Thai researchers find waste chicken fat a good low-cost feedstock for renewable diesel

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In a study investigating the effect of the water and free fatty acid (FFA) content in waste chicken fat from poultry processing plants on the production of renewable diesel (not biodiesel), researchers in Thailand have found that both higher FFA and water content improved the biohydrogenated diesel (BHD) yield. In Thailand, chicken fat/oil and other wastes from the food industry have been used as important feed stocks for biodiesel production. 1, a water content 0?4

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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. The theoretical minimum voltage needed to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen is 1.23 V or more is generally needed because of the low reaction kinetics. HyperSolar’s research is centered on developing a low-cost and submersible hydrogen production particle that can split water molecules using sunlight, emulating the core functions of photosynthesis.

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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. Flowback water treatment is a critical sustainability issue for the oil and gas industry. One to five million gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals are required for the fracking of each well.

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Waste Management and Renmatix to explore conversion of urban waste to low-cost cellulosic sugar via supercritical hydrolysis

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Waste Management, Inc. and Renmatix, a manufacturer of biobased sugar intermediates for global chemical and fuel markets, have entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) to explore the feasibility of converting post-consumer waste into affordable, sufficient-quality sugars for manufacturing biobased materials using Renmatix’ supercritical hydrolysis technology. The preheated slurry is further treated with hot compressed water and undergoes a rapid reaction.

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Graforce plasma electrolysis for efficient generation of hydrogen from industrial waste water; partnering with Audi

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Berlin-based Graforce Hydro GmbH, the developer of a plasma electrolyzer—the Plasmalyzer —is applying its technology for the highly efficient generation of hydrogen from industrial waste water. Mixing in biogas produces hydrogen-enriched compressed natural gas (HCNG)—a cost-effective, environmentally friendly fuel for vehicles that also generates electricity and heat. The current Plasmalyzer offers highly efficient water splitting.

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

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At the hubs, which can be built at or near landfills, Raven SR will convert mixed and multiple organic wastes, including municipal solid waste, greenwaste, food waste, medical, paper, etc. Raven SR , a renewable fuels company, and Hyzon Motors Inc.,

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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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Efficient recovery of lithium from spent LiFePO4 batteries via air oxidation–water leaching at room temperature

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Researchers in China report using air oxidation–water leaching to recover lithium selectively from spent LiFePO 4 (LFP) material, in which the high leaching efficiency of lithium and the good separation effect of lithium and iron were achieved simultaneously. The use of LFP batteries in EVs is increasing rapidly, especially in China, due to low-cost, safety, excellent thermal stability and superior cycling performance.

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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 US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $11 million in funding for 7 projects in the fourth and fifth cohorts of the agency’s OPEN+ program: Energy-Water Technologies and Sensors for Bioenergy and Agriculture. Energy-Water cohort teams will develop new, energy-efficient processing technologies for industrial (particularly oil and gas) and municipal wastewater. Energy-Water Technologies cohort. ARPA-E Sensors Water

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Novel pathway for aviation fuel from food waste–derived volatile fatty acids (VFA) could lead to 70% blends, up to 165% reduction in GHG

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Life cycle analysis showed up to 165% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to fossil jet if the food waste is diverted from landfills to produce VFA-SAF. In the process, anaerobic digestion of west waste is arrested prior to methanogensis to generate VFAs (C 3 -C 8 ).

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Borla Performance Industries developing muffler/membrane unit for exhaust water extraction with ORNL nanopore membrane technology

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Borla will combine this with its diesel exhaust technology to create a low-cost, novel system that doubles as a device to extract potable water from diesel and other internal combustion exhaust. The researchers at ORNL developed the membrane technology for applications such as gas separation, water purification, energy and water recovery from. For the recovery of previously wasted energy from relatively low temperature (. Emissions Materials Wate

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Neste, ReNew ELP and Licella to collaborate in utilization of waste plastic as a raw material for fuels and chemicals

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Neste, the leading producer of renewable diesel, UK-based chemical recycling company ReNew ELP, and Australian technology developer Licella are collaborating in a development project to explore the potential of using mixed waste plastic as a raw material for fuels, chemicals, and new plastics.

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BIRD Energy to invest $6.4M in Israel-US projects; biomass, fuel cells, natural gas, water-energy nexus and energy efficiency technologies

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million, which includes $9 million of cost share from the companies selected for funding. Sderot, Israel) and Brayton Energy, LLC (Hampton, NH), will develop a low cost and high efficiency solid biomass and solid waste fueled electricity generation system. Qualified projects must contribute at least 50% to project costs and commit to repayments if the project leads to commercial success.

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UC Riverside researchers receive two grants to advance steam hydrogasification reaction for waste-to-fuels

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Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CERT) at the Bourns College of Engineering have received two grants to further explore a steam hydrogasification process they developed to convert waste into fuels. The CEC grant will allow for the completion of a process demonstration unit at CERT that will provide data needed before a proposed pilot plant is built at the city of Riverside’s waste water treatment facility.

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Hydrogen Production from Waste Tires Using a Catalytic Pyrolysis-Gasification Process

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A team at the University of Leeds (UK) is investigating hydrogen production from waste tires using a two-stage pyrolysis-gasification reactor and Ni-Mg-Al (1:1:1) catalyst. The generation rate of waste tires is increasing, especially with the continued increase in production of cars and trucks, the authors note. In 2007, the amount of waste tires was about 4.6 Regional and national governments use a wide variety of methods to deal with waste tires.

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ARPA-E to award $60M to 2 programs: enhancing biomass yield and dry-cooling for thermoelectric power

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The Advanced Research In Dry cooling (ARID) program ( DE-FOA-0001197 ) aims to develop low-cost, highly efficient and scalable dry-cooling technologies for thermoelectric power plants. Increased information and analytics could improve crop yields to help lower the cost of biofuel production. The US electric power industry has relied primarily on water cooling technologies to remove low grade heat from thermoelectric power plants.

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Ford expands use of near-dry machining to six plants worldwide

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MQL reduces oil mist generation; biological contamination of coolant; waste water volume; costs for capital equipment; and regulatory permitting. For a typical production line, MQL can save more than 280,000 gallons (1 million liters) of water per year, Ford says. Cologne Engine Plant in Germany decreased water use per engine by 50% from 2011 to 2012 by switching to the MQL process. Ford continues to work toward cutting water use 30 percent per vehicle by 2015.

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Renault Trucks’ Optifuel Lab 2 lab vehicle integrates technologies for more efficient big rigs; road test results coming in 2015

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We therefore electrically powered several of the vehicle’s auxiliary items of equipment such as the air-conditioning, water pump, fuel pump and the steering pump. The more energy there is available at low cost, the more it will be used. Waste heat recovery. Renault Trucks has developed a system to recover the waste heat contained in exhaust gases. Aerodynamics: the water drop effect.

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DOE to Support Research Associated with Water Issues for Shale Gas and Alaskan Oil and Natural Gas

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Increasing population, heightened per capita water demands, regional droughts, and concerns over climate change have combined to make water issues even more pressing. As water supplies become scarcer, the protection of existing supplies becomes even more critical and water from oil and natural gas development is being viewed as a potential resource rather than a waste. This is total award size including both DOE share and Recipient cost share.

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DOE to award ~$96M for bioenergy research and development

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Topic areas within this FOA will advance DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office’s objectives of reducing the price of drop-in biofuels; lowering the cost of biopower; and enabling high-value products from biomass or waste resources. Algae Bioproducts and CO 2 Direct-Air-Capture and Efficiency (ABCDE) (up to $14M): Lowering the cost of algal biofuels by improving carbon efficiency, and/or by employing direct air capture technologies.

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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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wasted energy in plants into energy-dense fuel molecules. that produces large quantities of sugar and requires less water. 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. efficiency at less cost.

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Mangrove raises $3M from BDC Capital to accelerate deployment of battery-grade lithium processing systems

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Mangrove is the developer of a modular platform for the cost-effective production of battery-grade lithium hydroxide. The platform technology is also being commercialized for conversion of waste brines to chemicals and desalinated water.

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Energy Vault to provide 1.6 GWh of gravity energy storage to support DG Fuels SAF projects

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Energy Vault’s advanced gravity energy storage solutions are based on the proven physics and mechanical engineering fundamentals of pumped hydroelectric energy storage, but replace water with custom-made composite blocks, or “mobile masses”, which do not lose storage capacity over time.

DOE to award $35M for bioenergy feedstock and algae R&D

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DE-FOA-0002423 ) Topic Areas ins the FOA support DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) objectives to reduce the minimum selling price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. Topic Areas include: Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to Enable Production of Conversion-Ready Feedstocks (up to $15M).

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DOE to award $33M to advance hydrogen and fuel cell R&D and the H2@Scale vision

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $33 million in funding to support innovative hydrogen and fuel cell research & development (R&D), infrastructure supply chain development and validation, and cost analysis activities. ( M2FCT includes Los Alamos and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories as co-leads, and focuses on fuel cell durability, performance, and cost to better position fuel cell trucks as a viable option in the long-haul trucking market.

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DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office to award $8.5M to 7 small business R&D projects

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will develop low-cost, energy-efficient nanoporous ceramic membrane modules for separating pure oxygen from air. Luna Innovations will develop a large-scale, multi-input and output separation and extraction process to convert unused salt byproducts, wastes, and carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) into usable chemical feedstocks for the U.S. This grant may lead to a first-ever cost-effective application of CO 2 direct air capture technology.

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Ford Bronco Sport first to feature parts made of 100% recycled ocean plastic

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The strength and durability of the nylon material equals that of previously used petroleum-based parts but with a 10% cost savings and requiring less energy to produce. Ford has become the first automaker to use 100% recycled ocean plastics to produce automotive parts.

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Koch Strategic Platforms leads $102M Series D in 6K to accelerate battery material production and recycling

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The investment is expected to reach more than $150M in total, aimed at building a low cost, sustainable domestic supply chain for battery materials. 6K is the only company capable of battery material production at costs lower than Asia, while also reducing impact on the environment by 70%-90%. Compared to state-of-the-art CAM (cathode active material) plants today, 6K uses half the footprint, substantially lower CapEx, and half the conversion costs or less.

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. Scale-up and Qualification of Net-Zero Sustainable Aviation Fuels from Wet Waste. Topic 2: Waste to Energy Strategies for the Bioeconomy. High Precision Sorting, Fractionation, and Formulation of Municipal Solid Waste for Biochemical Conversion.

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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. However, HFOs are banned in the national waters of many countries. In addition, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is seeking to ban HFO use in Arctic waters.

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

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million: ALD Technical Solutions is developing light-weight, easy-to-install, long-lasting, and cost-effective structural composite reinforcement system which will be installed and cured-in-place around existing Aluminum Conductor Steel Reinforced transmission lines to increase power capacity and power efficiency, and also decrease sag. This novel technology would deliver safe, reliable, resilient, and cost-effective electric power in the grid. the cost of energy storage?by

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UK to award £54M to 15 projects developing innovative carbon removal technology

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The money will help projects further develop their greenhouse gas removal technologies, which include a machine that can pull carbon dioxide out of the air, a plant to convert household waste into hydrogen for use in the transport industry, and a system to remove carbon dioxide from seawater. Coal Products Limited (CPL), “Bio-waste to biochar (B to B) via Hydrothermal Carbonization and Post-Carbonization”.

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Exxon/Mobil To Fund Solar Financing Bond For Torrance Homeowners

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In a deal brokered by the city’s newly commissioned Citizens Environmental Task Force, Exxon/Mobil, owners of the Exxon/Mobil Refinery in the City of Torrance agreed today to fund a bond that will make low cost financing of solar energy systems for home and apartment owners. 3. Water Conservation. 4. Waste & Recycling.

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ARPA-E adds five new funding topics to FOA to advance critical energy innovation

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Waste into X (WiX); $5.0 With nearly 2 billion tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated globally, this feedstock may constitute the largest resource for the recovery of CMs and other metals.

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ARPA-E to award $10M to third SEED cohort

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Using UHV’s patented high-throughput sorter, aluminum alloys will be pre-sorted, then melted in an energy-efficient vacuum furnace to avoid the typical 5% metal loss from molten metal oxidation, allowing for lower-cost production of high-value aluminum alloys. The team will achieve this objective through implanting silicon ions in AlN, a wide bandgap semiconductor, combined with sophisticated point defect control processes to achieve controlled low doping.

DOE EERE awarding $43.6M for Phase II SBIR projects

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Nine EERE technology offices (Advanced Manufacturing Office, Bioenergy Technologies Office, Building Technologies Office, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Geothermal Technologies Office, Solar Energy Technologies Office, Vehicle Technologies Office, Water Power Technologies Office and the Wind Energy Technologies Office) will fund 42 awards across 19 states under 15 topics and 26 subtopics.

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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. ARPA-E’s ARID program will fund transformative new power plant cooling technologies that enable high thermal-to-electric energy conversion efficiency with zero net water dissipation to the atmosphere.

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Pilus Energy and Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies to combine bioreactors with fuel cells

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The partnership aims to combine Horizon’s hydrogen fuel cells to Pilus Energy’s renewable hydrogen production platform, with the goal of providing a unique turnkey, end-to-end solution to generate clean power at a low cost. Distributed bio-hydrogen production using waste or waste-water as feedstock also offers the promise of a carbon-free solution for both urban environments and remote off-grid locations. .

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Ford unveils F-150 Lightning electric pickup; starting at $39,974; arriving in 2022

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The low center of gravity brings even more confident handling whether traveling along rain-slicked roads or through sand. F-150 Lightning will make use of the new, state-of-the-art Rouge Electric Vehicle Center—which will also be a zero-waste-to-landfill site.

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Bosch boosts stake in SOFC expert Ceres Power to around 18%; possible expansion into SO electrolysis

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This enabled Bosch to start initial low-volume production of pilot fuel-cell systems in autumn 2019 in Germany. Bosch has increased its stake in solid-oxide fuel-cell (SOFC) developer Ceres Power from 3.9% to around 18%.

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Microwave plasma company 6K launches division to produce advanced battery materials; demos of high-performance NMC-622 cathodes

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The company’s UniMelt plasma production system has been used to demonstrate uniquely high performance NMC cathode materials in a volume process that can deliver dramatically lower costs in a highly sustainable production paradigm.

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DOE Coal FIRST Initiative invests $80M in net-zero carbon electricity and hydrogen plants

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected four projects for cost-shared research and development under the funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DE-FOA-0002180, Design Development and System Integration Design Studies for Coal FIRST Concepts. These plants will be fueled by coal, natural gas, biomass, and waste plastics and incorporate carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies.

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CSIRO joins US sCO2-based power generation project STEP demo

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The STEP project seeks to demonstrate power generation plants enabled by supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO 2 ) technology that can offer dramatically improved efficiencies, economics, and environmental performance, and can play an important role as low-carbon energy evolves. Using sCO 2 as a power cycle working fluid instead of steam/water will lower capital expenditures and reduce plant size and footprint.

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