Japan team evaluates battery-assisted low-cost hydrogen production from solar energy

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The results from this study suggested a cost of hydrogen as low as ¥17 to ¥27/Nm 3 (US$0.16 - $0.25) using a combination of technologies and the achievement of ambitious individual cost targets for batteries, PV, and electrolyzers. For comparison, the US DOE’s 2020 target for the levelized cost of hydrogen (production only) is $2.30/kg.

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EPFL team develops low-cost water splitting cell with solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 12.3%

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A team led by Dr. Michael Grätzel at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland has developed a highly efficient and low-cost water-splitting cell combining an advanced perovskite tandem solar cell and a bi-functional Earth-abundant catalyst. By combining a pair of perovskite solar cells and low price electrodes without using rare metals, scientists have obtained a 12.3%

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Hydrexia and HyGear partner on low-cost hydrogen distribution in Europe; solid state storage and delivery

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The agreement between the two companies allows for development and supply of a complete hydrogen generation, storage and distribution system with a lower cost product for customers. Hydrexia is entering the European market in partnership with HyGear with the intention of becoming a distributor of the lowest cost hydrogen in Europe. According to Hydrexia, its systems are about half the capital cost ($/kg-H 2 ) of compressed hydrogen storage.

2015 186

Redpine Signals introduces multi-protocol wireless V2X solution with ultra-low power and low cost

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Redpine Signals has introduced a multi-protocol wireless solution with ultra-low power and a low cost designed to drive the emergence of the connected car. Redpine’s new WaveCombo solution enables dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) as well as non-DSRC applications while also featuring low power consumption ideal for use in bicycles, helmets, smart phones, and any such non-vehicular applications for rider as well as pedestrian safety.

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Swiss team develops effective and low-cost solar water-splitting device; 14.2% solar-to-hydrogen efficiency

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Using commercially available solar cells and none of the usual rare metals, researchers at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have designed an intrinsically stable and scalable solar water splitting device that is fully based on earth-abundant materials, with a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 14.2%.

2016 163

Construction starts on “Flybus” demonstrator; low-cost flywheel energy storage hybrid projects 20% savings in fuel consumption

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Construction has begun on the first “Flybus” prototype vehicle, designed to demonstrate the viability of a cost-effective alternative to battery-hybrid buses by using flywheel energy storage. Part-funded by the UK’s Technology Strategy Board as part of its Low-Carbon Vehicles initiative, the Flybus consortium brings together bus maker Optare, engineering consultancy Ricardo and traction drive technology specialist Torotrak.

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Connected Energy and Renault to collaborate on energy storage and EV charging technology; second-life batteries in E-STOR

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Renault and distributed energy storage company Connected Energy are partnering to develop sustainable and efficient ways of using electric vehicle batteries at the end of their useable in-vehicle life in order to supply innovative and more affordable vehicle charging solutions. Connected Energy is addressing both issues through use of second-life EV batteries in its E-STOR technology. Connected Energy Ltd. E-STOR will be available in the UK from July 2016.

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DOE awarding $19.4M to 22 advanced vehicle technologies projects; Mercedes-Benz, GM Li-S battery projects

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million to 22 new cost-shared projects to accelerate the research of advanced battery, lightweight materials, engine emission control technologies, and energy efficient mobility systems (EEMS). The three selected EEMS projects will conduct research that evaluates energy savings benefits from connected and automated vehicles. Using 3D printed, low tortuosity frameworks, develop solid state Li-ion batteries. ICME Low Cost Carbon Fiber (Area of Interest 2).

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Fraunhofer characterizes Alphabet Energy thermoelectric PowerCard; up to 5% fuel economy improvement in automotive

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Alphabet Energy is commercializing low-cost, efficient thermoelectric materials for power generation leveraging technology initially developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. We’re addressing our market needs for high-efficiency, low-cost with a light-element thermoelectric that operates with high efficiency and reliability in air. connected, semiautonomous) while also achieving fuel efficiency standards (e.g.,

2016 183

HyperSolar working with Suzhou GH New Energy to accelerate manufacturing of renewable solar hydrogen panels

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We have evaluated many suppliers globally and have found that our connection to Suzhou GH has been our best and most reliable option. Our relationship with them has also connected us to other high-quality and economical suppliers for the processing of the cells and building modules.

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Renesas Electronics introduces V2V and V2I communications solutions

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Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the global availability of its lineup of V2X solutions that will help accelerate the arrival of autonomous driving. These kit solutions make it possible to construct optimal systems for each region at low cost. Samples of the R-Car W1R and R-Car W2H are available now. Availability is subject to change without notice.). Autonomous driving Connected vehicles V2X

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Toyota developing new cloud-based high-precision map generation system using data from production vehicles

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Additionally, this represents a relatively cost-intensive method of gathering data, due to the need to manually input specific types of data. Furthermore, the system can be implemented and scaled up at a relatively low cost. To support the spread of automated driving technologies, Toyota plans to include this system as a core element in automated driving vehicles that will be made available in production vehicles by around 2020.

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Ford unveils F-150 Lightning electric pickup; starting at $39,974; arriving in 2022

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F-150 Lightning targets a maximum 2,000 pounds of payload in the standard-range model with 18-inch wheels, and a maximum 10,000 pounds of available towing capacity on XLT and Lariat trucks with the extended-range battery and Max Trailer Tow Package.

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IPG to demo Flameless Ceramic Turbine for clean, off-grid power in EV charging

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But, in many high-use areas and remote locations, upgrading grid connections to meet future charging demand is not practical or commercially viable. Not only can IPG’s technology deliver low-emission, pollutant-free energy on today’s cleaner fuels.

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DOE awarding $35M to 11 projects for hydrokinetic turbine development; ARPA-E SHARKS

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Hydrokinetic energy is an abundant renewable resource that can boost grid resiliency and reduce infrastructure vulnerability, but it is currently a cost prohibitive option compared to other energy generating sources. It has a low maintenance cost, resulting in a lower cost of energy.

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US DOE announces $26.9M for advanced nuclear technology

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million including industry cost-share contributions, will allow industry-led teams to advance the state of domestic commercial nuclear capability. Under this proposal, Northern States Power Company - Xcel Energy, the principal objective is to carry out planning, design, installation, testing, demonstration, and evaluation of non-electric, hybrid energy technologies connected to a light-water reactor (LWR) power plant.

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Baker Institute expert says regional advantages will define future energy transitions

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A portfolio of options is available for a lower-carbon energy future, but “not every option in the portfolio is suitable everywhere,” Medlock wrote. For instance, certain regions are favorable for a build-out of intermittent renewable resources that can leverage transmission connections to large hydropower resources for load stability. Only by recognizing regionally distinct comparative advantages will least-cost outcomes be achieved.

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ABB adds 20 kW Combined Charging System (CCS) fast charger to EVSE portfolio

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The new 20 kW multistandard station offers CCS, CHAdeMO and fast AC charging functionality and is available in configurations with one, two or three outlets. Its 20 kW design allows for quick and easy installation on widely available 3 x 32A low-cost grid connections.

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ABB introducing new DC fast-charger in Europe for €9,988

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ABB launched the Terra Smart Connect (SC), a low-cost DC fast-charger that the company says will significantly improve the business case for installing electric-vehicle (EV) fast chargers throughout Europe. The Terra SC will be available for delivery in Europe in the second quarter, starting at €9,988 (US$13,310) for small volume orders. ABB’s connectivity suite supports all existing and future connection standards within the same network. The Terra SC.

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Renesas Electronics introduces 4th-generation Li-ion battery management IC

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Together, we designed and integrated a low-voltage Li-ion battery management system featuring ISL78714 ICs and RH850 microcontrollers in Mahindra Racing electric race cars. The feature-rich ISL78714 monitors and balances up to 14 series-connected cells with ±2mV accuracy across automotive temperature ranges, letting system designers make informed decisions based on absolute voltage levels.

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Volkswagen Group sets up new group company for energy and charging: Elli

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Elli Group GmbH , with headquartered in Berlin, is to develop products and services connected with energy and charging for the brands of the Group. The services available will include green power for private households with and without an electric vehicle. The low-cost 11 kW AC Wallbox is suitable for overnight charging, a procedure that protects the battery.

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Ambarella unveils HD 360° view automotive camera solution

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a developer of low-power, HD video compression and image processing semiconductors, introduced the MotorVu 360 automotive surround view and recording reference design. MotorVu 360 is enabled by the new Ambarella B5 family of receiver/transmitter companion chips that supports transmission of video data across low-cost, flexible cables with low latency. The MotorVu 360 reference design will be available for qualified customers during Q1 2014. Ambarella, Inc.,

2014 188

Opinion: Reinventing fuel-based power for a more secure and resilient grid

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As our world becomes more connected, more electrified, and more renewable, not only are we increasing the demand on our energy systems, but we are also fundamentally changing the way they operate. by Toby Gill, CEO, Intelligent Power Generation.

2020 277

A Complete Guide to the Extended Southern California Edison Charge Ready Program

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As an approved network provider in the program, EV Connect helped install more than 300 charging ports in cities such as Fontana, CA, resorts such as the Marriott Palm Desert Springs Villa and corporate headquarters such as Panda Restaurant Group.

New stable Fe3O4/C composite material for conversion electrode in solid-state Li-ion batteries

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Fe 3 O 4 , also known as magnetite, is a low cost, environmentally benign metal oxide that can undertake a reversible conversion reaction with Li + ions … which results in a theoretical capacity of 924 mAhg ?1 1 , almost 3 times higher than the commercially available graphite anode. Despite these premises, transition metal oxides associated with the conversion mechanism usually suffer from a series of issues intimately connected with the conversion reaction itself.

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DOE to award $89M for innovative manufacturing technologies

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A key focus is developing and scaling new, low-cost manufacturing processes to catalyze increased domestic battery manufacturing for vehicle and stationary applications. A cost-share of at least 20% will be required for research and development projects. Up to $70 million, subject to appropriations, is available for the Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

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Civil Maps debuts augmented reality maps for self-driving cars

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Civil Maps’ localization and mapping platform is now commercially available for car makers and other companies interested in low-cost, high-precision 3D map creation and updates. The Civil Maps Localization & AR Mapping software generates 3D maps with greater efficiency of cost and labor than any other currently available mapping technique and creates maps that include highly detailed, real-time spatial data, accurate to the nearest three to five centimeters.

2016 150

How Smart EV Charging Will Help Promote Renewable Power Generation


This can lead to a huge variation in the grid power available, which can be a problem for power companies. A smart EV charger will enable an EV to be charged when weather conditions allow and there is a surfeit of low carbon, low cost power available.

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Balqon Corporation introduces HIQAP industrial lithium-ion packs to replace lead-acid batteries

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The new HIQAP batteries are available in 12, 24 and 48 Volt configurations with an amp hour capacity ranging between 700 Ah to 1000 Ah. VDC folded prismatic cells connected in a series, available in 12V, 24V and 48V configurations. Low internal resistance allows for more than 95% efficiency during energy transfer compared to 80% efficiency of equivalent deep cycle lead-acid batteries.

Siemens, Duke Energy and Ford demonstrate lower cost home smart charging technology for plug-ins; due on market next year

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Siemens Energy Management Division has teamed with Duke Energy and Ford to demonstrate the results of an 18-month effort to reduce the cost and expand electric vehicle charging technologies. million in development funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to support research aimed at significantly reducing the current costs of electrical vehicle (EV) chargers and developing “smart” charging capabilities that support power grid efficiency and consumer demand.

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ARPA-E announces $98M in funding for 40 OPEN projects; two opposed-piston engines projects receive $10M total

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Pinnacle Engines will electrify its four-stroke, spark-ignited, opposed-piston engine to improve fuel efficiency and reduce its cost. In addition, Pinnacle will employ high rates of exhaust gas recirculation and a low temperature combustion strategy, which will improve knock tolerance and reduce heat loss, pumping work, and NO x emissions. Ecolectro is developing alkaline exchange ionomers (AEIs) to enable low-cost fuel cell and electrolyzer technologies.

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New seamless charging network across18 states

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Six major utility companies join together to add EV Fast Chargers to connect Gulf Coast, Midwest and Atlantic state destinations. =. The rate incentivizes customers to do certain tasks—such as charge their electric vehicle—at times of the day when demand for electricity is low.

Bosch acquires US ridesharing start-up SPLT

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SPLT uses an app to connect people who share the same route to their place of work or study. Ridesharing, in which digital services and apps are used to form carpools and to organize vehicle sharing and taxis, is a growth market in the connected mobility sector. Up to now, the services available have usually directly targeted people who happen to be traveling in the same direction, and who want to book a ride on the spur of the moment.

2018 163

Top 5 Electric Vehicle Start-Ups in India

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Gadkari also stated that 100 % lithium-ion batteries, which are a critical component in electric vehicles, will be manufactured in India, while the government also conducts research on other readily available materials for batteries such as aluminium ion, sodium ion, steel ion, and zinc ion.

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EVgo and ABB install first 150 kW fast charger in US, with potential upgrade to 350 kW

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The fastest available public chargers currently in the market are 50kW, which can provide roughly three miles per minute of charge. The new charging station will be available to automotive research vehicles on request, and is intended to help inform future advances in electric vehicle development, range, capacity and charging speed. The High-Power charging station utilizes a CCS connection standard but is not open to the public.

2017 150

Continental supplying 48-volt belt starter generator with integrated power electronics for Audi A8

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The system replaces a conventional starter pinion and is driven by a belt connected to the engine crankshaft. It has a continuous power rating in generator mode of up to 5 kW, with peak output of up to 15 kW available for short periods. The coolant is supplied by the regular engine cooling system, eliminating the need for a second, low-temperature cooling circuit.

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GMZ Energy successfully demonstrates 1 kW thermoelectric generator for Bradley Fighting Vehicle

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The company integrated five of its 200W TEGs into a single 1,000 W diesel engine solution that directly converts exhaust waste heat into electrical energy to increase fuel efficiency and lower costs. In order to simulate vehicle performance, the unit was tested by connecting directly to the exhaust of a 15-liter V8 diesel engine inside an engine test cell.

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Ford MyEnergi Lifestyle collaboration to demonstrate integration of home appliance technology, plug-in vehicle and renewable energy source; Georgia Tech model predicts 60% cut in home energy costs

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The cumulative results predict a 60% reduction in energy costs and more than 9,000 kg of CO 2 (55% reduction) saved from a single home. Key factors driving MyEnergi Lifestyle include: Electric vehicles, like the all-new Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, are more efficient and can charge during the low-cost electricity hours. Connected appliances can use less energy during peak periods. Connected devices enable smarter use of energy.

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Lessons from a year with solar power

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According to the Department for Business, the average cost for standard electricity in the UK in 2020 was 17.2p/kWh. . That rate would give the LEAF a cost of 17.2 * 24 to drive 100 miles. The inverter converts the DC solar into AC power that can power the house or be directed back into the Grid as well as connecting up the Battery packs that uses 48 Volt DC. . The LuxPower has a WI -Fi connection and can be access via a web browser, more of this later.

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Renesas Electronics delivers 2nd-gen ADAS view solution kit for surround view, electronic mirrors and driver monitoring for autonomous driving

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360-degree surround view is expected to become an essential feature available in all vehicle segments. are connected via a high-speed gigabit multimedia serial link (GMSL) serializer and a quad deserializer from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. The new ADAS view solution kit is an all-in-one solution based on the R-Car Starter Kit, including online-available sample application and calibration software which enables system developers to immediately start their development.

2016 181

Stanford, SLAC team cages silicon microparticles in graphene for stable, high-energy anode for Li-ion batteries

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The graphene cage acts as a mechanically strong and flexible buffer during deep cycling, allowing the silicon microparticles to expand and fracture within the cage while retaining electrical connectivity on both the particle and electrode level. The method can be applied to other electrode materials, too, making energy-dense, low-cost battery materials a realistic possibility. There are huge challenges associated with using low-cost,micrometre-sized Si source materials.

2016 163

Audi selects Altera SoC FPGAs for production zFAS piloted-driving systems

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Altera said that Audi and Austrian high-tech company TTTech, the core-development partner for Audi’s central driver assistance control unit zFAS (zentrale Fahrerassistenzsteuergerät, earlier pos t), chose the Altera Cyclone V SoC FPGA for its ability to increase system performance and enable the differentiated features Audi requires for piloted driving and parking not available with application-specific standard product (ASSP) solutions.

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Fisker files patents on solid-state battery technology; anticipating automotive-ready from 2023

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The patent includes claims over novel materials and manufacturing processes that are critical in achieving the required energy density, power and cost targets required for the widespread use of electric vehicles. Fisker claims that this technology will enable ranges of more than 500 miles on a single charge and charging times as low as one minute—faster than filling up a gas tank. This further reduces battery system costs.

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