Raven SR & Hyzon Motors to build up to 100 waste-to-hydrogen hubs

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a global supplier of hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles, announced a joint venture to build up to 100 hydrogen hubs across the United States and globally. Raven can also easily process natural and renewable gases alone or combined with solid waste.

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ElectraTherm and Navy to demonstrate shipboard waste heat recovery

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ElectraTherm, a leader in distributed, waste heat to power generation, is working with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Creare, and the US Naval Academy (USNA) to demonstrate gas turbine waste heat recovery as part of a Small Business Innovation Research project. The demonstration will take place at the USNA in Annapolis, Maryland to prove the potential for waste heat recovery onboard ships. Hot water is the only fuel consumed by the Power+.

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VTT and partners to assess bio- and waste-based oils suitable for power plants and ships; BioFlex project

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In a three-year Business Finland BioFlex project, VTT—the Finnish state-owned research agency—and partners are exploring how suitable fuel oils made from biomass and waste plastics are for power plants and ship diesel engines. We compare different methods of industrially producing fuel oils from, for example, waste plastics or biomass, such as harvest residues from forestry and agriculture. Biomass Diesel Engines Heavy-duty Ports and Marine Power Generation

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Waste-to-hydrogen producer Ways2H announces strategic investment by John Molina and Pacific6 Enterprises

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the developer of a gasification-based process that converts waste into clean hydrogen fuel for mobility, microgrids and power generation ( earlier post ), closed an investment from Pacific6 Enterprises, led by founding partner John C. The intellectual property is protected by 12 different international patents and patent filings. Ways2H ?,

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Researchers developing free-piston linear generator for exhaust waste heat recovery

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Researchers in China have developed a novel free-piston linear generator (FPLG) to recover exhaust waste heat efficiently from a vehicle engine. the internal combustion engine is the power system of most vehicles. Therefore, it is necessary to recover exhaust energy of vehicle engine, and many strategies and methods have been adopted to reduce the energy waste and improve the fuel utilization efficiency. Engines Fuel Efficiency Vehicle Systems Waste Heat Recovery

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LiquidPiston announces small tactical power generator development for US Army; 2-5 kW

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LPI), developer of advanced rotary diesel and multi-fuel internal combustion engines, announced the award of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract with the United States Army to develop the X-Engine platform to power Small Tactical Generators ranging from 2-5 kW. Power.

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Manchester team proposing graphene-based ballistic rectifier for waste heat recovery

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Researchers at the University of Manchester (UK) have developed a graphene-based nano-rectifier (“ballistic rectifier”) that can convert waste heat to electricity. Rectifying diodes let electrical current flow in only one direction; mainly used for power supply operation, they convert AC to DC current. The built-in electric field or a threshold voltage in these devices requires an applied bias high enough to overcome the internal field and generate a significant current flow.

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GMZ Energy announces new, high-power thermoelectric module: TG16-1.0

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GMZ Energy, a developer of high temperature thermoelectric generation (TEG) solutions, has introduced the TG16-1.0 , a new thermoelectric module capable of producing twice the power of the company’s first product, the TG8-1.0. By doubling the power density, GMZ’s new module substantially increases performance while maintaining a minimal footprint. and a high power density, the company says. The unit generated an output power well in excess of its 200 watt design goal.

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Dearman-led consortium awarded $3.1M to develop waste-heat-recovery system using liquid air engine

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The Dearman project is to deliver a production-feasible waste-heat recovery system for urban commercial vehicles, which offers life-cycle CO 2 savings of up to 40%; fuel savings of 25%, with the potential of up to almost 50%; and potential payback in less than three years. Ambient or low grade waste heat is used as an energy source with the cryogen providing both the working fluid and heat sink. Engines Vehicle Systems Waste Heat Recovery

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First reference installation of Opcon Waste Heat Recovery technology for ships; potential for 5–10% fuel savings

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Opcon, in collaboration with Wallenius Marine, recently completed the first reference installation of its Waste Heat Recovery technology for ocean-going vessels in a project supported by the Swedish Energy Agency. The Opcon systems generate electricity from low-value waste heat in the vessel’s steam and cooling system. each powered by a STX/MAN-B&W diesel engine, type. By utilizing waste heat and recovering the energy, significant environmental gains can be made.

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Simulation study suggests ORC waste heat recovery system could deliver potential 7% improvement in fuel consumption in a PHEV on highway

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A simple Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) waste heat recovery system could recover up to 10% of engine waste heat under highway driving conditions, corresponding to a potential 7% improvement in fuel consumption in a light-duty plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), with low penalization of the added weight to the vehicle electric range, according to a simulation study by researchers from the University of Stuttgart and the Ohio State University. Power from ORC.

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Ballard Power Systems and Quantron partner for the development of hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks

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Initial collaboration will focus on the integration of Ballard’s FCmove family of heavy-duty fuel cell power modules into QUANTRON’s electric drivetrain and vehicles. delivery truck, a 44t heavy duty truck and a municipal waste collection truck.

Cyclone Power Technologies Completes Testing, Ships Initial Rankine-Cycle Waste Heat Power Generator

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Cyclone Power Technologies has completed internal testing of its initial waste heat power generator ( earlier post ) and has shipped the beta unit to its customer, Bent Glass Design. Cyclone’s waste heat power generator—comprising its 18 hp Waste Heat Engine, proprietary heat exchangers and electric generator—will be installed and field tested at Bent Glass’ facility over the following couple of months.

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Study: new international agreements needed to ensure sustainable supply of minerals and metals for low-carbon energy tech

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A study by an international team of researchers warns that the global transition to global low-carbon energy technology could be at risk unless new international agreements and governance mechanisms are put in place to ensure a sustainable supply of rare minerals and metals.

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Waste oil power generator from Cyclone Power Technologies and Phoenix Power Group shows lower emissions than conventional diesel generator

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Cyclone Power Technologies and its licensee Phoenix Power Group (PPG) have announced positive results of preliminary emissions testing of the combustion system of the Phoenix 10, the first small-scale waste oil power generator. tons respectively of these toxic gases (based on a full 4,368 hour year), using a waste fuel product that other small power systems are incapable of accepting.

Libertine LPE free piston technology targeting power generation, waste-heat recovery and range-extended EV applications; feasibility study with PETRONAS

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UK startup Libertine LPE has developed a free piston linear power generator technology that it says overcomes the key challenges faced by earlier free piston engine schemes of motion control, emissions and power conversion efficiency. The company, which on 16 Feb won the €20,000 (US$22,800) Climate-KIC cash prize at this year’s Cleantech Innovate, will be presenting its Linear Power Systems technology to investors at CleanEquity Monaco from 5-6 March.

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Nissan reaches 50% thermal efficiency with next-generation e-POWER system; STARC

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Nissan announced a breakthrough in engine efficiency, reaching 50% thermal efficiency with its in-development, next-generation e-POWER system. Nissan’s e-POWER system utilizes an on-board gasoline engine to provide electrical energy to the e-powertrain battery pack. Nissan’s electrification strategy promotes the development of e-powertrains and high-performance batteries for EVs, with e-POWER representing another important strategic pillar. The Nissan e-POWER System.

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Researchers Develop More Efficient Thermocells for Low-Grade Waste Heat Recovery

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Schematic of a thermocell with nanostructured electrodes showing concentration gradients of the ferri-ferrocyanide redox ions during power generation. Research on utilizing low-grade heat from sources such as industrial waste streams, geothermal activity, and solar heating has focused on using solid-state thermoelectrics and Stirling engines to harvest low-grade waste heat as electrical energy. In fact, it was previously predicted that a power conversion efficiency of 1.2%

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Velocys, Waste Management, NRG Energy and Ventech form JV for small-scale gas-to-liquids plants

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Velocys plc, a developer of smaller-scale microchannel gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology, has entered a joint venture (JV) with Waste Management, NRG Energy (NRG), and Ventech Engineers International (Ventech) to develop gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants in the United States and other select geographies. Waste Management intends to supply renewable gas and, in certain cases, project sites. —Kevin Stanley, CEO of Ventech Engineers International.

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BMW Study on Rankine Cycle for Waste Heat Recovery Shows Potential Additional 10% Power Output at Highway Speeds

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BMW is exploring two pathways for waste heat recovery in vehicles: one thermoelectric, the other thermodynamic. In 2005, BMW Group Research and Engineering announced it was developing a steam-powered auxiliary drive—the Turbosteamer—to use the waste heat present in the exhaust gases and cooling system from a conventional gasoline engine as its source of power. Based on bench testing, BMW concluded that System B could show additional power outputs between 0.7-2 kW.

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Enogia and IFPEN partner on waste heat recovery in stationary and transport applications

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The aim is to recover waste heat from the exhaust gases of internal combustion engines in both stationary installations (generators, cogeneration installations) and transport, particularly rail and maritime. Created in 2009, Enogia specializes in ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) systems converting waste heat into electricity. The company has developed several innovations for bringing down the power level of the traditional turbine technology used in the larger scale ORC processes.

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German power-to-gas facility opens green methanation plant; €28M STORE&GO project

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A methanation plant expansion to the existing power-to-gas (PtG) facility in Falkenhagen, Germany has officially opened as part of the international €28-million (US$33.5-million) STORE&GO research project. This stored energy is then available as backup whenever there is an insufficient supply of solar and wind power. Type of CO2 source (biogas; waste water; atmosphere). Hydrogen Production Natural Gas Power-to-Gas Wind

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Neste collaborates with Genève Aéroport to offer renewable jet fuel; targeting 1% of annual fuel use from Geneva International

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Neste and Genève Aéroport are partnering on the introduction of renewable jet fuel into aircraft operations from Geneva International Airport; the target will be at least 1% of the annual jet fuel consumption at Genève Aéroport starting late 2018. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has set a target that from 2020 onwards the growth in aviation is carbon-neutral.

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Cyclone Power Completes License for Engines To Generate Electricity from Waste Oil

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Cyclone Power Technologies has signed a License Agreement with Phoenix Power Group LLC to provide external combustion engines ( earlier post ) for waste-oil-fueled power generators. The license provides Phoenix Power with exclusive North American and Australian rights to develop and sell power generator systems utilizing Cyclone’s external combustion engines, which will run on waste oil fuels such as used motor oil from cars, trucks and busses.

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Amazon invests in electrofuels company Infinium

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Infinium’s proprietary Electrofuels process converts renewable power into green hydrogen, then uses this green hydrogen and waste carbon dioxide to produce net-zero carbon fuels. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Power-to-Gas

New Nissan Qashqai in Europe to offer 12V MHEV and upgraded e-POWER powertrains

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DiG-T gasoline engine equipped with mild hybrid technology, but also e-POWER, Nissan’s non-plug-in series-hybrid electric powertrain in its European debut. The e-POWER system for New Qashqai has been specially developed for the model to meet the rigorous demands of European drivers.

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American Process Waste-to-Cellulosic Ethanol Project Launches in Michigan

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American Process Incorporated (API) recently launched a waste-to-cellulosic ethanol biorefinery project in Alpena, Michigan. In November 2008, API, in partnership with San Antonio’s Valero Energy Corporation, received $4 million from the COEE program to establish a pilot scale biorefinery at the Decorative Panels International hardwood plant in Alpena. API is one of Michigan’s bioenergy Centers of Energy Excellence (COEE).

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Bus maker Alexander Dennis to fit GKN Gyrodrive flywheel hybrid systems to 250 buses; partners on international development

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Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), Britain’s biggest bus and coach manufacturer, has chosen GKN Hybrid Power as a preferred partner and committed to the purchase of 250 of its Gyrodrive electric flywheel hybrid systems ( earlier post ). It will also be working closely with GKN to develop the technology for international markets. The electric flywheel technology is particularly suited to applications that demand high symmetric power transmission at continuous cyclic duty cycle.

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GE study finds 5% of worlds natural gas production wasted per year by flaring

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A newly released GE study — Flare Gas Reduction: Recent Global Trends and Policy Considerations —estimates that 5% of the world’s natural gas production is wasted by burning or “flaring” unused gas each year, despite some progress on the flaring issue. Worldwide, billions of cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas are wasted annually, typically as a by-product of oil extraction. Gas-flaring countries and trends. Click to enlarge.

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NSF and DOE Issue Solicitation for Automotive Thermoelectric Waste Heat Recovery Projects; Up to $9M in Total Funding Over 3 Years

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Six key elements of a thermoelectric waste heat recovery module for vehicle applications. The Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation in partnership with the US Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Program has issued a solicitation for proposals for thermoelectric waste heat recovery devices for automotive applications. Automotive thermoelectric waste heat recovery. Tags: Thermoelectrics Waste Heat Recovery

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BA and Solena Fuels to build GreenSky landfill-waste-to-jet-fuel plant in Thurrock; completion in 2017

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Solena’s IBGTL solution consists of five integrated processing “islands”: (i) Solena’s proprietary high-temperature gasification; (ii) BioSynGas conditioning; (iii) Fischer-Tropsch processing; (iv) FT wax upgrading; and (v) Power production. The plant will convert approximately 575,000 tonnes of post-recycled waste, normally destined for landfill or incineration into 120,000 tonnes of clean burning liquid fuels using Solena’s Integrated Biomass-Gas to Liquid (IBGTL) technology.

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SoCalGas & UC Irvine show power-to-gas technology able to boost use of intermittent renewable energy significantly

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SoCalGas) announced that new research on power-to-gas technology shows the technique holds the ability to significantly increase the use of intermittent renewable energy. Preliminary research findings, announced this week at UCI’s International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Generation (ICEPAG), demonstrated that the campus microgrid could increase the portion of renewable energy it uses from 3.5% to 35% by implementing a power-to-gas strategy.

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Hydrogenics to supply 1MW electrolyzer to project converting CO2 to methanol; Power-to-Gas

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The application will take excess electricity from intermittent renewable energy sources, generate green hydrogen, and then create methanol using a low-carbon footprint production plant and carbon dioxide emissions from an existing coal-fired power plant in Essen, Germany owned by STEAG Gmbh, which operates a number of regional power plants and distributed energy facilities. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Hydrogen Methanol Power-to-Gas

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Alliance Formed to Commercialize Solar Reforming Technologies to Convert Waste CO2 into Synthetic Fuel

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An alliance of industry, academic and government organizations has formed to commercialize technologies that will utilize concentrated solar energy to convert waste CO 2 into synthetic fuels. The alliance team members include Sandia National Laboratories, Renewable Energy Institute International (REII), Pacific Renewable Fuels, Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne (a United Technologies Division), Quanta Services, Desert Research Institute and Clean Energy Systems.

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ARPA-E awarding $60M to 23 projects; dry cooling and fusion power

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The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will award $60 million in funding to 23 new projects aimed at creating highly efficient and scalable dry-cooling technologies for thermoelectric power plants and developing prototype technologies to explore new pathways for fusion power. Electric Power Research Institute (Drexel University, University of Memphis, Evapco, WorleyParsons, and Maulbetsch Consulting). SRI International.

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Proterra beats out BYD for Mineta San José International Airport electric bus contract; 10 Proterra electric buses to be in service by late 2018

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Mineta San José International Airport (SJC). These include recycling and composting programs supporting a zero-waste commitment by 2022; a 1MW, 3.4-acre solar array powering the airport’s rental car garage; and a shift to airside electric service vehicles reducing emissions from operations. The San José, California, City Council approved the purchase of ten Proterra Catalyst E2 battery-electric transit buses and related charging infrastructure for use at the Norman Y.

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Navistar reaches development agreement with EcoMotors International on Opposed-Piston, Opposed-Cylinder Engine 22

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Navistar International Corporation has reached a development agreement with EcoMotors International in support of the company’s opoc (Opposed-Piston, Opposed-Cylinder) engine architecture. Greater power engine density delivers an important benefits will result, including: lower weight; smaller size; lower material costs; lower friction; greater fuel efficiency; lower emissions; and lower heat rejection. The engine is perfectly balanced, enabling stackable power modules.

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Swedish eMethanol startup launches crowd-funding campaign, developing commercial-scale plant

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Liquid Wind is developing its first commercial-scale eMethanol facility in Sweden and plans to establish 6 facilities by 2030 before expanding internationally. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Methanol Power-to-Gas Power-to-Liquids

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GMZ Energy successfully demonstrates 1 kW thermoelectric generator for Bradley Fighting Vehicle

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The company integrated five of its 200W TEGs into a single 1,000 W diesel engine solution that directly converts exhaust waste heat into electrical energy to increase fuel efficiency and lower costs. GMZ’s TEG demonstrated more than 1,000 watts of continuous output power with no degradation in performance over the test period. An automotive TEG is intended to improve fuel economy by power from waste heat to reduce the electric generator load on the engine.

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Sasol, GE develop new anaerobic microbial technology for cleaning of Fischer-Tropsch waste water; boosting gas-to-liquids (GTL) value proposition

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Sasol and General Electric (GE: NYSE)’s GE Power & Water have together developed new technology that will clean waste water from Fischer-Tropsch plants used to produce synthetic fuels and chemicals, while also providing biogas as a by-product for power generation. The waste produced is a methane-rich bio-gas which can then be used for power generation.

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Sorption Energy Seeking to Commercialize Waste Heat-Driven Adsorption Heat Pump Technology for Vehicle Air Conditioning

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A spinout from Warwick University (UK), Sorption Energy , is commercializing vehicle air conditioning systems based on waste heat-driven adsorption heat pump technology developed by Professor Robert Critoph and his team at University of Warwick School of Engineering. The UK alone emits about 3 million tonnes of CO 2 each year simply from powering the air-conditioning in vehicles, Sorption Energy says.

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Final session on international mercury convention this week expected to culminate in agreement; UNEP Global Mercury Assessment 2013 finds industrial source Hg emissions may be rising

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Intentional-use sectors: Disposal and incineration of product waste, cremation emissions, chlor-alkali industry. The fifth and final session of negotiations on the establishment of an international mercury convention—International Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC5)—is taking place this coming week in Geneva. Coal burning emitted some 475 tonnes of mercury in 2010, the majority of which is from power generation and industrial use.

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Toyota begins trial operation of hybrid power generation system: SOFCs plus micro turbines

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Toyota Motor Corporation has begun trial operations of the pressurized combined power generation system which has been installed at Motomachi Plant in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. The hybrid power generation system combines the use of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and micro gas turbines. The trial operations will utilize the system as an internal power generation facility, with the aim of testing and evaluating the system’s energy efficiency, performance, and durability.

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