ExxonMobil, Georgia Tech and Imperial College London publish joint research on potential breakthrough in membrane technology for oil refining

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Scientists from ExxonMobil, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Imperial College of London have published in the journal Science joint research on potential breakthroughs in a new membrane technology that could reduce emissions and energy intensity associated with refining crude oil. The polymers were designed and tested at Georgia Tech, then converted to 200-nanometer-thick films and incorporated into membrane modules at Imperial.

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Georgia Tech team develops conversion-type iron-fluoride Li battery cathode with solid polymer electrolyte

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Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a promising new conversion-type cathode and electrolyte system that replaces expensive metals and traditional liquid electrolyte with lower cost transition metal fluorides and a solid polymer electrolyte. Additionally, commercial nickel- (Ni) and cobalt- (Co) based minerals are scarce, expensive and toxic. The Georgia Tech team sought to overcome those obstacles by using the solid polymer electrolyte.

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Georgia Tech team develops high-performance intermediate-temperature sold-oxide fuel cell

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A team from Georgia Tech, with colleagues at the university of Kansas, has designed a high-performance solid-oxide fuel cell that operates directly on nearly dry (only ~3.5 While their commercial viability is greatest at operating temperatures of 300–500?°C, The lower temperature could trigger cascading cost savings in the ancillary technology needed to operate a fuel cell, potentially pushing the new cell to commercial viability.

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Georgia Tech study suggests one in five materials chemistry papers may be wrong; MOFs as example

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However, a new study by researchers at Georgia Tech that compared the results reported in thousands of papers published about the properties of metal organic framework (MOF) materials—prominent candidates for carbon dioxide adsorption and other separations— suggests the replicability problem should be a concern for materials researchers, too. Brock III School Chair in the Georgia Tech School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

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Georgia Tech team develops highly efficient multi-phase catalyst for SOFCs and other energy storage and conversion systems

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Researchers at Georgia Tech, with colleagues in China and Saudi Arabia, have developed a rationally designed, multi-phase catalyst that significantly enhances the kinetics of oxygen reduction of the state-of-the-art solid oxide fuel cell cathode. The catalyst is also readily applicable to other energy storage and conversion systems, including metal-air batteries, supercapacitors, electrolyzers, dye-sensitized solar cells, and photocatalysis.

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U Georgia team discovers tungsten in novel bacterial enzyme; potential for cellulosic biofuels

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A team at the University of Georgia, Athens led by Distinguished Research Professor Michael Adams has discovered tungsten in what appears to be a novel enzyme in the biomass-degrading thermophilic bacterium Caldicellulosiruptor bescii. This discovery could ultimately lead to commercially viable conversion of cellulosic biomass to fuels and chemical feedstocks. Avoiding pretreatment would boost commercial viability.

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Georgia Tech study projects potential mixed impacts of climate change policies on air quality

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Results of a study by a team from Georgia Tech and their colleagues at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management show that national CO 2 emissions reductions strategies will play an important role in impacting air quality over the US.

DOE awarding >$24M to 77 projects through Technology Commercialization Fund

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $24 million in funding for 77 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The new TCF selections will expand DOE’s efforts to catalyze the commercial impact of the Department’s portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.

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Vanderbilt, Nissan and Georgia Tech partner on new low PGM electrospun nanofiber catalysts for improved automotive fuel cells

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Vanderbilt University, Nissan North America and Georgia Institute of Technology are collaborating to test a new technique to electospin low-platinum-metal-group (low PGM) electrocatalysts with a proton-conducting binder to improve durability and performance of fuel cell electrodes. Meanwhile at Georgia Tech, biomedical engineering professor Younan Xia has developed a method for carefully controlling the shape of nanoparticle catalyst for fuel cells.

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Georgia Tech prototype triboelectric nanogenerator could extract energy from ocean waves

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Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed an inexpensive and simple prototype of a triboelectric nanogenerator that could be used to produce energy from ocean waves by making use of contact electrification between a patterned plastic nanoarray and water.

ExxonMobil & Georgia Tech CMS membrane brings advantages of reverse osmosis separations to hydrocarbon mixtures; potential significant cuts in chemical manufacturing energy use & emissions

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Scientists from ExxonMobil and the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed new free-standing carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membrane technology that could significantly reduce the amount of energy and emissions associated with manufacturing plastics. The current commercial-scale process used around the world relies on energy and heat to separate those molecules. Commercially practiced separations involve energy-intensive crystallization or adsorption with distillation.

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Eaton introduces new Flex Power Distribution Unit for commercial electric vehicles

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Eaton’s eMobility business has introduced a new Flex Power Distribution Unit (PDU) for high-voltage electrified commercial vehicles; the new unit is uniquely designed to handle multiple load requirements. The Flex PDU, which combines all the benefits of an automotive PDU into flexible and modular packaging, can be tailored to customer specifications with short lead time, making it ideal for low-volume commercial vehicle applications.

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Eaton to launch a purpose-built, heavy-duty transmission for Class 7, 8 electric commercial vehicles

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Eaton’s eMobility business is launching an all-new 4-speed transmission for heavy-duty electrified commercial vehicles to meet growing global demand in a number of segments, including pickup and delivery and port drayage in North America, China and Europe. The new transmission, designed for Class 7 and 8 commercial vehicles, is currently in the testing phase with major OEMs and is set to debut in 2022.

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Anellotech planning commercial Bio-TCat plant based on progress in development program

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Sustainable technology company Anellotech confirmed significant progress in its Bio-TCat technology development program and has begun planning for scale-up design and engineering of a commercial plant with its process development and design partner IFPEN and commercialization, engineering, and licensing partner Axens. Commercially-viable process yields and catalyst performance has now been achieved at economic design conditions at Anellotech’s TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas.

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GE to purchase 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids; companies collaborate with Georgia Tech to accelerate alternative fuel vehicle adoption and research

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Ford will also jointly market GE’s alternative fuel infrastructure solutions: GE’s WattStation EV charging station and CNG in a Box natural gas fueling station with its commercial buyers. The two companies will also work with researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology to study GE employee driving and charging habits, with the goal of improving all-electric driving and charging performance.

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Ceres and University of Georgia Researchers Focus on High-Yielding Switchgrass for Southeast US

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will work with University of Georgia researchers to develop new high-yielding switchgrass seed varieties and improved crop management techniques for the southeastern United States. The multi-year project will bring together plant breeders, agronomists and support scientists at Ceres and the University of Georgia to develop improved seed varieties. Ceres will have commercialization rights for products developed under the Ceres-funded project. Energy crop company Ceres, Inc.

Eaton says testing and use show its cylinder-deactivation technology can help commercial vehicle OEMs meet coming emissions regulations

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Eaton says it has shown in regulatory test cycles and real-world use that its cylinder-deactivation (CDA) technology can play a key role in helping commercial vehicle manufacturers meet or exceed 2024 and 2027 US emissions regulations. The company will make the announcement at the North American Commercial Vehicle show (NACV) in Atlanta, Georgia, at which Eaton will display a suite of technologies.

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Obama Administration Announces $8.33B in Loan Guarantees for New Nuclear Power Reactors in Georgia; First New US Nuclear Power Plant Project in Nearly 3 Decades

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billion in loan guarantees for the construction and operation of two new nuclear reactors at a plant in Burke, Georgia. Ownership of the two reactors is split among Georgia Power Company (GPC), the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the US’ largest generators of electricity; Oglethorpe Power Corporation; the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG Power); and Dalton Utilities.

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Range Fuels Opens Plant to Commercialize Methanol

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Range Fuels, one of the more successful biofuel startups backed by Khosla Ventures, announced today that it has opened up its first commercial plant to make cellulosic methanol out of non-food feedstocks. Located in Georgia, the facility is expected to pump out 20 million gallons of ethanol and biodiesel every year.

BorgWarner showcasing electrification technologies for commercial vehicles; expects 32% CAGR in hybrid and electric CV market from 2017 to 2020

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BorgWarner, is showcasing its range of combustion, hybrid and electric technologies at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show in Atlanta, Georgia. A forecast by Knibb, Gormezano and Partners (KGP), cited by BorgWarner, predicts the hybrid and electric commercial vehicle market will experience a 32.9% Thomas, Chief Technology Officer, BorgWarner, said that the growth drivers in commercial vehicle propulsion systems are changing.

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Ryder 1st commercial fleet provider to surpass 100M natural gas vehicle miles

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announced that its fleet of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) has surpassed 100 million miles of operations, making it the first commercial fleet outsourcing provider to reach this milestone. Ryder plays an important role in advancing the environmental sustainability of commercial transportation and logistics. Ryder System, Inc.

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DOE to provide up to $450M for design and commercialization of small modular nuclear reactors

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Through cost-share agreements with private industry, DOE will solicit proposals for promising SMR projects that have the potential to be licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and achieve commercial operation by 2022. The US Department of Energy will provide up to $450 million to advance the development of American-made small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs).

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NREL/UGA study finds microbial enzyme digests cellulose ~2x fast as current leading commercial cellulase; implications for biofuels cost

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Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Georgia have discovered that an enzyme from a microorganism first found in the Valley of Geysers on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia in 1990 can digest cellulose almost twice as fast as Cel7A, the current leading component cellulase enzyme on the market. In the saccharification of a common cellulose standard, Avicel, CelA outperforms mixtures of commercially relevant exo?

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DOE BETO report provides overview of current state of alternative aviation fuels; overcoming technical and commercial barriers

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In addition to those 8, LanzaTech is developing additional pilot-scale plants, including a facility for alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) in Soperton, Georgia. LanzaTech has partnered with Boeing, Virgin Atlantic, General Electric, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to develop and commercialize their ATJ (Alcohol-to-Jet) processes.

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Ballard to Receive $6.2M in DOE Funding to Advance Non-Automotive Fuel Cell Commercialization

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million in project funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) under contract over a four year period to advance fuel cell commercialization. This is important work in support of the DOE goal to move fuel cell technology closer to large scale commercialization. Resulting advancements will facilitate commercialization of fuel cells for a range of applications, including stationary power generation. Ballard Power Systems has $6.2

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Clean Energy Capital to develop first commercial-scale sugarcane ethanol plant in US

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States such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas, where sugarcane can be grown, are prime locations for building sugarcane ethanol refineries, Clean Energy says. Clean Energy Capital LLC , a US private equity firm specializing solely in investments in ethanol, is developing the first major sugarcane ethanol refinery in the continental United States, in the Imperial Valley of California.

Blue Bird expects close to 300 electric school buses deployed throughout US by end of year

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We have deployed buses in over 25% of all states in the US, including cold climates such as North Dakota and New York, as well as hot areas such as Texas and Georgia. — Mark Terry, chief commercial officer for Blue Bird. School bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corporation has seen a surge in demand for their 100% electric school buses since their introduction in 2018.

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11 states assessing fees on EV owners in lieu of traditional fuel taxes

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Georgia has the highest annual fee of the states that have currently enacted fees for electric vehicles. Commercial and noncommercial plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) have different fees in Georgia. Eleven states currently assess fees on electric vehicle owners in lieu of traditional fuel taxes, according to the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

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USDA announces conditional commitment for $70M loan guarantee for Ensyn cellulosic biofuel refinery

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a conditional commitment for a $70-million loan guarantee to help build a cellulosic biorefinery in central Georgia. Ensyn Georgia Biorefinery I, LLC (Ensyn) will construct and operate a cellulosic biofuel refinery in Dooly County, Georgia. RFO heating fuel is presently in commercial use, and its markets are expanding. The first such project is the Project in Georgia.

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LanzaTech launches LanzaJet to produce sustainable aviation fuel

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This initial investment, coupled with participation from All Nippon Airways (ANA), will complement the existing $14-0million grant from the US Department of Energy, enabling the construction of an integrated biorefinery at LanzaTech’s Freedom Pines site in Soperton, Georgia. Suncor and Mitsui are aiming to invest further in the construction of commercial production facilities after the demonstration meets all its technical and economic targets.

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Ozinga Energy and Ingevity to field adsorbed natural gas bi-fuel pickup

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Ozinga Energy joins a growing number of US natural gas utilities and private commercial fleets to pilot ANG-equipped vehicles. SoCalGas (of Sempra Energy) in California and Atlanta Gas Light in Georgia announced demonstration fleets in 2019. Ingevity and Ozinga Energy are partnering to begin a field demonstration of adsorbed natural gas (ANG) bi-fuel pickup trucks. Developed by Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc.

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Phase 1 of DOE-funded ABBA Integrated Biorefinery project begins; renewable jet, gasoline, diesel and nanocellulose

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Phase 1 of the ABBA Integrated Biorefinery project, to be built at the AVAPCO Thomaston Georgia site, has begun. The project, which will co-produce full replacement renewable jet fuel, gasoline, diesel and Bioplus nanocellulose from woody biomass in an integrated biorefinery at AVAPCO’s site in Thomaston, Georgia, has received a $3.7-million award from the Department of Energy.

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DOE awards Nikola $1.7M to advance fuel cell membrane electrode assembly (MEA) development

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The joint grant was funded by the US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Transportation Office under the recently announced FY19 Commercial Trucks and Off-Road Applications FOA. Sanjeev Mukerjee and Georgia Institute of Technology Prof. The US Department of Energy has awarded Nikola Motor Company a $1.7-million grant to advance its research into fuel cell membrane electrode assembly (MEA).

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LanzaTech moving forward on scale-up of sustainable aviation fuels in US and Japan

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Commercialization of the ATJ process has been years in the making, starting with the partnership between LanzaTech and the US Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. After initial scale-up, qualification by ASTM and the first commercial flight with Virgin Atlantic, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from captured pollution is ready for full-scale demonstration and commercialization.

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The EPRI-GM-utility effort is the result of many years of work by EPRI and its members to advance plug-in hybrids and related infrastructure technology to a point of feasible implementation and eventual commercialization,” said Arshad Mansoor, EPRI’s vice president of Power Delivery and Utilization. T he Plug in 2008 National PHEV Conference in San Jose by most accounts was a big success.

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Spontaneous formation of hollow structures in alloy anode crystals can improve battery stability

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Now, researchers at Georgia Tech, with colleagues at ETH Zürich and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have discovered that sufficiently small antimony nanocrystals spontaneously form uniform voids on the removal of lithium, which are then reversibly filled and vacated during cycling, allowing more ion flow without damaging the anodes. The problem has been that directly synthesizing these hollow nanostructures at the large scales needed for commercial applications is challenging and expensive.

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Dahn’s “million-mile battery” detailed in open-access paper in JES

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have been provided in contrast to literature reports using commercial cells. Dahn’s research team is delivering a series of lectures including information on new battery technology at the upcoming 236 th ECS Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia (13-17 October). Researchers at Dalhousie University, led by Professor Jeff Dahn, have developed an excellent moderate-energy-density lithium-ion pouch cell chemistry that they say should be able to power an electric vehicle for more than 1.6

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DOE awarding $15M to 3 algae-based biofuel and bioproducts projects

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This funding will advance the research and development of advanced biofuel technologies to speed the commercialization of renewable, domestically produced, and affordable fossil-fuel replacements. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields.

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Agrisoma expanding partnership with Univ. of Florida on biojet fuel in US; Carinata seed

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SPARC will focus on sustainable commercialization of carinata in the southeast. SPARC partners include academic institutions (Auburn University, Florida A&M University, University of South Florida, University of Georgia, Mississippi State University, and North Carolina State University), USDA-ARS, industry (Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. and a consortium representing commercial aviation sector (Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuels Initiative). Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.

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Nissan trialing eNV200 in Portland

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Nissan is working in collaboration with Portland (Oregon) General Electric (PGE) on a six-week trial to help determine the viability of an electric commercial vehicle in the US market. This year, Nissan is deploying two e-NV200 prototypes with companies such as PGE and FedEx in top US EV markets including California, Georgia, Oregon and Washington, DC to determine how businesses could use an all-electric cargo van to meet their day-to-day requirements.

Heat-conducting polymer cools hot electronic devices at 200 C; potential for automotive applications

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A team led by researchers from Georgia Tech have used an electropolymerization process to produce aligned arrays of polymer nanofibers that function as a thermal interface material able to conduct heat 20 times better than the original polymer. —Baratunde Cola, corresponding author and assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Thomas Bougher, a Ph.D.

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Novelis and Henkel partner on advanced bonding technology for high-volume aluminum vehicles

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BONDERITE M-NT 8453 was jointly developed by scientists at Henkel’s Madison Heights, Michigan facility and at the Novelis Global Research and Technology Center in Kennesaw, Georgia. The product is commercially available today and is currently being qualified with several global automakers.

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Postal Fleet Services selects Ryder for natural gas vehicle solution in four states; 20 CNG heavy-duty trucks

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Ryder is the leader in natural gas vehicle (NGV) solutions for the commercial transportation industry, with more than 90 million miles of experience, 22 NGV maintenance facilities, and more than 5,500 NGV trained maintenance and support personnel. Ryder has CNG and Liquefied natural gas (LNG) customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and in both Ontario and Quebec, Canada.

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