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New stable water-splitting catalyst doesn’t require expensive iridium

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Researchers have developed a nickel-stabilized, ruthenium dioxide (Ni-RuO 2 ) anode catalyst for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis. The Ni-RuO 2 catalyst shows high activity and durability in acidic OER for PEM water electrolysis. Illustration by Zhen-Yu Wu. 2 , suggesting potential for practical applications.

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Researchers produce green syngas using CO2, water and sunlight

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Researchers from the University of Michigan and McGill University in Canada report photochemical syngas synthesis using a core/shell Au@Cr 2 O 3 dual cocatalyst in coordination with multistacked InGaN/GaN nanowires (NWs) with the sole inputs of CO 2 , water, and solar light. mol/g cat /h with widely tunable H 2 /CO ratios between 1.6

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UNC team synthesizes silicon nanowires that split water

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Researchers from the University of North Carolina have synthesized high-photovoltage multijunction Si nanowires (SiNWs) that are co-functionalized to split water catalytically. When integrated with the co-catalysts and suspended in water, these light-activated nanoreactors produced hydrogen gas under visible and infrared light.

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Audi plans to cut water consumption in production in half by 2035

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Audi has included the economical and efficient use of water as a key aspect of its Mission:Zero environmental program. The company plans to keep its own water consumption to a minimum and stop using drinking water in vehicle production in the future. Drinking water is a valuable and scarce resource: 2.2

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ExxonMobil announces 6th oil discovery offshore Guyana with Ranger-1; Guyana may move from non-producer to regional powerhouse

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Pitt engineers using membrane distillation to recycle water used in fracking and drilling

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Engineers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering are using membrane distillation technology to enable drillers to filter and reuse the produced water in the oil and gas industry, in agriculture, and other beneficial uses. The method is already being tested in Texas, North Dakota, and most recently in New Stanton, Pa.

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Study finds direct seawater splitting has substantial drawbacks to conventional water splitting, offers almost no advantage

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A study by a team of researchers from Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) and Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft has found that direct seawater splitting for hydrogen production has substantial drawbacks compared to conventional water splitting and offers almost no advantage. Additionally, H 2 O is needed for water splitting.

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Novel inexpensive cobalt-nickel electrode for efficient water and urea electrolysis; yolk-shell nanoparticles

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Both half reactions of water electrolysis—hydrogen and oxygen evolution—are unfortunately slow and require a lot of power. The material can be used as either an anode or a cathode, and demonstrates high activity and stability in the production of hydrogen and oxygen in the electrolysis of water. Zhang, S.L., and Lou, X.W.

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Tokyo Tech team develops high-performance bimetallic OER electrocatalyst for water splitting

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A team led by researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have discovered a new bimetallic electrocatalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in electrochemical water splitting: CaFe 2 O 4.

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Leclanché reduces cobalt in NMCA cells from 20 to 5%; 20% higher energy density; water-based production

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Leclanché SA has reduced the cobalt content in NMCA as cathode material from 20% to 5% and manufacture the electrodes using an environmentally friendly water-based process. Water binder-based NMCA cathodes are easier to dispose of and are also recyclable. No organic solvents are used in the technically simpler process.

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NREL, Berkeley Lab propose efficiency and stability best-practices for solar water-splitting

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Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting, which relies on sunlight to split water into oxygen and hydrogen, stands out as potentially one of the most sustainable routes to clean energy. PEC water-splitting was first noted in scientific publications in 1972. Photoelectrodes have demonstrated efficiencies from 10% to 20%.

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Photocatalytic optical fibers convert water into hydrogen

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Researchers at the University of Southampton have transformed optical fibers into photocatalytic microreactors that convert water into hydrogen fuel using solar energy. Alongside hydrogen generation from water, the multi-disciplinary research team is investigating photochemical conversion of carbon dioxide into synthetic fuel.

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National Alliance for Water Innovation to lead DOE energy-water desalination hub

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) to lead a US Department of Energy (DOE) Energy-Water Desalination Hub that will address water security issues in the United States. This suite of technologies will treat “non-traditional” water sources for multiple end-use applications.

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Disruptive technology: The answer to water challenges?

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Water utilities are turning to new, disruptive technologies to ensure we all get a fair share of our most precious resource. The post Disruptive technology: The answer to water challenges? appeared first on Innovation News Network.

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Schlumberger to integrate Gradient water technology in direct lithium extraction process

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Schlumberger has entered into a partnership with Gradiant , a global water solutions provider, to introduce a key sustainable technology into the production process for battery-grade lithium compounds. Proper natural resource management is essential in mineral production, and nowhere more so than in lithium.

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China team develops highly active catalyst for hydrogen production from methanol-water

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Methanol–water reforming could prove to be a promising solution for hydrogen production/transportation in stationary and mobile hydrogen applications. MoC produces an active interfacial structure for water dissociation, methanol activation, and successive reforming processes with compatible activity. 0c10776.

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Water preservation using advance membrane treatment processes

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Water scarcity is helping to innovate new wastewater treatment systems, and the lithium market is accelerating implementation. The post Water preservation using advance membrane treatment processes appeared first on Innovation News Network.

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Ontario researchers develop new water plasmolysis method for production of hydrogen

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Researchers at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology are developing a new method to dissociate water vapor into hydrogen gas by microwave-generated plasma (plasmolysis). In this study, a unique novel system is designed to decompose water vapor in a commercial modified 2.45 —Chehade et al. 2019.116831.

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Albemarle inaugurates new $500M lithium plant in Chile; doubling production and reducing water consumption by 30%/tonne

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The new plant includes a US$100-million thermal evaporator that is designed to reduce the amount of fresh water per metric ton used during the process at La Negra considerably. The technology is intended to reduce water consumption by up to 30% per metric ton.

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Cambridge researchers develop standalone device that makes formic acid from sunlight, CO2 and water

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Researchers at the University of Cambridge, with colleagues at the University of Tokyo, have developed a standalone device that converts sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into formic acid, a carbon-neutral fuel, without requiring any additional components or electricity. —senior author Professor Erwin Reisner. Qian Wang et al.

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DOE awards $27.5M to 16 water infrastructure projects

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million to 16 water infrastructure projects. Modern technology has the potential to reduce energy use in aging water infrastructure, particularly in wastewater treatment, which demands up to 2% of domestic electricity use each year. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $27.5

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Argonne releases updated WATER computer model to help bioenergy developers conserve water

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The model , called Water Analysis Tool for Energy Resources or WATER, has users from more than 35 US states. This map depicts water availability by county; areas shown in orange are under higher levels of water stress. Water sustainability is becoming increasingly important when considering our energy future.

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Tesla may have trouble gaining permits in Nuevo Leon due to water shortage: President

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Tesla’s preferred choice for its potentially-upcoming vehicle production plant in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, has one major roadblock if the automaker eventually lands there: water. ” López Obrador also said earlier this week that Tesla could run into issues building in Nuevo Leon as water is scarce in the area.

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Israeli team develops decoupled PEC water-splitting system for centralized production of H2

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Researchers in Israel have designed a separate-cell photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting system with decoupled hydrogen and oxygen cells for centralized hydrogen production. Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting Cell Architectures. (A) A paper describing their system is publishedin the journal Joule. —Landman et al.

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An invisible water crisis is affecting water quality globally

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Researchers at Utrecht University have concluded that severe water quality issues are being caused by an invisible water crisis. The post An invisible water crisis is affecting water quality globally appeared first on Innovation News Network.

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Study finds the wettability of porous electrode surfaces is key to making efficient water-splitting or carbon-capturing systems

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As water-splitting technologies improve, often using porous electrode materials to provide greater surface areas for electrochemical reactions, their efficiency is often limited by the formation of bubbles that can block or clog the reactive surfaces. As a result, there were substantial changes of the transport overpotential. 2021.02.015.

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ArcelorMittal makes US$5M investment in H2Pro to support novel new water-splitting technology E-TAC

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H2Pro is developing a new way of producing hydrogen from water. Similar to electrolysis, its technology, E-TAC (Electrochemical – Thermally Activated Chemical)—developed at Technion, Israel Institute of Technology—uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. HHV) inside the reactors and a 95% system efficiency.

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Rio Tinto to deploy world’s first fully autonomous water trucks at Gudai-Darri iron ore mine

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Rio Tinto will deploy the world’s first fully autonomous water trucks at its $2.6-billion The new vehicles, primarily used for dust suppression on site, will enhance productivity by enabling mine operations to track water consumption digitally and reduce waste. billion Gudai-Darri iron ore mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

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Drone technology elevates innovation in water risk applications

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Read how RSS-Hydro is leading several innovative projects for the use of drone technology in water-based risk applications. The post Drone technology elevates innovation in water risk applications appeared first on Innovation News Network.

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U Oregon team advances effectiveness of catalytic water dissociation in bipolar membranes

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Researchers at the University of Oregon have advanced the effectiveness of the catalytic water dissociation reaction in bipolar membranes. The technology behind bipolar membranes, which are layered ion-exchange polymers sandwiching a water dissociation catalyst layer, emerged in the 1950s. —Oener et al. —Shannon Boettcher.

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Tesla warned by Mexican President about water shortage issues

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has warned that a persistent water shortage in the country’s Northern section may inhibit production at Tesla’s potential facility in Nuevo Leon. Water is just one of the numerous materials consumed in the process of producing vehicles, but it is a vital one.

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Tokyo Tech team demonstrates visible-light photoelectrochemical water-splitting with cobalt-enhanced TiO2

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Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have demonstrated the first visible-light photoelectrochemical system for water splitting using TiO 2 enhanced with cobalt. The proposed approach is simple and represents a stepping stone in the quest to achieve affordable water splitting to produce hydrogen. —Prof.

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thyssenkrupp offering large-scale water electrolysis

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thyssenkrupp recently introduced industrial-scale water electrolysis for large projects. By splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, this technology delivers “green” hydrogen, a clean, CO 2 -free energy carrier. The only inputs needed are water and renewable electricity from wind, hydro power or photovoltaics. 20 MW module.

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Creating an optical atom with water droplets

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Researchers from the University of Gothenburg have shed new light on how atoms work through a water-based experiment. The post Creating an optical atom with water droplets appeared first on Innovation News Network.

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Integrating nanomaterial with light-absorbing molecule powers hydrogen production from water and sunlight

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Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have developed a hybrid material constructed from a metal oxide nanosheet and a light-absorbing molecule for splitting water molecules (H 2 O) to obtain hydrogen (H 2 ) under sunlight. 0c02053.

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Tesla discusses lithium refining facility’s water supply in Nueces

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The Nueces County community has voiced environmental concerns about Tesla’s lithium refining facility, particularly concerning its water supply. Tesla Giga Berlin also sparked water supply concerns from nearby communities in Grunheide. . Water Supply Concerns. Nueces vs. Giga Berlin Water Supply Concerns.

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Innovative water treatment at Audi Ingolstadt saves up to 500,000 cubic meters of fresh water a year; heading to ZLD

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Audi has put a new service-water supply center into operation at the Ingolstadt site. In this way, Audi will saves up to 500,000 cubic meters of fresh water each year. The heart of the service-water supply center is a membrane bioreactor (MBR). The heart of the service-water supply center is a membrane bioreactor (MBR).

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GM sets new goal to reduce water intensity by 35% by 2035

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General Motors plans to reduce water intensity of its operations by 35% by 2035, compared to a 2010 baseline, which could result in enough savings to fill about 4,254 Olympic-sized swimming pools. While GM’s operations are not water-intensive, water is required for some manufacturing processes.

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Researchers develop two-step method for efficient decoupled water splitting

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A team of researchers in Israel has developed a two-step electrochemical-chemical cycle for decoupled water splitting with high efficiency. In the two-step electrochemical–thermally activated chemical (E-TAC) cycle process, water is reduced to hydrogen gas at the cathode, liberating OH – ions. —Dotan et al. 2H 2 + O 2.

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Uppsala team develops composite polymer dots for efficient, stable H2 production from water and sunlight

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Researchers at Uppsala University have developed photocatalytic composite polymer nanoparticles (“polymer dots”) that show promising performance and stability for the production of hydrogen from water and sunlight. Since polymer dots (Pdots) are so tiny, they are evenly distributed in water.

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Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans deploys 6 plug-in hybrid pickups from XL Fleet

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In order to advance its fleet electrification and emissions reduction goals, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) has deployed six new XL plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks to its fleet.

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New protocol for creating single atom iridium catalysts boosts water-splitting performance

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A new way of anchoring individual iridium atoms to the surface of a catalyst significantly increased its efficiency in splitting water molecules, scientists from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University reported in an open-access paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). …we

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Two exoplanets may be mostly water

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Astronomers from the University of Montreal have discovered that two exoplanets may be comprised of mostly water. The post Two exoplanets may be mostly water appeared first on Innovation News Network.

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