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Southwest Airlines Acquires SAFFiRE Renewables for Its New Renewable Ventures Portfolio

by | Apr 1, 2024
SAFFiRE is part of a project supported by the Department of Energy to develop and produce scalable renewable ethanol that can be upgraded into sustainable aviation fuel. It all begins with "corn stover"—a widely available agricultural residue feedstock.
UT Arlington Physicists To Help Unlock the Mysteries of the Universe With DUNE Neutrino Detectors
by | Mar 26, 2024
The Advanced Particle Detectors in the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment—better known as DUNE—will be about the size of a seven-story building. UTA physicists will build key components for the project in Arlington.
Irving-Based Heidelberg Materials Could Get Up to $500M DOE Funding for Cement Plant Decarbonization
by | Mar 26, 2024
Heidelberg said the project is aimed at advancing decarbonization efforts at its new "state-of-the-art" cement plant in Mitchell, Indiana. The funding will help create "the first full-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage on a cement plant in the U.S.," says CEO Chris Ward.
Arlington Gets $780K Grant To Research Drone & Robot Delivery From Food Banks
by | Dec 1, 2023
With the help of the U.S. Department of Energy grant, the city of Arlington said it will conduct an innovative pilot program to test the efficiency and scalability of using autonomous, electric drone and robot delivery vehicles. The goal: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions while serving residents in need.

Southwest Airlines Invests in Startup That’s Turning Corn Waste into Jet Fuel

by | Jun 1, 2022
As part of a Department of Energy-backed effort, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is investing in SAFFiRE Renewables, a new startup that aims to turn corn waste into sustainable aviation fuel. Once the product is fully tested, SAFFiRE says about 7.5 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel could be produced by 2040. Southwest CEO Bob Jordan calls the technology "game-changing."
Follow the Money: Plano Telehealth Startup Raises $14.1M, Southlake VC Raising Two New Funds, Unleashed Brands Looks for a Buyer, Bishop Cider Buys Two Local Brewers, and More
by | May 23, 2022
What companies are finding funding or having a big exit? From startup investments to grants and acquisitions, Dallas Innovates tracks what’s happening in North Texas money.
Dallas-Based Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Startup Gets $20M From Tailwater Capital’s Freestone
by | Dec 15, 2021
Founded in 2016, Momentum—whose CEO is on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list—is a lithium-ion battery recycling company. It's developed a patented battery recycling technology in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Lab and Halliburton Labs.

The investment will help Momentum build its first two battery recycling plants.
Discovery: UTA Tracks Property Values Near Transit-Oriented Developments, Grant Backs UTD Floating Turbine Design
by | Dec 20, 2019
In this weekly roundup of research and development activity in North Texas, you'll also find out about a conference on innovation that's coming to Dallas in January.