2012

GM and U Mich receive patent on plug-in series hybrid/extended range electric vehicle powertrain using multiple free piston linear alternator engines

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The GM/U Mich patent envisages using multiple free-piston engines (240A through 240D in the patent drawing). Click to enlarge. GM Global Technology Operations LLC and the Regents of the University of Michigan recently were awarded a US patent (Nº 8,261,860) for a plug-in series hybrid or range-extended electric vehicle powertrain using multiple free piston linear alternator (FPLA) engines.

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Hitachi develops 11 kW permanent magnet motor without rare earth materials

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Conventional industrial 11 kW induction motor (left) and Hitachi’s new 11kW motor (right). Source: Hitachi. Click to enlarge. Hitachi has developed a high-efficiency 11 kW permanent magnet synchronous motor without using rare earth (neodymium, dysprosium) materials; the work follows on its 2008 announcement of a prototype 150 W motor that used cores made of amorphous metal coupled with ferrite magnet rotors. Earlier post.).

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NREL launches new alternative transportation web tools; planning, maps, data

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One of the many charts available from the maps and data library on the AFDC site, this shows the number of light-duty alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and diesel models offered by vehicle manufacturers from 1991 through 2012. Click to enlarge.

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IHS CERA meta-analysis finds lifecycle GHG emissions for fuel produced solely from oil sands crude average 11% higher than from average crude refined in the US; high variability

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Average values for WTW GHG emissions for oil sands and other crudes, tight boundary. Source: IHS CERA. Click to enlarge.

Applied Nanotech awarded DOE contract to develop ultra-lightweight hydrogen fuel tanks; seeking 20% weight reduction

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Applied Nanotech Holdings, Inc. recently was awarded $999,990 for a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) from the US Department of Energy to develop ultra-lightweight hydrogen fuel tanks using carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforcement. This 24-month program has the overall objective significantly to improve the mechanical properties of the carbon fiber/epoxy material used to construct hydrogen fuel tanks with CNT reinforcement.

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Nissan to launch the “LEAF to Home” V2H power supply system with Nichicon “EV Power Station” in June

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LEAF to Home with EV Power Station. Click to enlarge. Nissan Motor Co., will launch the “LEAF to Home” V2H (vehicle-to-home) power supply system, which can supply electricity from the 24 kWh Li-ion battery pack in Nissan LEAF electric vehicles (EV) to residential homes when used with the “EV Power Station” unit—which is also a 6 kW charger for charging the LEAF—developed by Nichicon Corporation.

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Survey of California plug-in vehicle owners highlights charging behavior

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California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project rebates by vehicle type through July 2012. Source: CCSE. Click to enlarge. Californians own more than 12,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), roughly 35% of all plug-in vehicles in the United States. As of July 2012, approximately 1,000 new plug-in vehicles are being sold in the state every month. The more than 12,000 PEVs provide both consumer and environmental benefits, according to a new study by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE).

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Pike Research makes 10 electric vehicle predictions for 2013

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Sales of plug-in vehicles (PEVs) in 2013 will continue to outpace the first years of hybrid vehicle sales as more than 210,000 PEVs will be sold globally and more than three dozen PEV models will debut, according to a year-end free whitepaper published by Pike Research, that makes 10 specific predictions about electric vehicles in 2013.

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New Range Rover features all-aluminum body 39% lighter than the outgoing steel body; up to 22% reduction in fuel consumption; diesel hybrid version in 2013

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New Range Rover at the reveal event. Click to enlarge. In an event held at The Royal Ballet School in London, Land Rover introduced the new Range Rover, the fourth generation of the SUV. The new Range Rover features an all-aluminium monocoque body structure which is 39% lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model. The all-aluminium body enables the new vehicle to significantly enhance both performance and efficiency.

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Panasonic develops highly efficient artificial photosynthesis system with gallium nitride semiconductor for conversion of CO2 to formic acid

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Schematic view of artificial photosynthesis system. Click to enlarge. Panasonic has developed an artificial photosynthesis system using a gallium nitride photoelectrode and a metal catalyst which uses sunlight to convert CO 2 mainly to formic acid (an important intermediate in chemical synthesis) at an efficiency (solar energy to chemical energy) of 0.2%—a —a comparable level to that of plants.

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Progress toward commercializing the GTI IH2 thermochemical process for drop-in hydrocarbon fuels

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Automated, continuous IH 2 pilot plant, 50 kg/day biomass feed. Source: GTI. Click to enlarge. At the 244 th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Gas Technology Institute (GTI) scientist Dr. Martin Linck provided an update on the progress toward commercializing the GTI Integrated Hydropyrolysis and Hydroconversion (IH 2 ) process, with a presentation of new data on IH 2 developed from a continuous 50 kg/day pilot plant. Earlier post.).

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Bosch increases commercial vehicle diesel injection pressure to 2,500 bar

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Bosch’s CRSN3-25 offers injection pressure of up to 2,500 bar. Click to enlarge. As it outlined in 2010, Bosch has increased the maximum injection pressure of its CRSN3-25 injection system for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles to 2,500 bar. The aim is to help meet more stringent emissions standards such as US 10 and Euro VI; higher injection pressures help lower fuel consumption and emissions. With the CRSN3-25, up to seven individual injections are possible.

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DOE to award up to $1M to evaluate technology pathways for cost-competitive hydrogen fuel

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $1 million for up to two projects for 3–4 years to evaluate the most promising technology paths toward achieving $2 to $4 per gallon gasoline equivalent (gge) of hydrogen fuel or less by 2020. The projects selected through this funding opportunity ( DE-FOA-0000748 ) will help identify cost-effective and efficient materials and processes to produce hydrogen from renewable energy sources and natural gas.

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CPT launching water-cooled electric supercharger for commercial diesel engines

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Cobra electric supercharger. Click to enlarge. At the 17 th Supercharging conference this week in Dresden, Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) will launch what it says is the first water-cooled electric supercharger developed for “quasi-continuous” boosting of commercial diesel engines, including those developed for off highway applications. The fully integrated electric supercharger includes all control and power electronics.

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GM CEO optimistic on potential for Envia Li-ion batteries with silicon anodes

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The AP reports that GM CEO Dan Akerson told an employee meeting that Li-ion batteries developed by Envia Systems could take a car 100 miles on a single charge within a couple of years, and potentially double that with some luck. Envia Systems is developing large capacity pouch cells based on a novel high-voltage Manganese rich (HCMR) layered-layered Li 2 MnO 3 ·LiMO 2 composite cathode with a Si-carbon anode and proprietary electrolyte. Earlier post.).

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NOAA predicts a near-normal 2012 Atlantic and Eastern Pacific hurricane season, below-normal in Central Pacific

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Conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a near-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this season, NOAA forecasts. NOAA’s outlook for the Eastern Pacific basin is for a near-normal hurricane season and the Central Pacific basin is expected to have a below-normal season.

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NYU-BMW i report explores future urban mobility; sustainability and resilience

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A new study released by BMW i and New York University (NYU) finds that, in the coming years and decades, fundamental changes in the demographic makeup of cities will profoundly alter the way people travel. This report, prepared by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at NYU’s Robert F.

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Skeleton Technologies introduces SkelCap Series ultracapacitors with very high power and energy densities; carbide-derived carbons

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Skeleton Technologies ( earlier post ), has introduced its new SkelCap series ultracapacitor family with devices ranging from 2.47 kW to 12.53 SkelCap cells offer power densities of more than 40 kW/kg and energy densities of up to 10 Wh/kg: about 4x the gravimetric power density and 2x the gravimetric energy density of competitive products. Volumetrically, SkelCap cells offer power densities of around 5x and energy densities of around 2x other products.

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New 450hp Small Block V8 for 2014 Corvette features direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing

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Power density. The 6.2L LT1 is almost 40 lbs lighter (and more compact) than the 4.4L BMW Twin Turbo V8, and is expected to deliver more power and comparable torque. Click to enlarge. When the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette arrives late next year, it will be powered by a new 6.2L V-8 delivering an estimated 450 hp (335 kW) and 450 lb-ft (610 N·m ) of torque (610 Nm) and helping to produce 0-60 times of less than four seconds.

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Volt drivers collectively log more than 100M all-electric miles since sales launch

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Chevrolet announced that Volt owners collectively have driven more than 100 million all-electric miles since the vehicle went on sale two years ago this month. The average Volt owner travels more than 65% of the time in pure electric mode as the car was designed, only using the gasoline-powered generator for longer trips. By charging regularly, Volt owners drive approximately 900 miles, or a month and a half, between fill-ups.

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Audi introduces sport e-bike concept at Wörthersee

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Audi e-bike Wörthersee. Click to enlarge. One of the highlights on the Audi stand at the 2012 Wörthersee Tour in Austria (an annual gathering of Audi VW, Seat and Skoda enthusiasts) is an electric bicycle technology concept: the Audi e-bike Wörthersee. The prototype cycle—described by Audi as a high-end pedelec made for sport, fun and tricks—combines an electric drive and muscle power.

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OECD paper presents and analyzes policies and programs to foster market growth of green cars

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Timing and sequencing of energy technology policy. Source: OECD. Click to enlarge.

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Third-generation Golf BlueMotion concept lowers fuel consumption to 3.2 l/100 km (73.5 mpg US); on sale in summer 2013

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The latest Golf BlueMotion. Click to enlarge. At the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, Volkswagen is unveiling a new Golf BlueMotion concept car. This Golf concept, powered by another new 1.6-liter TDI (turbodiesel) consumes 3.2 l/100 km (73.5 mpg US), equivalent to 85 gCO 2 /km. The 81 kW / 108 hp Golf BlueMotion is a five-seater that is capable of 202 km/h (125 mph). This third generation Golf BlueMotion will be launched into the market in summer 2013.

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US DOE launches Vehicles Data Challenge

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As part of the Energy Datapalooza event in Washington, DC, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced a challenge to to foster new technologies that can. increase fuel efficiency while also addressing distracted driving concerns. The challenge will seek to recognize the best innovative technology solutions that vehicle owners can choose to use with their own private vehicle data. DOE and the Environmental Protection.

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Sundrop Fuels finalizes ExxonMobil MTG technology license for “green gasoline” production facility

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The ExxonMobil MTG process flow diagram. Source: EMRE. Click to enlarge. Sundrop Fuels, Inc., a gasification-based drop-in advanced biofuels company, finalized a licensing agreement to use ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company’s methanol-to-gasoline ( MTG ) technology to be incorporated into a “green gasoline” production facility.

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SAIC introducing Roewe E50 electric vehicle in China

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SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC Motor) is launching the battery-electric Roewe E50 on the market in China. The company expects to sell 1,000 of them within the first year. The E50 is based on a newly developed electric vehicle platform. Roewe E50. Click to enlarge. With a 47 kW motor and a battery pack from A123 Systems ( earlier post ), the E50 has a range of 180 km (112 miles) and a top speed of up to 120 km/h (75 mph).

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A123 Systems introduces new Nanophosphate EXT Li-ion battery technology with optimized performance in extreme temperatures; OEM micro-hybrid program due next year

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Cold cranking performance of EXT battery systems, 80 Ah and 60 Ah. 10 sec. crank, 7.0V minimum, 100% SOC. The dots represent the capability of Johnson Control’s current AGM battery at that temperature point. Click to enlarge. A123 Systems introduced Nanophosphate EXT ( EX treme T emperature), a new lithium-ion battery technology capable of operating at extreme temperatures without requiring thermal management.

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Sapphire Energy’s commercial demonstration algae-to-energy facility now operational; 81 million tons of algal biomass harvested

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Aerial photo of Green Crude Farm in November 2011. Click to enlarge. Sapphire Energy, Inc. announced that the first phase of its Green Crude Farm, a commercial demonstration algae-to-energy facility, is now operational. Construction of this first phase, which began on 1 June 2011, was completed on time and on budget. When completed, the facility will produce 1.5 million gallons per year of crude oil and consist of approximately 300 acres of algae cultivation ponds and processing facilities.

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Cool Planet projects production of carbon-negative high-octane biogasoline for $1.50 per gallon

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Cool Planet’s process relies on three core elements: novel biomass fractionation, advanced catalysis, and a char-to-soil enhancer. Source: Cool Planet. Click to enlarge. Cool Planet Energy Systems projects that using its patented mechanical process and novel scaling approach ( earlier post ), it will be able to produce high-octane carbon-negative (with the use of its bio-char byproduct) renewable gasoline at a cost of $1.50 per gallon, without the need for government subsidies.

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Battery-switchable electric Commodore breaks 24-hour world EV distance record

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EV Engineering fit the battery pack in the engine compartment of the Commodore to enable switching. Source: EV Engineering. Click to enlarge. The battery-switchable fully-electric Holden Commodore developed by. EV Engineering in Australia ( earlier post ) recently unofficially broke the distance record for a production electric car, achieving 1,886 (1,172 miles) kilometers of driving over a 24-hour period.

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Getrag introduces new 7-speed dual clutch and derivative hybrid transmissions; applications from mild- to plug-in hybrids

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Getrag PowerShift Transmission 7DCT300. Click to enlarge. At its fifth biennial Drivetrain Forum in Cologne, Getrag presented the seven-speed dual clutch transmission Getrag Powershift 7DCT300 and a hybrid derivative, the Getrag Hybrid Drive 7HDT300. The company said that the new transmissions complete its product portfolio to provide total coverage in terms of torque output and application size.

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Study finds that environmental impact of corn-ethanol E85 is 23% to 33% higher than that of gasoline; environmental problem-shifting

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Environmental impacts of gasoline and E85. Error bar shows regional variations for E85. GW = global warming; Eut. eutrophication; ET = ecological toxicity; FEC = fossil energy consumption; WU = water use; LO = land occupation; “The rest” includes acidification; smog formation; ozone layer depletion; and human health effects. Credit: ACS, Yang et al. Click to enlarge.

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Ideal Power Converters and NREL demonstrate vehicle-to-grid capabilities

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Ideal Power Converters (IPC) announced that the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable. Energy Laboratory (NREL) has successfully demonstrated vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capabilities using IPC’s bi-directional Battery Converter. IPC’s Battery Converter will provide bi-directional power between the EV. battery and a 480Vac power grid.

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Tour Engine has Prototype II split-cycle engine running

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Prototype II Tour Engine—a novel split-cycle engine—on the bench. The hot side is on the right. Click to enlarge. Tour Engine , the developer of a novel split-cycle engine ( earlier post ), has its Prototype II engine running and will present details on its operation at the upcoming SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit.

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Prius c hybrid goes on sale in US with entry MSRP of $18,950; new transaxle, motor technology

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The new transaxle in the Prius c features a new cooling system; overall this new hybrid unit with its 2 motor system is now approaching the same weight as single motor competitive systems and is maintaining a competitive size profile, according to Toyota. Click to enlarge.

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ABB introducing new DC fast-charger in Europe for €9,988

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The Terra SC. Click to enlarge. ABB launched the Terra Smart Connect (SC), a low-cost DC fast-charger that the company says will significantly improve the business case for installing electric-vehicle (EV) fast chargers throughout Europe. The Terra SC will be available for delivery in Europe in the second quarter, starting at €9,988 (US$13,310) for small volume orders. The Terra SC is specifically designed for convenient fast charging in commercial and office areas.

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