US and Belgium sign nuclear energy R&D collaboration agreement

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The United States Department of Energy (DOE) and Belgium’s Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie/Centre d’Etude de l’Energie Nucléaire (SCK•CEN) (also known as the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning cooperation in nuclear energy research and development.

European Fast-E project launches; 278 fast-charging points in Germany and Belgium

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The Fast-E project, co-financed by the European Union and nine companies, has officially launched , with the objective of installing 241 fast-charging charging stations in Germany and 37 in Belgium. The 278 charging points set up every 80 km along Germany and Belgium’s main motorways, will allow drivers of electric vehicles to “refuel” and extend their car’s range.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), IVECO (a brand of CNH Industrial) and ENGIE (Global Energy Player) are broadly collaborating to promote natural gas vehicles and infrastructure in Europe. This collaboration is in line with the implementation of the DAFI Directive (Directive 2014/94 - Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructures), with a particular focus on certain countries and regions, starting from Wallonia, Belgium.

Umicore to Build Battery Recycling Plant in Belgium

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Umicore will build an industrial scale recycling facility for end-of-life rechargeable batteries in Hoboken, Belgium. The new industrial operation will use Umicore’s proprietary and patented Ultra High Temperature Smelting technology. The investment will enable Umicore to deal with the expected growth in the availability of end-of-life Lithium-ion, Lithium-Polymer and Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeable batteries.

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) Stakeholders General Assembly in Belgium

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The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) stakeholders’ general assembly will take place on 26 and 27 October in Brussels, Belgium. It is also a key platform for European and global stakeholders across sectors to come together to examine and assess the current position of this emerging industry.

Groupe Renault, Connected Energy install EV charging with 2nd-life batteries at highway rest areas

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UK-based Connected Energy and Groupe Renault have installed two quick-charge stations based on Connected Energy’s E-STOR energy storage technology on highways in Belgium and Germany.

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Prayon and Pulead to create JV for manufacture and sale of lithium iron phosphate material for Li-ion batteries

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Major cathode material producer Pulead (China) and phosphate leader Prayon (Belgium) have entered into an agreement to form a joint venture for the manufacture and sale of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) under licence from LiFePO 4 +C Licensing LLC. Global demand for LFP is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 30% between 2014 and 2020, mainly driven by industrial batteries, e-buses and e-cars.

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Saft building European alliance for 7-year R&D push on advanced Li-ion and solid-state batteries; targeting gigafactory production scale

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France-based advanced battery-maker Saft, a wholly-owned subsidiary of international energy giant Total, is building an alliance with other European partners to launch an ambitious program of research, development and industrialization for new generations of batteries focusing on advanced high-density Li-ion and solid-state battery technology.

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Van Hool to build 40 hydrogen buses for Cologne and Wuppertal (Germany); largest fuel cell bus order in Europe to date

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Van Hool, the Belgium-based independent bus, coach and industrial vehicles manufacturer, has landed a significant contract with RVK Köln and WSW Wuppertal (Germany), to supply 40 hydrogen buses of the latest generation.

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Royal IHC launches first LNG-fueled hopper dredger

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The official name giving and christening ceremony will take place in the spring of 2017 in Zeebrugge, Belgium. The launch of this vessel is an important milestone for the dredging industry.

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Air pollution associated with increased heart attack risk despite “safe” levels

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and NO 2 originate predominantly from the combustion of fossil fuels such as emissions from industrial plants or vehicles. A statistical model called RIO was used to provide a real-time evaluation of air pollution exposure in each part of Belgium with adjustments for population density.

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Calor introduces Neste BioLPG to the UK market; targeting fully renewable by 2040

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LPG, typically used for heating off the gas grid, transport and industrial applications, is already a flexible, low-carbon fuel compared to other fossil fuels. As part of this, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has recently published a consultation on a future framework for heat in buildings which has called for leadership from the off-gas grid heating industry to bring about the transformational shift required to change the way homes are heated.

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$39M cellulosic biorefinery project 2G Biopic launches in Europe

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The project, which is structured around CIMV”s refining process, has been preliminary validated at the industrial pilot stage and had already obtained first European recognition in the framework of the Biocore program (2010-2014).

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Prayon obtains worldwide sublicense for lithium iron phosphate battery material

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Belgium-based Prayon Group has obtained a worldwide. A new production facility will be operated in Belgium (at its main production site in Engis) in summer 2012. Prayon has committed to establish further industrial-size manufacturing facilities in France and in the Province of Québec in the coming years. sublicense under a portfolio of key patents for the manufacture, sale and use of lithium metal phosphate (LMP), including lithium iron phosphate (LFP).

Clean powertrain company Punch Powertrain acquires power electronics specialist Apojee

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Punch Powertrain, a Belgium-based full-system supplier of fuel-efficient powertrains including transmissions and plug-in hybrid and battery-electric systems, is acquiring France-based power electronics expert Apojee.

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Ballard signs MOU with Van Hool for further fuel cell bus deployments; next-gen FCvelocity-HD7 power module

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The MOU also provides for the establishment of a dedicated service and parts center at Van Hool facilities in Belgium, to support all buses powered by Ballard fuel cells in Europe. Van Hool is a Belgium-based independent bus, coach and industrial vehicle OEM with a strong history of innovation in bus manufacturing. The European Commission and industry have each committed to contribute €470 million of funding into fuel cell and hydrogen research in the 2008-17 period.

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Umicore selling its stake in beLife lithium iron phosphate JV to Prayon

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beLife was created by both shareholders in order to demonstrate the industrial scale production of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode material and to qualify this material at some of the major global Li-ion battery makers. Prayon and major cathode material producer Pulead (China) and phosphate leader Prayon (Belgium) have entered into an agreement to form a joint venture for the manufacture and sale of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) under licence from LiFePO4+C Licensing LLC.

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Leclanché signs preferred partnership agreement with Škoda Electric to supply battery packs for electric buses

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In 2015 Leclanché unveiled its first all-electric bus in Belgium. Now the European e-bus industry is at a watershed moment as proven battery technology and tighter environmental legislation make electric buses economically competitive with diesel. The industry is set to see considerable growth in the next few years and we look forward to the economic contribution that the agreement with Škoda Electric will make to Leclanché’s transport business.

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Global Bioenergies, Clariant and INEOS in €16.4M EU-funded project to demonstrate the production of isobutene derivatives from straw

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million) from the EU’s Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking ( BBI-JU ), with the remainder being contributed by the participants. The BBI-JU, a public-private partnership between the European Union and the Bio-Industries Consortium (BIC), is dedicated to realizing the European bio-economy potential, turning biological residues and wastes into greener everyday products through innovative technologies and bio-refineries, expected to become the heart of the bio-economy.

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New light-driven photo-electrochemical cell produces hydrogen from contaminated gas, including air

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Researchers from the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have developed an all-gas-phase solid and stand-alone photo-electrochemical (PEC) cell that produces hydrogen gas from volatile organic contaminated air and light.

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Veeco collaborating with imec to drive performance gains in GaN-based power devices

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the leading supplier of metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) systems, has signed a joint development project (JDP) agreement with imec, the Belgium-based nano-electronics research center. According to IHS research, industry requirements are growing and requiring smaller, more energy efficient power ICs. Veeco’s new Propel Power GaN MOCVD system is designed specifically for the power electronics industry. Veeco Instruments Inc.,

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Six automated truck platoons to compete in European Truck Platooning Challenge

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Scania will leave from Södertalje, south of Stockholm, driving through Sweden, Denmark and Germany to Maasvlakte II in the Port of Rotterdam, making a stop in Zolder, Belgium and in Zwolle, Netherlands.

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Neste Jacobs to build SunPine’s Tall Oil Rosin production facility; feedstock for renewable diesel

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When the new rosin plant is up and running, SunPine will be producing three different products: Raw tall diesel, a feedstock used in the production of renewable diesel; rosin, a raw material used in the production of derivatives, including printing ink and adhesives; and tall oil pitch, an energy product used in the paper industry. The facility is expected to be operational in the second half of year 2015 and will deliver rosin to Lawter facility in Kallo, Belgium.

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Testing confirms Torotrak V-Charge variable drive mechanical supercharger enables more ambitious downsizing; 1.0L demo at Aachen

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Following the Aachen Colloquium, the V-Charge demonstrator vehicle will begin a series of test drives with global vehicle manufacturers and Tier One automotive suppliers in Germany, France, Belgium and the UK.

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Visteon awarded 1st production program for Fusion platform; launch expected in 2018

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The Fusion connected platform was presented with the first-prize innovation award at a European automotive suppliers gala ceremony in Brussels, Belgium, on 7 October.

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Telefónica to provide M2M connectivity for Tesla electric vehicles across major European markets

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The agreement, which establishes Telefonica as Tesla’s largest European connectivity partner, is supported by KPN in the Netherlands and Belgium as part of the M2M World Alliance, simplifying Tesla’s deployment of connected cars. The number of vehicles with built-in connectivity will increase from 10% of the overall market today to 90% by 2020, according to the Telefonica Connected Car Industry 2013 report, which features contributions from eight of the world’s largest car manufacturers.

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Volvo’s Polestar 1 PHEV makes European debut; pre-orders open 13 March

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Electromobility is the main focus of today’s automotive industry, and Polestar is at the center of this development, introducing world-class electrified cars and ground-breaking, customer-focussed services and offers.

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ABB launches automated fast charging system for electric buses; inverted pantograph

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With more than 3,000 web-connected DC fast chargers installed globally, ABB has shown that its suite of connectivity features enable industry-leading uptimes and fast service response. ABB is introducing an automated fast charging system which allows electric city buses to drive 24/7.

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DOE awards LanzaTech $4M for low-carbon jet & diesel demo plant; 3M gpy; Audi evaluating fuel properties

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LanzaTech has been selected by the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to receive a $4-million award to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3 million gallons/year of low-carbon jet and diesel fuels. The LanzaTech facility will recycle industrial waste gases from steel manufacturing to produce a low cost ethanol intermediate: “Lanzanol.”

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ASTM International launches group to create standards for recovered carbon black (rCB)

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As always, we’re honored to be chosen as the standards development organization for the world’s leading experts in yet another exciting and innovative industry.”. The committee will host its first meeting on 27 March in Brussels, Belgium, in conjunction with the annual conference of the European Tire Recycling Association (ETRA).

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The importance of considering non-exhaust traffic emissions; the role of EVs

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They collected 160 samples on 38 days between February and September 2009 at a curbside and an urban background station in the urban/industrial Ruhr area. in Belgium. They reported in an open-access paper in the journal energies on their analysis of non-exhaust emissions of passenger vehicles, both conventional (diesel and gasoline) or electric, on air quality levels in an urban environment in Belgium.

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Umicore and Prayon form beLife JV to develop and produce phosphate-based cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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industrial pilot plant in Engis, Belgium, that will be operational in the coming months with all materials produced. Prayon is a leading global producer of phosphate materials for various industrial applications and its high-purity. Jointly owned by OCP SA (Office Chérifien des Phosphates, Morocco) and SRIW (Belgium), Prayon. that are used in food, fertilizers and a range of industrial applications.

Twelve European countries miss emissions marker

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It finds that nitrogen oxides air pollution from traffic, households and industry is above internationally agreed limits in: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, [.]. Just how far off is Europe from meeting tough nitrogen oxide regulations? New data from the European Environmental Agency (EEA) suggests that 12 countries in particular still have a long way to go.

ExxonMobil to invest >$1B in Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher sulfur residual oil into diesel, other products

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ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Belgium, a division of ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical B.V.B.A., The new unit will expand the refinery’s ability to help meet energy needs throughout northwest Europe, despite what the company calls a challenging industry environment. The investment addresses an industry shortfall in capability to convert fuel oil to products such as diesel. Esso Belgium, a division of ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical B.V.B.A.,

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Inaugural meeting of Volkswagen Sustainability Council; Group makes €20M available for projects

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It will advise the Management Board on matters of business ethics and integrity, as well as on central issues facing the automotive industry in the future, such as the transformation from car manufacturer to mobility services provider, on the radical technological change from internal combustion engine to electric mobility and on the question of finding a balance between profitability, good jobs and environmental protection.

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TM4 introduces new motor/generator for the commercial heavy-duty hybrid market: SUMO HP HV900

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This new motor/generator will be shown at Busworld Kortrijk, taking place from 20-25 October 2017 in Kortrijk, Belgium. The company will nevertheless remain alert to any new mass production opportunities in the automotive industry. TM4 is expanding its SUMO family of electric powertrains ( earlier post ) with the introduction of the new SUMO HP line which is dedicated to high-power applications.

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Ipsos study finds US among most skeptical of Autonomous Vehicles

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The study was conducted as part of its What the Future series, which couples survey data and interviews with experts in the field to see what “big questions” companies should be asking themselves about the future of their industries.

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Solvay launches rare earth recycling activity in France

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Belgium-based chemical group Solvay has opened two rare earth recycling units in France. First launched in 2007, the project required two years of research and development followed by two years of industrialization studies and site selection. In order to diversify its sources of supply and preserve resources, Solvay has developed a process for recovering rare earths contained in end-of-life equipment such as low-energy light bulbs, batteries or magnets.

SORL launches new electric air brake compressors for electric buses

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a supplier of brake and control systems to the global commercial vehicle industry, has launched a new generation of electric air brake compressors to be used in electric buses. WABCO Vehicle Control Systems—founded in the US in 1869 as Westinghouse Air Brake Company and now a leading Belgium-based global supplier of technologies and control systems for heavy commercial vehicles—also offers an electric air brake compressor: the E-Comp electrically-driven compressor.

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Stanford’s GCEP awards $10.5M for research on renewable energy; solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy

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A team of scientists from the United States, Belgium and Scotland also received support for research that could lead to the large-scale conversion of cellulosic plants to biofuels: Optimizing yield and composition in lignin?modified Investigators: Clint Chapple, Purdue University; Wout Boerjan, VIB and University of Ghent (Belgium); John Ralph, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Xu Li, North Carolina State University; Claire Halpin and Gordon Simpson, University of Dundee (Scotland).

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