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New electrode material for solid-state batteries improves performance

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A research team from Japan has recently developed a novel electrode material for all-solid-state batteries (ASSBs) by combining lithium sulfate and lithium ruthenate, which results in improved performance. An open-access paper on their work is published in Science Advances.

Michelin to ship tires on sail-powered cargo ships

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The Michelin Group recently signed a transport commitment with the French shipping line NEOLINE. NEOLINE’s decarbonized shipping service relies on wind energy as the main propulsion for its 136m cargo ships with 4200 m 2 of sails.

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First charging station for EVs using second-life batteries from Irizar e-mobility is in service

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The first charging station for EVs that uses energy storage based on second-life batteries from Irizar e-mobility is up and running. This charging point, developed by Repsol and Ibil , has been installed in a Repsol service station on the N-I road where it goes through the city of Tolosa in Gipuzkoa.

ATLIS Motor Vehicles and Clemson University partner to advance development of EV batteries

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ATLIS Motor Vehicles, Inc. and Clemson University have partnered to advance development of electric-vehicle batteries that charge faster, last longer and can be scaled to fit a variety of vehicle classes.

Canadian company AK Motor International introduces new EV brand: Maple Majestic

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Canada-based AK Motor International Corporation, an automotive intellectual property management company, is launching a new electric vehicle brand: Maple Majestic. Arising from AK Motor’s project CANU (Canadian Automotive New Utilities), Maple Majestic is intended to excel in difficult environments.

Bombardier (now Alstom) to convert AGC hybrid trains to full battery power

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Bombardier Transportation (now part of Alstom) introduced a variety of green innovations to reduce CO 2 emissions and pollution in the railway sector.

LME copper prices at 9-year high

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On 19 February, LME cash prices for copper hit a nine-year peak of US$8,806.50/t. This is the highest level since 1 May 2012 when copper traded at US$8,528/t.

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Daimler to split into two pure-play companies: cars & vans, trucks & buses

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Daimler plans a fundamental change in its structure, splitting into two independent pure-play companies: Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans, and Daimler Truck, which will be a spin-off the current Truck and Bus business.

Effenco launches ultracap-based heavy-duty all-electric system at a diesel price

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Développement Effenco Inc., a Canada-based company specializing in the design of electric propulsion systems for heavy-duty vocational vehicles, has launched an all-electric system at the same purchase price as diesel alternatives.

Airbus exploring hydrogen fuel cell propellor “pods” for aircraft propulsion

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Airbus is conducting studies to determine how scalable a hydrogen fuel cell “pod” configuration, among others, could be to large commercial aircraft.

Study finds GHG emissions from corn ethanol now 46% lower than gasoline

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A new study by a team from Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E) has found that greenhouse gas emissions from corn ethanol are 46% lower than those from gasoline—a decrease in emissions from the estimated 39% done by previous modeling.

Cummins provides 20MW PEM electrolyzer to Air Liquide for green hydrogen production

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Global technology and power solutions leader Cummins Inc. has provided a 20-megawatt PEM electrolyzer system to generate green hydrogen, making it the largest in operation in the world. The Cummins electrolyzer system is installed at the Air Liquide hydrogen production facility in Bécancour, Québec.

bp joins the IBM Quantum Network to advance use of quantum computing in energy

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IBM announced that bp has joined the IBM Quantum Network to advance the use of quantum computing in the energy industry. IBM Quantum is an industry-first initiative to build universal quantum systems for business and science applications.

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Georgia Tech team develops AI to read EV charging station reviews to find infrastructure gaps

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A team from Georgia Tech has developed an AI that can analyze user reviews of electric vehicle charging stations, allowing it accurately to identify places where there are insufficient or out-of-service stations. An open-access paper on the work is published in the journal Patterns.

Fraunhofer suggests e-scooters as application for its magnesium hydride paste hydrogen storage technology

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Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Dresden have developed an ultra-high-capacity hydrogen storage substance for PEM fuel cell applications based on solid magnesium hydride.

Kawasaki completes world’s first liquefied hydrogen receiving terminal

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. recently completed Kobe LH2 Terminal (Hy touch Kobe), the world’s first liquefied hydrogen receiving terminal. Kawasaki built this terminal for the CO 2 -free Hydrogen Energy Supply-chain Technology Research Association (HySTRA).

BASF introduces new heat-stabilized Ultramid; heat resistance up to 190 °C in demanding environments

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Heat resistance, good long-term use properties and weld resistance are the basic prerequisites for components in current and future powertrains.

Evonik introduces silicon-carbon composite material for anodes: Siridion Black

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Evonik has introduced the silicon-carbon composite material Siridion Black as a new anode material for lithium-ion batteries. Siridon Black features an amorphous Si/C structure with a unique carbon concentration gradient for superior stability and a high specific capacity of more than 3,300 mAh/g.

UK consortium launches InCEPTion project to develop integrated electric aircraft propulsion module

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Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) specialist Blue Bear Systems Research, a UK Small to Medium Enterprise, has formed a seven-strong consortium to develop a next-generation, all-electric propulsion module to enhance aircraft performance while reducing operating costs.

ARBOC launches its first fully-accessible, battery-electric low-floor bus: Equess CHARGE

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ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., introduced its battery-electric low-floor purpose-built bus: the Equess CHARGE.

Nuvera boosts fuel cell engine test capabilities

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Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, a provider of fuel cell power solutions for motive applications, has expanded its hydrogen fuel cell engine testing capabilities with the commissioning of a large-scale durability test facility in Italy. The new automated facility, located at the SIAD S.p.A.

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Toyota develops packaged fuel cell system module for sale

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Toyota Motor Corporation has developed a product that packages a fuel cell (FC) system into a compact module; the company plans to begin selling it in the spring of 2021 or later.

ZF lands several-billion-euro orders from NA OEMs for new PowerLine commercial vehicle transmission

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ZF Group has received several large-scale orders worth several billion euros from North American vehicle manufacturers for its automatic 8-speed PowerLine transmission—including the largest individual commercial-vehicle-related order in company history.

Chevrolet introduces new electric 2022 Bolt EUV and redesigned 2022 Bolt EV

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Chevrolet introduced the new, all-electric 2022 Bolt EUV and redesigned 2022 Bolt EV. In addition to broadening Chevrolet’s EV lineup, the Bolt EUV is the first Chevrolet to offer Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance system for the highway. Earlier post.). 2022 Bolt EUV.

TECO 2030 aims to build hydrogen fuel cell gigafactory in Norway

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TECO 2030 ( earlier post ) is aiming to establish Norway’s first large-scale production of fuel cells, optimized to be the heart of hydrogen-powered ships and other heavy-duty installations.

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Oxford team directly converts CO2 to jet fuel using iron-based catalysts

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Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a method to convert CO 2 directly into aviation fuel using a novel, inexpensive iron-based catalyst.

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CA DMV issues autonomous vehicle testing permit to Vietnam’s VinFast

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has issued an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit (with a driver) to VinFast (a division of Vingroup). VinFast—a Vietnamese company ( earlier post )—is the 57 th company to be issued such a testing permit.

Toyota moves closer to production with next-generation fuel cell technology for heavy-duty trucks; new Mirai system

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Toyota’s next generation fuel cell electric technology is now powering a new set of Class 8 heavy-duty trucks.

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Vietnam’s VinFast launches 3 electric crossovers with autonomous capabilities; two headed for N.A. and Europe

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Vietnam’s first carmaker, VinFast, is launching three electric crossovers: VF31, VF32, VF33. All three offer a range of steering and self-driving assistance features and are equipped with safety and intelligence features.

Maryland school board approves purchase of 326 electric school buses; Thomas Built e-buses powered by Proterra

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The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) (Maryland) Board of Education approved a contract on Tuesday evening with Highland Electric Transportation, a provider of turnkey electric fleet solutions, to convert the MCPS school bus fleet to all-electric, starting with 326 school buses over the next four years.

Adams Intelligence releases 4th biannual EV batteries and materials report

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Adamas Intelligence has released its 4th biannual ‘ State of Charge: EVs, Batteries and Battery Materials ’ report. This latest report covers the global EV market’s performance over 2020 H2 and its implications on the ever-evolving battery and battery materials supply chains.

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New Flyer unveils Xcelsior AV: North America’s first automated heavy-duty transit bus

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New Flyer of America unveiled the Xcelsior AV automated transit bus, now in motion at Robotic Research, LLC in Maryland.

DHL Freight and Volvo Trucks partner to speed introduction of longer-distance heavy-duty electric trucks in Europe

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DHL Freight, one of the leading road freight providers in Europe, and Volvo Trucks have partnered to speed up the introduction of heavy-duty electric trucks to be used for regional transport in Europe.

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Ricardo to invest £2.5M in hydrogen development and testing facility

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Ricardo announced an initial investment of £2.5 million to build a hydrogen development and test facility at its Shoreham Technical Centre in the UK.

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 By 10 December, that dropped back to $7,712/t.) Copper has charted an unlikely trajectory through 2020, notes Roskill.

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Amazon invests in electrofuels company Infinium

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Infinium, an electrofuels solution provider, announced the close of a funding round bringing together a consortium of investors including Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), AP Ventures, Neuman & Esser, and the Grantham Environmental Trust.

Porterville, CA deploys 12 all-electric micro-transit vans from Lightning eMotors

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With a focus on its mission of sustainability for its residents, the City of Porterville, California is putting 12 electric micro-transit vans into service. The 12 vehicles, all Class 3 Lightning Electric Transit Vans, were developed by Lightning eMotors.

Achates Power continues development of opposed-piston technology for US Army vehicles

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Achates Power was recently awarded a $5-million contract from the US Army to expand the family of opposed-piston engines for military vehicles. The project, awarded in late-2020, builds upon the success of the Advanced Combat Engine (ACE). Earlier post.)

First Hualong One Gen III reactor in commercial operation

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Unit 5 of China’s Fuqing Nuclear Power Plant, the first project to adopt China’s indigenous Generation III nuclear power technology Hualong One (HPR 1000), has been put into commercial operation, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced.

Groupe Renault unveils new strategic plan “Renaulution”; from volumes to value

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In France, Luca de Meo, CEO Groupe Renault, presented the group’s new strategic plan— “Renaulution”—which, among other more specific elements, aims to shift Groupe Renault’s strategy from volumes to value.

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

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Toshiba 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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Volkswagen begins production of ID.3 EV in Dresden; 2nd ID.3 site, 4th for MEB

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Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory in Dresden has begun series production of the battery-electric ID.3. This makes it the second production site for the ID.3 and the fourth site in the world producing Volkswagen models based on the Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB).

AW-Energy entering green hydrogen market with wave energy device

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AW-Energy Oy is entering the commercial hydrogen market by introducing a combined WaveRoller and HydrogenHub process for the production of green hydrogen.