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ORNL team engineers 1st high-performance, two-way oxide catalyst; outperforms platinum; potential for new electrochemistry systems

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A research team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has created the first high-performance, two-way oxide catalyst and filed a patent application for the invention. The new bi-directional catalyst can outperform platinum in oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions (ORR and OER). The accomplishment is reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The discovery may guide the development of new material systems for electrochemistry.

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VW to make big electric-car commitment; battery factory too?

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Volkswagen is reportedly considering building its own battery factory as part of a large commitment to electric cars. The company is targeting sales of 1 million electric cars within 10 years. That likely includes sales from the main VW brand as well as other Volkswagen Group brands like Audi and Porsche. DON'T MISS: Daimler to spend $500 million. Green Batteries Manufacturing VW plug-in cars

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New 3-step process for conversion of kraft lignin from black liquor into green diesel

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Researchers in Sweden and Spain have devised a three-step process for the conversion of precipitated kraft lignin from black liquor into green diesel. Their paper appears in the journal ChemSusChem. The kraft process converts wood into wood pulp for paper production.

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Harvard “bionic leaf 2.0” exceeds efficiency of photosynthesis in nature; hydrogen and liquid fuels

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Researchers at Harvard have created a hybrid water splitting–biosynthetic system based on a biocompatible Earth-abundant inorganic catalyst system to split water into molecular hydrogen and oxygen (H 2 and O 2 ) at low driving voltages. Grown in contact with these catalysts, the bacterium Ralstonia eutropha then consumes the produced H 2 to synthesize biomass and fuels or chemical products from low CO 2 concentration in the presence of O 2.

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Toshiba to start field testing medium-sized EV bus with wireless recharging, SCiB Li-ion battery

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Toshiba Corporation has developed a fast, cable-free contactless charger for electric vehicles (EVs), and will field test it on a medium-sized EV bus designed to handle the power demands of regular high-speed journeys on expressways. Field tests will start from 1 June and continue until December. The 45-seat bus is powered by a long-life, high-output 52.9 kWh SCiB ( earlier post ) pack, Toshiba’s advanced lithium-ion rechargeable battery, and will make regular trips between All Nippon Airways Co.

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European team devises new strategy for rare-earth-free magnets

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European researchers have devised a new way to make nanoparticles that could replace rare-earth material use in magnets. The researchers used a mixed iron-cobalt oleate complex in a one-step synthetic approach to produce magnetic core-shell nanoparticles. The resulting materials showed strong magnetic properties and energy-storing capabilities.

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New BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo improves fuel economy by up to 14%

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BMW will launch the latest BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo in time for the start of summer. Combining the style of a coupé, the passenger spaciousness of a luxury sedan and the trunk capacity of a station wagon, the 3 Series Gran Turismo has developed into a firm fixture of the mid-size class over the last three years. Its biggest sales markets are China, Germany and the USA; the majority of BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo customers are new to the BMW brand.

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Manchester team proposing graphene-based ballistic rectifier for waste heat recovery

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Researchers at the University of Manchester (UK) have developed a graphene-based nano-rectifier (“ballistic rectifier”) that can convert waste heat to electricity. The nano-rectifier was built by a team led by Professor Aimin Song and Dr. Ernie Hill, in collaboration with a team at Shandong University (China).

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New aluminum-cerium alloys could boost rare earth production; improved energy efficiency of engines

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and partners Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Eck Industries have developed aluminum-cerium (Al-Ce) alloys that are both easier to work with and more heat tolerant than existing products.

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Torotrak signs development agreement for high-power, off-road flywheel KERS

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Torotrak has now signed the development agreement for a high-power flywheel KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) in a large off-road vehicle as initially announced in the Group’s trading update in April. The agreement has been entered into with one of the largest global manufacturers of off-highway construction and mining equipment within the UK Energy Technologies Institute’s Heavy Duty Vehicles Efficiency program.

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3 Years Of Painful Cuts Sets Oil Markets Up For Serious Supply Crunch

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by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. Total global oil production could decline for the next several years in a row as scarce new sources of supply come online. According to data from Rystad Energy, overall global oil output will fall this year as natural depletion overwhelms all new sources of supply. But the deficit will only widen in the years ahead due to the dramatic scaling back in spending on new exploration and development.

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ORNL, Cincinnati Incorporated sign additive manufacturing patent license agreement

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The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Cincinnati Incorporated have signed a nonexclusive licensing agreement on ORNL patents related to large-scale additive manufacturing. ORNL is a research leader in the production of large-scale 3-D printed materials, refining industrial processes to decrease costs and increase efficiency.

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Volvo Trucks’ new concept truck cuts fuel consumption by more than 30%

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With support from the Swedish Energy Agency, Volvo Trucks has developed a new concept vehicle, the Volvo Concept Truck. The result of a five-year long research project aimed at creating more energy-efficient vehicles, the new concept truck cuts fuel consumption by more than 30%. The aim of the project is to improve the efficiency for long-haul truck transportation by 50%.

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Furrer + Frey proposes tractor swapping as solution for electrification of long-haul trucking

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Furrer + Frey, a provider of rail electrification and rapid charging systems for transport, is proposing tractor swapping as a solution for the electrification of long-haul trucking. Furrer + Frey is a long-time partner of Opbrid, the provider of the overhead pantograph-based ultra-fast charging Opbrid Bůsbaar for buses ( earlier post ). At IAA 2014, Opbrid introduced the Trůkbaar for heavy-duty trucks; the Trůkbaar is one element for the Furrer + Frey tractor swapping solution.

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Walmart pilot-testing grocery deliveries with Uber, Lyft and Deliv

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Walmart will begin pilot-testing a last-mile grocery-delivery test through services such as Uber, Lyft and Deliv. Walmart will start with tests of grocery delivery through Uber and Lyft in Denver and one other market. This is in addition to a quiet Sam’s Club pilot that started in March with Deliv involving delivery of general merchandise and grocery for business members in Miami. A customer will places a grocery order online and select a delivery window.

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KBA approves software solution for VW 2.0L EA 189 diesels; more than 800K units to be retrofitted

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Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has approved the technical solutions proposed by Volkswagen for the Volkswagen Passat, CC and Eos models with 2.0l TDI EA 189 engines. Earlier post.). More than 800,000 vehicles affected by the diesel compliance issue are now to be recalled as soon as possible. The affected owners will receive letters from Volkswagen and can then arrange a service appointment.

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Audi’s Gen2 A5 offers up to 17% more performance and up to 22% lower fuel consumption

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Nine years after the launch of the mid-size A5, Audi unveiled the second-generation A5 and S5 Coupé during an event at the company’s headquarters in Ingolstadt. The new Audi A5 Coupé will launch in Germany with five engines: two gasoline TFSI and three diesel TDI units. Their power output has increased considerably and is now between 140 kW (190 hp) and 210 kW (286 hp). Compared with the previous model, they offer up to 17% more performance while consuming as much as 22% less fuel.

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RIT and Synergy Biogas partner on algae for wastewater cleanup and biofuel production

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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Synergy Biogas are exploring the environmental benefits of microalgae to clean agricultural wastewater and make biofuels. Jeff Lodge, associate professor in RIT’s Thomas Gosnell School of Life Sciences, is running a three-month pilot program at Synergy Biogas, a high-tech anaerobic digester located on Synergy Farms in Covington, N.Y, to grow microalgae on digested biomass.

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UMTRI: average new vehicle fuel economy in US in May up 0.2 mpg from April

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Average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in May 2016 was 25.4 mpg (9.26 l/100 km)—up 0.2 mpg from the value for April 2016, according to the latest monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

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Kia Motors America providing 6 Soul EVs to UC Irvine for V2G and smart charging development

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Kia Motors America (KMA) and Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. announced an expanded partnership with the Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) to help develop and demonstrate Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) advanced smart charging software algorithms. Kia will provide six Soul EVs with the shared goal of creating software algorithms for use in coordinating the charging of plug-in electric vehicles to support grid resource operation.

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Air Products licenses patented hydrogen fueling protocol to Air Liquide; J2601

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Air Products, a leader in hydrogen fueling and infrastructure worldwide, has signed an agreement to provide a technology license allowing Air Liquide Advanced Technologies US LLC to practice the patented Air Products technology incorporated in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2601 hydrogen fueling protocol. Earlier post.) Air Products makes such hydrogen fueling technology licenses available for use around the world under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

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Santa Monica signs 5-year deal with Clean Energy for renewable LNG for bus fleet; deploying CWI Near-Zero NOx engine

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The City of Santa Monica, California has awarded Clean Energy a multi-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) contract to fuel its Big Blue Bus (BBB) fleet of vehicles. The 5-year deal, worth an estimated $3 million per year, will enable BBB to continue using Clean Energy’s Redeem brand of renewable natural gas (RNG), rated up to 90% cleaner than diesel. BBB began using Redeem by Clean Energy in January 2015. Earlier post.).

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Ballard Power subsidiary Protonex receives $5.8M purchase order for power manager units

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Ballard Power Systems’ subsidiary Protonex has received a $5.8-million purchase order for the supply of Squad Power Manager ( SPM-622 ) Special Operations Kits for end customer US Special Operations Command. The purchase order is the largest order in its history and represents follow-on business from the $2.8-million SPM order from the same customer received in December 2015. All products under this new order are expected to be shipped in 2016.

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Daimler establishes Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH for stationary energy storage

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Daimler AG has established Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH to take over the development and global sale of Mercedes-Benz brand stationary energy storage ( earlier post ) with immediate effect. The production of the systems remains the core expertise of Daimler’s other wholly owned subsidiary, Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE GmbH & Co. Daimler AG, with ACCUMOTIVE, began delivery of domestic storage solutions for the German market in April.

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ABI: 5G to be unifying connectivity technology for future cars; enabling V2X

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By 2025, 67 million automotive 5G vehicle subscriptions will be active—three million of which will be low latency connections mainly deployed in autonomous and driverless cars.

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Toyota and KDDI jointly to establish global communications platform to support car connectivity

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and KDDI Corporation (KDDI) are partnering to establish a global communications platform to enable the operation of communications networks throughout the world to support car connectivity. Toyota aims to bring greater connectivity to its vehicles throughout the world. To do so, a broad-reaching, robust communications platform and the use of a uniform data communications module (DCM) will be needed. Toyota will develop such globally uniform DCMs by 2019.

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Trestle Energy and Larksen partner to reduce CO2 from ethanol and coal power

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Trestle Energy LLC, a low carbon fuel company working with ethanol producers across the Midwest, and Larksen LLC, a biomass company providing sustainably sourced agricultural residues to Midwestern power plants, will collaborate to commercialize a new Fuel Pathway Management Platform. The platform is designed to enable ethanol producers to reduce their fuel carbon intensity substantially and to facilitate cost-effective use of biomass fuel pellets at existing power plants.

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Airbus has cut VOCs emissions by nearly 30% since 2006 across European sites

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Since 2006, Airbus has decreased harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) emissions by more than 60% compared to revenue and nearly 30% in absolute terms) across its European sites.

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Volkswagen Group and ride-hailing provider Gett to expand on-demand mobility solutions & activities in Europe

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One week after the Volkswagen Group announced a US$300-million strategic investment in global ride hailing provider Gett ( earlier post ), the two companies laid the cornerstone for their strategic partnership at a kick-off event at the DRIVE Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin. For the Volkswagen Group, this marked its first substantial step in the transition from car making to structuring and providing integrated, sustainable mobility.

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Honda establishing new R&D Innovation Lab Tokyo with focus on intelligent technologies

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Honda R&D Co., Ltd., a research and development subsidiary of Honda, is further strengthening its research and development of intelligent technologies and, toward that objective, will establish Honda R&D Innovation Lab Tokyo by around September this year in Akasaka, Tokyo. The new operation will serve as a venue for “co-creation”—Honda will seek to collaborate with external experts and other research institutes.

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Valeo to offer new low-cost solid-state LiDAR; co-developed with LeddarTech; mass production in 2018

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Tier 1 supplier Valeo is adding a new low-cost solid-state LiDAR, developed together with LeddarTech , a specialist in advanced detection and ranging solutions, to its portfolio for driving and parking assistance. The new sensor will be ready for mass production in 2018. The Solid-state LiDAR will have no mechanical moving parts and will be the least expensive LiDAR sensor on the market, Valeo said.

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Satellite study identifies nearly 40 major previously unidentified sources of SO2; 6-12% of global anthropogenic inventory

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Using a new satellite-based, global emission inventory for SO 2 that is derived through a simultaneous detection, mapping and emission-quantifying procedure—and thereby independent of conventional information sources—researchers in Canada and the US have identified 40 large SO 2 sources not currently captured in conventional inventories. The missing sources are in the developing world, with more than one-third clustered around the Persian Gulf.

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Xfuels and Converde forming gas-to-liquids JV

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Xfuels Inc. and Canada-based Converde Inc. have signed a joint venture agreement with Converde Inc. The JV, named Area 2 Energy, holds producing natural gas assets in Southern Alberta currently has 300 producing Natural Gas Wells connected to the pipeline with purchase and significant established operator contracts already in place. Converde (51% share) purchased the wells early May with the intent to build a pilot Gas To Liquids (GTL) plant on the site.

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Bochum team engineers artificial hydrogenase for hydrogen production; targeting foundation for industrial manufacturing

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Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have engineered a hydrogen-producing enzyme in the test tube that works as efficiently as the original. The protein—a hydrogenase from green algae ( [FeFe]-hydrogenase HYDA1 from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii )—is made up of a protein scaffold and a cofactor. The researchers have been investigating mechanisms of hydrogen biocatalysis for a number of years.

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Redhill Resources signs option to acquire Lincoln Lithium project; 225 km SE of Tesla Gigafactory

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Redhill Resources Corp. has entered into a property option and assignment agreement with a vendor to acquire a 100% right, title and interest in and to the Lincoln Lithium Property in Nevada. The Property covers an area of 3200 acres of placer claims in the Big Smoky Valley, Nevada, directly adjacent to claims controlled by Ultra Lithium Inc. and Avarone Metals Inc.

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SAE International publishes TIR J2954 for PH/EV wireless charging

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SAE International has published “SAE TIR J2954 Wireless Power Transfer for Light-Duty Plug-In/ Electric Vehicles and Alignment Methodology,” a milestone industry guideline to establish wireless power transfer between infrastructure, vehicle suppliers and OEMs for plug-in electric and electric vehicles (PH/EV). Earlier post.) The document is now available for purchase from the SAE website.

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Audi equipping new models in Europe with Audi connect SIM

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Audi is now equipping its new models that use the second-generation modular infotainment platform with Audi connect SIM. With the factory-installed SIM card, customers can immediately use the wide range of Audi connect services with the accompanying data flat rate for up to three years. The Audi connect SIM is a permanently installed SIM card (embedded SIM or eSIM), which customers in Europe will receive in combination with the optional Audi connect equipment package.

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