NYU team develops novel ion-conducting copolymer to increase power and reduce cost of fuel cells

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Researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, led by Miguel Modestino, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a novel ion-conducting polymer (ionomer) that increases the power and lowers the cost of fuel cells.

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BMW i Ventures invests in GenXComm to increase speed and lower cost of 5G rollout; microphotonics-based full-duplex, high-speed communication

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BMW i Ventures has invested in GenXComm , a company with technology that improves the performance and capacity of communication networks, and which aims to increase significantly the speed of global 5G deployment. GenXComm is ushering in the next revolution of computing and connectivity. GenXComm’s technology will rapidly increase the speed of 5G penetration that is critical for the future of connected vehicles.

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UPS collaborating with Workhorse to deploy 50 electric trucks; rivaling acquisition cost of conventional; no subsidies

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UPS plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies—an industry first that would breaki a key barrier to large scale adoption of electric fleets.

2018 101

Commercial dewatering enzyme could reduce costs of grain ethanol production

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A commercial dewatering enzyme could reduce overall costs linked with producing ethanol from grain, and also reduce associated emissions of greenhouse gases, according to a study by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and colleagues. This could significantly reduce the amount of electricity, natural gas, energy and water needed for production of grain ethanol and its marketable byproducts.

2011 74

New Ricardo 48V electric motor aims to boost power and cut costs of hybrids; up to 50% increase in power density; ECOCHAMPS

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The design and testing of this new Ricardo 48V e-motor and inverter was carried out as a part of the company’s contribution to the European COmpetitiveness in Commercial Hybrid and AutoMotive PowertrainS ( ECOCHAMPS ) project.

2018 104

Lux Research: cost of electrofuels remains far from viable

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Production costs per barrel of oil equivalent. The cost of electrofuels—fuels produced by catalyst-based systems for light capture, water electrolysis, and catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide and hydrogen to liquid fuels—remains far away from viable, according to a new analysis by Lux Research. are various sources of hydrogen, such as steam methane reforming of natural gas and gasification of biomass into syngas that can make hydrogen cheaper.

2014 74

Joint IEA-NEA report details plunge in costs of renewable electricity; nuclear competitive with other baseload power sources

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The cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar has been falling for several years. The report calculates the cost of producing electricity from different types of new power plants.

2015 96

SoCalGas, partners developing technology to make carbon fiber during hydrogen production from methane; reducing the cost of H2 and cutting GHG

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The low-emission process, selected for funding as part of the H2@Scale initiative ( earlier post ) by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), will create both hydrogen that can be used in fuel cell vehicles and industrial processes, as well as carbon fiber used in applications from medical devices and aerospace structures to building products. —Yuri Freedman, SoCalGas senior director of market development. Southern California Gas Co.

2018 94

DOE selects 7 gasification projects for funding; focus on reducing cost of coal conversion

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The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected seven projects to receive funding through NETL’s Gasification System Program. This program supports a wide range of research and development activities aimed at improving fuel and product versatility, efficiency, and economics of gasification processes. Bio-gasification of Coal to Methane. DOE: $650,000 Non DOE: $162,500 Total: $812,500 (20% cost share).

2015 73

ORNL team discovers mechanism behind direct ethanol-to-hydrocarbon conversion; implications for energy efficiency and cost of upgrading

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have discovered that the reactions underlying the transformation of ethanol into higher-grade hydrocarbons unfolds in a different manner than previously thought. The research, supported by DOE’s BioEnergy Technologies Office (BETO), has implications for the energy efficiency and cost of catalytic upgrading technologies proposed for use in bio-refineries. Although a higher concentration of ethanol containing fuel (e.g.,

2015 91

£50 million: the fuel sapping cost of van loads

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Businesses around the UK could save around £50 million each year-simply by taking the unnecessary weight out of the back of their vans. According to new research from the Energy Saving Trust, businesses that operate fleets of light goods vehicles (up to 3.5

2013 64

DOE awards $56M to 21 concentrating solar power projects; $8M for reducing soft costs of rooftop PV systems

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award $56 million over three years—subject to congressional appropriations—for 21 total projects to further advance advanced concentrating solar power technologies (CSP).

2012 111

Consortium seeks to show total cost of EVs can be less than combustion engine reference car

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Michelin and Siemens, in cooperation with research partners at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, are launching a project to demonstrate that the total cost of electric vehicles can be less than that of a conventional combustion-engined car. million) project will be funded by the BMVBF and the project partners at a ratio of 50:50. —Max Nastold, managing director of e-MotionLine.

2013 81

DOE to provide up to half the cost of NuScale small modular reactor project

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced an award to NuScale Power LLC to support a new project to design, certify and help commercialize innovative small modular reactors (SMRs) in the United States. Through a five-year cost-share agreement, DOE will invest up to half of the total project cost, with the project’s industry partners matching this investment by at least one-to-one.

2013 74

DOE issues RFI for hydrogen delivery R&D, targeting cost of $2-4 gge

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Request for Information ( DE-FOA-0000920 ) seeking feedback from stakeholders for hydrogen delivery research and development activities aimed at lowering the cost of hydrogen delivery technologies in order to reach the threshold cost goal of $2-4 per gallon of gasoline equivalent (gge) produced, delivered and dispensed of hydrogen. Among the findings: Compression Cost Reduction Opportunities.

2013 71

California ARB amends diesel rules to reduce cost of compliance

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has amended its diesel rules to offer businesses a variety of options to comply with the regulations to reduce soot from diesel engines. The amendments to the Truck and Bus regulation eliminate requirements for trucks with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds, and ease the compliance schedule for heavier trucks. No other state, and no other nation has such an extensive set of rules to slash pollution from diesel engines.

2010 68

DOE to award $3M to lower cost of geothermal energy and boost US supply of rare earth elements

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The Energy Department will award up to $3 million for research and development to help grow US low-to-moderate-temperature geothermal resources and support a domestic supply of critical materials, such as lithium carbonate and rare earth elements. ( This FOA intends to address this limitation by advancing a more non-traditional aspect of geothermal systems—strategic material or mineral recovery.

2014 87

Citroën launching electrification offensive across commercial range

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Citroën is a leading player in the Light Commercial Vehicles market. The Brand is now preparing to launch a major electrification offensive across its commercial range. This electrification will concern the light commercial vehicles but also the passenger vehicles.

2019 90

€46 billion a year: the air pollution cost of road haulage

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Air pollution has hidden economic and health costs; causing some 3 million sick days and 350,000 premature deaths in Europe each year, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Green credentials air pollution commercial European Environment Agency lorries

2013 68

DOE will award up to $25M to reduce costs of algal biofuels to less than $5/gge by 2019

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $25 million in funding to reduce the cost of algal biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) by 2019. Additionally, algae can be used to make a range of other valuable bioproducts, such as industrial chemicals, bio-based polymers, and proteins. This will be achieved by developing and improving yields of high-impact bioproducts (e.g.

2014 78

Berkeley Lab report finds installed cost of solar PV systems in the US dropped sharply in 2010

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According to the report, the decline in PV installed costs seen by customer-owners of such systems in 2010 follows a significant drop in the wholesale cost for PV modules in 2009. Modules typically represent about half the installed cost of a PV system.

2010 96

DOE seeks to cut cost of Level 2 EV charging equipment in half in 3 years; $12M FOA

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) has issued a funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0000554) for up to $12 million in cost-shared projects to develop and make available to the market in three years smart-grid capable Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at half of the current costs of commercially available EVSE with comparable functionalities.

2011 92

DOE awards nearly $7M to 4 projects to reduce costs of electric vehicle chargers by 50% over next 3 years

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding nearly $7 million in research and development funding to four projects to reduce the current costs of electric vehicle chargers by 50% over the next three years. Two of the four selected projects will focus on improving electric vehicle chargers that attach to consumers’ homes and are used by the owners to charge their vehicles while they are at home.

2011 76

Accenture study finds PEV rollouts challenged by cost of charging infrastructure and grid management

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The large scale rollout of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will be hindered unless investors stimulate demand, lower the cost of public charging infrastructure and manage the impact on the grid, according to a report published by Accenture. The report, “Changing the game: Plug-in electric vehicle pilots”, analyzed a range of electric vehicle trials around the world, focusing on pure electric vehicles (EVs) that depend entirely on charging from the electric grid.

2011 71

National Academies Report Examines Hidden Cost of Energy Production and Use in US; Estimates $120B in 2005

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Health and other non-climate damages by life-cycle component for different combinations of fuels and light-duty automobiles in 2005 (top) and 2030 (bottom). Source: “Hidden Costs of Energy”. The report estimates dollar values for several major components of these costs.

2005 109

Ampcera announces a low-cost and scalable solid electrolyte technology for solid-state batteries

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Silicon-Valley-based Ampcera announced a low-cost flexible solid electrolyte (SE) membrane technology for solid-state batteries (SSBs). Unlike conventional lithium ion batteries (LIBs) that include a flammable liquid or gel polymer electrolyte, SSBs use a safe SE and promise to double the driving range of electric vehicles when loaded with the same weight of batteries. Performance and cost are the bottlenecks in the commercialization of SE technology and SSBs.

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DOE seeking input on analysis methodology and assumption for estimating total cost of ownership of future advanced vehicle technologies

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DOE analysis of ownership costs for future mid-size car. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) ( DE-FOA-0000592 ) seeking input from the public on its analysis methodology and assumptions used for estimating the total cost of ownership (TCO) of various advanced vehicle technologies within DOE’s portfolio that have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas GHG) emissions and petroleum consumption.

2011 74

DOE selects 15 projects for $32M to advance lower-cost fusion concepts; ARPA-E BETHE

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The US Department of Energy announced the winners of $32 million in funding for 15 projects as part of the ARPA-E Breakthroughs Enabling THermonuclear-fusion Energy ( BETHE ) program. —Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2020 109

ITM Power reports completion of HydroGEN alkaline electrolyzer project; prototype stack 43% the cost of its PEM counterpart

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This material, together with the low-cost catalysts and injection moulded components developed, offer a prototype stack costing 43% of its PEM counterpart. In addition, ITM said, the properties of the membrane material enable simplification of electrolyzer balance of plant, providing routes to further balance of plant savings. The alkaline environment enables alternative, lower cost non-precious metal catalyst materials to be used.

2011 76

Berkeley Lab team building new total cost of ownership model for fuel cells; intrinsic and external benefits

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Funded by a $2-million grant from the US Department of Energy, a team of scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) led by Eric Masanet is building a sophisticated cost model for fuel cells that will will take into account the total cost of ownership. The project will cover two types of fuel cells—solid oxide and proton-exchange-membrane—in systems of up to 250 kW.

2011 74

Zunum Aero selects Safran turbine for hybrid electric commercial aircraft

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Boeing- and JetBlue-backed Zunum Aero has selected Safran Helicopter Engines as the turbine provider for its hybrid electric commercial aircraft, which will be available in the early 2020s.

2018 109

Cummins increases investment in Loop Energy and fuel cells for commercial transport applications

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Loop Energy, a provider of fuel-cell-electric range-extenders for medium- and heavy-duty transport applications, has received an additional cash investment from Cummins Inc. The further investment was made following Loop’s successful completion of milestone requirements established at the time of Cummins initial investment in September 2019. — Ewald, Vice President of Strategy and New Power, Cummins.

2020 92

MECA report finds additional NOx emission reductions from new heavy-duty trucks achievable and cost-effective

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Source of data: US EPA (2019). The transportation sector was responsible for over 7 million tons of NO x emissions in the US in 2014, with 50% of this sector’s NO x attributed to heavy-duty on- and off-road vehicles and equipment.

2020 101

NREL study finds high-pressure hydrogen pipeline system could potentially make hydrogen cost-competitive with gasoline

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A new study by a team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) concludes that a high-pressure, scalable, intra-city hydrogen pipeline system could improve the economics and logistics of hydrogen delivery, making it potentially cost-competitive with gasoline. However, owing to small scale and limited competition, dispensed hydrogen fuel prices currently are higher, averaging about $16.30/kg in California in the third quarter of 2018.

2020 98

Report: Sumitomo and Kyoto University developing lower temperature molten-salt battery; about 10% the cost of Li-ion

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in partnership with Kyoto University, has developed a lower temperature molten-salt rechargeable battery that promises to cost only about 10% as much as lithium ion batteries. Sumitomo intends to commercialize the battery around 2015 and market it as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries used in automobiles and homes, according to the report. The ZEBRA battery is an example of a molten salt battery. The Nikkei reports that Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd.,

Cummins unveils next-gen emissions control concept for diesel at IAA Commercial Vehicles

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At the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, Cummins introduced a concept emissions control system capable of minimizing emissions to levels previously thought unfeasible, including a possible next level of Euro VII regulations anticipated during the coming decade.

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Ricardo forms company to commercialize cryogenic split-cycle engine: CryoPower

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Ricardo has created a company—Dolphin N2 Ltd—to commercialize its CryoPower cryogenic split-cycle engine technology ( earlier post , earlier post.) CryoPower is based on the use of a separate induction and compression cylinder from that used for combustion and exhaust.

2018 95

Volkswagen establishes VWAT subsidiary to bring autonomous driving to market; light commercial vehicles first target

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As a center of excellence for autonomous driving from Level 4 up, VWAT will serve to build up know-how within the Group and bring a self-driving system (SDS) to market maturity. ARGO AI and VWAT will work closely together on the realization of the self-driving system (SDS).

2019 90

UK study finds Bio-SNG could offer 90% reduction in lifecycle CO2; lower cost of carbon abatement than electrical solutions for transport applications

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Cost of carbon abated for transport applications. Bio-SNG (Synthetic Natural Gas) delivered via the gas grid offers CO 2 lifecycle savings of up to 90% compared with fossil fuel alternatives, and offer sa more cost-effective solution than electricity for carbon abatement in transport applications, according to a new feasibility study published by National Grid (UK), the North East Process Industry Cluster ( NEPIC ) and Centrica. Cost of carbon abated.

2010 74

Researchers in Australia develop low-cost water-splitting catalyst that offers comparable performance to platinum

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A team of researchers in Australia has developed a Janus nanoparticle catalyst with a nickel–iron oxide interface and multi-site functionality for a highly efficient hydrogen evolution reaction with a comparable performance to the benchmark platinum on carbon catalyst.

2019 90

Systematic review of EV battery pack costs suggests economies of scale may push cost toward US$200/kWh without further cell chemistry improvements

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Further, they reported in their paper published in Nature Climate Change , the cost of battery packs used by market-leading BEV manufacturers are even lower at US$300/kWh, and has declined by 8% annually. Cost of Li-ion battery packs in BEVs.

2015 142

DOE, RTI to Design and Build Coal Syngas Cleanup System for IGCC Power Plants to Reduce Cost of Removing Contaminants, Capturing CO2; Potential for Synthetic Chemicals and Fuels

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The system also holds the potential to reduce the cost of producing chemicals, transportation fuels, and substitute natural gas from gasified coal. of the sulfur from the syngas. This project will be the world’s first large-scale testing of such a technology.

2009 78

MECA report finds additional NOx emission reductions from new heavy-duty trucks achievable and cost-effective (corrected)

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[In the earlier version of this post, I mistakenly linked to and used the 2019 report rather than the current 2020 report. By 2027, a twin SCR design with cylinder deactivation can achieve a limit of 0.02

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