January, 2020

Trump Supporter In Audience Interrupts New Greenius One Act At Historic Ruskin Group Theatre As Sold Out Audience Kept Spellbound

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Rhodium Group estimates US GHG fell 2.1% in 2019, driven by coal decline

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The Rhodium Group, an independent research provider, estimates that, after a sharp uptick in 2018, US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell by 2.1% in 2019 based on preliminary energy and economic data. This decline was due almost entirely to a drop in coal consumption.

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GM’s electric-vehicle future: President Mark Reuss offers some hints

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When General Motors brought five green-car reporters to Michigan this week to announce its Detroit-Hamtramck plant would produce only electric vehicles, it threw in an Easter Egg: a small-group interview with GM president Mark Reuss.

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Hyundai and Kia to invest €100m in UK-based EV startup Arrival

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Hyundai and Kia are looking to accelerate their clean-mobility transformation with a €100m investment in UK-based startup Arrival

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Toyota to build prototype city of the future, powered by hydrogen fuel cells

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At CES, Toyota revealed plans to build a prototype “city” of the future on a 175-acre (0.71 km 2 ) site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. Called the Woven City , it will be a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

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Ontario researchers develop new water plasmolysis method for production of hydrogen

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Researchers at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology are developing a new method to dissociate water vapor into hydrogen gas by microwave-generated plasma (plasmolysis). A paper on their work appears in the journal Fuel. (A)

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New highly efficient catalyst for photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction toward methane

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Researchers at the University of Michigan, McGill University and McMaster University have developed a binary copper?iron iron catalyst for photoelectrochemical CO 2 reduction toward methane.

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Ammonia-salt solvent pretreatment for biomass could significantly reduce cost of cellulosic biofuels

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A Rutgers-led team has developed a new biomass pretreatment process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol from plant waste and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

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Volvo Cars says early demand for fully electric Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD is strong

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Volvo Cars has opened order books for the XC40 Recharge P8 AWD ( earlier post ), the company’s first fully electric car which is based on the best-selling SUV, in selected markets. The company says it has already received “several thousands” of firm orders even before the formal start of sales.

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Volkswagen’s WeShare electric car-charing expands in Europe, fleet to increase to 8,400 EVs

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WeShare, Volkswagen and ŠKODA’s free-floating electric car sharing service, is to expand into seven more cities in Germany and other European countries in 2020. Prague and Hamburg in the spring are to be followed by Paris, Madrid, Budapest, Munich and Milan in the course of the year.

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U of Sydney researchers find evidence of how hydrogen causes steel embrittlement

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In a first, University of Sydney researchers have found evidence of how hydrogen causes embrittlement of steels. When hydrogen moves into steel, it makes the metal become brittle, leading to catastrophic failures.

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Wright Electric begins motor development program for 186-seat electric aircraft; 1.5MW motor, 3 kV inverter

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Wright Electric announced the start of its electric propulsion development program for its flagship 186-seat electric aircraft, named Wright 1. In order to achieve the commercial flight capability of the Wright 1, Wright is engineering electrical systems at the megawatt scale by building a 1.5

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GMC Hummer EV electric truck: First details emerge before Super Bowl ad

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Three days before a Super Bowl ad that will introduce its first all-electric truck to the world, General Motors on Thursday released a few early details of the upcoming GMC Hummer EV. The truck will have a maximum power of 735 kilowatts (1,000 horsepower) and 11,500 foot-pounds of torque.

2020 103

New low-temp photocatalytic nanoparticle could shrink carbon footprint for syngas; methane dry reforming

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Researchers have created a plasmonic photocatalyst consisting of a Cu nanoparticle antenna with single-Ru atomic reactor sites on the nanoparticle surface that proves ideal for low-temperature, light-driven methane dry reforming—one pathway for the production of syngas.

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Ballard-powered fuel-cell electric vehicles rack up 30M km; enough to circle the globe 750 times

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Ballard Power Systems announced that its proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel-cell technology and products have now successfully powered Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles in commercial Heavy- and Medium-Duty Motive applications for an industry-leading cumulative total of more than 30 million kilometers (18.5

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Toyota invests $394M in, collaborates with Joby on air mobility

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Toyota is collaborating with Joby Aviation (Joby), an aerospace company that is developing and commercializing all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to enable the deployment of fast, quiet and affordable air transportation services.

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Study links exposure to diesel exhaust particles to pneumococcal disease susceptibility

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Researchers from the University of Liverpool, Queen Mary University, London and Trinity College Dublin have linked exposure to diesel exhaust particles (DEPs) to susceptibility to pneumococcal disease. An open-access paper on the work is published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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2021 Toyota Mirai aims for 400-mile range: More details on sporty hydrogen fuel-cell sedan

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The best move Toyota could possibly have made in conceiving a second-generation version of its Mirai fuel-cell vehicle was giving its design and engineering teams a clean slate. According to Yoshikazu Tanaka, the chief engineer of the Mirai, that’s exactly what happened.

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Trump Administration launches Automated Vehicles 4.0 initiative; unifying efforts across 38 Federal departments

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The White House and the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) have launched a new automated vehicles initiative. Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0” ( AV 4.0 ) was announced by US Transportation Secretary Elaine L.

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Younger persons are still less likely to have a driver’s license than in the 1980s

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by Michael Sivak. Since 2011 , I have periodically examined changes in the proportion of persons with a driver’s license as a function of age. The previous study compared data for 1983 (as the baseline) with those for 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2017.

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Total, Groupe PSA forming JV to produce EV batteries in Europe; €5B program; €200M pilot plant at Saft Nersac

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Energy major Total, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Saft, and Groupe PSA with Opel, intend to establish a joint venture named Automotive Cell Company (ACC) to develop EV battery manufacturing in Europe.

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UPS invests in Arrival, orders 10,000 electric delivery vehicles

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UPS’ venture capital arm, UPS Ventures, has completed a minority investment in Arrival , which makes electric vehicle (EV) platforms and purpose-built vehicles.

2020 96

DOE sets technical targets for hydrogen fuel-cell long-haul Class 8 trucks

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office, in collaboration with the DOE Vehicle Technologies Office, has established technical targets for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in long-haul tractor-trailer Class 8 truck applications.

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Solaris to introduce a new 15-meter electric bus

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Solaris will introduce a new 15-meter electric bus—the low-entry Solaris Urbino 15 LE electric—to its portfolio this year. The tri-axle bus is built mainly with customers of the Scandinavian market in mind.

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HUMMER to return as GMC EV; 1K hp, 15,600 N·m, 0-60 in 3 seconds

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General Motors is resurrecting the HUMMER as an electric truck in the GMC family. The GMC HUMMER EV truck will showcase the GMC brand’s design and engineering and will feature 1,000 horsepower; 11,500 lb-ft (15,592 N·m) of torque; and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds.

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TomTom: Global traffic congestion up; Bengaluru world’s most traffic-congested city

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Location technology specialist, TomTom (TOM2), released the latest results of the TomTom Traffic Index , a report detailing the traffic situation in 416 cities in 57 countries.

2020 96

China study finds finer particulate matter (PM1) could increase cardiovascular disease risk

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In addition to harmful gases such as carbon monoxide, air pollution contains tiny particles that have been linked to health problems, including cardiovascular disease and asthma.

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2020 Hyundai IONIQ Electric offers 37% more driving range, starts at $33,045

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The redesigned 2020 Hyundai IONIQ Electric delivers 170 miles of range (an increase of 37% from the previous 124-mile range), technology and advanced standard safety features at a starting price of $33,045 for the SE model.

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2020 Audi A8 TFSI e plug-in hybrid carries starting price of $94,000

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Audi is pricing its 2020 A8 TFSI e plug-in hybrid with a MSRP of $94,000 in the US. Joining the flagship sedan model line, the Audi A8 TFSI e serves as the first plug-in hybrid variant of the A8. Earlier post.)

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Fiat 500 and Panda first FCA models to be fitted with new mild-hybrid technology

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The Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda will be the first FCA models to adopt the group’s new hybrid technology.

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Mercedes-Benz blockchain pilot project provides transparency on CO2 emissions in cobalt supply chain

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Together with start-up Circulor , Mercedes-Benz is conducting a pilot project for transparency on CO 2 emissions in the cobalt supply chain as part of STARTUP AUTOBAHN.

2020 93

USDOT releases paper on public sentiment regarding automated vehicles

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The US Department of Transportation has released a paper summarizing the results and implications of past research on the dynamics of consumer adoption of automated vehicles.

2020 93

ICCT life-cycle analysis finds no climate benefit in using LNG as marine fuel

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The results of a new analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) show that, when combined with a trend toward higher methane leakage and combustion slip, there is no climate benefit from using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel—regardless of the engine technology. LNG is becoming popular for several reasons. First, it contains very little sulfur. Additionally, LNG engines are tuned to either emit low nitrogen oxide (NO x ) emissions—at the cost of higher methane emissions in some cases—or to incorporate NO x reduction technologies such as exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) or selective catalytic reduction (SCR). These low sulfur oxide (SO x ) and NO x emissions make LNG an attractive fuel for ships that operate in Emission Control Areas (ECAs), where ships must comply with more stringent air quality standards. Second, LNG is, and has been, less expensive than MGO and is now in some regions cheaper than heavy fuel oil (HFO). Moreover, to comply with IMO’s 2020 global sulfur limit, ships must either switch from HFO to more expensive very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) or use HFO with a scrubber, if they have one installed. However, the use of scrubbers has recently come under intense scrutiny and is undergoing regulatory review due to concerns about both the reliability of these systems to deliver consistent air pollution compliance and because of the water pollution produced by open-loop operations. Increasing numbers of national, sub-national, and local regions have disallowed the use of open-loop scrubbers, including Malaysia, China, Singapore, and the port of Fujairah; the Panama Canal also recently banned the use of open-loop scrubbers. California disallows the use of all scrubbers—open-loop or closed-loop—because of evidence that suggests that scrubbers may not result in equivalent emissions reductions as ECA-compliant fuels. As of November 2019, VLSFO was nearly as expensive as MGO. LNG will likely remain less expensive than VLSFO in the future and might be less expensive than HFO, depending on how the price of HFO responds to the IMO’s 2020 global sulfur limit (CE Delft et al., 2016). Therefore, some ship owners are finding that it makes economic sense to invest in an LNG-fueled ship. —Pavlenko et al. The shipping industry increasingly is also looking to LNG as a way to meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) climate goals. LNG emits approximately 25% less CO 2 than conventional marine fuels in providing the same amount of propulsion power. However, LNG is mostly methane, a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) that traps 86 times more heat in the atmosphere than the same amount of CO 2 over a 20-year time period. Multiple ship engine technologies can use natural gas; each of these engine technologies emits unburned methane (methane slip). Unburned methane arises primarily from incomplete combustion and fuel concealed in crevices in the combustion chamber during compression. Lean mixtures injected at low pressure are associated with more methane slip than high-pressure injection. The most popular LNG marine engine—low-pressure dual fuel (LPDF), medium-speed, four-stroke—is also the leakiest. Using LNG, this technology emitted 70% to 82% more life-cycle GHGs than MGO. In addition, the authors noted: Methane slip varies as a function of engine load, with higher slip at lower loads. Our analysis relied on weighted methane slip emission factors that represent the IMO’s E3 or E2 test cycles. We know from Olmer et al. (2017) that actual ship operations are different. It is possible to model the methane slip from each LNG-fueled ship hour-by-hour by modifying the approach of Olmer et al. (2017). This would likely show that the real-world consequences of using LNG as a marine fuel are worse, from a climate perspective, than we find here. In the wake of the global financial crisis, many ships have responded by sailing slower, operating at low engine loads. Olmer et al. (2017) found that container ships, in particular, operated at very low engine loads in the years 2013, 2014, and 2015. As more container ships opt for LNG, their methane slip emissions could be higher than we estimate here. —Pavlenko et al. To better understand the full climate impacts of using LNG as a marine fuel, the ICCT team compared the life-cycle GHG emissions from LNG, including upstream emissions from methane leakage during extraction, processing, and transport and downstream emissions from combustion and unburned methane (slip), to those of heavy fuel oil (HFO), very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO), and marine gas oil (MGO). Life-cycle GHG emissions by engine and fuel type, 20-year GWP, higher methane scenario. Credit: The ICCT. The authors used a representative life-cycle emission factor as well as the 100-year and 20-year global warming potentials (GWPs) for methane included in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report. The 20-year GWP better reflects the need to reduce GHGs quickly. The IMO has signaled that it will regulate GHGs under its initial GHG strategy. Continued investment in LNG infrastructure on ships and on shore risks making it harder to transition to zero-emission vessels in the future. The ICCT said that investments should instead be focused on technologies that reduce total life-cycle GHG emissions, including energy-saving technologies, wind-assisted propulsion, zero-emission fuels, batteries, and fuel cells. Resources. Nikita Pavlenko, Bryan Comer, Yuanrong Zhou, Nigel Clark, Dan Rutherford (2020) “ The climate implications of using LNG as a marine fuel ”. 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2020 93

UTSA researchers review security risks for e-scooters and riders

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Researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio have published a review of the security and privacy risks posed by e-scooters and their related software services and applications. We were already investigating the risks posed by these micromobility vehicles to pedestrians’ safety.

2020 93

India launches long-range CNG bus service enabled by Agility Fuel Solutions

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India’s Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, launched India’s first long distance compressed natural gas (CNG) bus under a strategic program led by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), the largest CNG distribution company in India.

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Amazon to deploy 10,000 electric delivery rickshaws in India by 2025

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In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, Amazon will deploy 10,000 electric delivery rickshaws in India by 2025.

2020 93

Study suggests particulates from brake dust may have same harmful effects on immune cells as diesel exhaust

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Metal particles from the abrasion of brake pads (brake abrasion dust, BAD) may cause inflammation and reduce the ability of immune cells to kill bacteria, similarly to particles derived from diesel exhaust particles (DEP), according to a new study led by researchers at King’s College London.

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