Honda opens Smart Home US in California; produces more energy than it consumes; direct DC-DC EV charging

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The home is also three times more water-efficient than a typical US home. DC-to-DC electric vehicle charging. Water efficiency. In a typical home, the toilet alone can use 27% of household water consumption.

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Nestlé Waters North America adds 155 new medium-duty propane autogas trucks to delivery fleet

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Nestlé Waters North America is adding more than 150 medium-duty beverage delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas. The Nestlé Waters North America propane trucks are used to deliver product to its customers across the country including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Equipped with ROUSH CleanTech fuel technology, the trucks operate in three of BBU’s major markets: Chicago, Denver, and Washington DC.

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Researchers demonstrate electrochemical synthesis of ammonia from air and water under mild conditions

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is well known that some higher plants can synthesize ammonia or its derivatives directly from air and water at room temperature. To the best of our knowledge, there is no report on artificial synthesis of ammonia direct from air and water. H 2 (or water) and N 2 (or air) were passed through room temperature water first then filled into the chambers of the cell. Researchers from the University of Strathclyde and the University of St.

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EPFL team develops low-cost water splitting cell with solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 12.3%

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A team led by Dr. Michael Grätzel at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland has developed a highly efficient and low-cost water-splitting cell combining an advanced perovskite tandem solar cell and a bi-functional Earth-abundant catalyst.

Hitachi Automotive Systems delivers compact, high-output inverters and DC/DC converters for Mercedes Benz S500 PLUG-IN HYBRID

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has begun to supply Daimler AG with compact, high-output inverters and DC/DC converters for use in Daimler’s first plug-in hybrid—the S500 PLUG-IN HYBRID ( earlier post ) and S550 PLUG-IN HYBRID Long being marketed in Europe this autumn and Japan this month, respectively.

Toyota pops the hood on the technology of the fuel cell Mirai at SAE World Congress

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Conventionally, this is handled by recirculating water from the FC stack air outlet to the FC stack air inlet through a humidifier. The designers optimized the geometry and surface wettability of the flow field to draw water generated by the MEGA to the back surface of the 3D flow field.

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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 transport rule also would help improve visibility in state and national parks and would increase protection for ecosystems that are sensitive to pollution, including streams in the Appalachians, lakes in the Adirondacks, estuaries and coastal waters, and red maple forests.

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UPA installs 500 kWh containerized Li-ion system from BYD for grid storage

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BYD mega-watt-scale energy storage stations are installed in several locations in the US and are rated at a 91% AC-DC-AC round-trip-efficiency but have shown actual performance at this site as high as 95.3%—a AC-DC-AC efficiency shown to be as high as 94%, an industry benchmark high; DC to DC efficiency as high as 96%. UPA serves water, gas and electric utilities throughout the United States and Canada.

The Curious Case of the Torrance Enivornmental Commission

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Yet another commissioner went off on a long tangent about being at Obama’s inauguration and how the unprecedented cold weather in DC was real proof of climate change.

Pi Innovo and GaN Systems collaborate to offer electronics design services for auxiliary systems for multi-voltage, hybrid and electric vehicles

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GaN can operate at higher junction temperatures and can be air-cooled rather than water-cooled. kW BLDC (Brushless DC) motor driver incorporating six GaN Systems GS66508T transistors.

HaloIPT to provide induction charging system for Phantom EE

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The pickup controller takes power from the receiver pad and provides a controlled output to the batteries, typically ranging from 250V to 400V DC. The H-bridge drives the primary side of a transformer via a DC blocking capacitor C b , which prevents DC current flow in the transformer primary.

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GM provides a few more details on SURUS fuel cell four-wheel steer concept truck

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Benefits include quiet and odor-free operation, off-road mobility, field configuration, instantaneous high torque, exportable power generation, water generation and quick refueling times.

Germany now has 7,407 public charging points; 14,531 filling stations

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A survey by Germany’s BDEW (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft), an association of energy and water companies, found that the number of public charge points in the country has grown to 7,407 as of the end of 2016. 292 of the new points are DC fast charging.

Hyundai begins rollout of Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV and EV; most efficient non-plug vehicle, most efficient EV in US; powertrain discussion

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An electric water pump and variable pressure oil pump add to the efficiency of the engine, which also uses an OCV (oil control valve) dual Continuous Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) system.

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Hyundai begins rollout of Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV and EV; most efficient non-plug vehicle, most efficient EV in US; powertrain discussion

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An electric water pump and variable pressure oil pump add to the efficiency of the engine, which also uses an OCV (oil control valve) dual Continuous Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) system.

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TU/e introduces converted VW Lupo electric research vehicle; lightweight and longer range

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kW, 260 - 520 V DC out, programmable, water cooled, CAN. current 236 A (nominal), 400 A (peak), 80 - 400 V DC in, switching frequency 3-9 kHz, water cooled, CAN. water cooled. DC-DC converter: MES-DEA 400-1000 150 - 400 V DC in, 13.3 - 14.4

NuScale Power competing for DOE $266M small modular reactor funding opportunity

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Using light water reactor (LWR) technology, the NuScale Power Module is cooled by natural circulation, is entirely self-contained and is installed underwater and underground to maximize safety. The reactor and containment vessel operate inside a water-filled pool built below grade.

Driving the VW e-Golf; strategy, assembly in Wolfsburg, Braunschweig battery plant

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The power electronics converts the direct current (DC) stored in the battery to alternating current (AC). The Golf offers the CCS charging system, enabling both AC and DC fast charging. At the end we dip it 20 times into water; we heat it before and then dip it into cold water.

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BRUSA electric drive components now available in 750-volt versions; targeted for commercial and very high performance

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This bidirectional DC/DC converter was designed primarily for fuel-cell applications, functioning as the link between the fuel cells, HV battery and drive. The new 720V version is also available as an air-cooled and water-cooled version. BRUSA 750V electric drive components.

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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25% less energy and water consumption, waste and emissions. MW of DC power to 7.6 Low-flow water fixtures and no-touch sensors throughout the plant reduce water usage by 30%. The 9.5

Toyota anticipates 2016 Prius at 52 mpg combined, 56 mpg with Eco grade

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An enhanced DC-DC boost converter contributes to enhanced fuel economy by reducing output current in low-load situations. A smaller, lighter and quieter hybrid system water pump also does its part to reduce energy consumption.

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

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Electrical architecture: DC power from the fuel cells converted to AC power for the motors. When you add a seed to water, it grows.

Volkswagen to produce XL1 diesel plug-in hybrid at Osnabrück; 261 mpg US

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The body electrical system of the XL1 is supplied with the necessary 12 Volts via a DC/DC converter and a small auxiliary battery. Engine management only cools the TDI by activating the regulated mechanical water pump when engine operating conditions require it. The XL1.

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Ionova Technologies says ZIP-Cap ultracapacitors can offer 5x increase in energy density and 25x reduction in build cost (updated with graphic)

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Alternatively, aqueous (water-based) asymmetric ultracapacitors can provide improvements not only in cost, safety and in some cases, environmental impact, but can also provide greater energy and power densities than the non-aqueous approach.

Ionova Technologies says ZIP-Cap ultracapacitors can offer 5x increase in energy density and 25x reduction in build cost (updated with graphic)

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Alternatively, aqueous (water-based) asymmetric ultracapacitors can provide improvements not only in cost, safety and in some cases, environmental impact, but can also provide greater energy and power densities than the non-aqueous approach.

Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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On another front, DOE will partner with industry, the National Laboratories, and other stakeholders to develop a study that will examine the vehicle, battery, infrastructure, and economic implications of direct current (DC) fast charging of up to 350 kW, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. Eugene Water & Electric Board. This includes research and development investments, site identification, smart city deployments and DC fast charger corridors.

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Audi highlights its range of electrification efforts; Q7 diesel PHEV, A7 fuel cell PHEV, BEV, 48V and more; 750 Wh/l by 2025

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It enables electric cars to be charged with direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) using the standard Combo 2 connector. The majority of stations currently available on the market support DC charging with 50 kW.

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. The algae uses CO 2 from air or industrial emitters with sunlight and saltwater to create fuel while reducing the carbon footprint, costs and water usage, with no reliance on food crops as feedstocks. The Plantrose Process: Supercritical Water as the Economic Enabler of Biobased Industry.

Volkswagen to debut XL1 PHEV prototype at Qatar Motor Show; fuel consumption of 0.9 L/100 km (261 mpg US)

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The XL1’s body electrical system is supplied with the necessary 12 Volts through a DC/DC converter. Engine management only cools the TDI by activating an externally driven electric water pump when engine operating conditions require it. The XL1 prototype PHEV. Click to enlarge.

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NRC report concludes hydraulic fracturing poses low risk for causing earthquakes, but risks are higher for wastewater injection wells; CCS impact undetermined

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Schematic diagram of a shale gas well following hydraulic fracture treatment, with the relative depths of local water wells shown for scale. Geothermal energy harnesses natural heat from within the Earth by capturing steam or hot water from underground.

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. Fermentation requires no organic solvent, and the water used is recycled. Polymer membranes are used in a variety of purification processes including reverse osmosis water desalination; water ultra-purification; salt recovery, and waste acid recovery.

Toyota introduces 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid

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The engine also uses an electrically driven air conditioning compressor and water pump to reduce mechanical losses. The electrically driven water pump allows coolant flow rate to be controlled with greater precision based on vehicle conditions for better fuel efficiency.

More details on the Mercedes-Benz S500 PLUG-IN HYBRID; new warranty for battery and PEEM

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kWh Lithium iron phosphate battery pack is water-cooled, weighs 114 kg (251 lbs) and occupies a volume of 96 liters (3.4 The high-voltage battery feeds the electric motor through a water-cooled DC/AC converter, the power electronics. S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID. Click to enlarge.

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Nikola Motor unveils prototype Class 8 fuel cell range-extended electric truck, plans for H2 fueling network

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The device takes in energy from the fuel cell stack and delivers it to the batteries at a constant 800V DC. The 800V chiller provides cold water to cool the batteries and, like many parts on the truck, was custom built.

Volkswagen Group shows 3 hydrogen fuel cell concepts at LA Show: Audi A7 Sportback h-tron; Golf Sportwagen HyMotion; Passat HyMotion

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The protons migrate through the membrane to the cathode, where they react with the oxygen present in air to form water vapor. Because the exhaust system only has to handle water vapor, it is made of weight-saving plastic. Audi A7 Sportback h-tron. Click to enlarge.

Mitsubishi to begin offering customers test drives of North American spec i-MiEV in November

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When the vehicle’s ECU detects that a Level 3 DC quick charging connector has been plugged into the vehicle, it then determines whether the battery pack requires cooling based on battery temperature information from the BMU (Battery Management Unit). On-board vehicle charger & DC/DC converter.

DOE awards $3.9M to 13 projects using high performance computing in manufacturing; Ford, LanzaTech

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will partner with LLNL and ORNL to develop new lightweight alloys in a project titled “Computational Modeling of Multi-Strand Aluminum DC Vertical Casting Processes Incorporating Cast Structure and Thermal Treatment Effects Contributing to Rework Energy Losses.”. 7AC Technologies will partner with NREL to improve air conditioning technologies in a project titled “Modeling water vapor transport at liquid/membrane interfaces for applications in liquid desiccant air conditioners.”.

Bombardier launches PrimoveCity for multi-modal stationary or mobile inductive charging of electric vehicles

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These convert the DC supply voltage to the AC voltage used in the system. DC feed cables. Reliable performance is ensured, even under adverse weather and ground conditions such as snow, rain, ice, sand or water. Bombardier recently launched PrimoveCity, its new e-mobility solution, together with the establishment of a related new center of competence.

Honda and Ford separately launching smart home demos

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Direct PV-to-vehicle DC battery charging will substantially improve charging efficiency by reducing losses associated with DC-to-AC and AC-to-DC conversion. Additionally, a WaterSense-labeled home is designed to use 20% less water than a typical new home. American Honda Motor Co.,

HyET BV achieves single-stage 400 bar electrochemical hydrogen compression

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water or molecular hydrogen) is converted to form protons, electrons, and optionally other gases, using a catalytic material. The electrochemical compression of hydrogen consumes DC power.