A new design of microbial fuel cell using carbon felt electrodes

Scientists at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Bangladesh) recently reported a new design of microbial fuel cell using carbon felt electrodes and mixed cultures (DOI: 10.17737/tre.2017.3.2.0039). Authors emphasized that microbial fuel cell is a promising technology that can convert biodegradable materials, like organic materials present in wastewater, into clean and renewable electricity, and its performance relies on the materials and the reactor configuration, and the microorganisms that required to produce the current.

According to their experiments, the mixed culture showed greater potentiality to produce power densities than those using pure cultures, and a cheap and porous of carbon material- carbon felt performed well. Finally, they concluded that the new design with low cost electrodes and mixed cultures is a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable process, and provides a great potentiality for other applications like handy power supplies for remote sensors using native fuels.

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More information: http://dx.doi.org/10.17737/tre.2017.3.2.0039

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5 Everyday Products Made from Biomass

A article by US DOE

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1. Fuel

Each time you fill up at the gas station, you are likely pumping biofuels into your tank. More than 97% of gasoline in the United States contains some ethanol, a renewable, domestically produced fuel made from different plant materials. Ethanol is typically blended with gasoline to increase octane and cut down on air pollution. It also plays a role in reducing our dependence on imported oil, extending the supply of U.S. gasoline, and stimulating the economy. In 2016 alone, the production of more than 15 billion gallons of ethanol put more than $22.5 billion into the pockets of Americans and supported nearly 340,000 U.S. jobs. Additionally, cellulosic ethanol is becoming available. In 2016, 3.8 million gallons were sold.

The aviation industry is also taking biofuels to new heights. Most major airlines are now blending renewable fuels into many routine commercial flights. Government and industry initiatives likeFarm to Fly 2.0 aim to increase the U.S. supply of these drop-in biofuels that could help reduce costs for airlines.

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2. Cosmetics and Perfumes

Biobased feedstocks can be used to produce a range of personal care products, such as skin cream, shampoo, mascara, and more. For example, the acetone in your nail polish remover can be produced by fermenting plant sugars, while the palmitic acid that gives your hair that glossy shine after you condition is one of the most common saturated fatty acids found in microorganisms and plants. Public demand has renewed industry interest in biobased cosmetics, and innovations in biotechnology are making these products cheaper and more efficient to manufacture. The personal care ingredients market size is projected to reach $17.3 billion by 2022, with biobased resources likely to take up a significant segment of the industry.

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3. Food Additives and Nutritional Supplements

Algae are big-time oil producers capable of generating up to 5,000 gallons of oil per acre. The oil collected from algae can be converted into renewable fuels or used in a variety of applications. For example, a number of nutritional supplement brands are extracting omega-3 fatty acids, typically found in fish oils, directly from algae. In addition, some food flavors can also trace their source back to biomass. Lignin, an organic substance that gives plants their strong structural support, can be converted into renewable chemicals for the flavor industry. Spero Energy developed a process that sustainably breaks down woody biomass and converts lignin into chemicals that can be used to flavor smoky-tasting foods like barbecue chips.

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4. Detergents and Cleaning Products

The power of detergents and cleaners lies in their ability to remove unwanted material from a soiled surface. They owe this unique characteristic to two classes of chemicals—surfactants and solvents—both of which can be produced from biomass. These biobased chemicals are found in laundry detergents, spray cleaners, and other cleaning products. For example, Procter & Gamble and DuPont announced plans to use cellulosic ethanol as a solvent in one of their laundry detergents, Tide Coldwater Clean.

DuPont has received funding from BETO to work with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to research its conversion technology. This led to DuPont constructing the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. The ethanol for Tide Coldwater Clean is sourced from this facility, which works with 500 local growers to establish a high-quality, cost-effective, and sustainable supply of corn stover (corn cobs, leaves, and stalks) to repurpose more than 7,000 tons of agricultural waste.

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5. Plastics and Other Materials

Biobased plastics can provide the same variety and reliability of traditional plastics but are manufactured from renewable, plant-based material. Many companies are already starting to integrate these new materials into their product lines. For example, BETO funded Virent Inc’s BioForming™ technology to convert plant material into a synthetic substance that can be used to produce clothing fibers and containers for liquids. Now, Coca-Cola, is using this technology to offer consumers its 100% renewable and recyclable PlantBottle™.

Biobased plastics may even help cut down on waste. Many companies, such as Mango Materials, are working to develop biodegradable/compostable biobased plastics that will break down more quickly and decay into natural materials.

Biobased chemicals, products, and fuels represent an opportunity to produce renewable and sustainable U.S.-manufactured products. They offer the same performance as their traditional counterparts, and thanks to advances in scientific innovation, they are being produced more cost effectively and efficiently—helping to promote a more prosperous future.

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Wind power is the nation’s number one source of renewable generation capacity.

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How Do Wind Turbines Survive Severe Storms?

Wind power recently surpassed 82,000 megawatts of total installed capacity, making it the nation’s number one source of renewable generation capacity.

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Guangzhou International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition August 16th-18th, 2017 (PV Guangzhou 2017 )

PV Guangzhou 2017
PV Guangzhou 2017 will be held in China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex from August 16 to 18, 2016. Preparing 350 exhibitors with 20,000sq.m, there will exhibit photovoltaic cells, PV project and system, photovoltaic power, photovoltaic production equipment and material. With support of 300 international media and 30 CCTV-based mass media, PV GUANGZHOU is dedicated to creating the most influential Solar Photovoltaic trading platform in Asia.

Exhibition Contents:
Photovoltaic production equipment:
Silicon rod silicon block silicon ingot production equipment:
a full set of production lines, ingot furnace, crucible, growth furnace and other related equipment

Silicon wafer production equipment:
a full set of production lines, cutting equipment, cleaning equipment, testing equipment, and other related equipment

Battery production equipment:
a full set of production lines, etching equipment, cleaning equipment, diffusion furnace and covered equipment / deposition furnace, screen printing press, other furnace equipment, test instrument and separator, battery plate other related equipment

Solar panels/modules production equipment:
a full set of production lines, test equipment, glass cleaning equipment, tie lines / welding equipment, laminated machine

Film version of the battery production equipment:
amorphous silicon cells, the copper indium gallium selenium battery CIS / CIGS, CdTe cadmium telluride film battery, battery DSSC Dye-sensitized

Production technology and research equipment
Photovoltaic cells:
photovoltaic cell manufacturers, solar modules’ manufacturer, solar modules’ installation company.

Related PV components:
batteries, chargers, controllers, converters, recorder, inverter, monitor, support systems, tracking systems, solar cables

PV raw material:
silicon material, silicon ingots / silicon block, silicon, glass packaging, packaging film and other raw materials

PV project and system:
photovoltaic systems integration, solar air-conditioning systems, rural photovoltaic power generation system, solar tesing and control system, solar heating systems project, solar and photovoltaic project management and process control software, as well as its program system.

Solar products: 
solar street lamp, lawn lamp, yard lamp, beacon lights, agricultural insecticide lamps, chargers, lights, traffic warning lights and other solar information display screen.

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Special Issue on Recent Innovations in Electrical, Electronics and Communication Systems (RIEECS2017)

The 1st International Conference on Recent Innovations in Electrical, Electronics and Communication Systems (RIEECS 2017) will be held at the Graphic Era University, Dehradun, India on October 28-29, 2017. This conference provides an exceptional platform for exchange of ideas and discuss the utmost solutions, scientific results and methods in solving stimulating problems among interested researchers, students, developers, and practitioners in the areas of electrical, electronics and communication engineering.  The organizing committee partners with us, and some of the papers selected by the conference committee will have an opportunity to submit extended versions of their papers to the special issue of Trends in Renewable Energy.

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A&I Metadata Feed Standard Agreement with CNKI Scholar

We offically signed the A&I Metadata Feed Standard Agreement with CNKI Scholar.

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Data sharing agreement with Informatics (J-Gate) signed

We officially signed the data sharing agreement with Informatics (J-Gate). And the articles published in Trends in Renewable Energy will be indexed in J-Gate, which is an electronic gateway to global e-journal literature and launched in 2001 by Informatics India Limited.

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Our deposit policy and the journal title registered with RoMEO

We registered the deposit policy of our journal ‘Trends in Renewable Energy’ (ISSN: 2376-2136, online ISSN: 2376-2144) in SHERPA/RoMEO. We are considered as a a RoMEO green publisher, and ‘Trends in Renewable Energy’ is a RoMEO green journal.

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Green Energy Features Big Among Trump’s Top 50 Infrastructure Projects

Forbes news this early morning: A list emerged this week; it appears to have been prepared for then President-elect Trump, and is titled: “Priority List: Emergency & National Security Projects.” It’s 50 pages for 50 infrastructure projects — quick facts on a host of highways, bridges, powerlines and airports, the construction of which would naturally make America greater, cost $140 billion, and require enough engineering and construction work to keep the equivalent of 24,000 people employed for 10 years.

Surprisingly, the list contains no mention of a Great Wall on the Mexico border, nor the Keystone XL or Dakota Access pipeline projects. The one pipeline project on the list is the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would move natural gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale down to the Southeast. Owned by Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and Southern Company, the pipeline would cost about $5 billion and provide 10,000 job years.

The rest of the energy infrastructure projects are surprisingly green and may give a glimmer of hope to renewable energy fans worried about the potential for Trump to roll back the Clean Power Plan and promote coal and oil over the likes of wind and solar.

More details from the original post at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2017/01/27/green-energy-features-big-in-trumps-top-50-infrastructure-projects/#329dd2364503

At FESP, we will keep monitoring the energy policy changes. Have a good weekend!

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An America First Energy Plan

https://www.whitehouse.gov/america-first-energy

Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use of American resources, freeing us from dependence on foreign oil.

For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.

Sound energy policy begins with the recognition that we have vast untapped domestic energy reserves right here in America. The Trump Administration will embrace the shale oil and gas revolution to bring jobs and prosperity to millions of Americans. We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, especially those on federal lands that the American people own. We will use the revenues from energy production to rebuild our roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure. Less expensive energy will be a big boost to American agriculture, as well.

The Trump Administration is also committed to clean coal technology, and to reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long.

In addition to being good for our economy, boosting domestic energy production is in America’s national security interest. President Trump is committed to achieving energy independence from the OPEC cartel and any nations hostile to our interests. At the same time, we will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy.

Lastly, our need for energy must go hand-in-hand with responsible stewardship of the environment. Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority. President Trump will refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water.

A brighter future depends on energy policies that stimulate our economy, ensure our security, and protect our health. Under the Trump Administration’s energy policies, that future can become a reality.

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