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CDP Technologies offering new gaseous fuels aftermarket cylinder head package for GM 6.0L engines

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CDP Technologies, the OEM sales division of Crazy Diamond Performance Inc., will offer a new aftermarket gaseous fuels-prepped cylinder head package for GM 6.0L engines. The new CDP cylinder head will be available for the popular GM engines that have been, or are slated to be, converted to a gaseous alternative fuel engine.

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Tesla's battery farm on Kauai opens, large-scale solar energy for Hawaii

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Even before Elon Musk engineered Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity, the two companies were collaborating. SolarCity was already controlled by Musk, who believes its solar-energy business can be reinforced and complemented by Tesla's energy-storage business. Last year, Tesla announced a joint project with SolarCity to install a large battery farm. electric utilities Hawaii renewable energy solar energy storage Solar City

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Successful first test run of Alstom Coradia iLint fuel cell train; signed letters of intent for 60 trains

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Alstom successfully performed the first test run at 80 km/h (50 mph) of the fuel cell passenger train Coradia iLint ( earlier post ) on its own test track in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony (Germany). An extensive test campaign will be conducted in Germany and Czech Republic in the coming months before the Coradia iLint performs its first passenger test runs on the Buxtehude–Bremervörde–Bremerhaven–Cuxhaven (Germany) route beginning of 2018.

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Magna and Ford developing prototype carbon fiber composite subframe; mass reduction of 34%

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In pursuit of lower vehicle weight to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency, Magna International Inc., in cooperation with Ford Motor Company, developed a prototype carbon fiber composite subframe which reduces mass by 34% compared to making a stamped steel equivalent. The subframe is a key part of a vehicle’s structure, typically providing a place to attach the engine and wheels while also contributing rigidity and crash management.

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First of 27 BYD electric trucks arriving in Southern California freight and rail yards; $19.2M project

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The State of California, San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG) and partners Daylight Transport and BYD Motors celebrated the arrival of the first of 27 electric yard and service trucks for freight and rail yards in three disadvantaged communities in San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Fontana. The demonstration truck project is funded by $9 million from the State’s climate change-fighting cap-and-trade program and another $10.2 million in cash and in-kind matching funds.

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California ARB receives VW’s 1st $200M, 30-month ZEV investment plan

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has received Volkswagen’s (VW) first 30-month Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment Plan. This Plan is The Plan, required by California’s partial settlement with VW over the use of illegal defeat devices, describes how VW is proposing to spend the first $200 million in California on ZEV fueling infrastructure (including the development and maintenance of ZEV charging stations), public awareness, increasing ZEV access, and a green city demonstration.

2017 207

Cambridge team demonstrates light-driven photoreforming of unprocessed biomass to H2 at room temperature

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A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has reported the light-driven photoreforming of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin to H 2 using semiconducting cadmium sulfide quantum dots in alkaline aqueous solution.

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Volvo Cars expanding connected services; refreshed Sensus interface in the new XC60

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Volvo Cars announced a range of updates to its global connected services program and its Sensus in-car user interface, starting with the new XC60 and the company’s existing and new 90 Series cars. First, Volvo Cars is expanding its In-car Delivery service, a part of the Volvo On Call smartphone app, which launched in 2015 and allows one-time digital access for deliveries to a car, to five additional countries during 2017. This is just the start.

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Lucid Motors pricing base Lucid Air luxury EV at $52,500 after Fed tax credits; fully loaded above $100K

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Lucid Motors, a Silicon Valley-based electric vehicle company, announced that the base version of its first vehicle, the Lucid Air luxury sedan ( earlier post ), will have a starting price of $52,500 after federal tax credits. Customers can place a $2,500 deposit to reserve a car at lucidmotors.com/car/reserve. Above the base Lucid Air, a number of upgrades will be available.

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2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid on sale in April; 3-motor sport hybrid system

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Acura’s first hybrid SUV, the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid ( earlier post ), will arrive at showrooms in early April with more than 30 additional horsepower and a 45 percent higher EPA city fuel economy rating as compared to the conventionally-powered MDX SH-AWD.

2017 183

V2V safety technology now standard on Cadillac CTS sedans in US

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Cadillac introduces Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications this month in the CTS performance sedan, which is in production now. V2V-equipped vehicles share information that can be used to alert drivers to upcoming potential hazards, laying the groundwork for a connected, safer future. Cadillac’s V2V solution uses Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) and GPS and can handle 1,000 messages per second from vehicles up to nearly 1,000 feet away.

2017 183

Year-long field testing finds electric buses with Toshiba wireless charger cut CO2 up to 60% compared to diesel

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Toshiba Corporation announced the results of year-long field tests of electric buses charged with its wireless rapid rechargeable battery system. Earlier post.) The tests, carried out with the cooperation of Waseda University, showed that using the buses to replace standard diesel buses could cut CO 2 emissions from daily operation by up to 60% for a medium-sized bus and by up to 42% for a small bus.

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California ARB staff considering including alternative jet fuel in Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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The staff of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff is considering including alternative jet fuel (AJF) in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). ARB staff is hosting a public working meeting today to consider the matter. In 2009, the ARB approved the LCFS regulation to reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of transportation fuel used in California by at least 10% by 2020 from a 2010 baseline.

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NVIDIA partners with Bosch for autonomous driving system based on next-generation DRIVE PX Xavier Platform

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Bosch is working with NVIDIA to develop artificial intelligence self-driving systems for mass market cars. Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner unveiled the collaboration during his keynote address at Bosch Connected World, in Berlin, at Bosch Group’s annual Internet of Things conference.

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Volkswagen partners with D-Wave on quantum computing; CeBIT premiere of research project for traffic flow optimization

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Volkswagen partners with D-Wave on quantum computing; CeBIT premiere of research project for traffic flow optimization. Volkswagen Group IT is cooperating with leading quantum computing company D-Wave Systems on a research project for traffic flow optimization. At CeBIT 2017 in Hanover, Volkswagen and D-Wave will be announcing their strategic cooperation and, as a world premiere, demonstrating a software program that optimizes traffic flow on a quantum computer.

2017 174

Goodyear shows two concept tires targeting autonomous and shared vehicles; smart tires

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company showcased several new and emerging technologies in its latest concept tires at the Geneva International Motor Show. In the evolving mobility ecosystem, defined by the transition to driverless vehicles and shared mobility in urban centers, Goodyear aims to revolutionize the interaction between tires, vehicles and their surroundings.

2017 174

ORNL, HTS International to collaborate on manufacturing research; conformal cooling

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HTS International Corporation and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have signed an agreement to explore potential collaborations in advanced manufacturing research such as in conformal cooling. Conformal cooling refers to the use of a cooling passageway which conforms to the shape or profile of a mold core or cavity to perform rapid, uniform cooling in injection molding or blow moulding.).

2017 174

New MAN Diesel & Turbo ME-GIE two-stroke engine can use VOCs as fuel

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The world’s first ME-GIE ethane-combusting two-stroke engine has been delivered from MAN Diesel & Turbo licensee Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., MES) in Japan. The Mitsui-MAN B&W 7G50ME-C9.5-GIE is the first engine in a series of three. Further research has led to new possibilities for this engine leading to new prospects for multi-fuel combustion including the combustion of waste gas.

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NuScale Power’s Small Modular Nuclear Reactor design certification accepted for review by US NRC

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Fluor Corporation announced that NuScale Power—in which Fluor is the majority investor—has received notice that its design certification application has been accepted for review by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Earlier post.) By accepting the completed application for review, the NRC confirms that NuScale’s submission addresses all NRC requirements and contains sufficient technical information to conduct the review.

2017 163

UC Berkeley EBI, Shell sign $25M partnership to fund new energy tech research

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UC Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute has entered into a five-year research agreement with Shell International Exploration and Production to fund research that meets the growing demand for energy in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible. The agreement is to spend up to $25 million over five years on fundamental research in the areas of global energy transition and new energy technology.

2017 163

Ford names Lightning Hybrids, XL Hybrids, Motiv Power its first eQVM upfitters

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Ford is expanding its Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program to include companies that develop and install electrified and hydraulic hybrid powertrains for Ford trucks and vans. The new eQVM program kicks off with three developers: XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems and Lightning Hybrids.

2017 163

Aqueous Hybrid Ion battery company Aquion files for Chap. 11, targets sale of assets

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Aquion Energy Inc., the developer and manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) batteries and energy storage systems ( earlier post ), filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court of the District of Delaware.

2017 163

New method details contributions of climate change & natural variability to rapid Arctic ice loss

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A new study finds that a substantial chunk of summer sea ice loss in recent decades was due to natural variability in the atmosphere over the Arctic Ocean. The study, from the University of Washington, the University of California Santa Barbara and federal scientists, is published in Nature Climate Change. Anthropogenic forcing is still dominant — it’s still the key player. But we found that natural variability has helped to accelerate this melting, especially over the past 20 years.

2017 163

Volvo Trucks and PATH successfully demo partially automated on-highway truck platooning in California; CACC

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Volvo Trucks and Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) at the University of California, Berkeley recently completed a successful demonstration of partially automated truck platooning, made possible by Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control technology ( CACC ).

2017 163

Renault-Nissan Alliance forms light commercial vehicle business unit

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance is creating a light commercial vehicle business unit to expand its global presence in this growing segment. By leveraging Renault’s van expertise and Nissan’s truck know-how in key markets, the Alliance intends to grow its light commercial vehicle sales worldwide. In the spirit of the Alliance, partners will leverage complementary markets and products while maintaining their own brand identity, sales and revenue.

2017 163

Repsol, Armstrong Energy make largest US onshore oil discovery in 30 years; 1.2B barrels in Alaska

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Repsol and partner Armstrong Energy have made the largest US onshore conventional hydrocarbons discovery in 30 years—up to approximately 1.2 billion barrels of recoverable light oil in the Nanushuk play in Alaska’s North Slope. The Horseshoe-1 and 1A wells drilled during the 2016-2017 winter campaign confirmed the Nanushuk play as a significant emerging play.

2017 163

California ARB releases four new LCFS pathways for renewable diesel; 20.28 - 53.86 gCO2e/MJ

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) staff has released for public comment four new Tier 2 renewable diesel (RD) pathways using soy oil, used cooking oil, tallow, and corn oil at the Diamond Green facility in St. Charles, Louisiana. Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) uses the UOP Ecofining Process to produce RD from Used Cooking Oil (UCO), tallow, corn oil, and soybean oil.

2017 163

Porsche spent €2.2B on R&D in 2016; PHEVs, Mission E BEV, digitalization

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In FY 2016, Porsche spent €2.2 billion (US$2.4 billion) on R&D to prepare for mobility of the future with an emphasis on plug-in hybrid vehicles; the battery-electric Mission E vehicle; and overall digital transformation. Digitalization is more than an investment in the latest technologies. It opens new economic opportunities, increases customer benefits and makes processes more efficient. In the medium-term, we want to generate a double-digit percentage of sales through digital services.

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Diamond Green Diesel to boost renewable diesel capacity 80% to 18,000 bpd; Honeywell UOP Ecofining technology

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Honeywell announced that the Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco, La., will expand its annual production capacity of renewable diesel from up to 10,000 barrels per day (about 130 million gallons per year) to 18,000 bpd, using Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining process technology ( earlier post ). Diamond Green Diesel, which is owned by Valero Energy Corp. and Darling Ingredients Inc., is the largest commercial advanced biofuel facility in the United States.

2017 150

Greyrock, Tsinhua U, DRI to assess potential of synthetic diesel to improve air quality in China

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Greyrock Energy, a developer of a gas-to-liquids (GTL) process that produces synthetic diesel, will participate with Tsinghua University of Beijing, China and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) of Reno, Nevada to quantify the positive impact on air quality from the use of synthetic diesel fuels as compared with petroleum derived diesel fuels. Beijing was chosen as the initial focus of this study given the concerns abount air quality.

2017 150

Nissan and Yokohama launch car sharing service featuring Nissan’s ultra-compact EV

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Nissan Motor and the City of Yokohama are introducing a round-trip car sharing service today featuring the Nissan New Mobility Concept, an ultra-compact electric vehicle. The service, “Choimobi Yokohama,” enables users who register online to pick up and return cars in 14 locations around Yokohama Station. Cars can be reserved 30 minutes in advance and can be driven within the city.

2017 150

BIOX working with Forge Hydrocarbons to co-locate renewable diesel facility at Sombra site

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BIOX Corporation, a renewable energy company that owns and operates biodiesel production facilities, is working with Forge Hydrocarbons ( earlier post ) to explore the co-location of a renewable diesel production facility using Forge technology on the existing BIOX site in Sombra, Ontario. BIOX acquired a 50-million-liter (13.2-million-gallon) nameplate capacity biodiesel production facility at the Sombra site, together with 25 acres of land, in June 2016.

2017 150

Sumitomo Electric demoing ESS for power grid in California; US’ largest redox flow battery system

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Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), in cooperation with the State of California and public utility company San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), started the demonstration of the United States’ largest redox flow battery system in California. Following the start of the project in September 2015, a redox flow battery system (2 MW x 4 hours) was constructed for a power grid at a substation in San Diego.

2017 150

Novelis enters supply agreement with NIO to provide aluminum solutions for next-gen EVs

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Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, has expanded its automotive supply capabilities by signing an agreement with EV company NIO ( earlier post ), to provide innovative aluminum solutions for its fleet of smart, high-performance, premium electric vehicles. NIO will use Novelis Advanz aluminum alloys to create a wide range of structural components and parts for its aluminum-intensive NIO electric SUV models to be launched over the next five years.

2017 150

New Detroit DD8 medium-duty diesel engine debuts at 2017 NTEA Show

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Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), along with its component brand Detroit, unveiled the new Detroit DD8 Medium-Duty Engine at the NTEA Work Truck Show. Aimed at the vocational truck markets, the Detroit DD8 is a 7.7L in-line 6-cylinder medium-duty diesel engine. It offers a horsepower range of 260-350 hp and a torque range of 660-1050 lb–ft (895-1424 N·m). The DD8 will expand on the Detroit medium-duty platform that was launched last year with the 4-cylinder, 5.1-liter DD5.

2017 150

MAHLE to acquire Spanish electronics specialist Nagares to bolster position in vehicle electronics

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MAHLE plans to take over Spanish electronics specialist Nagares SA. The purchase price will not be disclosed. The transaction is still subject to approval by the antitrust authorities. Nagares develops and manufactures a variety of products for the automotive industry, including control units and power electronics for electric auxiliary components and thermal management systems, as well as power converters for e-mobility solutions.

2017 150

Mitsubishi Electric develops technologies for automated mapping and extraction of transitions in mapping landscape for high-precision 3D maps

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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed two new technologies to support the creation and maintenance of high-precision 3D maps required for autonomous driving ( earlier post ): AI-based automated mapping; and the extraction of transitions in mapping landscapes. The technologies are based on the company’s own Mobile Mapping System (MMS) ( earlier post ) for the creation of highly precise three-dimensional maps that provide static information of roads and surrounding objects.

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