2020

Toyota moves closer to production with next-generation fuel cell technology for heavy-duty trucks; new Mirai system

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Toyota’s next generation fuel cell electric technology is now powering a new set of Class 8 heavy-duty trucks.

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UN report highlights urgent need to tackle impact of EV battery production boom

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Demand for raw materials used in the production of electric car batteries is set to soar, prompting the UN trade body, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), to call for the social and environmental impacts of the extraction of raw materials, which include human rights abuses, to be addressed urgently.

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SwRI engineers develop near-zero emissions diesel engine technology; 90% reduction of NOx

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Southwest Research Institute engineers have developed the next generation of clean diesel engine technology to reduce hazardous nitrogen oxides (NO x ) and carbon dioxide emissions while minimizing fuel consumption.

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First of 130 Solaris electric buses deployed in Warsaw

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The first of 130 Solaris electric buses ( earlier post ), a Solaris Urbino 18 electric bus, no. 5870, has been deployed in Warsaw. Since the beginning of the year, Warsaw has been delivered electric buses under the contract that Solaris secured in July last year.

2020 428

Intermountain Power Agency orders MHPS JAC Gas Turbine technology for renewable-hydrogen energy hub, operated by LA DWP

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The Intermountain Power Agency (IPA) has awarded Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) a contract for two M501JAC power trains for the Intermountain Power Plant (IPP) in Delta, Utah. Earlier post.).

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Moscow launches its 500th electric bus; largest electric bus fleet in Europe

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Moscow, Russia has launched its 500 th electric bus—a KAMAZ 6282 electric bus. The KAMAZ 6282 uses lithium-titanate batteries, and has a range of 70 km on one charge. The electric bus is charged in 6-12 minutes with ultrafast charging stations using a half-pantograph.

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UCS: ride-hailing trips can produce nearly 70% greater emissions compared to private car trips

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A new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) finds that the rising use of ride-hailing services is increasing carbon emissions, with ride-hailing trips producing nearly 70% greater emissions compared to the trips they are replacing.

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LME copper prices hit 7-year high

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On 4 December 2020, the LME cash price hit its highest level since March 2013, closing at US$7,742/t. (By By 10 December, that dropped back to $7,712/t.) Copper has charted an unlikely trajectory through 2020, notes Roskill.

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Airbus and RollsRoyce end E-Fan X hybrid-electric aircraft initiative

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Airbus and Rolls Royce jointly have decided to end the E-Fan X demonstrator program. Earlier post.) Launched in 2017, the E-Fan X project sought to develop a near-term hybrid-electric flight demonstrator for commercial aircraft. decarbonizing the aviation industry is no small feat.

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CASE unveils first fully electric backhoe loader: the 580 EV

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CASE Construction Equipment introduced “Project Zeus”: the 580 EV, the construction industry’s first fully electric backhoe loader.

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Toyota develops fuel cell system for maritime applications; first application on Energy Observer

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Toyota, official partner of Energy Observer and an avid supporter of their project from the start, has developed a fuel cell system for maritime applications, with its first delivery destined for Energy Observer.

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Oxford team directly converts CO2 to jet fuel using iron-based catalysts

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Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a method to convert CO 2 directly into aviation fuel using a novel, inexpensive iron-based catalyst.

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Alstom signs first contract for battery-electric regional trains in Germany

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Alstom will manufacture , deliver and maintain until 2032 eleven Coradia Continental battery-electric trains for regional traffic on the Leipzig-Chemnitz route on behalf of VMS (Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen) and with the support of ZVNL (Zweckverband für den Nahverkehrsraum Leipzig), the two authorities responsible for this line.

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Volvo Cars inaugurates new battery assembly line at Ghent manufacturing plant

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Volvo Cars formally inaugurated a new battery assembly line at its Belgian manufacturing plant in Ghent, where it will start building its first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge P8, later this year. Volvo XC40 Recharge powertrain.

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Researchers demonstrate fossil fuel-free jet propulsion with air plasmas

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A team of researchers at the Institute of Technological Sciences at Wuhan University has demonstrated a prototype design of a propulsion thruster that utilizes air plasma induced by microwave ionization.

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Successful first flight of the world?s largest all-electric aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan 208B

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magniX, a company developing electric propulsion systems for aircraft, and AeroTEC, a leading independent company focused on aerospace testing, engineering and certification, announced the successful flight of an all-electric Cessna Grand Caravan 208B.

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In Norway, Asko begins piloting use of hydrogen fuel-cell trucks

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Norwegian wholesaler Asko is among the first to operate a goods vehicle that runs on hydrogen, thanks to a collaborative effort by research scientists and industry.

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UCR researchers find commercial fast-charging damages EV batteries, propose new internal-resistance-based technique

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Commercial fast-charging stations subject electric car batteries to high temperatures and high resistance that can cause them to crack, leak, and lose their storage capacity, according to researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) in a new open-access study published in the journal Energy Storage.

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Spanish team develops microwave-induced electrolysis at low temperatures for H2 production

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Researchers in Spain have developed hydrogen production without contact electrodes via water electrolysis mediated by the microwave-triggered redox activation of solid-state ionic materials at low temperatures ( Nature Energy. Schematic illustration of the microwave-induced redox cycle.

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Report says lithium from California’s Salton Sea can anchor US battery supply chain

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Developing lithium from the Salton Sea in California can help anchor a multi-billion dollar domestic electric vehicle battery supply chain and inject thousands of jobs and billions of dollars into California’s economically disadvantaged Imperial Valley, according to a new report from New Energy Nexus.

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New Road Map to a US Hydrogen Economy

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A coalition of major oil & gas, power, automotive, fuel cell, and hydrogen companies have developed and released the full new report, a “ Road Map to a US Hydrogen Economy. ”

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Achates opposed-piston 3-cylinder 10.6L diesel emissions meet 2027 EPA, CA requirements

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Achates Power’s innovative 3-cylinder, 10.6L opposed-piston heavy-duty diesel engine has achieved performance results that comply with pending 2027 requirements of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California to reduce sharply emissions of nitrogen oxides (NO x ).

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Inmotive introduces efficient two-speed transmission for EVs

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Inmotive, a Canadian-based automotive supplier, has launched its patented Ingear two-speed transmission. Invented and designed for the next generation of electric vehicles, the Ingear features a simple and durable design that enables a more efficient powertrain, with extended range, at lower cost.

2020 400

Toshiba develops new magnetic material that delivers improved motor energy conversion efficiency

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Toshiba Corporation has developed a new magnetic material with characteristics that deliver major improvements in motor efficiency at minimum cost, and with the potential to win significant reductions in power consumption.

2020 390

Snam and Baker Hughes test world’s first hydrogen blend turbine for gas networks

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Baker Hughes and Snam have successfully completed testing of the world’s first “hybrid” hydrogen turbine designed for a gas network. The test paves the way to implement adoption of hydrogen blended with natural gas in Snam’s current transmission network infrastructure.

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Rolls-Royce completes ground-testing of technology set to power the world’s fastest all-electric plane: ACCEL

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Rolls-Royce has completed testing of the technology that will power the world’s fastest all-electric plane.

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Canada investing $20M in Terrestrial Energy to support development of Integral Molten Salt SMR

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Canada investing $20M in Terrestrial Energy to support development of Integral Molten Salt SMR. Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Hon.

Fountain Valley, CA hydrogen station opens; 100% renewable H2

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The Fountain Valley, California hydrogen station has opened. The Fountain Valley True Zero station, located in Orange County, was developed by FirstElement Fuel. It will be open 24 hours a day and is located at 18480 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708.

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Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans deploys 6 plug-in hybrid pickups from XL Fleet

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In order to advance its fleet electrification and emissions reduction goals, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) has deployed six new XL plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks to its fleet.

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IRENA sees renewable hydrogen at least cost-possible within decade

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Hydrogen produced with renewable electricity could compete on costs with fossil fuel alternatives by 2030, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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NACFE releases guidance report on hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty trucks

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The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) released its latest Guidance Report , Making Sense of Heavy-Duty Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tractors. Almost every day there is a new announcement about hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks.

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Toyota REXH2 fuel cell module successfully tested on boat over more than 7,000 nautical miles, including trans-Atlantic crossings

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The REXH2 is a modular maritime hydrogen power solution developed around Toyota’s fuel cell technology. It has been succesfully tested in real open sea conditions aboard the Energy Observer boat for over more than 7,000 nautical miles including trans-Atlantic crossings.

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Alstom reports successful 1.5y trial operation of Coradia iLint fuel cell trains, next project phase begins

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After 530 days and more than 180,000 driven kilometers, the successful trial operation of the world’s first two hydrogen trains was officially completed at the end of February. Two pre-series trains of Alstom’s Coradia iLint model have been in passenger service since September 2018. Earlier post.).

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Plug Power & Gaussin collaborate on hydrogen-powered logistics vehicles

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Plug Power Inc., a provider of hydrogen engines and fueling solutions, and Gaussin are collaborating to bring a commercial suite of ProGen-powered Gaussin transportation vehicles to market in 2021 as a solution to decarbonize the logistics ecosystem.

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Emissions Analytics finds pollution from tire wear can be 1,000x worse than exhaust emissions

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Pollution from tire wear can be 1,000 times worse than a car’s exhaust emissions, Emissions Analytics has found.

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Xcel Energy, INL to use nuclear energy for clean hydrogen production; HTSE

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Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy will work with Idaho National Laboratory to demonstrate a system that uses a nuclear plant’s steam and electricity to split water. Earlier post.) The resulting hydrogen will initially be used at the power plant, but it could eventually be sold to other industries.

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Audi introduces new CNG A3 Sportback

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Audi is adding a new member to its A3 family: the A3 Sportback 30 g-tron natural gas vehicle. Operation with natural gas or biomethane makes the compact model economical and more climate-friendly with low emissions.

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