Plenty of lithium resources for electric vehicles

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Will there be enough lithium resources to support increased demand from the use of lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles? According to researchers from the University of Michigan and Ford there will. Their prediction suggests that even with a rapid and widespread adoption of electric vehicles there will be enough resources to support demand until at [.]. Electric cars Ford Green cars Latest news Lithium-ion batteries lithium resources University of Michigan

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Danish Parker project developing universal definition for EV integration with electric grid for V2G services

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Nissan, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, PSA Groupe, NUVVE, Frederiksberg Forsyning, Enel, Insero and DTU (Technical University of Denmark) Electrical Engineering (PowerLabDK) are partnering in the Danish project Parker to develop a universal definition for grid integration for electric vehicles. The platform, initially developed by the University of Delaware is now supported and commercialized by Nuvve.

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University of Michigan and Ford researchers see plentiful lithium resources for electric vehicles

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Researchers from the University of Michigan and Ford Motor Co. report in Journal of Industrial Ecology that even with a rapid and widespread adoption of electric vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries, lithium resources are sufficient to support demand until at least the end of this century. The researchers compiled data on 103 deposits containing lithium, with an emphasis on 32 deposits that have a lithium resource of more than 100,000 metric tons each. Resources.

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NEC, NEC TOKIN and Tohoku University develop spin-Seebeck thermoelectric device w/ 10x better conversion efficiency

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Ken-ichi Uchida of Tohoku University (Keio University at that time). Resources.

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Volkswagen & BASF “Science Award Electrochemistry” to Dr. William Chueh from Stanford; special prize to Dr. Martin Ebner from ETH University Zurich

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The Volkswagen and BASF international “Science Award Electrochemistry 2016” goes to Dr. William Chueh from Stanford University. Also, on the occasion of the 5 th ceremony of the science award, a special prize for applied research goes to Dr. Martin Ebner from the ETH University Zurich, Switzerland for his excellent research in the area of fast charging of lithium-ion batteries. Dr. Martin Ebner received his PhD in Material Science at the ETH University Zurich.

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UW researchers discover major lithium resource in Wyoming; potential integrated brine production/CO2 storage system

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Researchers at the University of Wyoming Carbon Management Institute (CMI) discovered a major new lithium resource near Rock Springs during a geological carbon dioxide storage site characterization project sponsored by the US Department of Energy. The potential new lithium resource discovered by CMI could transform the US from a significant lithium importer to an independent lithium producer.

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Rice University scientists find O-doped boron nitride-graphene hybrid excellent candidate for on-board hydrogen storage

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Layers of graphene separated by nanotube pillars of boron nitride (PGBN) may be a excellent material for on-board hydrogen storage in vehicles, according to a computational study by a pair of Rice University scientists. Resources.

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Rice University study of lung cells suggests anthropogenic carbon nanotubes are common pollutants

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Rice University scientists, working with colleagues in France, have detected the presence of anthropogenic carbon nanotubes (CBTs) in cells extracted from the airways of Parisian children under routine treatment for asthma. Resources.

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CARB, NOAA, NASA and San Jose State University scientists team up to study ozone transported across Pacific

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This summer dozens of scientists from State and federal agencies and universities are using four different aircraft with more than 200 flight hours, balloons that measure ozone aloft, and a laser-based instrument that measures ozone above the ground up to 12,000 feet, to investigate ozone which enters California from the Pacific Ocean. As California continues to reduce local sources of ozone, ozone entering the state from the Pacific makes up a larger fraction of measured ozone levels.

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Kyushu University research group develops new method for creating highly efficient gold nanoparticle catalysts for fuel cells

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A team of researchers at Kyushu University’s International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I 2 CNER) reports devising a method for using a new type of catalyst support for highly active gold nanoparticle catalysts for fuel cells. Resources.

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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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DLR team develops demonstrator of free-piston linear generator as range extender for EVs; technology transfer to Universal Motor Corp.

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As one example, GM Global Technology Operations LLC and the Regents of the University of Michigan recently were recently awarded a US patent (Nº 8,261,860) for a plug-in series hybrid or range-extended electric vehicle powertrain using multiple free piston linear alternator (FPLA) engines. As another, researcher at the Nanjing University of Science & Technology has proposed a novel opposed-piston free-piston linear generator for use in series hybrid electric vehicles. Resources.

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Petrobras and the Federal University of RN inaugurate a pilot plant to cultivate microalgae for biofuel

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Petrobras and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte inaugurated a pilot plant in Extremoz (state of Rio Grande do Norte) for the cultivation of microalgae for biodiesel production. The project is part of Thematic Networks, a program Petrobras set up in 2006 to enhance relations with Brazilian universities and research institutes. There are currently 50 networks covering upwards of 100 universities and research institutions nationwide.

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Rice University team links PM2.5 and ozone levels with cardiac arrest

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A team from Rice University and the Houston Fire Department EMS has found a direct correlation between out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) and levels of air pollution and ozone. Resources. The research, based on a massive data set unique to Houston, was published this month in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

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Eindhoven University of Technology to make biofuels from its own wood waste; cyclic oxygenate CyclOx and ethanol

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Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) are developing a small-scale demonstration reactor that will process 40 tons of wood waste per year from the university into replacements for diesel fuel and gasoline. Resources.

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Honda joins vehicle-to-grid technology demonstration project in partnership with University of Delaware and NRG Energy

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Honda has joined a demonstration project for experimental vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology aimed at providing a potentially valuable energy storage resource to the electrical grid while providing for more cost-effective ownership of plug-in electric vehicles. The Honda technology builds off of the research conducted by the University of Delaware and now supported by NRG Energy, Inc. Resources.

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Fudan University team develops superfast charging Li-ion battery cathode

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Researchers at Fudan University with colleagues at the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight have developed a LiMn 2 O4 material for a Li-ion battery cathode that exhibits superfast charging capabilities. Resources.

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University of Illinois licenses StructurePore cathode technology to Xerion for commercialization of the ultra-rapid charging technology

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has entered into a licensing agreement with Xerion Advanced Battery Corp under which Xerion has the exclusive right to bring the University’s patented StructurePore electrode technology to the market. The StructurePore technology was developed by Dr. Paul Braun, of the Department of Materials, Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois, who is presently also an officer and director of Xerion. Resources.

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University of Adelaide team exploring novel configuration for solar hybridized coal-to-liquids process

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Researchers at the University of Adelaide (Australia) are proposing a novel configuration of a hybridized concentrated solar thermal (CST) dual fluidized bed (DFB) gasification process for Fischer–Tropsch liquids (FTL) fuels production. Resources.

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IBM and University of Guadalajara create Smarter Cities Exploration Center; transportation pilot seeks to reduce commuting time in city by 15%

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IBM and the University of Guadalajara (UdeG) in Mexico have created a Smarter Cities Exploration Center. By infusing analytical insights into municipal operations through one central point of command, cities are to be able to better anticipate problems, respond to crises, and manage resources.

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Peking University team develops method for modeling historical global black carbon emissions from motor vehicles with reduced uncertainty

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Researchers at Peking University have developed a new methodology to model black carbon (BC) emissions from diesel and gasoline motor vehicles. 1,754 Gg by 2050 under different UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) scenarios, overriding residential, industry, and power sectors to become the largest anthropogenic source, the Peking University authors note. Resources. Geographical distributions of global BC emissions from motor vehicles in 1976 (A) and 2006 (B).

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No Li, Lithium Will Power SUVs

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If lithium-ion batteries are so good, you would think they would be universally adopted today. Hybrid ResourcesWill Your Next SUV have Lithium-ion Batteries? If you own a hybrid SUV , there’s a very good chance it has nickel-metal hydride battery. But your next SUV may not.

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No Li, Lithium Will Power SUVs

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If lithium-ion batteries are so good, you would think they would be universally adopted today. Hybrid ResourcesWill Your Next SUV have Lithium-ion Batteries? If you own a hybrid SUV , there’s a very good chance it has nickel-metal hydride battery. But your next SUV may not.

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Shell partners with UT Austin to pursue new solutions to unlock gas resources

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Shell and The University of Texas at Austin signed a five-year agreement to invest $7.5 The new Shell-UT Program on Unconventional Resources will be managed by the university’s Bureau of Economic Geology with participation across the campus, including geoscience, engineering, economics, business, environmental and regulatory affairs. million to address short- and long-term challenges facing the growing worldwide unconventional oil and gas industry.

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University of Washington team develops new robust approach to solving battery models

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A team at the University of Washington (Seattle) led by Dr. Venkat Subramanian has developed an approach that helps solve battery models without knowing the exact initial conditions and without having to use a Newton Raphson iteration (a method for finding successively better approximations of a real-valued function) or a nonlinear solver. Resources.

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University of Maryland team creates solid-state Li-ion battery out of one material

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Engineers at the University of Maryland have created a solid-state Li-ion battery that is made entirely out of one material. Chunsheng Wang, a professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and his team have made a single material that incorporates the properties of both electrodes (cathode and anode) and electrolyte. Resources.

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Comparative genome study finds ancestral fungus may have influenced end of coal formation; potential resource for biofuel production

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Robert Blanchette, University of Minnesota) Click to enlarge. —Clark University biologist David Hibbett, senior author. Resources. Scanning electron micrograph of wood being decayed by the white rot fungus. Punctularia strigoso-zonata.

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EcoMotors establishes R&D Center with Hunan University to develop opoc engine technology in China

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EM), developer of opposed-piston opposed-cylinder (opoc) engine technology, has established a joint research and development center together with Hunan University (HNU) in Changsha to further develop and adapt their technology for the Chinese market. For its part, HNU will give EM use of the RCAPT’s engine testing and computational facilities, as well as other resources. EcoMotors, Inc.(EM),

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Study finds resource constraints should not be a limiting factor for large-scale EV battery production

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On the order of 1 billion 40 kWh Li-based EV batteries could be built with the currently estimated reserve base of lithium, according to a recent study by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley. resource constraints, they found. Resource potential. Resources. (A) Energy storage potential (ESP) based on annual production of the elements.

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Denmark to examine vehicle to grid technology

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The Technical University of Denmark will look into vehicle to grid operation after AC Propulsion delivered its eBox to its research team. With the aim of advancing integration of electric vehicles with Denmark’s electric power grid, which has extensive wind power generation capacity, the team will look into buffering intermittent renewable energy resources. Electric cars Green cars Latest news AC Propulsion Denmark eBox Technical University of Denmark vehicle to grid technology

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Tsinghua University provincial-level lifecycle study finds fuel-cycle criteria pollutants of EVs in China could be up to 5x those of natural gas vehicles due to China’s coal-dominant power mix

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Resources. Consumption-based power mixes and NG transmission distances by Chinese province in 2010. Credit: ACS, Huo et al. Click to enlarge.

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Government of Canada signs research agreements with Universities of Calgary and Alberta; focus on pipelines

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The Government of Canada has signed research agreements with the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. Collaboration between Natural Resources Canada’s CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory and the universities under the agreements will support materials innovations, with a focus on emerging technologies for new pipelines, in particular pipelines to be located in Northern Canada. —the Honorable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources.

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Rice University engineers reverse ubiquitous metabolic pathway to enable speedy microbial production of fuels, chemicals

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Rice University engineering researchers have developed a new method for rapidly converting glucose into biofuels and renewable petrochemical substitutes by reversing the ubiquitous β-oxidation metabolic pathway in bacteria. Resources.

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Team from Coskata, GM and Auburn University lays out a case for cellulosic ethanol

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Resources. The conversion of biomass to cellulosic ethanol is the most efficient and productive use of biomass to create a high-octane, environmentally friendly transportation fuel, according to a perspective paper published in the Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology.

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DOE awards $39M to strengthen university-led nuclear energy research and development

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The US Department of Energy has awarded up to $39 million in research grants aimed at developing advanced nuclear energy technologies and training under the Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) initiative. The grants will support up to 51 projects at colleges and universities around the country. The 51 awards are led by 31 US universities in more than 20 states.

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Washington University in Saint Louis team disseminating code to identify optimal charging protocols for new advanced Li-ion battery materials

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Researchers at Washington University in Saint Louis led by Dr. Venkat Subramanian are offering the open download of application code which, in conjunction with their paper published in the RSC journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , can help the developers of new materials or electrodes for Li-ion batteries to determine how optimally to charge their batteries based on the properties of the new materials. Resources.

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Engineered E. coli from Rice University part of USDA-funded project to develop drop-in fuels from biomass

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A process developed by researchers at Rice University is part of a USDA-funded $6.6-million project to convert lignocellulosic biomass to infrastructure-compatible renewable diesel, bio-lubricants, animal feed and biopower. But the Rice University process is definitely the winner. Resources.

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Audi and Johannes Kepler University of Linz to establish center for artificial intelligence; autonomous driving

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Audi and the Johannes Kepler University of Linz (JKU) are establishing the “Audi.JKU deep learning center” in Linz to conduct joint research into the intelligent car of the future. Resources. Through cooperation with the Institute for Bioinformatics headed by Prof. Sepp Hochreiter, Audi plans to promote the use of artificial intelligence in automobiles. Sepp Hochreiter is one of Europe’s leading experts in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

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Researchers at Rice University develop vanadium oxide-graphene materials for high power-density Li-ion batteries with ultrafast charging and discharging

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A team from Rice University has developed vanadium oxide (VO 2 )-graphene ribbon materials that, when used as cathode materials in Li-ion batteries, enable ultrafast, “ supercapacitor-like ” charge and discharge rates with long cycle life while maintaining highly reversible capacity.

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San Jose State University, CalCharge launch new “Battery University” program

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CalCharge, an energy storage innovation accelerator, and San Jose State University are teaming up to launch a “battery university”. Battery university courses will be offered through SJSU’s professional education program&. —Venkat Srinivasan, head of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources groups at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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