Sat.Jul 09, 2016 - Fri.Jul 15, 2016

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DOE awarding $15M to 3 algae-based biofuel and bioproducts projects

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields. These projects will develop highly productive algal cultivation systems and couple those systems with effective, energy-efficient, and low-cost harvest and processing technologies.

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VW diesel buybacks, Tesla Autopilot crash, 'sobering' fuel-cell future, Oklahoma natural gas: The Week in Reverse

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Why did one man involved in developing hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains call their prospects 'sobering'? And, how much do you get from Volkswagen if you bought a TDI diesel car after the emission scandal broke last September? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, July.

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Car leasing v buying used? It’s a no-brainer

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As someone with almost a decade in the retail motor industry behind me, I like to think I know a thing or two about buying and selling cars. Despite m.

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Daido Steel & Honda develop neodymium magnet free of heavy rare earth elements; Honda Freed hybrid first to adopt resulting new motor

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Daido Steel Co., Ltd. and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. have developed a practical hot deformed neodymium magnet containing no heavy rare earth elements (REE) that still delivers the high heat resistance properties and high magnetic performance required for the use in the driving motor of a hybrid vehicle. Honda will first apply this hot deformed neodymium magnet with absolutely no heavy rare earth elements to the Honda Sport Hybrid i-DCD (Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive) system, a system Honda will use i

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How serious is Norway about climate change? So much that its streetlights self-dim

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ABB wins 1st commercial order for 600 kW 15-second flash charging technology; electric buses in Geneva

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ABB has been awarded orders totaling more than $16 million by Transports Publics Genevois (TPG), Geneva’s public transport operator, and Swiss bus manufacturer HESS, to provide flash charging and on-board electric vehicle technology for 12 TOSA (Trolleybus Optimisation Système Alimentation) fully electric buses (e-buses) which will run on Line 23, connecting Geneva’s airport with suburban Geneva.

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BMW introduces its trio of 7 Series plug-in hybrids

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BMW has introduced its three 7 Series plug-in hybrid luxury sedans: the 740e iPerformance, 740Le iPerformance, and the 740Le xDrive iPerformance. ( Earlier post.) The trio source their power from a latest-generation four-cylinder gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor. Together, they deliver a system output of 240 kW/326 hp.

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Consumer Reports calls on Tesla to disable and update auto steering function, remove “Autopilot” name

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Consumer Reports is calling on Tesla to disable the automatic steering function in the Autopilot driving-assist system available in its Model S vehicles until the company updates the function to confirm that the driver’s hands remain on the steering wheel at all times. The consumer organization, which has owned and tested three Teslas (2013 Model S 85, 2014 Model S P85D, and 2016 Model X 90D), said that Tesla should also change the name of the Autopilot feature because it promotes a potentially

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FCC adopts new rules for wireless broadband above 24 GHz; foundation for 5G

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The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the United States the first country in the world to make this spectrum available for next generation wireless services. Building on the flexible approach to spectrum policy that enabled the explosion of 4G (LTE), these rules set a strong foundation for the rapid advancement to next-generation 5G networks and technologies in the United States.

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Google teaching autonomous vehicles to share road safely with cyclists

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In the latest monthly report on its autonomous driving project, Google engineers outlined some of the steps they are taking to teach their self-driving cars to share the road safely with cyclists. Google currently has 24 Lexus RX450h SUVs and 34 prototype vehicles on the road with autonomous driving capability. The Google autonomous fleet has so far racked up 1,725,911 miles driven in autonomous mode, with 1,158,921 miles driven manually.

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In aftermath of Chevron fire, California to tighten regulations on oil refineries

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In California, the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) announced a set of regulations to strengthen workplace and environmental safety at oil refineries across the state. California has 19 oil refineries that process approximately two million barrels of petroleum per day into a variety of products, with gasoline representing about half of the total product volume, according to

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Faurecia and Accenture partner on products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles

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New dissolvable metal support enables 3D printing of complex metallic structures

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Researchers have fabricated dissolvable carbon steel structures using 3D printing technology that can provide temporary support for components of larger stainless steel structures made by additive manufacturing. The first-of-its-kind soluble metal support is subsequently removed via electrochemical etching in nitric acid with bubbling oxygen. A paper on the technology is published in the journal 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.

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U Toronto team assess the climate trade-off between reduced CO2 and increased Black Carbon from GDI engines

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The upside of gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines is widely seen as being improved fuel economy coupled with an increase in specific power (especially with turbocharging), enabling significant downsizing. The downside of GDI engines, however, is a substantial increase in emissions of particulate matter—a problem with which heretofore only diesels had to deal.

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Xtrac introduces Integrated Lightweight Electric Vehicle (ILEV) transmission system; torque vectoring with dual motors

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Xtrac has introduced its P1227 gearbox family, developed to address the growing market requirement for single-speed, lightweight and power-dense electric vehicle (EV) transmissions. It offers a range of installation possibilities for fast and powerful electric supercars with front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configuration. The new transmission system can be integrated with motors supplied by BorgWarner, GKN and YASA, all of which worked with Xtrac on the integration of thei

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2016 Billion Ton Report shows US could sustainably produce at least 1B tons biomass by 2040 for bioeconomy

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Within 25 years, the United States could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for economic, environmental, social, and national security benefits, according to the new 2016 Billion-Ton Report , jointly released by the US Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

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ExxonMobil announces 6th oil discovery offshore Guyana with Ranger-1; Guyana may move from non-producer to regional powerhouse

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XL Hybrids receives first approval from California ARB for incentive vouchers for hybrid-electric upfit of fleet vehicles

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XL Hybrids, Inc. has received approval from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for the first California Heavy Duty Voucher Incentive Project ( HVIP ) vehicle eligibility allowing significant discounts for aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered General Motors 2500 and 3500 passenger and cargo vans into hybrid electric vehicles. HVIP provides vouchers for California purchasers and lessees of hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Boeing, South African Airways and Mango celebrate Africa’s 1st commercial flights with sustainable aviation biofuel from tobacco

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Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost carrier Mango celebrated Africa’s first passenger flights with sustainable aviation biofuel. The flights coincided with Boeing’s 100 th anniversary and centennial celebrations worldwide. The SAA and Mango flights carried 300 passengers from Johannesburg to Cape Town on Boeing 737-800s using a blend of 30% aviation biofuel produced from Sunchem’s nicotine-free tobacco plant Solaris , refined by AltAir Fuels and supplied by SkyNRG. ( Earlier post.).

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Hydrogen refueling station in Ulm opens; 21 HRS now in Germany

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The network of hydrogen filling stations in Germany is growing: Daimler, Linde, Total, and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) jointly hosted the official opening of another hydrogen fuel pump in Ulm. After openings at the Geiselwind motorway service area, at two locations in Berlin, and a station in Fellbach, Baden-Württemberg, the partners have now taken a further step towards a nationwide H 2 supply network.

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NSF leads $400M federal effort to boost advanced wireless research

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) will invest more than $400 million over the next seven years to support fundamental wireless research and to develop platforms for advanced wireless research in support of the White House’s Advanced Wireless Research Initiative. These investments will support the research community in experimenting with and testing novel technologies, applications and services capable of making wireless communication faster, smarter, more responsive and more robust.

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HARMAN software update gateway delivers secure OTA updates to the entire car; NXP first go-to-market partner

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HARMAN has launched its HARMAN Software Update Gateway product with partner NXP Semiconductors (NXP) as the latest addition to the HARMAN Software Management portfolio. NXP’s secured gateway processors, embedded with the new HARMAN update management technology, will enable every ECU, regardless of memory, CPU or network resource, to benefit from secure OTA (over-the-air) updates.

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Infineon buys Wolfspeed Power for $850M cash; power semiconductors for electromobility

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Infineon Technologies AG has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Wolfspeed Power and RF division of Cree. The deal also includes the related SiC wafer substrate business for power and RF power. The purchase price for this planned all-cash transaction is US$850 million (~€740 million). Infineon says that the purchase will give it the broadest offering in compound semiconductors (semiconductors made from two or more elements) and will further strengthen Infineon as a leading supplie

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Evatran and Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology form JV to bring Plugless wireless charging to China EV market

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Evatran Group and Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology Company (VIE) have formed a joint venture to integrate Plugless, Evatran’s wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging system, into the EVs of car manufacturers (OEMs) based in China. The new venture is called Zhejiang VIE Evatran Electronic Technologies Co. and was created with an initial investment of US$5 million.

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Ford testing use of collaborative robots on assembly line; Industry 4.0

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Ford Motor is using new collaborative robots (co-bots) to help workers fit shock absorbers to Fiesta cars, a task that requires accuracy, strength, and a high level of dexterity. Employees work hand-in-hand with the robots to ensure a perfect fit. The trial at Ford’s assembly plant in Cologne, Germany, is part of the company’s investigations into Industry 4.0.

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TTTech using VectorCAST platform for development of Audi zFAS to ISO 26262 ASIL-D compliance; domain controller for piloted driving

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TTTech Computertechnik AG (TTTech) has selected Vector Software’s VectorCAST software test automation platform for use within TTTech’s development of Audi’s zFAS (zentrales Fahrerassistenzsteuergerät)—the domain controller for Audi piloted driving systems. ( Earlier post.) VectorCAST provides TTTech with the tools necessary to ensure ISO 26262 compliance up to ASIL D level on all microcontrollers used in zFAS.

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Mazda introduces SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS control technologies; G-Vectoring Control uses engine to enhance chassis performance

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Mazda Motor Corporation is introducing SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS, a series of new-generation vehicle motion control technologies. The first in the series, G-Vectoring Control, will be introduced to all new-generation models starting with the updated Mazda Axela (known as Mazda3 outside Japan), which has just gone on sale in Japan. By adopting GVC, Mazda vehicles will exhibit even smoother transitions between G-forces in all driving scenarios.

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University of Nottingham leading 3-year, £830K project on automotive power electronics

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The University of Nottingham (UK) is leading a 3-year, £830,000 (US$1.1-million) research project on power electronics—the EPSRC Challenge Network in Automotive Power Electronics. The EPSRC Challenge Network in Automotive Power Electronics will bring together the academic and industrial communities to identify and to address the long-term challenges in the design, manufacture, deployment and operational management of automotive electrical-power conversion and conditioning systems.

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Governments of Canada & Québec award $76.5M to AE Côte-Nord Canada Bioenergy for renewable fuel oil from forest residues w/ Ensyn RTP

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The Governments of Canada and Québec will provide $76.5 million in funding to AE Côte-Nord Canada Bioenergy Inc. for the production of renewable fuel oil (RFO) from forest residues. The plant, which will use Ensyn’s RTP (rapid thermal processing) ( earlier post ), will be the first commercial RTP facility designed and optimized for the production of biocrude used for heating, cooling and refinery applications, according to Dr.

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Genetically improving sorghum for production of biofuel

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Sorghum is a promising feedstock for environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals that offer alternatives to petroleum-based products. Sorghum can potentially yield more energy per area of land than other crops while requiring much less input in terms of fertilizer or chemicals. New research examines how genetic improvement of specific sorghum traits, with an eye toward sustainability, could help maximize the usefulness of sorghum as a bioenergy crop.

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JLR to field more than 100 research vehicles in UK for wide range of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies

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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plans to create a fleet of more than 100 research vehicles over the next four years, to develop and test a wide range of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technologies. The first of these research cars will be driven on a new 41-mile test route on motorways and urban roads around Coventry and Solihull in the UK later this year.

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California Air Resources Board rejects Volkswagen Group recall plan for 3.0-liter diesel passenger cars

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) on Wednesday rejected proposed plans submitted by Volkswagen/Audi and Porsche for repair of undisclosed Auxiliary Emission Control Devices (AECDs) and defeat devices in 3.0 liter, diesel passenger cars manufactured for model years 2009-2016. This decision affects about 16,000 3.0-liter diesel Volkswagens, Audis and Porsches sold in California.

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Wärtsilä in coalition to promote LNG as a marine fuel

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Wärtsilä and other leading marine industry players have formed a coalition, known as SEA/LNG, to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The coalition aims to help break down the barriers hindering the global development of LNG in marine applications, thereby improving the environmental performance of the shipping industry.

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World’s first LNG-powered bulker with ME-GI prime mover

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Korean shipowner ILSHIN and HMD (Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd.) have signed a shipbuilding contract for a 50,000 dwt bulk carrier. As a world first for the segment, the vessel will be powered by an MAN B&W 6G50ME-C9.5-GI engine, to be built by HHI-EMD, which will also supply the ME-GI and fuel gas supply system. This will be the first LNG-powered bulker (a merchant ship designed to transport unpackaged bulk cargo, such as grains, coal, ore, and cement in its cargo holds).

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks using 3D printing for truck spare parts on demand

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks is using the latest 3D printing processes for plastic spare parts as the standard production method in the Customer Services & Parts sector. As of September, 30 spare parts can be ordered and supplied at the press of a button from the 3D printer, quickly, economically, in any quantity and always in consistent genuine manufacturer’s quality (“one-piece demand”).

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Alphabet Energy closes $23.5M Series C; thermoelectric waste-heat-to-power for oil & gas and automotive

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Alphabet Energy, a startup commercializing low-cost, efficient thermoelectric materials for power generation leveraging technology initially developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ( earlier post , earlier post ), has closed a $23.5-million Series C round of financing. Schlumberger, a new investor from the oil and gas industry, led the round with participation from GM Ventures and Osceola Capital Management, LLC.

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BMW Group expands use of additive manufacturing processes in series production; planar technologies

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The BMW Group has been using components from 3D printers in series production since 2012; more than 10,000 additively-manufactured parts are built into the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The Additive Manufacturing Center at the company’s Research and Innovation Centre (FIZ) has also been using these forming processes to produce parts for the new Rolls-Royce Dawn since the beginning of the year.

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