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ORNL team develops better moldable thermoplastic by using lignin; 50% renewable content

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a new class of high-performance thermoplastic elastomers for cars and other consumer products by replacing the styrene in ABS (acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene) with lignin, a brittle, rigid polymer that, with cellulose, forms the woody cell walls of plants.

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Tesla Supercharger map fills in more U.S. gaps for electric-car charging

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Tesla continues to expand its network of Supercharger DC fast-charging stations in the U.S., making it easier for owners to complete longer journeys in their electric cars. The company remains committed to offering a nationwide network of free-to-use fast-charging stations for its customers, and to expanding that network. It has made significant. Tesla Motors plug-in cars charging charging infrastructure Tesla Supercharger

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Damen delivers hybrid tugboat to Royal Netherlands Navy; up to 30% lower fuel consumption, 40% fewer emissions

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International shipyard group Damen recently delivered the first of a series of three hybrid tugboats (ASD TUGs 2810 Hybrid) to the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN). This 28.67-meter hybrid tug is named Noordzee and is the first standard hybrid tug supplied by Damen that the RNLN will employ. Compared with other tugs, hybrid versions use up to 30% less fuel and produce 40% fewer exhaust emissions. Currently, the RNLN has four conventional tugs in Den Helder.

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Toyota GAZOO Racing introduces TS050 hybrid racer for 2016 WEC season; moves up to 8MJ class with Li-ion battery

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Toyota GAZOO Racing revealed the all-new TS050 HYBRID LMP1 racer—Toyota’s third new car since joining WEC in 2012—for the 2016 World Endurance Championship ( WEC ) competition. Following an unsuccessful defense of its World Championship titles in 2015, Toyota set itself tough performance targets in order to compete once again at the front of the field, featuring fellow LMP1-Hybrid manufacturers Porsche and Audi. The TS050 HYBRID features a significant change in powertrain concept.

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Transport for London launches first all-electric, long-range double-decker BYD buses into service

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Transport for London (TfL) has introduced the first long-range, battery-electric BYD Double-Decker buses into revenue service routes. TfL celebrated the historic decision to deploy its first all-electric double decker buses with a special ceremony at London city hall this week with London’s Deputy Mayor of Environment and Energy, Matthew Pencharz formally receiving the first bus from BYD Europe.

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LLNL team finds certain graphene metal oxide nanocomposites increase Li-ion capacity and cycling performance

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Material scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have found that certain graphene metal oxide (GMO) nanocomposites increase capacity and improve cycling performance in lithium-ion batteries. The team synthesized and compared the electrochemical performance of three representative graphene metal oxide nanocomposites—Fe 2 O 3 /graphene, SnO 2 /graphene, and TiO 2 /graphene—and found that two of them greatly improved reversible lithium storage capacity.

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UK EV startup develops prototype for riderless electric bike

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A crowdfunded London-based EV startup, Sparky Automotive , says it has developed a prototype for a riderless electric bike. Using the same electronic gyroscope technology as the Segway PT, the bike can negotiate traffic lights, road junctions and pedestrian crossings in much the same way as a driverless car—but it much cheaper and less dangerous in a collision than a full size vehicle.

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ETI to launch project to develop Flettner rotor sails for ships; seeking at least 10% improvement in fuel efficiency

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The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) in the UK is seeking partners for a new project which it hopes will deliver fuel savings of at least 10% for large shipping vessels. The Flettner Rotor Supply, Install and Commission Project will deliver a full scale demonstrator of Flettner Rotor technology on a large ocean going vessel which the ETI intends to source for the demonstration phase.

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Chinese researchers develop novel aluminum–graphite dual-ion battery

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A team from the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has developed a novel, environmentally friendly low-cost battery. The new aluminum-graphite dual-ion battery (AGDIB) offers significantly reduced weight, volume, and fabrication cost, as well as higher energy density, in comparison with conventional LIBs. The battery shows a reversible capacity of ≈100 mAh g −1 and a capacity retention of 88% after 200 charge–discharge cycles.

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Stanford team develops new simple approach for viable Li-metal anodes for advanced batteries

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Lithium-metal anodes are favored for use in next-generation rechargeable Li-air or Li-sulfur batteries due to a tenfold higher theoretical specific capacity than graphite (3,860 mAh/g vs. 372 mAh/g); light weight and lowest anode potential. However, safety issues resulting from dendrite formation and instability caused by volume expansion have hampered development and deployment of commercially viable solutions. A team at Stanford led by Prof.

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CMU study shows autonomous vehicle algorithms can have considerable effect on fuel economy; need for new approaches in testing

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Autonomous vehicle driving behavior can have a considerable effect on fuel economy. Researchers in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University have determined that fuel efficiency for self-driving cars—within the bounds of current fuel economy testing—could improve by up to 10% under efficiency-focused control strategies when following another vehicle.

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CCM: slowdown in China Li-ion unit output growth signals shift in market structure toward new energy vehicle applications

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In 2015, China’s total output of Li-ion batteries increased by 3.13% year-on-year (YoY)—a significant slowdown in the output growth rate from the prior 5 years, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of the People’s Republic of China.

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Study: LDV roof racks responsible for about 100M gallons of gasoline consumption per year

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Roof racks on light-duty vehicles in the US were responsible for 0.8‰ (permille, parts per thousand) of light duty vehicle fuel consumption in 2015, corresponding to 100 million gallons of gasoline per year, according to a new study by a duo from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The study is published in the journal Energy Policy. After-market roof racks are attached to a vehicle for carrying over-sized items, such as bicycles and skis.

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SLAC, U Toronto team develops new highly efficient ternary OER catalyst for water-splitting using earth-abundant metals; >3x TOF prior record-holder

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Scientists from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of Toronto have developed a new type of ternary catalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in water-splitting that exhibits a turnover frequency (TOF) that’s more than three-times above the TOF and mass activities of optimized control catalysts and the state-of-art NiFeOOH catalyst.

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Six automated truck platoons to compete in European Truck Platooning Challenge

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At the end of this month, six automated truck platoons—representing 6 different truck OEMs and their partners—will leave several European cities of origin and drive along public roads, targeting arrival at the APM Terminals, Maasvlakte II, Rotterdam on 6 April. This European Truck Platooning Challenge represents large-scale testing of cross-border automated truck-platooning; its aim is to bring platooning one step closer to implementation.

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Hyundai unveils Ioniq HEV, PHEV and EV for US market at New York show

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Hyundai Motor America introduced the Ioniq Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, and Electric models for the US market at the New York International Auto Show; the full line of three electrified variants made their global debut earlier this year at the Geneva show. Earlier post ). Ioniq is the first to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated vehicle platform. The Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid both feature a new Kappa 1.6

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ORNL seeking US manufacturers to license new carbon fiber process; reduces cost up to 50% and energy up to 60%

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a production method they estimate will reduce the cost of carbon fiber as much as 50% and the energy used in its production by more than 60%. After extensive analysis and successful prototyping by industrial partners, ORNL is making the new process available for licensing.

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Porsche presents new 919 Hybrid LMP1 racer; 800V battery technology

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Two days before the official Prologue for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Paul Ricard, France, Porsche presented its new 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car for the 2016 season. This season, Porsche will fully exploit the WEC regulations by deploying three different aerodynamic packages to make the car best suited to the respective race tracks. Three aerodynamic specifications are the maximum allowed.)

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Toyota doubles the electric range in the new version of Prius PHEV with 8.8 kWh pack

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Toyota unveiled the new Prius Prime plug-in hybrid (PHEV) at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. Toyota expects the Prius Prime’s manufacturer-estimated 120 or above MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) to be the highest MPGe rating of any current plug-in hybrid. It also represents a substantial 26-percent enhancement over its predecessor, the Prius PHV, a result of greater battery capacity and an improved hybrid system.

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VW BUDD-e EV concept makes US auto show debut; 233-mile range based on EPA cycle; next-gen connectivity and HMI

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Building on its unveiling at January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas ( earlier post ), the Volkswagen BUDD-e electric vehicle concept is making its US auto show debut at the New York International Auto Show.

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Statoil launches Batwind: 1MWh battery storage for pilot offshore wind project

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A new battery storage solution for offshore wind energy will be piloted in the world’s first floating wind farm, the Hywind pilot park off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Statoil will install a 1MWh Lithium battery based storage pilot system in late 2018. Hywind Scotland, located 25 km offshore Peterhead, will consist of five floating wind turbines. The 30 MW wind park is currently under construction and start of electricity production is expected in late 2017.

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Volvo Trucks unveils new powertrains featuring increased power and 2.2 to 6.5% better fuel efficiency

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Volvo Trucks North America launched several new integrated powertrain solutions, offering increased fuel efficiency, productivity, reliability, packaging, comfort and uptime. Volvo’s new powertrain offerings include multiple engine enhancements, such as turbo compounding for the Volvo D13 engine; the introduction of Volvo I-Shift with Crawler Gears automated manual transmission; and a one-box Exhaust Aftertreatment System (EATS). As a result of the improvements, Volvo is delivering between 2.2

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Honda delivers first Clarity Fuel Cell to Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

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Honda Motor Co., delivered the first Clarity Fuel Cell, Honda’s new fuel cell vehicle (FCV) ( earlier post ), to the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The Clarity Fuel Cell went on sale on 10 March 2016. The Clarity Fuel Cell is a five-passenger sedan-type FCV, realized by making the fuel cell powertrain more compact using original Honda technologies and fitting it entirely under the hood of the car.

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Japan researchers develop two new lithium superionic conductors for high-performance solid-state batteries

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Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, in collaboration with colleagues from Toyota Motor Corporation, Tokyo Institute of Technology and High Energy Accelerator Research Organization Japan (KEK), have successfully designed and tested novel, high-power all-solid-state batteries with promising results. The scientists synthesized two crystal materials that show great promise as lithium superionic conductors for use as solid electrolytes for Li-ion batteries.

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Toyota and Lexus making automated braking standard on nearly every model and trim level by end of 2017; 4 years ahead of NHTSA/IIHS target

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Toyota will begin to include the and Lexus Safety System+ and Toyota Safety Sense packages, anchored by automatic emergency braking (AEB), on almost every new vehicle by the end of 2017—four years before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2022 target. Earlier post.) Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America. made the announcement at the New York Auto Show.

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Researchers release 40 new varietes of sorghum for use in cooler, more temperate areas

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Sorghum, first grown more than 6,000 years ago in northeastern Africa, is a drought-resistant, hardy crop with numerous food, feed and fuel applications. Farmers in the southern plains of the United States have been growing this hardy cereal since the 1800s. Researchers recently released 40 varieties of early-flowering sorghum bred for use in cooler, more temperate areas. These early-flowering varieties of sorghum are critical for the spread of the crop to more new locations.

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New DOE SBIR awards include H2 contaminants detection, fuel cell and H2 catalysis, and alkaline membrane electrolysis

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the FY2016 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase II Release 1 awards , including three projects focused on catalysis for fuel cell and hydrogen production as well as hydrogen contaminants detection. These projects are awarded through the Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Award winners are: Southwest Sciences, Inc.

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First minimal synthetic bacterial cell designed and constructed by scientists at Venter Institute and Synthetic Genomics; 473 genes

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Researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) and Synthetic Genomics, Inc. SGI) have designed and constructed of the first minimal synthetic bacterial cell, JCVI-syn3.0. Using the first synthetic cell, Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0 created by this same team in 2010, earlier post ), JCVI-syn3.0 was developed through a design, build, and test process using genes from JCVI-syn1.0.

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CARB seeks new $366M vehicle testing and research facility at UC Riverside

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The California Air Resources Board voted 8-3 to relocate its motor vehicle and engine emissions testing and research facility from El Monte to an 18-acre site at the University of California, Riverside, representing a $366-million investment. The board decided that the site would provide the best opportunity for growth in the coming decades and for collaboration with the world-class air quality research already underway at UC Riverside.

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ABI Research: 6 transformative paradigms driving toward smart, sustainable automotive transportation

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ABI Research has defined six transformative paradigms for the automotive industry over the next 25 years: the software-defined car; sensors and big data; the connected car; cooperative mobility and the IoT; electrification; and car sharing/driverless cars. While the first three phases are already underway, the latter three will start to drive the market forward within the next 10 years, according to the market research firm.

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Aemetis acquires license from LanzaTech with California exclusive rights for advanced ethanol from biomass including forest and ag wastes

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Aemetis, Inc. has acquired exclusive rights to LanzaTech’s patented technology for the conversion of agricultural waste, forest waste, dairy waste and construction and demolition waste (CDW) to ethanol in California. The LanzaTech gas-to-ethanol technology enables Aemetis to convert these local California biomass wastes to advanced ethanol. Aemetis is the first licensee of the LanzaTech technology in North America.

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DOT to award up to $60M for projects to develop model sites for advanced transportation and congestion management technologies

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The US DOT will award up to $60 million to eligible entities to develop model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investment. DTFH6116RA00012 ).

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Genesis unveils hybrid sports sedan concept at New York show

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Genesis, Hyundai’s new luxury brand, unveiled the New York Concept luxury hybrid sports sedan concept at the New York International Auto Show. The hybrid concept, which hints at future Genesis design direction, generates 242 hp (180 kW) and 353 N·m (260 lb-ft) of torque from its 2.0 GDi powertrain coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

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Refreshed 2017 Acura MDX SUV debuts in New York with Sport Hybrid Powertrain; 26 mpg combined

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Acura unveiled the restyled and refreshed 2017 MDX luxury SUV at the New York International Auto Show, adding available Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) powertrain technology as a model option. Acura expects the MDX Sport Hybrid will receive EPA fuel economy ratings of 25/26/26 mpg (city/highway/combined) (9.4/9.04/9.04 l/100 km), an estimated 7-mpg city fuel economy rating increase over the (non-hybrid) MDX with SH-AWD.

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BorgWarner’s eGearDrive launches in Geely’s first electric vehicle

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BorgWarner’s eGearDrive transmission ( earlier post ) will propel the Geely EC7-EV sedan. The Chinese automaker’s first mass-produced electric vehicle is powered by a 96 kW electric motor and features a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) and a range of 253 km (157 miles).

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Opinion: The Current Oil Price Rally Is Reaching Its Limits

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by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. Oil prices have climbed by about 50 percent from their February lows, topping $40 per barrel. But the rally could be reaching its limits, at least temporarily, as persistent oversupply and the prospect of new shale production caps any potential price increase. US oil production has steadily lost ground over the past two quarters, with production falling more than a half million barrels per day since hitting a peak at nearly 9.7

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Saarbrücken engineers developing networked self-analyzing electric motors

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Engineers from Saarland University are developing intelligent motor systems that function without the need for additional sensors. By essentially transforming the motor itself into a sensor, the team led by Professor Matthias Nienhaus is creating smart motors that can tell whether they are still running smoothly, can communicate and interact with other motors and can be efficiently controlled.

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