Steel industry unveils design tool for material comparison in automotive applications

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The Design Advisor software was developed by Dr. Don Malen of the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering to assist automotive decision makers in evaluating and selecting the material that best fits the requirements of a given application.

2013 60

Honda joins vehicle-to-grid technology demonstration project in partnership with University of Delaware and NRG Energy

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The Honda technology builds off of the research conducted by the University of Delaware and now supported by NRG Energy, Inc. Honda is supplying an Accord Plug-In Hybrid with added V2G capabilities to the University’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus jointly to investigate the potential of this technology to benefit the electrical grid, vehicle owners and society.

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Team from Coskata, GM and Auburn University lays out a case for cellulosic ethanol

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Comparison of yields of ethanol vs other reduced products.

2011 90

Rice University engineers reverse ubiquitous metabolic pathway to enable speedy microbial production of fuels, chemicals

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Comparison of n-alcohols synthesis via the fatty acid biosynthesis pathway (top) and the engineered reversal of the ?-oxidation oxidation cycle (bottom). Dellomonaco et al. Click to enlarge.

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Plugless Power wireless electric vehicle charging systems installed With Hertz, Clemson University, and other Apollo partners

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Evatran has successfully completed the first three installations of its Plugless Power wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging technology with Apollo Launch partners The Hertz Corporation, Duke Energy, and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). Driver feedback for the program ranges from system utilization to user interface to plug-in charging comparisons.

2012 60

Rice University researchers develop inexpensive silicon-based anode for Li-ion batteries with good capacity and cycle life

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Comparison of the discharge capacity and coulombic efficiency of MPSPs/PPAN anodes at various ratios versus cycle number. Researchers at Rice University have created an inexpensive silicon-based anode material for Li-ion batteries consisting of macroporous silicon particulates (MPSPs) created by crushing porous silicon films they had earlier developed. Thakur et al. Click to enlarge.

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University of Wisconsin Researchers Investigating Dual-Fuel (Gasoline and Diesel) Partially Premixed Combustion for High-Efficiency, Ultra-Low Emission Combustion; 53% Thermal Efficiency

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The University of Wisconsin concept proposes the use of dual fuel tanks, with port fuel injection of gasoline and direct injection of diesel, with the in-cylinder mixing of the fuels. The dual-fuel PCCI strategy showed thermal efficiency of 53%. Source: Rolf Reitz. Click to enlarge.

Argonne and Hanyang University Develop New High-Energy Cathode Material With Improved Thermal Stability; Good Fit for PHEV Applications

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Comparison of cycling performance of half cell based on bulk Li[Ni 0.64 The material has also demonstrated a very high-power capability, said Yank-Kook Sun, co-principle investigator and a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Hanyang University. SEM of Li[Ni 0.64

2009 78

University of Wisconsin Team Develops High-Yielding Chemical Hydrolysis Process to Release Sugars from Biomass for Cellulosic Fuels and Chemicals

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A University of Wisconsin-Madison research team has developed a chemical process for the hydrolysis of biomass into sugars for subsequent processing into fuels and chemicals that delivers sugar yields approaching those of enzymatic hydrolysis. comparison to extant enzymatic and chemical processes to biomass hydrolysis, ours has several attractive features.

Tsinghua University provincial-level lifecycle study finds fuel-cycle criteria pollutants of EVs in China could be up to 5x those of natural gas vehicles due to China’s coal-dominant power mix

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Until then, however, these NO x and SO 2 emissions are a disadvantage of EVs in comparison with CNGVs. Consumption-based power mixes and NG transmission distances by Chinese province in 2010. Credit: ACS, Huo et al. Click to enlarge.

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Study finds car dealerships pose significant barrier to EV adoption

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A new study by a team from Aarhus University in Denmark has found that car dealerships pose a significant barrier to electric vehicle adoption at the point of sale due to a perceived lack of business case viability in relation to gasoline and diesel vehicles. However, these studies feature small sample sizes, lack cross-country comparisons or focus on early EV adopters.

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TU/e students win Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Cruiser Class with solar-powered family car

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The student team from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has won the Cruiser Class (for practical solar-powered cars) for the third time at this year’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia. By comparison, a modern electric car requires about 8.5

2017 85

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In the 1990s, as a mechanical-engineering professor at the University of California here, Dr. Frank produced another shocker. By comparison, conventional hybrids must rely on gasoline-powered engines to recharge their batteries and get between 40 and 60 mpg.

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Idaho National Laboratory low-energy electrochemical process could eliminate need for steam cracking of hydrocarbons

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Comparison of process energies and carbon footprint in NDP and steam cracking. (a) a) A comparison of the process energies for ethylene production from ethane. (b) b) A comparison of the carbon footprint for ethylene production from ethane.

2018 101

Chicken feathers plucked for hydrogen storage?

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No, this isn’t April Fool’s Day - scientists at the University of Delaware are developing a new low-cost material for hydrogen storage in the form of carbonised chicken feathers. According to the University, the chicken feathers could meet the Department of Energy’s (DOE) requirements for hydrogen storage and are competitive with carbon nanotubes and metal hydrates but cost only a tiny fraction by comparison.

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Iranian team proposes intelligent control strategy for hybrids using fuzzy driving cycle identification agent

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Researchers at the University of Tehran (Iran), with colleagues at Isfahan University of Technology and Iran University of Science and Technology, are proposing a new intelligent control strategy for the energy management of hybrid powertrains based on the driving cycle type. The weights, which are between zero and one, are determined using a fuzzy driving cycle identification agent based on the comparison of preselected driving features.

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Single Pt atom catalysts show enhanced catalytic activity for water-splitting; potential to drive down electrolysis cost

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In an open-access paper published in Nature Communications , the researchers reported that the single Pt atom catalysts exhibit significantly enhanced catalytic activity (up to 37 times) and high stability in comparison to the state-of-the-art commercial platinum/carbon (Pt/C) catalysts.

2016 119

NUS-led research team develops cost-effective technique for mass production of high-quality graphene; 50x less solvent

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A research team led by the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed an economical and industrially viable strategy to produce graphene.

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Japanese carmakers still ‘most sustainable’

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Professor Figge from Queen’s University Management School said: “Economic crisis, energy crisis, climate crisis and recent global developments have affected the automobile industry like few other sectors. billion, in comparison with BMW, which having used all the resources considered necessary to create value doubled its sustainable value to €2.8 Tags: Green credentials car production Queen's University study sustainble

New study provides overview of challenges, requirements for large-scale production of all-solid-state Li-ion and Li-metal batteries

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Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), with colleagues from the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU), have evaluated the current challenges and requirements for the large-scale production of all-solid-state lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries.

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Ioxus introduces high-temperature ultracapacitors with Titan technology; targeting automotive and transport

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Ioxus draws a direct comparison to Maxwell’s DuraBlue technology, which cannot survive under the same conditions, Ioxus claims. Ioxus vs. Maxwell, comparison endurance testing 2.7V In 2013, a team from Rice University reported designing supercapacitor reliable at temperatures of up to 200 ?C

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Steel LCA study: lightweighting with advanced high-strength steel produces lower GHG emissions than with aluminum

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Comparison of life cycle GHG emissions based on the range of methodologies studied.

2018 97

HEI: 95%+ of world’s population live in areas of unhealthy air

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Comparison of 2016 annual average PM 2.5 Seven billion people, more than 95% of the world’s population, lived in areas exceeding the WHO Guideline for healthy air in 2016, according to a new global study. Fifty-eight percent lived in areas with PM 2.5

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Rice study finds using natural gas for electricity and heating, not transportation, more effective in reducing GHGs

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Rice University researchers have determined a more effective way to use natural gas to reduce climate-warming emissions would be in the replacement of existing coal-fired power plants and fuel-oil furnaces rather than burning it in cars and buses. Graphic by Tanyia Johnson/Rice University.

2016 85

Study of 7 years of production data supports billion-ton biofuels feedstock estimate

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South Dakota State University was the lead institution for the more than $20-million project which began in 2007. In the future, the researchers would like to do side-by-side comparisons of different species across multiple environments to better understand their yield potential.

2018 95

Plug-In Hybrids (or Plugin Hybrids)

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The comparison keeps being raised, though studies are conclusive: The "well-to-wheel" emissions of electric vehicles are lower than those from gasoline internal combustion vehicles. About CalCars Plug-In Hybrids FAQ How to Get a PHEV Where PHEVs are Car-Makers Say.

Study finds drone-based delivery could reduce GHG emissions and energy use in the transportation sector, if deployed sensibly

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New research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Carnegie Mellon University, SRI International and the University of Colorado at Boulder shows that drone-based delivery could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use in the transportation sector.

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NC State team develops new Si/C inverter; 12.1 kW/L & greater efficiency in a smaller, lighter package

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Researchers at the Future Renewable Electric Energy Distribution and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center at North Carolina State University have developed an inverter for hybrid and electric vehicles using off-the-shelf components made of the wide-bandgap semiconductor material silicon carbide (SiC).

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Beijing researchers engineer K. pneumoniae to produce 1-butanol

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Researchers at Beijing University of Chemical Technology have engineered Klebsiella pneumoniae —a pathogen—to produce 1-butanol. In comparison to the wild-type strain, the NADH/NAD+ ratio in the reengineered strains was increased by 78–135%, and the transcript levels of target genes have been obviously interfered. Moreover, the resultant 1-butanol titer was increased by 83–114% in comparison to KLA.

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CMU team details impact of regional and drive-cycle variations on degradation of a PHEV battery pack

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A team at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) led by Dr. Jeremy Michalek has investigated the implications of regional and drive cycle variations on the degradation of a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) battery.

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Wolfspeed wins 2016 R&D 100 Award for wide bandgap underhood inverter for HEVs/EVs

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This wide bandgap inverter product resulted in a smaller, lighter, higher power density and more efficient system in comparison to Toyota’s present Prius inverter design implementing silicon technology.

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Rice team devises Li metal anode that completely suppresses Li dendrite formation

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Rice University scientists have used a seamless graphene-carbon nanotube (GCNT) electrode to store lithium metal reversibly and with complete suppression of dendrite formation. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative supported the research.

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CMU study suggests difficulties in reaching targeted low price points for Li-ion batteries

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Whitacre (2016) “Comparison between cylindrical and prismatic lithium-ion cell costs using a process based cost model,” Journal of Power Sources , Volume 340, Pages 273-281 doi: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2016.11.054.

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Torotrak to present extreme engine downsizing solution at Dresden supercharging conference

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In comparison with the incumbent fixed-ratio positive-displacement supercharger on a 1.0L These will include simulation using a GT-Power model and engine dynamometer testing which was carried out at the University of Bath Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre (PVRC).

2016 85

Greenlings: Benefits of charging stations vs. battery swaps vs. home charging

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Hit the jump for a comparison that includes plenty of pics and video. ↓ ↑ report 16 Vlad 10:25AM (4/10/2009) I dont think that home-charging is even a question and that it will be universally available soon.

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UK team produces hydrogen from fescue grass via photocatalytic reforming

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A team of researchers from the UK’s Cardiff University’s Cardiff Catalysis Institute and Queen’s University Belfast have shown that significant amounts of hydrogen can be unlocked from fescue grass—without significant pre-treatment—using sunlight and a metal-loaded titania photocatalyst.

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Electric-Car Fans Rally Around the Volt - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

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How about using a competition sailplane for comparison, instead? She spent the previous year as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and before that she was the Southwest correspondent for The Economist based in Austin, Tex.

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Swiss team concludes that particulate filters should be mandatory for GDI engines

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The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Bern University of Applied Sciences, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, several industrial partners and Empa were all involved.

2017 112

Study finds fleet switch from PFI to GDI engines will result in net reduction in global warming

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The study, by a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, University of Georgia, Aerodyne Research, California Air Resources Board (ARB), Ohio State University, UC Berkeley, and UC San Diego is published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.

2017 97

Researchers use Google Street View cars for high-resolution air pollution mapping

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Engineering researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and colleagues have. The study included co-authors from the University of Washington, University of British Columbia, Utrecht University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Aclima and EDF.

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