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Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel Production Plant Announced (Int'l. Report)
LanzaTech, SkyNRG,Fraunhofer
Date: 2021-02-03
The FLITE (Fuel via Low Carbon Integrated Technology from Ethanol) consortium, led by SkyNRG and LanzaTech as the technology provider, reports it will construct the first-of-its-kind LanzaJet™ Alcohol to Jet (AtJ) facility to convert waste-based ethanol to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at a scale of over 30,000 tons/yr. The facility is expected to be fully operational in 20214. The project, which received €20 million in grant funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, is a major milestone on the path to a net-zero emission for the aviation industry, according to the release.

The FLITE consortium includes: SkyNRG, a global market leader for SAF solutions, is acting as the project coordinator and managing downstream supply chain development; carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, will be responsible for plant design, construction and operations using the LanzaJet™ AtJ technology; Fraunhofer, Europe's largest applied research organization, will oversee and distribute communications about the project; energy and sustainability strategy consultancy E4tech, will conduct the life cycle assessment; and the world's most trusted, valued and peer-reviewed standard for the bio-based economy, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), will support the project through guidance on RSB certification of the facility. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, Jan. 2021) Contact: Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, www.rsb.org; Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology, +49 208 85980, www.umsicht.fraunhofer.de/en.html; SkyNRG, +31 20 470 70 20, info@skynrg.com, www.skynrg.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; E4tech, www.e4tech.com

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Fraunhofer Touts Marine Biofuel Progress (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
Fraunhofer Institute
Date: 2020-05-08
In Oberhausen, Germany, Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT researchers are touting a new marine fuel made by converting bioethanol into diesel, gasoline or jet fuel that have nearly the same properties as fossil fuels and reduces soot emissions and other greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 pct compared to fossil fuel.

Lead researcher Dr. Andreas Menne, a mechanical engineer who heads up the Biorefinery and Biofuels department and his colleagues are aiming to mitigate marine diesel's adverse impact on the climate with a new technology.

The UMSICHT researchers are producing up to 20 liters of the new biofuel a week in an experimental plant. The feedstock is bioethanol sourced from wheat straw. Although the synthetic diesel is still more expensive than diesel made of petroleum, it is ready to go to market, according to the release. (Source: Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology, 7-May, 2020 ) Contact: Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology, Dr. Andreas Menne, +49 208 85980 www.umsicht.fraunhofer.de/en.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fraunhofer Institute,  Biofuel,  Marine Biofuel,  Maritime Biofuel,  


NREL Claims 47.1 pct Solar Cell Efficiency Record (Ind. Report)
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Date: 2020-04-20
Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are touting an innovative "six-junction" solar cell using 140 layers of semiconductor materials to achieve a conversion rate of 47.1 pct -- breaking the previous record set by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Soitec of 46 pct set back in 2014.

The NREL scientists produced a six-junction solar cell, combining sandwiching multiple layers of materials that were fine-tuned to convert different portions of the light spectrum into electricity. While the layered solar cell design will almost certainly be cost prohibitive to produce at commercial scale compared to conventional silicon cells, it may find use in more niche applications, the NREL team said. Generally, the super high-efficiency solar cells are limited for use in spacecraft and satellites, where performance, space and weight are a premium. However, the researchers highlight that cells with such high conversion efficiencies would be ideally used in concentrated solar plants.

The researchers trialled their nearly 50 pct efficient solar cells with concentrated sunlight, producing the equivalent of 143 suns of solar intensity. Using unconcentrated light, the six-junction solar cells were able to achieve a conversion efficiency of 39.2 pct, which was also a new world record. (Source: NREL,PR, 14 April, 2020) Contact: NREL, John Geisz, Research Scientist, 303-384-6474, John.Geisz@nrel.gov, www.enrel.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Renewable Energy Laboratory,  NREL,  Solar,  Solar Scell Efficiency,  


Fraunhofer Developing Mobil Wind Turbine Test Facility (Int'l.)
Fraunhofer Institute
Date: 2020-02-19
In Bremerhaven, Germany, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES) reports it is developing a Mobil-Grid-CoP facility to test the compatibility of very large offshore wind turbines with the grid and verify current and future grid system services and the electrical properties of wind turbines.

The project is receiving €12.7 million ($13.8 million) support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. (Source: Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy , Riviera Media, 18 Feb., 2020) Contact: IWFS, Prof. Jan Wenske, +49 471 14290-100, www.iwes.fraunhofer.de/en.html

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Fraunhofer Offers PV Energy Storage Alternative (New Prod & Tech)
Fraunhofer
Date: 2019-01-14
In Germany, Hemsdorf-headquartered Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) is touting its newly developed "cerenergy" ceramic high-temperature battery for stationary battery energy storage.

Cerenergy is a 5 kWh battery with 20 cells which, at the cellular level would cost less than €100/kWh -- about half those of lithium-ion battery cells. Overall efficiency is reported to be more than 90 pct and energy density is 130 W/kg. Storage costs using sodium-nickel-chloride battery cells are said to be 50 pct lower than those of lithium-ion. The Cerenergy battery, which reportedly sets a world record for sodium-nickel-chloride battery cells, is said to be ready for production within the months ahead. (Source: Fraunhofer IKTS, PV Mag., Jan., 2019)Contact: Fraunhofer IKTS, +49 36601 93010, www.ikts.fraunhofer.de/en.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fraunhofer,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Alta Devices Achieves 29.1% GaAs Solar Cell Efficiency (Ind Report)
Alta Devices,Hanergy Thin Film Power Group L
Date: 2018-11-19
Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd subsidiary Alta Devices in Sunnyvale, California reports a new 29.1 pct efficiency record for its single-junction gallium arsenide (GaAs) solar cell, as rated by Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. (Source: Alta Devices, Nov., 2018) Contact: Alta Devices, Jian Ding, CEO, Rich Kapusta, Marketing, (408) 585-2050, {startlink]info@altadevices.com[endlink],
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New Cost Cutting Biomass Torrefaction Process Touted (Int'l)
Fraunhofer
Date: 2018-07-11
Waste from olive oil production is treated at a pilot plant in Spain that uses a unique torrefaction process developed through the EU-funded SteamBio project to improve the combustion properties, lighten the weight and thus reduce transportation costs for biomass and produce green chemicals as a byproduct. Researchers from the Stuttgart, Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) with ten project partners from four European countries are touting the development of the new SteamBio torrefaction process.

The process was initially developed to make wood chips, which are heavy to transport, challenging to store and susceptible to rot, more suitable for transportation and storage. A pilot torrefaction chamber working with olive oil production wastes, various woods and vineyard prunings has been established in Spain. (Source: Fraunhofer IGB Website, Olive Oil Times, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Fraunhofer IGB, Fraunhofer IGB, Antoine Dalibard, Group Manager Heat and Sorption Systems www.igb.fraunhofer.de/en.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Bioenergy,  Torresfaction,  

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