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23 Jan 14. Boeing and research partners in the United Arab Emirates have made breakthroughs in sustainable aviation biofuel development, finding that desert plants fed by seawater will produce biofuel more efficiently than other well-known feedstocks. The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), affiliated with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, will test these findings in a project that could support biofuel crop production in arid countries, such as the U.A.E. Funded by Boeing, Etihad Airways and Honeywell UOP, the SRBC is dedicated to the development and commercialization of sustainable aviation biofuel, which emits 50 to 80 percent less carbon through its lifecycle compared to fossil fuel. Halophyte seeds contain oil suitable for biofuel production. SBRC research found that the entire shrublike plant can be turned into biofuel more effectively than many other feedstocks. In the coming year, SBRC scientists will create a test ecosystem by planting two crops of halophytes in Abu Dhabi’s sandy soil. Waste seawater from a fish and shrimp farm will nourish halophytes that clean the water as they grow. The water will next flow into a field of mangroves before returning to the ocean. Both plants would be converted into aviation biofuel using SBRC research findings. (Source: ASD Network)

20 Jan 14. Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry, is working with CALSTART, a member organization that works with business, fleets, and government to develop and implement clean, efficient transportation solutions, to test its e6T Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery for use in military and commercial applications. This development marks the first time the military e6T Li-ion battery configuration will be tested for commercial trucks and could result in the power supply’s wide scale adoption beyond the military.
“As a leader in the research and advancement of Li-ion technology, the
CALSTART partnership provides Saft with the unique opportunity to grow market demand of the e6T product line”The partnership is part of a larger program, funded by the U.S. Army, in which CALSTART and participants will evaluate and test 12V Li-ion military format batteries as starter batteries. Compared to lead-acid batteries, Saft’s Li-ion technology enables increased lifecycle, depth of charge and faster recharges, resulting in greater fuel and cost savings. The company is among three battery suppliers chosen for this testing and will deliver the 12V batteries as well as integration services for assessing the technology’s use in commercial trucks. The agreement also includes delivery of 24V e6T power supplies to TARDEC, the U.S. Army’s Tank and Research Development and Engineering Center. The Saft e6T Li-ion battery system features an advanced, lightweight design within the dimensions of a traditional lead-acid battery, enabling easy installation into the vehicle. The system provides power for starting, lights and ignition, as well as devices critical to safety during silent watch missions. Li-ion technology enables soldiers to safely recharge electronics, such as a night sight or GPS, while the vehicle is turned off. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

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