May, 2020

SwRI engineers develop near-zero emissions diesel engine technology; 90% reduction of NOx

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Southwest Research Institute engineers have developed the next generation of clean diesel engine technology to reduce hazardous nitrogen oxides (NO x ) and carbon dioxide emissions while minimizing fuel consumption.

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Electric oil tankers: A slick use of renewable energy?

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It seems even the oil industry is acknowledging that electric transportation is the future. A group of seven Japanese companies formed the eConsortium to promote electric ships. The consortium's first project? An electric oil tanker.

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It’s official. Car showrooms WILL be allowed to open from 1 June

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The government has confirmed that car showrooms will be allowed to open in England from 1 June

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Successful first flight of the world?s largest all-electric aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan 208B

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magniX, a company developing electric propulsion systems for aircraft, and AeroTEC, a leading independent company focused on aerospace testing, engineering and certification, announced the successful flight of an all-electric Cessna Grand Caravan 208B.

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Alstom reports successful 1.5y trial operation of Coradia iLint fuel cell trains, next project phase begins

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After 530 days and more than 180,000 driven kilometers, the successful trial operation of the world’s first two hydrogen trains was officially completed at the end of February. Two pre-series trains of Alstom’s Coradia iLint model have been in passenger service since September 2018. Earlier post.).

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Airbus and RollsRoyce end E-Fan X hybrid-electric aircraft initiative

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Airbus and Rolls Royce jointly have decided to end the E-Fan X demonstrator program. Earlier post.) Launched in 2017, the E-Fan X project sought to develop a near-term hybrid-electric flight demonstrator for commercial aircraft. decarbonizing the aviation industry is no small feat.

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Researchers demonstrate fossil fuel-free jet propulsion with air plasmas

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A team of researchers at the Institute of Technological Sciences at Wuhan University has demonstrated a prototype design of a propulsion thruster that utilizes air plasma induced by microwave ionization.

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Air Liquide introducing next-gen hydrogen stations

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Air Liquide is introducing next-generation hydrogen stations with a high capacity of 1,000 kg and dual filling positions capable of filling 250 vehicles per day. Air Liquide’s high capacity gaseous hydrogen station can provide 700 bar fills at T40 temperatures per SAE J2601 protocol.

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Wärtsilä gas engines to burn 100% hydrogen

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The technology group Wärtsilä is developing the combustion process in its gas engines to enable them to burn 100% hydrogen fuel. Wärtsilä has researched hydrogen as a fuel for 20 years, and has tested its engines with blends of up to 60% hydrogen and 40% natural gas.

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NREL researchers evaluating blockchain for transactive energy applications

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Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are evaluating the use of blockchain for transactive energy using hardware in the laboratory’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). Distributing grid operational decision-making is revolutionary.

2020 145

HydroWing, Tocardo partner on production of hydrogen from tidal power

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HydroWing, in partnership with Tocardo, introduced the THyPSO (Tidal Hydrogen production, Storage and Offtake), a concept that creates green hydrogen from the sea, contributing to the wider global decarbonization of energy systems.

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SGH2 building largest green hydrogen production facility in California; gasification of waste into H2

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Energy company SGH2 is bringing the world’s biggest green hydrogen production facility to Lancaster, California.

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Researchers develop new composite membrane for direct ethanol fuel cells

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Researchers from IPEN in Brazil, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) in Germany, and INRA in Canada have developed a novel composite membrane for direct ethanol fuel cells. A paper on their work is published in the Journal of Membrane Science. Ethanol has five times higher volumetric energy density (6.7

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GM Spring Hill to run on 100% solar power by 2022

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General Motors expects its Spring Hill Manufacturing plant will be powered by 100% solar energy beginning in late 2022.

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Ozinga Energy and Ingevity to field adsorbed natural gas bi-fuel pickup

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Ingevity and Ozinga Energy are partnering to begin a field demonstration of adsorbed natural gas (ANG) bi-fuel pickup trucks. Developed by Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc.

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EU GRAMOFON project ends after 42 months with promising results on CO2 capture

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The European GRAMOFON Project, coordinated by AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Center has developed an innovative CO 2 capture process based on novel nanomaterials and microwave energy.

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First Lexus EV to offer 10-year battery warranty

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Lexus’ first full electric vehicle, the UX 300E, unveiled in China in November 2019, will offer a 10-year (or 1 million kilometer / 621,000 mile) battery warranty. Earlier post.) The UX 300e will be introduced to selected markets in Europe by the end of the year.

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Groupe Renault working on ~20 blockchain projects

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Groupe Renault has identified some 20 projects to deploy blockchain technology. These projects concern, in particular, the traceability of financial transactions and communication with equipment manufacturers and the sales network. Some of these will be deployed soon.

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Battery500 project has achieved 350 Wh/kg and more than 350 cycles

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EV battery costs have declined significantly over the past ten years, from more than $1,000 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to less than $200/kWh.

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Arcola Energy and Optare launch Metrodecker H2 hydrogen fuel cell double-deck bus

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Arcola Energy Ltd and Optare Group Ltd launched a hydrogen fuel cell double-deck bus product for UK and international markets. With both bus and power system built in the UK, the team believes the new bus will make an important contribution to city air quality and a low carbon economic recovery.

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

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Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc., through a subsidiary, has purchased Alon Bakersfield Properties, Inc., a subsidiary of Delek US Holdings, Inc. and the owner of the Alon Bakersfield Refinery. The total cash consideration paid to Delek US Holdings for the purchase was $40 million.

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California Energy Commission awards $7.8M to two lithium recovery projects; “Lithium Valley”

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded $7.8 to two lithium recovery projects. Uniquely high concentrations of the dissolved soft metal are found in the brine produced by the state’s geothermal hotspots.

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Hyundai Motor to establish hydrogen refueling station for fuel cell electric buses at Incheon Airport with partners, provide buses

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Hyundai Motor Company is partnering with Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC), Air Liquide Korea and Hydrogen Energy Network (HyNet) to establish a hydrogen refueling station for fuel cell electric buses at Incheon Airport’s Terminal 2 by March 2021.

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Study: Fossil fuel CO2 emissions reached max daily decline of 17% in April

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A preliminary analysis of global data has found that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel sources reached a maximum daily decline of 17% in April as a result of drastic decline in energy demand that have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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W?rtsil? & Vantaa Energy Ltd. to cooperate on a carbon-neutral synthetic biogas production project

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The technology group Wärtsilä and Vantaa Energy Ltd., a Finnish energy company, have signed an agreement on a joint concept feasibility study for a Power-to-Gas facility at Vantaa Energy’s waste-to-energy plant in the city of Vantaa in the capital region.

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Frankfurt orders 13 Ebusco electric buses

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Ebusco will deliver 13 electrical buses to Frankfurt with the Transdev Group in Germany in the end of 2020. The new low floor Ebusco 2.2 buses will be in operation in Frankfurt by Transdev Rhein-Main GmbH under the Alpina brand, which will replace the current diesel buses.

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Researchers demonstrate continuous detonation in rotating detonation rocket engine with H2/O2

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A team from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has demonstrated continuous detonation in a rotating detonation rocket engine (RDRE) ( earlier post ) powered by H 2 /O 2 propellants.

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ORNL team developing 3D-printed nuclear reactor core; Transformational Challenge Reactor (TCR)

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are refining their design of a 3D-printed nuclear reactor core, scaling up the additive manufacturing process necessary to build it, and developing methods to confirm the consistency and reliability of its printed components.

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IEA: COVID-19 crisis causing the biggest fall in global energy investment in history

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The COVID-19 pandemic has set in motion the largest drop in global energy investment in history, with spending expected to plunge in every major sector this year—from fossil fuels to renewables and efficiency—the International Energy Agency said in a new report.

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PSI team develops web tool for consumers to compare environmental impact of passenger cars in detail

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Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute have developed a web tool called the Carculator that can be used to compare the environmental performance of passenger cars in detail.

2020 119

Every Volvo model now comes with a 180 km/h speed limit and Care Key

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Every new Volvo car now comes with a limited top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph), as Volvo Cars delivers on its promise made last year to introduce such a limitation and goes beyond regulation and legislation to help close the remaining gap to zero serious injuries and fatalities in traffic.

2020 117

Osaka researchers find formate dehydrogenase reduces CO2 directly to formic acid

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Professor Yutaka Amao of the Osaka City University Artificial Photosynthesis Research Center and Ryohei Sato, a 1 st year Ph.D. student of the Graduate School of Science, have shown that the catalyst formate dehydrogenase reduces carbon dioxide directly to formic acid.

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Monash team proposes roadmap to renewable ammonia economy; 3 generations of technology

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While there is global potential to generate renewable energy at costs already competitive with fossil fuels, a means of storing and transporting this energy at a very large scale is a roadblock to large-scale investment, development and deployment.

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Bestmile fleet orchestration platform for on-demand mobility providers

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Swiss start-up Bestmile has developed an orchestration platform for on-demand mobility providers that steers every vehicle in a fleet in real time. The focus is on the control of autonomous vehicles.

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How the Sono Sion electric car will use every body panel as a solar panel

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In a sea of electric-car startups, Sono Motors has no problem standing out. The Munich-based company aims to build an unpainted plastic-paneled, solar-cell-covered urban hatchback primarily for Europe. It’s been largely crowdfunded—most recently, with a successful $58 million round.

2020 114

ARPA-E adds five new funding topics to FOA to advance critical energy innovation

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ARPA-E recently added five new topics to the “Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas,” a funding opportunity ( DE-FOA-0001953 ) that enables ARPA-E to investigate potential new program areas. The program is designed to support early stage, transformative energy technologies.

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