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Can it be done? That is, development of a sustainable green chemistry platform for production of acetone and downstream drop-in fuel and commodity products directly from biomass syngas via a novel energy conserving route in engineered acetogenic bacteria? It’s not only the longest title of a bioeconomy project in history, it’s a potentially history-making process being developed by...
In the UK, Ricardo has unveiled its CryoPower engine technology and points towards a potential saving of approximately 30 percent in CO2 emissions and 20 percent in operating fuel costs for heavy-duty trucks and in stationary distributed power generation systems. That translates into potential operator savings of approximately $12,500 per year for each vehicle, or $250,000) per MW in...
The European Union can boost the share of renewables to 34 percent of its energy mix by 2030, triggering hundreds of billions euros in investment and accelerating reduction of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Lawmakers in the 28-nation bloc are currently discussing...
When the winning bids for Alberta’s renewable power auction were announced in December, jaws dropped. The winning projects were approved at a record-breaking low price of C3.7 cents per kilowatt hour — the lowest price for electricity anywhere in Canada. “This is a game changer. Even the most optimistic observers were shocked at how...
OK, you know the climate change drill. Burning liquid fuels releases CO2 and that leads to global warming. It’s one of the reasons that eco-warriors drive electric cars. But is that paradigm shifting? The biggest news along that front represents early-stage technology, but we read here that engineers at Ohio State announced that they’ve devised a process that under certain...
The US Department of Energy has a key project called Co-Optima, which aims to determine key fuel properties that enable improved engine efficiency, provide key science to enable high efficiency combustion modes, and capitalize on unique properties available from bio-blendstocks. Within that project is an emphasis on high-performance fuels, that has a goal to develop fuel chemistry-fuel property-engine performance...
The attitude towards corporate sustainability is shifting. What once started as “greenwashing” annual reports, is increasingly framing and shaping operating models, business processes, and even core products — sometimes driving the enterprise to new markets with unexplored opportunities. A growing world population — set to reach 8.6 billion by 2030 —...
Nova Scotia Power has installed Tesla Powerwall batteries at 10 of its customers’ homes in a trial that the utility says will help it meet a 40 percent renewables by 2020 goal. The utility also said it is installing a larger Tesla Powerpack at a local substation. According to Nova Scotia...
Snowy Hydro Ltd., Australia’s largest hydropower producer, is considering raising as much as A$2 billion ($1.6 billion) by the end of 2018 for a project expansion, which will boost its 4,100 megawatt capacity by as much as 50 percent. The company, jointly owned by the federal government and the Victorian and...
To begin, we need to define power-to-gas (PtG) in its simplest form as the conversion of electrical power into gas that can be later distributed on an as-needed basis. The objective of PtG technology is to enable the balance of supply and demand for power in electricity networks with renewable...

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