Ariel researchers develop new type of hydrogen generator with sodium borohydride for on-demand use

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Researchers at Ariel University in Israel have developed a new type of hydrogen generator for “on-demand” use with fuel cells. Hydrogen is produced in a catalytic hydrolysis reaction of sodium borohydride (NaBH 4 ) with ruthenium powder as a catalyst.

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Researchers use sodium to deliver low-cost MgSi alloys for solid-state hydrogen storage

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Researchers at the University of Queensland have show that a low-cost Mg-based hydrogen storage alloy is possible with only 1 wt% Si. A high hydrogen capacity of 6.72 wt% hydrogen is achieved via trace sodium (Na) addition. Mg 2 Si is a promising catalyst for Mg-based hydrogen storage materials due to its low cost, light weight, and non-toxic properties. Si alloys for hydrogen storage applications. Hydrogen Hydrogen Storage Materials Solid-state

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New heterogeneous acid catalyst shows high activity in release of hydrogen from sodium borohydride; lowest activation energy yet reported

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A team from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has devised a heterogeneous acid catalyst, silica sulfuric acid, that shows high activity towards releasing hydrogen from sodium borohydride (NaBH 4 ), with a hydrolysis rate of 5.5 When NaBH 4 is suspended in an aqueous solution and then passed over a catalyst, the reaction produces hydrogen, along with a benign byproduct—sodium metaborate—that can be recycled back into sodium borohydride.

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New high energy, highly stable cathode for sodium-ion batteries

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F 0.7 , for sodium-ion (Na-ion) batteries (NIBs). V vs standard hydrogen electrode) reduces the operating voltage, leading to a generally lower energy density. —can function as an excellent cathode for rechargeable sodium-ion batteries with a high energy density. Ragone plot for the new Na 1.5 VPO 4.8 cathode and other cathode materials for NIBs. Credit: ACS, Park et al. Click to enlarge.

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SiGNa Chemistry Demonstrates Sodium Silicate-Based Hydrogen Generation System for Portable Fuel Cells

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Prototype sodium silicate hydrogen generation system as presented earlier this year at DOE merit review. a developer of stabilized reactive metals for safer, more efficient industrial chemistry, announced the successful design, assembly, and initial testing of its H300 Hydrogen Generation System. The H300 utilizes real-time swappable cartridges that generate hydrogen on demand using SiGNa’s proprietary sodium silicide (NaSi) powder.

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RAL proposes new efficient and low-cost process to crack ammonia for hydrogen using sodium amide; transportation applications

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RAL researchers are proposing a new process for the decomposition of ammonia to release hydrogen that involves the stoichiometric decomposition and formation of sodium amide from Na metal. Researchers at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in the UK are proposing a new type of process that is an alternative to the use of rare or transition metal catalysts for the cracking of ammonia (NH 3 ) to produce hydrogen.

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Researchers significantly improve H2 storage properties of sodium aluminium hydride by doping with 2D titanium carbide

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A team at Zhejiang University in China has significantly enhanced the hydrogen storage properties of sodium aluminum hydride (NaAlH 4 ) by doping it with a 2D titanium carbide (Ti 3 C2) MXene. In a paper in the journal Journal of Power Sources , they report that in the presence of Ti 3 C 2 , the operating temperatures for hydrogen storage in NaAlH 4 are remarkably reduced, and the hydrogenation/dehydrogenation kinetics are significantly enhanced.

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Hyundai Motor and Kia collaborate with Next Hydrogen to develop advanced alkaline water electrolysis system

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Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding with Canada-based Next Hydrogen Corporation, a specialist in water electrolysis technology and a subsidiary of Next Hydrogen Solutions Inc., to bolster their efforts to usher in a global hydrogen society through cost-effective production of clean hydrogen. Today it is expensive and time consuming to produce clean hydrogen.

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UH team reports new catalyst efficiently produces hydrogen from seawater; promising for large-scale hydrogen production, desalination

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Researchers from the University of Houston have reported a significant breakthrough with a new oxygen evolution reaction catalyst that, combined with a hydrogen evolution reaction catalyst, achieved current densities capable of supporting industrial demands while requiring relatively low voltage to start seawater electrolysis. Chlorine ions are especially problematic, in part because chlorine requires just slightly higher voltage to free than is needed to free hydrogen.

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Ceramatec licensing molten sodium technology for heavy oil upgrading; removing the need for diluent for bitumen

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Flowchart of Molten Sodium Upgrading process. The technology, developed by Ceramatec and managed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), has been licensed to Western Hydrogen of Calgary for upgrading bitumen or heavy oil from Canada. A new company, Field Upgrading (Calgary, Alberta), has been formed dedicated to developing and commercializing the Molten Sodium Upgrading (MSU) technology. Source: Field Upgrading. Click to enlarge.

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GE testing sodium halide battery/Li-ion battery/fuel cell hybrid system for transit bus

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GE’s ecomagination.com publication reports that GE engineers have begun testing a transit bus equipped with a new hybrid energy system integrating GE’s Durathon sodium-halide battery ( earlier post ), a lithium-ion battery and a hydrogen fuel cell. GE has been exploring ways to synergize the benefits of its sodium-halide Durathon technology, which can store a large quantity of energy but isn’t optimized for power, with power-optimized lithium batteries and hydrogen fuel cells.

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Tokuyama and Toyota start verification tests in Japan for stationary fuel cell generator that uses by-product hydrogen; Mirai FC system

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Tokuyama Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) have commenced verification tests, using by-product hydrogen, of a stationary fuel cell generator (FC generator) that makes use of the fuel cell system (FC system) installed in the Mirai Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV).

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Process for Hydrogen Production from Sodium Sulfite Solutions Resulting from Capture of SO2 from Coal Flue Gas

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Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a novel ultraviolet (UV) photolytic process for the production of hydrogen from aqueous Na 2 SO 3 (sodium sulfite) solutions created by the absorption of SO 2 using an aqueous sodium hydroxide solution as a mechanism to treat SO 2 emissions from sources such as coal-fired power plants and refineries.

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Western Hydrogen produces first hydrogen from Molten Salt Gasification pilot plant

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Western Hydrogen Limited reported first production of hydrogen from its Molten Salt Gasification (MSG) pilot plant in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. The MSG process, under license from Idaho National Laboratory, uses a combination of molten sodium salts (sodium carbonate and sodium hydroxide) to convert a carbon feedstock and water into hydrogen. Oil sands operators use Steam Methane Reforming (SMR) to produce hydrogen from natural gas.

DOE awards Cummins $5M for automation of electrolyzer cell and stack assembly

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Cummins has been awarded $5 million from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office for the automation of solid oxide electrolyzer cell (SOEC) and stack assembly. This project furthers the company’s efforts as a leader in alternative power and a pioneer in green hydrogen technologies. We believe green hydrogen will be critical to a decarbonized future, particularly for hard-to-abate sectors. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Market Background

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Self-propelled catalytic microparticles boost hydrogen release from liquid storage media

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Researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have developed catalytically active micromotors that significantly increase the release of hydrogen from liquid storage media. In a paper in the journal Angewandte Chemie , they introduce their new concept with a model vehicle powered by a hydrogen–oxygen fuel cell. To date, most catalysts used for releasing hydrogen from NaBH 4 have been either thin films embedded in support materials or nanoparticles.

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Ammine titanium borohydrides as promising solid-state hydrogen storage systems

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Researchers at Fudan University (China) have synthesized stable ammine titanium borohydrides (ATBs) with favorable dehydrogenation properties and potential regeneration ability, making them promising candidates for solid-state hydrogen storage materials. wt% hydrogen, is able to release ca. wt% pure hydrogen evolution, peaked at 105, 120 and 215 °C, and was observed until 300 °C. Hydrogen Storage

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CO2-neutral hydrogen storage with a bicarbonate/formate system

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Reversible hydrogen storage cycle based on the redox system bicarbonate/formate. Researchers at the Leibnitz Institute for Catalysis (Rostock, Germany) have introduced a new approach to hydrogen storage that is based on simple salts of formic acid and carbonic acid. Metal hydride tanks store hydrogen in a relatively manageable volume but are very heavy and expensive, as well as operating only at high temperatures or far too slowly. Hydrogen Storage

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Novel single-site gold WGS catalysts may offer pathway to lower-cost production of hydrogen, fuels and chemicals

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A team of researchers from universities and national laboratories led by Tufts University has developed catalysts composed of a unique structure of single gold atoms bound by oxygen to several sodium or potassium atoms and supported on non-reactive silica materials. The water-gas shift (WGS) reaction (CO + H 2 O = CO 2 + H 2 ) is an important reaction for hydrogen upgrading during fuel gas processing. Catalysts Hydrogen Hydrogen Production

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Sandia Successfully Completes Hydrogen Storage System for GM

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The hydrogen storage system Sandia designed for GM. The sodium alanate material used to store the hydrogen resides within the tubes. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have successfully designed and demonstrated key features of a hydrogen storage system that utilizes a complex metal hydride material—sodium alanate. stores 3 kilograms of hydrogen and is large enough to evaluate control strategies suitable for use in vehicle applications.

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WUSTL team develops high-power direct borohydride fuel cells; double the voltage of conventional H2 fuel cells

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Louis (WUSTL) have developed high-power direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFC) that operate at double the voltage of conventional PEM hydrogen fuel cells. Fuel Cells HydrogenEngineers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St.

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Sigma-Aldrich and Ilika Technologies collaborate to scale-up and commercialize boron hydride hydrogen-storage materials

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Aldrich Materials Science , a strategic technology initiative of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, has signed an agreement to collaborate on the scale-up and commercialization of next-generation boron hydride hydrogen-storage materials with Ilika plc , an advanced cleantech materials discovery company. To be economically viable, the target weight percentage of hydrogen stored in such a material has been set at 6% by the US Department of Energy. Boron-based hydrogen storage.

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New solid hydrogen-on-demand fuel cell from HES Energy Systems flies UAV for record 6 hours

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Besides achieving a significant technical and performance milestone for hydrogen-on-demand enabled fuel cells, it is also the first time that a fuel cell has moved beyond the prototype stage and entered the standard products list of a UAV manufacturer. Unlike a typical hydrogen fuel cell, the system doesn’t store its fuel as pressurized hydrogen gas, but stores it as a solid chemical material, making it easy for end-users to handle in the field.

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CalSEED awards $4.2M to early-stage clean energy innovations

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Their goal is to test an innovative electrolyzer concept for the cheap production of green (CO 2 -free) hydrogen for a decarbonized future. Hago Energetics, Inc aims to help farms become more profitable by converting farm waste to high-value products, such as hydrogen and valuable carbons. This innovation is a sodium all solid-state battery system that offers low cost, safe and long lasting energy storage to reduce electricity bills and achieve energy self-sustainability.

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DOE to award up to $12M for applied RD in hydrogen storage technologies

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT) Program will award up to $12 million to advance hydrogen storage technologies. The FOA specifies two distinct technical topics: Reducing the Cost of Hydrogen Storage Tanks; and New Materials Discovery. Reducing the Cost of Hydrogen Storage Tanks. As hydrogen storage material technology is developed, similar needs will exist for low-cost, moderate pressure tanks (e.g., Hydrogen Storage

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Researchers Develop New Lower-Cost, Efficient Catalyst for Water Gas Shift Reaction for Hydrogen Production

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A team of researchers from Tufts University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard University report that alkali ions (sodium or potassium) added in small amounts activate platinum adsorbed on alumina or silica for the low-temperature water-gas shift (WGS) reaction (H 2 O+CO→ H 2 +CO 2 ) used for producing hydrogen. According to the US Department of Energy, US demand for hydrogen is currently about 9 million tons per year.

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Nouryon, Tata Steel, Port of Amsterdam to study feasibility of largest green H2 cluster in Europe; 100 MW water electrolysis facility

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Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), Tata Steel and the Port of Amsterdam have joined together to study the feasibility of a large green hydrogen cluster in the Amsterdam region. The three parties consider green hydrogen as vital for reaching climate targets and building a more circular economy—e.g., The parties will jointly explore different routes to use hydrogen for turning steel mill emissions into useful chemicals and products.

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Researchers Improve Performance of Ammonia Borane as Hydrogen Storage Material

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Hydrogen release measurements at 59 °C on the pristine, 2.0 Researchers at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in China and the National University of Singapore have improved the performance of ammonia borane (AB) as a material for hydrogen storage—potentially for on-board storage in a vehicle—by developing a new method for doping AB with nanosized Co- and Ni-based catalysts. mol % catalytic additives, the hydrogen capacity of the system is not sacrificed significantly.

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Army Research Lab discovers aluminum nanomaterial rapidly splits water on contact

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Researchers at the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have discovered that a nano-galvanic aluminum-based powder of their design splits water on contact, producing hydrogen and oxygen. Scientists have known for a long time that hydrogen can be produced by adding a catalyst—such as sodium or potassium hydroxide or an acid—to aluminum. We just take our material, put it in the water and the water splits down into hydrogen and oxygen.

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New Na-doped ruthenium electrocatalyst shows improved OER activity and durability

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An international team led by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has developed an efficient sodium-doped ruthenium electrocatalyst with improved oxygen evolution activity and durability in acidic media. For this it is essential to manage the long-term storage of renewable energies and their storage in hydrogen form is one of the most efficient and viable alternatives to accumulate this type of energy. Catalysts Hydrogen

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New mesoporous crystalline Si exhibits increased rate of H2 production; potential use in Li-ion batteries also

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The nanosized crystalline primary particles and high surface areas enable an increased rate of photocatalytic hydrogen production from water and extended working life. They then treat the material with a sodium potassium alloy. Micrograph of mesoporous silicon with sodium chloride and potassium chloride salts embedded in the matrix. There are some processes that use sodium potassium alloy at industrial levels. Batteries Hydrogen Production Solar Solar fuels

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Horizon Unveiling Small Hydrogen Refueling and Storage System for the Home

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Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies will introduce a “personal hydrogen station”—HydroFill—at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The device consumes 60W DC per hour to produce 10 liters of hydrogen (0.001 kg) per hour, enough to fill a HydroStik metal hydride storage cartridge. In 2006, Horizon introduced solar hydrogen powered toy cars. HydroPak offers 60W output (120W peak) using water-activated sodium borohydride cartridges supplied by Horizon.

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Researchers Show Carbon Nanostructures Can Function as Catalysts for Solid-State Hydrogen Storage

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Two pressures used for the rehydriding step (which affects the amount of hydrogen desorbed in the second cycle) are highlighted by color: high pressure experiments are blue; lower pressure experiments are red. Solid-state hydrogen storage materials, such as such as alanates and borohydrides, are under investigation as promising media for use in on-board hydrogen storage for vehicles. The substrate was found to have a dramatic effect on the hydrogen removal energy.

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Tuning electrode surfaces to optimize solar fuel production

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This photocurrent drives the chemical reactions that split water into oxygen and hydrogen. To create a bismuth-rich surface, the scientists placed one sample in a solution of sodium hydroxide, a strong base. Both of these charge carriers need to have enough energy to do the necessary chemistry for the water-splitting reaction: holes to oxidize water into oxygen gas, and electrons to reduce water into hydrogen gas. Fuels Hydrogen Production Solar fuels

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KAUST team devises electrically-driven membrane process for seawater lithium mining

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13000 ppm of sodium, magnesium, calcium, and potassium ions, among others). The presence of monovalent ions, such as sodium and potassium, is not a significant issue in the conventional precipitation method since their salts are highly soluble.

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Sandia develops hydrogen system for GM

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Thanks to a project funded by General Motors, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have designed and demonstrated key features of a hydrogen storage system that utilises sodium alanate. The system is not meant to fit on board a vehicle and sodium alanate is not the material of choice for onboard storage of hydrogen. Tags: Green cars Hydrogen fuel Latest news general motors hydrogen cars hydrogen fuel cells Sandia National Laboratories

Caltech engineers devise new thermochemical cycle for water splitting for H2; recyclable, non-toxic, non-corrosive and at lower temperatures

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Providing a possible new route to hydrogen-gas production, researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have devised a new manganese-based thermochemical cycle with a highest operating temperature of 850?°C The new thermochemical cycle devised by the team has four main steps: Thermal treatment of a physical mixture of Na 2 CO 3 (sodium carbonate) and Mn 3 O 4 (manganese (II, III) oxide) to produce MnO (manganese (II) oxide), CO, and ?-NaMnO

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Researchers Develop Lithium-Water Electrochemical Cell for the Controlled Generation of H2 and Electricity

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Schematic representation and operating principles of the lithium–water electrochemical cell used for hydrogen generation: (1) external circuit and (2) inside of lithium–water electrochemical cell. Scientists from the Energy Technology Research Institute, AIST in Tsukuba, Japan, have developed a lithium-water electrochemical cell for the controlled generation of hydrogen and electricity. the high-school chemistry demonstration of the violent reaction between sodium and water.).

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US DOE Issues Request for Information on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Market Development; Reports to Congress on Program

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen Program has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on potential early markets and deployment opportunities for hydrogen and fuel cells. The information gathered is intended to help DOE to identify key early markets, validate hydrogen and fuel cell system performance through data collection and communicate results, cultivate demand and accelerate market development, and reduce non-technical barriers that hinder market penetration.

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New 3-step process for conversion of kraft lignin from black liquor into green diesel

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The process produces a toxic byproduct referred to as black liquor—a primarily liquid mixture of pulping residues (such as lignin and hemicellulose) and inorganic chemicals from the Kraft process (sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfide, for example). First, a mild Ni-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation/hydrogenolysis using 2-propanol generates a lignin residue in which the ethers, carbonyls, and olefins are reduced.

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CELEST, largest German research platform for electrochemical storage, begins operation

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CELEST pools the know-how of 29 institutes of its partners: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Ulm University, and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW). This cluster is to push the development of battery technologies based on abundant, low-cost, and non-toxic elements, such as sodium and magnesium and, thus, reduce the pressure on critical resources.

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Researchers in China develop new process for direct synthesis of drop-in jet-fuel-range blendstock from lignocellulose

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The dodecanol as obtained can be used as the feedstocks in the production of sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS) and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS)—widely used as surfactants or detergents. In the second bed, the C 12 oxygenates generated from the first bed were either hydrogenated to dodecanol over the Ru/C catalyst or hydrodeoxygenated to 2,4,8-trimethylnonane over a Cu/SiO 2 catalyst.

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Study suggests lithium and cobalt for batteries may face supply risks by 2050

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The researchers present these results in the journal Nature Reviews Materials as part of a cost and resource analysis of sodium-ion batteries. … Cobalt-free battery technologies, including post-lithium technologies based on non-critical elements such as sodium, but also magnesium, zinc, calcium and aluminium, represent possibilities to decrease the dependency and avoid the criticality of lithium and cobalt supplies in the long term, the researchers suggest.

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