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API reports record US petroleum production in April: 10.543 million b/d; strongest April demand since 2007

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April saw the US produce a record 10,543,000 barrels per day (MBD) of oil, according to data from the American Petroleum Institute. The first four months of this year also saw US petroleum demand average 750,000 barrels a day above the same period in 2017 despite higher prices. Total petroleum products delivered to the domestic market in April 2018 were 20,308,000 b/d—a seasonal decrease of 1.5% from March but 3.8% above April 2017. This was the strongest April monthly demand since 2007.

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Shell Airflow Starship semi truck leaves San Diego on record fuel-economy run

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Truck driver Bob Sliwa hit the road on Thursday night in his carbon-fiber-bodied, diesel-powered semi truck, as he attempts to set a fuel economy record for big rigs by the time he pulls into Jacksonville, Fla., next Wednesday. The endeavor, sponsored by Shell and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, aims to boost more than miles per

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Volkswagen innovates with aerodynamics for electric I.D. R Pikes Peak racer

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In preparation for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2018, the Volkswagen Motorsport team has engineered the aerodynamics of the I.D. R Pikes Peak ( earlier post )—the brand’s first fully-electric racing car—specifically to tackle the famous hill climb.

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Tesla expands Supercharger network as Model 3 rolls out

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As Tesla works to ramp up Model 3 output to two-three times the levels of its previous models, the company is apparently anticipating the need for more Superchargers to charge them. According to the crowdsourced website Supercharge.info, Tesla added 121 new Supercharging stations since the beginning of the year, with 1,324 new individual. Charging Networks Tesla Supercharger

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SoCalGas introduces STARS solar hydrogen generation system at California Air Resources Board Symposium

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Southern California Gas Co. SoCalGas) introduced an innovative new solar-powered hydrogen generation system during the California Air Resources Board Technology Expo and Symposium at the University of California, Riverside. The project is a partnership between SoCalGas, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the STARS Corporation. The generation system uses sunlight to convert natural gas and water into hydrogen and capture the carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) to prevent carbon emissions.

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Key enzyme for production of second-generation ethanol discovered in Brazilian Amazon

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Researchers have discovered a novel enzyme (a ?-glucosidase) glucosidase) in microorganisms living in the Brazilian Amazon that could boost efficiency of the sugarcane bagasse saccharification process, which accounts for up to 50% of the global costs of cellulosic ethanol production. The team isolated , characterized and reproduced the enzyme, proving it to be compatible with two essential stages of the production of second-generation (cellulosic) ethanol: fermentation and saccharification.

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EPA watchdog calls emissions testing improved, says more could be done

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The EPA's Office of the Inspector General, the internal agency watchdog, said this week that improvements to the agency's emissions testing since the Volkswagen diesel scandal have been effective, but that more could be done. According to a report in The Hill, emissions testing improvements have been effective overall since Volkswagen duped

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Hydro-Québec grants an exploitation license and partners with Nouveau Monde Graphite to develop materials for Li-ion batteries

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Hydro-Québec (HQ) and Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) have signed a license and a research and development agreements respecting the processing of graphite for use in lithium-ion batteries. The partners hope that this collaboration will enable NMG to commercialize battery material technologies developed by HQ over the past 30 years. The agreement provides for HQ to assist NMG in setting up a small-scale process in its demonstration plant in Saint-Michel-des-Saints, starting by the end of this year.

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Tianqi Lithium takes $4.07B stake in world’s largest lithium producer SQM

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China-based Tianqi Lithium, a leading global supplier of lithium products, has agreed to purchase 62,556,568 A shares of Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. SQM)—the world’s largest lithium producer—held by Nutrien for consideration of $65 per share in cash. The announced transaction represents the entirety of Nutrien’s A shares at a gross valuation of approximately US $4.07 billion.

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Roskill: graphite prices could push higher on tightening markets for batteries & electrodes

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Synthetic graphite electrode prices rose nine-fold through the first three quarters of 2017, increasing from US$1,748/t in January 2017 to a high of US$16,309/t in September, according to Roskill Information Services. Despite some fallback during the winter months, prices remained above US$15,600/t through February and March 2018. Spot prices were reported at up to US$35,000/t through late 2017, although most material is typically sold on a contract basis.

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