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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Is Collaborator in a New National…

Through the center, the first of its kind established by the U.S. Department of Energy, WPI Professor Yan Wang will study the effects of impurities in nickel-rich lithium-ion battery cathode... (PRWeb February 18, 2019) Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/worcester_polytechnic_institute_is_collaborator_in_a_new_national_center_on_lithium_ion_battery_recycling/prweb16110296.htm

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LiquidFrameworks Delivers Record Breaking Bookings and Revenues Paired…

LiquidFrameworks, the leading mobile field operations management solutions company, specializing in the energy industry, announces it achieved record breaking bookings and revenue, paired with... (PRWeb January 30, 2019) Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/liquidframeworks_delivers_record_breaking_bookings_and_revenues_paired_with_remarkable_employee_growth_in_2018/prweb16067647.htm

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Coal will remain part of the US grid until 2050, federal energy projections say

Enlarge / GILLETTE, Wyo.: A truck loaded with coal is viewed from the Eagle Butte Coal Mine Overlook which is operated by Alpha Coal. The area is a large producer of coal. Gillette uses the moniker of "The Energy Capital of the Nation." (credit: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images ) On Thursday, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its 2019 Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) , which contains projections about trends in energy—from the amount of fossil fuels produced and sold, to the growth of renewable energy—out to 2050. This year, against the backdrop of recent warnings from top scientists about the urgency of climate action , the EIA's projections don't look great. Coal, one of the most carbon-emitting sources of energy, is still projected to provide 17 percent of the United States' electricity in 2050, and that's assuming that no carbon-capture technology has been made mandatory. Natural gas—a fossil fuel that is less carbon-emitting than coal but still a problem for climate change—will increase its share of US electricity production from 34 percent to 39 percent. These projections are from the EIA's "reference case," which omits any predictions about unplanned policy changes. But they do contain assumptions about how technology will change and the economy will grow. In the EIA's own words  (PDF), "The AEO2019 Reference case represents EIA's best assessment of how US and world energy markets will operate through 2050, based on many key assumptions. For instance, the Reference-case projection assumes improvement in known energy production, delivery, and consumption technology trends." Read 11 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Oil from humble saltwater plant blended with jet fuel on Etihad Airways flight

Enlarge / Glasswort bush ( Salicornia europaea ), Chenopodiaceae. (credit: De Agostini/Getty Images ) On Wednesday, an Etihad Airways Boeing 787 in Abu Dhabi embarked on a roughly seven-hour flight to Amsterdam with its tank full of a mixture of jet fuel and biofuel. The biofuel was derived from oil pressed out of Salicornia plants, which require saltwater to grow. Gulf News reported that a full 50 percent of the jet fuel needed to take the plane to its destination was biofuel, which is an extraordinarily high ratio of biofuel to jet fuel, if this report is correct. Ars contacted Etihad Airways to confirm this number, and we will update the story when we receive a response. Previous notable flights using biofuel have included a Qantas flight that used a 10-percent blend of mustard seed oil, a Virgin Atlantic flight that used a 5-percent blend of fuel made from industrial waste gas, an Alaska Airlines flight that used a 20-percent blend of fuel made from waste wood from Pacific Northwest timber harvests, and a series of United Airlines flights that used a 30-percent blend of biofuel from various sources. Read 7 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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