Sat.Jun 27, 2015 - Fri.Jul 03, 2015

Opinion: Why Buffett Bet A Billion On Solar: Miles Per Acre Per Year

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by Henry Hewitt for Oilprice.com. During the late innings of the ICE-age (as in the Internal Combustion Engine age) it has become clear that feeding gasoline and diesel to the next billion new cars is not going to be easy, or cheap.

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HyperSolar Nears Voltage Needed For Solar Hydrogen Production

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What's so magical about 1.5 volts, you may ask? It turns out that it's the practical voltage required to produce hydrogen gas from water using artificial photosynthesis, powered only by solar energy, at commercial scale.

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Electric cars win the day at Pikes Peak taking 1st and 2nd place overall

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Rhys Millen and Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima, both driving electric cars in the 93rd running of the Pikes Peak Hillclimb race, on Sunday, took 1st and 2nd place in the overall ranking with preliminary times of 9:07

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4 more cities sign Global Clean Bus Declaration raising total to >40K ultra-low emission buses by 2020; London to trial BYD electric double-decker

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Four additional cities—Amsterdam, Lima, Catalonia (Barcelona) and Rome— signed up to the Global Clean Bus Declaration at the 1 st global Clean Bus Summit in London.

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Researchers find Nissan LEAF creates less CO2 than Toyota Prius hybrid in west US and Texas, but more in N. Midwest

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Regionally specific lifecycle CO 2 emissions per mile traveled for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the US can vary widely based on grid emission factors (i.e.,

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Study: even with high LDV electrification, low-carbon biofuels will be necessary to meet 80% GHG reduction target; “daunting” policy implications

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CMU policy briefs outline benefits and potential for adoption of electrified vehicles in the US

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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have published two new policy briefs, along with accompanying videos, about the benefits of electrified vehicles and the potential for their adoption in the US.

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BMW Group and NTU Singapore launch US$965K electromobility research program; Electromobility in Asia and Smart Materials

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BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) launched a new electromobility research program, involving the all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8.

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Mercedes-Benz increases engine range for refreshed A Class compact

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Mercedes-Benz increases engine range for refreshed A Class compact. With the refresh of its A-Class, Mercedes-Benz has increased the range of available engines. The A 160 with 75 kW (102 hp) is the new entry-level model.

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New Samsung silicon anode with graphene boosts volumetric capacity of LiCoO2 Li-ion cell 1.5x after 200 cycles; gravimetric capacity the same

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2016 Chevy Cruze, Tesla Charging Confusion, 250-Mile Leaf: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Which huge global carmaker seems to have gone all Occupy Wall Street in its messaging? And, what higher-range electric car in development now has its very own video? This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, June 26, 2015.

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Electric Cars Take Top Two Spots At Pikes Peak Hill-Climb Race

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The annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second-oldest major motorsport event run in the United States, after the Indianapolis 500. With its 12.4-mile course boasting 156 turns and an elevation gain of more than 4,000 feet, it's also one of the toughest.

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Energiepark Mainz comes online; hydrogen from wind power; Siemens 6MW electrolysis system

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After a year in construction, Energiepark Mainz, a collaboration between Stadtwerke Mainz, Linde, Siemens and the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, was inaugurated in Mainz. Earlier post.) The energy park will produce hydrogen using electricity from neighboring wind parks.

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Audi launches next-gen A4 with new Millerized TFSI engine; g-tron model w/ Audi e-gas

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Audi has unveiled the new-generation Audi A4 and A4 Avant, developed with a high priority on the reduction of CO 2 emissions. Among other developments, the new A4 is the launch vehicle for the new high-efficiency 2.0L

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California greenhouse gas inventory shows state is tracking to achieve 2020 AB 32 target

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The California Air Resources Board released the latest edition of the state’s Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory , which shows that emissions fell by 1.5 million metric tons in 2013 compared with the previous year even while the economy grew at 2.0%, a rate greater than the national average.

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DOE to award $20M to projects to recover rare earth elements from coal and coal byproducts

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Longer-Range Leaf, 67 MPG Cross-Country Run, Cruze Hybrid Possible: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Which car averaged 67 miles per gallon on renewable fuel during a recent cross-country run? And, how many Model S electric cars did Tesla Motors deliver during its second quarter?

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New bio-inspired catalyst for partial methane oxidation may aid small-scale GTL

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New Sumitomo SiC power transistor

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California ARB approves first commercially ready at-berth ship emissions capturing system; alternative to shore power

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Clean Air Engineering-Maritime (CAEM) received California Air Resources Board (ARB) approval for the first commercially ready ship emissions capturing system called the Maritime Emissions Treatment System (METS). The METS-1 is CAEM’s first-generation system.

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Tire-integrated triboelectric generator harvests electricity from rolling tire friction; est. up to +10% fuel econ

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A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and a collaborator from China have developed a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) that harvests energy from a car’s rolling tire friction. An innovative method of reusing energy, the nanogenerator ultimately could provide automobile manufacturers a new way to squeeze greater efficiency out of their vehicles.

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United Airlines invests $30M in Fulcrum BioEnergy; renewable jet fuel offtake agreement, potential joint development of production

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United Airlines made a $30-million equity investment in US-based Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., the developer of a process for converting municipal solid waste into low-cost sustainable aviation biofuel. Earlier post.)

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The Automotive Research Center at the University of Michigan’s Annual Program Review: The Driving Force Behind Autonomous Vehicles

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by James Garay, ARC. “ In the fall of 1994, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command (TACOM) awarded MEAM [Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics] a three-year, $7.5-million research grant to establish an Automotive Research Center (ARC) at the U-M. ”

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Evident launches skutterudite thermoelectric product

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Evident Thermoelectrics has launched the first commercial thermoelectric product using skutterudite material technology: the Evident Skutterudite Test Kit.

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Toyota’s THUMS 5 software can model occupant posture immediately before collisions

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Studies show that roughly half of drivers take defensive action (such as sudden braking or steering) to avoid collisions, with vehicle occupants commonly bracing themselves at the same time.

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BMW shows future drive technoliges; 2 Series PHEV prototype, direct water injection in 3-cyl. engine, and fuel cell eDrive

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During a driving event at the Miramas proving grounds in southern France, BMW presented future drive technologies, including the prototype of a BMW 2 Series Active Tourer with plug-in hybrid drive.

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Daimler running 6 different electrified models in Silvretta E-Car Rally; hints at Li-sulfur

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Daimler is running 6 different electrified models (7 vehicles in total) in this year’s Silvretta E-Car Rally (2 to 5 July); for the first time in this competition, the current Mercedes-Benz plug-in triad will compete against each other.

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Mercedes-Benz introduces next-gen OM 471 heavy-duty engine; more fuel efficient, more torque with fast build-up at very low revs

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks has introduced the latest generation of its OM 471 six-cylinder, in-line heavy-duty diesel engine.

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Toyota, Nissan and Honda agree on details of H2 station support in Japan

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Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., and Honda Motor Co., have agreed on key details of their joint support project for the development of hydrogen station infrastructure in Japan. Earlier post.)

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New operando technique shows atomic-scale changes during catalytic reactions in real-time; applications for batteries and fuel cells

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A new technique developed by a team of researchers led by Eric Stach at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Anatoly Frenkel at Yeshiva University reveals atomic-scale changes during catalytic reactions in real time and under real operating conditions.

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Skeleton Technologies launches new range of high-performance ultracapacitors; up to 111 kW/kg and 9.6 Wh/kg; hybrid truck application coming

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Skeleton Technologies ( earlier post ) has launched a new range of cylindrical ultracapacitors that offers specific power performance of up to 111 kW/kg (SC450, 450F) and specific energy up to 9.6 Wh/kg (SC4500, 4500F) with ESR as low as 0.075 mΩ (SC3000, 3000F)—the highest performance cylindrical cell ultracapacitors in the market. Through the use of its patented graphene material, the new series features a capacitance of up to 4500 farads (the SC4500 cell).

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Successful run across the US on 37.6 gallons of 100% NEXBTL renewable diesel; 66.7 mpg w/ average speed 67.7 mph

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On 26 June, CLP Motorsports’ Superlite Coupe crossed the finish line in Santa Monica, California, after driving across the USA on one tank of NEXBTL renewable diesel ( earlier post )—the first time that this type of trip was driven using a fuel that is made exclusively from bio-based raw materials.

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UK AA president says millions of second cars could be electric

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At last week’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership conference in the UK—prior to the Battersea Formula E Grand Prix run over the weekend—Edmund King, the UK AA’s (Automobile Association) president argued that millions of second cars in households could relatively easily be electric vehicles. According to King, 74% of AA members park their cars overnight off the road and on their own land (58% on the driveway, 16% in the garage) where, potentially, they could be charged overnight.

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Electric bus maker Proterra completes $55M strategic financing

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Battery-eletcric bus manufacturer Proterra has completed a $55M strategic financing. This signals a new growth phase for the company, as Proterra scales production to meet growing demand and accelerates cash realization. Proterra closed a $30-million Series 4 equity round led by $19 million from several new strategic investors. The existing major investors in Proterra added $11 million of equity.

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Volkswagen Group receives 2015 KS Energy and Environment Prize for the Golf GTE and Audi A3 e-tron PHEVs

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The German automobile club Kraftfahrer Schutz e.V. (KS) KS) awarded the 2015 Energy and Environment Prize to the Volkswagen Group for the plug-in hybrids Golf GTE ( earlier post ) and Audi A3 e-tron ( earlier post). Accepting the award in Munich was Hanno Jelden, Head of Powertrain Electronics at Volkswagen. The organization Kraftfahrerschutz e.V., which was founded in 1935, is one of the larger German automobile clubs with around 520,000 members.

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Tesla Battery Gigafactory 'Slightly Ahead Of Schedule': State Officials

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Tesla is currently juggling several major projects, leading to speculation about when each will be completed. It plans to launch its much-delayed Model X electric SUV later this year, and unveil a concept version of the Model 3 sedan next year. But the Model 3's timeliness is largely dependent on another Tesla project--the company's massive. Batteries lithium-ion Tesla Motors plug-in cars nevada gigafactory

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Tesla Model 3: Speculating On Batteries, Power, Price, Versions

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The upcoming Tesla Model 3 may just be the most anticipated and significant electric car ever. Scheduled to hit the market in late 2017 with a price tag of $35,000 and a range of 200-plus miles, the Model 3 aims to be the first true mass-market electric car. Its sales are targeted at 500,000 per year by 2020—fully 10 times the production. Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars Tesla Model 3

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