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MITEI study finds hydrogen-generated electricity is a cost-competitive candidate for backing up wind and solar

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A team at MITEI (MIT Energy Initiative) has found that hydrogen-generated electricity can be a cost-competitive option for backing up wind and solar. However, the authors noted, the power prices required to justify investment in an HFGT to replace a natural gas-fired gas turbine are considerably higher than those seen in the market today. As we move to more and more renewable penetration, this intermittency will make a greater impact on the electric power system.

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NTNU study finds ships’ and spare parts’ contribution to offshore wind power lifecycle impacts has been underestimated

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Components: WT = wind turbine; Fnd = foundation; EC = electrical connections, including substation; Inst = installation; IOo = input-output, other; Mnt = Maintenance, excluding replacement parts; RP = replacement parts; EOL = end-of-life. ships and spare parts”—to the total life cycle impacts of offshore wind power. While offshore wind power technology is based on onshore wind technology, there are important differences, they note.

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German power-to-gas facility opens green methanation plant; €28M STORE&GO project

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A methanation plant expansion to the existing power-to-gas (PtG) facility in Falkenhagen, Germany has officially opened as part of the international €28-million (US$33.5-million) STORE&GO research project. Moreover, it provides for unrestricted use of the natural gas infrastructure, including for transport and storage. This stored energy is then available as backup whenever there is an insufficient supply of solar and wind power.

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Iwatani, SG H2 & City of Lancaster to launch green hydrogen transportation eco-system

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Energy company SG H2 Energy; the City of Lancaster, California; and Iwatani, Japan’s leading hydrogen industrial gas company and a developer of hydrogen refueling stations (HRS) in California, are launching California’s first closed-loop green hydrogen ecosystem for transportation. The plant will feature SGH2’s gasification technology, which uses biogenic waste, biomass and recycled water to produce carbon negative hydrogen.

S4 Energy Solutions to Develop Plasma Gasification Project at Waste Management Landfill for Waste to Fuels and Power

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S4 Energy Solutions LLC , a joint venture by Waste Management, Inc. and InEnTec LLC, plans to develop a plasma gasification facility at Waste Management’s Columbia Ridge Landfill in Arlington, Oregon. The planned facility will convert municipal solid waste into synthetic fuels and power. After the first phase, the waste materials flow into a second closed chamber where they are superheated to temperatures between 10,000 and 20,000 °F (5,538 to 11,093 °C) using plasma.

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Study: California will hit climate targets >100 years too late at current pace of reductions; transportation, wildfires & landfills

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The industrial, residential, and transportation sectors have only seen small declines, while California’s large commercial sector is moving in the opposite direction, with emissions increasing more than 64%. Over the last 17 years, the industrial, residential and transportation sectors have cut their emissions by less than 5 percent. Electricity sector gains mask challenges from transportation, buildings, and industry. million tons of waste, up 7.4%

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Swedish eMethanol startup launches crowd-funding campaign, developing commercial-scale plant

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The Swedish start-up Liquid Wind recently launched a second crowdfunding campaign and has already raised 1,000,000 SEK (US$102,000). Liquid Wind is developing its first commercial-scale eMethanol facility in Sweden and plans to establish 6 facilities by 2030 before expanding internationally.

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Fraunhofer IFF team designing hydrogen factory of the future

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer IFF in Germany are designing the distributed and modular production and distribution of green hydrogen for industry, business and transportation throughout the value chain—a hydrogen factory of the future.

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DOE BETO releases new strategic plan; biofuels to constitute 25% of US transportation fuels by 2040

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Most sources of alternative energy, such as solar, wind, and geothermal, produce electrical power while biofuels and biochemicals can directly replace petroleum-derived liquid fuels and chemicals compatible with today’s infrastructure. Additionally, many chemicals relied upon for transportation (such as oils and lubricants) as well as other commodity chemicals and polymer precursors are, and will likely remain, carbon-based.

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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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The new ARPA-E selections focus on accelerating innovations in clean technology while increasing US competitiveness in rare earth alternatives and breakthroughs in biofuels, thermal storage, grid controls, and solar power electronics. Solar ADEPT: Solar Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology ($14.7 wasted energy in plants into energy-dense fuel molecules. for High Power Wind Generators The University of Houston will develop a new, low-cost. QM Power.

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ARPA-E awards $30M to 21 projects advance new class of high-performance power converters

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CIRCUITS project teams will accelerate the development and deployment of a new class of efficient, lightweight, and reliable power converters, based on wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors. CIRCUITS projects will establish the building blocks of this class of power converter by advancing higher efficiency designs that exhibit enhanced reliability and superior total cost of ownership. SiC-Based Wireless Power Transformation for Data Centers & Medium-Voltage Applications.

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Cal Energy Commission adopts report outlining how state transforming transportation system to meet climate goals

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The California Energy Commission adopted its 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update, which outlines, among many things, how the state is working to transform the transportation system to zero- and near-zero technologies and fuels to meet its climate and clean air goals. This is the first IEPR to focus primarily on transportation. Key transportation-related elements highlighted by the report include: Hydrogen fuel cell technology.

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European Union adopts strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen; Clean Hydrogen Alliance

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The current model in which energy consumption in transport, industry, gas and buildings is happening in silos—each with separate value chains, rules, infrastructure, planning and operations—cannot deliver climate neutrality by 2050 in a cost efficient way; the changing costs of innovative solutions have to be integrated in the way energy systems operate. The priority is to develop renewable hydrogen, produced using mainly wind and solar energy.

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Bosch on importance of renewable synthetic fuels to reach climate goals; e-fuels

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As their name suggests, renewable synthetic fuels are made exclusively with energy obtained from renewable sources such as the sun or wind. Vehicles on the road, when powered by synthetic fuel, are ultimately climate-neutral. Even at the point in the future when all cars and trucks are powered by batteries or fuel cells, airplanes, ships, and parts of the heavy-goods transport sector will continue to rely on conventional fuels. Storage and transport.

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California Energy Commission awards more than $35M for green transportation in California

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will receive $5 million to develop, build and test a pilot facility to demonstrate an innovative gasification process to produce renewable biomass diesel from local municipal solid waste, including green refuse, railroad ties, construction and demolition waste, and plastics that typically wind up in landfills. and a demonstration of a natural gas version of the heavy-duty Navistar MaxxForce 13 diesel engine, in partnership with Clean Air Power.

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UK wants to ban 100% ICE power by 2030

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Under Boris’s new Green plan, the sale of new combustion engine vehicles, that are powered wholly by Petrol or Diesel will be banned from 2030. Offshore wind: Produce enough offshore wind to power every home in the UK, quadrupling how much it produces to 40 gigawatts by 2030, and supporting up to 60,000 jobs. Point 1: Advancing Offshore Wind. Nuclear power also comes into the mix later in the report.

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Comprehensive LCA report from Ricardo on behalf of EC confirms environmental benefits of electrified powertrains

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Ricardo experts in sustainable transport, with colleagues from E4tech and the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg (ifeu), have produced a comprehensive lifecycle assessment (LCA) of road vehicles on behalf of the European Commission.

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IBM releases fifth annual Next Five in Five list of near-term significant innovations; personalized routing for commuting/transportation makes the cut

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Of the five, only one is directly transportation-related: Commuters will be able to quickly access personalized recommendations that help them avoid the congestion issues they routinely face and help them get where they need to go in the fastest time. Batteries will breathe air to power our devices. Transportation agencies and city planners will be able to proactively design, manage and optimize transportation systems to more seamlessly handle ever-increasing traffic.

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Shell to build one of Europe’s biggest biofuels facilities for SAF and renewable diesel; 820,000 tonnes/year

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Once built, the facility will be among the largest in Europe to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel made from waste. It will produce low-carbon fuels such as renewable diesel from waste in the form of used cooking oil, waste animal fat and other industrial and agricultural residual products, using technology developed by Shell. Transport Hub and Offshore Storage) project.

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ERTRAC publishes roadmap on energy carriers and powertrains; role for power-to-gas

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The European Road Transport Research Advisory Council ( ERTRAC ) has published a new roadmap assessing energy carriers and powertrains in the context of the European target to achieve a 60% reduction in CO 2 emissions from transport by 2050. ERTRAC is the European Technology Platform (ETP) for Road Transport recognized and supported by the European Commission. Liquid Air in the energy and transport systems - The Centre for Low Carbon Futures May 2013.

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Ad Astra Rocket Company and Cummins use hydrogen/biogas to power Cummins generator in Costa Rica

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A combined team of engineers and technicians from Ad Astra Rocket Company and Cummins Power Generation have successfully powered a Cummins-built electrical generator using mixtures of hydrogen and biogas. Other components of this system include an Ad Astra-designed solar and wind-based hydrogen production and storage system.

Stanford team proposes method for electricity production from oil shale with in situ carbon capture to provide transportation energy with reduced CO2 emissions

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A team at Stanford University is proposing using solid oxide fuel cells as the basis for a method for electricity production from oil shale with in situ carbon capture (EPICC) as a means to provide transportation services from oil shale with greatly reduced CO 2 emissions. In EPICC, waste heat from a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) placed in the subsurface is transferred via conduction to a geologic formation containing oil shale. secondary use of waste heat.

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ARPA-E trying to assist non-funded applicants find other funding sources; energy storage, biofuels and renewable power the top categories

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The listing, which includes 85 organizations as of 22 January, is grouped into 13 categories, with the largest categories being energy storage (29 applicants); biofuels (17); and renewable power (13): Biofuels (17). Power Electronics (2). Renewable Power (13). Vehicle Technologies (non-power) (3). Waste Heat Capture (2). ARPA-E currently has six main funded programs underway ( topic ): Batteries for Electrical Energy Storage in Transportation (BEEST).

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UK study finds Bio-SNG could offer 90% reduction in lifecycle CO2; lower cost of carbon abatement than electrical solutions for transport applications

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Cost of carbon abated for transport applications. Bio-SNG (Synthetic Natural Gas) delivered via the gas grid offers CO 2 lifecycle savings of up to 90% compared with fossil fuel alternatives, and offer sa more cost-effective solution than electricity for carbon abatement in transport applications, according to a new feasibility study published by National Grid (UK), the North East Process Industry Cluster ( NEPIC ) and Centrica. Click to enlarge.

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California makes first investments in $100M energy research & development program; also biogas and H2

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million each to advance thermal energy storage technologies that will help cut costs and improve the efficiency of thermal energy storage, leading to increased capacity and operational benefits for concentrated solar power plants. Geysers Power Company: $3 million to investigate if geothermal plants could vary output to balance other intermittent renewable resources to increase the amounted of wind and solar used by the grid. Biomethane Hydrogen Power Generation Solar

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Georgia Tech study suggests unlinking EVs from CAFE and coordinating with power sector for low-cost benefits

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The controlled charging of EVs can reduce electricity costs and improve the integration of wind energy. EV adoption links the electricity system with the transportation system. They validated capacity expansion decisions through simulation of the day-ahead unit commitment and hour-ahead economic dispatch processes using data for hourly wind availability in each region and with sensitivity testing for lowest wind and highest demand weeks for each of the six electric system regions.

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Audi highlights its range of electrification efforts; Q7 diesel PHEV, A7 fuel cell PHEV, BEV, 48V and more; 750 Wh/l by 2025

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The Q7 e-tron quattro features a six-cylinder TDI engine and quattro drive that deliver 275 kW (373 hp) of system power and 700 N·m (516.3 TDI, a highly efficient, latest-generation V6 diesel engine, delivers 190 kW (258 hp) of power and 600 N·m (442.5 The electric motor produces 94 kW of power and 350 N·m (258.1 kW of power. The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro normally starts off purely on electric power.

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Audi to introduce natural gas A3 Sportback g-tron at year’s end; CO2-neutral e-gas

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Audi will introduce the compact A3 Sportback g-tron—which can be powered by the CO 2 -neutral Audi e-gas, synthetic methane generated from eco-electricity in the Audi e-gas project ( earlier post )—at the end of the year. The e-gas fuel will be produced in the power-to-gas plant in Werlte, Germany. When the A3 Sportback g-tron is powered by Audi e-gas, no more CO 2 is released than was chemically input in its production beforehand, creating a closed loop.

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Argonne LCA study finds many alternative fuels consume more water than petroleum and natural gas fuels

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have analyzed the water consumption for transportation fuels in the United States using an extended lifecycle system boundary that includes the water embedded in intermediate processing steps. The authors concluded that it will be important to consider the implications of transportation and energy policy changes on water resources in the future. Biomass Fuels Hydrogen Lifecycle analysis Power Generation Water

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Rosatom and EDF Group partner to develop green hydrogen in Russia and Europe

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We are ready to become one of the key players in the emerging global hydrogen production, transport and consumption market. The Group has developed a diversified generation mix based on nuclear power, hydropower, new renewable energies and thermal energy. Its objective is to develop low-carbon sources of energy, including wind energy.

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Study: air pollution caused 1.1M deaths across Africa in 2019, toll from outdoor pollution rising

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Specific recommendations include: Invest in clean renewable energy, in particular taking advantage of solar and wind power resources and reducing reliance on coal, oil, and gas. Air pollution was responsible for 1.1

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ARPA-E awards $35M to 16 REFUEL projects for energy-dense carbon-neutral liquid fuels; leveraging ammonia

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REFUEL projects will convert low-cost renewable energy into a transportable chemical fuel and use these fuels for transportation applications, while reducing production costs and environmental impact. Cost-Effective, Intermediate-Temperature Fuel Cell for Carbon-Free Power Generation (Category 2) The Materials and Systems Research, Inc. MSRI) team will develop a new solid oxide fuel cell design that generates power directly from ammonia at temperatures under 650 °C.

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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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BNEF: global investment in energy transition hit $500B in 2020; $139B on EVs and infrastructure

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billion in new renewable energy capacity in 2020, up 2% on the year, helped by the biggest-ever build-out of solar projects and a $50-billion surge for offshore wind. Electrified transport. Passenger EVs were responsible for the bulk of outlays on electrified transport globally.

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Smart-grid project matches wind to electric cars | Green Tech - CNET News

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The EDISON (Electric Vehicles in a Distributed and Integrated Market using Sustainable Energy and Open Networks) research consortium will seek to match power generation from wind turbines on the island of Bornholm, Denmark, with the power consumption of charging plug-in electric cars. Smart-grid technologies are not required to make larger use of wind and solar power but they can make them less expensive, Schurr said.

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US DOT Awards $100M in Recovery Act Funds to 43 Transit Projects to Reduce Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding $100 million in Economic Recovery Act funding to 43 transit agencies for projects to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from both vehicles and facilities. PV canopies will produce power and reduce temperatures underneath canopies. MARTA anticipates that the power produced by these photovoltaic panels will be sold to Georgia Power under their Distributed Generation Contract Program.

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

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REEACH projects seek to create innovative, cost-effective, and high-performance energy storage and power generation sub-systems for electric aircraft, with a focus on fuel-to-electric power conversion technologies. Estimates comparing passenger-distance-specific CO 2 emissions place commercial air travel on single-aisle aircraft at nearly double that of any other individual widely used transportation source, including by rail, bus, or car.

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Rhodium Group estimates US GHG fell 2.1% in 2019, driven by coal decline

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Coal-fired power generation fell by a record 18% year-on-year to its lowest level since 1975. An increase in natural gas generation offset some of the climate gains from this coal decline, but overall power sector emissions still decreased by almost 10%. Transportation.

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

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The solicitation was designed as a call for early-stage clean energy innovations that fall within five defined technology areas: energy efficiency; energy storage; AI/machine learning; advanced power electronics/power conditioning; and zero- and negative-carbon emission generation. This novel technology would deliver safe, reliable, resilient, and cost-effective electric power in the grid.

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

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Renewable Power (4 projects). Waste Heat Capture (2 projects). Eagle Picher, in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will develop a new generation of high energy, low cost planar liquid sodium beta batteries for grid scale electrical power storage applications. Low Cost, High Energy and Power Density, Nanotube-Enhanced Ultracapacitors. Cyanobacteria Designed for Solar-Powered Highly Efficient Production of Biofuels. RENEWABLE POWER.

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Successful first test run of Alstom Coradia iLint fuel cell train; signed letters of intent for 60 trains

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The braking power is also being tested to check the interface between the pneumatic and the electric brake. The Coradia iLint is the first low-floor passenger train worldwide powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which produces the electrical power for the traction. Coradia iLint combines different innovative elements: clean energy conversion; flexible energy storage in batteries; and smart management of the traction power and available energy.

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Toyota and partners launch low-carbon hydrogen supply-chain project in Japan

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In Japan, Aichi Prefecture, Chita City, Toyota City, Chubu Electric Power, Toho Gas, Toyota Motor Corporation, and Toyota Industries have launched the Chita City and Toyota City Renewable Energy-use Low-carbon Hydrogen Project. Without emitting any CO 2 during use, hydrogen can be produced from renewable resources (including wind power, solar power, and biomass [sewage sludge]) and can be stored and transported for use in various fields.

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IndianOil and LanzaTech to construct first refinery Offgas-to-Bioethanol production facility

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LanzaTech’s first commercial facility converting waste emissions from steel production to ethanol will come online in China in late 2017. LanzaTech has developed a gas fermentation process based on biological catalysts to make fuels and chemicals from a range of waste gases instead of sugars and yeast. The implementation of the National Smart Grid Mission, along with new programs for increasing energy capacities from wind and waste conversion, are key elements of this vision.

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