New liquid alloy electrode significantly lowers operating temperature of sodium-beta batteries; improved performance

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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have devised an alloying strategy that enables sodium-beta batteries to operate at significantly lower temperatures. The new electrode enables sodium-beta batteries to last longer, helps streamline their manufacturing process and reduces the risk of accidental fire. The traditional design of sodium-beta batteries consists of two electrodes separated by a solid membrane made of the ceramic material beta alumina.

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GE to Open Sodium-Metal Halide Battery Plant in New York

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GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt shows a sodium-metal halide battery cell at the press conference announcing the battery plant. GE says the planned facility will produce approximately 10 million sodium-metal halide cells each year—equivalent to 900 MWh of energy storage, or enough to support 1,000 GE hybrid locomotives. Sodium batteries are just the opposite….

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First Cobalt announces positive feasibility results for Canadian cobalt refinery expansion; first NA producer of battery-grade cobalt sulfate

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139 million after-tax net present value (NPV) using an 8% discount and 53% after-tax internal rate of return (IRR), representing a payback period of only 1.8 Sodium Treatment. However, it was determined that the amount of sodium in the effluent could be toxic to aquatic life.

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Researches developed EV batteries that store 6 times more charge than common ones 

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An international team of researchers led by Stanford University has developed rechargeable batteries that store the charge up to 6 times more than the normal currently available commercial ones. Researches developed EV batteries that store 6 times more charge than common ones .

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Volkswagen and BASF present the first “Science Award Electrochemistry” to Dr. Naoaki Yabuuchi, Tokyo University of Science; Li-ion and Na-ion battery research

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The first international “Science Award Electrochemistry” from BASF and Volkswagen ( earlier post ) goes to Dr. Naoaki Yabuuchi, Tokyo University of Science, Institute for Science and Technology, Tokyo, Japan. Yabuuchi has showed, among other things, how new battery materials can improve the efficiency of lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries.

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Rio Tinto declares maiden ore reserve at Jadar; major potential source of battery-grade lithium carbonate

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Jadar, one of the largest greenfield lithium projects in development, would be capable of producing approximately 55 thousand tonnes of battery grade lithium carbonate, as well as 160 thousand tonnes of boric acid (B 2 O 3 units) and 255 thousand tonnes of sodium sulfate as by-products per annum. The campaigns successfully produced unrefined lithium carbonate, boric acid and sodium sulfate at target recoveries without the build-up of detrimental species.

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Cost-effective catalysts for metal-air battery

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Cost-effective catalysts for metal-air battery. The Union Ministry of Science & Technology said that the ARCI has developed cost-effective catalysts for a metal-air battery that will help to decrease cost and increase the efficiency of metal-air batteries.

Fraunhofer holding 3rd annual workshop on Li-sulfur batteries in November

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As with the prior Lithium-Sulfur Battery Workshops in 2012 and 2013, this year’s symposium will bring together an international audience of scientists and industrial customers. lithium-sulfur, although other metals from the group of lithium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, aluminum and zinc are supported), with a focus on a novel multi-layered separator to reduce polysulfide shuttling and dendrite growth from the metal anode; Dr. Gröger was one of the inventors.

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Exposure to airborne metal pollution associated with increased risk of mortality

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The open-access paper is published in the journal Environment International. These samples are analysed in the laboratory to measure the presence of 13 elements: aluminium, arsenic, calcium, cadmium, chromium, copper, iron, mercury, sodium, nickel, lead, vanadium and zinc. Environment International. Although there is ample evidence that air pollution—specifically airborne.

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Faraday Institution commits a further $31M to battery research to deliver commercial impact

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The reshaping of the projects was a complex process that involved senior researchers, industry experts, EPSRC, and a panel of internationally recognised independent experts. The UK’s Faraday Institution announced a £22.6-million (US$31-million) commitment to build on its momentum in four key research challenges: extending battery life; battery modelling; recycling and reuse; and solid-state batteries.

Ballard conditionally awarded C$7M by SDTC for fuel cell distributed power generation

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The first application of this new lower cost distributed generation solution is expected to be a six-megawatt (6MW) CLEARgen system at the ERCO Worldwide (ERCO) sodium chlorate plant in North Vancouver, British Columbia. The ERCO plant in North Vancouver generates large quantities of hydrogen as a by-product of sodium chlorate production, and this by-product hydrogen can be used to power the Ballard CLEARgen system to generate megawatts of electricity.

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Industry study finds lead-acid to remain most wide-spread automotive energy storage for foreseeable future; new chemistries continue to grow

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With regard to overall storage capability and potential for further fuel efficiency improvements, the demand for larger battery systems based on lithium, nickel and sodium will continue to grow through the increased market penetration of vehicles with higher levels of hybridization and electrification. For commercial applications, harsh environments and heavy duty vehicles, high-temperature sodium nickel chloride batteries are a competitive option. Sodium-nickel chloride batteries.

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Fraunhofer researchers develop new low-cost dry-film electrode production process

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For all these reasons, we think that our technology can help to achieve internationally competitive battery cell production in Germany and Europe. BroadBit uses it to produce new types of sodium-ion batteries. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden have developed a new battery cell production process that coats the electrodes of the energy storage cells with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals.

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

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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. New Energy Nexus is a non-profit international organization that supports diverse clean energy entrepreneurs with funds, accelerators and networks.

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3 MIT-led teams win DOE NEUP funding for next-gen nuclear technologies

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The FHR is a new reactor concept that combines high-temperature graphite-matrix-coated particle fuel developed for high-temperature gas-cooled reactors; liquid salt coolant developed for molten salt reactors; and safety systems originating with sodium fast reactors. Three MIT-led research teams have won awards from the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Programs ( NEUP ) initiative to support research and development on the next generation of nuclear technologies.

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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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CBA has also undertaken a scoping study with a leading international engineering firm specializing in base metal refineries, to assess the potential conversion of the facility to nickel sulfate production, for modest capital expenditure.

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Study identifies halogen-free superhalogen electrolytes for Li-ion batteries

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Their paper is published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. They also found that the procedure outlined for Li-ion batteries is equally valid for other metal-ion batteries, such as sodium-ion or magnesium-ion batteries. Most electrolytes currently used in Li-ion batteries contain halogens, which are toxic.

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

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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. The biorefinery will convert the process waste effluent from the plant into cellulosic ethanol, sodium acetate and clean, warm water.

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Sadoway and MIT team demonstrate calcium-metal-based liquid metal battery

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Normally there is a single “itinerant ion” that passes through the electrolyte in a rechargeable battery—for example, lithium in lithium-ion batteries or sodium in sodium-sulfur. And since all these liquid batteries, including the original liquid battery materials from his lab and those under development at Ambri, would use similar containers, insulating systems, and electronic control systems, the actual internal chemistry of the batteries could continue to evolve over time.

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CO2-neutral hydrogen storage with a bicarbonate/formate system

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Bicarbonates are a component of many natural stones and are also commonly used as baking powder or sherbet (sodium bicarbonate, NaHCO 3 ). to sodium formate in 96% yield at 70 °C in water/THF without additional CO 2. Dehydrogenation of sodium formate was achieved with high conversion (> 90 %) under ambient temperature (30 °C). Angewandte Chemie International Edition doi: 10.1002/anie.201101995.

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Bolivia chooses ACI Systems as strategic partner to industrialize lithium deposits

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YLB invited eight international consortia to submit proposals to. Potassium sulphate, magnesium hydroxide and sodium sulphate. Salar de Uyuni in the Andes in southwestern Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flat (10,582 km 2 / 4,086 mi 2 ) and holds the. world’s largest known deposit of lithium. The Bolivian state is creating a. value chain to use the deposits of this raw material for industrial. purposes.

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

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Low Cost Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing of Reusable Sorbents for Energy and Water Industries, $150,000 Qualification of SAS4A/SASSYS-1 for Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor Authorization and Licensing, $674,484 Advanced Reactor Concepts LLC, Chevy Chase, Md. Fabrication and Testing of Solid-solution Strengthened Corrosion Resistant Alloys For Service in Molten Fluoride Environments, $625,000 Haynes International, Kokomo, Ind. MetalTek International, Watertown, Wis.

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

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Although direct chemical reactions between water and certain metals—alkali metals including lithium, sodium and others—can produce a large amount of hydrogen in a short time, these reactions are too intense to be controlled. the high-school chemistry demonstration of the violent reaction between sodium and water.).

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ARPA-E awards $43M to 19 energy storage projects to advance electric vehicle and grid technologies

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today’s thermal sensors, improving internal battery. Battelle will develop an optical sensor to monitor the internal. This internal. sensor will detect the magnitude and location of internal. modeling of the battery’s internal environment. Advanced Sodium Battery. MSRI will design advanced sodium battery membranes that.

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ASU team develops new solution for mitigating Li dendrite growth by tackling plating-induced residual stress

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Almost all metals used as battery anodes tend to develop dendrites For example, these findings have implications for zinc, sodium and aluminum batteries as well. Envision sugar cubes that contain a lot of small internal pores.

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PNNL study outlines requirements for grid storage, reviews four electrochemical energy storage systems: vanadium redox flow, Na-beta, Li-ion and lead-carbon

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published in the ACS journal Chemical Reviews , reviews in detail four stationary storage systems considered the most promising candidates for electrochemical energy storage: vanadium redox flow; sodium-beta alumina membrane; lithium-ion; and lead-carbon batteries. These challenges will not only be faced in the United States, but also internationally. Sodium-beta alumina membrane battery. The anode is metallic sodium in a molten state during battery operation.

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Sulfur–TiO2 yolk-shell cathode for Li-sulfur battery shows best long-cycle performance so far

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The advantage of the yolk–shell structure is the presence of the internal void space that can accommodate the large volumetric expansion of sulfur during lithiation, thus preserving the structural integrity of the shell and minimizing polysulfide dissolution and enabling the high capacity retention. McDowell, Po-Chun Hsu & Yi Cui (2013) Sulphur–TiO 2 yolk–shell nanoarchitecture with internal void space for long-cycle lithium–sulfur batteries.

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European automotive and automotive battery industries call for extension of the exemption of lead-based batteries from the EU ELV Directive

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The recommendation by EUROBAT, the European, Japanese and Korean car industry associations (ACEA – JAMA – KAMA) and the International Lead Association (ILA), is backed by a series of studies on the technical benefits of lead-based batteries and their sustainability, which includes their 99% recycling rate in Europe and the general availability of the natural resources used to make up the battery.

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Study shows 99% of used lead-based vehicle batteries in the EU are collected and recycled

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The study was commissioned by EUROBAT, representing Europe’s automotive battery industry; the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA); the automobile manufacturers’ associations of Japan (JAMA) and South Korea (KAMA); and the International Lead Association (ILA). Other processes convert the spent electrolyte into calcium sulphate (gypsum) or sodium sulphate (soda), which can be used for various applications such as building products or detergents.

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Researchers propose new VO2 cathode material for aluminum-ion rechargeable battery

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Sodium-ion and magnesium-ion batteries, as new energy storage systems in portable devices, have attracted much attention of the investigators. Most recently, aluminium-ion battery with multivalent metal ions transmitting internally has been studied preliminarily. Schematic representation of the super-valent battery during charge/discharge process. Wang et al. Click to enlarge.

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Modec Finalizing Joint Venture With Navistar for Class 2c-3 Electric Trucks

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UK-based Modec and Navistar International Corporation are finalizing a joint venture for the production and sales of electric Class 2c-3 commercial vehicles in North, Central and South America. Modec has used both Zebra (sodium nickel chloride) and Li-ion packs in its trucks so far. President Obama announced the awards for the $2.4B in funding at Navistar in front of a Navistar Modec prototype. Click to enlarge.

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Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks Made from Food-Grade Natural Products; Edible MOFs for Gas Storage and Other Applications

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Suitable candidates include ordinary table salt (sodium chloride), the common salt substitute potassium chloride, or potassium benzoate, an approved preservative. Angewandte Chemie International Edition , doi: 10.1002/anie.201002343. A rendering of an element of a CD-MOF. Click to enlarge. A team of researchers from Northwestern University, UCLA and the University of St. Andrews (UK) have developed new robust nanoporous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) using a sugar—?-cyclodextrin

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WHO links 7 million premature deaths annually to air pollution; 12.5% of total global deaths

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A 2013 assessment by WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that outdoor air pollution is carcinogenic to humans, with the particulate matter component of air pollution most closely associated with increased cancer incidence, especially cancer of the lung. The major components of PM are sulfate, nitrates, ammonia, sodium chloride, black carbon, mineral dust and water.

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ARPA-E awards $55M to 18 projects in two new programs: TERRA for transportation energy and GENSETS for distributed generation

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Breeding High Yielding Bioenergy Sorghum for the New Bioenergy Belt Clemson University, along with the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute and partners, will phenotype an exhaustive set of international germplasm and plant varieties. The selected project teams are grouped into four areas of technology focus: internal combustion engines, Stirling engines, microturbines and solid state devices. Single-Cylinder Two-Stroke Free-Piston Internal Combustion Generator Aerodyne Research, Inc.

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OSU smart membrane could enable new category of high-energy, high-power energy storage for EVs

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It should be noted that the projected technology roadmap for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries lacks a practical solution to design batteries with high GED, SP and 100 s of MPM (as is typical of internal combustion engine powered vehicles). In laboratory tests, the engineers found that their membrane reliably controlled charging and discharging in batteries powered by ions of lithium, sodium and potassium.

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UK Technology Strategy Board Awards More Than 12M to 22 Projects to Speed Up Development of Low-Carbon Technology for Vehicles; Includes Gas Turbine Range Extender and Li-S Battery Cells

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We are funding innovative projects in a number of key areas which include internal combustion engine technologies, energy storage and management, lightweight structures and new propulsion technologies. High energy sodium-nickel battery cell for EV application (Acronym: NINACELL). Ptech Engines Ltd (lead), Tickford Powertrain Test Ltd, MUSI Engines Ltd, Concept Group International.

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Hydro-Québec and Technifin form partnership to license lithium titanate spinel oxide (LTO) technologies for Li-ion battery applications

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In particular, CSIR pioneered the discovery and early development of high-temperature sodium-metal chloride (“Zebra”) batteries and was an early creator of intellectual property that was core to the international commercialization of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

Battelle introduces Grid Command Distribution services and software for rapid modeling of smart grid distribution circuits

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Battelle staff developed the new Grid Command Distribution software internally as part of its work over the past two years as part of an ongoing smart grid demonstration project in Ohio: AEP Ohio’s gridSMART program, sponsored by the DOE. Screen shot of a Grid Command Distribution “heatmap” analysis for a neighborhood. Source: Battelle and AEP (data). Click to enlarge. Battelle recently unveiled its new Grid Command Distribution services and software for utilities.

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IEA/OECD Report Concludes Nuclear Power Could Provide 24% of Global Electricity by 2050

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Almost one-quarter of global electricity could be generated from nuclear power by 2050, making a major contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Nuclear Energy Technology Roadmap, published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). The international system of safeguards to prevent proliferation of nuclear technology and materials must be maintained and strengthened where necessary. Sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR).

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Hyperion Unveils Design of its Small Modular Nuclear Reactor, the Hyperion Power Module

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Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor. Nuclear Engineering International reports that: The HPM uses 24 assemblies of uranium nitride fuel, and 18 control rods. At the recent Annual Winter Conference of the American Nuclear Society in Washington, and simultaneously at the “Powering Toward 2020” conference in London, England, Hyperion Power Generation Inc.

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GAO: US government obligated $1.3+ billion in 39 battery and energy storage initiatives from FY 2009-2012; fragmented but not duplicative

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Sodium batteries. DOE has taken steps to internally coordinate its battery and energy storage initiatives through activities that, among other things, defined common technology goals.

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NC State Researchers Developing Ozonolysis Pretreatment for Energy Grass Feedstocks

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At present, pretreatment techniques include physical, chemical, physicochemical and/or biological methods such as steam explosion; hot water extraction; sulfuric acid; sodium hydroxide; hydrogen peroxide; peracetic acid; ammonia fiber explosion (AFEX); and wet oxidation in addition to an emerging body of work on ozonolysis. Presented: June 23, 2010, 2010 Annual International Meeting of the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers in Pittsburgh, Penn.

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Eaton Highlights Range of New Products to Reduce Fuel Consumption and Emissions

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The pursuit of fuel efficient vehicles is driving the development of smaller engines with a greater power density which puts more stress on the internal components like the intake and exhaust valves. When alloy choice alone is not enough to handle thermal loads, Eaton offers a full range of internally cooled engine valves. To meet this need, Eaton developed a new laser welding process, which facilitates high volume manufacture of internally cooled valves with conventional equipment.

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