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Biphasic Catalysis for Production of Hydrocarbon fuels from Biomass
Background The use of renewable fuels in aviation is important for reducing our carbon footprint. Current bio-jet fuels produced from biomass feedstocks often have low densities and low volumetric heating values, and are often still blended with petro-jet fuels to meet energy density requirements. Current methods to produce bio-jet fuels with highe...
Published: 7/26/2018   |   Inventor(s): Hongfei Lin
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Category(s): Aerospace, Aviation & Transport, Chemical, Energy & Renewables, Environment & Sustainability
Methods for Wet Torrefaction of a Biomass
BackgroundLignocellulosic biomass is an important and abundant source of renewable energy. However, difficulties in transportation and handling cause issues with the commercialization of its use, due to its low bulk density and tendency to rot if not stored properly. Thermochemical pretreatment through a process of wet torrefaction increases the ma...
Published: 7/18/2018   |   Inventor(s): Charles Coronella, Victor Vasquez, Mohammad Reza, Wei Yan
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Category(s): Energy & Renewables
Multifunctional Nanocomposites
Background Solar energy is one of the sustainable and increasingly popular source of energy. Bismuth titanate (Bi12 TiO20 ) (BTO) is a material which demonstrates multifunctional properties and has many uses not limited to energy conversion, energy storage, and environment. With reference to solar energy, BTO has photovoltaic applications due to...
Published: 7/16/2018   |   Inventor(s): Vaidyanathan (ravi) Subramanian, Sankaran Murugesan, York Smith
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Category(s): Chemical, Energy & Renewables, Environment & Sustainability, Renewable Energy
Dual Mode Combustor
BackgroundMany existing heat production devices such as the gas burner systems require fairly complex control due to high burner-gas flame temperatures which lead to high costs to use the technology. Furthermore, the exhaust is a pollutant; thus, the development of a clean and simple system is in need.DescriptionOur researchers at the University of...
Published: 6/25/2018   |   Inventor(s): Charles Coronella, George Touchton
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Category(s): Energy & Renewables
Hydropyras Process: Conversion Of Waste To Heat/Power
Background:One can find numerous examples of industrial and domestic waste with high pollutant content (COD, BOD),e.g., stillage, sludge, etc. Treatment of these streams for discharge is quite expensive. In principle, the organic content can be converted to fuel, heat, or power by use of anaerobic digestion (AD), but that technology is not always s...
Published: 4/3/2018   |   Inventor(s): Charles Coronella, Mohammad Reza, Reza (alireza) Shekkariz
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Category(s): Energy & Renewables
Reactor for Continuous Hydrothermal Treatment of Wet Biomass
Background: Since the dawn of modern dairy farming, two problems have plagued the industry: excess of manure, and lack of energy. A dairy of 800 cows can produce something close to 48 tons of manure per day, and without having a farm attached to the dairy, that manure has nowhere to go. That same dairy requires close to $80,000 worth of energy to p...
Published: 4/3/2018   |   Inventor(s): Charles Coronella, Mohammad Reza, Reza (alireza) Shekkariz
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Category(s): Energy & Renewables
System For Enhancing Geothermal Energy Extraction
Background: With the ever-growing issues of energy security and climate change, there is increased interest in the use of renewable sources of energy such as geothermal energy. Geothermal energy is everywhere in abundant supply, challenging engineers and inventors to harvest it economically. Researchers at the University of Nevada Reno have create...
Published: 4/3/2018   |   Inventor(s): George Danko
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Category(s): Energy & Renewables
Methods, Systems, and Apparatus for Obtaining Biofuel from Coffee
Background: This is a method and apparatus for obtaining biofuel from coffee. This covers several methods using different stages of the coffee bean's lifespan, most notable of which involve using coffee that has already been used to make the liquid drink coffee. This process is an efficient use of something society already makes, coffee waste. Wait...
Published: 4/2/2018   |   Inventor(s): Manoranjan Misra, Susanta Mohapatra, Narasimharao Kondamudi
Keywords(s): Renewable Energy
Category(s): Energy & Renewables, Environment & Sustainability
Redox switches for chemical detection, extraction, purification, catalysis, and data and energy storage
University of Nevada, Reno researchers Dr. Masahiro Muraoka, Dr. Stephen L. Gillett (Mackay School of Mines), and Dr. Thomas W. Bell (Department of Chemistry) have developed a redox-switchable material technology comprised of a redox-active material connected by adsorption and/or chemical bonding to a semiconductor. Technology Summary Redox-switcha...
Published: 9/23/2014   |   Inventor(s): Stephen Gillett, Thomas Bell, Masahiro Muraoka
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Category(s): Chemical, Electronics, Sensors & Photonics, Energy & Renewables, Environment & Sustainability, Life Sciences, Materials, Physical Sciences
A method of controlling their self-assembly and three families of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals with broad application
The most familiar liquid crystals (LC) are found in the electronic display of mobile devices and computers. LC’s are both a material and a state of matter. This opportunity is protected by 4 issued patents. 3 patents protect 3 families of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLC) which have their own individual characteristics and applicatio...
Published: 7/18/2014   |   Inventor(s): Travis Carson, Sean Casey, Isaac Iverson, Wonewoo Seo, SuK-Wah TaM-Chang
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Category(s): Chemical, Construction & Built Environment, Electronics, Sensors & Photonics, Energy & Renewables, Engineering & Manufacturing, Environment & Sustainability, Food & Drink, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Life Sciences, Materials, Renewable Energy, Aerospace, Aviation & Transport
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