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IPT/Green Chem to Enable Invista License Green Chem’s Fluid Catalytic Cracking Technology Outside China

IPT/Green Chem to Enable Invista License Green Chem’s Fluid Catalytic Cracking Technology Outside China

INVISTA’s technology and licensing business — INVISTA Performance Technologies (IPT) — and Beijing Huiersanji Green Chem Co., Ltd. (Green Chem), a Beijing-based technology licensing company, have reached an agreement to enable INVISTA to license Green Chem’s fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) offgas technology outside of China. [More]
EERC/FuelCell Energy to Develop Durable, High-Performance Electrochemical Cell for Converting Natural Gas into Methanol

EERC/FuelCell Energy to Develop Durable, High-Performance Electrochemical Cell for Converting Natural Gas into Methanol

The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) announced today it is working with FuelCell Energy, Inc., an integrated stationary fuel cell manufacturer located in Danbury, Connecticut, to develop a durable, low-cost, and high-performance electrochemical cell to convert natural gas and other methane-rich gas into methanol, a major chemical commodity with worldwide applications in the production of liquid fuels, solvents, resins, and polymers. [More]
Sandia National Laboratories Leads Project for Testing Hydrogen-Fuel-Cell-Powered Generator

Sandia National Laboratories Leads Project for Testing Hydrogen-Fuel-Cell-Powered Generator

A new chapter in clean energy is starting in Hawaii. At Young Brothers Ltd.’s Port of Honolulu facility, Sandia National Laboratories is leading the Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell project to test a hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered generator as an alternative to conventional diesel generators. [More]
Effective Charging of Lithium Ion Batteries Using Perovskite Solar Cells

Effective Charging of Lithium Ion Batteries Using Perovskite Solar Cells

Consumers aren't embracing electric cars and trucks, partly due to the dearth of charging stations required to keep them moving. Even the conservation-minded are hesitant to go electric in some states because, studies show, if fossil fuels generate the electricity, the car is no greener than one powered with an efficient gasoline. [More]
Oerlikon, AECOM and Hodgetts & Fung Join HTT Project to Create Transportation at the Speed of Sound

Oerlikon, AECOM and Hodgetts & Fung Join HTT Project to Create Transportation at the Speed of Sound

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has announced that more than 400 core team members are now working on the first full scale hyperloop transportation. [More]
Electrolytic Process Converts Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide into Valuable Carbon Nanofibers

Electrolytic Process Converts Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide into Valuable Carbon Nanofibers

A new chemical technology, promising to convert captured atmospheric CO2 into high-quality carbon nanofibers, was presented at the 2015 ACS meeting and exposition. [More]

UK's Tetronics International Supports Germany's Car Recycling Efforts

Germany’s outstanding track record for recycling scrapped cars is set to further improve after Tetronics International, a global leader in environmentally friendly resource recovery solutions, announces its plasma arc technology has gone live at Duesmann & Hensel Recycling’s plant near Frankfurt. [More]
Argonne Researchers Receive Patent for Energy-Efficient, Ultra-Fast Surface Hardening Technology

Argonne Researchers Receive Patent for Energy-Efficient, Ultra-Fast Surface Hardening Technology

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have developed a newly patented technology that can considerably increase the life of mechanical components. Metal parts integrated in industrial machines undergo significant wear and tear. In order to protect and extend the lifetime of machinery, a number of surface hardening methods has been developed such as pack-boriding, which deposits a boride layer on metal pieces during boron diffusion. Distinguished Fellow Ali Erdemir’s work has improved on this traditional boriding method, which not only takes up significant amount of time, but is also labor-intensive. To resolve this issue, the researchers developed a process for ultra-fast boriding that saves time, energy and cost, while reducing environmental concerns. [More]
Copper Tetramer Catalyst Structure Helps in Capturing and Converting Carbon Dioxide to Methanol

Copper Tetramer Catalyst Structure Helps in Capturing and Converting Carbon Dioxide to Methanol

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have developed a copper tetramer catalyst that could help in capturing and converting carbon dioxide in a way that eventually saves energy. This innovative catalyst includes tiny clusters of four copper atoms that are supported on a thin aluminum oxide film. The catalysts function by adhering to the molecules of carbon dioxide and directing them in a manner suitable for chemical reactions. [More]
Simple Method to Efficiently Recycle Rare Earth Metals

Simple Method to Efficiently Recycle Rare Earth Metals

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a simple, efficient method for recycling of rare earth magnets. These materials are widely used in consumer electronics, however, as their name signifies, they are quite rare. The process of mining and purifying rare earth metals affects the ecology, and is very costly and labor-intensive. [More]