2017

A Well Earned, Guilt Free #YearOfJoe

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Ladies and gentlemen your friendly neighborhood Greenius has hit the wall. I am dog tired. And I’m cranky – angry even – I’ve got no patience left. My lips no longer pucker to kiss politicians ass and I find that I can no longer suffer fools gladly.

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Influencers assess 2017 and make predictions for 2018

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As the year winds down, questions tend to arise about what the big trends of the past year have been and what the year to come may hold

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Top 7 Best, Classy and Fastest Electric Cars In Today?s World

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With the technology that the automotive industry has today, it is not surprising to see cars out performing records on an annual basis. Over the years, we were made to believe that petrol is the best option to run cars.

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Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum

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The Historic Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum in Kingman, Arizona adds to its collection

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Video explains how electric cars work, battery and motor technology included

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While many drivers generally understand the concept of an electric car, understanding generally stops there. It's a car, and you plug it in to get power to run it. That's fine as far as it goes. Beyond that, things get hazy pretty quickly, we've found.

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It’s #TimeForUnrest Because My Friend Liz Deserves A Life Outside Her Bedroom

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I met 12 year old Liz Burlingame in 1980 back when I was 23 years old and didn’t like kids.

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The Tom Steyer I Know

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Of all the billionaires I know, Tom Steyer is my favorite. I had dinner and drinks with him and a handful of activists in Hermosa Beach a few years ago and found him to be about as as down to earth, smart and interesting as the guys I like to hang with. photo by Al Muratsuchi).

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SOLETAIR project produces first 200 liters of synthetic fuel from solar power and atmospheric CO2

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The SOLETAIR project ( earlier post ) has produced its first 200 liters of synthetic fuel from solar energy and the air’s carbon dioxide via Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.

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Siemens building first stretch of eHighway on public roads in Germany

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Siemens has been commissioned by the German state of Hesse to build an overhead contact line for electrified freight transport on a ten-kilometer stretch of autobahn. The line will supply electricity for the electric drive of a hybrid truck.

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Urgent: Assemblymember Chris Holden Trying to Kill California’s 100% Renewable Climate Bill, #ChangeTheClimate, #SB100

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From our friend George Sarvis posted today on his blog, Stop Climate Crazies – In this year when the climate crisis has stepped on the gas, throwing more and worse extreme weather events at everyone around the world, including especially Hurricane Harvey , Hurricane Irma , and the more than 70 wildfires burning up the Northwest, including the iconic Columbia Gorge , the California State Senate, led by President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, has introduced a historic climate change bill designed to turn our climate emissions around by requiring the State move to 100% renewable energy. SB 100 (De Leon) – California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program. SB 100 accelerates the existing renewable energy targets to 60 percent RPS by 2030, and requires retail energy sellers to plan, model, and invest over the next 28 years to reach the 100% clean, zero carbon, and renewable energy target. This is a critically important effort. We need more aggressive cuts in emissions to get us anywhere near the pathways that limit the worst impacts of climate change. Those impacts will hit home in all of California’s neighborhoods, affecting our already-stressed water supply, air quality, public health, coasts, fisheries, agricultural communities, power reliability, and many other issues. The State Senate approved SB-100 over the last few months and now it must get through the even tougher Assembly BY TOMORROW. Assemblymembers , including Chris Holden, Jim Patterson, Autumn Burke, Rocky J. Chavez, Phillip Chen, Brian Dahle, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Vince Fong, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Al Muratsuchi, Bill Quirk, Eloise Gomez Reyes, Miguel Santiago and Philip Ting are all on the Assembly Energy Committee and are reportedly holding up the historic and oh-so-necessary SB-100. The oil industry is actively swaying Assemblymembers with large contributions and trips to Hawaii, acts which a couple years ago helped kill off an important groundwater protection-from-oil wastewater bill, AB-356 (Williams). But you can help. Call them all NOW : (Also, find your own representative and be sure to let them know you are calling from their district: [link]. Chris Holden (Chair) – (916) 319-2041 – [link]. Assemblymember Holden represents a district that stretches from Pasadena in the West to Upland in the East and includes the communities of Altadena, Claremont, La Verne, Monrovia, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, Sierra Madre, and South Pasadena. . Jim Patterson (Vice Chair) – (916) 319-2023 – [link]. Assemblymember Jim Patterson represents the 23rd Assembly District which covers portions of Fresno and Tulare counties. Autumn Burke – (916) 319-2062 – [link]. Assemblymember Burke represents the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, and Gardena, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, and Del Rey, and the communities of Del Aire, West Athens, Lennox, Westmont, and Marina del Rey. Phillip Chen – (916) 319-2055 – [link]. Assemblymember Chen represents Yorba Linda, La Habra, Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar, and includes parts of Chino Hills State Park. Brian Dahle – (916) 319-2001 – [link]. Assemblymember Dahle represents a rural district consisting of Lassen County, Modoc County, Nevada County, Plumas County, Shasta County, Sierra County, Siskiyou County, and parts of Butte County and Placer County. Susan Talamantes Eggman – (916) 319-2013 – [link]. Assemblymember Talamantes Eggman represent the 13th Assembly District, which draws together the San Joaquin Delta communities of Stockton, Tracy, Thornton and Mountain House, and western San Joaquin County. Vince Fong – (916) 319-2034 – [link]. Assemblymember Vince Fong was elected to represent the 34th Assembly District, which encompasses most of Kern County including Bakersfield, Bear Valley Springs, China Lake, Frazier Park, Golden Hills, Inyokern, Lebec, Oildale, Ridgecrest, Taft, and Tehachapi. Rocky Chavez – (916)319-2076 – [link]. Assemblymember Rocky Chavez represents the 76th Assembly District which includes Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside and Vista. Cristina Garcia – (916) 319-2058 – [link]. Assemblymember Cristina Garcia represents California’s 58th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Cerritos, Commerce, Downey, Montebello, Pico Rivera and Norwalk. Eduardo Garcia – (916) 319-2056 – [link]. The 56th Assembly District comprises a number of cities and unincorporated communities in eastern Riverside County and Imperial County, including Blythe, Brawley, Bermuda Dunes, Calexico, Calipatria, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Indio, Mecca, Oasis, North Shore, Salton Sea, Thermal, Thousand Palms, and Westmorland. Al Muratsuchi – (916) 319-2066 – [link]. The 66th Assembly District includes El Camino Village, Gardena, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance, and West Carson. Bill Quirk – (916) 319-2020 – [link]. Assemblymember Bill Quirk represents the 20th Assembly District, which consists of Hayward, Union City, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview, Sunol and North Fremont. Eloise Gomez Reyes – (916) 319-2047 – [link]. Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes represents California’s 47th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy. Miguel Santiago – (916) 319-2053 – [link]. Assemblymember Miguel Santiago represents California’s 53rd Assembly District, which includes downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire, Boyle Heights, Pico Union, MacArthur Park, Westlake, Little Tokyo and the cities of Huntington Park and Vernon. Philip Y. Ting – (916) 319-2019 – [link]. Assemblymember Philip Ting represents the 19th Assembly District, which spans the Westside of San Francisco as well as the communities of Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City, and South San Francisco. Talking Points for SB-100 : Assemblymember , it is vitally important for you to vote yes for SB-100 (De Leon, et al). California must continue its strong climate leadership if we are to have any hope to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in time to keep the climate safe, which is vital, because…. Climate change is getting worse by the day, as evidenced by more extreme weather events around the world, including Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which have wreck havoc upon cities, not unlike our own, here in the United States. Low income and communities of color are and continue to be the most impacted by climate chaos. The costs to address these disasters are staggering and are affecting all of us. The Los Angeles Times reported on a study which said that our historic drought has been made from 8% to 27% worse by climate change. UCLA came out with a study called “ Mid-Century Warming in the Los Angeles Region ,” which says that we will have a drastic increase in the number of extreme heat days over the next few decades: the number of days when the temperature will climb above 95 degrees will increase two to four times, depending on the location. Those days will roughly double on the coast, triple in downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena, and quadruple in Woodland Hills and the inland areas. Extreme heat and drought will severely impact low- and middle-income communities and underserved communities the most. Sensitive populations such as the elderly and young children will have serious healt h impacts, including death. The Centers for Disease Control reports that public health can be affected by climate disruptions of physical, biological, and ecological systems, including disturbances originating here and elsewhere. The health effects of these disruptions include increased respiratory and cardiovascular disease, injuries and premature deaths related to extreme weather events, changes in the prevalence and geographical distribution of food- and water-borne illnesses and other infectious diseases, and threats to mental health. According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other top U.S. security officials, climate change is a top national security threat. Filed under: citizen volunteer , climate change , Community Activists , environment , Environmental Politics , fossil fuels , green education , renewable energy Tagged: Al Muratsuchi , Assembly Energy Committee , Autumn Burke , Bill Quirk , Brian Dahle , Chris Holden , Cristina Garcia , Eduardo Garcia , Eloise Gomez Reyes , Jim Patterson , Kevin de Leon , Miguel Santiago , Philip Ting , Phillip Chen , Rocky J. Chavez , SB100 , Susan Talamantes Eggman , Vince Fong. citizen volunteer climate change Community Activists environment Environmental Politics fossil fuels green education renewable energy Al Muratsuchi Assembly Energy Committee Autumn Burke Bill Quirk Brian Dahle Chris Holden Cristina Garcia Eduardo Garcia Eloise Gomez Reyes Jim Patterson Kevin de Leon Miguel Santiago Philip Ting Phillip Chen Rocky J. Chavez SB100 Susan Talamantes Eggman Vince Fong

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3D printed car: The future of the automotive industry

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When it comes to the automotive industry, additive manu […]. The post 3D printed car: The future of the automotive industry appeared first on 3D Printing Blog: Tutorials, News, Trends and Resources | Sculpteo. Applications

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Finland’s oldest ferry goes all electric with Visedo

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The oldest operating ferry in Finland will on Saturday become the nation’s first all-electric passenger vessel after being fitted with Visedo power.

Ladies & Gentlemen, Joe Galliani Has Left The Building.

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#YearOfJoe Has Begun!

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A sheep in wolves clothing

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Nothing pleases people more than to go on thinking what they have always thought, and at the same time imagine that they are thinking something new and daring: it combines the advantage of security and the delight of adventure.

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Just 2 More Weeks Till Sunstock 2017! Are You Ready to Rock L.A.?

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If you were with me last summer at Sunstock 2016 held on the Autry Museum field you know what a blast we had from start to finish. The best music. The best audience. The best vibe. Great food and drink. And all of it powered by the sun and the solar PV systems on site.

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Support President Trump By Ignoring Fake News About the Sun!

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Trump patriots! Do NOT let the fake news keep you from seeing how GREAT we can make America again by staring directly at the sun on Monday! Don’t let liberals scare you with the hoax about it blinding you. Remember to always do the opposite of what those left wing commies tell you to do.

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GWU team demonstrates highly scalable, low-cost process for making carbon nanotube wools directly from CO2

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Researchers at George Washington University led by Dr. Stuart Licht have demonstrated the first facile high-yield, low-energy synthesis of macroscopic length carbon nanotubes (CNTs)—carbon nanotube wool—from CO 2 using molten carbonate electrolysis ( earlier post ).

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OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool

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Open educational resources (OER) have long been touted as “the next big thing” in higher education, but the drawn-out hype has led many educators and administrators to wonder if it would ever live up to its expectations. Those days are over: 2017 was OER’s breakthrough year.

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Toshiba doubles anode capacity in next-generation Li-ion battery; titanium niobium oxide; application in FY 2019

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Toshiba Corporation announced the development of its next-generation SCiB (Super Charge ion Battery), which uses a new material to double the capacity of the battery anode. The new battery offers high-energy density and the ultra-rapid recharging required for automotive applications.

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Michelin Vision concept wheel/tire: airless, connected, rechargeable, organic

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At Movin’On 2017, Michelin presented its new Vision concept tire. The concept tire—which combines the functions of wheel and tire—is airless, connected, rechargeable, customizable and organic, is both a wheel and a tire.

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Fisker files patents on solid-state battery technology; anticipating automotive-ready from 2023

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Fisker’s scientists, including a co-founder of solid-state battery start-up Sakti3 (acquired by Dyson, earlier post ), filed patents this week (under a non-publication request) on flexible, superior energy density solid-state batteries.

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Update: SAE J2954 wireless charging validation to 11kW, Recommended Practice to enable autonomous vehicle parking and charging in 2017

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At the SAE 2017 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium last week, an overview of the plans for testing to validate power levels up to WPT 3, (11kW) for SAE J2954TM were shown along with a preview of the technology to be standardized in the upcoming Recommended Practice. Earlier post.).

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Researchers characterize aggregate indoor and outdoor PM2.5 exposure

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In an initial step toward developing a comprehensive global impact assessment framework for PM 2.5 emissions, an international team of researchers from the US and Europe has characterized the primary PM 2.5

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15 Round Glass Dining Room Tables That Add Sophistication To Mealtime

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If you’ve been envisioning an ultra contemporary home then you may have already had your eye on one of these stunning designs. For a unique take on a traditional space, why not choose to nix the all-wooden pieces and go with something with more of a modern twist?

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New 'EVs are better' ads: how electric-car marketing should be done (exclusive)

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People buy electric cars for many different reasons, only one of which is the environment. Others include their quieter, smoother performance; the immediate torque; the desire to have the very newest and most advanced technology; and the lifetime cost savings.

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A123: Increasing 48V battery power up to ~25 kW enables advanced mild hybrid capabilities with greater fuel savings

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In a paper presented at SAE WCX 2017 this week in Detroit, engineers at Li-ion battery maker A123 Systems conclude that 48V battery packs with strong power (up to ~25 kW) and HEV-level energy capabilities (<200Wh for most scenarios) are needed to enable advanced mild hybird (MHEV) capabilities, with optimal power-to-energy ratios between 30 and 160. Improving battery power to such as level would further enable hybridization to near-HEV levels as well as engine downsizing, thereby enabling fuel economy improvements beyond the current 10-15% MHEV limit. Additionally, new electrified features could be added, such as electric turbo/supercharging, electric traction, electric power steering, electric suspension and electric air conditioning. To address these needs, the A123 team presented a high-power, lithium-iron-phosphate chemistry with excellent rate capabilities. Current MHEV systems typically consist of an engine coupled to a belt-integrated starter generator (BISG). The BISG is connected to a 48 V (nominal battery) and also typically to a 12V powernet via a DC/DC convertor. Such an MHEV system is expected to provide approximately a 10-15% improvement in fuel economy compared to a standard vehicle with start-stop. A typical MHEV can provide from 8kW up to 16kW. The power output of a conventional MHEV system is fundamentally limited in terms of the ability of the BISG to provide torque to the ICE; excess torque can create belt slip. The specific torque at which slip occurs can be mitigated through the use of belt tensioners and other techniques, but is nonetheless fundamentally limited. In summary, while the MHEV battery may provide high power in short discharge bursts to the electrical network, it is limited in its ability to generate power at the wheels, thus limiting fuel economy opportunities. While typical BISG architecture limits MHEV power, demand for vehicle electrification only continues to increase, extending a decades-long trend. Accessories that are typically powered via hydraulic power or the serpentine belt may be converted to electrical power. Additionally, advanced features such as electric low-speed drive, park-assist, electric-turbo, and others may utilize the 48V system. Finally, partial hybridization using the 48V powertrain may be integrated to improve fuel economy. Our work builds on previously established analyses that define requirements focused on optimization of fuel economy in typical MHEV and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV). Here, we consider new architectures and applications expected to emerge in MHEV-based vehicles over the next ten years. These new architectures will likely stretch the fundamental limit on MHEV performance to approximately 25kW or more. Within that context, we investigate the power and energy requirements associated with high-power MHEV systems focused on different objectives, including fuel economy but also electrification of high-power accessories for consumer benefit. We also outline the tradeoffs between fuel economy benefits and high-power accessory usage. —Abdellahi et al. Left: Conventional MHEV architecture. Right: Generalized MHEV topology with advanced high-power 48V battery packs. The extra power can be directed toward either fuel economy or extra electric accessories. Abdellahi et al. Click to enlarge. For their study, the A123 team used two cycles—FTP-72 for the US and NEDC for Europe. They considered two batteries—both based on lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathode chemistry paired with a conventional graphite anode. Both are based on formulations developed to provide high levels of power over a wide temperature range, leveraging small cathode particles (<100nm) to allow rapid transfer of ions and electrons in/out of the cathode particle matrix. One featured much thicker cathodes and anodes than the other (2.35 and 2.21 times, respectively). The basic cathode material was common for both, with minor differences on the anode to accommodate differences in the layer structure. By using a flexible scaling approach, batteries can be designed based on either Technology A or Technology B that vary in energy and power capabilities while providing a consistent power to energy ratio (P/E), since both power and energy scale with added layers. This flexibility allows us to choose the basic technology based on the nature of the application, while we generally scale the number of layers to accommodate changes in scale (i.e., a larger motor generator). —Abdellahi et al. Resources. Abdellahi, A., Khaleghi Rahimian, S., Blizanac, B., and Sisk, B. (2017) “Exploring the Opportunity Space For High-Power Li-Ion Batteries in Next-Generation 48V Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles,” SAE Technical Paper 2017-01-1197 doi: 10.4271/2017- 01-1197. 48V Batteries Hybrids

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ICCT study examines current & projected use of heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping; growth in BC emissions points to need for policies

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A new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) estimates heavy fuel oil (HFO) use, HFO carriage, the use and carriage of other fuels, black carbon (BC) emissions, and emissions of other air and climate pollutants for the year 2015, with projections to 2020 and 2025.

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Study links PM2.5 pollution with millions of preterm births globally

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A new study, led by a team from The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York, has found that in 2010, about 2.7 million preterm births globally—or 18% of all pre-term births—were associated with outdoor exposure to fine particulate matter (PM 2.5 ).The

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NSK demonstrates transmission-equipped wheel hub motor

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NSK Ltd. has successfully demonstrated the first transmission-equipped wheel hub motor, designed to improve the environmental performance, safety, and comfort of automobiles.

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LiquidPiston receives $3M Rapid Innovation Fund award from US Army for 2kW hybrid-electric genset

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LiquidPiston, Inc. LPI), a developer of advanced multi-fuel-capable rotary combustion engine technology, has been awarded a $3-million Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) award from the US Army to develop an innovative ultra-portable 2kW diesel Compact Artillery Power System (CAPS).

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Tokyo Tech team develops low-cost germanium-free solid electrolyte for Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have devised a low-cost, scalable approach to developing all-solid-state batteries, improving prospects for scaling up the technology for widespread use in electric vehicles, communications and other industrial applications.

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Ballard, Nisshinbo collaborate to offer first PEM fuel cell using non-precious-metal catalyst

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Ballard Power Systems has collaborated with Nisshinbo Holdings to develop a Non-Precious-Metal Catalyst (NPMC) for use in the world’s first commercialized NPMC-based proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell product.

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Improving Brand Loyalty and the Customer Experience Through Cybersecurity

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When you think about attracting and retaining new customers to your business, you might focus on the importance of having a team of friendly and capable employees devoted to making them feel welcome and appreciated. Having great products and services doesn’t hurt, either.

2017 118

Swiss team concludes that particulate filters should be mandatory for GDI engines

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Based on a three-year study of toxic and environmentally relevant pollutants from gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines, Swiss researchers have concluded that some GDI engines emit just as many soot particles as unfiltered diesel cars did in the past.

2017 119

Loop Energy fuel cell range-extended yard truck in operation

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Canada-based Loop Energy’s fuel cell range extender system ( earlier post ) is fully functional and operating in a heavy-duty terminal tractor (or yard truck) with partner China National Heavy-Duty Truck Company (CNHTC).

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Why one guy bought a 2017 Nissan Leaf electric car: it was a great deal

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The deals, incentives, and rebates currently available on the 2017 Nissan Leaf are generous and well documented. A handful of utility companies across the United States have offered generous discounts, likely backed by Nissan itself, to move the current-generation Leaf from dealerships to driveways.

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