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Scripps research ship fueled by 100% NEXBTL renewable diesel for 1 year; emissions analysis

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In 2014, Scripps Institution of Oceanography received a grant from the US Department of Transportation to test the use of biofuel on the research vessel Robert Gordon Sproul for more than a year. Spearheaded by Scripps Associate Director Bruce Appelgate and co-led by Scripps atmospheric scientist Lynn Russell, the biofuel project investigated the viability of using hydrotreated renewable diesel fuel (HRD) on a long-term basis.

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The Greatest Solar Powered Music Festival in World History! SUNSTOCK JUNE 18 Los Angeles

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Out of the darkness, comes the light! Be there and shine with us! Your Creative Greenius loves him some Cults. You KNOW I dig Kaki King… In fact, there has NEVER been a greater, more talented, more entertaining musical line up than Sunstock!

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Tesla to provide batteries for energy storage farm in Kauai, Hawaii

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While its electric-car manufacturing continues to get the most attention, Tesla quietly continues to build up its energy-storage business as well. Today, the still-incomplete "gigafactory" in Nevada is assembling standalone battery packs for the company's Tesla Energy stationary energy-storage division. Some of those packs will be deployed in. Batteries energy infrastructure plug-in cars Hawaii solar energy storage Solar City

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Solar Impulse finishes North American leg of fuel-less round-the-world flight

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On Friday, the Solar Impulse 2 solar-electric airplane landed at JFK Airport in New York, completing the North America leg of its around-the-world journey. The Solar Impulse project, conceived by adventurer Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg

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Dana presenting VariGlide beltless transmission technology at International VDI Conference

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Dana Holding Corporation will present its VariGlide planetary variator for beltless continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) at the International VDI Conference, to be held 21-22 June 2016, in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Dana’s VariGlide technology features a unique planetary, coaxial configuration, which eliminates belts and pulleys used in conventional CVTs.

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Hunan team develops new strategy to prolong cycle life of Li-S batteries

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Researchers at Hunan University, China, have developed a new strategy to suppress the diffusion of polysulfides into the electrolyte in Li-Sulfur batteries, resulting in improved performance. As described in a paper in the Journal of Power Sources , the research tea used hydrophilic carbon paper anchored by hierarchically porous cobalt disulfides as an interlayer for capturing polysulfides through physical absorption and chemical bonding. The sulfur-graphene composite with a sulfur content of 70.5%

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Honda launches 2017 Accord Hybrid; 2nd generation two-motor hybrid powertrain

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Honda has launched the 2017 Accord Hybrid ( earlier post ) at its dealers in the US. Featuring an advanced second-generation two-motor hybrid powertrain, the 2017 Accord Hybrid midsize sedan delivers peak total system output of 212 hp, best-in-class EPA fuel economy ratings of 49/47/48 mpg US (4.8/5.0/4.9 l/100 km) (city/highway/combined), and a starting MSRP of $29,605.

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Daimler developing new dedicated architecture for battery-electric vehicles; debut at Paris Motor Show in September; 500 km

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Daimler is developing a dedicated, multi-model electric vehicle architecture for battery-powered vehicles. Earlier post.) The global debut will take place at the Paris Motor Show this fall, and the first model is to be launched onto the market before the end of the decade.

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MAHLE Powertrain first engineering services provider to offer VCA-approved RDE test process in UK

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MAHLE Powertrain is the first independent engineering service provider (ESP) to have its real driving emissions (RDE) test process and routes approved by the UK Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA). MAHLE’s approval comes well in advance of the adoption of RDE across Europe in 2017, when portable emissions measurement systems (PEMS) will become mandatory for the emissions testing of all new vehicles. MAHLE’s PEMS system fitted to an Audi A1 TFSi model. Click to enlarge.

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EPA announces 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners. The annual awards recognize landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development. The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners were honored at a ceremony in Portland, Ore. on 13 June.

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Mercedes-Benz’ GLC F-CELL fuel-cell plug-in hybrid SUV coming in 2017

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Daimler will introduce a series-production fuel-cell plug-in hybrid—the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL—in 2017. Earlier post.). The GLC F-CELL features a ~9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack combined with a new fuel cell stack developed in Vancouver, Canada together with partner Ford in the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) joint venture.

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Panasonic commercializes conductive polymer hybrid aluminum electrolytic capacitors for automotive use

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Panasonic Corporation has developed conductive polymer hybrid aluminum electrolytic capacitors realizing large capacitance and large current in a compact form factor (SMD type), suited for automotive ECUs (Electronic Control Units) power supply circuits of HEV, EV and gasoline-powered vehicles, etc.

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks boosts power, lowers emissions and fuel consumption with latest generation OM 470 engine

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At the upcoming IAA this fall, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will showcase the latest generation of the OM 470 six-cylinder in-line engine, which incorporates numerous new developments to achieve a further reduction in fuel consumption of up to 5%. Mercedes-Benz is also introducing a new top-of-the-range variant with a power output of 335 kW (456 hp). All the heavy-duty engines benefit from new low-friction engine oils.

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USC team develops new robust iridium catalyst for release of hydrogen from formic acid

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A team of researchers at the University of Southern California has developed a robust, reusable iridium catalyst that enables hydrogen gas release from neat formic acid. The catalyst works under mild conditions in the presence of air, is highly selective and affords millions of turnover numbers (TONs).

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Cadillac CT6 features industry-first surround-view video recording system

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The all-new Cadillac CT6 prestige sedan features an industry-first surround-vision video recording system designed to enhance situational awareness and safety for the driver. The CT6 utilizes four of the vehicles’ seven exterior cameras to provide recorded video of the CT6’s surroundings. The cameras are strategically placed without compromising the sculpted exterior—one in each door-mounted rearview mirror, one integrated into the front grille and one mounted on the rear trunk lid.

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CARB, NOAA, NASA and San Jose State University scientists team up to study ozone transported across Pacific

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As California continues to reduce local sources of ozone, ozone entering the state from the Pacific makes up a larger fraction of measured ozone levels. Current ozone levels in the San Joaquin Valley are predominantly caused by local emissions, but as air quality standards become lower, any contribution from global ozone levels needs to be understood.

Showa Denko to expand production capacities for carbon-based anode materials for Li-ion batteries

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Showa Denko will expand its production capacity for SCMG carbon-based anode material used in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries (LIBs) in response to growing demand from customers. Commercial operation of the expanded production facility is scheduled to start at the end of 2016. Through this capacity expansion, Omachi Plant’s SCMG production capacity will be increased by 50%, to 1,500t per year.

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Navy study highlights potential of alkyl dioxolanes as fuel additives, importance of 2,3-BD as biomass-derived platform molecule

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Researchers at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), China Lake have developed a solvent-free process for the conversion of 2,3-Butanediol (2,3-BD)—a renewable alcohol that can be prepared in high yield from biomass sugars—to a complex mixture of 2-ethyl-2,4,5-trimethyl-1,3-dioxolane (TMED) and 4,5-dimethyl-2-isopropyl dioxolane (DMID).

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Ricardo applying sound augmentation technology for NVH in sports cars, EVs and PHEVs

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Ricardo’s Realistic Augmented Sound by Ricardo (RAS-R) technology provides a means by which sound quality can be enhanced and perfected through the use of a real-time software based model of the engine, or by sensor-based dynamic pressure signals from the intake manifold.

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VW Group strategy calls for >30 new BEVs by 2025 with annual EV sales of 2-3M units; mobility services

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Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller presented the company’s new new strategic plan—TOGETHER - Strategy 2025—in Wolfsburg. With regard to vehicles and drivetrains, the new strategy places special emphasis on e-mobility. The Group is planning a broad-based initiative in this area: it intends to launch more than 30 purely battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) over the next ten years.

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Local Motors debuts first self-driving vehicle using IBM Watson Internet of Things for Automotive

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Local Motors, creator of the first 3D-printed cars ( earlier post ), introduced the first self-driving vehicle to integrate the advanced cognitive computing capabilities of IBM Watson. The vehicle, dubbed “Olli,” will be used on public roads locally in Washington DC, and late in 2016 in Miami-Dade County, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada. Olli was unveiled during the grand opening of a new Local Motors facility in National Harbor, MD and transported Local Motors CEO and co-founder John B.

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BMW Group introduces MINI and Rolls Royce centenary concepts; individual mobility based on megatrends and projections

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To mark its centenary year in 2016, the BMW Group is looking further ahead than usual with a series of Vision Vehicles designed to anticipate and respond to future mobility needs. At its Munich Centenary Event on 7 March, the automaker introduced the BMW VISION NEXT 100. Earlier post.). BMW now has introduced two more Vision concepts: the MINI VISION NEXT 100 and the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100.

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Renesas Electronics develops two-port on-chip SRAM for improved video processing for autonomous vehicles

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Renesas Electronics has developed a new two-port on-chip Static Random Access Memory (SRAM) for use in system-on-chips (SoCs) for in-vehicle infotainment systems. The new on-chip SRAM will be used as video processing buffer memory in high-performance SoCs that will play an important role in making the autonomous-driving vehicles of the future safer and more reliable.

2016 150

UQM partners with Eaton, Pi Innovo on full MD, HD electric drivetrain system; 2-speed transmission

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UQM Technologies has begun a development and production program with Eaton’s Vehicle Group and Pi Innovo. The alliance calls for Eaton to develop and supply to UQM a 2-speed transmission for an EV application; Pi Innovo will develop and supply to UQM the transmission control unit. Together, the components will be combined with UQM’s current PowerPhase HD220/HD250 motor and inverter system to create a full electric drivetrain system called the “UQM PowerPhaseDT.”.

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SEPTA awards New Flyer a contract for up to 550 diesel hybrid buses; 90 in first order

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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has awarded New Flyer a contract for up to 550 heavy-duty 40-foot Xcelsior diesel electric hybrid buses. Earlier post.). The contract includes a firm order for 90 Xcelsior XDE40 buses valued at approximately US$50 million, with options for an additional 460 units over the next 5 years. All buses will be delivered between the period of 2017 to 2020.

2016 150

Gevo to supply Musket Corporation with bio-isobutanol for gasoline blending; marine and off-road markets

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Gevo, Inc. has entered into an agreement with Musket Corporation to supply bio-isobutanol for blending with gasoline. Musket is a national fuel distributor under the umbrella of the Love’s Family of Companies. Initial target markets are expected to include the marine and off-road markets in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. The supply program is expected to begin with railcar quantities of isobutanol (a railcar holds approximately 28-29 thousand gallons).

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INEES report shows intelligent integration of EVs reduces power fluctuations, but not currently economically viable

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Partners Volkswagen AG, Lichtblick SE, SMA Solar Technology AG and the Fraunhofer Institute Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) have submitted the final report from the INEES research project (Intelligent integration of electric vehicles into the power grid for the provision of system services). The findings of the report show that it is technically possible to absorb grid power fluctuations by connecting electric vehicles to the power supply.

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Low-cost N-doped interlayer derived from loofah sponge enables high-performance Li-S, Li-Se and LiI2 batteries

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Researchers from Griffith University in Australia and Peking University in China have synthesized low-cost, hierarchically porous, and nitrogen-doped loofah sponge carbon (N-LSC) derived from the loofah sponge via a simple calcining process and applied it as a multifunctional blocking layer for Li–S, Li–Se, and Li–I 2 batteries. As a result of the ultrahigh specific area (2551.06 m 2 g –1 ), high porosity (1.75

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Navy researchers convert 2,3-Butanediol to renewable gasoline, solvents, and fuel additives; dioxolanes

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Researchers at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), China Lake report on a solvent-free process for the conversion of 2,3-Butanediol (2,3-BD)—a renewable alcohol that can be prepared in high yield from biomass sugars—to a complex mixture of 2-ethyl-2,4,5-trimethyl-1,3-dioxolanes and 4,5-dimethyl-2-isopropyl dioxolanes. A paper on their work is published in the journal ChemSusChem. The purified dioxolane mixture exhibited an anti-knock index of 90.5,

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TI introduces two new motor drivers for high-performance powertrain apps; support for start-stop

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Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced two new auotmotive motor drivers that support high-performance powertrain applications. The DRV8305-Q1 , a highly integrated three-phase brushless DC gate driver, and the UCC27211A-Q1 , a high-current half-bridge gate driver, improve system performance and provide design flexibility to meet a diverse range of automotive system requirements.

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Opinion: Uranium Prices Set To Double By 2018

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by James Stafford of Oilprice.com. With prices set to double by 2018, we’ve seen the bottom of the uranium market, and the negative sentiment that has followed this resource around despite strong fundamentals, is starting to change. Billionaire investors sense it, and they’re always the first to anticipate change and take advantage of the rally before it becomes a reality.

2016 150

Li-ion maker Electrovaya signs Letter of Intent with a major residential energy storage provider; $223M over 3 years

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Li-ion battery manufacturer Electrovaya Inc. has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a Global Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the delivery of battery modules for Residential Energy Storage with volume quantity deliveries starting early Q1 CY2017. Electrovaya will provide its battery modules with integrated cells and battery management systems (iBMS).

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LLNL 3-D printed biocatalytic polymer turns methane to methanol at room temperature and pressure

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have combined biology and 3-D printing to create the first reactor that can continuously produce methanol from methane at room temperature and pressure. Methane monooxygenases (MMOs), found in methanotrophic bacteria, are selective catalysts for methane activation and conversion to methanol under mild conditions; however, these enzymes are not amenable to standard enzyme immobilization approaches.

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VW Group of America invests $11.3M in California

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Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. VWGoA) announced the grand opening of its new $6.8-million Pacific Northwest Parts Distribution Center (PDC) in Rocklin, California. The company also confirmed that it will invest an estimated $4.5 million to open a new training center in Eastvale, Calif., just outside of Los Angeles. These facilities, which represent an estimated $11.3

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Volkswagen learning-enabled “Regular Routes” navigation feature detours around traffic jams even without active navigation

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Volkswagen has developed a learning-enabled navigation feature known as Regular Routes. The system automatically “memorizes” regularly driven routes (e.g. to work) and then scans them to see if there are any traffic disturbances. If a jam has been identified along the route, the navigation system will automatically select an alternate route even when in the inactive mode.

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DOE awarding >$82M to support nuclear energy research and development

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) ia awarding more than $82 million to 93 projects that will help push innovative nuclear technologies toward commercialization and into the market. These awards provide funding for nuclear energy-related research through the Nuclear Energy University Program, Nuclear Science User Facilities, and Nuclear Energy Enabling Technology programs.

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Ford Sustainability Report details pilot program in South Africa to deliver health care, education

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A new Ford Motor Company pilot program aims to enhance mobility health services in rural areas of South Africa and Nigeria. Ford Project Better World brings together multiple organizations such as World Vision South Africa, and social entrepreneurs to deliver health education, medication, nutrition and basic services to thousands of underserved people in remote areas. The services will be accessed using enhanced mobility and connectivity technologies from Ford vehicles.