USABC awards $2.4M contract to WPI for development of low-cost/fast-charge batteries for EV applications

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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), and a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has awarded a $2.4-million contract to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) to lead a program to develop low-cost/fast-charge batteries for electric vehicle (EV) applications.

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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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SwRI, UTSA researchers show biochar is low-cost, effective method to treat fracking water

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Researchers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have determined that biochar, a substance produced from plant matter, is a safe, effective and inexpensive method to treat flowback water following hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Once the water is used, the flowback, or wastewater, must be treated to remove hazardous chemicals before it is stored, reused or disposed, which can be a costly endeavor.

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UTSA, SwRI researchers developing low-cost method to treat fracking water using biochar

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Researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) are investing $200,000 in new research to develop a low-cost method to treat flow-back water following hydraulic fracturing. Produced from pyrolysis of biomass, biochar is a stable charcoal-like solid that attracts and retains water, absorbing up impurities such as hydrocarbons, organics, biocides and certain inorganic metal ions.

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Light-powered nano-bio hybrid organisms consume CO2, create plastics and fuels

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University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed nanobio-hybrid organisms capable of using airborne carbon dioxide and nitrogen to produce a variety of plastics and fuels, a promising first step toward low-cost carbon sequestration and eco-friendly manufacturing for chemicals. Even if the margins are low and it can't compete with petrochemicals on a pure cost basis, there is still societal benefit to doing this.

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Sandia team boosts hydrogen production activity by molybdenum disulfide four-fold; low-cost catalyst for solar-driven water splitting

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A team led by researchers from Sandia National Laboratories has shown that molybdenum disulfide (MoS 2 ), exfoliated with lithiation intercalation to change its physical structure, performs as well as the best state-of-the-art catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) but at a significantly lower cost. Still, while HER in organisms evolved with time and increasing complexity, artificial HER aims to replicate the same with minimalism and simplicity.

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Initial Results of UK EV Driver Study Show Increased Confidence and Low Cost Recharging

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Six months into the CABLED trial (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrators) ( earlier post ), Aston University’s research reveals that drivers are travelling more miles more frequently and are undertaking longer journeys, indicating increased confidence and notably reduced ‘range anxiety’. The average cost to trial participants for recharging at home is between 25p and £1 (US$0.40 The low cost of ‘refuelling’ in relatively short periods of time reinforce this.

Researchers develop technique to create new tailored molecule with high density of active catalytic sites; potential low-cost alternative to platinum for splitting water

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This technique holds promise for the creation of catalytic materials with high densities of active sites that can serve as effective low-cost alternatives to platinum for generating hydrogen gas from water that is acidic. Electrochemical reduction of this molecule leads to the catalytic generation of hydrogen from acidic organic media as well as from acidic water, lending support to the proposed active site morphology in the more active heterogeneous catalyst.

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McGill team develops simple system for reversible H2 storage using organic cyclic hydrocarbons; alternative route to solar fuels

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A team at McGill University in Canada has developed a reversible hydrogen storage/release system based on the metal-catalyzed hydrogenation and photo-induced dehydrogenation of organic cyclic hydrocarbons at room temperature. Unfortunately, the problem of hydrogen storage and transportation is a major obstacle to employing hydrogen as a universal fuel since hydrogen has a very low volumetric density at ambient conditions.

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Tohoku team develops rechargeable quasi-solid state lithium battery with organic crystalline cathode

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The cross-section of an organic crystalline all-solid battery. The cathode contains a room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) and organic crystals in a sealed environment. A pair of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have developed a novel rechargeable solid-state lithium battery with an organic crystalline cathode. The battery features a novel cell design which prevents dissolution of the organic cathode compounds.

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University of Tennessee to head $250M advanced composites manufacturing institute; Ford, Honda and Volkswagen members

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The Department of Energy and a consortium of 122 companies, nonprofits, and universities led by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville will invest more than $250 million—$70 million in federal funds and more than $180 million in non-federal funds—to launch a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Advanced Composites—the fifth institute to be awarded of the eight national institute competitions launched earlier ( earlier post ).

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Keasling: metabolic engineering will soon rival and potentially eclipse synthetic organic chemistry; designer cells for fuels and chemicals

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He also holds joint appointments with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), where he oversees that institute’s biosciences research programs, and the University of California (UC), Berkeley, where he serves as director of the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, and is the Hubbard Howe Jr. The cost of starting materials is generally a small fraction of their cost, and relatively little starting material is necessary so availability is not an issue.

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NEDO Selects Joint Nitto Denko, Kobe University Bioethanol RD Project

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Japan’s NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Organization) has selected a joint R&D project on materials for bioethanol production being pursued by Nitto Denko Corporation, a leading diversified materials company, and Kobe University as one of the four themes in its FY 2009 “Development of Elemental Technology for Biomass Energy Conversion” project lasting until FY2011.

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Univ. of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Team Up On Li-Air Batteries, 5 Other Renewable Energy and Biomedical Technology Projects

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The University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University are awarding a joint research team $200,000 to support a project investigating high-capacity Li-air batteries for electric vehicle applications. The goal of the Li-air project is to combine experiments and computational modeling to identify optimal cathode catalysts for Li-air batteries that could power low-cost electric vehicles with a driving range comparable to today’s gasoline-powered vehicles.

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Pierburg to supply small series hydrogen blower to BMW

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Partners in this project of the Federal Ministry of Transport and the German National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW - Nationale Organisation für Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellentechnologie) are the car manufacturer BMW, the University of Siegen and other suppliers.

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European project to develop cobalt-free EV batteries awarded €11.8M

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COBRA , which aims to develop lithium, cobalt-free batteries made with new energy storage materials that incorporate intelligent sensors to help enhance their energy efficiency, is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, includes major stakeholders in the battery sector, such as universities, tech firms, and research groups. The financial objective is to achieve a cost of no more than €90/kWh at the pack level when entering commercial production.

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GM And University of Michigan Form GM/U-M Institute Of Automotive Research And Education; Focus On Fuel-Efficiency And Reinvention Of The Automobile

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General Motors and the University of Michigan have formed the GM/U-M Institute of Automotive Research and Education, with a strategic focus on reinventing the automobile and developing the next generation of high-efficiency vehicles powered by diverse energy sources. GM and U-M researchers are exploring these smart materials, which are lightweight, low cost, and possess a high energy density.

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European power-to-methane company Electrochaea opens California subsidiary

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Electrochaea employs a patented biocatalyst (BioCat) to convert low-cost and stranded electricity and CO 2 into pipeline-grade renewable gas. Laurens Mets at the University of Chicago.

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Optinol estimates its biobutanol process can achieve energy cost parity with ethanol

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Based on preliminary engineering studies to estimate the capital and operating costs for commercial scale production, Optinol Inc. has concluded that it is feasible to produce bio-butanol using its process at energy-cost-parity with ethanol. The Optinol team chose to engineer a production solution tailored to the organism rather than trying to tailor the organism to existing production processes. and Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.

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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 Alabama. University of North Dakota. North Carolina State University. Oregon State University. University of Cincinnati. University of Maryland - College Park. Princeton University. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Reaction Engines, STFC complete proof-of-concept study on ammonia fuel for sustainable aviation propulsion

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Similarly, the maritime industry is looking to ammonia as a low-cost way to decarbonize shipping. The project came about through the Harwell Cross Cluster Proof of Concept Program that unites organizations across the energy, space and life sciences sectors, creates collaborations and provides funding that moves research from theory towards commercial success. —Professor Bill David from STFC and the University of Oxford.

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Baker Institute expert says regional advantages will define future energy transitions

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Different countries will respond in different ways to the challenges of economic growth and environmental sustainability based upon their regional advantages, according to a new paper by an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Only by recognizing regionally distinct comparative advantages will least-cost outcomes be achieved.

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ARPA-E announces $27M for transformational power electronics technologies

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These devices are critical to infrastructure because all electronics—from laptops to electric motors—rely on them to control or converted electrical energy from a high voltage to low a voltage in order to properly operate. The 14 projects selected for the SWITCHES program are performing their research at a combination of universities, businesses, and national labs. Lead organization. High Quality, Low-Cost GaN Single Crystal Substrates for High Power Devices.

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Evonik develops novel anion exchange membrane for electrolytic production of hydrogen; CHANNEL project

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a low cost, raw materials that do not raise concerns in terms of supply bottlenecks (electrodes that do not include PGMs, stainless steel current collectors), a compact design, the adoption of feeds based on non-corrosive liquids (low concentration alkali or DI water), and differential pressure operation. The innovative AEM concept reduces investment costs because the cells used for electrolysis in alkaline conditions do not require precious metals.

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EU research project IDEALFUEL seeks to develop marine low-sulfur heavy fuel oils from biomass; Bio-HFO

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The IDEALFUEL project aims to create sustainable alternatives by developing new efficient and low-cost methods to produce low-sulfur heavy fuel oils from wood-based non-food biomass. Although cleaner fuels are available, many companies opt for HFOs due to their low cost. In addition, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is seeking to ban HFO use in Arctic waters.

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ARPA-E announces $11M for innovations in energy-water processing and agricultural sensing technologies; fourth, fifth OPEN+ cohorts

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The Sensors teams will develop ultra-low-energy distributed sensors to improve production efficiency in agriculture, boosting viability for bioenergy crops and reducing the energy and water requirements for agriculture more broadly. Columbia University, Expanding the Boundaries of Autotrophic Nitrogen Removal for Energy-Efficient Clean Water Production – $1,620,136. The proposed technology does not consume any power in standby mode, eliminating the cost of battery replacements.

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DOE to award $15.8M to 30 hydrogen and fuel cell technologies projects

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million for 30 new projects aimed at discovery and development of novel, low-cost materials necessary for hydrogen production and storage and for fuel cells onboard light-duty vehicles. Precursor Development for Low-Cost, High-Strength Carbon Fiber. 3 projects will reduce the cost of onboard hydrogen storage tanks necessary for fuel cell vehicles. Carnegie Mellon University. University of Connecticut. Northwestern University.

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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. Lead organization.

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Solid-electrolyte-based liquid Li-S and Li-Se batteries can deliver up to 500 Wh/kg

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Researchers at Zhengzhou University, Tsinghua University and Stanford University have developed a solid-electrolyte-based liquid Li-S and Li-Se (SELL-S and SELL-Se, respectively) battery system with the potential to deliver energy densities exceeding 500 Wh kg -1 and and 1,000 Wh L -1 , together with the ability of low-cost and stable electrochemical performance for future concentrated and large-scale storage applications.

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Scientists create cheap and safe electro-catalysts for anion-exchange fuel cells

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Scientists from the University of Surrey and their colleagues have produced non-metal electro-catalysts for fuel cells that could pave the way for production of low-cost, environmentally friendly energy generation. In a study published in the Journal of Power Sources , the team from Surrey worked with colleagues from Queen Mary University of London to create low-cost carbon based electro-catalysts for anion-exchange membrane fuel cells (AEMFC).

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EPA awards $4.5M to advance air monitoring technology

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million to six research organizations to develop and to use low-cost air pollution sensor technology, while engaging communities to learn about their local air quality. While recent advances in technology have led to the development of low-cost air pollution sensors, they have not been widely tested, especially under field conditions. The team will also create a curriculum adaptable for other settings in collaboration with Heritage University, Toppenish, Wash.

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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 awarding $19.4M to 22 advanced vehicle technologies projects; Mercedes-Benz, GM Li-S battery projects

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million to 22 new cost-shared projects to accelerate the research of advanced battery, lightweight materials, engine emission control technologies, and energy efficient mobility systems (EEMS). Two projects will research, develop, and use integrated computation materials engineering (ICME) techniques to develop low cost carbon fiber from a variety of feedstocks and precursors that can be used to make carbon fiber with less energy and lower cost. Organization.

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Sulfur-carbon nanofiber composite for solid-state Li-sulfur batteries

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Researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan have developed an active sulfur material and carbon nanofiber (S-CNF) composite material for all-solid-state Li-sulfur batteries using a low-cost and straightforward liquid phase process. Copyright Toyohashi University Of Technology. Therefore, we focused on making a sulfur-carbon composite using a low-cost and simple electrostatic adsorption method which can uniformly combine nanomaterials.

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24M and partners awarded $3.5M from ARPA-E to develop ultra-high-energy density batteries with new lithium-metal anodes

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million in funding to a team that includes 24M, Sepion Technologies , Berkeley Lab, and Carnegie Mellon University. The funds will be used to develop novel membranes and lithium-metal anodes for the next generation of high-energy-density, low-cost batteries. Using thick electrodes, the cell also stores more energy, bettering the performance of the battery as well as its cost.

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DOE’s Manufacturing Institute to award $35M to support R&D in recycling, reuse and remanufacturing

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Drawing on both fundamental and applied research capabilities within National Labs, universities, and industry, the Plastics Innovation Challenge accelerates innovations that will significantly reduce plastic waste in oceans and landfills and position the US as global leaders in advanced plastics recycling technologies. REMADE envisions awarding approximately $35 million in support of these projects, with a minimum 50% cost share required from each team.

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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. Lead organization. Colorado State University.

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ARPA-E awards $37M for IONICS projects; improving solid-state batteries and fuel cells

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Solid ion conductors made of affordable, easily produced materials could replace today’s mostly liquid electrolytes and expensive fuel cell parts, helping create a next generation of batteries and fuel cells that are low-cost, durable, and more efficient. However, until now, solid ion conductors have been limited by drawbacks such as low ionic conductivity and expensive processing. Organization. Iowa State University. Pennsylvania State University.

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President Obama announces two new public-private manufacturing innovation institutes; new manufacturing innovation institute competition

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President Obama announced two new manufacturing innovation institutes led by the Department of Defense supported by a $140-million Federal commitment combined with more than $140 million in non-federal resources: (1) a Detroit-area-headquartered consortium of businesses and universities, with a focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing; and (2) a Chicago-headquartered consortium of businesses and universities that will concentrate on digital manufacturing and design technologies.

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New ceramic materials for hydrogen storage

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Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have created new ceramic materials that could be used to store hydrogen safely and efficiently. They also have demonstrated that the compounds could be manufactured using a simple, low-cost manufacturing method known as combustion synthesis. Engineers mixed boron with metal nitrates and organic fuels, such as urea, in a box furnace at temperatures below 400 ?C.

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ARPA-E selects 33 projects for $66M in awards; advanced biocatalysts for gas-to-liquids and lightweight metals

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One program, Reducing Emissions using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy (REMOTE, earlier post ), provides $34 million to 15 projects to find advanced biocatalyst technologies that can convert natural gas to liquid fuel for transportation. Reducing Emissions using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy (REMOTE) - $34 Million. Lead organization. If successful, LBNL’s process will enable low-cost, energy-efficient fuel production from natural gas.

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DOE to award $10.2M to 16 solid oxide fuel cell projects

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The applied research projects will address the technical issues facing the cost and reliability of SOFC technology and conduct field testing of an integrated prototype system project intended to validate the solutions to those issues. Lead organization. The prototype SOFC power system will incorporate current technologies and operate under a range of environmental conditions for at least 5,000 hours to assess progress of system durability, performance, and operating cost.

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DOE selects 7 gasification projects for funding; focus on reducing cost of coal conversion

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The projects conducted through this program are geared toward reducing the cost of coal conversion and mitigating the environmental impacts of fossil-fueled power generation. The funded research projects fall under two subtopic areas: development of gasification technologies applicable to in situ bio-gasification of coal to methane; and the development of low cost advanced air separation technologies that can produce oxygen for use in coal gasification processes.

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