DOE awarding $35M to 11 projects for hydrokinetic turbine development; ARPA-E SHARKS

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Projects are encouraged to apply concurrent (as opposed to sequential) design methodologies: control co-design, co-design, and designing for operation and maintenance. It has a low maintenance cost, resulting in a lower cost of energy. ARPA-E Power Generation Water Wave and Tidal

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Shanghai ISSON Power Quality Co. deploys Maxwell ultracaps to power deep-water port electric cranes

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has installed 126 Maxwell Technologies 125V Heavy Transportation Modules in a power system that operates 26 ship-to-shore cranes for loading and unloading container ships at the Yangshan Deep-Water Port. The Shanghai Yangshan Deep-Water Port is a national-grade super harbor connected to the mainland by a 20-mile long bridge. Shanghai ISSON Power Quality Co.,

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DOE moving forward with $11.1M in funding for three ARPA-E projects

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The projects moving forward are part of ARPA-E’s Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) ( earlier post ) and Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilization of Energy-Dense Liquids (REFUEL) ( earlier post ) programs. NEXTCAR projects will take advantage of the increasingly complex and connected systems in cars and trucks to improve their energy efficiency significantly, with a goal of reducing individual vehicle energy usage by 20%.

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Ford to invest $1.8B in R&D in China

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Connected consumers. China’s consumers are some of the most connected in the world, with nearly 600 million active smartphone users across the country. SYNC, is Ford’s in-car free connectivity system offering hands-free control of phones, entertainment, climate control and navigation. Enhanced voice recognition technology, a more smartphone-like interface and easier-to-read graphics help to deliver an easier way to stay connected. Ford Motor plans to invest RMB 11.4

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Bird unveils new consumer e-Bike for purchase: Bird Bike

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Gates Carbon Belt Drive simplifies maintenance and extends vehicle longevity. Safety certified and IP65+ water resistant battery increases security and safety. Bird, a leader in electric shared micromobility services, unveiled the Bird Bike, a new e-bike that you can own.

ARPA-E to award $27M for advanced nuclear reactor systems operational technology: GEMINA

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GEMINA’s goal is to reduce fixed operations and maintenance (O&M) costs from ~13 $/MWh in the current fleet to ~2 $/MWh in the advanced fleet. GEMINA projects include: GE Research: AI-Enabled Predictive Maintenance Digital Twins for Advanced Nuclear Reactors - $5,412,810.

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Toyota develops packaged fuel cell system module for sale

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The new module has a wide voltage range (400 to 750 V) and can be directly connected to an existing electrical instrument provided with a motor, inverter, and battery, etc., Schematic example of connecting the FC module to an external device.

Partial suspension of two Nornickel mines to reduce 2021 production of nickel by 35 kt, copper by 65 kt and PGM by 22t

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Due to the increased water inflow to the drainage systems of the mine and in accordance with safety procedures and applicable law, the company partially suspended operations at the mine. Once the backfill mix has hardened, the water inflow will be shut off by closing the valves.

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AECOM awarded contract to build Faraday Future’s $1B N American EV manufacturing plant

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Structural glass, a water feature and dark sky-compliant outdoor lighting fixtures will welcome visitors and thousands of production workers by connecting the plant with the landscape. The project will also feature extended life-cycle materials that require less maintenance. The current demolition work includes the digging of water retention pools to store water for compaction and use in the building’s cooling towers.

2016 204

Dürr building smart and resource-efficient paint shop at San Luis Potosí in Mexico for BMW Group; Industry 4.0

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Dürr is building a paint shop in Mexico for the BMW Group that meets the requirements for connected Industry 4.0 Responsible use of water resources is a particular sustainability goal in San Luis Potosí. The facility will have the lowest water consumption per vehicle produced in the production network. The water needed for the painting process is reconditioned and recycled. This enables preventive maintenance planning and increases the plant availability.

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DOE releases analysis of potential impacts of hyperloop technology on the grid

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For hyperloop systems connected directly to the grid, the fluctuating power dynamics could present serious challenges for grid integration. These stresses, if sustained over time, would adversely impact electrical generating and transmission equipment, power quality, and long-term system maintenance and reliability, with implications for regional grid stability.

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DOE awards up to $47M each to 3 offshore wind projects

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The Energy Department selected three offshore wind demonstrations to receive up to $47 million each over the next four years to deploy innovative, grid-connected systems in federal and state waters by 2017. Dominion’s project will demonstrate installation, operation and maintenance methods for wind turbines located far from shore.

2014 185

Terberg introduces new generation of electric terminal tractor; hydrogen fuel-cell version possible

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The new electric drive system has fewer moving parts than a diesel engine and the previous EV generation, resulting in lower maintenance costs. This project was supported by the DKTI-Transport regulation of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

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Allison Transmission announces global availability of 9-speed transmission, expanded electrification portfolio at IAA CV

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Additional features include a higher energy Li-ion battery for extended engine off range; a smaller, lighter dual inverter with water ethylene glycol cooling for more efficient operation; and Increased Power Accessory II to improve fuel economy by using the hybrid system to power accessory components like air conditioning, air compressors and power steering. This will provide fleet management and maintenance staff with the insight they need to improve vehicle uptime.

2018 207

Ford introduces F-150 Lightning Pro electric pickup targeted at commercial customers

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F-150 Lightning Pro targets reducing scheduled maintenance costs by 40% over eight years and 100,000 miles—with potential for further operational cost savings through lower fuel costs. It also features a rugged, water-tight space strong enough to store 400 pounds of cement bags.

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Jervois to acquire SMP nickel & cobalt refinery in Brazil; concentrate from Idaho for refining, cobalt metal back to US

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SMP Refinery has annual refined production capacity of 25,000 metric tonnes of nickel and 2,000 metric tonnes of cobalt and is currently on care and maintenance.

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Fastcharge consortium presents prototype for 450 kW charging station; Porsche research vehicle charges at 400 kW

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Both the high-performance electronics for the charging connections and the communication interface to the electric vehicles were integrated into the system. For the connection to the public power grid in Jettingen-Scheppach, a loading container with two charging connections was realized in the project: one connection has a charging capacity of max.

2018 267

Elon Musk’s Boring Company introduces updated lineup of tunneling products


During his talk, Musk noted that The Boring Company is open to digging tunnels for water transport, electrical, and even sewage. The Boring Company’s Utility tunnels are 12 feet in diameter and are equipped with a flat maintenance surface, LED lighting, and a CCTV video system.

Electric Vehicles Open-up New Business Opportunities

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Manufacturing Infrastructure Software Development Training and Skill Development Retrofitting Fleet operation Dealership and Franchise Maintenance and Repair. You may think about the integration of solar panels to the charging station along with the grid connection.

E.ON Power-to-Gas facility begins commercial operations; wind-to-H2

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The plant uses wind power and Hydrogenics’ electrolysis equipment to transform water into hydrogen, which is then injected into the existing regional natural gas transmission system. For Hydrogenics Corporation, this has been a turnkey Power-to-Gas project which included supply, installation, connection and commissioning of the hydrogen production facility including gas compression, master controls, as well as a 5-year service and maintenance agreement.

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

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Industry-Informed Physics-Based Monitoring for Asset Management and Maintenance Optimization, $500,000 Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, Calif. Low Cost Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing of Reusable Sorbents for Energy and Water Industries, $150,000 Qualification of SAS4A/SASSYS-1 for Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor Authorization and Licensing, $674,484 Advanced Reactor Concepts LLC, Chevy Chase, Md.

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NTNU study finds ships’ and spare parts’ contribution to offshore wind power lifecycle impacts has been underestimated

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Components: WT = wind turbine; Fnd = foundation; EC = electrical connections, including substation; Inst = installation; IOo = input-output, other; Mnt = Maintenance, excluding replacement parts; RP = replacement parts; EOL = end-of-life. The study put special emphasis on aspects of installation, operation, and maintenance, as these stages have been given only cursory consideration in previous LCAs, they noted.

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Road Test: 2021 Lexus NX 300h F Sport Black Line Special Edition

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There are eight cup holders throughout the cabin, but the door pockets are small and can at most handle a small water bottle. The Lexus Enform Safety Connect allows for emergency help to be summoned with the push of a button. Two Free Scheduled Services – Per Maintenance Schedule.

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Hydrogenics wins order from E.ON for power-to-hydrogen-gas energy storage project in Germany

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project is a turnkey contract, which means Hydrogenics will provide a range of services to build the Power-to-Gas project, including supply, installation, connection and commissioning of the hydrogen production facility including gas compression, master controls, as well as a 5-year service and maintenance agreement. Electrolysis company Hydrogenics Corporation has received an order from E.ON for a “Power-to-Gas” project in Germany.

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New ABB Azipod D for electric marine propulsion requires 25% less installed power, boosts flexibility

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This is partly due to the fact that the new hybrid (air and water) cooling helps reduce the thruster’s weight and directs more power toward propulsion of the ship, not cooling requirements. The electric propulsion behind ABB’s Azipod units enables ship owners and operators to enjoy higher profitability of their vessels by lowering maintenance costs and cutting fuel consumption. Azipod D. Click to enlarge.

2015 179

Retrofit of ship with Caterpillar diesel-electric twin fin system yields 30% gain in fuel efficiency

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Initially conceived for harsh operating environments, the Cat Propulsion Twin Fin System comprises a compact electric motor and gearbox configuration connected via short drive shaft, rotating a pair of controllable pitch propellers whose performance is enhanced by two tailor-made fins attached to the hull. Major transmission parts in the system are accessible from inside the vessel, enhancing ease of maintenance and averting the need to drydock.

2015 185

First Ride: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

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This handy 14.1-cubic foot storage area is water resistant, and has a drain plug so it can be hosed-out. The package includes trailer backup and hitch assist, trailer reverse guidance, trailer brake controller, a smart hitch, onboard scales, trailer camera and a smart trailer tow connection.

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Hydrexia and HyGear partner on low-cost hydrogen distribution in Europe; solid state storage and delivery

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At the customer site, the trailer is connected to Hydrexia’s balance of plant system, which supplies the necessary thermal management and controls for autonomous hydrogen delivery to the customer site. Standard tube trailers require compressors at the filling terminal, which are expensive and require significant maintenance, whereas Hydrexia’s solid-state solutions operate at near ambient pressure and require little infrastructure at the filling station.

2015 184

Dept. of Interior proposes more stringent regulations for offshore oil and gas well equipment

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BOP equipment and systems have increased in complexity as the water depth for offshore wells has increased and the industry develops reservoirs with pressures greater than 15,000 pounds per square inch (psi) or temperatures greater than 350 ?F Improve regulatory oversight over the design, fabrication, maintenance, inspection, and repair of critical equipment. An ROV hot stab is a high pressure subsea connector used to connect the ROV into the BOP system.

2015 205

Li-ion Reserve in the World: How it Revolutionised the EV Industry

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Though steam was doing well powering the trains and factories incorporating a steam engine into a personal car was not a practical and efficient way and soon became obsolete mainly due to the long starting time and the need to fill water in a short span with other numerous other inconvenience.

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies highlights offerings for EV battery packs

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Gaskets can be reused after battery maintenance and are optimized to address three dimensional sealing surfaces and profiles, homogeneous forces and tolerance compensation. Breathable Element: Breathable components produced from Freudenberg non-woven materials that optimize the ability of the battery system to repel water, oil, and dirt contamination.

2015 192

DOE announces $29M in funding for fusion energy technology development

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GAMOW teams will work to close multiple fusion-specific technological gaps that will be needed to connect a net-energy-gain “fusion core," once it is ready, to a deployable, commercially attractive fusion system. Many lower-cost fusion concepts require high-performance, long-life electrodes for plasma generation, maintenance, and refueling.

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US DOE Awards $37 Million for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technology Development

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The 27 projects range from concept studies and component design research to prototype development and in-water device testing. The DMP design would be a fully submerged wave energy converter resting on the ocean floor, converting the oscillatory nature of a wave’s pressure fluctuations into alternating compression and expansion cycles of flexible air-filled chambers that are connected to a bi-directional air turbine and an electrical generator.

Hot Tub Time Machine WayBack Wednesday – Reposted Word-for-Word from June 25 of 2008

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Here’s the version I remember hearing in New Jersey: A man goes on vacation and his brother agrees to housesit for him — feeding the cat, picking up the newspapers and mail, watering the plants, etc. You’ll also be finished forever with things like oil changes, tune ups, new air filters and the other maintenance that isn’t necessary with electric cars. And finally, just to masterfully connect all the dots for you in a way only the most conservative print publication can.

2015 230

Volkswagen introduces new 1L, 3-cylinder gasoline Golf; 54.7 mpg

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The crankshaft group—crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods—is distinguished by low moving masses and low friction. The aluminium pistons and forged connecting rods were weight-optimized such that the 1.0 Very small-sized yet extremely robust crankshaft main bearings and connecting rod bearings make a significant contribution towards reducing friction in the new engine. Other new options are Volkswagen Media Control and App Connect.

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Petrobras’ June oil production in Brazil up 1.7% exceeding 2M bpd; gas production reaches record

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A total of 22 wells, 14 of them oil and gas producers and eight water injectors, will be interconnected to this unit within the next few months. The start-up of a new well connected to platform P-48, at Caratinga field, producing at the pre-salt layer of Campos Basin since the end of May, also contributed to the rise in production. Petrobras’s June oil production in Brazil averaged 2,008 thousand barrels/day (bpd), up 1.7% from May’s production of 1,975 thousand bpd.

2014 224

China’s CNOOC to acquire Canada-based Nexen for $15.1B; offshore oil and gas, oil sands, and shale gas

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Nexen has major positions in three of the world’s most significant conventional basins: the UK North Sea, Offshore West Africa and the deep-water Gulf of Mexico. In connection with this transaction, CNOOC Limited intends to carry out a number of plans including the following: Following completion of the transaction, CNOOC Limited plans to establish Calgary as the head office of its North and Central American operations.

Caterpillar Ships First D7E Electric Drive Track-Type Tractor

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The D7E is in the 60,000-pound (27,000-kilogram) weight range and is powered by a Cat C9 engine producing 235 hp (175 kW) that drives a generator to produce electricity to power two AC electric drive motors connected to a differential steering system. The engine in the D7E is entirely beltless, eliminating the need for belt maintenance and replacement. Benefits of the D7E. Click to enlarge. Caterpillar Inc.

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Toyota FCV Mirai launches in LA; initial TFCS specs; $57,500 or $499 lease; leaning on Prius analogy

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The amount of water on fuel cell electrolyte membranes has a substantial influence on electricity generation efficiency. Control of the amount of water is carried out using an internal circulation system for circulating the water created when generating electricity—meaning the Toyota FC Stack, unlike systems used in all other previous Toyota fuel cell vehicles, does not require the use of a humidifier. Mirai. Click to enlarge.

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DOE selects 33 clean energy businesses for nearly $6.7M in support under Small Business Vouchers pilot

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For Round 1, the small businesses and laboratories will collaborate on advancing a number of clean energy technologies, including water, wind, bioenergy, solar, buildings, vehicles, fuel cells, geothermal technologies, and advanced manufacturing. Connected Signals, working with ANL. Connected Signals will obtain traffic signal data and demonstrate the benefits of real-time signal-state information for vehicles and drivers. Water Power.

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Techrules unveils production design of series-hybrid Ren RS with micro-turbine range extender; 330 km/h

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There are three water cooling circuits for the motors, battery and inverter. Bespoke in-board, horizontally-mounted KW three-way adjustable coilover shock units are installed at the front and rear, and are connected to the wishbones by pushrods, similar to the configuration of a typical open-wheeled racing car. Techrules, a China-based automotive R&D company ( earlier post ) is unveiling the final production design of its Ren RS series-hybrid supercar at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

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Strong Global Sales for Chevrolet Cruze Prior to US Introduction; More Details on Its New Small-Displacement Engines

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Connecting rods and pistons. Like the crankshaft, the connecting rods and pistons are designed to support the greater load of the turbo system. The connecting rods are forged steel and the lightweight hypereutectic pistons are designed with a thicker crown area and a unique ring pack to withstand the boost pressure and heat generated by the turbo system. Oil-water cooler. The camshafts are driven by durable, maintenance-free chains. Oil-water heat exchanger.

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Visiting PURE EV factory | Startup Showcase | ETryst electric motorcycle first look

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They want to have more data about maintenance costs and resale values before they take the plunge. And then there was a suggestion of connectivity. So there is a lot of dust and water ingress into the bearing.