SAE International publishes new J2954 wireless charging standard

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SAE International has published the first global standard that specifies, in a single document, both the electric vehicle and supply equipment (EVSE) ground-system requirements for wireless charging of electric vehicles (EV). The new standard was more than a decade in the making.

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Researchers propose testing standards for particulate photocatalysts in solar fuel production

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In this regard, photocatalytic water splitting has attracted significant interest as a cost-effective means to convert sustainable solar energy into valuable chemicals. Fuels Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Market Background Solar fuels Standards


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BASF introduces cost-effective upgrade to ozone-VOC converters for healthier aircraft cabin air; UpCore

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BASF has launched UpCore, a new service providing a cost-effective and sustainable technology upgrade from a standard ozone converter to an ozone-VOC (volatile organic compounds) converter for cleaner and healthier aircraft cabin air.

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DOE researchers investigate economic and environmental impacts of converting wet waste to renewable diesel

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estimated that with conversion by hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) and upgrading, the wet waste resource availability in the United States could be converted to jet fuel that is equivalent to about 24% of the U.S.

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Researchers show economic, environmental and grid-resilience benefits of converting diesel trains to battery-electric

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Here we show that a 241-km range can be achieved using a single standard boxcar equipped with a 14-MWh battery and inverter, while consuming half the energy consumed by diesel trains. Economic, environmental and grid-resilience benefits of converting diesel trains to battery-electric.”

PNNL team develops new low-cost method to convert captured CO2 to methane

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a new method to convert captured CO 2 into methane, the primary component of natural gas. Earlier this year, PNNL researchers revealed that using EEMPA in power plants could slash the price of carbon capture to 19% lower than standard industry costs—the lowest documented price of carbon capture. Different methods for converting CO 2 into methane have long been known.

Vitesco Technologies wins major order for electric heating elements for diesel catalytic converters in 48V MHEVs

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Vitesco Technologies, formerly (until September 2019) the Continental Powertrain Division, has won a major contract from an European vehicle manufacturer for the supply of innovative electric heating elements for diesel catalytic converters.

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Port of Antwerp converting tug to methanol propulsion; becoming a multi-fuel port

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The Port of Antwerp is converting a tug to methanol propulsion. To receive the necessary dispensation, the methatug project was therefore submitted to the CESNI, the European committee that administers overall standards for inland navigation.

Global Clean Energy buys Bakersfield refinery for $40M, converting to produce renewable diesel

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Instead, the refinery will be repurposed to become a producer of low-carbon renewable fuels that meet the needs of the California Low Carbon Fuels Standard. Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc., through a subsidiary, has purchased Alon Bakersfield Properties, Inc.,

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BASF launches new Tri-Metal Catalyst, enabling partial substitution of palladium with platinum in catalytic converters

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BASF has successfully developed and tested an innovative Tri-Metal Catalyst technology that enables partial substitution of high-priced palladium with lower-priced platinum in light-duty gasoline vehicles without compromising emissions standards.

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Vitesco Technologies reduces emissions in high-voltage hybrid vehicles with electrical catalyst heating; new DC/DC converter

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With a new DC/DC converter, the heating discs of the electrically heated EMICAT catalyst ( earlier post ) can now also be supplied with electricity in high-voltage vehicles. EMICAT heated catalyst and the new DC/DC converter.

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Prodrive to unveil first 48V DC-DC converter targeting ISO/DIS 21780

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Prodrive has created the first 48V to 12V DC-DC converter targeted at the ISO/DIS 21780 standard for 48V automotive systems. With the projected growth in 48V systems (predicted to be in as many as a third of all light vehicles by 2030 by consultancy LMC Automotive) enabling mild hybrid systems solutions on cars, the converter provides businesses with a solution in a neat package to provide power to existing 12V systems.

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Standard Lithium completes proof-of-concept of lithium extraction & crystallization; better than battery-quality lithium carbonate

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Canada-based Standard Lithium Ltd. The culmination of the proof-of-concept was to convert and crystallize the LiCl solution produced by the company’s Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) demonstration plant. This is an extremely important milestone for Standard Lithium.

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Continental introducing innovative annular catalytic converter for near-complete NOx reduction to meet RDE and SULEV 30 standards

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Continental will present an innovative close-coupled annular catalytic converter that supports near-complete NO x conversion in downsized turbocharged gasoline engines at the 37 th Vienna Motor Symposium next week. Close-coupled annular catalytic converter developed by Continental supports near-complete NO x conversion in turbocharged gasoline engines. On the US front, the LEV III SULEV 30 standards stipulate a 70% reduction in fleet-average nitrogen oxide emissions by 2025.

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Ideal Power Converters and NREL demonstrate vehicle-to-grid capabilities

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Ideal Power Converters (IPC) announced that the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable. Energy Laboratory (NREL) has successfully demonstrated vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capabilities using IPC’s bi-directional Battery Converter. IPC’s Battery Converter will provide bi-directional power between the EV. The IPC Battery Converter weighs less than 100 lbs (45 kg) and can be wall-mounted inside or outside and will begin shipping in 2013 following industry certifications.

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Buick unveils 2016 Cascada convertible at NAIAS

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Buick introduced the 2016 Cascada convertible at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The Cascada will be the first Buick convertible offered in the United States in 25 years and the latest globally developed vehicle to join the brand’s growing portfolio. Steering inputs are executed by a fuel-saving, rack-mounted electric power steering system, while stopping power is handled by standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes.

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Gevo develops process to convert isobutanol or fusel oils into renewable diesel

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has developed proprietary, breakthrough processes that convert either low-carbon isobutanol or low-value fusel oils—a mixture of alcohols that are byproducts from fermentation processes such as alcohol production—into renewable diesel. Low-carbon renewable diesel is biomass-derived transportation fuel suitable for use in diesel engines and has increased in demand since the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) went into effect.

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WMG researchers convert used EV batteries into small off-grid ESS units

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The team designed a new Battery Management System (BMS) and packaging that allowed them to create a working and easily portable prototype ESS which included: The use of standard low cost components for control, communication and safety functions. Researchers at WMG, University of Warwick, have repurposed end-of-life electric vehicle batteries as small energy storage systems (ESS) for off-grid locations in developing countries or isolated communities.

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FCA recalls 850,000+ gasoline vehicles due to problem with catalytic converters

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Fiat-Chrysler of America (FCA) will recall more than 850,000 gasoline-powered passenger cars and SUVs due to a problem with their catalytic converters. FCA’s own data and test results confirmed that the catalytic converters in these vehicles were malfunctioning. Approximately 10 million Californians live in communities that exceed the federal ozone and particulate matter ambient air quality standards that were put in place to protect public health.

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Activated carbon filter now standard in all Volkswagen models

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Furthermore, the filter technology with activated carbon layer also converts harmful gases such as nitrogen dioxide, leaving the interior air cleaner and less disturbing. From now on, every Volkswagen will be standard-equipped with the activated carbon filter with allergen function. Volkswagen has begun to fit all its models with an activated carbon filter.

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VW ID.5 production starts at newly converted ICE to EV Zwickau plant


Pro will have up to 313 miles of range according to the WLTP standard. billion) to convert the factory into an exclusive EV-producing plant. production starts at newly converted ICE to EV Zwickau plant appeared first on TESLARATI.

ASTM International launches group to create standards for recovered carbon black (rCB)

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The ASTM International Board of Directors approved the launch of a new technical committee dedicated to developing standards for the growing field of recovered carbon black (rCB). The Committee on Recovered Carbon Black (rCB) ( D36 ) will focus on creating and updating standards in areas such as: the decomposition of scrap tires, other scrap-rubber components, sustainability, and material characterization. Materials Recycling Standards Tires

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Study: tightening vehicle emissions standards resulted in higher rates of automaker non-compliance; unintended effects of threshold-based regulations

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A new study focused on the auto industry finds that tightening emissions standards not only fails to curtail on-road emissions, but actually increases the likelihood of non-compliance by automakers. Based on a 15-year on-road vehicle emissions dataset covering 148,837 vehicles from 42 automakers in the EU, we use regression discontinuity to identify the causal impact of standards tightening on non-compliance by controlling other confounding factors.

All you need to know about EV charging infrastructure in India-Power ratings, standards for AC & DC charging

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All you need to know about EV charging infrastructure in India-Power ratings, standards for AC & DC charging. Read further to know more about EV charging infrastructure in India and its power ratings, Indian standards for AC and DC charging. .

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ACEEE report recommends steps toward international alignment of heavy-duty vehicle efficiency standards

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A new report published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recommends the international harmonization of fuel efficiency and/or greenhouse gas emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks and buses. This in turn would permit a standardized calculation of cost-effectiveness of technology improvements as a function of regional conditions. This report explores whether and how heavy-duty standards programs could be better aligned across regions.

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ecovolta develops standardized Li-ion traction battery; saving cost and time

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The Swiss battery system manufacturer ecovolta has developed a standardized Li-ion traction battery which can significantly reduce the time and expense needed to bring electric vehicles to the serial production stage. Manufacturers can rapidly convert even smaller or pre-existing vehicle series to run on electricity, creating prototypes within just a few weeks, ecovolta said. This standardization covers aspects of the dimensions, capacity levels and electronics.

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Eaton and Tenneco partner to produce new, integrated exhaust thermal management system to meet coming lower NOx standards

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Across the globe, emission standards are tightening for vehicle manufacturers. In Europe, the next stage of emissions standards, known as Euro 7 (for light-duty vehicles) and Euro VII (for heavy-duty), are targeted for introduction in 2025. Upon heating the SCR catalyst to approximately 200 – 250 degrees Celsius, the aftertreatment system can efficiently convert NO x into clean emissions (e.g.,

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Lloyd’s Register, H2-Industries working on safety standards for fuel-cell-electric ships with LOHC technology

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H2-Industries and Lloyd’s Register (LR) are working together on developing safety standards for all-electric vessels powered by emission-free Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology. It converts the hydrogen released from the LOHC into electricity, which is then used on the vessel for propulsion and onboard power.

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Fraunhofer IAF develops first monolithically integrated GaN half bridge for voltage converters for e-mobility

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Half-bridge circuits are the centerpiece of many voltage converters. In power electronics components, this is the standard volt class for grid-connected electrical devices, ranging from tablets and washing machines to e-bikes and electric cars. For example, the switching frequency can be improved by a factor of around 10 in comparison with conventional voltage converters. Compared with conventional converters, multilevel inverters generate less noise during DC/AC conversion.

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New composite reduces rare earth element usage in three-way catalytic converters

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The high-performance, three-way catalytic (TWC) converter is one of the workhorses of emissions reduction for gasoline engines. Using the Japanese standard JC08 (hot start) mode for gasoline engines, they developed two (reference and experimental) real-sized honeycomb catalysts and compared their performance using a four cylinder, 1339 cc, gasoline engine on a chassis dynamometer.

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The 4 Standardized EV Charging Modes Explained


Electric vehicles (EV) are getting new standards gradually as their applications increase dramatically worldwide. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has standardized the charging modes for electric vehicles, defining four distinct modes.

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New ceramic hollow fiber substrate for catalytic converters cuts fuel consumption, size and manufacturing costs

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A new ceramic hollow fiber substrate for catalytic converters designed by Dr. Benjamin Kingsbury and colleagues at Imperial College London could cut the size and precious metal loading of the devices in automobiles while reducing fuel consumption and and manufacturing costs. Laboratory tests suggest that it deteriorates by only 4% over a distance of 100,000 kilometers (62,000 miles), compared to 35% for a standard catalytic converter.

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Purdue process converts lignin in intact biomass to hydrocarbons for chemicals and fuels

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A team of researchers from Purdue University’s Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels, or C3Bio, has developed a process that uses a bimetallic Zn/Pd/C catalyst to convert lignin in intact lignocellulosic biomass directly into two methoxyphenol products (phenols are a class of aromatic hydrocarbon compounds used in perfumes and flavorings) leaving behind the carbohydrates as a solid residue.

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PowerCell unveils 3kW PowerPac fuel cell APU that converts diesel into electricity

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PowerCell, a Swedish energy technology company with roots in the Volvo Group, unveiled a functioning full-scale prototype of its PowerPac fuel cell system, which combines an autothermal reformer and a PEM fuel cell stack to convert diesel fuel into electricity. The PowerPac auxiliary power unit consists of three modules: The fuel autothermal reformer (ATR) module, which converts standard low sulfur diesel to a hydrogen-rich gas through a controlled catalytic process.

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Siluria and Wood launch Modus: process technology to convert low-value offgas into high-octane, low-sulfur gasoline blendstock

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Siluria Technologies, developer of a catalytic oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) process to convert natural gas into liquid fuels or petrochemical building blocks ( earlier post ), and Wood, a leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets, announced the availability of the Modus process technology for petroleum refiners. Modus is now available to customers worldwide under standard industry licenses.

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Battelle evaluating pilot-scale mobile catalytic pyrolysis unit to convert biomass to bio-oil

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Battelle researchers have developed a mobile catalytic pyrolysis unit that converts biomass materials such as wood chips or agricultural waste into bio-oil. As currently configured, the Battelle-funded unit converts one ton of pine chips, shavings and sawdust into as much as 1,300 gallons of wet bio-oil per day. The hydrotreated, upgraded fuel from machine meets the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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Northwestern team develops light-driven catalyst that can convert atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia under ambient conditions

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Northwestern University scientists have developed a catalyst that can convert atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia under natural conditions. A process that uses abundant solar energy to turn nitrogen into ammonia offers an attractive alternative to Haber-Bosch, the industrial standard for producing ammonia, Kanatzidis said.

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Buick adding new eAssist mild hybrid to 2018 Buick LaCrosse as standard powertrain

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It will be the standard powertrain for the 2018 LaCrosse, which goes on sale this fall. The new standard 2.5L With the introduction of this new standard powertrain, the 2018 LaCrosse starting price will be lowered to $30,490. Regenerative Braking: When braking or coasting, some of the energy normally lost is converted to electricity through the MGU and stored in the lithium-ion battery pack. The Buick LaCrosse is adding eAssist light electrification for the 2018 model.

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CNG vehicle converter BAF acquires auto emissions solutions provider ServoTech Engineering

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BAF is the first CNG converter to be recognized as a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) for gaseous fuels. Each vehicle converted by BAF is registered through Ford Quality Fleet Care (QFC) for all warranty and service work. Since 1987, ServoTech has provided auto emission solutions to the OEM and vehicle retrofit/aftermarket industry, helping manufacturers and vehicle converters comply with emission reduction goals and standards.

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ARPA-E awards $33M to 13 intermediate-temp fuel cell projects; converting gaseous hydrocarbons to liquid fuels

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ARPA-E’s new REBELS projects focus on low-cost Intermediate-Temperature Fuel Cells (ITFCs) emphasizing three technical approaches: the production of efficient, reliable ITFCs; the integration of ITFCs and electricity storage at the device level; and the use of ITFCs to convert methane or other gaseous hydrocarbons into liquid fuels using excess energy.

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Audi continues rollout of standard 48V mild hybrid system with new A6 Avant

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Audi has launched the new Audi A6 Avant station wagon equipped with a standard 48V mild hybrid system (MHEV) for the four- and six-cylinder TDI (diesel) and TFSI (gasoline) engines. The new eight-generation A6 sedan, introduced in February this year, also features the 48V MHEV system as standard. The A6 Avant and A6 sedan join the new second-generation A7 Sportback ( earlier post ) and A8 ( earlier post ) as now incorporating the MHEV system as standard.

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New high-resolution time-to-digital converter from ams offers better object detection and avoidance for LiDAR

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ams AG , a leading provider of high performance sensor solutions and analog ICs, has launched a new version of its market-leading time-to-digital converter (TDC) offering improved speed and precision together with low power consumption. The new TDC-GPX2 also features standard low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) and serial peripheral (SPI) interfaces, and a new, smaller 9mm x 9mm QFN64 package.

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Transphorm introduces first qualified 600V Gallium Nitride product and demonstrates 99+% efficient DC-DC boost converter

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earlier post ) announced the qualification of its first products, power diodes based on its EZ-GaN (Gallium Nitride) technology, at the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC): TPS2010PK – 600 V, 6 A, GaN diode in the industry standard TO-220 package. TPS2011PK – 600 V, 4 A, GaN diode in the industry standard TO-220 package. TPS2012PK – 600 V, 2 A, GaN diode in the industry standard TO-220 package. GaN (gallium nitride) power electronics provider Transphorm Inc.

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