December, 2019

Northvolt & Mälarenergi partner to deploy battery energy storage for EV charging

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Northvolt and Mälarenergi are partnering to establish a battery energy storage system at an electric vehicle charging station in Västerås, Sweden. The battery system will provide power output up to 220 kW and a usable energy capacity of 320 kWh.

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VW Project e-Bus electric Microbus builds Buzz with e-Golf transplant

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Haven't gotten your fill of classic cars converted to electric powertrains? You're in luck, thanks to this incredibly clean VW Microbus.

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Volkswagen ID.3 makes UK debut at Tesco charging point

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Volkswagen ID.3 makes UK debut at Tesco charging point

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Highview Power and Encore Renewable Energy to co-develop the first long-duration, liquid-air energy storage system in US

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Highview Power Storage, Inc., a provider of long duration energy storage solutions, and Encore Renewable Energy, a developer of renewable energy generation and storage projects, jointly announced plans to develop the United States’ first long-duration, liquid-air energy storage system.

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Researchers develop wave-energy-driven CO2 reduction system for production of carbon-based liquid fuels

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A team from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, and Georgia Tech has developed a a wave-energy-driven electrochemical CO 2 reduction system that converts ocean wave energy to chemical energy in the form of formic acid, a liquid fuel. The system, described in an open-access paper in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science , mainly consists of a spherical spring-assisted triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) to convert the mechanical energy of the wave to electrical energy; a power management circuit with a supercapacitor to temporarily store the harvested electrical energy; and a electrochemical setup to reduce carbon dioxide to formic acid. Schematic of the ocean-wave-driven electrochemical CO 2 RR system for liquid fuel production. The system consists of three components: the spring-assisted spherical TENG; an energy storage circuit with rectifiers and a supercapacitor; and a two-electrode electrochemical cell for CO 2 RR and OER. Leung et al. This type of TENG is more cost-effective compared to conventional EMG-based wave energy converters. Moreover, it features a higher wave energy conversion efficiency and power output as compared to previous TENG designs and is able to float on the water’s surface, which minimizes both the environmental impact and simplifies operation and these features are essential for the practical use of TENGs on ocean wave energy harvesting application. —Leung et al. The team optimized the charging process of the supercapacitor and the operation potential of the electrochemical cells to more effectively utilize the energy harvested from the nanogenerator and maximize the production of formic acid. Under simulated waves, the system can produce 2.798 µmol of formic acid per day via the wave energy harvested from a water’s surface area of 0.04 m 2. They also performed field tests in the Red Sea to demonstrate the practicality of such an electrochemical CO 2 reduction system. According to the field test results, the wave-energy-driven CO 2 RR system can produce 0.325 ?mol of formic acid per day at 18 knots wind speed. Finally, they present design guidelines for achieving a cost-effective, efficient, and large-scale wave-energy-driven CO 2 reduction system for liquid fuel production. From our estimates based on the experimental results, we believe that a wave-energy-driven CO 2 RR system installed with 1 km 2 of TENGs can generate about 56% of the daily per capita energy consumption in the world … Nonetheless, there is still room for improvement in the energy conversion efficiency of the system. While the major components, including the TENGs, power management circuit, electrochemical cell, and catalysts, are all fairly mature, substantial optimization is still needed when combining them for an efficient wave-energy-driven CO 2 RR system. First, the energy storage efficiency should be improved by better matching the impedance between the TENGs and the energy storage components. Despite extensive research on improving the charging efficiency of the capacitor by the TENGs, further studies are still needed since the load capacitance of the capacitor and inherent capacitance of the TENG will depend on the targeted energy production and TENG design. In addition, Zi et al. have reported the designed charging cycle can significantly improve the energy-storage efficiency up to 50%. The higher energy-storage efficiency is essential for practical use of TENGs to harvest ambient mechanical energies. Second, in order to deliver a higher power output and more effectively utilize the ocean wave energy, the design of the TENG must be further improved to better accommodate the actual dynamics of ocean waves rather than a lab-simulated wave. … We foresee that substantial works must be done in the future to achieve practical use of such a wave energy harvesting system. For example, when advancing the design and scaling up the power output of TENGs, the inherent impedance will vary which can significantly alter the optimal charging condition to the energy storage device. Besides, scaling up the effective area of TENG will unavoidably largely increase the size and the physical distance between the TENGs and power management unit, which will introduce problems such as loss of energy in the connection between the components and these problems need substantial efforts to overcome. Finally, besides the above, the cost of fabricating the TENGs must be lowered, and it should be made more convenient to form a large network of TENGs to deliver cheaper and higher wave power output. —Leung et al. Resources. Siu-Fung Leung, Hui-Chun Fu, Maolin Zhang, Ali H. Hassan, Tao Jiang, Khaled Nabil Salama, Zhonglin Wang and Jr-Hau He (2019) “Blue Energy Fuels: Converting Ocean Wave Energy to Carbon-Based Liquid Fuels via CO 2 Reduction” Energy & Environmental Science doi: 10.1039/C9EE03566D. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Power-to-Liquids Wave and Tidal

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Volkswagen demonstrates first successful real-world use of quantum computing to help optimize traffic routing

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Volkswagen AG has successfully demonstrated the world’s first live use of quantum computing to help optimize traffic routing.

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Mercedes-Benz Dusseldorf plant starts of production of the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter electric van

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The Mercedes-Benz Dusseldorf plant has started production of the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter. Earlier post.) Mercedes-Benz has been building its globally successful vans in Dusseldorf since 1962; more than 4.6 million vehicles have been produced in Dusseldorf to date.

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BYD secures Europe’s largest single order for electric buses to date: 259 eBuses for Keolis

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BYD has secured the largest single order to date for full battery-electric buses in Europe in a deal with Keolis Nederland BV, the Dutch subsidiary of global public transport provider, Keolis. The landmark order comprises 259 BYD eBuses scheduled for programmed delivery from next summer.

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Nexeon acquires key Si anode patent sets

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UK-based Nexeon, a company engineering silicon materials for next generation lithium-ion batteries, has acquired three important sets of patents relating to the use of silicon in lithium ion battery anodes.

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DOE: Average annual gasoline taxes paid per vehicle, by state, 2019

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According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average fuel economy for all light vehicles on the road today is 22.3 miles per gallon (mpg) and the average annual miles driven is 11,484 miles. The Federal tax on gasoline is 18.4

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Average annual highway vehicle miles traveled per capita varies by state

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On a per-capita basis, the number of vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) on the nation’s roads varies from a low of 5,300 annual miles in the District of Columbia to 16,900 annual miles in Wyoming. These data are for 2017, the most recent year for which vehicle miles of travel are available.

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10 Solaris trolleybuses for Bergen, Norway

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The Norwegian operator Keolis Norge AS has ordered 10 Solaris Trollino articulated trolleybuses for Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city.

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EPFL team develops on-board system to capture CO2 from trucks; reducing emissions by 90%

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Researchers at EPFL have patented a new concept that could cut trucks’ CO 2 emissions by almost 90%. The EPFL system captures CO 2 directly in the trucks’ exhaust system and liquefies it in a box on the vehicle’s roof.

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Distance driven per person is still down from its maximum in 2004

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by Michael Sivak. This article is the latest in a series that examines recent changes in various aspects of road transportation in the United States.

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BMW using flax fiber cooling shaft in iFE.20 Formula E racer

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The BMW iFE.20 Formula E racer uses a cooling shaft manufactured from flax fibers—the first BMW race car fielded by a works team with parts made out of renewable textile fibers.

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Sheffield Forgemasters leads $14M project to industrialize electron beam welding for nuclear reactors; SMR application

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UK-based engineering specialist Sheffield Forgemasters is leading a consortium of partners in a £10.5-million (US$14 million) project to explore the industrialization of Electron Beam Welding (EBW) in civil nuclear assemblies.

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Intel introduces ‘Horse Ridge’ to enable commercially viable quantum computers

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Intel Labs unveiled what it believes is a first-of-its-kind cryogenic control chip—code-named “Horse Ridge”—that will speed up development of full-stack quantum computing systems.

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ENGIE selects Plug Power for refueling system for hydrogen-powered mine truck; 1 tonne H2/day

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ENGIE, a global energy and services company, has selected Plug Power Inc. to provide a custom refueling system for the world’s largest hydrogen-powered mine haul truck (300 metric ton load capacity), which is set to begin operation next year. Earlier post.).

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Sweden launches inquiry on how to ban sales of new gasoline and diesel cars and phase-out fossil fuels

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The Government of Sweden has launched a study to offer proposals on how to implement a ban on sales of new gasoline and diesel cars, and the timeline for the phase-out of fossil fuels. The final report is to be presented by 1 February 2021. Sven Hunhammar will chair the inquiry. Hunhammar holds a Master’s degree in engineering and a doctorate in natural resource management.

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AFC Energy launches alkaline fuel cell H-Power EV charger system

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UK-based AFC Energy launched its H-Power electric vehicle (EV) charger based on alkaline hydrogen fuel cell technology. The self-contained charging system overcomes issues associated with poor grid coverage to provide rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging anywhere it is needed.

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Thomas Built Buses’ Jouley selected for first phase of Dominion Energy’s electric school bus initiative; 50 buses powered by Proterra

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Thomas Built Buses Inc (TBB) has been selected as the provider of all 50 electric school buses allocated for the initial phase of Dominion Energy’s electric school bus replacement program in Virginia. The program represents the largest deployment of electric school buses in the United States.

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport adds two BYD electric buses

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has aded two BYD battery-electric buses.

KIT and Wintershall Dea collaborating to develop industrial-scale methane pyrolysis for CO2-free production of hydrogen

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Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and colleagues earlier developed an efficient process for methane pyrolysis.

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Toyota and Nishitetsu begin full-scale operation of multi-modal mobility service “my route” in Fukuoka City and Kitakyushu City

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Toyota Motor Corporation and Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Nishitetsu) have begin full-scale operation of the Toyota-developed multi-modal mobility service “my route” for smartphones.

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Volkswagen raises EV forecast for 2025 to 1.5M vehicles from ID. family; 1M by 2023

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Under the Volkswagen’s latest plans, the company expects to reach its original strategic target of one million electric cars by the end of 2023—two years earlier than previously predicted. The Volkswagen brand now expects to produce 1.5 million electric cars by 2025.

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Ørsted and partners secure funding for H2RES project; offshore wind power to produce renewable hydrogen for road transport

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Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy), Everfuel Europe A/S, NEL Hydrogen A/S, GreenHydrogen AS, DSV Panalpina A/S, Hydrogen Denmark and Energinet Elsystemansvar A/S have been awarded funding of DKK 34.6 million (US$5 million) for the H2RES project from EUDP’s second 2019 call for applications.

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Ballard-powered fuel-cell tram-buses from Van Hool now in revenue service in France

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Ballard Power Systems announced that 8 ExquiCity tram-buses built by Van Hool NV and powered by 8 Ballard FCveloCity-HD 100-kilowatt fuel cell modules have been inaugurated at a ceremony in Pau, France and are now in revenue service in Pau’s Bus Rapid Transit System.

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BMW Group and Daimler Mobility gear up for profitable growth at mobility joint ventures

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Following the successful launch of the YOUR NOW joint ventures in February 2019, BMW Group and Daimler are gearing up for the joint ventures’ next phase of expansion, which will be focused on profitable growth.

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Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim plant to produce electric powertrains in the future

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In the future, the Mercedes-Benz plant in Untertürkheim will manufacture and assemble parts of electric powertrains (eATS). The eATS consists essentially of three subsystems: an electric motor, its power electronics and the transmission.

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EC approves €3.2B public support by 7 Member States for a pan-European battery push

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The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Important Project of Common European interest (IPCEI) jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries.

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Vitesco Technologies presents cost-effective dedicated hybrid transmission for PHEVs

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Vitesco Technologies, the Powertrain business area of Continental, presented at the CTI Symposium in Berlin (9-12 December 2019) a cost-effective and compact dedicated hybrid transmission solution with integrated electric machines, designed for use in applications such as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). At the heart of Vitesco Technologies’ solution is an expanded role for the electric motor, which no longer simply acts as a means of propulsion and energy recuperation. So far it has not been possible to tap the full potential of plug-in hybrids and full hybrids for reducing CO 2 emissions because the expensive powertrain of these vehicles puts them out of reach for many customers. We have identified further potential here which our DHT [Dedicated Hybrid Transmission] technology for cost-effective PHEVs is designed to leverage. With a view to cutting CO 2 emissions, PHEVs are a form of electric mobility which deserves to become much more successful in the future. —Stephan Rebhan, Head of Technology & Innovation at Vitesco Technologies. The basic aim of DHT technology for cost-effective PHEVs is to permit the design of very compact automatic transmissions with an integrated high-voltage electric motor on the output side of the transmission. The Vitesco Technologies cost-effective PHEV prototype offers the driver the same standard of comfortable driving and shifting that until now has been associated with plug-in hybrids equipped with a conventional 6-speed automatic transmission. However, a DHT transmission with Vitesco technology has only four mechanical gears and has no mechanical synchromesh systems, auxiliary hydraulics or start clutch. Moving off (in 1 st and 2 nd gear) and reversing are handled by the electric drive motor, while synchronization is performed by a starter-alternator that also provides fast and smooth starting of the internal combustion engine. The reassignment of functions makes it possible to reduce the number of mechanical components in the transmission, which also saves space, weight and costs. This makes the DHT a natural choice for front transverse mounting in compact segment vehicles, where installation space is always a challenge. Combined with a low-cost port-injection gasoline engine and all-electric-capable electric drive, for example, DHT technology clears the way for affordable, economical and comfortable vehicles capable of performing a wide range of daily trips in all-electric mode, with zero local emissions, Vitesco says. The DHT for cost-effective PHEVs is designed for speeds of up to 120 km/h in all-electric mode, and up to 160 km/h in hybrid mode. This new PHEV solution draws on Vitesco Technologies’ wide-ranging systems expertise in terms of overall powertrain design, and comprehensive knowledge of electric drive technology. By way of example, the smooth, quiet shifting offered by the DHT despite its simple dog-clutch design is entirely down to the high dynamic capability of the electric motor functions, which in turn requires a deep understanding of the relevant control technology. DHT technology for low-cost PHEVs marks a further step in Vitesco Technologies’ systematic electrification strategy. Hybrids Plug-ins Transmissions

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Mercedes-Benz’ Lab1886 supporting Rolls-Royce Power Systems in pilot project for stationary fuel-cell systems

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Lab1886, the innovation unit for business models within Mercedes-Benz AG, is now supporting drive and energy system provider Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG in a pilot project in the field of stationary energy supply systems.

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BMW iX3 to introduce Gen5 BMW eDrive technology; NMC-811 batteries

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The battery-electric BMW iX3, the production of which will commence in 2020, will offer a range of more than 440 km (273 miles) (WLTP) with a net-battery size of 74 kWh.

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IBM Research announces heavy-metal-free battery design; partnering with Mercedes-Benz R&D to advance the discovery

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IBM Research announced a chemistry for a new battery based on three new and different proprietary materials, which does not use heavy metals or other substances with sourcing concerns. The materials for this battery are able to be extracted from seawater, laying the groundwork for less invasive sourcing techniques than current material mining methods.

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Matson takes delivery of first dual-fuel Kanaloa-Class con-ro vessel Lurline

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Matson, Inc., a leading US carrier in the Pacific, took delivery of its newest vessel, the largest combination container / roll-on, roll-off (con-ro) ship ever built in the United States, from General Dynamics NASSCO. Matson’s Lurline launches into San Diego Bay.

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