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.

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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.

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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.

ABB to charge the largest single network of 101 electric buses in Europe using open industry standard OppCharge

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The order will include installation sites in Charleroi, Belgium, providing 15 ABB charging stations in total by 2018, to power 101 Volvo electric hybrid buses in the Wallonia public transport system, operated by TEC Group. ABB has received an order for a further 12 bus charging systems from Volvo Buses to power the largest single network. of electric buses and bus charging systems in Europe.

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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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.

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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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).

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.”

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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Study finds that EV-specific factors rather than socio-demographic variables better predictors of EV uptake

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Estonia deciding to buy 500 MiEVs in 2012 or Belgium offering high financial incentives but perhaps not to the right market, noted lead author Will Sierzchula.

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.

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.

Maersk Line CEO calls for major changes in shipping industry; reliability, ease of business, environmental excellence

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Maersk Line CEO Eivind Kolding called for major changes in the shipping industry during the keynote address to the container shipping and logistics industry at the TOC conference in Antwerp, Belgium. If container shipping is to secure its licence to operate in the future, the industry needs to change now, he said. The shipping industry is faced with three fundamental challenges: our unreliability, our complexity and our environmental impact.

Van Hool wins EU funding for 21 fuel cell buses; powered by Ballard FCvelocity-HD7 modules

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Van Hool is a Belgium-based independent bus, coach and industrial vehicle OEM. Under Framework FP7, the European Commission and industry have each committed €470 million (US$530 million) of funding for fuel cell & hydrogen research and demonstrations through the 2008-14 period.

Toyota in long-term partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens to strengthen quality of UK operations

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At Burnaston, this has already witnessed innovative and effective measures to minimize waste, reduce use of natural resources and harness sustainable energy sources, notably through the installation of one of British industry’s largest solar panel arrays.

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.

IMEC Launches New Industrial Affiliation Program on GaN-on-Si Technology for Power Electronics and Lighting

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IMEC launched a new industrial affiliation program (IIAP) to develop high-voltage, low-loss, high-power switching devices based on large-diameter (up to 200mm) GaN-on-Si (gallium-nitride on silicon ) technology. IMEC is inviting both integrated device manufacturers and companies in the compound semiconductor industry to join the program.

Deloitte study concludes mass adoption of EVs in Europe is some distance away

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There is no doubt that electric vehicles are the future of the automotive industry. The automotive industry continues to invest in high end R&D to devise the cutting edge technology required for electric vehicles. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s (DTTL) Global Manufacturing Industry group conducted a global survey to explore consumer adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).

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.

London taxis to be fueled by UK’s first network of hydrogen stations

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This industry-led project utilizes the hydrogen transport experience and knowledge of 16 companies. HyRaMP , Belgium. A new project will soon see 15 hydrogen-powered London black-cabs and five hydrogen-powered Suzuki Bergmann scooters carrying passengers around the city.

Ford and Schaeffler demonstrate Fiesta-based e-WheelDrive car; follow-up research project in the works

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At Ford’s Lommel Proving Ground in Belgium, Ford Motor Company and Schaeffler demonstrated the Fiesta-based eWheelDrive car. Fiesta eWheelDrive. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.)

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.,

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).

Deutsche Post DHL and Renault aim to intensify their collaboration on the use of electric vehicles

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is an electrified vehicle that is used to transport DHL Express shipments at the moment in France as well as in Aruba, Belgium, Denmark and Germany. In order to test new technologies, the company partners with various automotive manufacturers and is part of several industry working groups such as Green Freight Europe or aireg. Deutsche Post DHL has signed a letter of intent for a possible future global framework agreement with car manufacturer Renault.

Europcar to introduce Opel Ampera extended range EV as a rental car throughout Europe

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The goal is to deploy the first vehicles in Europcar rental outlets in Germany in November of this year, followed soon afterwards by Belgium and the Netherlands. The car is not only suited for use in the car rental industry as it delivers the no-compromise mobility that rental customers require, the partners say, it also eliminates the risk for the rental company of having to recover a car as a result of it running out of battery power. Opel Ampera. Click to enlarge.

New study finds GHG emissions from palm oil production significantly underestimated; palm oil biofuels could be more climate-damaging than oil sands fuels

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Based on visual interpretation of high-resolution (30 m) satellite images, a new study in the journal Global Change Biology: Bioenergy determined that industrial plantations covered over 3.1 Mha (20%) of the peatlands of Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo in 2010, surpassing the area of Belgium and causing an annual carbon emission from peat decomposition of 230–310 Mt CO 2 e.

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Aleris to invest $350M to upgrade Kentucky aluminum rolling mill for anticipated growth in automotive demand

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The investment positions Aleris to meet anticipated significant growth in North American automotive demand as the industry pursues broader aluminum use for the production of lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. Aleris is currently a leading supplier to the European premium auto industry, which has led the transition to aluminum driven by tighter emissions standards. Aleris has served the automotive industry from its facility in Duffel for many years.

Consortium including Volvo Car Group completes successful study of EV wireless charging

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The inductive charging project was initiated by Flanders’ Drive, a research and test center for the automotive industry in the Flanders region in Belgium and was partly funded by the Flemish government. Inductive battery charging components. Click to enlarge.

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.

NMCA shown to be a promising cathode material for high-power and safe Li-ion batteries

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A team of researchers from CNRS, IPB and SAFT in France and UMICORE in Belgium report on the synthesis and performance of a new high-power cathode material for Li-ion batteries (NMCA) in a paper in the Journal of Power Sources. Electrochemical tests and their comparison with those obtained for an industrial Li(Ni 1-y-z Co y Al z )O 2 material reveal that Li 1.11 (Ni 0.40

Honeywell UOP’s Methanol To Olefins technology selected for China coal chemical complex

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The MTO process technology has been successfully demonstrated in a semi-commercial-scale unit built by Total Petrochemicals in Feluy, Belgium. Ltd, located in Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park and fully owned by Wison Group Holding Limited headquartered in Shanghai, China, adopts coal technologies to product high-quality chemicals—including carbon monoxide, hydrogen, synthetic gas, methanol and sulfur—for use in Chinese industry.

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.

Aero trailer design study from Mercedes-Benz shows 18% lower wind resistance, almost 5% reduction in fuel consumption

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Mercedes-Benz is presenting a design study at “Trailer 2011” show in Belgium for an aerodynamic trailer that shows a reduction in wind resistance by up to 18%, with an accompanying decrease in fuel consumption by almost 5%. Mercedes-Benz’ new Aero Trailer design. Click to enlarge.

BASF and partners developing injection-molded plastic parts with steel cord reinforcements; EASI materials for lightweight automotive applications

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BASF, Bekaert (Belgium) and voestalpine Plastics Solutions (Netherlands) are developing thermoplastic components that are reinforced with steel cord fabrics and produced by means of injection molding. Injection molded plastic parts with steel cord reinforcement. Source: BASF. Click to enlarge.

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.

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.

$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).

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.,

Bombardier launches PrimoveCity for multi-modal stationary or mobile inductive charging of electric vehicles

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Having successfully demonstrated the BOMBARDIER PRIMOVE technology with a Bombardier low floor tram in Augsburg, Germany, Bombardier is now further trialing the technology with a bus on a 125-meter stretch of road in Lommel, Belgium. It is important to note that Bombardier’s objective is not to start manufacturing any type of non-rail vehicles but to offer the PRIMOVE technology to other industries also.