Dyson plans to build its electric car in Singapore

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Dyson, the British maker of premium vacuum cleaners, aims to enter the electric-car arena—and it’s chosen Singapore as the global assembly site. Singapore dysonThe company confirmed that its board has ratified the decision for the company itself to construct what it calls a “purpose-built advanced automotive manufacturing facility” there.

Singapore’s HES unveils plans for regional hydrogen-electric passenger aircraft: Element One

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Originally from Singapore, HES has been working with a number of fast-moving start-ups and SMEs in France over the past year and exploring various locations to execute its Element One vision, including Aerospace Valley, the global aviation R&D hub located in Toulouse.

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Toyota develops “Total-care Service” for ride-hailing companies; rollout with Grab in Singapore

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Singapore will see the first service roll-out, with Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. Intensive Care Stall (ICS) has been implemented at Borneo Motors (Singapore) (BMS), the authorized Toyota dealer in Singapore.

2018 101

Neste investing €1.4B to boost capacity for renewable drop-in fuels and products production in Singapore

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billion to add additional renewable products production capacity in Singapore. Singapore expansion. The investment will extend Neste’s renewable product overall capacity in Singapore by up to 1.3 Neste Corporation will invest approximately €1.4

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NTU Singapore and BlueSG launch ultra-fast charging electric tram; 20-second recharge

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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and BlueSG Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Blue Solutions owned by the Bolloré Group, have launched Singapore’s first flash-charging electric shuttle.

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NTU and Volvo jointly to develop autonomous electric buses in Singapore; Volvo’s first autonomous public transportation application

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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Volvo Buses will begin testing autonomous electric passenger buses in Singapore in 2019. The 40-seat buses to be deployed in Singapore will be equipped with autonomous driving technologies including GPS and LIDAR systems for charting, positioning and detecting obstacles around the vehicle, and an integrated navigation system that includes automated steering, gear changing, and speed throttling technologies.

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AVEVAI introduces IONA e-LCVs with more than 300 km range; supercapacitor-battery hybrid technology

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AVEVAI , a new B2B e-mobility and logistics solutions and technology provider based in Singapore, launched its range of IONA electric light commercial vehicles (e-LCVs) at the 5 th Guangzhou International Electric Vehicles Show in China (16-25 November 2018).

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MIT proof-of-concept demo of ionic wind propulsion for aircraft

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Bose Research Grant, and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). Barrett (2018) “Flight of an aeroplane with solid-state propulsion” Nature volume 563, pages 532–535 doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0707-9.

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NUS team discovers bacterium that produces only biobutanol directly from cellulose

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A team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) recently discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of directly converting cellulose to biobutanol.

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Neste submits three pathways for California LCFS for renewable diesel produced at Porvoo refinery

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Finland-based Neste has submitted three new Tier 2 Pathways for California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for renewable diesel produced at its Porvoo, Finland refinery. Two pathways are for Renewable Diesel from Tallow & Animal Fat and one is for Renewable Diesel from Used Cooking Oil (UCO).

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E-bike maker sees space for bare-bones electric car in congested cities

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The four-seat four-wheeler, called SIN, for Singapore, appears to be aimed at some of the most congested cities in Asia. A Danish bicycle and e-bike company, Biomega, has shown an open-wheel concept car that takes the sculpted, less-is-more ideas of Scandinavian design to new extremes—to what may be a regulatory impossibility in the U.S. Asia Carbon Fiber City car

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Nissan, Frost & Sullivan study finds 37% of Southeast Asian consumers open to buying EV

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Along with the release of the study, Nissan announced that the new LEAF will go on sale in seven markets in Asia and Oceania during the next fiscal year: Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

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Hyundai, Kia invest additional US$250M in Grab; pilot EV projects

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To start, Grab, Hyundai and Kia will launch a series of EV pilot projects in Southeast Asia starting with Singapore in 2019. In August, Grab announced a partnership with Singapore’s energy utilities provider, SP Group, to use SP Group’s public EV charging network for its EVs. Hyundai Motor Group and Grab Holdings Inc.,

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NUS-led research team develops cost-effective technique for mass production of high-quality graphene; 50x less solvent

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A research team led by the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed an economical and industrially viable strategy to produce graphene.

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Scania and Ahola Transport agree on semi-autonomous platooning

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The first was announced in January 2017, and is with the Singapore Ministry of Transport and the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA Corporation). That project entails truck platooning on public roads while transporting containers between port terminals in Singapore.

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Toyota to invest $1B in Grab and strengthen collaboration to accelerate development of new mobility technologies

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Both companies have already begun collaboration in the field of connected vehicles by, for example, providing driving-data-based automotive insurance for Grab’s rental fleet in Singapore through local insurance companies.

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Study: IMO low-sulfur fuel standards will decrease childhood asthma cases, premature deaths; climate tradeoffs

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Some key regions include China, Singapore, Panama, Brazil and coastlines of Asia, Africa and South America. Corbett (2018) “Cleaner fuels for ships provide public health benefits with climate tradeoffs” Nature Communications Volume 9, Article number: 406 doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-02774-9.

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Wärtsilä VOC recovery system for LNG systems can save tons of fuel each year for two new shuttle tankers

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The technology group Wärtsilä will supply its Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) recovery technology, LNG fuel gas handling systems and the auxiliary engines for two new shuttle tankers being built for Singapore-based AET Tankers at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea.

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Swiss authorities’ decision leads to the cancellation of the Renewable Jet Fuel project in Geneva Airport

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With Neste’s planned additional 1 million ton renewable product capacity in Singapore, renewable jet fuel production is estimated to increase significantly by 2022. Geneva Airport announced in September 2017 that it aspired to replace 1% of the conventional jet fuel used for aircrafts with renewable jet fuel in a pilot project with Neste, the leading renewable fuels company. The partners made a case for project facilitation funding to the Swiss authorities.

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Neste to double production of drop-in renewable fuels and chemicals in Singapore to approx. 2Mt per year

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Neste has begun design of a new production line in its Singapore refinery for the production of renewable diesel, renewable aviation fuel and raw materials for various biochemical uses. The company is aiming to make a final investment decision by the end of 2018. There were two equally good locations for the refinery, the United States and Singapore. Based on this overall assessment, we settled on Singapore.

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NUS-led study: beltway to divert diesel trucks in São Paulo improved air quality and public health

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A study by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of São Paulo revealed that a beltway constructed to divert heavy-duty diesel vehicles traffic in the Brazilian city of São Paulo improved air quality and public health in the city. Other world megacities such as London, Paris, New Delhi and Singapore may stand to gain similarly by limiting the circulation of diesel vehicles in the cities, particularly during the day when people are out and about.

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Maersk and IBM launch TradeLens blockchain shipping solution; 154+ million shipping events already captured on platform

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The TradeLens ecosystem currently includes: More than 20 port and terminal operators across the globe, including PSA Singapore, International Container Terminal Services Inc, Patrick Terminals, Modern Terminals in Hong Kong, Port of Halifax, Port of Rotterdam, Port of Bilbao, PortConnect, PortBase, and terminal operators Holt Logistics at the Port of Philadelphia, join the global APM Terminals’ network in piloting the solution.

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Joby Aviation secures $100M in Series B for electric VTOL; Intel, EDBI, JetBlue and Toyota

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The financing was led by Intel Capital, and includes strategic investors Singapore-based EDBI, JetBlue Technology Ventures, and Toyota AI Ventures. Venture-backed startup Joby Aviation has secured $100 million in Series B financing to take its all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) passenger aircraft into pre-production and certification.

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Singapore LTA selects nuTonomy for trials of autonomous mobility-on-demand transportation service; new AV testing center

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In addition to Delphi ( earlier post ), Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has also selected nuTonomy to begin trials of an autonomous mobility-on-demand transportation service.

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Volkswagen Truck & Bus launches two truck platooning projects; Scania in Singapore, MAN and Schenker in Germany

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Volkswagen Truck & Bus companies have launched two truck platooning pilot projects: one, with Scania in Singapore ( earlier post ), the other with MAN and Schenker DB in Germany. In Singapore, in the world’s largest pilot project of this kind, Scania will be developing and testing a comprehensive platooning solution. This project has been commissioned by the Singapore port authority and the ministry of transport.

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Neste: use of our renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions by 8.3 million tons in 2017

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The positive result was made possible by Neste’s increased production volumes at its renewables-producing refineries in Finland, the Netherlands, and Singapore. Replacing fossil fuels with Neste’s renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions altogether by a 8.3 million metric tons—8.3 billion kilograms—in 2017, according to calculations made by the company.

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Wärtsilä LNGPac passes 100th order milestone

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Two new shuttle tankers being built for Singapore based AET Tankers will feature Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines running primarily on LNG fuel, and fitted with LNGPac units. The technology group Wärtsilä’s has booked the 100 th order for its LNGPac Fuel Gas Supply Systems. This contract brought the total number of orders received for this innovative system to 100.

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nuTonomy to test its self-driving cars on specific public roads in Boston

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The testing in Boston will enable nuTonomy to build on the knowledge it has gained from the public road tests and public trials it has been conducting in Singapore’s one-north business district. nuTonomy plans to launch its self-driving mobility-on-demand service in Singapore in 2018.

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nuTonomy launches first public trial of self-driving car service and ride-hailing app

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The trial, which will continue on an on-going basis, is being held within Singapore’s one-north business district, where nuTonomy has been conducting daily autonomous vehicle (AV) testing since April. Earlier this month, nuTonomy was selected by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) as an R&D partner, to support the development of a commercial AV service in Singapore. nuTonomy launched the first public trial of a robo-taxi service.

Autonomous driving software company nuTonomy closes $16M A round

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In Singapore, where nuTonomy has strong governmental support, the round included participation from EDBI, the dedicated corporate investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board. nuTonomy is positioning itself to be the first company to deliver an autonomous taxi service, and plans to launch a commercial offering in 2018. nuTonomy Inc., a developer of software for self-driving cars, has completed a $16-million Series A funding led by Highland Capital Partners.

Neste and Air BP bring sustainable aviation fuel to Caen airport in France

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The availability of sustainable aviation fuel at Arlanda and Caen airports follows the announcement last month that as part of a collaboration agreement signed in October 2018, Air BP and Neste are ready to supply sustainable alternative fuel to airline and airport customers in Sweden. With the planned Singapore refinery expansion Neste will have the capacity to produce up to 1 million ton of low-emission renewable jet fuel by 2022.

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Robert Bosch Venture Capital leads US$17.5M investment in Teralytics; advanced mobility analytics using telecom data

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billion in 2018, at an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.4% from 2013 to 2018. Zurich based Teralytics, with offices in New York and Singapore, partners with telecom network operators to solve the challenge of understanding human mobility on population scale with the most accurate indicator of people’s movement—their ever-present mobile devices.

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NTU scientists discover sustainable way to increase seed oil yield in crops up to 15%

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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have developed a sustainable way to demonstrate a new genetic modification that can increase the yield of natural oil in seeds by up to 15% in laboratory conditions. Que Kong & Wei Ma (2018) “WRINKLED1 as a novel 14-3-3 client: function of 14-3-3 proteins in plant lipid metabolism,” Plant Signaling & Behavior , 13:8, doi: 10.1080/15592324.2018.1482176.

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INTERCARGO frustrated over lack of action on nickel ore shipping safety in wake of missing Nur Allya; possible liquefaction

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In a 2017 study on nickel ore bulk liquefaction, Hio Liang Lee from T&T Salvage Asia in Singapore observed that: The shipping of unprocessed nickel ore in bulk can be risky if during the ocean voyage cargo in holds liquefied, impairing the transverse intact stability of the vessel.

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Lyft and nuTonomy form strategic R&D partnership to optimize passenger experience in self-driving cars

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Through its testing program in Boston, nuTonomy is building on the knowledge it has gained from the road tests and public trials it has been conducting in Singapore’s one-north business district since last August. nuTonomy plans to launch its self-driving mobility-on- demand service in Singapore in 2018.

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Bus manufacturer NFI Group acquires Alexander Dennis Limited for US$405M

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With a history spanning more than a century, ADL has more than 31,000 vehicles in service in the UK, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and the United States sold under the Alexander Dennis and Plaxton brands. North America-based bus manufacturer NFI Group Inc.

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Navigant forecasts global smart urban mobility market to hit $25.1 billion in 2024

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Navigant expects growth through 2018 to be rapid, at a rate of more than 20% annually. From 2019 onward, Naigant projects a slower pace—from around 20% from 2018 to 2019 to a 12% growth rate at the end of the forecast period. Japan, South Korea, and Singapore have been at the forefront of smart city adoption generally, and have already established effective, multimodal transportation systems.

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ICCT study finds GHGs from shipping on the rise

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The planned third intercessional meeting in April 2018 is to finalize the draft IMO GHG strategy.). Ships registered to Panama (15%), China (11%), Liberia (9%), Marshall Islands (7%), Singapore (6%), and Malta (5%) were the largest emitters.

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Volkswagen Truck & Bus outlines roadmap for automated driving, connectivity, and alternative drive systems

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We will be launching the first small set of vehicles on the market at the end of 2018. Working in cooperation with DB Schenker, MAN will start testing the first platoons on the digital test track on the A9 highway between Munich and Nuremberg in spring 2018.

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