New study shows a rapid increase of diesel-fueled backup generators across California

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New research by economic and public policy consulting group M.Cubed finds a proliferation of backup generators across California, with nearly 90% being diesel-fueled, posing significant obstacles to achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets and driving nearly $136 million in annual health costs.

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Honeywell UOP introduces range of new hydrotreating catalysts; production of cleaner-burning gasoline and diesel

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Honeywell UOP is introducing an expanded portfolio of new hydrotreating catalysts used to remove impurities and contaminants from petroleum and other refining feedstocks to produce cleaner-burning gasoline and diesel that meets new global emissions regulations. Diesel and kerosene hydrotreating.

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REG to supply biodiesel/renewable diesel blend to 12 locations in Nor Cal

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REG Ultra Clean blends biodiesel and renewable diesel. The patent-pending combination delivers both biodiesel’s excellent lubricity and renewable diesel’s high Cetane and low Cloud Point in a 100% renewable fuel. Bio-hydrocarbons Biodiesel Diesel Fuels

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UrbanX Group signs FEED contract with Hyundai Engineering for renewable diesel facility in Bakersfield

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Ltd—an essential step for building the state’s first facility producing ultra-low carbon renewable diesel. The company will produce its XRD renewable diesel from vegetable oil, fats and waste cooking oils through a proprietary process. Bio-hydrocarbons Biomass Diesel Fuels

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Jaguar Land Rover produces more than 1.5M Ingenium engines; adds new straight-six diesel MHEV to family; fuel cell concept coming

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The UK manufacturer is now adding a new straight-six diesel to the family. The latest addition to the Ingenium range is the six-cylinder diesel engine, which offers enhanced performance, smoothness and efficiency, powering the new Range Rover and new Range Rover Sport.

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Argonne VERIFI researchers applying GSA to investigate combustion engine parameters; seeking cleaner and more efficient engines

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, as part of the new Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative ( VERIFI ) ( earlier post ), are using global sensitivity analysis (GSA)—a specific form of uncertainty analysis which breaks down the uncertainty into constitute parts—to investigate a number of parameters in the internal combustion process. Diesel Emissions Engines Fuel Efficiency Simulation

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California trucking firm switches fleet of 600+ trucks to Neste renewable diesel

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Ecology, a transportation and logistics company in California, has switched its fleet of more than 600 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel and is reporting cleaner fuel filters, fewer maintenance problems and reductions in tailpipe emissions. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon fuel produced from 100% renewable and sustainable raw materials, primarily wastes and residues. Neste MY Renewable Diesel reduced climate emissions by 8.3

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Federal-Mogul develops advanced high-temperature gasket technology to support cleaner, more fuel-efficient engines

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The HTA technology, already proven in the heavy-duty diesel sector, is now applicable to light-duty diesel and gasoline engines as vehicle manufacturers’ strategies to reduce emissions pushes exhaust temperatures beyond 1000 °C. HTC demonstrates thermal stability to over 1000°C, while conventional molybdenum-based coatings are reduced to ash at such temperatures, said Jim Zwick, global director of product technology, gaskets and heat shields.

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Mazda introduces HAZUMI concept along with new 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-D diesel

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This compact and lightweight clean diesel engine is designed for combustion efficiency, just like the larger displacement SKYACTIV-D 2.2. Conventional diesel engines generally have a high compression ratio; hence, the compression temperature and pressure at piston top dead center (TDC) are extremely high. The SKYACTIV diesels feature a low compression ratio of 14.0:1 Top: High compression diesel ignition occurs before the fuel is sufficiently mixed. Diesel Engines

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Ford unveils new Focus; 10% better fuel economy; focus on tech; gasoline and diesel

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The new Focus features a broad suite of Ford advanced driver assistance technologies and advanced EcoBoost gasoline and EcoBlue diesel engines offering a 10% fuel-efficiency improvement across the range. Ford’s advanced new turbocharged EcoBlue diesel engines are designed to deliver higher power, more torque at low rpm, and enhanced fuel-efficiency and refinement for higher-mileage drivers. Diesel Driver Assistance Systems Engines Fuel Efficiency

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Audi testing find e-ethanol and e-diesel produced by Joule often perform better than conventional counterparts

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Audi testing of synthetic ethanol (Audi e-ethanol = Joule Sunflow-E) and synthetic diesel (Audi e-diesel = Joule Sunflow-D), produced in partnership with Joule ( earlier post ) in a pressure chamber and optical research engine has shown that the Audi e-fuels often perform better than their conventional counterparts. As a result, the synthetic fuels assure a more effective mixture preparation process, cleaner combustion and lower emissions.

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Natural-Gas Vehicle Sales Globally Won't Quite Double In 10 Years: Analyst

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Cars running on natural gas have been around for decades now, and presently represent 2 to 3 percent of global auto production. Their tailpipe emissions are much cleaner than gasoline or diesel cars. And North American production of natural gas has soared over the last decade. You might think that would mean that natural-gas vehicles should have a

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Toyota Land Cruiser in Europe offers new 2.8L diesel; first Toyota SCR NOx aftertreatment system

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New D-4D diesel. liter D-4D turbo-diesel. D-4D Global Diesel (GD) engine combines an 11% increase in low speed torque and a 7% increase in maximum torque with a 9% reduction in average fuel consumption. The adjacent positioning of the catalyst combines cleaner performance with a reduction in size of some 30% and a reduction in the number of exhaust system components from 18 to just three. Diesel Engines Fuel EfficiencyClick to enlarge.

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Enhanced i-DTEC diesel in Honda Civic delivers more power with lower fuel consumption

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The new 2012 Honda Civic will feature a cleaner, more powerful and fuel efficient diesel engine to deliver lower running costs for owners. More than 20 million Civics have been sold globally. Honda will release further information on the new Civic over the next few weeks in the runup to the global unveil on 13 September in Frankfurt. Diesel EnginesPower and torque in the enhanced i-DTEC engine. Click to enlarge.

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BNEF: Global plug-in vehicle sales surge 63% year-on-year in Q3; China accounted for more than half of total

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China accounted for more than half of global sales as its market for electric cars doubled amid government efforts to curb pollution. BNEF expects global EV sales to surpass 1 million units this year for the first time. Several governments have also announced targets for cleaner transport, some driven by the emissions-cheating scandal that engulfed Volkswagen AG.

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Jaguar introduces Gen 2, aluminum-intensive XF; up to 60 mpg US with diesel Ingenium engine

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The coupé-like design uses Jaguar’s aluminum-intensive (75% aluminum) architecture ( earlier post ) to enable weight savings of up to 190 kg (419 lbs)—making the 163PS diesel model 80 kg (176 lbs) lighter than the nearest competitor—plus an increase in torsional stiffness of up to 28%. l/100 km) (104 g/km CO 2 ) on the European combined cycle from the Ingenium diesel ( earlier post ), the all-new XF delivers an improvement of almost 20% compared to its predecessor.

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Jaguar Land Rover investing $1.6M in two new Centers of Excellence for Engine Combustion Research at Oxford and University College London; gasoline and diesel

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At the University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science, Dr. Martin Davy will lead the project on compression ignition in diesel engines. These study programmes have the potential to feed directly into the future development of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Ingenium family of compact, lightweight, high-efficiency diesel and gasoline turbocharged engines, which will begin production at the new Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton early in 2015.

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DENSO develops new 2500-bar diesel common rail system; reductions in fuel consumption and emissions

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Global automotive supplier DENSO Corporation has developed a new 2500-bar diesel common rail (DCR) fuel injection system; DENSO says this is the currently the world’s highest injection pressure for a diesel common rail fuel injection systems comprising injector, fuel pump and common rail. These changes allowed the fuel to atomize into finer droplets, which improved fuel ignition and combustion efficiency, resulting in increased fuel economy and cleaner exhaust emissions.

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4 more cities sign Global Clean Bus Declaration raising total to >40K ultra-low emission buses by 2020; London to trial BYD electric double-decker

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Four additional cities—Amsterdam, Lima, Catalonia (Barcelona) and Rome— signed up to the Global Clean Bus Declaration at the 1 st global Clean Bus Summit in London. The Global Clean Bus Declaration , developed by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson in partnership with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group , launched in Buenos Aires in March 2015 with 20 original signatories.

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Scania unveils new heavy-duty global engine platform

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Scania unveiled its new global engine platform that will be used worldwide for all emission standards: Euro 3, Euro 4, Euro 5, EEV and Euro 6. Seven Euro 3 engines from 250 to 580 hp complete Scania’s global customer offering. Although it is a new design, the inline engine platform retains traditional Scania traits such as separate cylinder heads, a camshaft located high in the block and rear-mounted timing gears, as well as the familiar centrifugal oil cleaner.

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Mazda to offer diesel Mazda6 in North America in second half of 2013; i-ELOOP and SCBS

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The SKYACTIV-D-equipped diesel version will follow in the second half of the year, making Mazda the first Asian manufacturer to offer a modern-technology clean-diesel engine in a non-commercial vehicle in North America. Performance estimates for the SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine are not yet available. Expected to offer a high amount of torque as well as cleaner combustion, the SKYACTIV-D 2.2L Diesel Vehicle Systems

IEA: carbon intensity of global energy supply has barely changed in last 20 years; “window of opportunity in transport”

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In a fairly bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) concluded that, despite a few bright spots such as the rapid expansion of renewable technologies and the growth of hybrid and EV sales, the progress is far below that required to achieve a 2 °C pathway—i.e., The global energy supply became 6% cleaner from 1971 to 1990,in response to the oil shocks of the 1970s.

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Global refinery catalyst market forecast to grow 34% to $4.3B by 2018

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Market growth comes in large part from demand for cleaner diesel fuel and the availability of newer technology and nanotechnology. FCC) catalysts will achieve advances, particularly in Asia as the growing motor vehicle fleet stimulates new gasoline and diesel fuel demand, according to the report. Hydroprocessing catalysts—used to create cleaner fuels, especially ULSD—are the fastest-growing refinery catalysts. Refinery catalyst markets will reach $4.3

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US EPA seeking to award up to $1M for project to mitigate black carbon from diesel sources in Russian Arctic

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals for a project to provide assistance in developing and implementing assessment and mitigation activities for diesel sources of black carbon in the Russian Arctic. To establish policy recommendations and financing options for reducing black carbon/diesel sources across the Arctic region. Soot emissions account for about 17 percent of global warming, more than greenhouse gases like methane.

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ExxonMobil: global GDP up ~140% by 2040, but energy demand ~35% due to efficiency; LDV energy demand to rise only slightly despite doubling parc

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As the world population increases by the estimated 30% from 2010 to 2040, ExxonMobil sees global GDP rising by about 140%, but energy demand by only about 35% due to greater efficiency. Significant growth in the global middle class, expansion of emerging economies and an additional 2 billion people in the world will contribute to a 35% increase in energy demand by 2040, according to ExxonMobil’s latest Outlook for Energy report.

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US Fuels acquires coal-to-diesel IP for scalable plants near mine sites

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Startup US Fuel Corporation (USF), which plans to design, build, own and operate scalable facilities near coal mine sites to convert coal into synthetic fuels, will acquire coal-to-diesel intellectual property (IP) that USF co-developed with an executive team consisting of Paul Adams and Steve Luck. The acquisition will be underwritten by Global Private Funding Inc. Global), a private equity lender, by way of their Business Incubation Program.

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

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plans to invest more than $1 billion to install a new delayed coker unit at its Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher sulfur residual oils into transportation fuels products such as marine gasoil and diesel fuel. The investment addresses an industry shortfall in capability to convert fuel oil to products such as diesel. This investment will add to our product slate at the Antwerp refinery and deliver much needed cleaner diesel to our European customers.

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California Governor signs new super-pollutants legislation into law; black carbon, fluorinated gases and methane

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Black carbon, for example, has a global warming potential 3200 times that of CO 2 on a 20-year time scale. Black carbon, a component of soot, also known as PM 2.5 , comes from diesel engines and incomplete burning of carbon sources. Black carbon darkens the surface of snow and ice, which accelerates heat absorption and melting, and is thought be the second greatest contributor to global climate change, after CO 2. Climate Change Diesel Emissions Environmental Justice Health

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MAN Diesel & Turbo announces new ME-LGI dual-fuel engine for methanol and LPG; Waterfront Shipping signs LOI for four units

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On 1 July MAN Diesel & Turbo announced the development of a new ME-LGI dual fuel engine. The engines will run on a blend of 95% methanol and 5% diesel fuel. —Ole Grøne, Senior Vice President, Low Speed Promotion & Sales, MAN Diesel & Turbo. ME-LGI is a new concept that can be applied to all MAN Diesel & Turbo low-speed engines, either ordered as an original unit or through retrofitting. New fuel booster valve for ME-LGI engine showing the main constituent parts.

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Mazdas new SKYACTIV gasoline and diesel engines are steps on the road to its Ideal Engine; focus on compression ratio

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However, while Mazda plans to offer hybrid vehicles in the medium-term, its engineers are pushing hard to increase the efficiencies of both the gasoline and diesel platforms, moving toward what they call “the ideal Internal Combustion Engine.” ” The initial SKYACTIV-G (gasoline) and SKYACTIV-D (diesel) engines that are being applied into new vehicles this year and next show Mazda’s approach to the goal.

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Scottish Enterprise project converting train to hydrogen power

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A retired ScotRail Class 314 electric set has been transported by road from its depot in Glasgow to the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway where it will be converted to hydrogen-powered—a cleaner, greener alternative to diesel for non-electrified routes.

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ICCT LCA study finds only battery and hydrogen fuel-cell EVs have potential to be very low-GHG passenger vehicle pathways

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The ICCT has conducted a comprehensive global and temporal life-cycle assessment of GHG emissions from a variety of alternative passenger car powertrains and fuels. Natural gas does not offer climate benefits compared to gasoline and diesel, and many biofuel pathways do not, either.

Ford Europe leading project investigating DME and OME1 as low carbon, near zero particulate fuels; power-to-liquids pathways using CO2

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OME1 is made from methanol on a commercial scale and has a cetane number of 38; it can be mixed with additives to produce OME1a diesel fuel (CN 48).). The comparative figure for diesel is 113 g/km CO 2.). Methanol is a petrol and not suitable as a diesel fuel component, but can be dehydrated to form dimethyl ether (DME) with a high cetane number. DME burns in the diesel engine without producing soot and offers the basis for extensive NO x reduction inside the engine.

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ENGIE selects Plug Power for refueling system for hydrogen-powered mine truck; 1 tonne H2/day

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ENGIE, a global energy and services company, has selected Plug Power Inc. Operational performance of the converted trucks is expected to be the same or better than the original diesel trucks, with the additional benefits of cleaner air, less noise and lower maintenance costs.

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Oberon Fuels starts commercial production of renewable dimethyl ether (rDME)

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Renewable DME has multiple pathways to reducing the carbon footprint of the transportation sector: as a diesel replacement; as a blend with propane; and as an energy-dense, cost-effective way to move renewable hydrogen.

Advanced furoate esters biofuel company xF Technologies appoints Tom Stephens to board

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developer of a family of low cost, renewable furoate esters (xF) for use as oxygenating blend components (5%-20%) in both gasoline and diesel fuels, as well as heating oil and other specialty applications, has appointed former GM Vice Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Tom Stephens as an independent director of the Company, effective immediately. (xF Reduction in particulate emissions of approximately 50% in diesel engine tests. Improvement of diesel fuel lubricity.

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California approves sale of DME as compression-ignition engine fuel

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These include gasoline, diesel fuel, and other fuels such as biodiesel and hydrogen.). Volvo Trucks is continuing to invest in DME because it delivers diesel-like performance with propane-like handling and will provide a faster ROI for truck customers than other alternative fuels. DME can replace petroleum diesel in modified compression-ignition vehicles if it meets established fuel quality specifications. Diesel DME Heavy-duty

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British Airways invests in LanzaJet; SAF offtake agreement

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British Airways will invest in LanzaJet’s first commercial-scale Freedom Pines Fuels facility in Georgia and acquire cleaner burning sustainable aviation fuel from the plant.

EU research project IDEALFUEL seeks to develop marine low-sulfur heavy fuel oils from biomass; Bio-HFO

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The use of heavy fuel oils (HFOs) contributes to global warming due to the fossil origin of these fuels and, moreover, generating non-negligible emissions of pollutants such as sulfur oxides. Although cleaner fuels are available, many companies opt for HFOs due to their low cost. NL); Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (CH);

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Air Products dedicates world’s largest hydrogen plant and pipeline system

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Air Products, the leading global hydrogen provider, held a dedication ceremony for what is now the world’s largest hydrogen plant and pipeline supply network. Removing these components allows gasoline and diesel to burn cleaner and thus makes hydrogen a critical component in the production of cleaner fuels needed by modern internal combustion engines.

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Wabtec signs MOUs with CMU, Genesee & Wyoming to decarbonize freight rail & improve safety; battery and fuel cell locomotives

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The end result will be a cleaner environment, more competitive transportation for our nation’s industrial producers, and a freight rail system that remains the most efficient in the world.

Ballard signs joint development agreement with Chart Industries for heavy-duty mobility onboard hydrogen solutions

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—a leading diversified global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment for the industrial gas and clean energy industries—for the joint development of integrated system solutions that include a fuel cell engine with onboard liquid hydrogen (LH 2 ) storage and vaporization for the transportation industry, with a focus on heavy-duty applications including buses, trucks, rail and marine vessels.

Sometimes bipartisanship can work

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With all the news recently surrounding the unprecedented global pandemic, important developments in Massachusetts transportation and emissions policy may not have received as much attention as they deserve. Both of these programs are funded by the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Mitigation Trust.