Toyota establishes joint research institute with Tsinghua University; hydrogen and advanced mobility

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Toyota Motor Corporation and Tsinghua University are establishing the Tsinghua - Toyota Joint Research Institute (Joint Research Institute). Toyota and Tsinghua University have engaged in research projects together since 1998, conducting technology courses and pursuing other related activities. The two plan to conduct various research together over the next five years through the institute.

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DOE awards $1.95M for conceptual designs that extract critical minerals and rare earth elements from coal sources

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million in federal funding to develop conceptual designs of commercially viable technologies that will extract rare earth elements (REEs) from US coal and coal by-product sources. The conceptual designs will include system configurations, equipment features, performance characteristics, and associated costs for systems that produce at least 1–3 metric tons per day of mixed rare earth oxides (REOs) or rare earth salts (RESs) and other critical minerals (CMs) in some designs.

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Phytonix Corporation licenses technology for photosynthetic biobutanol production

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Asheville, NC-based Phytonix Corporation, founded in 2009 to produce cost-effective biofuels, has licensed technology for the direct production of biobutanol by photosynthetic bacteria. The license covers several inventions, including the molecular biology and genomics technology for designing/engineering the photobiological/photosynthetic biofuels producing organisms, and designing in biosafety guards (i.e.

2011 183

“WaterBone” design wins grand prize in ARPA-E LITECAR Challenge

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The winning design: “WaterBone”. The design challenge served to accelerate innovative ideas by using novel material technologies, structural designs, energy absorbing materials and unique methods of manufacturing to reduce vehicle curb weight while maintaining current US automotive safety standards. 254 conceptual designs were submitted. The envelope’s material is a polymer composite, which provides desirable characteristics of a monocoque design.

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Cellulosic BioButanol Company Cobalt Technologies Signs Agreement With Fluor Corporation

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Cobalt Technologies has signed an agreement with Fluor Corporation for engineering consulting services as Cobalt gears up to commercialize its cellulosic biobutanol production technology. Cobalt’s continuous butanol production system is based on advancements in microbial strain selection, bioreactor design and process engineering, resulting in a highly productive, capital-efficient, low-cost solution.

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Ford, University of Michigan open $8M battery lab focused on test production of advanced technologies

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Ford and the University of Michigan opened a new $8-million battery lab, housed at the U-M Energy Institute, which will serve as a battery manufacturing facility designed to support pilot projects. The lab is the result of collaboration between Ford, battery suppliers, the University of Michigan, and the state and federal governments, and is targeting advancements in extending battery life and durability.

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Honda begins joint research with Boston University in information security for AI; secure MPC

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Honda Research Institute (HRI), a Honda R&D subsidiary, and Boston University have agreed to begin joint research in the area of data security and privacy for artificial intelligence (AI) research. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering of Boston University as one strategic partner for joint research collaboration.

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SAKOR Technologies to work with Michigan State University on thermal transient anemometer

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SAKOR Technologies recently won a competitive Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) grant awarded by the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN), and will use the grant for research necessary to develop a thermal transient anemometer (TTA), a device used to measure airflow moving through a running vehicle. The research will be conducted in collaboration with Michigan State University’s Turbulent Shear Flows Laboratory.

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Nissan and Tsinghua University’s Suzhou Automotive Research Institute sign MOU on cooperative research

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and Suzhou Automobile Research Institute at Tsinghua University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, in which the two parties have agreed to promote a cooperative effort regarding the research of future automotive technology. Aiming to solidify the strategic joint research efforts between Nissan and Tsinghua University, the agreement includes a mutual personnel exchange program designed to take advantage of both parties’ strengths. Nissan Motor Co.,

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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).

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Researchers gain fundamental insight into FCC catalyst aging; implications for improving catalyst and reactor design

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Now, researchers from Albemarle Corporation, Utrecht University and Stanford University have developed a new method for observing fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst behavior at the nanoscale. We expect that these new insights about catalyst aging could significantly influence future FCC catalyst and even reactor design, for example, by designing catalyst particles with an outer surface layer that is lean in zeolite material and rich in huge macropores.

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SAKOR wins SCIP grant to work with MSU on thermal transient anemometer for vehicle design

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SAKOR Technologies won a competitive Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) grant awarded by the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) and will use the grant for research necessary to develop a thermal transient anemometer (TTA), a device used to measure airflow moving through a running vehicle. The research will be conducted in collaboration with Michigan State University’s Turbulent Shear Flows Laboratory.

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Volkswagen & BASF “Science Award Electrochemistry” to Dr. William Chueh from Stanford; special prize to Dr. Martin Ebner from ETH University Zurich

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The Volkswagen and BASF international “Science Award Electrochemistry 2016” goes to Dr. William Chueh from Stanford University. By visualizing electrochemical reactions as they take place on length scales ranging from tens of microns down to sub-nanometer, William Chueh has delivered unprecedented insights into the design of functional materials with novel compositions and structures. Dr. Martin Ebner received his PhD in Material Science at the ETH University Zurich.

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Virginia Tech hosting debut student competition to design 3-D printed aircraft, ground vehicles

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Virginia Tech will host a university-wide competition for students to design on-demand, remote-controlled 3-D printed aircraft and ground vehicles. Undergraduate and graduate students, individually or in groups, are invited to participate from across the university, no matter their course of study. —Al Wicks, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the university’s Mechatronics Lab.

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Sandia segmented morphing rotor blade design could enable 50MW offshore wind turbines with 200-meter blades

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Sandia National Laboratories researchers are working on a new design for 200-meter blades that could enable offshore 50MW wind turbines. The team is led by the University of Virginia and includes Sandia and researchers from the University of Illinois, the University of Colorado, the Colorado School of Mines and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Corporate advisory partners include Dominion Resources, General Electric Co.,

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MIT-Led Team Designs Two Airplanes That Would Use 70% Less Fuel Than Current Models

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An MIT-led team has designed an airplane that is estimated to use 70% less fuel than current planes while also reducing noise and emission of NO x. The design was one of two that the team, led by faculty from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, presented to NASA last month as part of a $2.1 The D “double bubble” series design concept is based on a modified “tube-and-wing” structure that has a very wide fuselage to provide extra lift.

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Inventing Postscript, the Tech That Took the Pain out of Printing

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Any system he designed, he vowed, would have to have a “Print Anything” architecture. from the University of Utah , joined the center in 1978, he immediately began work on a new printer protocol. In 1977, that project was released by Evans & Sutherland as The Design System. “It

DOE Awarding More Than $3.3M to 7 Universities To Conduct Advanced Turbine Technology Studies for Advanced Coal-Based Power Generation

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million to 7 universities to conduct advanced turbine technology studies under the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program. The UTSR program uses university research to advance fundamental turbine technology development, support industry by providing cutting edge experimental research and modeling tools that address important technical challenges, and provide US students with practical training in gas turbine technologies.

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Hyundai Motor Group launches $400M Boston Dynamics AI Institute

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The Institute’s culture is designed to combine the best features of university research labs with those of corporate development labs while working in four core technical areas: cognitive AI; athletic AI; organic hardware design; and ethics and policy. In addition to developing technology with its own staff, the Institute plans to partner with universities and corporate research labs.

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IEEE awards Honeywell software team 2012 Control Systems Technology Award for OnRAMP Design Suite for Powertrain Control

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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) selected a team of Honeywell developers for its 2012 Control Systems Technology Award in recognition of the team’s work in developing the OnRAMP Design Suite for Powertrain Control. The design of the computer-based control system to coordinate all of this complexity has become a significant bottleneck for engine makers.

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Ford Teams with University of Detroit Mercy to Retrain Its Engineers for Electric Vehicle Era

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Ford Motor Company is teaming with the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) to retrain its traditional automotive engineers, providing them with the skills and expertise to develop the next generation of advanced electric and hybrid vehicles. The course series, which begins in January 2010, is designed to advance the knowledge and capabilities of technological team members in the automotive and defense ground vehicle industries. Controls Modeling and Design for Electric Vehicles.

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AFC and University of Witwatersrand Sign Exclusive Agreement to Commercialize Fischer-Tropsch Fuels and Chemical Feedstocks in the Americas

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Alternative Fuels Corporation (AFC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of G4G Resources Ltd. and the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (Wits) signed an exclusive representation agreement to commercialize the Fischer-Tropsch-based fuel and chemical production process developed by the Centre of Materials and Process Synthesis (COMPS) located at The University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Dongfeng Motor Company Uses MathWorks Tools for Model-Based Design of Battery Management System for Hybrid Bus

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Dongfeng Electric Vehicle (DFEV), a research and development arm of Chinese automotive maker Dongfeng Motor Company, has developed a battery management system within 18 months using MathWorks tools for Model-Based Design. Tools for Model-Based Design helped the team model, verify, and generate all the application code—more than 100,000 lines—while creating a single environment for design, simulation and verification of the battery management system.

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Michigan awards $285K to new mobility initiatives that improve roadway safety and sustainability, and customer service

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In partnership with key universities, four companies—Bluecity, GEKOT Inc., GEKOT Inc, has partnered with Razor USA and Oakland University (OU) to help address this need.

Researchers find capillary-fed electrolysis cell can deliver hydrogen at 98% cell energy efficiency

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In an open access paper published in Nature Communications , researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia report that their capillary-fed electrolysis cell demonstrates water electrolysis performance exceeding commercial electrolysis cells, with a cell voltage at 0.5

DOE awarding $71M to 20 RD&D projects to cut GHG emissions, expand EV infrastructure; $5M to Achates for opposed-piston 2-stroke hybrid

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Tennessee Technological University. Technology & Design Innovations to Maximize the Reduction Effect on DCFC Unit Cost Economics (Max-REDUCE). Eaton Corporation. A Solid State Technology Enabled Compact, Modular Design to Reduce DC Fast Charging Cost and Footprint. North Carolina State University. Eaton Corporation. Marquette University. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

DOE awarding more than $50M to 15 projects to advance critical material innovations

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American Battery Metals Corporation; Field Demonstration of Selective Leaching, Targeted Purification, and Electro-Chemical Production of Battery Grade Lithium Hydroxide Precursor from Domestic Claystone Resources. Partners: American Lithium Corporation, DuPont Water Solutions. CalEnergy Operating Corp, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation, Momentum DOE share: $14,894,540; Cost share: $14,894,541; Total costs: $29,789,081.

DOE, General Motors and MathWorks launch EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

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The US Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and MathWorks launched the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, the latest DOE-sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition ( AVTC ), revealed the 12 competing universities and named the Chevrolet Blazer as the vehicle platform selected for the competition. The participating universities include: Colorado State University. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. McMaster University. Mississippi State University.

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SAE International and General Motors launch AutoDrive Challenge II; Level 4 autonomy

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Participating university teams will develop and demonstrate an autonomous vehicle (AV) that can navigate urban driving courses as described by SAE J3016 Standard Level 4 automation. Universities selected as participants will be announced in 2021.

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Imperium3 New York produces its first full-sized prismatic cells

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The first cells were produced using manual settings to refine the product design for future automated production. In the US, iM3NY is part of the supply chain for the Department of Defense and is supporting the electrification of several large US corporations.

TRI and Stanford working to combine vehicle automation with AI algorithms inspired by professional drift drivers

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Researchers at Toyota Research Institute (TRI) are conducting research with Stanford’s Dynamic Design Lab into how to bring together the instincts of professional drift drivers and automated driving technology. —Gill Pratt, TRI CEO and Chief Scientist at Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC).

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Hyundai Motor Group, Aramco and KAUST collaborate on new e-fuel for novel combustion system

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Aramco aims to leverage its advanced fuels technology carefully to design an effective fuel formulation. The Aramco team provides fuel design and blending know-how to improve Hyundai Motor Group engine combustion performance and the outcome could lead to the application of synthetic e-fuels.

Toshiba delivers mobile 30 kW hydrogen fuel-cell system to fuel-cell ship

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Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) has delivered a mobile 30kW hydrogen fuel cell system to a fuel cell ship. The fuel cell system’s volume per unit power output is reduced to 1/3 compared to a stationary fuel cell system due to its simplified design and improvements in packaging.

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Automated Bus Consortium issues RFP to procure up to 70 full-size Level 4 automated buses

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Level 4” is a designation of highly automated vehicles as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Participants in this program include founding member agencies Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, MetroLINK, Michigan Department of Transportation/Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, Capital Area Transportation Authority, Michigan State University, and Huron Transit Corporation.

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ARPA-E awarding $9.4M to 4 projects focused on removing sulfur hexafluoride from US grid

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The four projects selected to receive funding include the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn.; and Toshiba International Corporation in Houston, Texas. University of Connecticut. The University of Connecticut proposes to develop a life-cycle management framework to accelerate and safeguard the transition of the US power grid toward a sulfur hexafluoride (SF 6 )-free green power network. Toshiba International Corporation.

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DOE announces $139M in funding for 55 projects to advance innovative vehicle technologies

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Announced by Secretary Brouillette in January 2020, the Energy Storage Grand Challenge is designed to create and sustain US global leadership in energy storage technology, utilization, and exports. The Research Foundation for The SUNY Stony Brook University. University of Delaware. University of Maryland. Rational Electrolyte Design for Li-ion Batteries with Micro-Sized Silicon Anodes. Enovix Corporation. Marquette University. Exelon Corporation.

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QuantumScape releases performance data for its solid-state battery technology

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QuantumScape’s solid-state battery is designed to enable up to 80% longer range compared to today’s lithium-ion batteries. —Venkat Viswanathan, battery expert and professor of materials science at Carnegie-Mellon University.

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DOE to award nearly $25M to enable innovative electrical motors used in manufacturing

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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Next Generation Electric Machines projects will address the limitations of traditional materials and designs used in electric motor components by cost-effectively enhancing their efficiency, improving their performance, and reducing weight. The 13 projects selected for awards are led by: AK Steel Corporation Research & Innovation. American Superconductor Corporation. Carnegie Mellon University.

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BMW to pilot second-generation hydrogen fuel cell drives in small series from 2022

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The BMW Group has been working with Toyota Motor Corporation on fuel cell drive systems since 2013. These should be designed so that they can be easily integrated into universal vehicle architectures.

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NGen Canada awarding $76M to 15 zero-emission vehicle projects

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Lead: Cnem Corporation; Partners: Talon Metals Services Inc., Palcan Energy Corporation. Cnem Corporation and partners Talon Metals Services Inc., and Palcan Energy Corporation will develop a new recycling process to process EV battery black mass using an environmentally friendly approach. Cummins, which acquired Hydrogenics Corporation in 2019, and partners AIS Technologies, Shelley Industrial Automation and Konnexio Inc.

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Intel to invest $20B to build two processor factories in Ohio

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Credit: Intel Corporation). To help develop and attract a pipeline of skilled talent from within the region, Intel plans to invest approximately $100 million over the next decade in partnership with Ohio universities, community colleges and the US National Science Foundation.

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Toyota to offer free access to THUMS virtual human body model software

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Toyota Motor Corporation will make its Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS) software freely available from January 2021 as part of its efforts toward a safe mobility society.

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DENSO, Toyota in-vehicle semiconductor JV to be named MIRISE; focus on EVs and AVs

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DENSO Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation have named their joint venture to be established in April 2020 MIRISE Technologies ( earlier post ). In the power electronics field, the company will work on R&D mainly for in-house production (including contract manufacturing) by leveraging the semiconductor material technologies as well as manufacturing and design technologies accumulated by Toyota and DENSO in electrification technologies, mainly in hybrid vehicles.

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