U Delaware team develops chemocatalytic process to convert waste polypropylene to lube oils

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Vlachos (2021) “Polypropylene Plastic Waste Conversion to Lubricants over Ru/TiO 2 Catalysts” ACS Catalysis doi: 10.1021/acscatal.1c00874.

TU/ecomotive develops waste-free car with UBQ: Luca

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With this zero-waste car, the team wants to show that waste can be a valuable material with a multitude of applications. Luca, the world’s first Zero-Waste car.

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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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Researchers use cold-spray deposition to create thermoelectric generators for harvesting waste heat from previously inaccessible sources

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Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and collaborators have used an additive manufacturing technique, called cold-spray deposition, to create thermoelectric generators that can harvest waste heat—a huge untapped resource—from previously inaccessible sources, such as pipes with complex geometries. Waste heat is a huge untapped resource. However, their application to harvest waste heat is limited by challenges in fabrication and materials.

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New ARPA-E program to award $40M to reduce fuel waste 10X from advanced nuclear reactors

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $40 million in funding for a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program that will limit the amount of waste produced from advanced nuclear reactors, protecting the land and air and increasing the deployment and use of nuclear power as a reliable source of clean energy. Proactively reducing the amount of waste from AR poses an innovative opportunity that will enable the future deployment of nuclear power.

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New technology converts waste polyethylene to jet fuel in an hour

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Washington State University researchers have developed an innovative way to convert waste polyethylene plastic to ingredients for jet fuel and other valuable products, making it easier and more cost-effective to reuse plastics.

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Greenergy opts for Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology to produce low-carbon fuels from waste tires

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Greenergy will invest in Front End Engineering Design (FEED) of a project to produce low-carbon transportation fuels from waste tires. billion tires are discarded each year worldwide, creating significant waste.

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Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction partners with RevoTech on production of hydrogen from waste plastic

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Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction has embarked on the development of technology for producing hydrogen using waste plastic and vinyl. The company has signed a business partnership MOU with RevoTech, a company that specializes in the continuous pyrolysis of waste plastic.

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Li-Cycle partners with Univar Solutions OnSite Services for Li-ion battery waste management

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the largest lithium-ion battery recycler in North America, is partnering with Univar Solutions OnSite Services, a leader in waste management, to provide waste management solutions for lithium-ion batteries. Through the partnership, Li-Cycle and Univar Solutions customers will benefit from a waste management solution for lithium-ion battery waste across multiple manufacturing verticals, including the growing North American electric vehicle manufacturing market.

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Velocys receives further £0.5M grant for waste-to-fuels project

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million) of grant funding for the Altalto waste-to-fuels project from the UK Department for Transport (DfT), under the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C). Velocys plc has secured a further £0.5 million (US$0.63

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Renewable natural gas from food waste offers negative carbon intensity as LCFS pathway: -80 gCO2e/MJ

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South San Francisco Scavenger Company (SSFSC) has submitted an application to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) seeking certification of Tier 2 pathways for biomethane (Bio-CNG) from anaerobic digestion (AD) of food waste and urban landscaping waste at their facility in South San Francisco, California.

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New waste-to-hydrogen plant in Tokyo to convert wastewater sludge into H2 for vehicles and power generation

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The waste-to-hydrogen facility, located at the Sunamachi Water Reclamation Center near Tokyo Bay, will process 1 ton of dried sewage sludge per day, to generate 40 to 50 kilograms of hydrogen per day, enough to fuel 10 passenger vehicles or 25 fuel-cell e-bikes.

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DOE awards ~$34M to 11 projects to advance waste and algae bioenergy technology

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Biomass feedstocks can be produced by municipal solid waste (MSW) streams and algae and converted into low-carbon fuels that can significantly contribute to the decarbonization of transportation sectors that face barriers to electrification, such as aviation and marine. The selected projects will: Research and develop waste for energy conversion ($20 million). Topic Area 1: Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste to Enable Production of Conversion-Ready Feedstocks.

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ElectraTherm and Navy to demonstrate shipboard waste heat recovery

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ElectraTherm, a leader in distributed, waste heat to power generation, is working with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Creare, and the US Naval Academy (USNA) to demonstrate gas turbine waste heat recovery as part of a Small Business Innovation Research project. The demonstration will take place at the USNA in Annapolis, Maryland to prove the potential for waste heat recovery onboard ships. Ports and Marine Waste Heat Recovery

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SGH2 building largest green hydrogen production facility in California; gasification of waste into H2

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The plant will feature SGH2’s technology, which will gasify recycled mixed paper waste to produce green hydrogen that reduces carbon emissions by two to three times more than green hydrogen produced using electrolysis and renewable energy, and is five to seven times cheaper.

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LanzaTech Project DRAGON shortlisted for UK funding; ATJ-SPK from waste

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The feedstock for the facility will be waste-based, low-carbon ethanol, procured from a variety of waste sources. The facility will also have the ability to use ethanol produced from local steel mill waste gases via LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform. In October 2018, the first batch of LanzaTech jet fuel, made by recycling waste industrial gases, was used on a Virgin Atlantic commercial flight from Orlando to London Gatwick.

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Startup licenses ORNL technology for converting organic waste to hydrogen

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The technologies work as a system that converts organic waste into renewable hydrogen gas for use as a biofuel. The system combines biology and electrochemistry to degrade organic waste—such as plant biomass or food waste—to produce hydrogen. Although they originally developed both processes to address the problems of liquid waste formed during biofuel production, Electro-Active Technologies will focus on fighting food waste.

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Raven SR partners with Republic Services to produce commercial green hydrogen from waste in N California, starting summer 2022

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to convert organic waste to produce green hydrogen at a site in Richmond, California. Raven SR’s first commercial systems will divert a blend of green waste and food waste from the landfill, thereby reducing methane emissions and will have a negative carbon intensity generating a California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credit for fueling stations. Raven SR, a renewable fuels company, is collaborating with Republic Services Inc.

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Waste-to-hydrogen producer Ways2H announces strategic investment by John Molina and Pacific6 Enterprises

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the developer of a gasification-based process that converts waste into clean hydrogen fuel for mobility, microgrids and power generation ( earlier post ), closed an investment from Pacific6 Enterprises, led by founding partner John C. The patented thermochemical process produces clean hydrogen fuel from municipal solid waste, wastewater sludge, plastics and/or other waste materials, without incineration. Ways2H ?,

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Rice, C-Crete team optimizes conversion of tire waste into graphene for stronger concrete

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Rice University scientists and their colleagues at C-Crete Technologies have optimized a process to convert waste from rubber tires into graphene that can, in turn, be used to strengthen concrete. Tour (2021) “Flash Graphene from Rubber Waste,” Carbon doi: 10.1016/j.carbon.2021.03.020.

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DOE awards $3M to MP Materials for project to extract rare earths from fossil fuel waste streams

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MP Materials has received a $3-million award from the Department of Energy (DOE) to complete a feasibility study, working with the University of Kentucky (UK), on a system to produce rare earth oxides, metals, and other critical materials recovered from coal by-products.

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Audi researching industrialization of chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste from manufacturing

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The results of the project indicated that the chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste is both technically feasible and environmentally and financially promising. The plastic waste from automotive manufacturing can be processed into pyrolysis oil and could replace petroleum as a raw material for the production of high-quality plastic components in Audi models. Additionally, mixed plastic waste is often not available for mechanical recycling.

PNNL team finds biocrude from kelp and fish waste via hydrothermal liquefaction could be viable fuel for remote Alaskan communities

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Using existing fish processing plants, kelp and fish waste can be turned into a diesel-like fuel to power generators or fishing boats in rural, coastal Alaska, according to a team from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). In search of a cheaper, sustainable fuel, researchers at PNNL turned to two plentiful marine resources in Alaska: kelp and fish processing waste. The waste-to-energy fuel could then be used to power generators or fishing boats.

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Ways2H partners with Ford, Bacon & Davis to build waste-to-H2 production facilities for clean fuel in US markets

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a global producer of renewable hydrogen from the world’s worst waste streams, and Ford, Bacon & Davis, a leader in energy facility engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), are collaborating to design and to build waste-to-hydrogen facilities in California and other locations in the United States, to produce renewable hydrogen fuel for customers in the mobility and power generation sectors, and to offer alternative disposal options for waste processing and waste disposal companies.

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Researchers developing free-piston linear generator for exhaust waste heat recovery

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Researchers in China have developed a novel free-piston linear generator (FPLG) to recover exhaust waste heat efficiently from a vehicle engine. Therefore, it is necessary to recover exhaust energy of vehicle engine, and many strategies and methods have been adopted to reduce the energy waste and improve the fuel utilization efficiency. Engines Fuel Efficiency Vehicle Systems Waste Heat Recovery

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Waste gasification company Sierra Energy closes $33M Series A funding; FastOx

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The funding will help Sierra Energy further develop and commercialize its FastOx gasification technology, which converts virtually any waste into clean, renewable energy and fuels without burning. FastOx technology, developed by Sierra Energy and supported by grant funding from the Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission, uses oxygen and steam to heat waste to 4,000°F (2,200°C). Waste is fed into the top of the gasifier vessel through an airlock.

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Gevo secures funding from Queensland Waste to Biofutures (W2B) Fund

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has been awarded part of The Queensland Waste to Biofutures (W2B) Fund to support the development of waste to biofutures projects in Queensland, Australia. The W2B fund provides targeted funding for pilot, demonstration or commercially scalable biorefinery projects in Queensland that use conventional waste streams or biomass to produce bioenergy, biofuels and high-value bioproducts. Gevo, Inc.

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Neste, Recycling Technologies and Unilever combine expertise to test and validate systems to recycle waste plastics chemically

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In this three-year project, Recycling Technologies will take waste plastic packaging and process it using its RT7000 proprietary technology to turn it into a liquid hydrocarbon feedstock called Plaxx. This collaboration will allow the company to improve its systems to process waste plastic optimally to upgrade the Plaxx so it can be easily further refined at Neste’s facilities into high-quality feedstock for the manufacture of new plastics.

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NTNU researchers use reverse electrodialysis and waste heat for hydrogen production: Heat to H2

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A new approach developed by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) could alleviate that situation a bit by using waste heat from other industrial processes. Energy experts say that the waste heat from Norway’s businesses and industries is the equivalent of 20 TWh of energy. This work presents an integrated hydrogen production system using reverse electrodialysis (RED) and waste heat, termed Heat to H 2. That’s where the waste heat comes in.

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Upcycling polyethylene plastic waste into lubricant oils

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Researchers in the US have developed a catalytic upcycling process using platinum nanoparticles supported on perovskites to convert single-use polyethylene (PE) (such as grocery bags) into value-added high-quality liquid products (such as motor oils and waxes). An open-access paper on their work is published in ACS Central Science. Hundreds of millions of tons of plastic are produced worldwide each year, and the majority of these materials are discarded after a single use.

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Rotterdam proposed location for Enerkem waste-to-chemicals plant

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A partnership comprising AkzoNobel, Van Gansewinkel, Air Liquide, AVR and Enerkem is proposing to build a waste-to-chemicals plant in Rotterdam in collaboration with the Port of Rotterdam, the City of Rotterdam, the province of South Holland and InnovationQuarter. The new chemical plant will use Enerkem’s innovative technology to convert residual waste into methanol, a raw material used in the chemical industry.

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Researchers transform waste tire char into efficient fuel cell catalysts

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A team of researchers in Italy has transformed chars—the least valuable by-product of waste-tire pyrolysis—into highly efficient Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR) catalysts for use in alkaline fuel cells and metal air batteries. The dramatic growth in the number of combustion engine powered vehicles is responsible in large part for our environmental problems, both due to the emission of greenhouse gases and in terms of solid waste disposal.

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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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New catalytic process turns renewable and waste carbon into cleaner, high-performance diesel biofuel blendstock

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With this research, we looked to make a new biofuel conversion process that is relevant and applicable to renewable and waste-to-energy technology.

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ARPA-E issues RFI on lower-grade waste heat recovery technologies; focus on solid-state systems

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a request for information ( DE-FOA-0001607 ) on lower-grade waste heat recovery technologies. quadrillion BTU of energy was wasted mainly in the form of heat. Much of the waste heat has been characterized by its source and its temperature, particularly in the transportation and power generation sectors. Thus, ARPA-E is keenly interested in waste heat conversion in this temperature range.

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Jaguar Land Rover will use plastic waste in next-generation sustainable luxury interiors

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Jaguar Land Rover is working with ECONYL nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from ocean and landfill waste. The nylon waste is reclaimed by Aquafil from all over the world. In a single year, the company recycles as much as 40,000 tonnes of waste, with the recycling process reducing the global warming impact of nylon by 90 per cent compared with the material produced from oil.

Li-ion battery waste used in biodiesel production from discarded vegetable oil

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Brazilian researchers have demonstrated a new chemical approach for producing biodiesel from domestic cooking oil waste by using lithium hydroxide mixed with either sodium hydroxides or potassium hydroxides as catalysts. Their work, published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy , could enable future studies related to the use of lithium from waste lithium-ion batteries.

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GTI quantifies opportunity to produce low-carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) from wood wastes

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GTI has released a site-specific engineering design titled “ Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes ”. GTI led a team of engineers and scientists to produce a blueprint for converting an existing biomass facility into an RNG production site, using the wood waste feedstock and some of the existing infrastructure. Open burning of agricultural wastes and devastating forest fires in California severely degrade air quality in the state.

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Jaguar Land Rover is making luxury interiors of landfill waste

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Luxury-car interiors usually feature wood and leather, but Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is opting for something different—landfill waste. The British automaker is the latest of several to begin using recycled materials for car interiors.

Alphabet Energy introduces PowerModules for modular thermoelectric waste heat recovery; partnership with Borla for heavy-duty trucks

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The PowerBlocks thermoelectric materials are p-type tetrahedrites and n-type magnesium silicide (Mg 2 Si) which provide the average ZT of around 1—similar to that obtained by skutterudite (GM, Gentherm) and half-heusler (GMZ) materials used by the DOE Waste Heat 2 (WH2) projects, according to a recent US Department of Energy (DOE) technology assessment. It has long been our goal to be known as the ‘Intel Inside,’ or in our case, the ‘Alphabet Inside’ of waste heat recovery.

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Zero Waste Energy breaks ground on organic waste to CNG fuel facility

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Zero Waste Energy, LLC (ZWE) broke ground on an anaerobic digestion facility in South San Francisco, CA that will convert organic waste into compressed natural gas (CNG) and compost. The Blue Line Biogenic CNG facility will convert 11,200 TPY of food and green waste into 100,000+ diesel equivalent gallons of CNG fuel. and Zero Waste Energy, LLC. The project addresses numerous AB 32 requirements, diverting almost 95% of the organic waste feedstock from landfills.

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Penn State researchers develop thermally regenerative ammonia battery (TRAB) for efficient waste heat recovery

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To “recharge”, the TRAB uses low-grade waste heat from an outside source. 2 through acid addition to the regenerated catholyte to decrease pH and dissolve Cu(OH) 2 precipitates, suggesting that an inexpensive acid or a waste acid could be used to improve performance. Batteries Waste Heat Recovery

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