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Lawrence Livermore partners with GALT on $1.5M project to improve biofuel algae

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been awarded a 3-year, $1.5-million grant by the US Department of Energy to improve the growth and efficiency of biofuel-producing algae through the alteration of their microbiomes. LLNL will partner with San Francisco-based General Automation Lab Technologies ( GALT ) in the use of a novel high-throughput microbiome research technology. The use of the GALT technology will enable the testing of tens of thousands of unique microbiomes on algal physiology.

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Wal-Mart, Anheuser-Busch, DHL to test Tesla Semi: 1,200-plus reservations?

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An Instagram post by an "outdoor living design and construction firm serving the Chicago Southland" seems to confirm a total of 1,230 reservations for Tesla's new all-electric truck. Elemental Landscapes of Illinois posted a screenshot of its reservation for three Tesla Semi trucks, showing a reservation number EO000001230. If the reservation. Trucks Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Commercial vehicle freight Tesla Semi

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Regulatory & Legal Alerts – Dec. 2017

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Peopletrail actively tracks the regulatory and legal environment that surrounds employment and criminal background screening. This helps you remain compliant with the FCRA, EEOC, and other regulatory standards or agencies. The following includes recaps of the most significant updates impacting the screening industry in recent weeks. State. California.

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Porsche reports ~60% of new Panamera models delivered in Europe are with plug-in hybrid drive; ramping up for Mission E

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Porsche reports that around 60% of all new Panamera models that have been delivered in Europe were equipped with a hybrid drive. The new Panamera plug-in hybrid models were launched on the European market in June 2017. The Panamera plug-in hybrids (Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive) have a purely electric range of up to 50 kilometers (31 miles). Earlier post.)

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moovel Group and SSB launching new mobility service in Stuttgart

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Daimler’s moovel Group and the Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen AG (SSB) are launching a new mobility service in Stuttgart. Named “Flex Pilot”, the service allows customers to book flexibly and on demand. The new on-demand service will be tested on selected days from 14 December 2017. The service will then start with the SSB as operating company under the name “SSB Flex” in the first half of 2018.

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ABB delivers Bulgaria’s nationwide fast charging network

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Fast-charging stations from ABB can now be found on key roads across Bulgaria with plans underway to further extend the network to include all major roads and highways by the end of Q1 2018. ABB’s Terra53 fast chargers now cover the international routes from Sofia to the Greek border, with installations in key locations including Sofia, Varna, Veliko Turnovo, Blagoevgrad, Sandanski, Rakov-ski, Stara Zagora, Liubumetz and Bourgas.

California Air Resources Board approves $663M funding plan for clean cars, trucks, buses

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The California Air Resources Board approved a $663-million low-carbon transportation plan to increase the use of clean cars, heavy-duty trucks, buses and freight equipment. The funding will help the state cut climate-changing gases while promoting technologies that reduce harmful diesel emissions, particularly in disadvantaged and low-income communities.

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Fleet of 10 BYD electric buses operating on Okinawa

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A fleet of 10 battery-electric buses manufactured by Chinese new energy technology company BYD started operating on the Japanese island of Okinawa, marking the beginning of the island’s electrified public transportation initiative. 10 BYD K9 buses now run a shuttle service to and from the Okinawa Naha Port. BYD is the only Chinese automaker to enter the Japanese market, and only with pure electric vehicles. This is not the first time BYD has delivered its e-buses to Japan.

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China Lake team devises new class of bio-based high-cetane renewable diesel fuels: dioxolanes

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Researchers at the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake have synthesized a new class of renewable diesel fuels from a methyl ketone and diols including 2,3-butanediol, 1,2-propanediol, and ethylene glycol. These fuels exhibit comparable net heats of combustion (NHOCs) to conventional biodiesel, while maintaining derived cetane numbers between 82-91. These values are 20–30 units higher than conventional biodiesel and 40–50 units higher than petroleum-derived diesel fuel.

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ARPA-E issues $100M OPEN funding opportunity announcement to support early-stage energy R&D

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $100 million in funding for new projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA‑E) latest OPEN funding opportunity. ( DE-FOA-0001858 ) ARPA-E issued previous OPEN solicitations in 2009, 2012, and 2015. Open solicitations enable ARPA-E to support transformational projects outside the scope of existing ARPA-E focused programs.

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Cummins Westport receives 2018 emissions certifications for L9N and B6.7N low NOx natural gas engines

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Cummins Westport Inc. has received certifications from both the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Air Resources Board (ARB) in California for its 2018 L9N and B6.7N natural gas engines. Both engines meet California ARB optional Low NO x standards, as well as 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emission (GHG) requirements, making them some of the cleanest engines available today for truck and bus customers. The L9N is certified to California ARB optional Low NO x standard of 0.02

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Magna to showcase etelligentDrive systems at CES 2018; 3-motor e1 concept

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Magna will present its etelligentDrive systems at CES 2018 using the company’s e1 demonstration concept vehicle. The e1 system consists of one highly integrated e-drive system on the front axle and one on the rear axle with two electric motors. With this layout, the demo car achieves superior longitudinal and lateral dynamics combined with excellent vehicle stability for more safety. Each e-drive system in the demo vehicle uses 140 kW motors, adding up to an overall performance of 420 kW peak.

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German BMVI providing funding for conversion of ships to LNG fuel

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Effective immediately, applications for the conversion and conversion of seagoing ships to liquefied natural gas (LNG) as marine fuel can be submitted to the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). The aim of the BMVI funding program is to promote the use of LNG in German maritime shipping. The funding is provided by the Mobility and Fuel Strategy (FMD), which will provide around €278 million (US$331 million) for all means of transport by 2020.

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California ARB approves 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan; requires doubling the rate of GHG cuts

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The California Air Resources Board unanimously approved the 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan , which sets the state on an aggressive course to reduce greenhouse gas emissions an additional 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 under SB 32. This will require California to double the rate at which it has been cutting GHGs. Earlier post.). Eleven years ago, the landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) set the goal of reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

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ORNL team proposes new electrode design to mitigate risk of battery failure in accidents; inspired by safety glass

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are proposing a new design concept for lithium-ion batteries that introduces slits in the electrodes—a feature which may mitigate the risk of battery failure during automobile accidents. The concept, presented in a paper in the journal Joule , could allow manufacturers to scale down the housing materials that commonly protect batteries in electric cars from mechanical damage, improving the overall energy density and cost.

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U of Waterloo team develops low-cost approach to stabilize Li metal anodes

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Researchers at the University of Waterloo (Canada) have developed a low-cost and scalable approach that tackles the stabilization of Li metal electrodes by forming a single-ion-conducting and stable protective surface layer in vivo. They use a rationally designed electrolyte additive complex that reacts with the Li surface to form the membrane.

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Renewable-methanol fueled Geely cars in fleet testing in Iceland; 70% reduction in WTW CO2 compared to gasoline

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For the last 18 months, a fleet of 6 methanol-fueled versions of the Geely Emgrand 7 cars have been in Iceland. Geely is a shareholder ($45.5-million investment in 2015) in Carbon Recycling International ( CRI ), an Icelandic company which produces renewable methanol using recycled CO 2 emissions sourced from a local thermal power plant and hydrogen made by splitting water with electrolysis (Power-to-Methanol). Earlier post.).

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Researchers in Japan propose a more efficient method to reduce radioactive waste; fast reactor system shortens the lifetime of LLFPs

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A team of scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) working in collaboration with Tohoku University, Tokyo City University and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has proposed a novel, more efficient method to reduce radioactive waste. Their approach involves converting radioactive material into short-lived nuclides by absorbing surplus neutrons in the core peripheral portion of a small fast reactor faster than they are generated in the core.

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Two-stage catalytic fast hydropyrolysis of biomass produces biofuel with heating value, aromaticity close to gasoline

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A team at the University of Connecticut Storrs reports on a two-stage catalytic fast hydropyrolysis process (CFHP) that produces a drop-oin biofuel with heating value and aromaticity close to that of gasoline. Their paper is published in the journal Fuel. The two-stage CFHP followed by hydroprocessing produced nearly 18 mol% carbon yield to alkanes, and a total bio-oil carbon yield of 25 mol%. The approximate bio-oil higher heating value (HHV) and aromaticity were 43.4 MJ/kg

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Nissan to launch car-sharing service in Japan with new LEAF, Note e-POWER

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As part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan will introduce a car-sharing service in Japan enabling users to experience the company’s advanced technologies in vehicle electrification and intelligence. The service, named e-share mobi , will begin 15 Jan 2018, and will initially feature the new, all-electric Nissan LEAF and the Nissan Note e-POWER.

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Johns Hopkins study links exposure to coarse particulate matter to increased risk of asthma in children

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Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University report that coarse particulate matter—created by physical processes such as tire and break wear, agricultural tilling, salt spray and dust created in manufacturing—appears to put children at greater risk for asthma, independent of exposure to fine particulate pollution. A paper on the work will be published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Coarse particulate matter (PM 10-2.5 ) measures from 2.5

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Renesas Electronics, Dibotics deliver real-time, power-efficient LiDAR processing based on R-Car SoC for autonomous driving; SLAM on a chip

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Renesas Electronics Corporation and Dibotics , a leader in real-time 3D LiDAR processing, have collaborated to develop an automotive-grade embedded solution for LiDAR processing used in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving applications. The jointly-developed solution will enable system manufacturers to develop real-time 3D mapping systems with high level functional safety (FuSa) and low-power consumption.

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Academy Bus orders 6 New Flyer electric buses for Columbia University

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Academy Express, LLC has awarded New Flyer a contract for six Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric, forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses complete with three charging stations. The buses will be deployed in 2018 on Columbia University’s Intercampus Shuttle network, operating between locations in Manhattan, New Jersey, and Rockland County serving over 30,000 students per year, with over 20,000 students using the Intercampus Shuttle network per month.

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GE Aviation testing 100% Gevo Alcohol-to-Jet fuel

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GE Aviation has begun jet engine combustor component testing with 100% Gevo renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ). The testing is being performed as part of the Federal Aviation Authority’s (FAA) Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise Program (CLEEN). CLEEN is the FAA’s principal environmental effort to accelerate the development of new aircraft, engine technologies, and to advance sustainable alternative jet fuels, in conjunction with aviation industry leaders such as GE Aviation.

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FEV, Lightspeed Technologies to demo fiber optic-based optical and electronic architecture for automotive applications

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FEV North America, Inc. FEV) and Lightspeed Technologies have jointly created an automotive O/E (Optical and Electronic) system architecture technology that transmits photons over plastic optical fiber in lieu of E/E (Electricity and Electronics) technologies that typically conduct electrons over copper. This will significantly reduce weight, the number of vehicle parts, and assembly costs, while improving system efficiencies.

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UF/IFAS researchers develop new sorghum cultivars that could produce up 10.5 kL ethanol per hectare

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Researchers from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) have found that three UF/IFAS-developed sorghum varieties could produce up to 10,500 liters of ethanol per hectare (about 1,100 gallons US per acre). Sorghum is the fifth-largest cereal crop in the world and the third-largest in the United States, according to the US Department of Agriculture. In 2014, the US was the largest producer of sorghum in the world.

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Petrobras and ExxonMobil form strategic alliance

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Petrobras and ExxonMobil signed a memorandum of understanding regarding a strategic alliance jointly to identify and evaluate potential business opportunities. Petrobras and ExxonMobil will evaluate areas of mutual interest that can bring together their world-class experience across all sectors of the oil and gas production value chain, including opportunities for cooperation in exploration, production, gas and chemicals both inside and outside Brazil.

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PNNL leads team to accelerate development of affordable carbon fiber composites

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, along with experts from industry and academia, have developed predictive engineering tools for designing new, economical, and lightweight automotive composites. This approach should speed the development of more economical carbon fiber materials.

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Researchers develop effective exhaust catalyst for lower temperature exhaust

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To improve fuel efficiency, advanced combustion engines are being designed to minimize the amount of waste heat in the exhaust. As a result, future generations of exhaust after-treatment catalysts must perform at temperatures that are 100 °C lower than current catalysts. Researchers at Washington State University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of New Mexico have now devised a catalyst capable of reducing pollutants at the lower temperatures expected in advanced engines.

Daimler trucks delivers first FUSO eCanter all-electric trucks to customers in Europe

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Daimler Trucks is delivering the first units of its all-electric FUSO eCanter ( earlier post ) to European customers: DHL, DB Schenker, Rhenus and Dachser. The customers are all in the logistics business, but the trucks’ areas of operation are diverse. The customers obtain their vehicles via a 24-month rental from CharterWay, Daimler’s own rental and leasing expert in the commercial vehicle business.

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ExxonMobil completes LNG acquisition in Mozambique Area 4

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ExxonMobil announced the completion of a transaction by ExxonMobil Development Africa B.V. to acquire a 25% indirect interest in Mozambique’s gas-rich Area 4 block from Eni and assume responsibility for midstream operations. ExxonMobil will lead the construction and operation of all future natural gas liquefaction and related facilities, while Eni will continue to lead the Coral floating LNG project and all upstream operations.

Cal Energy Commission awards ~$3M to EV ride-sharing projects in disadvantaged communities; fuel cell and BEV

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The California Energy Commission awarded nearly $3 million to car-sharing programs using electric vehicles in disadvantaged communities. The goal of the grants is to demonstrate the use of zero-emission vehicles in mobility services, such as car sharing and ride hailing, and provide an increased awareness of clean vehicle technologies. Stratosfuel, Inc. will demonstrate a fuel cell car-sharing platform using the hydrogen-refueling network in Riverside and Ontario. Calstart, Inc.

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Renovo and Samsung Electronics partnering on highly automated vehicle technology

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Renovo , a technology company that builds automated mobility operating systems, announced its collaboration with Samsung Electronics on the development of highly-automated vehicle technology. The collaboration, which has been underway since the beginning of the year, will enable the Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center (SSIC) Smart Machines Group to use Renovo’s AWare operating system in its first fleet of test vehicles in California. Samsung is also an investor in Renovo.

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Global Bioenergies starts scale-up of its second process: renewable acetone and isopropanol

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Global Bioenergies has started the scale-up phase of a process converting renewable resources into acetone and isopropanol. The markets for both these 3-carbon compounds are well established and worth billions of dollars. In a further process, these two compounds can be converted to propylene, a key petrochemical building block with a market valued in excess of US$100 billion.

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Neste to double production of drop-in renewable fuels and chemicals in Singapore to approx. 2Mt per year

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Neste has begun design of a new production line in its Singapore refinery for the production of renewable diesel, renewable aviation fuel and raw materials for various biochemical uses. The company is aiming to make a final investment decision by the end of 2018. If the project proceeds as planned, production at the new production line, which will add one million tons of capacity, will begin by 2022.

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SwRI opens ECTO-Lab for quick, cost-effective qualification of catalysts, emission control products

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Southwest Research Institute recently opened a new fully automated, multi-fuel burner facility designed to rapidly and cost-effectively age and evaluate exhaust catalyst equipment for a wide range of engines. The Exhaust Component Transient Operation Laboratory ( ECTO-Lab ) uses SwRI-developed modular technology that is also available for purchase and installation at client facilities.

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KBA issues recall on VW Touareg 3.0L Euro 6 diesel over defeat devices

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The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has issued a mandatory recall of VW Touareg 3.0L Euro 6 diesels after discovering what the agency said were two inadmissible defeat devices were detected. Of these, 25,800 vehicles are licensed in Germany and 57,600 worldwide. The KBA said that in the NEDC, the affected vehicles (1) initiate a pollution-reducing warm-up strategy which is mostly not activated in real traffic and (2) limit the use of AdBlue under certain inadmissible conditions.

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