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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), IVECO (a brand of CNH Industrial) and ENGIE (Global Energy Player) are broadly collaborating to promote natural gas vehicles and infrastructure in Europe. At the “Salon de l’Auto” in Brussels, the Minister of Mobility and Environment announced a program for the improvement of air quality in Wallonia.

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US and Belgium sign nuclear energy R&D collaboration agreement

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The United States Department of Energy (DOE) and Belgium’s Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie/Centre d’Etude de l’Energie Nucléaire (SCK•CEN) (also known as the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning cooperation in nuclear energy research and development. Brief

European Fast-E project launches; 278 fast-charging points in Germany and Belgium

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The Fast-E project, co-financed by the European Union and nine companies, has officially launched , with the objective of installing 241 fast-charging charging stations in Germany and 37 in Belgium. A sister project between the Czech Republic and Slovakia will add another 30 charging stations. Brief

ABB to charge the largest single network of 101 electric buses in Europe using open industry standard OppCharge

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The order will include installation sites in Charleroi, Belgium, providing 15 ABB charging stations in total by 2018, to power 101 Volvo electric hybrid buses in the Wallonia public transport system, operated by TEC Group. ABB has received an order for a further 12 bus charging systems from Volvo Buses to power the largest single network.

Royal IHC launches first LNG-fueled hopper dredger

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The official name giving and christening ceremony will take place in the spring of 2017 in Zeebrugge, Belgium. Brief

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Prayon and Pulead to create JV for manufacture and sale of lithium iron phosphate material for Li-ion batteries

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Major cathode material producer Pulead (China) and phosphate leader Prayon (Belgium) have entered into an agreement to form a joint venture for the manufacture and sale of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) under licence from LiFePO 4 +C Licensing LLC. The joint venture will help meet the increasing global demand for licensed LFP. Brief

ASTM International launches group to create standards for recovered carbon black (rCB)

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As always, we’re honored to be chosen as the standards development organization for the world’s leading experts in yet another exciting and innovative industry.”. The committee will host its first meeting on 27 March in Brussels, Belgium, in conjunction with the annual conference of the European Tire Recycling Association (ETRA).

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Prayon obtains worldwide sublicense for lithium iron phosphate battery material

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Belgium-based Prayon Group has obtained a worldwide. A new production facility will be operated in Belgium (at its main production site in Engis) in summer 2012. Prayon has committed to establish further industrial-size manufacturing facilities in France and in the Province of Québec in the coming years. Phosphates (OCP S.A.)

DOE awards LanzaTech $4M for low-carbon jet & diesel demo plant; 3M gpy; Audi evaluating fuel properties

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LanzaTech has been selected by the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to receive a $4-million award to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3 million gallons/year of low-carbon jet and diesel fuels. The LanzaTech award was one of six totaling $12.9 million.

The importance of considering non-exhaust traffic emissions; the role of EVs

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They collected 160 samples on 38 days between February and September 2009 at a curbside and an urban background station in the urban/industrial Ruhr area. in Belgium. Regulatory regimes seeking to reduce emissions from transport have largely focused on tailpipe emissions—i.e., Further, a 2013 review by Denier van der Gon et al. 9, No.

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Study finds that EV-specific factors rather than socio-demographic variables better predictors of EV uptake

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Thirdly, due to the constantly evolving environment during the emergence of a radical innovation, industrial dynamics may change from year to year.

Umicore and Prayon form beLife JV to develop and produce phosphate-based cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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industrial pilot plant in Engis, Belgium, that will be operational in the coming months with all materials produced. Prayon is a leading global producer of phosphate materials for various industrial applications and its high-purity. Jointly owned by OCP SA (Office Chérifien des Phosphates, Morocco) and SRIW (Belgium), Prayon.

Solvay launches rare earth recycling activity in France

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Belgium-based chemical group Solvay has opened two rare earth recycling units in France. First launched in 2007, the project required two years of research and development followed by two years of industrialization studies and site selection. The investment was officially approved in 2011. Brief

Maersk Line CEO calls for major changes in shipping industry; reliability, ease of business, environmental excellence

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Maersk Line CEO Eivind Kolding called for major changes in the shipping industry during the keynote address to the container shipping and logistics industry at the TOC conference in Antwerp, Belgium. If container shipping is to secure its licence to operate in the future, the industry needs to change now, he said. Brief

Van Hool wins EU funding for 21 fuel cell buses; powered by Ballard FCvelocity-HD7 modules

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Van Hool is a Belgium-based independent bus, coach and industrial vehicle OEM. Van Hool N.V. Earlier post.)

Toyota in long-term partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens to strengthen quality of UK operations

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Toyota has established a partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to strengthen the ecological and environmental quality of its UK operations.

Ballard signs MOU with Van Hool for further fuel cell bus deployments; next-gen FCvelocity-HD7 power module

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The MOU also provides for the establishment of a dedicated service and parts center at Van Hool facilities in Belgium, to support all buses powered by Ballard fuel cells in Europe. Van Hool is a Belgium-based independent bus, coach and industrial vehicle OEM with a strong history of innovation in bus manufacturing.

IMEC Launches New Industrial Affiliation Program on GaN-on-Si Technology for Power Electronics and Lighting

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IMEC launched a new industrial affiliation program (IIAP) to develop high-voltage, low-loss, high-power switching devices based on large-diameter (up to 200mm) GaN-on-Si (gallium-nitride on silicon ) technology. IMEC is inviting both integrated device manufacturers and companies in the compound semiconductor industry to join the program.

Deloitte study concludes mass adoption of EVs in Europe is some distance away

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There is no doubt that electric vehicles are the future of the automotive industry. The automotive industry continues to invest in high end R&D to devise the cutting edge technology required for electric vehicles. —David Raistrick, automotive partner and head of manufacturing at Deloitte UK. —David Raistrick. Brief

Telefónica to provide M2M connectivity for Tesla electric vehicles across major European markets

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The agreement, which establishes Telefonica as Tesla’s largest European connectivity partner, is supported by KPN in the Netherlands and Belgium as part of the M2M World Alliance, simplifying Tesla’s deployment of connected cars. Telefonica will provide Machine-To-Machine (M2M) connectivity for the Tesla Model S in Europe. Brief

London taxis to be fueled by UK’s first network of hydrogen stations

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This industry-led project utilizes the hydrogen transport experience and knowledge of 16 companies. HyRaMP , Belgium. A new project will soon see 15 hydrogen-powered London black-cabs and five hydrogen-powered Suzuki Bergmann scooters carrying passengers around the city. Element Energy Ltd , UK. LTI Vehicles , UK. LBST , Germany.

Ford and Schaeffler demonstrate Fiesta-based e-WheelDrive car; follow-up research project in the works

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At Ford’s Lommel Proving Ground in Belgium, Ford Motor Company and Schaeffler demonstrated the Fiesta-based eWheelDrive car. Fiesta eWheelDrive.

ExxonMobil to invest >$1B in Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher sulfur residual oil into diesel, other products

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ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Belgium, a division of ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical B.V.B.A., The new unit will expand the refinery’s ability to help meet energy needs throughout northwest Europe, despite what the company calls a challenging industry environment. Esso Belgium, a division of ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical B.V.B.A.,

Stanford’s GCEP awards $10.5M for research on renewable energy; solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy

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A team of scientists from the United States, Belgium and Scotland also received support for research that could lead to the large-scale conversion of cellulosic plants to biofuels: Optimizing yield and composition in lignin?modified The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University has awarded $10.5 Light trapping in high?efficiency,

Deutsche Post DHL and Renault aim to intensify their collaboration on the use of electric vehicles

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is an electrified vehicle that is used to transport DHL Express shipments at the moment in France as well as in Aruba, Belgium, Denmark and Germany. In order to test new technologies, the company partners with various automotive manufacturers and is part of several industry working groups such as Green Freight Europe or aireg. Brief

Europcar to introduce Opel Ampera extended range EV as a rental car throughout Europe

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The goal is to deploy the first vehicles in Europcar rental outlets in Germany in November of this year, followed soon afterwards by Belgium and the Netherlands. Opel Ampera. Click to enlarge. Opel and Europcar have agreed to introduce the Opel Ampera extended range electric vehicle ( earlier post ) as a rental car throughout Europe.

New study finds GHG emissions from palm oil production significantly underestimated; palm oil biofuels could be more climate-damaging than oil sands fuels

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Based on visual interpretation of high-resolution (30 m) satellite images, a new study in the journal Global Change Biology: Bioenergy determined that industrial plantations covered over 3.1 Mha, nearly half the total peatland in the area, is formally allocated to conversion to industrial oil palm plantations in Indonesia. —Dr.

Aleris to invest $350M to upgrade Kentucky aluminum rolling mill for anticipated growth in automotive demand

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The investment positions Aleris to meet anticipated significant growth in North American automotive demand as the industry pursues broader aluminum use for the production of lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. Aleris has served the automotive industry from its facility in Duffel for many years.

Consortium including Volvo Car Group completes successful study of EV wireless charging

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The inductive charging project was initiated by Flanders’ Drive, a research and test center for the automotive industry in the Flanders region in Belgium and was partly funded by the Flemish government. Inductive battery charging components. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.) kW 240 Vac single-phase unit from Inverto. hours [at 20 kW].

NMCA shown to be a promising cathode material for high-power and safe Li-ion batteries

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A team of researchers from CNRS, IPB and SAFT in France and UMICORE in Belgium report on the synthesis and performance of a new high-power cathode material for Li-ion batteries (NMCA) in a paper in the Journal of Power Sources. Li 1.11 (Ni 0.40 Mn 0.39 Co 0.16 Al 0.05 ) 0.89 Mn 0.39 Co 0.16 Al 0.05 ) 0.89 Mn 0.39 Co 0.16 Al 0.05 ) 0.89 Brie

Honeywell UOP’s Methanol To Olefins technology selected for China coal chemical complex

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The MTO process technology has been successfully demonstrated in a semi-commercial-scale unit built by Total Petrochemicals in Feluy, Belgium. China’s Wison (Nanjing) Clean Energy Company Ltd. UOP MTO Methanol to Olefins process. Click to enlarge. UOP and Total announced their partnership on this in 2005. Wison (Nanjing) Clean Energy Co.,

Aero trailer design study from Mercedes-Benz shows 18% lower wind resistance, almost 5% reduction in fuel consumption

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Mercedes-Benz’ new Aero Trailer design. Click to enlarge. Numerous individual measures lower the wind resistance of the entire unit. Click to enlarge.

Air pollution associated with increased heart attack risk despite “safe” levels

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and NO 2 originate predominantly from the combustion of fossil fuels such as emissions from industrial plants or vehicles. Click to enlarge.

BASF and partners developing injection-molded plastic parts with steel cord reinforcements; EASI materials for lightweight automotive applications

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Injection molded plastic parts with steel cord reinforcement. Source: BASF. Click to enlarge. Video ). Materials Plastics Safety Weight reduction

Umicore selling its stake in beLife lithium iron phosphate JV to Prayon

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beLife was created by both shareholders in order to demonstrate the industrial scale production of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode material and to qualify this material at some of the major global Li-ion battery makers. The Li-ion battery industry is expected to grow significantly in the next decade. Earlier post.). Brief

$39M cellulosic biorefinery project 2G Biopic launches in Europe

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Should the technical and economic parameters be validated, the process will be developed to its industrial stage from 2018. Brief

Veeco collaborating with imec to drive performance gains in GaN-based power devices

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the leading supplier of metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) systems, has signed a joint development project (JDP) agreement with imec, the Belgium-based nano-electronics research center. According to IHS research, industry requirements are growing and requiring smaller, more energy efficient power ICs. Brief

Bombardier launches PrimoveCity for multi-modal stationary or mobile inductive charging of electric vehicles

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Having successfully demonstrated the BOMBARDIER PRIMOVE technology with a Bombardier low floor tram in Augsburg, Germany, Bombardier is now further trialing the technology with a bus on a 125-meter stretch of road in Lommel, Belgium. PrimoveCity utilizes the PRIMOVE technology capable of providing power transfer for all electric vehicles.

Neste Jacobs to build SunPine’s Tall Oil Rosin production facility; feedstock for renewable diesel

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When the new rosin plant is up and running, SunPine will be producing three different products: Raw tall diesel, a feedstock used in the production of renewable diesel; rosin, a raw material used in the production of derivatives, including printing ink and adhesives; and tall oil pitch, an energy product used in the paper industry. Brief

Visteon awarded 1st production program for Fusion platform; launch expected in 2018

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Visteon Corporation has been awarded the first production program for its Fusion connected platform by a leading European-based vehicle manufacturer.