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NREL researchers evaluating blockchain for transactive energy applications

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Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are evaluating the use of blockchain for transactive energy using hardware in the laboratory’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). Distributing grid operational decision-making is revolutionary. It’s really like somebody in the 1980s expounding on the economic opportunity of the Internet. Everyone would have laughed at you.

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Musk announces Tesla HQ is leaving California, threatens moving assembly out too

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter on Saturday that the company will move both its headquarters and future programs to Texas or Nevada immediately. Thursday night Tesla had moved to recall about 30% of its workers at its Fremont, California, assembly plant. Alameda County, where its Fremont assembly plant is located, moved to block that

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New Hyundai i20 N hot hatch on its way

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The first images of a prototype of the all-new Hyundai i20 N have been released

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Monash team proposes roadmap to renewable ammonia economy; 3 generations of technology

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While there is global potential to generate renewable energy at costs already competitive with fossil fuels, a means of storing and transporting this energy at a very large scale is a roadblock to large-scale investment, development and deployment.

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GM Spring Hill to run on 100% solar power by 2022

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General Motors expects its Spring Hill Manufacturing plant will be powered by 100% solar energy beginning in late 2022. A green tariff agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority is expected to supply up to 100 megawatts of solar energy per year, or the amount of electricity consumed by 18,000 United States households annually. The energy will be supplied by a solar farm in Lowndes County, Mississippi, currently under development by Origis Energy.

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First Lexus EV to offer 10-year battery warranty

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Lexus’ first full electric vehicle, the UX 300E, unveiled in China in November 2019, will offer a 10-year (or 1 million kilometer / 621,000 mile) battery warranty. Earlier post.) The UX 300e will be introduced to selected markets in Europe by the end of the year. The UX 300e is powered by a newly developed 54.3 kWh battery pack which supports 400 km (249 miles) of range in the NEDC cycle, corresponding to more than 300 km (186 miles) target range in the WLTP cycle.

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Global Clean Energy buys Bakersfield refinery for $40M, converting to produce renewable diesel

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Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc., through a subsidiary, has purchased Alon Bakersfield Properties, Inc., a subsidiary of Delek US Holdings, Inc. and the owner of the Alon Bakersfield Refinery. The total cash consideration paid to Delek US Holdings for the purchase was $40 million. Alon Bakersfield Refinery is an existing oil refinery located in Bakersfield, California. Historically, the refinery has produced diesel from crude oil and has a capacity of 70,000 barrels per day.

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Hyundai Motor to establish hydrogen refueling station for fuel cell electric buses at Incheon Airport with partners, provide buses

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Hyundai Motor Company is partnering with Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC), Air Liquide Korea and Hydrogen Energy Network (HyNet) to establish a hydrogen refueling station for fuel cell electric buses at Incheon Airport’s Terminal 2 by March 2021. Hyundai will support the construction cost of the hydrogen refueling station while providing up to 12 fuel cell electric buses as well as their maintenance and service.

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ORNL team developing 3D-printed nuclear reactor core; Transformational Challenge Reactor (TCR)

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are refining their design of a 3D-printed nuclear reactor core, scaling up the additive manufacturing process necessary to build it, and developing methods to confirm the consistency and reliability of its printed components.

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Electric powertrain company IRP Systems raises $17M in Series B

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Israel-based IRP Systems , a provider of electric powertrain products, raised $17 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Chinese VC Fosun RZ capital, with additional funds provided by JAL ventures, previous investor Entrée Capital, Tal Capital, Union Tech Ventures, Cendana Capital and Allied Group subsidiary Champion Motors, the Israeli direct importer and distributor of Volkswagen Group.

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Bestmile fleet orchestration platform for on-demand mobility providers

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Swiss start-up Bestmile has developed an orchestration platform for on-demand mobility providers that steers every vehicle in a fleet in real time. The focus is on the control of autonomous vehicles. Bestmile’s cloud-based mobility services solution features its Fleet Orchestration Platform, native professional and public applications, and API-enabled integration with third-party systems.

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Kobe team develops method for highly efficient hydrogen production using sunlight, water and hematite

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A research group led by Associate Professor Takashi Tachikawa of Kobe University’s Molecular Photoscience Research Center has developed a strategy that greatly increases the amount of hydrogen produced from sunlight and water using hematite (??Fe Fe 2 O 3 ) photocatalysts. They were able to raise the conversion rate up to 42% of its theoretical limit (16%) by synthesizing tiny nanoparticle subunits in the hematite.

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SparkCharge mobile charging will get tested by roadside assistance in SF and LA

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Instead of searching for a charging station, what if the station came to you? Startup SparkCharge is deploying a mobile charging system in pilot programs for San Francisco and Los Angeles. SparkCharge has partnered with Atlas Towing. G1 Towing, and Agero to provide mobile charging as part of roadside assistance programs. Stranded drivers will be. charging

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Polish EV can split lanes like a motorcycle, keep a wide stance for curves

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Lane splitting allows motorcycles to avoid the worst traffic jams, but riding exposed to the elements is not for everyone. Polish firm Triggo claims to offer a best-of-both-worlds solution—an electric vehicle with an enclosed cabin that handles like a motorcycle. The two-seat EV is ostensibly a three-wheeler, but the front wheels can

2020 84

Nobina selects 13 BYD eBus electric buses for far-north operation

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BYD, Europe’s leading electric bus manufacturer, received an order for a further 13 eBuses from Nobina—the principal bus operator in Sweden and the Nordic region. The new 12-meter models are destined for the town of Piteå in the north-east of Sweden where the new BYD fleet will go into service at their most northerly location ever in Europe—close to the arctic circle at latitude 65.31º north. BYD 12m battery-electric bus.

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Study using satellite data finds rate of urban growth much greater than previously thought

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An international team of researchers has used satellite images to map urban growth between 1985 and 2015. Each image captured 900 square meters of ground, a level of detail that allowed the scientists to study land-use change over time. In a paper in Nature Sustainability , they report that global urban extent has expanded by 9,687?km km 2 per year—a rate four times greater than a previous estimate, suggesting an unprecedented rate of global urbanization.

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ARPA-E to award $27M for advanced nuclear reactor systems operational technology: GEMINA

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The US Department of Energy announced $27 million in funding for 9 projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Generating Electricity Managed by Intelligent Nuclear Assets (GEMINA) program. GEMINA’s goal is to reduce fixed operations and maintenance (O&M) costs from ~13 $/MWh in the current fleet to ~2 $/MWh in the advanced fleet. These projects will work to develop digital twin technology to reduce O&M costs in the next generation of nuclear power plants.

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First drive review: The 2020 Mini Cooper SE electric car realigns how I see EVs

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By the time I reach the sunny south Denver park full of revelers basking in the first official day without stay-at-home restrictions, I wished I had ignored my newfound freedom decree. After nearly three hours behind the wheel of the all-electric 2020 Mini Cooper SE, my back ached for anything that resembled comfortable. I found respite at a tree

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GM has fast-tracked its electric-vehicle program in pandemic slowdown

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General Motors is steadfast that its next-generation electric vehicle program, revealed in March, is moving ahead as planned despite the pandemic slowdown and corresponding budget cuts elsewhere in the company. “We haven’t changed our plans at all, and we’re continuing to be full speed ahead on executing what you saw here on EV

2020 81

DSM and Lightyear to scale the commercialization of integrated solar roofs for EVs

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High-tech mobility innovator Lightyear and Royal DSM will jointly scale the commercialization of Lightyear’s unique solar-powered roof for the electric vehicle market. With this solution, both companies aim to accelerate the global adoption of a broad range of Electric Vehicles (EVs). Specifically, the partnership aims to integrate solar-powered roofs in a variety of electric vehicles, including cars, vans and buses, thus enabling users to charge their vehicle directly with clean energy.

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Lucid Air electric car: Fleet of 40 prototypes temporarily parked

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Lucid has temporarily parked a fleet of 40 prototypes for its Air electric sedan and, apparently trying to make the most of the situation, it's released a short video showing the whole fleet of cars parked together. The Air was originally scheduled to appear in production-ready form at the 2020 New York Auto Show, but the event was cancelled due. youtube

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Studies find global COVID-19 lockdowns have significantly reduced PM2.5 and NO2 pollution, but ozone up

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Levels of two major air pollutants have been reduced significantly since lockdowns began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a secondary pollutant—ground-level ozone—has increased in China, according to new research. Two new studies in AGU’s journal Geophysical Research Letters find nitrogen dioxide pollution over northern China, Western Europe and the US decreased by as much as 60% in early 2020 as compared to the same time last year.

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BMW Group selects NVIDIA Isaac platform to redefine factory logistics

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BMW Group has selected the new NVIDIA Isaac robotics platform to enhance its automotive factories, utilizing logistics robots built on advanced AI computing and visualization technologies. The collaboration centers on implementing an end-to-end system based on NVIDIA technologies—from training and testing through to deployment—with robots developed using one software architecture, running on NVIDIA’s open Isaac robotics platform.

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First Lexus electric car: Battery covered by 10-year, 600,000+ mile warranty

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The first Lexus electric car will get the most generous battery warranty coverage of any EV so far when it arrives in Europe by early next year. The Lexus UX 300e—an all-electric version of the UX crossover—will get a 10-year, 1,000,000 kilometer (600,000-mile) battery warranty, the automaker confirmed in a press release. The warranty. Batteries

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EIA: US energy-related CO2 fell by 2.8% in 2019, slightly below 2017 levels

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US energy-related CO 2 emissions declined by 2.8% in 2019 to 5,130 million metric tons (MMmt), according to data in the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Monthly Energy Review. CO 2 emissions had increased by 2.9% in 2018, the only annual increase in the past five years. Because of continuing trends in how much energy the US economy uses and how much CO 2 that energy use generates, energy-related CO 2 emissions in 2019 fell more than energy consumption, which declined by 0.9%

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Lublin orders 12 more Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses

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The public transport operator in Lublin, Poland has ordered twelve Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses, to be delivered from November 2021 to April 2022. The total value of all the contracts for ordered electric buses with seven charging stations and after-sale servicing exceeds PLN 32 million (US$7.6 million). The contract for the delivery of electric buses was signed with the Municipal Transport Authority (ZTM) in Lublin on 8 May 2020.

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Kumi launches CAHRA Map to support companies’ due diligence in minerals and metals supply chains

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London-based sustainability consultancy Kumi, a market leader in responsible sourcing practices for global supply chains, has launched a due diligence tool called CAHRA Map to enable companies in the minerals and metals sector to identify “conflict-affected and high-risk areas” (CAHRAs). The identification of CAHRAs is a critical step in the responsible sourcing requirements set out by, for example, the London Metals Exchange (LME) and the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI).

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FCA says Jeep Wrangler environmental impact reduced by 15% compared to predecessor

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FCA says that its latest Global Warming Potential (GWP) analysis found that the redesigned-for-2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has an overall GWP 15% lower than that of its predecessor. The GWP improvement was calculated using industry-standard software that examines multiple factors associated with a vehicle’s design, production and on-road performance. These factors include: the environmental impact of fuel production and delivery; material use; and the vehicle’s own fuel consumption.

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Karma shows E-Flex platform in flat-floor BEV configuration; “Everyday BEV”

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Karma Automotive announced its flexible and modular E-Flex platform ( earlier post ) with an efficient flat floor battery electric vehicle (BEV) architecture. The new platform is one of five demonstration projects designed to illustrate Karma’s technical direction and capabilities through the use of versatile extended range electric vehicle (EREV)- and BEV-based rolling chassis systems.

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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E charging rates look competitive vs. E-Tron and I-Pace

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Ford Friday provided an update on charging times for its upcoming Mustang Mach-E electric SUV. That includes speedy DC fast-charging. And the good news is that, even before deliveries of the Mach-E start—mostly on-time—later this year, Ford has already stepped up its fast-charging times. The company now says that the 2021 Mustang

2020 73

Karma AWD Extended Range E-Flex platform supports pickup truck applications

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Karma Automotive announced its newest flexible and modular E-Flex platform with two motor all-wheel drive (AWD) and extended range electric vehicle (EREV) architecture (e.g., earlier post ). The new platform is the final of five demonstration projects designed to illustrate Karma’s technical direction and capabilities using highly versatile EREV and battery electric vehicle (BEV) based rolling chassis systems.

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HUBER+SUHNER enables continuous electric vehicle charging at 500 A

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HUBER+SUHNER, a leading global supplier of electrical and optical connectivity solutions, launched the RADOX HPC500; a new addition to the RADOX high power charging portfolio. It is the world’s first cooled charging cable system that allows continuous charging at 500 Amperes even in high-temperature environments.

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Could Tesla's million-mile battery help it undercut gasoline vehicles in sticker price?

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Achieving price parity with gasoline cars is a prerequisite of widespread electric-car adoption. A new Tesla battery could achieve that, according to a new report. New low-cost batteries designed to last a million miles are being developed to enable Tesla to sell electric cars profitably at the same price or less than comparable gasoline cars. Batteries

2020 73

Volta Power Systems, Stellar Industries partner on anti-idling Li-ion system for utility service and work trucks

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Volta Power Systems has partnered with Stellar Industries to provide lithium-ion power systems that reduce idling from fleet utility and work trucks. The auxiliary system stores enough energy to provide all-day power to operate hydraulics, power tools, and multiphase worksite power without idling. Available as an accessory to replace a traditional hydraulic system on a work truck, Stellar Industries is offering the Hybrid Power System (HPS) through its American Eagle brand. The HPS features a 13.5

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In China, Wuling launches electric minivan, Chevrolet introduces 48V MHEV Monza

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In China, Wuling launched its first electric minivan, the Rong Guang EV, and Chevrolet launched four new Monza variants featuring 48V mild hybrid technology. In China, General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Holden, Baojun and Wuling brands. Rong Guang EV. Wuling is offering two variants to meet the differing needs of business and personal users.

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Survey finds 65% of Londoners changed their usual mode of transport for the ULEZ

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Motorbike insurer Bikesure recently surveyed 1,000 commuters in London to find out how the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has impacted them. Bikesure’s first conducted its ULEZ survey in 2019. Even though the ULEZ has been temporarily suspended to support key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, this survey explores the real changes the ULEZ has made on the lives of London commuters, one year on. The designated Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was introduced in central London on 8 April 2019.

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New model projects total amount of global urban land could increase by up to a factor of 6 by 2100

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A team from the University of Delaware and the University of Denver has created a new global simulation model to predict how urban land will change over the next 100 years under different social and economic conditions. The research team’s projections show that the amount of urban land on Earth by 2100 could range from about 1.1 million to 3.6 million km 2 across five scenarios (roughly 1.8–5.9 times the global total urban area of about 0.6 million km 2 in 2000).

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