 projects to develop and advance carbon capture technologies, including direct air capture

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Engineering-Scale Test of a Water-Lean Solvent for Post-Combustion Capture. aims to demonstrate the performance of a novel water-lean solvent for post-combustion removal of CO 2 from coal- and natural gas-derived flue gas. Georgia Tech Research Corporation plans to develop and test MIL-101(Cr)-based sorbents in the form of powders, in composite polymer/MOF fibers and on the surface of monoliths. A Combined Water and CO 2 Direct Air Capture System.

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Aqua America to transition portions of fleet to CNG

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one of the largest US-based, publicly-traded water utilities, is going to transition portions of its larger vehicle fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG). Aqua America serves almost 3 million residents in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, Florida, Virginia, and Georgia. Aqua America, Inc.,

The voestalpine Group producing ultra-high strength automotive components in US

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The steel-based technology and capital goods group voestalpine’s 17 th production site in the United States began operation , manufacturing ultra-high strength body-in-white components for premium car manufacturers in Cartersville, Georgia. Flamco produces high quality components for heating and portable water installations with a focus on the market in the Benelux countries.

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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. It’s also unique as it has introduced both oil and methane gas into the deep, cold waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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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. In addition, Dow will also provide the technology and expertise related to water treatment solutions and will provide Algenol with access to a CO 2 source for the biorefinery from a nearby Dow manufacturing facility. The Dow Chemical Company plans to work with Algenol Biofuels, Inc.

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ARPA-E announces $98M in funding for 40 OPEN projects; two opposed-piston engines projects receive $10M total

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Georgia Tech Research Corporation. Georgia Tech will develop a new approach to internally cool permanent magnet motors. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is developing a metal-supported solid oxide fuel cell (MS-SOFC) stack that produces electricity from an ethanol-water blend at high efficiency to enable light-duty hybrid passenger vehicles.

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DOE awarding >$24M to 77 projects through Technology Commercialization Fund

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Low Cost Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing of Reusable Sorbents for Energy and Water Industries, $150,000 Qualification of SAS4A/SASSYS-1 for Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor Authorization and Licensing, $674,484 Advanced Reactor Concepts LLC, Chevy Chase, Md. Neutron Spectrum Generator, $75,000 Rapid Field Chemical Detection and Determination of Actinides, $42,500 Switchable Solvent Water Extraction for Material Processing and Isolation, $150,000 Trevi Systems Inc.,

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

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Member Institutions: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, North Carolina State University, University of Texas at Austin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Maryland, Georgia Institute of Technology. The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI) Research Board announced that eight Research Consortia will be funded for the next three years with a total of $112.5

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

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Methane hydrate—natural gas trapped in an ice-like cage of water molecules—occurs in both terrestrial and marine environments. Methane hydrate is stable under high pressure and low temperatures but separates into gas and water quickly when warmed or depressurized, causing the methane to bubble away. This poses technical and scientific challenges to those working to eventually produce energy from the deep-water deposits.

DOE to award up to $13M to four advanced biofuels projects

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory will use a microbial electrolysis process to efficiently remove the hydrogen from the water found in bio-oil. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Georgia Institute of Technology, Pall Corporation, OmniTech International, and FuelCellsEtc will also participate in this project.

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Algenol Biofuels Inc. breaks ground on pilot-scale direct-to-ethanol integrated algae biorefinery

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This production facility will be the first large-scale deployment of Algenol’s patented Direct To Ethanol technology, which produces ethanol directly from carbon dioxide, sunlight and salt water using blue-green algae in patented photobioreactors (PBRs). The efforts of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Membrane Technology & Research will continue. Algenol Biofuels Inc.

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Ballard to Receive $6.2M in DOE Funding to Advance Non-Automotive Fuel Cell Commercialization

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More than 80% of the announced DOE funding has been allocated to projects aimed at increased durability and cost reduction, with the remaining funds focused on water management modeling. In addition to Los Alamos National Laboratory, other organizations with which Ballard will partner include Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Michigan Technical University, University of Hawaii at Manoa and University of New Mexico.

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Modified SOFC anodes allow operation at lower temperatures with carbon-containing gases; potential for much more efficient and cleaner generation of electricity from coal

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Using barium oxide nanoparticles, a team of researchers led by Georgia Tech has modified the surface of conventional anodes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) to enable operation at lower temperatures (750 °C) with carbon-containing gases—e.g., When water vapor introduced into the coal gas stream contacts the barium oxide, it is adsorbed and dissociates into protons and hydroxide (OH) ions.

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PNNL-Lanzatech team hits milestone on waste-gas-to-ethanol-to-jet project

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The accomplishment is part of the technology transfer process moving from bench top at PNNL to piloting at Freedom Pines, Georgia. The catalyst first removes water from the ethanol (dehydration), leaving behind ethylene.

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EPA Awards $56M in Recovery Funding to 10 States to Clean Up Underground Petroleum Leaks

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The greatest potential hazard from a leaking underground storage tank is that the petroleum or other hazardous substances seep into the soil and contaminate groundwater, the source of drinking water for nearly one-third of all Americans. Georgia: $4.9M.

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ARPA-E awards $130M to 66 “OPEN 2012” transformational energy technology projects

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decrease water use compared to conventional algae reactors. engineered to use fertilizer and water more efficiently and. convert sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water into fuel. recovery and potentially replace water in hydraulic fracturing of oil. Georgia Institute. The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) will develop a. The Georgia Tech team will improve the internal structure. innovative water-based, lithium-sulfur battery.

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NRC vote clears way for issuance of two Combined Licenses for new nuclear reactors at Vogtle

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In a 4-1 vote, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) found NRC staff’s review adequate to make necessary regulatory safety and environmental findings on Southern Nuclear Operating Company’s (SNC) application for two Combined Licenses (COL) at the Vogtle site in Georgia. The AP1000 is a 1,100 megawatt electric pressurized-water reactor that includes passive safety features that would cool down the reactor after an accident without the need for electricity or human intervention.

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DOE reports show major potential for wave and tidal energy production near US coasts

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These new wave and tidal resource assessments, combined with ongoing analyses of the technologies and other resource assessments, show that water power, including conventional hydropower and wave, tidal, and other water power resources, can potentially provide 15% of our nation’s electricity by 2030. This database contributed to the “Assessment of Energy Production Potential from Tidal Streams in the United States” report, prepared by Georgia Tech.

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

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The algae uses CO 2 from air or industrial emitters with sunlight and saltwater to create fuel while reducing the carbon footprint, costs and water usage, with no reliance on food crops as feedstocks. Algenol’s hybrid algae are grown in saltwater in proprietary photobioreactors (PBRs) which minimize heterotrophic contamination and reduce water use. The Plantrose Process: Supercritical Water as the Economic Enabler of Biobased Industry.

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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. This new material would potentially allow the fuel cells to run with dirty hydrocarbon fuels without the need to clean them and supply water.

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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 anodes then can be produced through an environmentally friendly process that uses a water-based slurry to suspend the silicon or graphite nanoparticles.

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NRC approves rule to certify amended AP1000 reactor design; Chu: “an important milestone”

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The AP1000 is a 1,100 megawatt electric pressurized-water reactor that includes passive safety features that would cool down the reactor after an accident without the need for human intervention. additional waste-water monitor tanks. The NRC has certified three other standard reactor designs: the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor, System 80+, and AP600. Vogtle Electric Generation Plant in Burke, Georgia.

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