Argonne and University of Illinois to form Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering intend to form the Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition to raise awareness of the potential for hydrogen and fuel cells to provide energy resilience and security, reduce emissions and foster economic growth. Coalitions are working toward similar goals in states including California, Connecticut, Ohio and South Carolina.

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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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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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UDRI leading project to develop safer, greener storage tanks for natural-gas fueled vehicles

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An Ohio-based initiative to develop affordable, safer and recyclable compressed-gas fuel tanks for the trucking and automotive industry, led by the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), is underway with the kick-off of its first collaborative project. by facilitating academic and industry partnerships to spur the development of better composite materials, processes and products for use within the automotive, wind turbine and compressed-gas storage industries.

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DOE to award up to $2M to 3 projects for hydrogen and fuel cell supply chain and manufacturing analysis

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Selections include the following three projects: Westside Industrial Retention & Expansion Network’s GLWN of Cleveland, Ohio, will receive $695,000 to complete detailed manufacturing analysis of fuel cell systems (automotive and stationary), high pressure hydrogen storage systems, and key high value hydrogen and fuel cell subsystems and components. solar, photovoltaic, wind, and electric vehicle battery technologies).

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DOE awarding $4.8M to 5 BIRD Energy projects with Israel; H2 storage, biofuel, sustainable transportation

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The program encourages cooperation between Israeli and American companies through funding joint research and development in a range of technologies, including solar, wind, biofuels, energy storage, fuel cells, smart grid, and water and energy efficiency. Projects that qualify for BIRD Energy funding must include one US and one Israeli company, or a company in one of the countries paired with a university or research institution in the other.

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Study finds air pollution caused by corn production increases mortality rate in US

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The paper, published in Nature Sustainability , presents how researchers have estimated for the first time the health damages caused by corn production using detailed information on pollution emissions, pollution transport by wind, and human exposure to increased air pollution levels. The deaths caused per bushel in western corn belt states such as Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska tend to be lower than in eastern corn belt states such as Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

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NASA testing new boundary layer ingesting (BLI) propulsor; 4-8% fuel burn savings over current advanced engines

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NASA is testing the propulsor, designed by United Technologies Research Center with research conducted by Virginia Polytechnic and State University, in its 8' x 6' Wind Tunnel at NASA Glenn in Cleveland, Ohio. NASA Glenn engineers also modified the wind tunnel to accept a larger model, a boundary layer control system and a way to power the experiment.

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UCI-led study finds California’s strict air quality regulations have helped farmers

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Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have conducted a statistical analysis of pollution exposure and yields from 1980 to 2015 on a key sector making up about 38% of the state’s total agricultural output: perennial crops such as almonds, grapes, nectarines, peaches, strawberries and walnuts. As we transition away from fossil fuels in favor of solar and wind energy and electric vehicles, there will be big changes in ozone pollution.

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OSU researchers working to improve CFD software for simulation and evaluation of turbomachinery

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Simulations of pulsing vortex generating jets, a type of flow control device, created on Ohio Supercomputer Center systems. Researchers at the Ohio State University led by Dr. Jen-Ping Chen are working to improve the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software that engineers use to simulate and evaluate the operation of turbomachinery. Vorticity iso-surfaces are colored by velocity magnitude. Credit: Chen/OSU. Click to enlarge.

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OSU-led team demonstrates effective vibration energy harvesting platform inspired by trees

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Inspired by the damping mechanisms which sustain trees under wind and seismic loads, researchers at The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan are investigating the potential for the development of energy harvesting systems that efficiently convert the same motion- and wind-based excitations into electric power. Trees leverage a variety of damping mechanisms for self-preservation when subjected to wind and seismic loads.

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CMU study finds controlled EV charging can reduce generation cost, but at greater health and environmental costs depending upon the generation mix

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In a study focused on the PJM portion of the US electricity grid, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) found that although charging electric vehicles at night (when electricity is cheap and wind power is typically more plentiful) could lower electricity costs, doing so also creates more air emissions, and that the health and environmental costs from these emissions outweigh the electricity cost savings.

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Toshiba to supply Li-ion battery energy storage system for frequency regulation project in US

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Toshiba Corporation has received an order to supply a large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) for a power frequency regulation project in Hamilton, Ohio. The US has seen the emergence of a power trading through a frequency regulation market as a mechanism for preventing instability in the power grid resulting from the feed-in of increasingly and widely used renewable energy sources, such as wind power and photovoltaic generation.

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

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Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. Remote Area Modular Monitoring for Critical Facilities, $300,000 Embedded Planet, Cleveland, Ohio Simulation Tool for Energy-Efficient Connected and Automated Vehicle Control Development, $600,000 Hyundai America Technical Center, Superior Township, Mich. Johnson Matthey, Billingham, UK Enabling Autonomous Wind Plants through Consensus Control, $250,000 RES Group, Broomfield, Colo.

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$3M Award Supports Production of New Multi-tasking Fuzzy Fiber Nanomaterial; Energy Applications

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A $3 million Ohio Third Frontier award to the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) will fund the scale-up and production of a new nanomaterial that will allow composites to multitask—enabling a wind turbine tower that can store energy to release on a calm day or a military vehicle whose armor can serve as a battery, powering some of the vehicle’s electrical components.

2010 163

Low-temperature plasma-assisted combustion could improve jet aircraft performance and fuel consumption

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Introducing plasma (ionized gas) to a combustion reaction can sustain combustion even in conditions that would otherwise snuff out the reaction: for example, at low air pressure, in high winds or when there’s low fuel. As such, low-temperature plasma-assisted combustion can potentially give an efficiency boost to high-performance aircraft.

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FPL Group and Duke Energy Pledge 10-year, $600M+ Commitment to Transition Fleets to PHEVs and EVs

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In announcing their partnership, FPL Group and Duke Energy called for a wide variety of organizations to commit to greening their vehicle fleets, including corporations, governments, universities and other agencies. FPL Group’s principal subsidiaries are NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun, and Florida Power & Light Company, which serves 4.5 FPL Group, Inc.

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DOE Awarding $620M for Smart Grid Demonstration and Energy Storage Projects

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Improved energy storage technologies will allow for expanded integration of renewable energy resources like wind and photovoltaic systems and will improve frequency regulation and peak energy management. Smart grid regional demonstrations involving plug-in vehicles include (ranked by DOE funding): Columbus Southern Power Company (doing business as AEP Ohio). Tehachapi Wind Energy Storage Project. Notrees Wind Storage. Wind Firming EnergyFarm.

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Researchers fully characterize reaction that affects ground-level ozone formation; a small but significant impact on predictive models

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Theoretical calculations by chemistry professor Anne McCoy at Ohio State University contributed to understanding of the not-well-studied peroxynitrous acid molecule. Future work by the two groups will focus on the parts of the atmosphere affected by long-range transport of pollution by high-altitude winds [in Earth’s middle and upper troposphere] and where ozone depletion from human-produced substances is important [the stratosphere].

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ARPA-E Awards $151M to 37 Projects for Transformative Energy Research

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Arizona State University, in partnership with Fluidic Energy Inc., Teaming with Ohio State University are PSRI, CONSOL Energy, Shell/CRI, and Babcock and Wilcox to accelerate this technology towards commercialization and deployment. UTRC will team with Columbia University, CM-Tech, Hamilton Sundstrand and Worley Parsons in this program. The University of Minnesota and BioCee, Inc. Breakthrough High Efficiency Shrouded Wind Turbine.

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DOE awards $54M to 13 projects for transformational manufacturing technologies and materials; top two awards go to carbon fiber materials and electrodes for next-gen batteries

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Low-cost carbon fiber has widespread application in automobiles, wind turbines, and various other industrial applications. The University of Utah Salt Lake is collaborating on the project, which will develop a process that sprays iron ore directly into the furnace chamber and uses natural gas, hydrogen, or syngas as a reducing. Collaborators include Duke University and Veolia, Inc. Collaborators include Purdue University; Georgia Institute of. University.

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ARPA-E Selects 37 Projects for $106M in Funding in Second Round; Electrofuels, Better Batteries and Carbon Capture

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Ohio State Univ. NC State University. Medical University of South Carolina. Columbia University. A123 Systems, Rutgers University). Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in collaboration with A123 Systems and Rutgers University, will seek to develop a revolutionary new electrical energy storage concept for transportation that combines the best attributes of rechargeable batteries and fuel cells. MIT, Bar-Ilan University).

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