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Researchers make breakthrough for fuel cells and batteries

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Researchers at Pennsylvania State University and MIT believe they have developed a new solid-state polymer electrolyte for use in electrochemical devices including fuel cells and batteries. The major potential advantage of such a system is that it would produce electrolytes that can firmly bond to the fuel cell electrodes on either side.

Researchers Develop Novel High-Performance Polymer Tin Sulfur Lithium Ion Battery

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Sketch of the Sn/C/CGPE/ Li 2 S/C polymer battery. PEO=poly(ethylene oxide). Credit: Hassoun and Scrosati. Click to enlarge. Li4.4Sn+C. Angew.

EPoSil: electroactive polymers for generating electricity from wave power

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By comparison, the International Energy Agency reports that some 21,500 terawatt-hours of electrical power were generated worldwide in 2010.

ISU study finds large potential for biobased materials in auto industry, but with challenges

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The 2010 Ford Flex’s third-row interior storage bins contained 20% wheat straw biofiller. Soy-based polyurethane foams have been placed in the seat cushions and seatbacks of the Ford Mustang, Expedition, F-150, Focus, Escape, Escape Hybrid, Mercury Mariner, Lincoln Navigator, Lincoln MKS, and, most recently, 2010 Taurus. Weight. Mazda.

Oxis Energy polymer Li-S pouch cell surpasses 450 cycles

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Oxis’ standard polymer Li-S pouch cell has surpassed 450 cycles. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.). Batteries

Researchers Image Zinnia Cells Down to Nanoscale; Potential Aid for Lignocellulosic Biofuel Production

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Thelen (2010) Imaging Cell Wall Architecture in Single Zinnia elegans Tracheary Elements. Click to enlarge. —Lacayo et al. Resources.

Corvus Energy and Dow Kokam Sign Exclusive Contract for Sales of Lithium Polymer Cells to Marine Markets

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Corvus Energy, a provider of lithium-ion battery systems developed specifically for the marine propulsion market, has entered into an exclusive distributor contract with Dow Kokam for sales of its advanced lithium polymer cells to the marine industry. Corvus Energy CEO Brent Perry.

Bacteria provide template for oxide nanostructures with strong electrochemical performance; potential applications in batteries, catalysts, sensors and supercapacitors

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Templating can use either hard templates (such as anodized alumina membranes and MCM-41 silica) or soft templates (such as surfactants and block co-polymers. Hyun-Woo Shim, Yun-Ho Jin, Seung-Deok Seo, Seung-Hun Lee, and Dong-Wan Kim (2010) Highly Reversible Lithium Storage in Bacillus subtilis -Directed Porous Co 3 O 4 Nanostructures.

Pedego Electric Bikes and SiGNa Chemistry Demonstrate Battery-Fuel Cell Solution for Electric Bicycles

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of weight a rider carries, an additional 700 watt-hours of energy is available (compared to ~350 watt-hours for an ultra-high performance lithium-polymer battery at a weight of 7 lbs.). Pedego Electric Bikes and SiGNa Chemistry have developed an ultra-high-performance range extender for electric bicycles. For every 1.5 Earlier post.)

Horizon Fuel Cell Powered Team Wins 1st Place at Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2010

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Horizon currently develops complete PEM (Polymer Electrolyte Membrane) fuel cell power solutions delivering 0.3 W to 15 kW. Click to enlarge.

DaniMer Scientific and Myriant form strategic alliance; bio-succinic acid for production of bio-based polymers

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As part of the alliance, DaniMer will utilize Myriant’s bio-succinic acid for the production of high-performance, bio-based polymers used to make a broad range of products. DaniMer Scientific and Myriant have formed a strategic alliance focused on delivering innovative, cost-effective bio-based materials to the marketplace. Brief

Tata Motors Selects EIG Lithium-ion Polymer Batteries for Indica Vista Electric Vehicle Program

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EIG will supply 20Ah NCM Li-ion polymer cells to Miljøbil Grenland AS. Click to enlarge. awarded South Korea-based Energy Innovation Group Ltd.

Ford and Ontario Bio-Car Initiative Develop Wheat Straw-Reinforced Plastic; First Application in 2010 Flex

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First application is on the 2010 Ford Flex’s third-row interior storage bins. Tags: Bio-polymers Materials Sustainability Ellen Lee.

European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking Issues €89.1M Call for Proposals for 2010

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The European Commission Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH) Joint Undertaking (JU) has published its 2010 Call for Proposals with a budget of €89.1 Specific topics for the different areas in the 2010 Call include: Transportation and Refuelling Infrastructure (€31.6M). million, entered into the negotiation stage in April 2010.

MotoCzysz Electric Superbike Tackling 2010 Isle of Man TT Zero Race

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The battery electric MotoCzysz E1pc superbike is one of the contenders in the 2010 Isle of Man TT Zero race for electric bikes today (Thursday). The new D1g1tal modular battery packs utilize high density, high discharge LiPo (Lithium Polymer) cells. The TT Zero consists of one lap around the 37.73 mile (60.7 km) course. Resources.

Toyota to Use Bio-PET Ecological Plastic in Vehicle Interiors

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Tags: Bio-polymers Materials Plastics Vehicle Systems

Frost & Sullivan Outlines Opportunities for Chemical Companies in the Changing Automotive Sector

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Tags: Bio-polymers Materials Plastics Policy

Genencor and Goodyear Partnering on Process to Develop BioIsoprene from Sugars; To be Used in Manufacture of Tires

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Ilana S Aldor, Anthony R Calabria, Joseph C McAuliffe (2010) BioIsoprene: Development of a bio-based process for production of isoprene from renewable resources (ACS239 Paper 349). Tags: Bio-polymers Biomass Tires The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Genencor intends to commercialize the technology within the next five years. Resources.

Ford Adds Soy Foam Seat Cushions To Explorer; Nearly 100% of North American Lineup to Feature Soy Foam By End of 2010

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In addition to Explorer, the Fusion, Fiesta, F-250/F-350 Super Duty, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ will get soy foam by the end of 2010. One day I hope to see the automotive world go totally compostable, removing the use of petroleum-based parts 100 percent —Debbie Mielewski, Ford polymer technical leader. Earlier post.).

Hyundai Debuts Sonata Hybrid at New York Show

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lithium polymer battery pack (5.3 Ah, 270V). 2010 Altima. 2010 Fusion. 2010 Lexus HS250h. The Sonata Hybrid system. 151.2.

Li-ion Silicon Anode Based on Virus-Enabled 3-D Current Collector Shows Strong Cycleability

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2010) Porous Silicon Anode for Lithium-ion Batteries, Prepared by Electrodeposition onto Virus Enabled 3-D Current Collector. Click to enlarge.

Leo Motors Exhibits Electric Trucks with Zinc Air Fuel Cell Range Extenders

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displayed two electric trucks equipped with a new Zinc Air Fuel Cell (ZAFC) system as a range-extender at the EV Korea 2010 Expo.

Kia shows Forte LPG Hybrid Concept at SEMA

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Among the lineup of concept and production-intent vehicles Kia is showcasing at the SEMA show in Las vegas this week is the Kia Forte Hybrid Concept.

IBM and Stanford University Developing New Organic Catalysts for New Types of Biodegradeable, Biocompatible Plastics

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Waymouth (2010) Organocatalysis: Opportunities and Challenges for Polymer Synthesis. Resources. Matthew K. Hedrick and Robert M.

Ford Increasing Use of Renewable and Recyclable Materials in Vehicles

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Ford is increasing the use of renewable and recyclable materials such as the soy and bio-based seat cushions and seatbacks on the 2010 Ford Taurus.

Graphene-based supercapacitor offers energy density comparable to NiMH battery, but with rapid charge and discharge

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Jang (2010) Graphene-Based Supercapacitor with an Ultrahigh Energy Density. Ragone plot of graphene supercapacitor. Credit: ACS, Liu et al.

GM sourcing components for the Chevy Volt produced from recycled oil-soaked plastic booms from BP spill

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The remaining is a mixture of post-consumer recycled plastics and other polymers. Steps in recycling the booms to auto parts. Click to enlarge.

T3 Motion Debuts GT3 3-Wheel, Four-Tire EV

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The two-passenger GT3 is driven by an AC induction motor powered by an 18 kWh lithium-polymer pack. T3 Motion , Inc. Click to enlarge.

Renewable Chemicals and Advanced Biofuels Company Gevo Files for IPO; Non-binding Letter of Intent with United Airlines for Renewable Jet Fuel

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Isobutanol for the production of plastics, fibers, rubber and other polymers. Click to enlarge. UBS Investment Bank and Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Tunable high-yield catalytic approach converts pyrolysis oil to bio-hydrocarbon chemical feedstocks including fuel additives

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The C 6 to C 8 aromatic hydrocarbons can be high-octane gasoline additives or feedstocks for the chemical and polymer industries. Resources.

3D Coaxial Nanocable Electrode Shows Enhanced Electrochemical Performance in Fuel Cells

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Schematic image depicting the growth of PtNWs on Sn@CNT nanocable support. Source: Sun et al. Click to enlarge. Sun et al. For MOR, 1.35 Sun et al.

Hyundai Blue-Will Plug-in Hybrid Concept Presages Future Production PHEVs

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The Blue-Will PHEV concept. Click to enlarge. L/100km). L/100km). Hyundai says that vehicle range is 652 miles (1,049 km). Earlier post.).

Startup New Oil Resources commercializing hydrothermal process for conversion of biomass to gasoline-range hydrocarbons

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We use hot water to depolymerize the cellulose, lignins, lipids and other polymers contained in the biomass. The basic New Oil process.

ALTe Reveals Converted Ford F-150 Range Extended Electric Vehicle Demonstrator at NTEA Show

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Under the hood of the F-150 REEP. Click to enlarge. The battery pack was assembled into a saddlebag configuration under the truck bed. L/100km).

Layered Graphene Sheets Could Be A Promising Hydrogen Storage Material

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Ford and T.Yildirim (2010) Gas adsorption properties of graphene-oxide-frameworks and nanoporous benzene-boronic acid polymers.

Tata Motors Displays Tata Nano EV at Geneva Motor Show

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Tata will use lithium-polymer batteries, as in the Tata Indica Vista EV, in the Nano EV. The Tata Nano EV. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.).

Berkeley Lab scientists generate low-cost, hybrid thermoelectric materials

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Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have constructed a low-cost, nanoscale composite hybrid thermoelectric material by wrapping a polymer that conducts electricity around a nanorod of tellurium—a metal coupled with cadmium in today’s most cost-effective solar cells. Resources. Kevin C. See, Joseph P.

EcoDynamics Kia Models Cut CO2 As Low As 94 g/km

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Powered by lithium polymer gel batteries, it has a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) and a maximum range of 160 km (99 miles) on a single charge.

Arkema Showcasing Kynar PVDF Resins for Li-ion Batteries at Advanced Automotive Batteries Conference Europe

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Kynar polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resins are highly stable polymers that offer a balance of performance properties. From this has come Kynar and Kynar Flex resins that are polymers for use in both polymer and liquid cell lithium batteries. Arkema has more than 40 years experience in coating, film and polymer technologies.

Hyundai Introduces i-flow Diesel Hybrid Concept at Geneva; New Blue Drive Vehicles and Technologies

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Hyundai staged the global debut of its i-flow diesel hybrid concept car at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The i-flow concept. Click to enlarge.