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UT Austin team demonstrates new approach to lithium sulfide cathodes for Li-S batteries

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, led by Professor Arumugam Manthiram, have demonstrated that lithiated graphite can serve as a lithium donor in lithium-deficient cathodes used, for example, in high energy density lithium-sulfur chemistry batteries.

U Texas Austin team finds P2S5 electrolyte additive enables use of Li2S bulk particles for high-capacity cathodes in lithium-sulfur batteries; ~800 mAh/g

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, led by Prof. Arumugam Manthiram, have found that using phosphorus pentasulfide (P 2 S 5 ) as an electrolyte additive. enables the direct use of commercially available bulk Li 2 S particles as high-capacity cathode materials for rechargeable Li?S S batteries, without intricate synthesis or application of a high charging cut-off voltage that deteriorates the electrolyte stability and safety.

ExxonMobil invests $15M in University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute; renewable energy, battery technologies and power grid modeling

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ExxonMobil will invest $15 million as a leadership member of the University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute to pursue technologies to help meet growing energy demand while reducing environmental impacts and the risk of climate change.

Car club secures 10,000 members

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The residents of Austin, Texas, have taken to the concept of a car club in their droves with 10,000 drivers signing up for the car2go mobility programme. Just four months after its launch on May 21, 2010, more than 80,000 rentals have been completed throughout the greater downtown Austin area with average use lasting between [.]. Tags: Green cars Latest news Austin car clubs car share clubs Car2go LIVESTRONG Texas

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Car sharing to continue in Texas

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The two-year car2go North America Pilot Programme in the state capital of Texas – Austin – has come to an end. Green cars Latest news Austin car sharing car sharing scheme Car2go Daimler TexasHowever, a new agreement has been signed to ensure that car2go will continue its operations in the city. Developed by Daimler, car2go is the world’s first free floating car sharing network and it launched [.].

UT Austin researcher awarded $15M for switchgrass traits studies

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A researcher at The University of Texas at Austin will receive two grants totaling $15 million to study switchgrass ( Panicum virgatum ), with a focus on how it can become a sustainable source of bioenergy. Tom Juenger, a professor of integrative biology, will lead scientists from multiple institutions—including federal agencies, universities and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology—on two projects researching switchgrass.

UT Austin team uses polypyrrole-MnO2 coaxial nanotubes as sulfur host to improve performance of Li?sulfur battery

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a novel electrode for lithium-sulfur batteries that improves cyclic stability and rate capability significantly.

Portland Car2Go Car-Sharing Fleet To Get Bike Racks

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cities with significant car-sharing fleets; and it was one of the first North American cities, after Austin, where Car2Go. Would you be more likely to use car-sharing if you could bring your bike along?

UT Austin team identifies promising new cathode material for sodium-ion batteries: eldfellite

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The UT Austin cathode achieved a specific capacity that is only about two-thirds of that of commercial lithium-ion batteries.

car2go Reaches 10,000 Registered Members in Austin

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Daimler’s car2go mobility program has reached 10,000 registered members in its first North American city, Austin, Texas, after just more than four months since its public launch on 21 May 2010. Since the start of the car2go operations, more than 80,000 rentals have been completed throughout the greater downtown Austin area with average usage between 30 and 60 minutes per rental.

UT Austin team devises new strategy for safe, low-cost, all-solid-state rechargeable Na or Li batteries suited for EVs

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, including Prof.

Ford Partners with Austin Energy and Centerpoint Energy to Prepare Austin and Houston Areas for EVs

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Ford announced two partnerships with utilities in Texas— Austin Energy in Austin and Centerpoint Energy in Houston—to prepare those two regions for electric vehicles. Ford will work with Austin Energy and Centerpoint Energy to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles as well as share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support the necessary demand.

UT Austin to lead $58M study of methane hydrate in Gulf of Mexico; $41M from DOE

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A research team led by The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded approximately $58 million to analyze methane hydrate deposits under the Gulf of Mexico.

INRIX analysis identifies top 10 US cities for highly autonomous vehicles; prioritizing corridors for deployment

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To demonstrate a city’s readiness for highly autonomous vehicles, INRIX ran an analysis and constructed heat maps to score and visualize results for Austin, Texas; New York; and San Francisco. Heat maps for City of Austin (left) and Downtown Austin (right). This includes Spicewood Springs Road from the North Capital of Texas Highway toward Crestview (Block Group Chain 1), and Rosedale, just north of Central Austin (Block Group Chain 2).

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UT Austin researchers successfully spoof yacht at sea with false GPS signals

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A radio navigation research team from The University of Texas at Austin successfully coerced a 213-foot yacht off its course, using a GPS spoofing device.

Texas Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Partnership forms; applying for national designation

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Cities and regions across Texas are partnering with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Transportation Research (CTR), and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to form the Texas Automated Vehicle (AV) Proving Ground Partnership.

UT Austin team achieves best reported full-cell hybrid Li-air battery cycling with new ordered catalyst

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A team from the University of Texas at Austin led by Professor John Goodenough has achieved significantly enhanced activity and durability for the oxygen reduction reaction under alkaline conditions in a hybrid Li-Air battery using a new ordered Pd 3 Fe/C catalyst.

UT Austin team and partners report on extensive measurements of methane emissions during natural gas production

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Source: UT Austin. A team of researchers from UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering and environmental testing firms URS and Aerodyne Research completed measurements at 190 natural gas production sites across the United States.

Iconic Land Rover Turned Into Electric Car Research Vehicle

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The Land Rover Defender is as much an automotive icon in Great Britain as the Jaguar E-Type, MGB or the Austin Mini. It's not as glamorous as any of them, but the car's chunky styling, go-anywhere ability and incredible longevity have resulted in the design barely changing since its introduction in 1948. In fact, the electric Defender due at next

ORNL, UT Austin team proposes optimization framework for hybrids; balancing fuel consumption, motor efficiency, battery capacity and life

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin have developed an optimization framework for hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs and PHEVs) including fuel consumption, motor efficiency, and battery capacity and lifetime. Sample output.

AMD installs three Coulomb Technologies charging stations at Austin campus

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AMD has installed three Coulomb-manufactured ChargePoint electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its Austin “Lone Star” campus for employees, and plans to install additional stations at its Sunnyvale campus in spring 2011. The Austin ChargePoint stations were supplied and installed by Verdek, the exclusive distributor for Coulomb Technologies in the Southern States.

U Texas at Austin researchers rewire yeast for high lipid generation; 60x improvement over parent strains

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering have rewired the native metabolism of the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica for superior production of lipids (lipogenesis). The research has resulted in a technology for which UT Austin has applied for a patent. However, these alternative platforms do not always produce lipids directly from sugar as the UT Austin technology does.

car2go completes pilot program, enters new agreement with the City of Austin’s Car-Share Austin Program; more than 21,000 registered members

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car2go, the largest carsharing network in Austin, Texas, has completed its two-year car2go North America Pilot Program with the City of Austin. Under a newly signed agreement with the City of Austin’s Car-Share program, car2go will continue operations in Austin. car2go, developed by Daimler as the world’s first free-floating carsharing network, launched its first North American Pilot Program with the City of Austin and its employees in November 2009.

UT Austin researchers significantly boost yield and speed of lipids production from engineered yeast; more efficient biofuel production

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Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new strain of the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica featuring significantly enhanced lipids production that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process. In earlier work, the UT Austin team had already enhanced lipogenesis titers in Y.

Peer-to-peer car sharing service Getaround launches in Austin, Texas

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Peer-to-peer car sharing company Getaround announced its official launch in Austin, Texas. Getaround will join the local “collaborative consumption” space in Austin. This announcement closely follows the company’s February launch in the greater Portland metropolitan area with a $1.7 million federal grant and expands its reach to four major cities.

University of Texas at Austin study measuring methane emissions released from natural gas production

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A research team led by The University of Texas at Austin, and including engineering and environmental testing firms URS and Aerodyne Research, is conducting a major field study to measure methane emissions from natural gas production, about which little empirical data exist. He has submitted a disclosure of outside interest to The University of Texas at Austin in accordance with its conflict of interest policies.).

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UT Austin study finds no direct connection of hydraulic fracturing to reports of groundwater contamination

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Hydraulic fracturing of shale formations to extract natural gas has no direct connection to reports of groundwater contamination, based on evidence reviewed in a study released by the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver, British Columbia. Faculty members from across The University of Texas at Austin campus participated in the research, which the Energy Institute funded.

Daimler Extending car2go Car-Sharing Program to Austin, Texas; Ramping Up in Germany

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Two smart2go units in Austin. Daimler will bring its car2go mobility concept ( earlier post ) to the US in a pilot phase to start this fall in Austin, Texas with an initial fleet of about 200 smart fortwo mhd vehicles with start/stop functionality. Click to enlarge.

Innov8 Transport thanks Elon Musk's attention-getting Hyperloop design

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Austin Texas based startup, Innov8 Transport, welcomed today's unveiling of the Hyperloop system by Elon Musk, using the occasion to show off their own system, the Electric Dual-Mode Skyway.

Audi of America to pilot shared fleet service in North Carolina before 2017 debut

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Exclusive mobility concepts such as Audi on demand and Audi at home, Audi shared fleet services and partnerships such as VW Group’s investments in Gett, a European ride-hailing service, and Silvercar, a next-generation rental-car company based in Austin, Texas, are milestones on the road to providing integrated mobility solutions.

UT Austin poll finds majority support development of natural gas and renewables; declining support for environmental issues

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The University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll has found that US consumers strongly support increased production of energy from domestic sources, particularly natural gas and renewables. The University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll reflects the views of 2,371 Americans surveyed during 5-16 March 2012.

UT Austin team synthesizes molybdenum-antimony composite material for Li-ion anode; 3x the volumetric capacity of a graphite anode with better safety, but poor cycle life

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin report the synthesis of a molybdenum-antimony composite (Mo 3 Sb 7 –C) for use as anode material for a lithium-ion battery in a paper in the ACS Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

Daimler brings car sharing to Canada

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The car2go concept was first launched in Ulm, Germany, three years ago and was later rolled out to Austin, Texas. German automaker Daimler will launch its car2go car sharing service in Vancouver, British Columbia. So far more than 35,000 customers have joined the programme and there have been more than 600,000 fully automated rental transactions [.]. Green cars Latest news Mercedes car sharing car sharing service Car2go Daimler

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The Sparrow electric car was featured in Austin Powers 'Goldmember'. Groovy, baby

$50M Battery500 consortium targeting battery pack with specific energy of 500 Wh/kg

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University of Texas at Austin. Announced last week as one of the Obama Administration’s new initiatives to advance electric vehicle adoption ( earlier post ), the Battery500 consortium, led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), aims to build a battery pack with a specific energy of 500 watt-hours per kilogram, compared to the 170-200 watt-hours per kilogram in today’s typical EV battery.

UPS expands hybrid delivery fleet

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The company has expanded its fleet of alternative fuel vehicles with 200 next generation hybrid electric delivery trucks spread across eight US cities – Austin, Chicago, Houston, Long [.]. Some big name businesses are pushing to cut costs and do their bit for the environment – but few can boast about their efforts like delivery firm UPS.

Google teaching autonomous vehicles to share road safely with cyclists

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The fleet is averaging 15K to 17K autonomous miles per week, with testing locations in Mountain View, California; Kirkland, Washington; Phoenix, Arizona; and Austin, Texas. 15 June 2016: Another Google AV in Austin was rear-ended.

PHEV Day 154, Thursday, 12 March 2009. On to Austin and AAEAA'rs

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7 finalists announced for USDOT Smart City Challenge; Amazon Web Services new partner

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The finalists are: Austin, TX; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; and San Francisco, CA. US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, joined by Barbara Bennett, President and COO of Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc.

DOE to invest $16M in computational design of new materials for alt and renewable energy, electronics and other fields

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Chelikowsky, University of Texas, Austin. The US Department of Energy will invest $16 million over the next four years to accelerate the design of new materials through use of supercomputers.

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