Using electrolysis, renewable energy, water and CO2 captured from air are converted into syngas. Renewable fuels, such as jet fuel, are then produced through further processing and refining. The end products can then be used directly in existing infrastructures, the consortium said. The upscaled, industrial sized plant will serve as blueprint for a nationwide roll-out of the project, it added.
The consortium members include: Sunfire GmbH; carbon dioxide capture technology firm Climeworks AG; engineering company Paul Wurth SA and green investment company Valinor. (Source: Norsk e-Fuel, Reuters, 9 June, 2020) Contact: Norsk e-Fuel, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Norsk e-Fuel news, Aviation Fuel news, Renewable Fuel news,
The proposed development will include:
biomass feedstock reception and storage bunkers; offices; gasification control building
gasification plant to convert biomass into syngas to RNG; RNG filling area; two bundled thermal energy storage tanks; CHP gas engines; and other related facilities.
(Source: Newleaf Energy Limited, Offaly Express, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Newleaf Energy Limited, +44 191 252 9960
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RNG is typically made by capturing methane released from decomposing organic waste. This project will utilise waste from forestry operations, sawmills and other wood manufacturers and create RNG through gasification, rather than decomposition. The syngas produced in the process will be converted to methane before being purified to meet natural gas line specifications, according to FortisBC.
The project is expected to produce over one million gigajoules (approximately 277,777 megawatt-hours) of RNG annually from forest waste-woody biomass when fully operational in mid 2021, according to the release. (Source: FortisBC, PR, Various Media, Bioenergy Insight, 1 May, 2020)Contact: FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., www.fortisinc.com, www.fortisbc.com/RNG; REN Energy International, www.rencorp.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News REN Energy, FortisBC, RNG, Woody Biomass,
Developed in a recent collaboration with researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), the high-quality fuel gas mixture is made from crop and forestry residues, food waste, cattle manure, petroleum, and petrochemical waste.
Consisting of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and methane, the syngas can be used as a cheaper alternative to fossil fuels, green diesel and other applications.
(Source: NASA, Gasworld, 24 April, 2020) Contact: NASA, www.nasa.gov; University of Saskatchewan, Sonil Nanda,Chemical and Biological Engineering Research Associate, Ajay Dalai, Canada Research Chair of Bio-Energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing, 306-966-4768, email@example.com, www.usask.ca
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Unlike traditional methods that cause the emission of harmful CO2 into the atmosphere, the CO2 produced in the USask process helps plants produce oxygen, potentially making it a carbon neutral technology. While the researchers expect to see their improved water-based technology to be commercialized in three to five years, this method is not widespread yet due to high maintenance costs -- the salt in food waste corrodes the production tanks, according to the release.
The research is funded by the federal agency NSERC, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Research Chairs Program, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Saskatchewan government’s Agriculture Development Fund, Mitacs, and a few companies in the agriculture and energy sector. (Source: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Star Phoenix ,20 April, 2020)
Contact: University of Saskatchewan, Sonil Nanda, Biological Engineering Research Associate, Ajay Dalai, Canada Research Chair of Bio-energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing, 306-966-4768, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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The university has received funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support the testing of the production of biofuels from syngas using a Fischer-Tropsch process and unit.
Under the contract, EQTEC will be responsible for purchasing, installing, commissioning and start-up of the Fischer-Tropsch unit, for which it has secured financing from CAIXA Bank in Spain. Installation is slated for completion in Q3, this year.
The Fischer-Tropsch process is a catalytic chemical reaction in which compounds in syngas are converted into liquid transportation fuels. Following completion of this upgrade, EQTEC will be able to conduct tests using varied biomass and waste feedstocks, which will be processed into a clean syngas and then into sustainable biofuels, including biodiesel.
(Source: EQTEC PLC, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: EQTEC PLC, Dr. Yoel Aleman, CTO, +353) (0 )21 2409056, email@example.com,
www.eqtecplc.com; University of Extremadura, +34 924 28 93 00, www.unex.es
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NWABF's project would utilize forestry waste woody biomass to produce biofuel which would qualify under an approved carbon-reducing pathway recognized by ASTM. NWAF is currently carrying out a previously announced feasibility study to determine the potential for a production facility in Washington state. If constructed the Washington state plant would supply Delta's operations Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles by mid-2020.
NWABF is developing second-generation, commercial scale, cellulosic renewable bio jet fuel refineries with the first project being developed in the Pacific Northwest. (Source: Delta, Green Car Congress, 1 Feb., 2020) Contact: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels LLC, 602-753-8386 www.nwabiofuels.com;
US Advanced Bio-Fuels, Inc., (301) 644-1395, www.advancedbiofuelsusa.info
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The syngas conversion to Fischer-Tropsch (FT) products was conducted by Karlsruhe, Germany-based IneraTec GmbH.
The test studied and verified the performance of the gas cleaning train and the entire synthesis process with real wood-derived gasification gas.
(Source: CORDIS, EU COMSYN Project, 26 Sept., 2019)
Contact: EU COMDYN Project, www.comsynproject.eu; VTT Technical Research Centre, Nils-Olof Nylund, +358 400 703 715, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vttresearch.com;
IneraTec GmbH, +49 721 86484460, www.ineratec.de
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Sierra Energy's FastOx technology, developed by Sierra Energy and supported by grant funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission, uses oxygen and steam to heat waste to 4,000 degrees F at which it breaks down into an energy-dense syngas allowing the recovery of inorganic material as either a non-leaching stone or molten metal, according to the company. Sierra Energy's modular FastOx technology can be scaled to large size, does not produce process emissions and all outputs are saleable, according to the company.
(Source: Sierra Energy Corp. , 31 July, 2019) Contact: Sierra Energy Corp., Mike Hart, CEO, (530) 759-9827www.sierraenergy.com
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The Keeling Curve Prize recognizes ideas in the areas of Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU), Energy Access, Transportation, Finance, and Social & Cultural Impacts, that either effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase carbon uptake, according to a June 28 Keeling Curve Prize press release.
The Opus 12 team was one of the Carbon Capture & Utilization winners, and the NEX/CalCEF team was one of the Finance winners. The Opus 12 award-winning device takes CO2 and water and produces high-value chemicals and fuels that are conventionally made with petroleum. The technology diminishes emissions and produces the "critical products that are the building blocks of modern civilization." The process can generate 16 different products, including ethylene, a precursor for most plastics, methane and syngas, according to the Opus 12 website.
The NEX/CalCEF team developed a "qualified clean energy opportunity zoning fund" which supports energy entrepreneurs, according to the Keeling Curve Prize website.
The NEX/CalCEF team developed a "qualified clean energy opportunity zoning fund" which supports energy entrepreneurs, according to the Keeling Curve Prize website.
(Source: Keeling Curve Prize, PR, Daily Californian, 11 July, 2019)
Contact: New Energy Nexus/California Clean Energy Fund, email@example.com,www.newenergynexus.com; Keeling Curve Prize, Jacquelyn Francis, Dir., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kcurveprize.org; Opus 12, www.opus-12.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCU, CCS, CO2, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change,
According to the company, the wood chip-to-fuel demonstration allowed it to demonstrate actual biofuel yields from representative feedstock and actual syngas composition. The proposed 20 MMgy Natchez facility is expected to begin operations in 2024. (Source: Velocys, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, email@example.com, www.velocys.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys, Biofuel, Biorefinery,
"We can and will lead in bio-energy, in particular the production of biomethane/renewable natural gas, the production of wood pellets, syngas, and we will fully explore the economic potential in these resources in order to meet the goal of 100 pct renewable energy by 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals," Hill said in an address to
the recent Bio-Digestion: Benefits to Barbados conference in Bridgetown. Presently only an estimated 4 pct to 6 pct of Barbados' energy needs are being met by renewable.
(Source: Barbados Design Council SIDS, Barbados Advocate, 18 May, 2019) Contact:
Design Council SIDS, Mark Hill, www.facebook.com/designcouncilsids
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TRI is a leading provider of steam reforming gasification systems suitable for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), woody biomass, agricultural residues and other waste feedstocks. Its systems have been selected for and deployed on various commercial North American projects including the Fulcrum Bioenergy Project Sierra Biorefinery in Nevada and Norampac black liquor gasification, a division of Cascades Paper. Additionally, TRI's multi-feedstock, fully-integrated biorefinery in Durham, North Carolina has run for over 13,000 hours, successfully producing syngas that is particularly well-suited to generating Fischer-Tropsch liquids and upgrading to ASTM-certified fuels. (Source: ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. , 29 Jan., 2019)
Contact: AXA XL, www.axaxl.com; New Energy Risk, www.newenergyrisk.com; http://tri-inc.net/steam-reforming-gasification; ThermoChem Recovery International, Dan Burciaga, Pres., CEO, www.tri-inc.net
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The report segments the market on the basis of region, the type services, technologies, products offered, and includes marketing and trade volumes.
Report details HERE[endlink target=_blank>. (Source: Zion Market Research, Technology News Extra, Jan., 2019) Contact: Zion Market Research, www.zionmarketresearch.com
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The key is a new type of catalyst to be used in the Fischer-Tropsch reactor, the part of the process in which carbon monoxide and hydrogen are converted into liquid hydrocarbons. In the CTL process coal is first converted to syngas -- a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen -- and then to a liquid. Some of the CO is taken out of the syngas by converting it to CO2, in a process called water-gas shift. The researchers discovered that the CO2 release is triggered because the iron-based catalysts in the reactor are not pure. Accordingly, the researchers developed an alternative catalyst using a type of iron carbide -- epsilon iron carbide -- which they say generates almost no CO2 at all. Any that is been produced can be easily removed at the water-gas shift stage.
The researchers expect the new catalyst will play a role in the future energy and basic chemicals industry. The feedstock will not be coal or gas, but waste and biomass. Syngas will continue to be the central element, as it is also the intermediate product in the conversion of these new feedstocks. (Source: National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy Cosmos, Oct., 2018)Contact: National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy, www.nicenergy.com/en; Eindhoven University of Technology, www.tue.nl/en
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The Sierra BioFuels Plant will employ Praxair's proprietary HOB technology for increasing syngas yield from the gasification process. HOB technology enables rapid partial oxidation of remaining hydrocarbons and tars in the produced syngas without the need for a catalyst or steam injection. The HOB technology, coupled with gasification in Fulcrum's process, will help transform municipal solid waste (MSW) into renewable crude, jet fuel, and other low-carbon transportation fuels. (Source: Praxair, GasWorld, 12 Nov., 2018)Contact: Praxair, www.praxair.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy
More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW, Fulcrum Bioenergy,
enVerde technology reduces the energy required to transform waste materials into clean energy and chemicals and can be used to power generators, boilers, and other systems. It can also be refined into "green" versions of more traditional fuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel.
With enVerde's process, waste is gasified without any combustion or incineration. The output is a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen "syngas" which can be used as fuel or made into various chemicals.
Compared to common methods of syngas production, enVerde's catalytic technology uses considerably less energy and requires much less capital, according to company CEO Dave Goebel, former CEO of Maryland-based New Generation Biofuels.
(Source: EnVerde, Star Tribune, 8 Sept., 2018) Contact: EnVerde LLC
Dave Goebel,CEO, info@enVerdeLLC.com, www.enverdellc.com
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The $140 million Net Power demo plant was developed without federal funding and is currently undergoing testing and validation. The plant is based the Allam Cycle, which uses a new, first-of-kind commercial-scale turbine and combustor developed by Toshiba specifically for the process. The Allam Cycle eliminates most emissions from natural gas power generation without scrubbers by using CO2 as a working fluid mixed with natural gas or syngas to drive a combustion turbine.
Net Power LLC is a joint venture team that includes 8 Rivers Capital, which owns the patent for the Allam Cycle, McDermott International, and Exelon.
New CCS projects like Net Power could benefit from an expanded CCS tax credit approved by Congress earlier this year. Companies that capture carbon can earn a tax credit of between $35 to $50 per ton, more than double a previous CCS credit and free of a cap on the credit, according to Energy News. (Source: NetPower LLC, Energy News Record, Aug., 2018) Contact: NET Power, Charlie Bowser, Pres., (919) 667-1800, www.netpower.com
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Amsterdam-based chemical company AkzoNobel, and Paris-headquartered industrial gas specialist Air Liquide are participating in the project which is expected to cost
approximately $232 million. When fully operational in 2020, the plant will gasify 300,000 tpy of waste to produce more than 200,000 tpy of methanol while avoiding about 300,000 tpy of CO2 emissions that would have been generated through incineration of the waste.
Enerkem's patented technology can break down chemically and structurally dissimilar waste, including plastic materials, into a pure syngas that can be converted into commercial-grade methanol.
(Source: Enerkem, Waste 360, 17 July, 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, email@example.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem ,
The acquisition expands Air Products' offerings in synthesis gas (syngas) to provide turn-key sale-of-gas gasification facilities for coal and biomass and refinery residues, Air Products noted.
Shell's subsidiaries include Cansolv Technologies Inc., a leader in gas treating and sulphur dioxide (SO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery technologies. CANSOLV's patented technology uses an aqueous amine solution to achieve highly efficient, selective absorption of sulfur dioxide (SO2) from post combustion flue-gases. The technology is a highly flexible system and is adaptable to a wide variety of industrial applications, gas flow rates and SO2 concentrations, according to the company website. (Source: Air Products, EBR, May, 2018)
Contact: Shell Global Solutions International, www.shell.com/business-customers/global-solutions.html; Air Products, Marie Folkes, Pres. Industrial Gases, www.airproducts.com
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An initial €9-million investment will cover engineering, the setup up of a dedicated joint venture (JV) and completing the permitting process. The €200
facility will convert up to 360,000 tpy of waste into 220,000 tons of methanol using Enerkem's bubbling fluidized-bed gasification technology, and will convert non-recyclable mixed waste, including plastics, into syngas for the production of methanol. a (Source: Enerkem, Others, Chemical Engineering, 1 April, 2018)
Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Port of Rotterdam,
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In partnership with its key technology providers InEnTec and LanzaTech, Aemetis optimized the integration of an advanced arc furnace and gas fermentation technologies to convert waste biomass into low carbon, renewable cellulosic ethanol and fish meal. The unit was built at the InEnTec Technology Center in Richland, Washington and demonstrated the fully integrated system, including biomass handling, gasification, gas clean up, waste treatment and distillation systems. With a 20-year feedstock supply agreement and a 55-year lease already signed, the 12 million gpy Riverbank plant is expected to begin operations in 2019.
For the demonstration unit, Aemetis used waste orchard wood and nut shells from almond and walnut trees as feedstock, gasified the biomass using a high temperature plasma gasification system to produce syngas, cooled and cleaned the syngas, and supplied the syngas to a patented gas fermentation bioreactor to produce an ethanol "broth" which was distilled to produce commercial grade ethanol.(Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, Newswire, 6 Mar., 2018)Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, email@example.com, www.aemetis.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lanzatech.com
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Special emphasis is given to emerging areas in the renewable sector such as photovoltaics, wind energy, and geothermal energy, as well as alternative fuels such as hydrogen, syngas, ethanol and bio fuels.
Access eport detail HERE. (Source: ResearchandMarkets, PR, 19 Jan., 2018) Contact:
ResearchAndMarkets, Laura Wood, Senior Manager, (800) 526-8630, email@example.com, www.researchandmarkets.com
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INL's process uses specialized liquid materials that renders CO2 soluble and allows the carbon capture medium to be directly added into a cell for electrochemical conversion to syngas. When syngas can be created from captured CO2 at substantial current densities, it increases the process chances for industrial application.
The INL researchers have applied for a provisional patent and are in talks with a Boston area company involved in electrochemical technology R&D, according to the INL release.
(Source: INL. Dec., 2017) Contact:
INL, (866) 495-7440, www.inl.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngas, Carbon Capture, GHG, Greenhouse Gas, Idaho National Lab,
Traditional approaches for reusing carbon from CO2 involve a reduction step that requires high temperatures and pressures. The new INL process uses switchable polarity solvents (SPS), liquid materials that can shift polarity when exposed to a chemical agent. The SPS liquid materials make the CO2 more soluble and allow the carbon capture medium to be directly introduced into a cell for electrochemical conversion to syngas.
In an electrochemical cell, water oxidation occurs on the anode side, releasing O2 gas and hydrogen ions that then migrate through a membrane to the cathode side. There, the hydrogen ions react with bicarbonate (HCO3-, the form in which CO2 is captured in the SPS), allowing the release of CO2 for electrochemical reduction and formation of syngas. Upon the release of CO2, the SPS switches polarity back to a water-insoluble form, allowing for the recovery and reutilization of the carbon capture media.
The team received Laboratory Directed Research and Development funds in 2017. INL's team has filed a provisional patent and is reported to be discussing the approach with a Boston area company involved in electrochemical technology R&D.
(Source: DOE/Idaho National Laboratory, PR, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Idaho National Lab., www.inl.gov
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PowerHouse uses a "Distributed Modular Gasification" (DMG) technology to transform waste materials into syngas that can be turned into 99.99 pct clean hydrogen, which can then be used as transportation fuel or to power energy facilities. (Source: PowerHouse Energy Group Plc, Proactive Investors, Others, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: Powerhouse Energy Group Plc, +44 (0) 203 368 6399
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In 2018, the lab plans to install a moving bed torrefaction reactor increase the output of briquettes. Another methodology, hydrothermal carbonization, will convert processed materials and agricultural products to an "energy mud" that can be used alone or "with other torrefied products to form solid fuels."
The NRRI bio-energy lab is partially funded by Xcel Energy, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Power, Heetway, K.R. Komarek, Inc. and the Consortium for Advanced Wood to Energy Solutions, which was launched in 2014.
Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energfy Solutions (CAWES) is an open-platform collaboration of public and private sector institutions representing green energy, forest management, research,
philanthropy, and private industry committed to advancings
sustainable, scalable, distributed wood-to-energy
solutions that stimulate forest restoration and rural economic development through research and application
of advanced wood-to-energy solutions.
(Source: UMD, Business North,4 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of Minnesota Deluth, (218) 726-8000, www.d.umn.edu; NRRI, Dr. Rolf Weberg, Exec. Dir., (218) 788-2694, www.nrri.umn.edu; CAWES, www.usendowment.org
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The grant is supported by the Small Business Innovation Research Program, National Institute of Food & Agriculture and is led by the USDA, which recently awarded MagneGas its first grant. The grant will be used to support the development of a new type of gasification system which follows the principles of clean coal technology, by transforming low efficiency fuels such as coal or wood, and gasifying it into a syngas.
MagneGas Corporation owns a patented process that converts various renewables and liquid wastes into MagneGas fuels that can be used as an alternative to natural gas or for metal cutting. (Source: MagnaGas, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact:
MagneGas, Ermanno Santilli, CEO, (727) 934-3448, www.magnegas.com
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Among the funding recipients, engineering professor Animesh Dutta will receive $177,127 from CFI. Along with engineering professors Shohel Mahmud and Emily Chiang, he will study how to turn agri-food waste into bioproducts including bio-carbon, a potential replacement for coal, bio-oil, a possible substitute for petroleum, and syngas, an alternative for natural gas. (Source: University of Guelph, PR, Guelph Today, 15 Aug., 2017)Contact: University of Guelph, Prof, Animesh Dutta, (519) 824-4120, www.uoguelph.ca
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Under the Master Agreement, Aemetis has predominant exclusive rights to use the InEnTec gasification equipment and technology for cellulosic ethanol production until 2024. The gasification technology complements Aemetis' current license with LanzaTech for syngas-to-ethanol conversion, providing Aemetis with a complete technology solution to produce locally sourced, low carbon cellulosic ethanol, accoding to a release.
(Source: Aemetis, Inc., PR, 4 Aug., 2017)
Contact: InEnTec, (509) 946-5700, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.inentec.com; Aemetis Inc., Eric McAfee, CEO,(408) 213-0939, www.aemetis.com
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