US motorcoach industry closures surge in 2020

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The data collected by FMCSA shows a surge in losses of authority for motorcoach operators in 2020, which means these companies are no longer providing transportation—in some cases forever. 2020 has been an extraordinary year in terms of companies no longer operating buses.

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Report: CCS capacity increased 33% in 2020

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The 2020 Global Status on CCS report also finds that there are a total of 65 commercial CCS facilities in various stages of development globally. Source: 2020 Global Status on CCS. 2020 saw increased ambition and support for CCS in Europe as well.

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New EV market share in Europe hits 7.2% in Q2 2020, up from 2.4% in same period last year

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In the second quarter of 2020, the market share of electrically-chargeable vehicles increased to 7.2% This represents a market share of 29.4%, down from 32% in 2019. All EU markets recorded strong double-digit drops so far this year. in the second quarter of 2020.

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NREL report shows EV charging stations continued strong growth in early 2020

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of the necessary Level 2 and DC fast EV charging equipment (EVSE), respectively, required to meet projected demand in 2030, have been installed as of Q1 2020. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Market Background

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US biodiesel plant production capacity dropped 2% in 2020

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The US Energy Information Administration released its annual US Biodiesel Plant Production Capacity report, containing data for all operating US biodiesel plants as of 1 January 2020. Biodiesel Fuels Market Background

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ArcelorMittal Europe to produce “green steel” starting in 2020

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Analysis: EVs will triple their market share in Europe during 2020

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Pushed by stricter European Union emissions standards, electric cars are set to triple their market share in Europe this year, according to a new report from advocacy group Transport & Environment (T&E).

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IEA: global oil demand to decline in 2020 as coronavirus weighs on markets

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Global oil demand is expected to decline in 2020 as the impact of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads around the world, constricting travel and broader economic activity, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest oil market forecast. While the repercussions of the virus are spreading to other parts of the world, what happens in China will have major implications for global energy and oil markets. Market Background Oil

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

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Solid-oxide-fuel-cell manufacturer Bloom Energy is entering the commercial hydrogen market by introducing hydrogen-powered fuel cells and electrolyzers that produce renewable hydrogen. The Bloom Energy Servers are a proven market leader in clean, reliable, and resilient on-site power.

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LME copper prices hit 7-year high

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On 4 December 2020, the LME cash price hit its highest level since March 2013, closing at US$7,742/t. (By Copper has charted an unlikely trajectory through 2020, notes Roskill. Copper prices since 1 Jan 2020. Market Background Materials Mining

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Continental Mobility Study 2020 shows global trend toward own cars; slump in sharing

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The coronavirus pandemic is having a lasting impact on people’s mobility habits all over the world, according to the findings of the Continental Mobility Study 2020. The Continental Mobility Study 2020 is the sixth edition of the study, which asks people in Germany, France, the US, China and Japan about various aspects of mobility. In the first stage in September 2020, a representative sample of the population was surveyed in five countries on three continents.

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New industry collaboration for hydrogen trucking at mass-market scale in Europe: H2Accelerate

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Daimler Truck AG, IVECO, OMV, Shell and the Volvo Group have committed to work together to help create the conditions for the mass-market roll-out of hydrogen trucks in Europe. Hold discussions with policy makers and regulators to encourage policies which can support a sustainable and speedy activation of the zero emissions long haul trucking market. Europe Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen Market Background

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EVs predicted to gain market share, despite 18% sales drop in 2020

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Electric-car sales will decrease in 2020 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, but not as much as sales of internal-combustion vehicles. It also predicts that electric cars will continue to gradually gain market share in the coming. That's among the top-level predictions from an annual Bloomberg New Energy Finance report released Wednesday. Car Sales

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2020 Thanksgiving week gasoline consumption in US lowest since 1997

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The data speaks to a major problem for the petroleum industry and oil prices as it recovers from unprecedented demand declines for most of 2020. A persistent rebound in global oil markets requires profitability in transportation products. Behavior COVID-19 Fuels Market Background

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Dutch report suggests hydrogen exchange could catalyze hydrogen market

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A hydrogen exchange, similar to electricity and gas exchanges, could act as a catalyst for a market for climate-neutral hydrogen, according to an exploratory study, “A Hydrogen Exchange for the Climate”, presented to Eric Wiebes, the Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. A hydrogen exchange could be set up in stages and grow incrementally along with the formation of a market for climate-neutral hydrogen. Europe Hydrogen Market Background

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Star Scientific selected as 2020 S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards Finalist; industrial heat from H2 without combustion

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Winners will be selected from each corresponding group of finalists by the Global Energy Awards’ independent panel of judges and announced at the live-streamed Global Energy Awards Virtual Gala on 10 December 2020. Engines Hydrogen Market BackgroundStar Scientific has been named an Emerging Technology of the Year category finalist in the S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards, an annual program recognizing innovation, leadership and exceptional performance in the energy sector.

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ACEA: plug-in vehicles take 6.8% market share in Europe in Q1 2020; HEVs at 9.4%

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In the first quarter of 2020, the electrically-chargeable vehicle segment in Europe significantly increased its market share, rising to 6.8% (from 2.5% By contrast, demand for diesel and gasoline vehicles tumbled dramatically, although gasoline-powered cars still account for more than half of the EU market, according to the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA). Diesel now holds a market share of 29.9% (down from 33.2% million in Q1 2020.

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ROUSH CleanTech enters EV market with Class 6 electric vehicles

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ROUSH CleanTech, known for its advanced clean transportation solutions, is entering the electric truck market. ROUSH built the electric trucks to Penske’s specifications to ensure a satisfactory experience across many market segments.

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ACEA map: Affordability of electric cars, correlation between market uptake and GDP in the EU

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The European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA) has published an interactive map that illustrates the correlation between the market uptake of electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECVs) and GDP per capita for each of the 27 EU member states and the United Kingdom.

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Sales of chargeable vehicles more than triple in EU in Q3 to take 9.9% new market share

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In the third quarter of 2020, 9.9% During the third quarter, cars powered by conventional internal combustion engines lost further ground, with their overall market share going down from 88.6% million units in the third quarter of 2020. This represents a market share of 47.5%, with gasoline going below the mark of 50% for the first time since 2016. In total, 341,092 hybrid electric cars were sold from July to September 2020, representing 12.4%

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GM interested in electric air taxi market

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General Motors is exploring the use of its Ultium modular battery system in electric air taxis, Reuters reported Tuesday. The report, based on information from two people familiar with the matter, follows GM CEO Mary Barra's brief reference to air taxis at a conference Monday.

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Mercom Capital Group: Battery storage, smart grid & efficiency companies raise $3.2B in funding in Q3 2020; up 165% QoQ, 777% YoY

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Mercom Capital Group, LLC, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the global Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for the third quarter (Q3) and first nine months (9M) of 2020.

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Adamas: LFP market share drops to 6% in global passenger EV batteries in 2019; potential comeback in 2020 with cell-to-pack

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In 2019, the market share of lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathode chemistry fell to 6% in global passenger EV batteries by watt-hours deployed (i.e. Overall, the combined global market share of ternary cathodes (including NCM and nickel-cobalt-aluminum (NCA) varieties) in passenger EV batteries reached 90% in 2019, up from 83% in 2018. Adamas said that it views the renewed adaptation of LFP as a reflection of diversifying market needs. Batteries Market Background Materials

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ABI: connected car market will endure a 15% shipment decline, flat revenues in 2020; sales return on trend early 2022

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After years of consistent growth, the connected vehicle industry will face a 15% decline in shipments and flat revenues in 2020, according to projections by ABI Research, a global tech market advisory firm. ABI Research expects 115 million global connected car shipments, and a market value of US$83 billion in 2025. In the US, 91% of new vehicles sold in 2020 will be connected, against 51% in Asia-Pacific and 37% in Latin America.

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Omdia: Power semiconductor market set for 6.9% decline in 2020 as COVID-19 hits smartphones & automotive

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The global power semiconductor market is set for a steep decline in 2020 as demand for these components plunges from the key markets of smartphones and automotive electronics due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to Omdia. Omdia now forecasts that the overall power semiconductor market will undergo a 6.9% decline in 2020, with revenue falling to $43.1 billion in 2020, down from $46.3 Discrete and module market revenue will decline by 10.6%

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Dürr expands market access in battery manufacturing technology with cooperation with Techno Smart

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Dürr is positioning itself in this growth market as a supplier of production technology and is expanding its market access to battery manufacturers through a cooperation with Techno Smart, a leading Japanese manufacturer of coating systems. Batteries Manufacturing Market Background

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Enel enters public transit electrification market in US; partners with MassCEC for electric bus fleet

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Enel X and MGL will provide an innovative electrification planning and analysis solution that will help inform the MBTA’s electrification strategy and has the potential to be applied in other markets. Currently, Enel X is constructing an integrated onsite solar and battery storage system at Marathon Elementary School in Hopkinton which is expected to begin operations by the end of 2020. Bus Electric (Battery) Market Background

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IDTechEx: Market value for hybrid electric vehicles to peak at $792 billion in 2027

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In a new report—“ Full Hybrid Electric Vehicle Markets 2021-2041 ”—IDTechEx forecasts that market value for hybrid electric vehicles will peak at $792 billion in 2027. However, IDTechEx expects the HEV market to continue its strong growth.

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Toshiba develops new magnetic material that delivers improved motor energy conversion efficiency

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Market Background Materials MotorsToshiba Corporation has developed a new magnetic material with characteristics that deliver major improvements in motor efficiency at minimum cost, and with the potential to win significant reductions in power consumption.

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Mercom Capital: funding for battery storage, smart grid & efficiency companies down 38% YoY in 1H 2020

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Mercom Capital Group, LLC, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the global Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for the second quarter (Q2) and first half (1H) of 2020.

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IRENA sees renewable hydrogen at least cost-possible within decade

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However, regulations, market design and the costs of power and electrolyzer production are still major barriers to the uptake of green hydrogen, the IRENA report says. Emissions Forecasts Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Market Background

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Latest GHG Inventory shows California remains below 2020 emissions target; much steeper rate of GHG reductions required

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California’s latest greenhouse gas data shows that while the state continues to stay below its 2020 target for emissions, there is much more work to do to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. That remains six million metric tons below the 2020 target.

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Bosch plans to start full-scale production of SOFCs in 2024

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Bosch estimates that the market for decentralized power generation will reach a volume of €20 billion by 2030. As early as fall 2019, Bosch was able to start prototype production of its first fuel-cell systems in Germany; in January 2020, it acquired a stake of around 18% in the UK company.

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Geologists discover new path to rare earth mineral formation; implications for green energy and tech industries

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Adrienn Maria Szucs, Alexandra Stavropoulou, Claire O’Donnell, Seana Davis, and Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco (2020) “Reaction Pathways toward the Formation of Bastnäsite: Replacement of Calcite by Rare Earth Carbonates” Crystal Growth & Design doi: 10.1021/acs.cgd.0c01313.

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NACFE releases guidance report on hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty trucks

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The ability to scale truck demand will be limited by the nature of truck production volumes and market forces. Fleets Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen Market Background

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DOT: 89% reduction in US airline passengers in May 2020 y-o-y

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US airlines carried 89% fewer scheduled service passengers in May 2020 than in May 2019, according to preliminary data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 20 airlines that carry more than 90% of the passengers. Despite the large drop from May 2019, US airlines carried more than twice as many passengers in May 2020 than in April 2020. million passengers in May 2020, up from 3.0 Aviation Behavior COVID-19 Market Background

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Report: Kia Soul EV not returning to US market

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Unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Soul EV was due to arrive in spring 2019 as a 2020 model. The second-generation Kia Soul EV will not be sold in the United States after all, CNET reported last week.

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Audi using augmented reality to increase efficiency in logistics planning

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Manufacturing Market BackgroundAudi is using augmented reality (AR) to plan complex logistics processes. The virtual presentation of three dimensional holograms that are shown in their actual environment helps planners to better evaluate the future situation.

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GlobalData: Coronavirus threatens China’s battery sector dominance; 26 GWh hit in 2020

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China’s attempt to fight the coronavirus outbreak has led to delayed production across a number of battery production facilities located in key coronavirus hit provinces and is expected to lower the output of Chinese battery manufacturers by around 26 GWh in 2020. The supply constraint will also have an impact on the global EV markets along with energy storage projects, causing project delays or a rise in battery prices. Batteries China Health Manufacturing Market Background

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Why the Toyota RAV4 is the best hybrid for the US market

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Sometimes the market speaks decisively about what it wants, and we can make a tremendous impact by simply playing matchmaker rather than pushing back. Best Car To Buy Best Car to Buy 2020That’s how we’d sum our feelings about the RAV4 Hybrid Limited we had at our annual Best Car To Buy roundup this past fall. It made such a strong case for itself, with an EPA-rated.

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Report says lithium from California’s Salton Sea can anchor US battery supply chain

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Global electric vehicle market growth is projected to rise from 1.7 million vehicles in 2020 to 26 million vehicles in 2030 and 54 million by 2040 at least. Batteries Manufacturing Market Background Materials

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Hyundai Motor Group to acquire controlling interest in mobile robot firm Boston Dynamics

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The company launched sales of its first commercial robot, Spot, in June of 2020 and has since sold hundreds of robots in a variety of industries, such as power utilities, construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, and mining. Market Background Robotics Vehicle Manufacturers

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SoCalGas to test technology that separates hydrogen from natural gas when the two are blended in pipelines

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Maha Rhandi, Marine Trégaro, Florence Druart, Jonathan Deseure, Marian Chatenet (2020). Hydrogen Infrastructure Market Background

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