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Honda R&D using IBM Watson IoT technology for real-time monitoring and data analysis in F1 racers

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Honda R&D is monitoring and analyzing data from more than 160 sensors in Formula One (F1) cars using IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Drivers and crews can apply data and analytics in real-time to help streamline performance and improve fuel efficiency, enabling drivers to make real-time racing decisions based on this data, such as speed adjustments and pit stops.

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North America's largest coal power plant to become 44-MW solar farm

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Here's a turn of events that should make renewable-energy advocates smile. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, the Ontario Power Generation Nanticoke Generating Station was once North America's largest coal-fired power plant. It was once capable of producing almost 4,000 megawatts at full capacity, but the aging plant has been shuttered since. Canada energy infrastructure renewable energy solar clean energy

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UPS to invest $100M more in compressed natural gas, CNG vehicles and related infrastructure

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UPS plans to build an additional 12 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 380 new CNG tractors to its growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. The CNG fueling stations and vehicle purchases totaling $100 million are part of UPS’ ongoing commitment to diversify its fuel sources and reduce its environmental impact.

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7 finalists announced for USDOT Smart City Challenge; Amazon Web Services new partner

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US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, joined by Barbara Bennett, President and COO of Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. and Rick Clemmer CEO of NXP Semiconductors, announced the seven finalists for the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Smart City Challenge. Earlier post.)

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DOE to award $12.5M to improve efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty trucks as part of new tech track for US-China initiative

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The US Department of Energy is soliciting applications ( DE-FOA-0001542 ) for the formation of a Consortium to pursue five identified R&D topic areas related to improving the operating efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The Consortium that is funded through this solicitation will form a new technical track under the US-China Clean Energy Research Center , a bilateral initiative to encourage R&D collaboration and accelerate technology development and deployment in both countries.

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BMW rolls out new strategy, focusing on further advances in e-mobility and automated driving; Project i 2.0

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BMW has revealed initial details of its new strategy, “Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT”. The BMW Group sees digitalization as an opportunity to make mobile life simpler, safer and more convenient, thereby capturing new customer groups. In the coming years, the Group will focus on broadening its technological expertise, expanding the scope of digital connectivity between people, vehicles and services and actively strengthening sustainable mobility.

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Renault Twizy 40 arrives in Canada

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Twizy, Renault’s all-electric quadricyle, has been certified by Transport Canada, and is now set for release on the Canadian market. The Canadian Renault Twizy (Twizy 40) is fitted with a type-1 charging cable and side reflectors. With speed capped at 40 km/h (25 mph), it comes under the Canadian category of low-speed vehicles (four-wheel electric vehicles with top speed from 32 to 40 km/h). Renault’s local partner, AZRA Canada, will be selling Twizy 40 from summer 2016. Brief

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ORNL team gains insight into elastic properties of next-gen energy storage material MXene; understanding how ions flow

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with a colleague from Drexel University, have combined advanced in-situ microscopy and theoretical calculations to uncover important clues to the elastic properties of an MXene material—a promising next-generation energy storage material for supercapacitors and batteries—( earlier post ), specifically a 2D titanium carbide (Ti 3 C 2 T x ).

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Euro Parliament report analyzes Industry 4.0 potential

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The European Parliament has release an analysis of the Industry 4.0 Initiative—the digitalization of production processes based on devices autonomously communicating with each other along the value chain. It considers the potential of the initiative and business paradigm changes and impacts of this transformation. The study assesses the rationale for public intervention and outlines measures that could be adopted to increase the gains and limit the threats from Industry 4.0. Background.

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ORCnext project concludes waste heat recovery efficiency can be boosted by 20-25%

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The four-year projet ORCNext , aimed at developing knowledge and design tools for next generation of Organic Rankine Cycles (ORCs), has concluded that waste heat recovery efficiency can be increased by 20 to 25% through appropriate cycle selection, efficient expanders, appropriate control and less oversizing of the heat exchangers.

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IEEE approves 802.3bw Ethernet; 100 Mb/s over single twisted-pair driven by needs of automotive industry

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IEEE announced the approval of IEEE 802.3bw, IEEE Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layer Specifications and Management Parameters for 100 Mb/s Operation over a Single Balanced Twisted Pair Cable (100BASE-T1). The standard is driven primarily by the needs of the global automotive industry and illustrates Ethernet’s expansion into new application areas.

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Kyushu University research group develops new method for creating highly efficient gold nanoparticle catalysts for fuel cells

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A team of researchers at Kyushu University’s International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I 2 CNER) reports devising a method for using a new type of catalyst support for highly active gold nanoparticle catalysts for fuel cells. An open access paper on the work is published in Scientific Reports.

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Extremely selective and productive catalyst to produce isobutanol from methanol-ethanol mixtures

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A team at the University of Bristol in the UK has developed an extremely selective (>99%) and productive (>75% conversion) homogeneous ruthenium catalyst for the production of isobutanol from methanol-ethanol mixtures. A paper on their work is published in the RSC journal Chemical Communications.

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Japanese public-private partnership to test end-to-end H2 supply chain using wind power to begin this fall; 2nd-life hybrid batteries for ESS

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A Japanese partnership comprising the Kanagawa Prefectural Government; the municipal governments of the cities of Yokohama and Kawasaki; Toyota; Toshiba; and Iwatani announced the forthcoming start of a four-year project to implement and evaluate an end-to-end low-carbon hydrogen supply chain which will use hydrogen produced from renewable energy to power forklifts. Earlier post.)

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Hyundai delivers first Tucson fuel cell vehicle in Ontario

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Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. has delivered its first fuel cell vehicle in Ontario, Canada to Joseph Cargnelli, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder at Mississauga-based Hydrogenics Corporation. In November, 2014, Hyundai Auto Canada announced it would become the first Canadian automotive company to offer fuel cell vehicles to real-world customers. Six Tucson FCEVs have been delivered since February, 2015 in British Columbia.

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Kawasaki Heavy and Shell to partner on technologies for transporting liquefied hydrogen by sea

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The Nikkei reports that Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Royal Dutch Shell will partner to develop technologies for transporting large volumes of liquefied hydrogen by sea. Kawasaki has already been collaborating with Iwatani and Electric Power Development in hydrogen mass production and transportation. Kawasaki is also currently developing a small test vessel for the marine transportation of liquefied hydrogen. Earlier post.)

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$67 Oil Has All The Majors Converging in Argentina

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by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. Argentina offers one of the few places on earth where oil companies are not suffering from the full force of the collapse in prices. Argentina regulates oil prices, a policy originally intended to insulate the public from the whims of the market, protecting people from triple-digit crude prices. But with the crash in prices since mid-2014, the effect of the regulation has reversed: motorists are now effectively subsidizing the oil industry.

Japan team demonstrates pure hydride-ion conduction; potential for next-generation batteries

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Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology, in collaboration with colleagues in Japan, have demonstrated the first electrochemical reaction based on hydride ions in an oxide-based solid-state cell for potential next-generation batteries. A paper on their work is published in the journal Science. Ionic transport has been studied extensively over the years for energy devices such as fuel cells and batteries using Li + , H + , Ag + , Cu + , F – , and O 2– as ionic charge carriers.

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IEEE publishes three updated standards to support connected vehicle development

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The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced IEEE’s publication of three updated standards to support connected vehicle deployment. These standards are: IEEE 1609.2-2016 Standard for Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments Security Services for Applications and Management Messages. Defines secure message formats, and the processing of those secure messages, within the dedicated short-range communications/WAVE system.

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Global truck manufacturers call for progress in regulatory harmonization to aid reductions in fuel consumption

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The world’s leading manufacturers of heavy-duty commercial trucks and engines called for further progress in regulatory harmonisation and closer cooperation among European, North American, and Japanese regulators in order to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel consumption associated with on-road freight transport.

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Biodiesel from engineered sugarcane more economical than from soybean

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A techno-economic analysis by a team from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has determined that biodiesel produced from oil from genetically modified lipid-producing sugarcane (lipid-cane) is much more economical than biodiesel produced from soybean oil.

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DOE announces $3M for 2nd round of HPC4Mfg for industry access to high performance computing

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $3 million ( FBO315-16 ) in the second round of funding for High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program, which enables manufacturers to use high-performance computing resources at the Department’s national laboratories to tackle major manufacturing challenges. Earlier post.)

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Munich Re America launches transit bus collision avoidance pilot in Washington with Mobileye Shield+ system

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Munich Reinsurance America, one of the largest reinsurers in the US, in collaboration with the Washington State Transit Insurance Pool (WSTIP), has launched a pilot program equipping transit buses with the award-winning collision avoidance system Mobileye Shield+. Rosco Vision Systems is the official North American provider and driver-interface manufacturer of this system.

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Series production of next-generation Acura NSX hybrid supercar begins in April at new Performance Manufacturing Center

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Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) will begin series production of the next-generation Acura NSX hybrid supercar ( earlier post ) in late April, with customer deliveries to commence thereafter.

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Nevs in strategic cooperation with China’s State Grid for EVs

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (Nevs) and State Grid Electric Vehicle Service Co., have signed a Strategic Cooperation Framework agreement under which State Grid will use Nevs as a preferred partner for mobility solutions and as a supplier of electric vehicles. State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) was established as a state-owned enterprise on 29 December 2002. As the largest public service company in the world, SGCC ranked 7 th on Fortune Global 500.

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Israel MoEP enforcing vehicle exclusion rules in Haifa Bay Low Emission Zone; $2.8M to retrofit 700 diesel trucks with DPFs

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As part the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection’s (MoEP’s) action plan to reduce pollution in Haifa Bay in Israel, Israel Police are actively enforcing exclusion rules that bar heavy vehicles in downtown Haifa Bay at certain times of the day. Data from the Haifa municipality shows that until January 2016, some 600 heavy vehicles (more than 12 tons) would be on the roads in downtown Haifa every day during rush hour.

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IRENA: doubling global share of renewable energy by 2030 could save trillions annually from avoided expenditures on pollution and climate change

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Doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030 can save up to US$4.2 trillion annually by 2030—15 times more than the costs— according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). REmap: Roadmap for a Renewable Energy Future, released today at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue , recommends options to boost the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix from just over 18% today, to as much as 36% by 2030.

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Renault upgrades heavy-duty Trucks T for lower fuel consumption, higher payload

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Less than three years after its launch and positive feedback from customers, Renault is upgrading the heavy-duty Trucks T to help it be even more cost efficient for its users. The 2016 version of the T benefits from improvements to the chassis and driveline, enabling it to reduce its consumption by up to a further 2%, while at the same time increasing the payload by up to 114 kg (251 lbs). It is also introducing Optivision, a predictive cruise control system with GPS.

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Ford logs strongest-ever calendar year start for SUVs in US; sales bolstered by women and Millenials

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Ford recorded 115,228 SUV US sales at retail through the first two months of 2016, making for the best-yet calendar year start for Ford SUVs (Escape, Edge, Flex, Explorer, Police Interceptor Utility, Expedition) ever, highlighted by a best-ever February. Sales of Ford’s utilities for January and February 2016 were up 16.1% compared to the same period in 2015. As a comparison, over the same periods, total Ford brand sales rose 8.6%, with sales of Ford cars rising 3.0% and Ford trucks up 7.6%.

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ClipperCreek introduces 24 Amp Level 2 charging station for $499

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ClipperCreek, Inc. has introduced a new 24 Amp Level 2 LCS-30 electric vehicle charging station to its line-up. The LCS-30 offers 5.8kW of power for up to 4 times faster charging than the standard 120V cordsets delivered with most vehicles. The LCS-30 is available for both hardwired and plug in installations; the hardwired 240 Volt charging station is $499; the four types of LCS-30P plug-in versions are $515.

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NREL updates Survey of Advanced Biofuel Producers in the United States

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) updated its annual survey of US non-starch ethanol and renewable hydrocarbon biofuels producers. The 2015 Survey of Non-Starch Ethanol and Renewable Hydrocarbon Biofuels Producers provides an inventory of the domestic advanced biofuels production industry as of the end of calendar year 2015, documenting important changes (e.g.,

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Tata Motors to supply 25 diesel series-hybrid buses to MMRDA

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Tata Motors has signed a contract to supply 25 Tata Starbus Diesel Series Hybrid Electric Buses with Full Low floor configuration with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA)—the single largest order yet awarded for its hybrid electric vehicle technology. With these buses, the MMRDA will connect Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) to the railways stations of Sion, Bandra and Kurla in the next one year, improving feeder services, to the fastest-growing business hub in Mumbai.

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Sysgration contracting with China BAK for at least 6M 26650 Li-ion cells for EV battery packs

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Sysgration, a China-based manufacturer of automotive electronics products and smart home devices, has contracted with Li-ion battery manufacturer China BAK Battery for no less than 6 million units of 26650 high power lithium batteries in calendar year 2016, for use in Sysgration’s battery packs supplied to electric vehicles manufacturers. The 26650 high power lithium battery is based on a LiFEPO 4 chemistry, and offers 2.2 Ah capacity with 3.2 V, and a cycle life of more than 2,000 cycles.

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UPS orders Agility’s new Behind-the-Cab CNG fuel systems

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Agility Fuel System announced that UPS has ordered Agility’s new Behind-the-Cab CNG fuel systems for delivery in the third quarter of 2016. UPS has led the industry in the adoption of natural gas in heavy duty on-road trucking and, with this new order, will be operating more than 1,700 heavy duty trucks equipped with Agility natural gas fuel systems. These 700 mile range systems will be delivered out of Agility’s new manufacturing facility in Salisbury, North Carolina.

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New Buick LaCrosse upgrades computing power from 17 to 31 ECUs; new electronic control system

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The all-new Buick LaCrosse, which launches this week in China, features significant upgrades in computing power and networking to advance connectivity and safety features. There are 31 ECUs distributed in the all-new Buick LaCrosse—its predecessor utilized only 17. This 82% increase in the number of ECUs helps to optimize calculating efficiency.

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America Makes and ANSI launch additive manufacturing standardization collaborative

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America Makes , the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have launched the America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative ( AMSC ). The purpose of the AMSC will be to coordinate and accelerate the development of industry-wide additive manufacturing standards and specifications consistent with stakeholder needs and thereby facilitate the growth of the additive manufacturing industry.

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ABI Research forecasts nearly 203M Software-Over-the-Air-enabled cars to ship by 2022

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ABI Research forecasts nearly 203 million Software Over-the-Air (SOTA)-enabled cars will ship by 2022. Both SOTA and Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) will see a spike, with nearly 180 million new cars supporting SOTA and 22 million FOTA by 2022. Beyond Tesla, car OEMs will primarily focus the next three to five years on SOTA versus the still nascent FOTA upgrade. The positive changes that OTA can bestow on the car recall process is alone a vital benefit.

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