A New Battery of Tools to Fight Patent Pollution

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Green automobile technology has a unique history that affects strategies for both navigating “patent pollution” (i.e. The AIA is therefore important to both innovators who must now consider the ramifications of the “first to file” paradigm and for those navigating the “patent pollution” who soon will have additional tools for defending themselves against invalid patents. Perspective by David K.S. Cornwell and Richard D. Coller, III.

CMU study finds that coal retirement is needed for EVs to reduce air pollution

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Life cycle emissions by pollutant and life cycle stage for each vehicle type in the recent (a) and future (b) PJM grid.

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National Academies report finds EPA’s controlled human exposure studies of air pollution are warranted

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carries out controlled human inhalation exposure (CHIE) studies in which volunteer participants agree to be intentionally exposed by inhalation to specific pollutants at restricted concentrations over short periods to obtain important information about the effects of outdoor air pollution on human health. The NAAQS process has broad health importance because it regulates the outdoor air concentrations of those pollutants.

EPA Proposes Transport Rule to Cut Pollution from Power Plants in 31 States and DC; New Approach for Pollution Reduction

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The proposed Transport Rule sets in place a new approach that can and will be applied again as further pollution reductions are needed to help areas meet air quality health standards, EPA says. In the first alternative, EPA is proposing to set a pollution limit or budget for each state.

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EVgo fast charges 40M miles of EV driving in US in 2017

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EVgo’s US network of DC fast chargers provided 40 million miles of electric driving in 2017; in 2016, the figure was 22 million EV miles. The EVgo network saw strong expansion in 2017, increasing by 20%, and now has more than 1,000 DC fast chargers across 66 markets nationwide. million charging sessions, an increase of 50% over 2016, equal to 28 million minutes of DC fast charging, an average of 25 minutes per session.

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ZITY car sharing launches in Madrid with 500 Renault ZOE EVs arriving this month

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Madrid has the highest rate of daily car-sharing in Europe due to the city’s size, population, traffic problems and air pollution issues.

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EPA finalizes Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (Transport Rule)

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized the new Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) (also called the Transport Rule). The rule will improve air quality by cutting SO 2 and NO x emissions that contribute to pollution problems in other states. Transport Rule states.


World Bank to focus on reducing short-lived climate pollutants; transport projects

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A new report prepared by the World Bank at the request of the G8 identifies ways that the World Bank can do more through its projects to reduce the emission of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs): black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone, and fluorinated gases known as HFCs.

Federal Appeals Court vacates EPA Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

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A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held in a 2-1 opinion that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had overstepped its authority with the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), and, as a result, vacated the regulation (USCA Case #11-1302). The rule was intended to improve air quality by cutting SO 2 and NO x emissions that contribute to pollution problems in other states.

UCLA researchers find potential link between traffic pollution and some rare childhood cancers

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Scientists from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health have found a possible link between exposure to traffic-related air pollution and several rare childhood cancers. The results of their study—the first to examine air pollution from traffic and a number of rarer childhood cancers—were presented on 9 April in an abstract at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C.

TDK and Toshiba establish JV for automotive inverters for HEVs, PHEVs, EVs

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Many countries propose to impose more stringent regulation of automobile exhaust emissions in 2020 and after, in an effort to prevent air pollution and global warming. TDK offers a lineup of products, such as DC-DC converters, on board chargers and wireless power transfer systems that are currently being developed. The DC-DC converter in particular utilizes the magnetic material technologies that are the strength of TDK.

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IHS Automotive forecasts global production of plug-in vehicles to rise by 67% this year

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This year will see the worldwide rollout of public “trio” chargers that comply with the AC-Type 2 Mode 3, DC-CHAdeMO and DC-CCS standards. The domestic charging market, typically an AC domain, will be shaken up this year with the introduction of DC chargers.

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Scania delivering 51 hybrid buses to Madrid

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The City of Madrid recently enforced tough temporary measures to tackle pollution, including limiting speed limits and banning passenger car access to the city center if NO x levels exceed acceptable levels.

Coalition of 11 states sues US EPA over soot rules

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A coalition of 11 states filed a lawsuit to compel the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promptly to revise national air quality standards for air pollution involving soot. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, asks the Court to order the EPA to adopt new air pollution standards promptly and by a date certain.

IBM Research launches 10y project to support China in transforming national energy systems; “Green Horizon”

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Through a collaboration agreement, the two parties have agreed to work together to develop solutions which can help tackle the city’s air pollution challenges. —D.C.

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Sandia study finds high-speed hydrogen-powered ferry and supporting infrastructure in SF Bay feasible

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We can eliminate environmental pollution from ships. Electrical architecture: DC power from the fuel cells converted to AC power for the motors. Zero greenhouse gas and criteria pollutants during operation. And all at zero pollution.

Intelligent Energy announces US$1.8B deal for ~27K telecom towers in India; fuel cell power for ~70%; landmark in fuel cell deployment

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billion liters) of diesel fuel annually, with the attendant negative greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant impacts. The diesel generator was removed from the site, and replaced with a hydrogen fuel cell system coupled to the DC bus bar in parallel with the battery bank.

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Nissan introduces the e-NV2000 electric van

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A dedicated CHAdeMO DC 50 kW quick charger can recharge the battery from 0-80 percent in 30 minutes or less if the battery is already partially charged. e-NV200. Click to enlarge.

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PHEVLERs are the Zero CO2 Clean Green Machines of the Future

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PHEVLERs Provide Value to the Drivers PHEVLERs use the Existing Energy Infrastructure PHEVLERs use Clean Fuels to Reduce Air Pollution. The DC and fast charging infrastructures for BEVs are very expensive to construct [ 13 ] & operate, and are wasteful of electricity inversely to the square of charge time (meaning ½ the charge time 4 times the losses, and ⅓ the charge time 9 times the losses). PHEVLERs use Clean Fuels to Reduce Air Pollution.

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Volkswagen inaugurates 9.5 MW solar park at Chattanooga plant in US; key element of VW Group’s strategic sustainability targets

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MW of DC power to 7.6 Use of LED lighting on the exterior results in 68% less energy used, up to 262,500 kWh per year and a reduction in light pollution. (T5 The 9.5 MW solar park at Chattanooga is owned and operated by Silicon Ranch; VW has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Oak Ridge researcher developing autonomous intelligent engines capable of real-time calibration based on driver behavior

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The ultimate goal, he says, is to exploit fully existing propulsion technologies in terms of fuel economy and pollutant emissions. maximizing fuel economy, minimizing pollutant emissions, and maximizing engine acceleration).

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MECA member companies sold 20,177 diesel retrofits in the US 2011

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DPFs for control of particulate matter emissions), as well as to promote the multi-pollutant benefits that retrofits in general can provide (e.g., MECA is a non-profit association incorporated in Washington, DC, formed in 1976 to provide solid technical information on emission control technology for motor vehicles.

NASA satellite images highlight US air quality improvement with reduction of NO2

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New NASA satellite images released this week demonstrate the reduction of air pollution across the US. Nitrogen dioxide is one of the six common pollutants regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect human health. Alone it can impact the respiratory system, but it also contributes to the formation of other pollutants including ground-level ozone and particulates, which also carry adverse health effects.

First $300M tranche of VW National ZEV investment targets charging infrastructure; 150kW+ fast charging on highway network

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the plan for the first tranche of Volkswagen’s National Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment spending, directed at 11 cities nationwide—New York, Washington, D.C.,

California Energy Commission awards more than $1.8M additional funding to further UCSD microgrid project; energy storage, EV charging and V2G services are components

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Demonstrate that a DC-linked chargeport is more efficient than an AC-linked chargeport. In addition, the microgrid can more efficiently manage real-time demand, supplying and storing energy at a lower cost with less pollution than a conventional grid. as its designated assembler and distributor of RWE DC fast chargers and AC intelligent chargers for the US and Canada markets.

EU launches clean fuel strategy; EU-wide standards of equipment and binding targets for infrastructure

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The benefits of alternative fuels are initially larger in urban areas where pollutant emissions are of great concern and in freight transport where alternatives have reached a sufficient level of maturity.

EPA beginning process to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft under Clean Air Act

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Beginning the domestic regulatory process lays the groundwork for adopting the international standards currently being developed through ICAO’s Committee on Aviation and Environmental Protection (CAEP), and it responds to the D.C. District Court’s ruling requiring EPA to determine whether greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft cause or contribute to air pollution that may be reasonably anticipated to endanger public health or welfare.

Dr. James Hansen Has Something To Tell You

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She’s already in DC, it’s only a few blocks away, Speaker. This just in from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi , via her blog (thanks to Joe Romm of Climate Progress ).

NRC report offers guidance on development of Phase 2 rules to reduce fuel consumption and GHG from medium-and heavy-duty vehicles; more natural gas and aerodyanamics, expanded lifecycle considerations

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Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014. Expanding the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and greater use of aerodynamic devices on trailers are among the 17 overarching strategies recommended by a new National Research Council report for reducing fuel consumption by tractor-trailers, transit buses, commercial vehicles, trucks, and other medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs).

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GSA proposes assessing package delivery vendors on environmental and alternative fuel benchmarks

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In support of Executive Order 13514 and other applicable statutes, regulations and Executive Orders, and in recognition that harm to the environment, including from greenhouse gas pollution, has quantifiable costs and negative impacts on the economy and federal agency operations, it is the Government’s intent to reduce as far as practicable the environmental impacts of services provided under this contract.

Delta Electronics Targeting Electric Powertrain Market; Series Hybrid Test Vehicle On the Road

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Transportation in particular is relatively energy intensive and produces air pollution. The series hybrid system in a cutaway chassis. Photo: Business Wire. Click to enlarge.

EPA announces 2011 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards; green chemistry market opportunity projected to be $98.5B by 2020, about 2% of total market

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting its 16 th annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award ceremony tonight in Washington, DC. The awards recognize pioneering chemical technologies developed by leading researchers and industrial innovators who are making significant contributions to pollution prevention in the United States. Oil-based alkyd paints have high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that become air pollutants as the paint dries.

NRC report recommends ways to overcome barriers hindering purchases of PEVs; vehicle cost, battery tech and consumer knowledge among others

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The premise of the report—“ Overcoming Barriers to Deployment of Plug-in Electric Vehicles ”—is that there is a benefit to the United States if a higher fraction of vehicle miles traveled is fueled by electricity rather than by petroleum due to the resulting reduction in dependence on petroleum and reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants.

EPA honors winners of the 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge; advanced biofuels

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored the six 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners at a ceremony in Washington, DC. EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention sponsors the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute and other members of the chemical community including industry, trade associations, academic institutions, and other government agencies.

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Fiat introduces 2013 Fiat 500e EV at LA Auto Show; forget the Eco button

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Isn’t ugliness the worst pollution of all? It does so by converting the battery’s direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC), which powers the drive-motor. 2013 Fiat 500e. Click to enlarge.

DNV GL paper suggests near-term success for LNG in shipping; alternative fuel mix to diversify over time

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For example, shifting from AC to on board DC grids would allow engines to operate at variable speeds, helping to reduce energy losses. In this case GHG and other pollutants will still be emitted, but they can be reduced through exhaust gas cleaning systems or carbon capture and storage.

Exploring the adoption of EVs in the US, Europe and China; charging scenarios and infrastructure

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Vehicle ownership rates are increasing in densely populated urban areas of China—and unprecedented air pollution is becoming a major issue. Promote alternatives to high capacity public DC charging.

PHEV Day 168. Sunday, 29 March 2009. Run to Knoxville, Tennessee

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From: Leslie A Grossman [mailto:leslieann@lesliegrossman.com] Sent: Friday, March 27, 2009 2:47 PM Subject: News Conference Monday - Electric Vehicle Spirit of DC here in Knoxville The Future of transportation is here, and is visiting Knoxville on Monday March 30th. Don’t miss this news conference of the “Sprit of DC”, Plug-In PHEV vehicle, bringing its message of energy independence to East Tennessee. On 31 May 2008, the "Spirit of DC" launched its EVducating tour.

Greenius Says The Congresswoman Gets It. Harman Calls Lack of Bold or Binding Agreement to Cap GHG Emissions in Copenhagen, “Stunning.”

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“ Though President Obama’s personal intervention at Copenhagen salvaged a modest non-binding agreement among major polluter nations, he acknowledged that much remains to be done at the international and national levels.

EPA grants waiver for California’s Advanced Clean Car Program

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The ACC regulations revise California’s Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) program (which includes both criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards) as well as the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program. A hearing took place on 19 September 2012 in Washington DC and the comment period closed on 19 October 2012.