Battelle Energy Alliance calls for industry partners in advanced construction technology push

Daily Energy Insider | April 21, 2020

Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC, is seeking interested industry partners to develop or demonstrate advanced construction technologies and processes that could transform nuclear energy system project economics and schedule success. Construction costs and schedule risks are predominant factors driving up the costs of new nuclear energy systems, Dr. Ashley Finan, director of the National Reactor Innovation Center, said. The NRIC advanced construction technologies initiative will support a transformation in nuclear energy construction and deployment costs and scalability, enabling nuclear energy to make important contributions to the energy system of the future. The NRIC is executing the initiative as a means of enabling advanced reactor demonstration and deployment. It is led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Lab, for which BEA is the managing and operating contractor.

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The rise of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) has greatly reduced the risk and cost of building complex systems at the organizations that have embraced it, with profound implications for many industries worldwide.

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The rise of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) has greatly reduced the risk and cost of building complex systems at the organizations that have embraced it, with profound implications for many industries worldwide.

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Altair Acquires S-FRAME Software, Powerful Structural Analysis and Design Software, to Strengthen and Accelerate Global Footprint in AEC.

Altair | August 11, 2021

Altair, the global leader converging simulation, HPC, and AI, today announced that it has acquired S-FRAME Software, a structural analysis software platform used by engineers to evaluate a structure's ability to withstand external loads (like wind, water, and snow) and meet design code requirements around the world. For more 30 years, high-end architectural clients have utilized Altair's sophisticated technology – which is also used to design high-tech modern aircraft and automobiles – to develop some of the world's most innovative and iconic structures. Utilizing S-FRAME Software's finite element structural analysis and code support with Altair's high-fidelity structural optimization solutions will allow architects and civil engineers to be more innovative and bring their visions to life while adhering to local code requirements. According to CIMdata, the leader in product lifecycle (PLM) education and research, "the AEC segment will be one of the fastest-growing segments of the PLM market with a 14.7 percent CAGR to $11 billion in 2025." "We are excited to expand our presence in the rapidly growing AEC market to lead the transformation from rule-based design to predictive, high-performance design, fueled by simulation," said James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair. "By using highly sophisticated performance-based, predictive simulation, architects and designers will be able to be more creative, fueling innovation while increasing safety." As an AEC innovator for many years, S-FRAME Software's integrated solutions make it possible to analyze, design, and detail structures regardless of geometric complexity, loading conditions, nonlinear effects, design code requirements, or material type including steel, concrete, composites, or mass timber, one of the hottest in sustainable building materials. S-FRAME Software has been a leading advocate for the use of timber in building design as the material offers sustainability through greenhouse gas reduction and other environmental benefits like insulation as well as architectural aesthetics. S-FRAME Software also allows users to produce comprehensive and detailed design reports that include clause references and intermediate results for multiple design code support. "Joining the Altair team is a strategic way to accelerate our growth and become part of a full solutions suite with their advanced structural design offerings," said Marinos Stylianou, chief executive officer, S-FRAME Software. "We are confident our combined offerings will be able to empower engineers, designers, and builders to reach new heights." About Altair Altair is a global technology company that provides software and cloud solutions in the areas of simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), and artificial intelligence (AI). Altair enables organizations across broad industry segments to compete more effectively in a connected world while creating a more sustainable future.

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TotalEnergies and Clean Energy Launch the Construction of their First Biogas Unit

TotalEnergies & Clean Energy | November 30, 2021

Through their joint venture, TotalEnergies (Paris:TTE) (LSE:TTE) (NYSE:TTE) and its U.S. partner Clean Energy are launching the construction of their first biomethane production unit, in Friona, Texas. The biomethane will be used as an alternative fuel for mobility, thus contributing to decarbonize road transportation. Located on the Del Rio Dairy farm, the facility will be fueled by the onsite supply of livestock manure to produce more than 40 GWh of biomethane per year. The biomethane will be distributed in the United States by Clean Energy through its network of fueling stations, enabling the supply of renewable gas to between 200 and 300 trucks per year. By processing cow manure, a significant source of methane emissions, and substituting fossil fuels with renewable energies, the project will avoid some 45,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions per year1. We are pleased to consolidate our entry into the U.S. biomethane market by jointly developing this first production unit on the Del Rio Dairy farm, through our joint venture with Clean Energy,This project marks another step in TotalEnergies' transformation into a multi-energy company, and in the implementation of its ambition to be a major player in renewables.Laurent Wolffsheim, Senior Vice President Green Gases & Growth at TotalEnergies. “This project at Del Rio Dairy helps to address the increasing demand for RNG by fleets and is a great example of our partnership with TotalEnergies, one of the world’s leading and most sustainably-minded energy companies,RNG, one of the cleanest fuels on the planet, manages greenhouse gas emissions and tackles global warming. The added RNG production from Del Rio will help us meet our target to provide this 100% negative carbon emissions fuel at all of our North American stations by 2025.” -Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO, Clean Energy Through the acquisition of an interest in Clean Energy in May 2018, TotalEnergies became the largest shareholder of the U.S. leader in natural gas vehicle fuels, with a stake of some 19% today. In March 2021, the two partners set up a 50/50 joint venture to speed up the development of biomethane production in the United States. TotalEnergies and Biomethane Biomethane is a renewable gas that has a key role to play in the energy transition. TotalEnergies is the segment leader in France, with close to 500 GWh of production capacity, and aims to become a major player in biomethane internationally by partnering with market leaders in other geographies, such as Clean Energy in the United States and Adani in India. The Company is active across the entire biomethane value chain, from project development to marketing of biomethane and its by-products (biofertilizers, bioCO2). It aims to produce 2 TWh of biomethane per year by 2025 – equivalent to the average annual consumption of 670,000 U.S. consumers, and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 400,000 tonnes. About Clean Energy Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is the north American largest provider of the cleanest fuel for the transportation market. Our mission is to decarbonize transportation through the development and delivery of renewable natural gas (RNG), a sustainable fuel derived from organic waste. Clean Energy allows thousands of vehicles, from airport shuttles to city buses to waste and heavy-duty trucks, to reduce their amount of climate-harming greenhouse gas. We operate a vast network of fueling stations across the U.S. and Canada. Visit www.cleanenergyfuels.com and follow @ce_renewables on Twitter. About TotalEnergies TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our 105,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.

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Cummins Uses Ansys' Digital Transformation Technologies in Research and Development of Diesel and Dlternative Fuel Engines

Ansys | October 06, 2020

New multi-year agreement aids Cummins in efforts to create more sustainable engines, drives enterprise-wide collaboration and supports initiatives related to PLANET 2050. Cummins engineers are using Ansys' SPDM platform and physics-based digital twins to speed digital transformation. Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is using Ansys (NASDAQ: ANSS) in its research related to improving emissions profiles, performance and other attributes of diesel and alternative fuel engines. Through a new multi-year agreement, Ansys will aid Cummins engineers in their development of new engine designs, empower enterprise-wide collaboration and support initiatives related to PLANET 2050 — Cummins ambitious environmental sustainability strategy that aims to reduce greenhouse gas and air emissions. Through the collaboration, Cummins leverages Ansys' tools and next-generation simulation process and data management (SPDM) platform to expedite the development of innovative, sustainable engines — significantly maximizing torque and horsepower, enhancing thermal efficiency and improving fuel economy, resulting in significant customer savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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