Exeter team develops low-cost photoelectrode for spontaneous water-splitting using sunlight

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The greatest challenge is to develop a suitable technology for large scale and cost effective solar fuel production to compete with fossil fuel. Cost effective solar fuel generation is hindered by the semiconductor material not meeting certain essential criteria to achieve highly efficient solar to hydrogen conversion. Also for cost effective, environmental and scalability issues, earth abundant non-toxic materials should be the focus of research into new semiconductor materials. …

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GWU team demonstrates highly scalable, low-cost process for making carbon nanotube wools directly from CO2

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Researchers at George Washington University led by Dr. Stuart Licht have demonstrated the first facile high-yield, low-energy synthesis of macroscopic length carbon nanotubes (CNTs)—carbon nanotube wool—from CO 2 using molten carbonate electrolysis ( earlier post ).

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Tokyo Tech team develops low-cost germanium-free solid electrolyte for Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have devised a low-cost, scalable approach to developing all-solid-state batteries, improving prospects for scaling up the technology for widespread use in electric vehicles, communications and other industrial applications.

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WSU team develops highly-efficient, low-cost nickel-iron nanofoam for OER for water splitting

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However, the scarce resource and prohibitive cost of these precious metals hurdle their further commercial applications. Among them, Ni-based catalysts have been demonstrated to be competent candidates with low overpotential and superior stability under alkaline conditions.

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EPFL team develops low-cost catalyst for splitting CO2

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EPFL scientists have developed an Earth-abundant and low-cost catalytic system for splitting CO 2 into CO and oxygen—an important step towards achieving the conversion of renewable energy into hydrocarbon fuels. Using only Earth-abundant materials to catalyze both reactions, this design keeps the cost of the system low. This is the first time that such a bi-functional and low-cost catalyst is demonstrated.

DGIST, PNNL team develops efficient, low-cost anode material for water electrolysis

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Korea’s DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology), with colleagues at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), have developed a low-cost, highly efficient and ultra-durable core-shell nanostructured electrocatalyst that exhibits an improved oxygen evolution activity and stability compared to that of the commercial noble metal electrodes. Researchers at S.

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U of Waterloo team develops low-cost approach to stabilize Li metal anodes

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Researchers at the University of Waterloo (Canada) have developed a low-cost and scalable approach that tackles the stabilization of Li metal electrodes by forming a single-ion-conducting and stable protective surface layer in vivo. This comprises a thin amorphous “Li 3 PS 4 ” layer formed by using a low-concentration electrolyte additive.

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Saudi Aramco R&D proposes SuperButol as new low-cost high-octane blend component

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A team from Saudi Aramco Research and Development Center has developed a novel low-cost, high-octane gasoline blend component it calls SuperButol. In addition, the process helps to optimize refinery operations by valorizing low-value products.

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Columbia team develops simple, low-cost, scaleable membraneless electrolyzer fabricated with 3D printing for H2 production

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Electrolyzers, which use electricity and water to produce hydrogen and oxygen, are well-established commercially available technologies, but the cost of producing H 2 by water electrolysis is currently too expensive. as well as the cost of assembling the electrolyzer.

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New low-cost bio-inspired nanostructured MoS2 catalyst performs almost as efficiently as Pt for hydrogen production

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While Pt nanoparticles represent the current benchmark for HER electrocatalysis, the elemental scarcity, high cost, and poor stability against nanoparticle coarsening and agglomeration impose practical limitations and motivate the need for a next generation of alternative HER catalysts.

2017 85

NovCoat consortium develops novel low-cost conductive coatings for PEM fuel cells

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The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), a UK-based technology innovation center, Intelligent Energy and coatings supplier Haydale have been collaborating to develop novel, conductive coatings for proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell bipolar plates with the goal of further cost reductions. These coatings were applied using roll-to-roll techniques to pre-coat low cost stainless steel foils, and post-coat after part fabrication.

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Velodyne introduces new low-cost fixed-laser solid-state LiDAR for autonomous driving and ADAS applications

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Velodyne LiDAR announced its new fixed-laser, solid-state Velarray LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor, a cost-effective yet high-performance and rugged automotive product in a small form factor.

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UT Austin team devises new strategy for safe, low-cost, all-solid-state rechargeable Na or Li batteries suited for EVs

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However, the team notes, the all-solid-state metal-plating batteries are simpler to fabricate at lower cost and offer much higher energy densities, longer cycle life, and acceptable charge/discharge rates. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, including Prof.

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Penn State, FSU team develops low-cost, efficient layered heterostructure catalyst for water-splitting

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A team of scientists from Penn State and Florida State University have developed a lower cost and industrially scalable catalyst consisting of synthesized stacked graphene and W x Mo 1–x S 2 alloy phases that produces pure hydrogen through a low-energy water-splitting process. The researchers suggested that their strategy offers a cheap and low temperature synthesis alternative able to replace Pt in the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER).

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Swiss team develops effective and low-cost solar water-splitting device; 14.2% solar-to-hydrogen efficiency

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The method, which surpasses previous efforts in terms of stability, performance, lifespan and cost efficiency, is published in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society.

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New low-cost, lightweight magnesium sheet alloy with good formability for automotive applications; 1.5x stronger than aluminum

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The magnesium alloy becomes stronger than aluminum alloy after a heat treatment, uses only common metals, and could be a low-cost, lightweight sheet metal for automotive applications. The newly developed alloy is composed of only common metals, so the material cost is not expensive.

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Velodyne LiDAR announces new design for miniaturized, low-cost solid-state LiDAR sensors using GaN technology

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Velodyne LiDAR announced a new design for a solid-state LiDAR sensor that can deliver a subsystem cost of less than US$50 when sold in high-volume manufacturing scale. Our new design approach creates a true solid-state LiDAR sensor, while significantly raising the bar as to what can be expected from LiDAR sensors as far as cost, size, and reliability. The design consolidates components and results in significant advances in sensor miniaturization, reliability, and cost reduction.

2016 76

EPFL team develops low-cost water splitting cell with solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 12.3%

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A team led by Dr. Michael Grätzel at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland has developed a highly efficient and low-cost water-splitting cell combining an advanced perovskite tandem solar cell and a bi-functional Earth-abundant catalyst.

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Semcon develops prototype low-cost smart motor for turning any bike electric

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The units costs less than €100 (US$114) to assemble and can easily be transferred between bikes. Semcon has developed a smart and inexpensive motor prototype that can be easily fitted to any bike. The needs and wishes of the typical cyclist are what got us started.

2016 85

TM4 receiving $3.7M to develop low-cost wheel motors

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million in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s (SDTC) SD Tech Fund, through the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, to develop low-cost wheel motors for electric and hybrid vehicles. The objective of this project is to design an in-wheel motor electric drive system with one of the highest power densities in the world, and at the lowest possible cost. TM4, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, is receiving $3.7

Argonne researchers make vanadium into a useful low-cost catalyst for hydrogenation

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it remains unclear from this previous study whether the hydrogenation activity of these catalysts arose mainly from the low coordination of V(III) and/or from the redox-active ligand of the CatPOP support. This strategy afforded conceivably the first example of well-defined, low-coordinate organovanadium(III) catalysts on SiO 2 with remarkable activity for liquid- and gas-phase hydrogenation of alkenes and alkynes under mild conditions.

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HyperSolar reaches 1.25 V for water-splitting with its self-contained low-cost photoelectrochemical nanosystem

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volts (V) of water-splitting voltage with its novel low-cost electrolysis technology. V or more is generally needed because of the low reaction kinetics. This lowers the system cost of what is essentially an electrolysis process. HyperSolar, Inc.

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Berkeley Lab working with Alphabet Energy to develop a low-cost thermoelectric system

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With a $2-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), Berkeley Lab is partnering with Alphabet Energy to create a cost-effective thermoelectric waste heat recovery system to reduce both energy use in the industrial sector and electricity-related carbon emissions. However, most current thermoelectric materials are limited by several factors, including high cost, low efficiency, and the inability to operate reliably at temperatures above 400 degrees Celsius.

2017 60

Golar and Schlumberger form OneLNG JV; targeting development of low cost gas reserves to LNG

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Golar LNG Limited and Schlumberger have formed OneLNG, a joint venture to develop rapidly low cost gas reserves to LNG. The combination of Schlumberger’s reservoir knowledge, wellbore technologies and production management capabilities, with Golar’s low cost FLNG (Floating LNG) solution, will offer gas resource owners a faster and lower cost development thereby increasing the net present value of the resources.

2016 60

RMIT researchers develop low-cost, reliable method to detect NO2; personal monitoring systems

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RMIT University researchers in Australia, with their colleagues in China, have developed a low-cost and reliable method of detecting nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ), a significant air pollutant than contributes to more than seven million deaths worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The 2D SnS 2 -based sensor provides a real solution for low-cost and selective NO 2 gas sensing.

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Redpine Signals introduces multi-protocol wireless V2X solution with ultra-low power and low cost

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Redpine Signals has introduced a multi-protocol wireless solution with ultra-low power and a low cost designed to drive the emergence of the connected car. Redpine’s new WaveCombo solution enables dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) as well as non-DSRC applications while also featuring low power consumption ideal for use in bicycles, helmets, smart phones, and any such non-vehicular applications for rider as well as pedestrian safety.

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Why a Fiat 500e driver got a Honda Clarity Fuel Cell as his next green car: low cost

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When marketing executive Chris Baccus leased a 2015 Fiat 500e three years ago, he intended to keep his 2007 BMW 335i as a "fun car," and use the electric Fiat just for commuting. Within six months, he'd sold the BMW altogether. Part of his interest in the Fiat, he admitted, came from an article about a group of race-car enthusiasts who. California hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell

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Researchers demonstrate use of 3D printing to produce and operate light-weight, low-cost electrolyzers

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The use of 3D printing allows construction of light-weight, low-cost electrolyzers and the rapid prototyping of flow field design. reported that the bipolar plate assembly is the highest cost component in the stack, representing nearly 40% of the overall cost.

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Amyris achieves record low cost farnesene production; sales growth in performance polymers and industrial solvents markets

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Amyris, Inc., , a company which converts plant-sourced sugars into renewable hydrocarbons, reports achieving a record low manufacturing cost of $1.75 Myralene is a higher-performance industrial solvent compared to equivalent products on the market and a lower cost alternative to limonene at current prices. per liter (US$6.63/gallon) for farnesene in September 2015.

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Georgia Tech team develops simple, low-cost process for oxide nanowires; superior separators for Li-ion batteries

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The process could significantly lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures, enabling a broad range of uses in lightweight structural composites, advanced sensors, electronic devices—and thermally-stable and strong battery membranes able to withstand temperatures of more than 1,000 ˚C. This technique could open the door for a range of synthesis opportunities to produce low-cost 1D nanomaterials in large quantities.

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Harvard team demonstrates new metal-free organic–inorganic aqueous flow battery; potential breakthrough for low-cost grid-scale storage

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In a paper in Nature , they suggest that the use of such redox-active organic molecules instead of redox-active metals represents a new and promising direction for realizing massive electrical energy storage at greatly reduced cost. Cell schematic.

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DENSO develops a new low-cost fuel injection system for small motorcycles

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Rather, it uses newly developed control technologies that ensure the same fuel economy and environmental performance as conventional fuel injection systems, thus cutting costs. Main components of the DIET-FI system. Click to enlarge.

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DSD to reveal low cost 48V e-drive architecture concepts at CTI Symposium

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Dr. John Reeve, DSD UK Chief Engineer, will present a paper entitled “A study of compact architectures using multiple 48V e-drives to create a low cost 30–45 kW full hybrid system.”. This allows low voltage hybrids to deliver many of the benefits associated with high voltage plug-in hybrids without the dealer and infrastructure investment required to safely handle high voltage systems. Consumers and manufacturers are seeking lower cost solutions for hybrid powertrains.

2015 65

Zotye launches low-cost car in China

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It is the first domestically made car sold below 20,000 yuan in China, costing only 2,000 yuan more than the world’s cheapest car, Tata Motor’s Nano, referred to as “The People’s Car.” ” An average mid-range family car costs around 150,000 yuan in Beijing Friday.Though the present basic model does not yet meet Beijing’s vehicle discharge standards, Zotye Auto is in the process of upgrading the vehicle to meet the capital's emission regulations.

GWU team develops low-cost, high-yield one-pot synthesis of carbon nanofibers from atmospheric CO2

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A team led by Dr. Stuart Licht at The George Washington University in Washington, DC has developed a low-cost, high-yield and scalable process for the electrolytic conversion of atmospheric CO 2 dissolved in molten carbonates into carbon nanofibers (CNFs.)

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More details emerge on low-cost electric car from Renault-Nissan for 2020

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance's plans for future electric cars are beginning to come into focus. The two automakers have dominated global battery-electric car sales with the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe, as well as lower-volume models like the Nissan e-NV200 and Renault Kangoo ZE electric vans. But many of the automakers' electric models are due for. Renault plug-in cars Renault-Nissan

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Hydrexia and HyGear partner on low-cost hydrogen distribution in Europe; solid state storage and delivery

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The agreement between the two companies allows for development and supply of a complete hydrogen generation, storage and distribution system with a lower cost product for customers. Hydrexia is entering the European market in partnership with HyGear with the intention of becoming a distributor of the lowest cost hydrogen in Europe. According to Hydrexia, its systems are about half the capital cost ($/kg-H 2 ) of compressed hydrogen storage.

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Stanford team reports new low-cost, non-precious metal catalyst for water splitting with performance close to platinum

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Researchers at Stanford University, with colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other institutions, have developed a nickel-based electrocatalyst for low-cost water-splitting for hydrogen production with performance close to that of much more expensive commercial platinum electrocatalysts.

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Sandia researchers developing new family of metal-based ionic liquids for low-cost, efficient flow batteries

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concentrations are low compared to what is currently. lower capital costs. technology to achieve aggressive capital cost goals of $100. copper ones, are also readily available and low cost. Schematic of a redox flow battery. Staiger et al. Click to enlarge.

BNL Researchers develop low-cost, efficient, non-noble metal electrocatalyst to produce hydrogen from water

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A team of researchers led by Dr. James Muckerman at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have developed a new class of high-activity, low-cost, non-noble metal electrocatalyst that generates hydrogen gas from water.