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.

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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. Under an exclusive licensing agreement, Dynexus Technology will commercialize INL’s embedded wideband impedance technology for analyzing and forecasting the health, aging and safety characteristics of advanced energy storage devices.

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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. Algae is a high energy biomass and can function as a force multiplier to blend in other biomass waste such as from forestry and agriculture into a uniform renewable crude oil substitute. OriginOil, Inc.,

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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). INL develops tests and deploys advanced renewable energy technology, including research on algae. Newby, Molecular Biologist at INL’s Biofuels and Renewable Energy Department. OriginOil, Inc.,

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Exide Technologies, SRNL and University of Idaho to Collaborate to Advance Lead-Acid Battery Chemistry

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Exide Technologies entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and the University of Idaho to develop and commercialize improvements on lead-acid battery technology for applications including hybrid electric vehicles and renewable energy storage. The chemical engineering team at the University of Idaho, led by Dean Edwards, Ph.D.,

Solar-powered prototype could be the road of the future

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Idaho-based Solar Roadways came up with [.]. Green credentials Federal Highways Idaho renewable road solar power Solar RoadwaysRoads which have the power to melt snow and ice or power the vehicles which run on them could be a step closer as US firm Solar Roadways announces it has been granted $750,000 from the Federal Highways Administration to produce a prototype version of just such a road.

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NREL study suggests cost gap for Western renewables could narrow by 2025

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A new Energy Department study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) indicates that by 2025 wind and solar power electricity generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies, if new renewable energy development occurs in the most productive locations.

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Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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It offers the solution to several significant transitions we need: moving society from burning fossil fuels to substituting renewable resource fuels such as solar, wind and biofuels; and from using fossil materials as fuel to using them for other recyclable uses.

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OriginOil and Algasol Renewables to develop an integrated algae growth and harvesting system

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and Algasol Renewables, a technology company with a technology for low-cost cultivation of microalgae for biofuels and high value products, intend to collaborate on the development of an integrated algae growth and harvesting system. OriginOil is working with the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory to implement a downstream fuel conversion process which it plans to offer as part of the Algasol-OriginOil bundle. OriginOil, Inc.

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OriginOil analysis suggests production cost as low as $2.28/gallon for algae-derived renewable gasoline or diesel using feedstock blending

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Dr. Ulrich was previously an Advisory Scientist at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and is a key contributor to developing the Blendable Feedstock Standard in which OriginOil is collaborating with the US Department of Energy (DOE). An in-house analysis by algae technology company OriginOil, Inc.

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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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11 states assessing fees on EV owners in lieu of traditional fuel taxes

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Eleven states currently assess fees on electric vehicle owners in lieu of traditional fuel taxes, according to the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

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USDA Report Provides Regional Roadmap To Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard by 2022; Southeast to Provide ~50% of Advanced Biofuels

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report outlining both the current state of renewable transportation fuels efforts in the US and a plan to develop regional strategies to increase the production, marketing and distribution of biofuels. According to the Renewable Fuel Association (RFA), there are currently 201 ethanol facilities with a capacity to produce 13.5 Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington.

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Western Governors pledge to create electric vehicle charging network

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The governors of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to create a unified regional electric vehicle plan to allow electric vehicles to recharge and travel easily along the 5,000 miles of freeways in the western region.

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Western Hydrogen produces first hydrogen from Molten Salt Gasification pilot plant

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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. Western Hydrogen is also targeting the renewable energy market.

BP selects Tesla batteries for pilot storage project at US wind farm

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The project also supports BP’s broader strategy to invest half a billion dollars annually into low-carbon technologies, including projects within its established renewables portfolio as well as in new low-carbon businesses. Renewables are the fastest growing form of energy and account for around 4% of global energy demand today. BP estimates that by 2035 the share of renewables could grow to more than 10%—a rate of growth not seen in recent history.

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Wood to jet fuel alliance to hold first annual meeting

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The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance ( NARA ) will hold its first annual meeting in Missoula, Mont., NARA is an alliance of researchers, educators and economists from universities, businesses, and non-governmental and governmental institutions dedicated to help create a sustainable residual woody biomass to biojet fuel and value added co-products industry in the Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana region.

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

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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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DOE launches new Lab-Corps program to accelerate commercialization of clean energy technologies

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Over the next year, these labs will assemble, train, and support entrepreneurial teams to identify private sector opportunities for commercializing promising sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency lab technologies. These labs include Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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INL team develops new electrode for efficient steam electrolysis at reduced temperatures

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cost option for hydrogen production from renewable energies. Now, researchers at Idaho National Laboratory have developed a self?architectured The production of hydrogen production via water electrolysis using solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs) offers favorable thermodynamics and kinetics, and is considered the most efficient and low?cost Using a proton?conducting conducting electrolyte (H?SOECs)

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USDA awards $5.6M to 220 biofuel producers

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These awards include: The National Biodiesel Board and Regents of the University of Idaho received $768,000 and $192,000 respectively, through the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program. Under this program, payments are made to eligible producers based on the amount of advanced biofuel produced from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch. AgPower Jerome of Shoshone, Idaho, is receiving $3,027 for the conversion of nearly 137 million gallons of dairy cattle manure into 25.5

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DOE’s $10M Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium accelerating development of green hydrogen production

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This consortium will utilize the expertise and capabilities of the national laboratories to accelerate the development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources. Currently, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) funds research and development of low-carbon hydrogen production pathways.

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PNNL managing new Lightweight Materials National Lab Consortium

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Reuben Sarkar, deputy assistant secretary for sustainable transportation in DOE’s office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. To date, the LightMAT network includes Ames Laboratory; Argonne National Laboratory; Idaho National Laboratory; Los Alamos National Laboratory; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; and Sandia National Laboratories.

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Team uses neutron scattering to investigate new Al-Ce alloy in running engine

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This research was sponsored by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through the Critical Materials Institute, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub, with additional funding from the DOE Office of Science.

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Heidi On The Hot Seat

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Hopefully Heidi’s contract will get renewed and she’ll continue her work, but there are certainly no guarantees. All Global Warming Is Local.

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Study of 7 years of production data supports billion-ton biofuels feedstock estimate

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The project involved researchers from the US Departments of Energy and Agriculture, 35 land-grant universities, Heidelberg University and several industry partners, as well as Idaho National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory.

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$50M Battery500 consortium targeting battery pack with specific energy of 500 Wh/kg

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The Battery500 consortium will receive up to $10 million a year over five years from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Idaho National Laboratory.

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Pacific Ethanol Stockton partners with Edeniq to boost corn ethanol yield up to 2-4%

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With four ethanol plants in the Western United States including California, Oregon and Idaho, Pacific Ethanol’s facilities have the combined ethanol production capacity of 200 million gallons per year. million grant from the California Energy Commission as part of California’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

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

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DOE is continuing to pursue the development of these renewable biofuels, with the goal of producing cost-competitive drop-in biofuels at $3 per gallon by 2017. The selected research projects will help maximize the amount of renewable carbon and hydrogen that can be converted to fuels from biomass and improve the separation processes in bio-oil production to remove non-fuel components—further lowering production costs.

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DOE issues regulatory roadmap to spur geothermal energy development

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In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Forest Service, the Energy Department enlisted the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to convene key federal, state, and local permitting officials, along with industry representatives, to identify potential opportunities for streamlining the efficient and responsible development of geothermal energy in the United States.

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DOE issues $6M request for proposals for H2@Scale projects

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With support from FCTO, within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, selected project partners will be granted access to H2@ Scale facilities, capabilities, and expertise at DOE national laboratories.

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

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University of Idaho, $499,009. University of Idaho, $350,000. AFRI supports work in six priority areas: plant health and production and plant products; animal health and production and animal products; food safety, nutrition and health; renewable energy, natural resources and environment; agriculture systems and technology; and agriculture economics and rural communities.

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

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The awards focus on fundamental investigations of biomass genomics, with the aim of harnessing non-food plant biomass for the production of fuels, such as ethanol or renewable chemical feedstocks. University of Idaho. The ultimate goal is to develop willow cultivars with improved rust resistance that result in greater yields, wider adoption of willow bioenergy crops, and increased production of renewable energy.

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ORNL assessment finds >65 GW of untapped hydropower in US rivers and streams

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The greatest hydropower potential was found in western US states, including Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Hydropower makes up 7% of total US electricity generation and continues to be the US’ largest source of renewable electricity.

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Argonne rolls out updated version of AFLEET alternative fuels and advanced vehicles analysis tool

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In case studies conducted by AFLEET developers, the tool has evaluated the environmental benefits of vehicles under a range of circumstances—from fleets of Chicago-based, propane-operated bakery delivery trucks, to propane-fueled school buses in Texas and Virginia, to refuse trucks running on compressed natural gas in Milwaukee, Chicago and Boise, Idaho. The Clean Cities program and the AFLEET tool are sponsored by the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

2016 76

Converting glycerol from biodiesel production into bio-gasoline

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A team at the University of Idaho has demonstrated that glycerol, a byproduct from biodiesel production, could be used as a substrate for producing drop-in gasoline-range biofuel. Methanol can be made from biomass that is abundant, renewable, and globally available, via synthesis gas (syngas), and further converted into gasoline; therefore, the MTG process is receiving renewed attention today.

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2016 Billion Ton Report shows US could sustainably produce at least 1B tons biomass by 2040 for bioeconomy

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These renewable resources include agricultural, forestry, and algal biomass, as well as waste.

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DOE To Award $104.7M to Establish Research and Testing Facilities for Carbon Fiber Manufacturing, Advanced Batteries, and Net-Zero Energy Building Technology

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Idaho National Laboratory (Idaho Falls, ID) will receive $5 million to establish a High Energy Battery Test Facility. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, CO) will receive $2 million to establish a Battery Thermal and Life Test Facility. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $104.7 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for eight new projects to establish critical research and testing facilities at seven DOE National Laboratories.

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Geothermal energy in US grew 5% in 2012; California the leader

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Outside of a few Western States, utility-scale geothermal may be considered a more limited energy source than some other renewable technologies, but that is changing. of renewable energy generation in the United States, with geothermal plants and small power units online in nine states including California, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.

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USDA awards nearly $10M for research on using beetle-killed trees as feedstock for on-site thermochemical conversion technologies

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There are many benefits to using beetle-killed wood for renewable fuel production. Partners include: University of Idaho, University of Montana, Montana State University and the University of Wyoming, U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, National Renewable Energy Lab and Cool Planet Energy Systems.

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DOE to award $35M to 24 projects to support early-stage, innovative technologies and solutions in advanced manufacturing

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These projects were selected under an Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office funding opportunity, focused on advanced materials, advanced processes, and modeling and analysis tools for materials and manufacturing. Idaho National Laboratory. Idaho National Lab will be conducting research to develop a new pathway to produce hydrocarbon feedstocks and fuels from ethane via an electrochemical process, as well as generating hydrogen.

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US DOE Offers $102M Conditional Commitment for Loan Guarantee to US Geothermal; Supercritical Binary Geothermal Cycle Technology

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One hundred percent of the project’s output will be sold to Idaho Power Company under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). With the 25-year PPA in place, the project is well-positioned to accommodate anticipated population growth and renewable energy demand in the region. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has offered a $102.2-million conditional commitment for a loan guarantee to US Geothermal, Inc.

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INL analysis of 5 large-scale PEV and charging projects finds public charging infrastructure not needed everywhere to enable PEV adoption

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Idaho National Laboratory has released the voluminous findings from its analysis of five large-scale PEV and charging infrastructure projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy provided half the funding for the five projects, and INL researchers collected and analyzed the resulting data.

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