Bloom Energy and Idaho National Laboratory to test use of nuclear generation to power solid-oxide electrolyzer for H2 production

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Bloom Energy announced an agreement with Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to test the use of nuclear energy to produce clean hydrogen through Bloom Energy’s solid-oxide, high-temperature electrolyzer. The hydrogen can then be injected into the natural gas pipeline, stored and used for power generation with a fuel cell at a later time, dispensed to fuel cell vehicles, or used by industrial processes that consume large amounts of hydrogen.

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Jervois to acquire SMP nickel & cobalt refinery in Brazil; concentrate from Idaho for refining, cobalt metal back to US

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Jervois Mining Limited will acquire 100% of the Sao Miguel Paulista nickel and cobalt refinery (SMP Refinery) in the Brazilian State of Sao Paulo from Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio (CBA) (an investee company of Votorantim, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Latin America).

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Idaho National Laboratory low-energy electrochemical process could eliminate need for steam cracking of hydrocarbons

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A team of Idaho National Laboratory (INL) researchers, with colleagues at Georgia Tech, has pioneered an electrochemical process that could eliminate the need for high-energy steam cracking. Ethylene is one of the largest building blocks in the petrochemical industry. Ethylene production is energy-intensive and uses steam-cracking—the most energy-consuming single process in chemical industry.

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Dynexus licenses Idaho Lab’s IMB technology for forecasting battery health

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The 2011 R&D 100 Award-winning Impedance Measurement Box (IMB) was invented by INL’s Energy Storage Group in Idaho Falls, Idaho, with support from the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. The dependability of energy storage devices, mainly batteries, is becoming increasingly important to consumers, industry and the military.

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OriginOil in CRADA with Idaho National Lab for algae processing standards

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the developer of a technology to extract oil from algae, announced the funding of a new research agreement with the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL). OriginOil says it is collaborating with INL with a goal toward establishing industry standards for algal biomass. OriginOil, Inc.,

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OriginOil and Idaho National Lab to develop direct conversion of algae into renewable crude oil for existing oil refineries

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the developer of a technology to extract oil from algae, plans to co-develop an integrated system with the US Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for direct conversion of raw algae into a renewable crude oil that can be used by existing petroleum refineries. We already lead the industry with our chemical-free, low-energy, continuous high-flow harvesting system. OriginOil, Inc.,

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US DOE Offers $2B Conditional Loan Guarantee for Front End Nuclear Facility in Idaho

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The $2-billion loan guarantee will support AREVA’s Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility near Idaho Falls, Idaho, which will supply uranium enrichment services for the US nuclear power industry. The Idaho Falls facility will use advanced centrifuge technology instead of the more energy-intensive gaseous diffusion process.

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DOE to fund national laboratories to establish industry partnerships for battery manufacturing innovation

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals from the National Laboratories and industry partners that pursue radical innovations for American battery manufacturing leadership. Interested industry partners should reach out directly to the National Laboratory contacts listed below about opportunities to collaborate. Idaho National Laboratory.

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NuScale Power submits industry-first certification application for small modular reactor to NRC

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This is the first SMR DCA to be submitted to the NRC and marks a significant milestone for NuScale and the power generation industry. The first commercial 12-module NuScale power plant is planned to be built on the site of the Idaho National Laboratory.

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Water Scarcity Concerns Drive Semiconductor Industry to Adopt New Technologies

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Since that time, water recycling at semiconductor plants has continued to increase, according to Prakash Govindan , chief operating officer at Gradiant , a company that offers end-to-end water recycling technologies to a range of industries, including semiconductors.

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J&M Sanitation deploys two BYD, Amrep electric refuse trucks

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J&M Sanitation, a family-owned business serving Kuna, Idaho, has deployed two all-electric Class 8 refuse trucks, the first such battery-electric, zero-emission vehicles in Idaho. It is time for our industry to make changes to help preserve the natural beauty of our world.

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JISEA: nuclear-renewable hybrid energy systems can reduce GHG from industry, produce fuels and support the power system

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Nuclear-renewable hybrid energy systems (N-R HESs) can enable low-carbon, on-demand electricity while providing reduced-emission thermal energy for industrial processes. N-R HES systems are managed by a single entity that link a nuclear reactor that generates heat, a thermal power cycle for heat-to-electricity conversion, at least one renewable energy source, and an industrial process that uses thermal and/or electrical energy.

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US Geothermal Power Could Top 10 Gigawatts, New Industry Report Says

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Idaho. The recession, as the report confirms, is having an impact on the industry, according to the GEA. A new report by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) shows strong growth in new geothermal power projects continuing through 2009. US Geothermal Power Production and Development Update, September 2009 identifies 144 new geothermal projects under development in fourteen states that could represent as much as 7,100 MW of new baseload power capacity.

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INL validates 1000 charge-discharge cycles from Zenlabs’ Si anode Li-ion cells; USABC program

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Zenlabs Energy, an advanced lithium-ion cell company, announced that Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has successfully tested more than 1,000 charge-discharge cycles from its high-energy Silicon anode pouch cells.

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DOE awards $20M to project to produce clean hydrogen from nuclear power

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PNW Hydrogen, LLC will be the primary recipient of the DOE award and will collaborate with multiple stakeholders in research, academia, industry and state-level government including Idaho National Laboratory, National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, OxEon, Electric Power Research Institute, Arizona State University, University of California Irvine, Siemens, Xcel Energy, Energy Harbor and the LA Department of Water and Power.

ANSI to develop roadmap of standards and codes for EVs at scale

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Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is the lead lab for the codes and standards pillar, supported by consortium members National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Idaho National Laboratory (INL), and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has launched an initiative to develop a roadmap of standards and codes for electric vehicles (EVs) at scale.

US DOE Announces up to $40M for Designing and Planning Next Generation Nuclear Plants; Integration of Nuclear Process Heat and Hydrogenwith Other Industrial Processes

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to extend the application of nuclear energy into the broader industrial and. a secondary industrial application—for example, generating electricity while. About 40% of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions come from industrial. will allow high energy consuming industries and sectors to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, limit their need for fossil fuels, and become more competitive. Idaho National Laboratory. industrial-process-heat end users.

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LA-based SMLC to lead new DOE Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute; ~$800M for 5 new hub competitions

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The winning coalition, headquartered in Los Angeles, California brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry, and non-profits to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can significantly improve the efficiency of US advanced manufacturing. In the chemical industry alone, these technologies could save more than $9 billion annually in process costs. Industry-proposed Institutes Competition. 3D printing Industry 4.0

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Xcel Energy, INL to use nuclear energy for clean hydrogen production; HTSE

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Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy will work with Idaho National Laboratory to demonstrate a system that uses a nuclear plant’s steam and electricity to split water. The resulting hydrogen will initially be used at the power plant, but it could eventually be sold to other industries.

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Mack LR Electric Class 8 refuse truck now in serial production

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The LR Electric features the same industry-leading ergonomics and visibility as the diesel-powered LR model. TEC Equipment Fontana, California, and Northwest Equipment Sales in Boise, Idaho, were the first two Mack dealers to achieve Certified Electric Vehicle Dealer status.

DOE report highlights opportunities of hybrid energy systems

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This definition is consistent with, but broader than, industry definitions. In other cases, HES can consist of industrial processes that utilize generated heat or power to produce a commodity-scale product (e.g.,

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Plug-in hybrids clock up one million miles

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Thanks to the Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity at the Idaho National Laboratory, the US Department of Energy has now clocked up one million miles under its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle testing. Speaking about the testing results obtained so far, Jim Francfort from the Idaho National Laboratory talked about how driver behaviour, changing frequency and environmental conditions could all impact the vehicles’ efficiency and miles per gallon results.

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Mack Trucks introduces next-generation Mack LR Electric with improved range and capacity

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Mack has EV-certified dealers in California, Idaho and Montreal, Québec, and many more are working toward achieving EV Certification status. Qualified customers have the option to bundle a charger and associated installation costs into a single invoice, an all-inclusive offer that is unique in the industry. Mack Trucks announced that its next generation Mack LR Electric battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is now available for order.

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Critical Materials Institute manufactures magnets entirely from US-sourced rare earths

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CMI member institution Idaho National Laboratory sourced the raw materials and refined the oxides; CMI Industry member Infinium produced the metal ingots from those oxides, which in turn were processed into magnets at CMI’s home research institution at Ames Laboratory. The research team consisted of Critical Materials Institute researchers Ikenna Nlebedim from Ames Laboratory, Scott Herbst from Idaho National Laboratory, and Matt Earlham from Infinium.

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DOE selects 7 projects to accelerate adoption of performance-advantaged biofuels; Co-Optima

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The Co-Optima initiative aims to provide American industry with the scientific underpinnings needed to maximize vehicle performance and efficiency, leverage domestic fuel resources, and reduce lifecycle emissions. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected seven projects for awards totaling $1.94 million to conduct research and development to accelerate the adoption of performance-advantaged biofuel blendstocks.

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US DOE launches two consortia to advance fuel cell truck and electrolyzer R&D

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H2NEW will have the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory as co-leads. EERE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office plans to release future funding opportunity announcements designed to incentivize private industry to collaborate with these new consortia. The US Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck (M 2 FCT) and the H2NEW consortia to advance fuel cell truck and hydrogen production R&D.

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Wood to jet fuel alliance to hold first annual meeting

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Researchers, educators, economists and business leaders will gather to discuss progress made and future challenges to develop a residual woody biomass to jet fuel and valuable co-products industry in the Pacific Northwest. Additional supply-chain coalition communities will be established in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance ( NARA ) will hold its first annual meeting in Missoula, Mont.,

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DOE selects four projects to move co-optimized biofuels and combustion engines closer to market

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The Co-Optima initiative provides American industry with the scientific knowledge needed to maximize vehicle performance and efficiency, leverage domestic fuel resources, and reduce life cycle emissions. The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected four projects totaling $1 million to conduct advanced applied research and development concerning the interaction between promising biofuels and combustion engines.

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US DOE announces $26.9M for advanced nuclear technology

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million including industry cost-share contributions, will allow industry-led teams to advance the state of domestic commercial nuclear capability. is teaming with Idaho National Laboratory on a solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) system demonstration and validation project to deliver a 250 kW SOEC turn-key sub-scale system with ultra-high efficiency and low cost.

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INL researchers develop high-performance oxygen electrode for PCEC cell; high-temperature electrolysis

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Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory have developed a new electrode material for a protonic ceramic electrochemical cell (PCEC) that can efficiently convert excess electricity and water into hydrogen.

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Pacific Ethanol to implement corn oil technology at its Stockton ethanol plant

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Oil-Plus is the highest yielding, syrup-stream corn oil extraction (COE) process in the industry, combining thermal, mechanical and chemical treatment to deliver cost-effective yields in the range of 0.6 Pacific Ethanol provides transportation, storage and delivery of ethanol through third-party service providers in the Western United States, primarily in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho and Washington. Pacific Ethanol Inc.

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DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office to award $8.5M to 7 small business R&D projects

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This technology is applicable to both the industrial and medical sectors, such as for energy-efficient steelmaking and on-demand oxygen for ventilators. manufacturing industry. This process was developed initially by Idaho National Laboratory with funding from the Critical Materials Institute.

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DOE Vehicle Technologies Program presents an Electric Vehicle Quarterly Discussion webinar

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This Webinar will provide an opportunity for stakeholders, industry representatives, and Program staff to discuss partnership opportunities and technological challenges related to electric vehicle infrastructure. The speaker will be Jim Francfort, from Idaho National Laboratory; the webinar runs from 1:00-3:00 p.m. On Wednesday, 15 December 2010, the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program will host a webinar focusing on community deployment of electric vehicles.

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Wireless charging bench testing complete, proving interoperability and validating SAE TIR J2954

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Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and TDK R&D Corporation, along with the US Department of Energy (DOE), automotive companies and suppliers have completed bench testing to support the SAE Technical Information Report (TIR) J2954. Idaho National Lab and TDK has provided invaluable bench data to validate SAE J2954 Wireless Power Transfer. Idaho National Lab has successfully validated SAE TIR J2954 on the bench for test systems provided by the industry, which is an important milestone.

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Mining expert commends Biden for invoking Act to surge domestic production of EV materials


“I am encouraged by this latest measure and what it could mean for the Idaho Cobalt Belt,” Mell said to Teslarati in an emailed statement.

ORNL team developing 3D-printed nuclear reactor core; Transformational Challenge Reactor (TCR)

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The nuclear industry is still constrained in thinking about the way we design, build and deploy nuclear energy technology. ORNL is partnering with Argonne and Idaho national laboratories and engaging with industry to enable rapid adoption for commercial use.

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DOE Critical Materials Institute rare-earth recycling invention licensed to US Rare Earths

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The membrane solvent extraction system, invented by CMI partners Oak Ridge and Idaho national laboratories, is the first commercially licensed technology developed through the CMI. Co-inventors of the technology are ORNL’s Ramesh Bhave and Daejin Kim and Idaho National Laboratory’s Eric Peterson. CMI Director Alex King credits a close collaboration with industry as key to making technology transfer happen well ahead of traditional time frames.

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SAE J2954 Wireless Charging on track to make decision for WPT 2 (7.7kW) in January; planned commercialization in 2020

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The SAE J2954 Standardization plan includes coordinated bench and vehicle testing, industry consensus work (standards documents) and three milestones from 2016-2018 in support of commercialization of wireless power transfer by 2020. Currently, there is bench testing underway at Idaho National Lab (INL) between automotive and supplier WPT systems, coordinated by the SAE J2954 Team and the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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US and Belgium sign nuclear energy R&D collaboration agreement

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The nuclear industry may access some of these capabilities through the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative to help achieve faster and cost-effective development of innovative nuclear energy technologies toward commercial readiness.

DOE awarding $16M to 54 projects to help commercialize promising energy technology from national labs

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Topic Area 2: Cooperative development projects between a lab and industry partner(s), designed to bolster the commercial application of a lab developed technology. Idaho. Idaho. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $16 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace.

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NanoSteel and AK Steel deliver next-gen advanced high-strength steel to GM

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Production of the material, targeted to the $100 billion-plus automotive steel market, is the result of a multi-year joint development program between NanoSteel and AK Steel Corporation—an industry-leading innovator in steel product development. NanoSteel has conducted on-going research and development at the company’s R&D laboratory in Idaho Falls to build upon that foundational technology.

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Tesla nickel partner Talon Metals expands exploration at Tamarack mine


Trent Mell, a nickel mining expert, told Teslarati in an interview last month that automotive industry leaders, like Musk and Ford CEO Jim Farley, needed to push for more North American production of EV battery materials.

DOE awards FuelCell Energy additional $8M for Phase 2 ARPA-E project with differentiated solid oxide platform

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Additionally, electrolysis technology supports the hydrogen economy by providing carbon-free, clean hydrogen for transportation, power generation, agricultural uses, and a host of other industrial applications such as making steel. Later this year, under another previously announced DOE project, the company will demonstrate a 250KW electrolysis system to be located at Idaho National Laboratories (INL).

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