Hamburg project testing use of liquid hydrogen in aviation maintenance and ground processes

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Funded by the Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Lufthansa Technik will work with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Center for Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL) and Hamburg Airport over the next two years to design and test maintenance and ground processes in handling hydrogen technology.

XL Hybrids conducting pilot tests of hybrid electric conversion systems for Class 1-3 commercial vans and trucks

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a company working with a hybrid electric conversion system for Class 1 through 3 commercial vans and trucks ( earlier post ), is conducting customer pilot tests of its system. XL Hybrids has partnered with Ashwoods Automotive in the UK, developers of a hybrid conversion system. V8 internal combustion engine and automatic transmission. Conversions Fleets HybridsXL Hybrids, Inc.,

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XL Hybrids, Henley Transmission Services partner to certify AAMCO for hybrid conversion installation, servicing

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developer of a low-cost hybrid electric powertrain designed specifically for class 1-3 commercial fleet use ( earlier post ), has signed an agreement with Henley Transmission Services, LLC, the largest franchise holder of AAMCO automotive service centers, to certify AAMCO technicians to install and service XL Hybrids’ hybrid-electric conversions. AAMCO service centers will also be trained to provide any necessary warranty service and maintenance on the hybrid vehicles.

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DOE releases five-year strategic plan, 2014-2018; supporting “all of the above” energy strategy

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To achieve this first objective, DOE intends to pursue parallel strategies: Advance options for diverse energy resources and conversion devices for power. It intends to do so by reducing technology costs and risks, as well as by reducing costs in siting and permitting, installation, inspection, maintenance, and customer acquisition for distributed and utility-scale generation projects, as well as improving performance and manufacturing processes.

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Successful first flight of the world?s largest all-electric aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan 208B

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The successful flight of the eCaravan, enabled by a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system, took place at the AeroTEC Flight Test Center at the Grant County International Airport (KMWH) in Moses Lake, Washington on Thursday.

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BP Products to Pay Nearly $180M to Settle Violations at Texas City Refinery; Conversion of Diesel Vehicles to Natural Gas Part of Settlement

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has agreed to spend more than $161 million on pollution controls, enhanced maintenance and monitoring, and improved internal management practices to resolve Clean Air Act violations at its Texas City, Texas refinery. BP Products North America Inc. The company will also pay a $12 million civil penalty. As part of the settlement, the company will spend an additional $6 million to reduce air pollution from diesel vehicle emissions in Texas City and the surrounding area.

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Hydraulic Hybrid Systems and EMI Partner to Target Fleet Retrofit Market; First Retrofit Underway

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earlier post ), is partnering with Equipment Maintenance Innovators (EMI-Global) to distribute HHS hydraulic hybrid retrofit systems for light- and medium-duty commercial fleet vehicles. The first conversion of the partnership is already underway, a MY 2002 CNG Chevrolet HD 2500 provided by Denver International Airport. Tags: Conversions Fleets Hydraulic Hybrid HHS upfit system. Click to enlarge.

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Ford opens E-Transit Registration site for commercial customers; new pricing

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Preliminary conversations with commercial customers indicate a healthy mix for demand across all eight configurations, with roughly 40% leaning toward high-roof vans and 60% pointing to medium-roof, low-roof, cutaway and chassis cab versions.

Why personalisation matters for electric vehicle transition

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Cost : EVs have higher ticket prices compared to similar internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs). In a society focused on reducing air pollution and emissions, one of the most prominent up-and-coming solutions is the mass adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).

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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. Jervois has not included this conversion into its current development plans.

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Tesla deliveries in Israel are reportedly delayed due to missile strikes

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Full Self-Driving could be utilized in the future as Tesla writes software for international markets. Tesla owners in parts of Israel are reportedly being told that the delivery of their all-electric Model 3 sedans is being delayed due to missile strikes in the Port of Ashdod.

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies and Quantron AG collaborate on fuel cell systems for heavy-duty trucks

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The company is collaborating with Quantron AG, a specialist in the field of commercial vehicle conversion. This makes it possible to perform maintenance, repair and replacement tasks with a minimal effort at any time and, thanks to the standardization, to operate a maximum range of vehicles.

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California Energy Commission to award up to $29.9M to hydrogen refueling infrastructure projects

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The solicitation has two goals: 1) to develop infrastructure necessary to dispense hydrogen transportation fuel; and 2) to provide needed Operation and Maintenance (O&M) funding to support hydrogen refueling operations prior to the large—scale roll—out of Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs). All projects funded under this solicitation must support the future deployment of FCVs and hydrogen internal combustion engine vehicles (HICEVs).

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Should Cities Offer Free EV Charging?

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Some cities are expanding their charging infrastructure with pay-per-use models to help offset installation and maintenance costs. Plus, selling advertising can be a way to recoup some of the installation and maintenance costs without extending that cost to the consumer.

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. Novel chemical looping process for conversion of natural gas to pure hydrogen, $150,000 CanmetENERGY, Ottawa, Canada Glowink Inc., Novel thermal process for conversion of CO2 to CO using metal ferrite oxygen carriers, $150,000 CanmetENERGY, Ottawa, Canada Glowink Inc., MetalTek International, Watertown, Wis.

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Mercedes-Benz selects Plug Power fuel cell technology for lift truck fleet

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Mercedes-Benz US International, Inc. The GenDrive units will replace lead-acid batteries, which require space-consuming charging areas and an expensive maintenance infrastructure. With this conversion, Mercedes-Benz is able to eliminate its battery room and open that floor space up for storing and moving product. MBUSI) has purchased 72 Plug Power GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell units to operate its Hyster electric lift truck fleet in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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Porsche, Siemens Energy and partners advance climate-neutral eFuels development; Haru Oni pilot in Chile

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ENAP will support the project by providing operating staff and with maintenance and logistics.

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Experts view on future transportation fuels

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Since internal combustion engines will remain the primary mode of choice for mobility in the foreseeable future, both alternative (renewable) fuels and high-performance combustion concepts/ engines using fuels adapted for that purpose will be preferred for reducing the combustion impact on climate change. A fuel tailored to these operating conditions and ambient environments might be preferred for optimum energy conversion to useful energy.

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ABS provides first approval in principle for floating Rankine cycle renewable energy plant

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Unlike wind, tidal or solar power the advanced design for this Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) system can deliver constant output 24 hours a day. Developed by OTEC International (OTI) LLC of Baltimore, Maryland, the approach converts liquid ammonia into gas in a heat exchanger using warm ocean surface water.

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Corvus Energy’s marine lithium polymer battery pack used in Europe’s first hybrid tugboat

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Lithium polymer battery packs from Corvus Energy were recently installed in Europe’s first hybrid tugboat, the RotorTug RT Adriaan of KOTUG, an international maritime service provider headquartered in The Netherlands. The conversion features Corvus’ AT6500 48 volt lithium polymer battery packs.

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GE Transportation wins first order for new marine diesel engine; 50% reduction in emissions

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GE’s distributor Cummins Mid-South, LLC, will integrate the GE engines into the gensets and deliver them to BAE Systems, a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, overhaul and ship construction, that is building the vessel for Oceaneering. GE Transportation unveiled the 12-cylinder V250 Marine Diesel engine at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans in October.

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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. Especially when the internal combustion engine vehicles rule the market. 8 Maintenance and Repair.

ABB charges into the future with Formula E

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Now, the general consensus seems to be that having the [AC-to-DC] conversion happen off-board lightens the bus, and makes room for a bigger battery. Most of the first-world countries in the world today, they’re banning the sale of internal combustion engine cars [by] 2025, 2030.

POSTECH, Hyundai team develops new more thermally robust catalyst for NOx reduction with diesel engines

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A paper on their work is published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. The catalyst—divalent copper ions fully exchanged into high-silica LTA zeolites(Cu-LTA)—demonstrated excellent maintenance of activity for NO x reduction with NH 3 under vehicle-simulated conditions even after hydrothermal aging at 900 °C, a critical temperature that the current commercial Cu-SSZ-13 catalyst cannot overcome owing to thermal deactivation.

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Bauhaus Luftfahrt analysis finds solar thermochemical jet fuel production viable only if CO2 captured from renewable sources and not flue gases

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According to their analysis, published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology , favorable assumptions for all involved process steps (30% thermochemical energy conversion efficiency; 3000 kWh/(m 2 a) solar irradiation, low CO 2 and heliostat costs) result in jet fuel production costs of €1.28/L (US$5.30/gallon) at lifecycle (LC) GHG emissions close to zero (0.10 Thermochemical conversion efficiency is 20%.

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Naysayer Alert – the hydrogen red herring

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There has been much discussion for over thirty years or more around the use of hydrogen fuel cells as an alternative to the internal combustion engine. Fuel cells had been promoted in some sectors as the best alternative to the internal combustion engine. (Guest Post by John Murray).

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Iveco launches the New Stralis XP long-haul truck; fuel savings up to 11%

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The New Stralis XP builds on the foundation of the Stralis Hi-Way, launched in 2012 and named “International Truck of the Year 2013”. The result is greater fuel economy while maintaining the high 97% tailpipe NO x conversion delivered by the HI-SCR system and all the benefits of this technology: regeneration free, no impact on radiator size, no extra maintenance, and the longest service intervals bringing a further fuel and TCO reduction to the customer.

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UPS updates 125 Workhorse E-GEN series hybrid electric step vans with smaller genset engine for better fuel economy

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A small 23 kW/30 hp, 2100 N·m PSI 2.4-liter internal combustion engine (ICE) served as the genset engine. a Cincinnati-based company, was announced by Carlton Rose, UPS Global Fleet Maintenance and Engineering president at the annual Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, Calif. When the economic benefits of conversion became less certain, the company pivoted away from passenger vehicles and began to focus on electrifying commercial vehicles.

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses entering service in London; planned fleet of 8

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The RV1 route passes through some of London’s most polluted areas, so its conversion to hydrogen power will help to improve London’s air quality. The buses will run from a specially designed maintenance facility housed in First’s Lea Interchange bus depot at Stratford in east London. The first of a planned fleet of eight hydrogen fuel cell buses in London will start operating on 18 December.

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

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Based on the interplay of various internal engine modifications—i.e., Four counterweights reduce internal forces in the crankshaft, which in turn reduces loads on the crankshaft main bearings. This offers benefits in terms of internal engine friction, which in turn have a positive effect on fuel economy. Due to its design, internal friction in the small three-cylinder engine of the Golf TSI BlueMotion is already rather low.

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NEDRA Pictures

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Going to NEDRA at Portland International Raceway was my first major excursion in the 914 since both the flywheel was balanced and the clutch was properly adjusted. Here's the wait in line for the ticket office at Portland International Raceway. Much lower maintenance than the originals! This is a Honda Civic Delsol conversion done by Chris Brune who helped me understand how to drive my electric car better using lower gears and higher RPMs.

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

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The goal is to develop an optimal generator for current energy conversion. This is a unique approach that seeks to replace lower efficiency, high maintenance, long-stroke linear generator systems. This research into underwater coatings that prevent biofouling has the potential to positively impact all MHK systems and improve the conversion efficiency for MHK systems.

DOE to award up to $35M to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies; fuel cell range extenders

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Subtopics include Microbial Biomass Conversion. Subtopic 1a: Microbial biomass conversion. Renewable, low carbon production pathways include thermochemical biomass conversion; electrolysis from renewable electricity sources; and photoelectrochemical and solar thermochemical water splitting, which have been included in recent funding opportunities. One renewable, low carbon pathway that has not been included in recent funding opportunities is biological biomass conversion.

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ARPA-E announces $36M for high-temperature materials projects

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Durable and affordable higher-temperature heat exchangers could make energy conversion much more efficient, which in turn could reduce fuel consumption, system footprint, capital and operational cost, and emissions. Two different technologies will be used to smooth the heat exchanger components’ internal passages to minimize pressure drop. International Mezzo Technologies.

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Ford showcases Transit line-up powered by new Ford EcoBlue diesel at Hannover; 6-speed auto, AWD and SYNC 3

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Scheduled maintenance costs are also reduced, with the extended variable service intervals of up to two years/60,000 km (37,000 miles) offering up to an additional 10,000 km (6,000 miles) between services on both Transit and Transit Custom models, intervals that are not exceeded by any competitor. Ford is showcasing the latest Transit and Transit Custom line-up powered by the Ford EcoBlue diesel engine ( earlier post ) at 2016 IAA Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show.

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Researchers Develop More Efficient Thermocells for Low-Grade Waste Heat Recovery

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An international team of researchers from the US, India and Australia has demonstrated thermo-electrochemical cells (thermocells) in practical configurations (from coin cells to cells that can be wrapped around exhaust pipes), that harvest low-grade thermal energy (temperature below 130 °C), using relatively inexpensive carbon multiwalled nanotube (MWNT) electrodes. In fact, it was previously predicted that a power conversion efficiency of 1.2%

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Dominion Virginia Power Tests Plug-In Hybrid Cars, Hybrid Bucket Trucks

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Two Toyota Prius hybrids have been converted with the Hymotion L5 Plug-in Conversion Module from A123Systems. The International DuraStar hybrid-electric bucket trucks ( earlier post ) can provide fuel savings of nearly 60% in utility-type applications when the engine can be shut off, but electric power still operates the vehicle. Lower vehicle operating costs resulting from improved fuel economy and reduced engine maintenance requirements offset the slightly higher cost of biofuel.

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Bring on the EV Trucks

Revenge of the Electric Car

As someone who rides a bike and a motorcycle in traffic, any time you can remove an internal combustion engine from spewing crap out its tailpipe and in your face, it’s a good thing. Plus, electric intra-city delivery trucks such as those Electric Vehicles International hopes to sell here - in competition with several other electric truck makers including Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. - Electric Vehicles International isn’t new. More electric trucks!

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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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In addition to the vehicle’s introduction in Japan, Toyota launched the Mirai—a four-door, mid-size fuel cell sedan with performance that fully competes with traditional internal combustion engines—in Los Angeles on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show. The TFCS is more energy-efficient than internal combustion engines and emits no CO 2 or substances of concern (SOCs) when driven. After DC/AC conversion by power supply unit. Mirai. Click to enlarge.

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ARPA-E awards $55M to 18 projects in two new programs: TERRA for transportation energy and GENSETS for distributed generation

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Breeding High Yielding Bioenergy Sorghum for the New Bioenergy Belt Clemson University, along with the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute and partners, will phenotype an exhaustive set of international germplasm and plant varieties. The selected project teams are grouped into four areas of technology focus: internal combustion engines, Stirling engines, microturbines and solid state devices. Single-Cylinder Two-Stroke Free-Piston Internal Combustion Generator Aerodyne Research, Inc.

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PNNL study outlines requirements for grid storage, reviews four electrochemical energy storage systems: vanadium redox flow, Na-beta, Li-ion and lead-carbon

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And besides technical improvements, the systems will need to be built to last, using materials that are safe and durable so that batteries could operate more than 15 years and require very little maintenance over their lifetime. These challenges will not only be faced in the United States, but also internationally. This type of application requires high round-trip energy efficiency and a long deep-cycle life, along with low operation and maintenance costs.

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DOE to issue FY14 Vehicle Technologies program-wide funding opportunity announcement

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Applications will be required to target improved materials, tread designs, weight reduction, pressure maintenance technologies, and other approaches that improve tire efficiency resulting in vehicle demonstrations of fuel consumption reduction by at least 4% compared to the state-of-the-art, while maintaining traction and wear characteristics of the tire.

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New MECA report calls for implementation of particle number (PN) limits by North American regulators

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There is ample evidence showing that engine-based strategies are prone to higher in-use emissions than DPF-equipped engines, due to cold starts, extra idling time, poor maintenance, and other factors. Because of the relative ease in measuring particle number versus particle mass at the 1 mg/mile level, the agencies should agree on a scientifically sound conversion factor between particle number and particle mass. Particle number vs. particle mass for various LDV engine technologies.

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