Univ. of Maryland team develops promising sodium-ion cathode material: FePO4/nanotube composite

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Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a nanocomposite material of amorphous, porous FePO 4 nanoparticles electrically wired by single-wall carbon nanotubes as a potential cathode material for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). With a simple synthetic procedure, cost-effective chemicals, and desirable cell performance, the method offers a promising candidate for commercialized cathode materials of SIBs, the researchers suggest in a paper in the ACS journal Nano Letters.

Univ. of Maryland team develops tin-film on wood fiber anode for Na-ion batteries; targeting grid storage

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A team at the University of Maryland has demonstrated that a material consisting of a thin tin (Sn) film deposited on a hierarchical conductive wood fiber substrate is an effective anode for a sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery, and addresses some of the limitations of other Na-ion anodes such as capacity fade due to pulverization. The soft and mesoporous wood fiber substrate can be utilized as a new platform for low cost Na-ion batteries, the team suggests.

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ARPA-E awarding $33M to 10 projects for natural gas pipeline retrofitting: REPAIR

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REPAIR teams will develop technology that enables gas utilities to update their distribution systems at low cost and continue to reliably service commercial and residential gas delivery needs nationwide. REPAIR teams are developing technologies to address deficiencies while also working toward a 10-to-20-times reduction in cost per mile. University of Maryland. Efforts to excavate and replace legacy natural gas distribution pipes are increasingly costly.

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DOE selects 15 projects for $32M to advance lower-cost fusion concepts; ARPA-E BETHE

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These projects will work to develop timely, commercially viable fusion energy, with the goal to increase the number and performance levels of lower-cost fusion concepts. Fusion energy technology holds great potential to be a safe, clean, reliable energy source, but research and development of fusion technology is often constrained by prohibitive costs. Winning BETHE projects are: Category A: Development of Lower-Cost Concepts. University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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Virginia Tech team developing intelligent wearable analyzer for pollutants in transportation-related workplaces

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The low-power, low-cost micro gas analyzer with its embedded system can replace cumbersome sampling methods that must be followed by costly analysis in a laboratory and is programmable through smartphone apps and can send alarms in case of high levels of exposures beyond the predefined set point.

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DOE announces $139M in funding for 55 projects to advance innovative vehicle technologies

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University of Maryland. Ultra-Low Volume Change Silicon-Dominant Nanocomposite Anodes for Long Calendar Life and Cycle Life. AOI 02: Low Cost Electric Traction Drive Systems Using No Heavy Rare Earth Materials. Low Cost, High-Performance, Heavy Rare Earth-Free 3-In-1 Electric Drive Unit. Low-Cost Rare-Earth Free Electric Drivetrain Enabled by Novel Permanent Magnets, Inverter, Integrated Design and Advanced Thermal Management.

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ARPA-E awarding $36M to 22 projects in RANGE program for transformative EV storage

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ARPA-E’s new program, Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems (RANGE) ( earlier post ), aims to accelerate widespread EV adoption by dramatically improving driving range and reliability, and by providing low-cost, low-carbon alternatives to today’s vehicles. million to develop a solid-state Lithium-ion battery that requires less protective packaging, which reduces cost and overall vehicle weight to improve driving range. University of Maryland.

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DOE awards $97M to 33 bioenergy research and development projects

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These projects will improve the performance and lower the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts from biomass and waste resources. University of Maryland - College Park. Advanced Low-Emission Residential Fluid-Bed Biomass Combustor. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $97 million in funding for 33 projects that will support high-impact technology research and development to accelerate the bioeconomy.

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

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The projects are funded through ARPA-E’s two newest programs, Advanced Research In Dry cooling (ARID) and Accelerating Low-cost Plasma Heating and Assembly (ALPHA), which both seek to develop low-cost technology solutions. If successful, these new cooling technologies could significantly reduce water usage at thermoelectric plants without sacrificing a plant’s performance or increasing its cooling costs. University of Maryland. University of Maryland.

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DOE awarding $33M for carbon-neutral hybrid electric aviation

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The US Department of Energy announced $33 million in funding for 17 projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Aviation-class Synergistically Cooled Electric-motors with iNtegrated Drives (ASCEND) and Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH) programs. REEACH (Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency) project descriptions. University of Maryland.

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Aemetis upgrades India biodiesel plant

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The Aemetis plant was built in 2008 to produce biodiesel and refined glycerin using large volumes of lower-cost, non-food by-products from the edible oil industry as feedstock to supply the biofuel, pharmaceutical, and industrial markets. Since an anti-dumping tariff already exists against US biodiesel imports, European fuel customers are now focused on Malaysia and India as the remaining low-cost biodiesel suppliers to Europe. Aemetis, Inc.,

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DOE awards $17M to FY 2014 SBIR Phase II projects; includes Si/graphene anodes, motor windings, exhaust treatments

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By the end of Phase II, Mainstream plans to demonstrate a production-ready prototype that exceeds DOE targets for fuel economy, operating range, and cost. NexTech Materials will use its NO x sensing technology to develop a low-cost device capable of accurately quantifying NO x concentrations in the exhaust stream of diesel passenger cars and heavy duty trucks. Low-Cost, High-Energy Si/Graphene Anodes for Li-Ion Batteries.

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DOE awards $25M to improve natural gas operations

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Department of Energy (DOE) selected 16 projects to receive nearly $25 million in federal funding for cost-shared projects to advance natural gas infrastructure technology development. These projects aim to develop tools, methods, and technologies to enhance cost-effectively the safety and efficiency of the US’ natural gas production, gathering, storage, and transmission infrastructure. methane and volatile organic compounds), improve operating efficiency, and reduce operating costs.

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DOE to award ~$13.5M to 16 R&D projects for solid-oxide fuel cell technologies

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million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects that will advance solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technologies. SOFC technologies enable efficient, cost-effective electricity generation from abundant domestic coal and natural gas resources, with minimal use of water and near-zero atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide and pollutants. Cost reduction via improvements in materials and manufacturing.

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ARPA-E announces $98M in funding for 40 OPEN projects; two opposed-piston engines projects receive $10M total

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Pinnacle Engines will electrify its four-stroke, spark-ignited, opposed-piston engine to improve fuel efficiency and reduce its cost. In addition, Pinnacle will employ high rates of exhaust gas recirculation and a low temperature combustion strategy, which will improve knock tolerance and reduce heat loss, pumping work, and NO x emissions. Ecolectro is developing alkaline exchange ionomers (AEIs) to enable low-cost fuel cell and electrolyzer technologies.

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DOE selects 16 research projects for more than $19M in funding to advance Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technology

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Cost: DOE: $6,000,000/Non DOE: $4,917,887/Total: $10,917,887 (45% cost share). The other fifteen projects were awarded funding under two topic areas: Innovative Concepts, geared towards undercutting current SOFC technology costs, and SOFC Core Technology, aimed at laboratory- and bench-scale projects that improve SOFC design. This entry-into-service product will significantly reduce component cost and increase the reliability and endurance of LGFCS cell and stack technology.

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DOE selects eight integrated biorefinery projects for up to $15M total in funding

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Baltimore, Maryland)—Thermochemical Recovery International (TRI) will study and improve feedstock and residual solids handling systems targeted to commercial pyrolysis and gasification reactors. TRI’s work in these systems will promote feedstock flexibility and enable the processing of low-cost feedstock to enhance IBRs’ economic viability. The MIBR will improve IBR sustainability and cost-effectiveness.

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Aemetis expands license agreement with Chevron Lummus Global for renewable jet and diesel fuel technology

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This agreement includes a Master Services Agreement for CLG and ARA Engineering Services and expands the use of this unique, low cost refining process beyond North America to global jet and diesel fuels production, including the upgrade of the existing 50 million gallon per year Aemetis biodiesel plant in Kakinada, India and other Aemetis projects worldwide. Aemetis, Inc.,

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

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AK Steel Corporation’s Research & Innovation Center will conduct alloy design, lab validation, manufacture, and testing of novel low density steels that possess mechanical properties exhibited by currently available advanced high strength steels. These low density steels are expected to generate energy savings by bringing efficiencies in the steel manufacturing and lifetime savings by use of lightweight steel in automotive structural applications. University of Maryland.

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Researchers suggest hybrid graphene oxide/cellulose microfibers could supersede carbon fibers

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Researchers from Nanjing Forestry University and the University of Maryland have designed high-performance microfibers by hybridizing two-dimensional (2D) graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets and one-dimensional (1D) nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) fibers. The resulting well-aligned, strong microfibers have the potential to supersede carbon fibers due to their low cost, the team suggests in an open access paper published in the journal NPG Asia Materials.

UMD researchers report solution to high interfacial impedance hampering developing of high-performance solid-state Li-ion batteries

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Now, team of researchers at the University of Maryland Energy Research Center and A. Our garnet-based solid-state battery is a triple threat, solving the typical problems that trouble existing lithium-ion batteries: safety, performance, and cost. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy ARPA-E RANGE (entitled “Safe, Low-Cost, High-Energy-Density, Solid-State Li-Ion Batteries”) and EERE (entitled “Overcoming Interfacial Impedance in Solid-State Batteries”).

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3 winners of DOE’s “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” Challenge: hydrogen-assisted lean-burn engines, graphene for Li-air and -sulfur batteries, and titanium process

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Vorbeck Materials , a startup company based in Jessup, Maryland, is using a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)-developed method for developing graphene for better lithium air and lithium sulfur batteries. The liquid desiccant design allows for the utilization of solar or waste heat sources, paving the way for net-zero energy retrofits to existing buildings with costs comparable to conventional HVAC.

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DOE selects 7 Solid Oxide Fuel Cell research projects for further development

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 7 projects that will help develop low-cost solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology for central power generation from fossil energy resources for further research. The projects, managed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), are valued at a total of $4,391,570, with DOE contributing $3,499,250 and the remaining cost provided by the recipients. University of Maryland.

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DOE to award more than $55M to 31 projects for plug-in and efficient vehicle technologies; Delphi receives $10M to further GDCI

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding more than $55 million to 31 new projects to accelerate research and development of vehicle technologies that will improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs under a program-wide funding opportunity announced in January. (DE-FOA-0000991, Nineteen projects are aimed at reducing the cost and improving the performance of key PEV components. Development of Low-cost, High Strength Automotive Aluminum Sheet (Area of Interest 1).

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Nissan developing electric vehicles powered by ethanol-fueled solid oxide fuel cells; commercialization in 2020

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The e-Bio Fuel Cell system can be run 24x7; features a quiet drive and short refueling time; is versatile, with ample power supply to support refrigerated delivery services; and will have running costs equivalent to that of EVs when using ethanol-water blends. Nissan Motor Co., announced that it is currently researching and developing a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered system using bio-ethanol as the on-board hydrogen source.

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DOE to award up to $137M for SuperTruck II, Vehicle Technology Office programs

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One initiative, SuperTruck II ( earlier post ), will award $80 million to four projects to develop and to demonstrate cost-effective technologies that more than double the freight efficiency of Class 8 trucks. The Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide Selections will aim to reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of plug-in electric, alternative fuel, and conventional vehicles through thirty-five projects addressing 11 areas of interest. University of Maryland.

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New Electrostatic Nanocapacitors Offer High Power and High Energy Density

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Researchers from the University of Maryland and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have used atomic layer deposition (ALD) to fabricate arrays of metal–insulator–metal (MIM) nanocapacitors in anodic aluminium oxide nanopores that can produce viable energy storage systems offering the high power of electrostatic capacitors combined with the energy capacity of supercapacitors. SEM cross-sections of MIM nanocapacitors. (a)

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DOE awards $100M in 2nd funding round for 32 Energy Frontier Research Centers

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University of Maryland, College Park. Harness the unique properties of quantum-confined semiconductors to realize the next generation of low-cost, high- efficiency solar photoconversion systems. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $100 million in the second round of funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs); research supported by this initiative will enable fundamental advances in energy production, storage, and use.

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DOE ARPA-E awards $156M to projects to 60 projects to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies

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High Performance, Low Cost Superconducting Wires and Coils. for High Power Wind Generators The University of Houston will develop a new, low-cost. yield a several-fold reduction in wire costs, making. with properties exceeding those of scarce and costly rare earth magnets. Advanced Electric Vehicle Motors with Low or No Rare Earth. efficiency at less cost. that substantially reduce costs of the motor. substantially lower cost.

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NETL investigating researching chemistries for large-scale battery- and supercapacitor-based grid energy storage systems

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The US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is conducting research on alternative options to reduce costs and make large-scale energy storage safer and more practical. This research is being performed through teamwork with local universities: the University of Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania State University, West Virginia University, and the University of Maryland.

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US DOE Awards $37 Million for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technology Development

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The Department of Energy is working with industry, universities, national laboratories, and other groups to develop technologies capable of harnessing these resources to generate environmentally sustainable, cost-competitive power. The Department of Energy will leverage private sector investments in marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies by providing cost-shared funding to industry and industry-led partnerships.

Perspective: Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Programs May be the Solution

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These reductions in power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO 2 ) and nitrogen oxides (NO x ) were achieved at a significantly lower cost than originally assumed. Today, this cap-and-trade program is considered one of the most efficient and cost-effective environmental initiatives ever implemented. It covers ten Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont).

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