Sat.May 10, 2014 - Fri.May 16, 2014

UC Riverside opening Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative; integration of solar energy, battery storage and electric and hybrid vehicles

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Schematic of the “New Grid Testbed” components, including renewable energy generation, energy storage, smart distribution and electric transportation Click to enlarge.

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Could Solar Roads Meet Our Power Needs? Crowdfunding Project Begins

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If there''s one big problem with centralized solar power facilities it''s that finding the space to build them is quite difficult. But what if you could take existing infrastructure and put it to other uses?

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First Tesla Model S to arrive in UK on June 7

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Tesla has announced that the first right-hand drive Tesla Model S to come to the UK will arrive on June 7, with deliveries continuing throughout the summer. The fully electric luxury saloon was first announced in 2008, and as more details have come to light, interest has heightened. Capable o[.].

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Fastest production motorcycle debuting Quail Moto Gathering: it's electric

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On Monday, Lightning Motorcycles announced the debut of the fastest production motorcycle in the world, a motorcycle which happens to be electric. The debut of the Lightning Superbike LS-218 will occur this weekend at the Quail Motorsport

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IBM Research discovers new class of industrial polymers; cheaper, lighter, stronger and recyclable thermosets for aerospace, automotive and others

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The IBM-led researchers show that the formation of a trifunctional cross-link point through reaction of a diamine and paraformaldehyde leads to a thermally stable and mechanically ductile thermoset. Low pH triggers the reversal of the thermoset architecture to the corresponding monomers. Credit: K.

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Dual-Carbon Battery: Same Energy Density, Safer, Longer Life Than Lithium-Ion, Says Power Japan Plus

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In the search for better electric-car batteries, lots of lab research has to happen before anything can be announced. Today, a company called Power Japan Plus came out of stealth mode to unveil a new battery chemistry, with both electrodes--anode and cathode--made of carbon.

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Electric cars gather for 4,500km rally around Europe

Green Cars News

Proving that electric cars can, the eTourEurope returns tomorrow with a fleet over a 1,000 electric vehicles expected to take part. Taking in nine European capitals in just nine days, the vehicles will cover an average distance of 450km (279 miles) a day and a total of 4,500km (2,485 miles). Ele[.].

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Japanese start-up seeks to commercialize dual-carbon battery technology; anion intercalation

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Capacity vs. cycle number. Source: Power Japan Plus. Click to enlarge. Start-up Power Japan Plus announced plans to commercialize a dual-carbon battery technology, which it calls the Ryden dual carbon battery. Power Japan Plus says that its battery currently offers energy density comparable to a lithium-ion battery, but with a much more rapid rate of charge and the ability for full discharge over a much longer functional lifetime with improved safety and cradle-to-cradle sustainability.

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How Quiet Are Electric Cars? This Nissan Leaf Shows You

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If you''ve ever lived on a street where one of your neighbors has a noisy car, you''ll have been made very aware of its presence every morning as they started it up and went to work.

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Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid achieves top safety award

Green Cars News

Mitsubishi must be feeling jubilant today after revealing that its new Outlander plug-in hybrid has achieved a five star award from the Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) – the Japanese equivalent of the Euro NCAP safety assessment. That it can add to its existing five stars from the afore[.].

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Ford researchers: global light-duty CO2 regulatory targets broadly consistent with 450 ppm stabilization

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What Is It Like To Drive A Turbine Electric Truck? (Video)

Green Car Reports

Common advertising practice tends to show you how your life can be made better by a product--easier, perhaps, or more fun, or bringing friends and family closer together. If you''re advertising a commercial truck, you might show it hauling heavy loads, or maneuvering with ease around a city.

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A further look at elements of Audi’s new generation 3.0L TDI diesel

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The new generation TDI delivers more power and better fuel efficiency. Click to enlarge. Audi presented the latest generation of its 3.0 TDI diesel engine at the 35 th International Vienna Motor Symposium. Earlier post.)

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Petrostar and Maverick Synfuels execute MOU for gas-to-methanol venture in Canada

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Canada-based Petrostar Petroleum Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a joint venture with US-based Maverick Synfuels to facilitate the development and operation of GTL (gas-to-liquids technology) in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

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GM’s Brownstown Battery Assembly expands; building new battery system for 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV

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General Motors Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant worker Tina Oaks attaches wiring harnesses on a Spark EV battery pack. Click to enlarge.

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CAM/PwC name Volkswagen Group most innovative global automotive company, Mercedes-Benz most innovative brand

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Top spot went to Volkswagen Group, followed by Daimler, BMW, GM and Toyota. Source: CAM. Click to enlarge.

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NEC reduces production energy for cellulose-based bioplastic by 90%

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NEC Corporation (NEC) has developed a new production technology which allows it to produce a high-functionality bioplastic using just one-tenth the energy (i.e.,

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First oil from new Petrobras well in ultra-deep Lula field; new buoyancy supported riser system deployed

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Petrobras reports beginning production from well 7-LL-22D-RJS in the Santos Basin’s Presalt Lula field (Lula NE Pilot area).

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Gamma Technologies and Sendyne introducing comprehensive hybrid and EV simulation with integrated battery model

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Gamma Technologies, in cooperation with Sendyne Corp., is introducing an advanced technology platform for comprehensive electric and hybrid vehicle simulation that combines Gamma’s GT-Suite vehicle simulator with Sendyne’s CellMod CPM and RTSim real-time solver.

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AT&T deploys 8,000th CNG vehicle; one of the largest corporate CNG fleets in US

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AT&T recently deployed its 8,000 th compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle, achieving a major milestone in the company’s overall 10-year, $565-million commitment to add approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) to its fleet by end of year 2018.

EIA: China promoting both fuel efficiency and alternative-fuel vehicles to curb growing oil use

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Consumption of gasoline in China grew from 0.9 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2003 to more than 2 million bbl/d in 2013, according to figures from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). This continues a trend of significant growth in China’s transportation sector since the 1990s.

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New hybrid carbon/sulfur cathode material enables high-energy, high-power Li-sulfur battery; “matching the level of engine-driven systems”

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Researchers at Tsinghua University have combined two types of carbon materials to create a new composite sulfur cathode material for a high-energy and high-power lithium-sulfur battery.

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Amminex City-SCR upgrade delivers gaseous ammonia for improved SCR conversion of NOx; avoiding high off-cycle emissions

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Amminex has introduced City-SCR —an aftertreatment upgrade system that replaces original equipment urea dosing systems, and instead provides gaseous ammonia for existing SCR systems in heavy-duty vehicles.

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Flexible supercapacitor sets new high for volumetric energy density

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Researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, Tsinghua University in China, and Case Western Reserve University have developed a flexible micro-scale supercapacitor with what they believe is the highest reported volumetric energy density for carbon-based microscale supercapacitors to date: 6.3 µWh per cubic millimeter.

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Voltabox receives major order for trolleybus batteries

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Voltabox of Texas , the US subsidiary of paragon AG, has received a major order for battery packs in the double-digit millions of dollars. Vossloh Kiepe, the producer of traction equipment for electrical vehicles, will be using the high-performance systems from Voltabox as back-up power supplies for some 200 new electric trolleybuses in Seattle and San Francisco. Delivery of the battery packs will begin in 2014.

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Rearview camera standard on all 2015 Buick models

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Every 2015 Buick model will come standard with a rearview camera. In the fall of 2013 the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) conducted a study which found that vehicles with rear backup cameras have a significantly reduced rate of backing crashes based on its analysis of crash data. 97% of the backing crashes in this study involved striking another vehicle, which corresponds with US crash data analyses.

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New electrospinning/electrospraying method delivers high power density fuel cell electrodes with ultra-low platinum loadings

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Researchers at Drexel University have developed a new electrospinning/electrospraying (E/E) technique for fuel cell electrodes which produces a unique nanoparticle/nanofiber cathode catalyst layer morphology. The electrodes produced by the method show high power densities with ultra-low platinum loadings.

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Lux Research: self-driving cars will lead to a $87B opportunity in 2030, but fall short of full Level 4 autonomy; software leads

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Software will capture the largest segment of the autonomous car market opportunity, according to Lux. Click to enlarge. In a new report—“Set Autopilot for Profits: Capitalizing on the $87 Billion Self-Driving Car Opportunity”—Lux Research projects that Level 2 self-driving will increase from about 3% of cars sold globally today to 57% in 2020, and 92% in 2030.

2014 88

Tesla Model S: 'Intergalactic SpaceBoat Of Light And Wonder'

Green Car Reports

The Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan can be described many ways, and its owners generally use glowing superlatives in doing so. But we''ve never seen it called an "intergalactic spaceboat of light and wonder" before. Nor an "Electric CruiseBeast," for that matter. ALSO SEE: Next-Generation Tesla Electric Car Won''t Be ''Model E'' After All But

2014 87

New 2017 Nissan Leaf: More Details On New Styling, Range--And Infiniti Electric Too

Green Car Reports

The Nissan Leaf is by far the highest-volume electric car ever built, with 110,000-plus on the roads now. And three and a half years after its launch, Nissan is pushing hard to boost its sales all over the world. But what about the next Nissan Leaf, one designed with several years of battery development since the original? DON''T MISS: Nissan Leaf

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Proterra Electric Bus Travels 700 Miles In 24 Hours With Regular Recharging

Green Car Reports

While electric cars make headlines, a number of electric buses have silently made their way onto U.S. city streets as well--and they''re proving that they can go the distance. Proterra, for instance, has now set a record for the most miles traveled by an electric bus in a day, according to Charged EVs. As part of a test conducted last month, one of

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Ames Lab creates multifunctional nanoparticles for cheaper, cleaner renewable diesel

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have developed bi-functional nanoparticles that perform two processing functions at once for the production of renewable diesel via the hydrogenation of oils from renewable feedstocks such as algae. Iron nanoparticles supported on mesoporous silica nanoparticles (Fe-MSN) catalyze the hydrotreatment of fatty acids with high selectivity for hydrodeoxygenation over decarbonylation and hydrocracking.

Electric Cars Fine On Electromagnetic Emissions, Says EU Study

Green Car Reports

When new products arrive, they''re often tested for safety to ensure they''re suitable for a given market. You wouldn''t want a child''s toy to have sharp edges, for example--so manufacturers adhere to certain requirements for toys, and some are tested to ensure they comply. Electric cars are a new, disruptive product, so their safety is also in

2014 87

Partners begin work on Energiepark Mainz; hydrogen from renewable sources; power-to-gas

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Germany’s Minister of Economics and Technology, Sigmar Gabriel, together with representatives of power utility Stadtwerke Mainz AG, Siemens AG, The Linde Group and RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, inaugurated the construction of the Energiepark Mainz. Starting next year, the jointly developed pilot plant will produce major quantities of hydrogen using electricity from renewable sources, mostly from nearby wind power stations.

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Tesla's Elon Musk Should Stop Making Electric Cars, Focus On Batteries, Bond Trader Says

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Elon Musk has probably been given a lot of advice during his time at Tesla--some good, and some bad. Bond manager Jeffrey Gundlach is the latest to offer his own take on the business to Musk though--and it isn''t what you might be expecting. According to Bloomberg, Gundlach has suggested the Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] CEO get out of the car-making

2014 86

2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Pure Battery Or Range Extender? Pros & Cons

Green Car Reports

It takes all sorts of people to make the world go around, and the same can be said about electric vehicles. Some customers never want to touch a drop of gasoline again, and opt for a pure battery electric vehicle. Others like the convenience that a range-extended or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle gives them. BMW offers you both with the 2014 i3

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California Energy Commission publishes investment plan for alt and renewable fuel and vehicle technology, 2014-2015

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The California Energy Commission has published the “2014?2015 2015 Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program”. The 2014?2015 2015 Investment Plan Update covers the sixth year of the program and reflects laws, executive orders, and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, petroleum dependence, and criteria emissions.

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