NREL, INL team assesses levelized cost of light-duty EV charging in US in 2019

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A team from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Idaho National Laboratory has produced a detailed assessment of the current levelized cost of light-duty electric-vehicle charging (LCOC) in the United States, considering when, where, and how EVs are charged.

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NYU team develops novel ion-conducting copolymer to increase power and reduce cost of fuel cells

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Researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, led by Miguel Modestino, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a novel ion-conducting polymer (ionomer) that increases the power and lowers the cost of fuel cells.

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Ammonia-salt solvent pretreatment for biomass could significantly reduce cost of cellulosic biofuels

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Our pretreatment system can slash by up to 50-fold the use of enzymes to turn solvent-treated cellulose (plant fiber) into glucose (a sugar) used to make bioproducts like ethanol. The solvent can also extract more than 80% of the lignin in plant waste.

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Hydrogen Council report finds cost of hydrogen solutions to fall sooner than previously expected

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The Hydrogen Council has published a new report, Path to Hydrogen Competitiveness: A Cost Perspective , demonstrating that the cost of hydrogen solutions will fall sharply within the next decade, sooner than previously expected.

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Researchers calculate social cost of German nuclear phase-out at $12B/year; 70% from increased mortality risk

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In a working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a team from UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) calculate that the social cost of the phase out of nuclear electricity production in Germany is approximately $12 billion per year. The decision to phase-out nuclear production in many countries seems to suggest that the expected costs of nuclear power exceed the benefits.

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BMW i Ventures invests in GenXComm to increase speed and lower cost of 5G rollout; microphotonics-based full-duplex, high-speed communication

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BMW i Ventures has invested in GenXComm , a company with technology that improves the performance and capacity of communication networks, and which aims to increase significantly the speed of global 5G deployment. GenXComm is ushering in the next revolution of computing and connectivity. GenXComm’s technology will rapidly increase the speed of 5G penetration that is critical for the future of connected vehicles.

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CSIRO finds hydrogen could reduce aviation emissions within 5 years

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This involves the replacement of on-airport ground support equipment, currently running on liquid fuels and batteries, with hydrogen powered fuel cell alternatives. Aside from the challenges of storage and handling, the primary obstacle is due to its poor volumetric density.

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BMW to pilot second-generation hydrogen fuel cell drives in small series from 2022

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The BMW Group will pilot the second generation of hydrogen fuel cell drives in a small series in the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT based on the current BMW X5 from 2022. The system performance of the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT comes to a total of 275 kW (374 hp) and ensures typical BMW driving dynamics.

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Study puts cost of decarbonizing shipping by 2050 at ~$1.4-$1.9T; largest investment needed in land-based systems

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trillion—an average of $50 billion to $70 billion annually for 20 years. The report authors note that these figures should be viewed in the context of annual global investments in energy, which in 2018 alone amounted to US$1.85 of CO 2 emissions.

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ExxonMobil, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab develop new MOF for carbon capture and steam regeneration

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Scientists from ExxonMobil, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new material that could capture more than 90% of CO 2 emitted from industrial sources using low-temperature steam, requiring less energy for the overall carbon capture process.

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Xcel Energy wants 1.5M EVs in its service areas by 2030; 30x increase from today

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If realized, EVs would make up 20% of all vehicles on the road in those areas—more than 30 times the number today. Xcel said that it will need the support of policymakers, manufacturers and other stakeholders to make its vision real. By accelerating EV adoption in the coming years, we can drive major reductions in carbon emissions while helping our customers save money and making the most of our clean energy investments. Utility holding company Xcel Energy wants 1.5

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BNEF: EV sales to fall 18% in 2020, overall car market by 23% in response to health and economic crisis

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BloombergNEF (BNEF) forecasts that sales of electric passenger vehicles will fall 18% in 2020 to 1.7 million worldwide, with the coronavirus crisis interrupting ten successive years of strong growth. Electric vehicles (EVs) of all types are seen adding 5.2%

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SOFC-maker Bloom Energy announces initial strategy for hydrogen market entry; partnership with SK

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These products will be first introduced to the South Korean market in 2021 through an expanded partnership with SK Engineering and Construction (SK E&C), an affiliate of SK Group. This expansion of our product offering enables zero-carbon electricity and transportation solutions.

2020 122

CASE unveils first fully electric backhoe loader: the 580 EV

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CASE has the capability to produce additional units throughout 2020 before ramping up production to meet greater demand in following years. CASE built the very first factory-integrated backhoe loader in 1957 and has been at the forefront of backhoe innovation.

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Tesla X is OCTA’s first all-electric vanpool vehicle

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The Tesla X is provided by Green Commuter, one of three vanpool companies contracted by OCTA to provide vehicles to commuters in Orange County to help them share the ride as they travel to work. Photo courtesy of the Orange County Transportation Authority.

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Volvo robotaxis roll out in suburban Shanghai

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Volvo robotaxis are rolling out in suburban Shanghai as part of a pilot program from China’s dominant ride-hailing platform, Didi Chuxing. Since Saturday, users of Didi’s app aged 18 to 70 have been able to sign up for a free test drive.

2020 125

European project to develop cobalt-free EV batteries awarded €11.8M

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COBRA incorporates environmental impact studies to help ensure that the carbon footprint of the end product is reduced, by eliminating cobalt and other toxic or scarce elements, while using metal components with recyclability of more than 95%. Useful cycle life of >2000. >4.5V

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BNEF, Snam, IGU report finds global gas industry set to resume growth post-pandemic; low-carbon technologies for long-term growth

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After growing by more than 2% in 2019, global gas use is set to fall by around 4% in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic reduces energy consumption across the global economies. —Ashish Sethia, global head of commodities at BNEF. —Jon Moore, CEO of BNEF.

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Lyft commits to 100% EVs by 2030

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By working with drivers to transition to electric vehicles, we have the potential to avoid tens of millions of metric tons of GHG emissions to the atmosphere and to reduce gasoline consumption by more than a billion gallons over the next decade.

2020 124

Hyliion launches Hypertruck Electric Range Extender; CNG genset; 1,000-truck pre-order

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a developer of electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 commercial vehicles, launched its Hypertruck Electric Range Extender (ERX), a long-haul, natural-gas series-hybrid electric powertrain. Hyliion Inc.,

2020 121

Octillion Power Systems debuts new EV battery-leasing plan

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Octillion Power Systems, a global provider of advanced lithium-ion storage systems for electric mobility ( earlier post ), announced a new demonstrator program for battery-leasing that allows batteries to be leased to fleet customers when they purchase vehicles. The goal of the demonstrator program is to collect data on battery degradation, evaluate fleet-operation-use models and to assess second-life viability of the used batteries.

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Faradion receives first order for sodium-ion batteries for Australian market

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Its prototype cells can deliver energy density in excess of 140 Wh/kg, with a design performance of 155 Wh/kg in 10Ah pouch cells. Current cell designs can provide gravimetric and volumetric energy densities comparable to lithium-ion and greatly in excess of lead-acid batteries.

2020 133

Electric shuttles to start service in south Sacramento

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The first of three new GreenPower EV Star shuttles will be put into service beginning Monday, 15 Jun 2020 as part of Electrify America’s more than $40 million Green Cities investments in Sacramento.

Michigan EGLE awards $1.7 million for 36 EV fast charger stations

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Drivers of electric vehicles will have more locations to recharge their vehicle’s batteries as they travel across Michigan through $1.7 million ($1,683,297.84) in grants announced by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) for direct current fast chargers (DCFC) along well-traveled routes. Public or private entities can apply for EGLE grants of up to $70,000 per charger station.

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Chinese researchers develop new alloy for on-board hydrogen production for fuel cells

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Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Tsinghua University have used a gallium, indium, tin and bismuth alloy to generate hydrogen, when placed in contact with an aluminum plate immersed in water. Hydrolysis of active metals is a widely known hydrogen production approach.

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DOE announces $11.5M in Phase 1 funding for carbon capture and storage program; ARPA-E FLECCS

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The US Department of Energy announced $11.5 million in funding for 12 projects as part of Phase 1 of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E’s) FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) program. Later in the program, teams that move to Phase 2 will focus on building components, unit operations, and prototype systems to reduce technical risks and costs. The proposed technology easily separates the CO 2 and H 2 O in the flue gas of an oxy-combustor.

2020 104

H2-Share hydrogen-powered heavy-duty rigid truck starts trials in the Netherlands; mobile refueler

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A 27-tonne hydrogen fuel cell rigid truck built by VDL started its first demonstration with BREYTNER as part of the EU-funded H2-Share project in Schelluinen, the Netherlands. The city of Helmond and VIL are sub-partners in the project.

2020 135

Wärtsilä and partners developing emissions-free barge concept

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The technology group Wärtsilä has joined a consortium of key partners to form Zero Emission Services B.V. The other founders of ZES are ING Bank, energy and technical service provider Engie, and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. The system is independent of the energy provider.

2020 119

Hyundai Motor to establish hydrogen refueling station for fuel cell electric buses at Incheon Airport with partners, provide buses

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Hyundai will support the construction cost of the hydrogen refueling station while providing up to 12 fuel cell electric buses as well as their maintenance and service. —Seong Kwon Han, President and Head of Commercial Vehicles Division at Hyundai Motor Company.

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Nikola announces Nikola Badger pickup; FCEV/BEV powertrain to support 600-mile range

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Nikola Corporation announced the product launch of the Nikola Badger electric pickup truck with an estimated range of 600 miles. The Badger is engineered to deliver 980 lb-ft (1,330 N·m) of torque, 906 peak HP and 455 continuous HP.

2020 139

Cree introduces SiC 650V MOSFETs targeting EVs, data centers and solar

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Cree has introduced the Wolfspeed 650V silicon carbide MOSFETs , delivering a wider range of industrial applications and enabling the next generation of Electric Vehicle (EV) onboard charging, data centers, and other renewable systems with industry-leading power efficiency.

2020 133

W?rtsil? & Vantaa Energy Ltd. to cooperate on a carbon-neutral synthetic biogas production project

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a Finnish energy company, have signed an agreement on a joint concept feasibility study for a Power-to-Gas facility at Vantaa Energy’s waste-to-energy plant in the city of Vantaa in the capital region. The technology group Wärtsilä and Vantaa Energy Ltd.,

2020 120

Monash team proposes roadmap to renewable ammonia economy; 3 generations of technology

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While there is global potential to generate renewable energy at costs already competitive with fossil fuels, a means of storing and transporting this energy at a very large scale is a roadblock to large-scale investment, development and deployment.

2020 117

ICCT life-cycle analysis finds no climate benefit in using LNG as marine fuel

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Additionally, LNG engines are tuned to either emit low nitrogen oxide (NO x ) emissions—at the cost of higher methane emissions in some cases—or to incorporate NO x reduction technologies such as exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) or selective catalytic reduction (SCR).

2020 138

DOE releases draft energy storage grand challenge roadmap and requests stakeholder input

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) released the Energy Storage Grand Challenge Draft Roadmap and a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on the Draft Roadmap. Categories of storage included in the Energy Storage Grand Challenge.

2020 91

Researchers use copper ions to enhance performance of Mg battery

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Magnesium (Mg) is a promising candidates to replace lithium for electrochemical energy storage devices due to its abundance—far greater than that of lithium—enhanced safety, and theoretical high volumetric capacity. Adding a copper ion improves performance of new magnesium battery.

2020 109

Motiv Power Systems deploys its first electric trolley in Estes Park, Colorado

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Motiv Power Systems, a sustainable technology company delivering all-electric chassis with a proven software platform for the electrification of medium-duty trucks and buses, announced the deployment of its first electric trolley with the Town of Estes Park in Colorado, with one more planned.

2020 93

OptiFuel finalizing $2.6M DOE grant to demonstrate RNG hybrid line-haul locomotive

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OptiFuel Systems, a system integrator of Cummins and BAE Systems hybrid power products for decarbonizing the rail, marine, and microgrid power market, is in the process of finalizing a $2.6 g/bhp-hr of NOx, a reduction of 400 times. g/bhp-hr of PM.

2020 88

ARPA-E awarding $33M to 10 projects for natural gas pipeline retrofitting: REPAIR

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The US Department of Energy announced $33 million in funding for 10 projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Rapid Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR) program. REPAIR teams will develop natural gas transmission pipeline retrofitting technology to rehabilitate existing cast iron and bare steel pipes by creating new, robust pipes inside of old ones. University of Colorado, Boulder.

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European Union adopts strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen; Clean Hydrogen Alliance

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The European Union adopted strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, paving the way “towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by the twin goals of a cleaner planet and a stronger economy.”. This connected and flexible system will be more efficient, and reduce costs for society. The Renovation Wave will be an important part of these reforms. A greater direct electrification of end-use sectors.

2020 89

Daimler Trucks E-Mobility Group starts global initiative for electric-truck charging infrastructure

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The E-Mobility Group of Daimler Trucks & Buses is launching a worldwide initiative to establish a charging infrastructure for battery-electric trucks. The initial focus is on charging stations installed at the depots of truck customers.

2020 134

Duke researchers boost electrolyzer productivity with microfibrous flow-through electrode; 12.5- to 50-times greater than conventional

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Ben Wiley, a professor of chemistry at Duke University and his team are investigating how nano- and microstructured porous electrodes can improve the productivity of hydrogen generation in a zero-gap, flow-through alkaline water electrolyzer. Inset: Electron microscope view of the felt.

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DAIHEN leverages WiTricity wireless charging technology for solar-powered mobility demo in Japan

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DAIHEN has been using WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 wireless charging system as a reference design for its own line of standards-compliant wireless chargers for battery electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

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