Ricardo advances hydrogen engine; testing prototype at University of Brighton

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Ricardo has developed a hydrogen-fueled research engine which could offer a renewable, economic and durable technology solution to accelerate zero-carbon emissions in heavy duty trucks, off-highway machines and marine vessels. Engines Heavy-duty Hydrogen

Auburn University establishes Transportation Research Institute

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Auburn University is forming the Auburn University Transportation Research Institute. —Steve Taylor, associate dean for engineering research. The addition will aid researchers in Auburn University’s GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory.

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DOE, GM, Mathworks launch EcoCAR Electric Vehicle Challenge; 15 universities selected

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The US Department of Energy (DOE), in coordination with General Motors (GM) and MathWorks, announced the launch of the EcoCAR Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge , a collegiate research and experimental learning competition that challenges hundreds of students to engineer novel technologies for battery electric vehicles through a combined $6-million investment. McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS).

Hydrogen Opposed Piston Engine Working Group formed

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Several organizations, encompassing companies, research labs, and academia, have formed the Hydrogen Opposed Piston Engine Working Group. The Working Group consists of members undertaking research and development in the field of hydrogen combustion in an opposed-piston engine. —James Turner, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Clean Combustion Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.

Universal Hydrogen signs LOIs with 3 carriers for hydrogen-powered aircraft

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Universal Hydrogen ( earlier post ) has signed LOIs with Icelandair Group (Iceland), Air Nostrum (Spain), and Ravn Air (Alaska) for aftermarket conversion of aircraft to hydrogen propulsion and for the supply of green hydrogen fuel using Universal Hydrogen’s modular capsules.

Rolls-Royce announces new hydrogen engine program; updates on hybrid-electric research

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Rolls-Royce is planning a comprehensive series of rig and engine tests to prove hydrogen can safely and efficiently deliver power for small-mid size aircraft from the mid-2030s onwards. Artist’s impression of a hydrogen engine ground test.

Deutsche Aircraft and Universal Hydrogen partner on hydrogen-fueled regional aviation

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Deutsche Aircraft, the new purpose-driven German aircraft Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) ( earlier post ), and Universal Hydrogen Co.

Volkswagen launches new research collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory & University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Volkswagen Group of America’s Innovation Hub Knoxville, the company’s technology unit for applied materials science, has expanded its research collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT).

University of Michigan researchers lay out hurdles for Li-metal, solid-state batteries

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In a perspective piece in the journal Joule , researchers at the University of Michigan lay out the main questions facing lithium-metal, solid-state batteries.

Cummins to introduce 15-liter natural gas engine for North America; basis for hydrogen engine under development

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will bring to market a 15-liter natural gas engine for heavy-duty trucks. The 15-liter natural gas engine is an important part of Cummins strategy for its path to zero emissions. —Srikanth Padmanabhan, President, Engine Business, Cummins. Cummins Inc.

Universal Hydrogen secures additional $62M in financing to accelerate first test flight of hydrogen-powered regional aircraft to 2022

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Universal Hydrogen closed a $62-million new funding round; the oversubscribed round was completed less than six months after the company’s Series A ( earlier post ), bringing total raised to $85 million. —Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO of Universal Hydrogen.

Audi, Freiburg University of Mining and Technology investigating bio-leaching and membrane mining for high-tech elements

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The Audi Environmental Foundation, a subsidiary of AUDI AG founded in 2009, has joined forces with the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology to research new ways of mining high-tech elements.

University of Utah engineers develop fast method to convert algae to biocrude

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Researchers at the University of have developed an unusually rapid method to deliver cost-effective algal biocrude in large quantities using a specially-designed jet mixer. The team’s results were published in an open-access paper in a new peer-reviewed journal, Chemical Engineering Science X. —University of Utah chemical engineering assistant professor Swomitra “Bobby” Mohanty, co-author.

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Universal Hydrogen announces $20.5M in Series A funding to build and test full-scale hardware for hydrogen commercial aircraft

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Founded in 2020 by aviation industry veterans Paul Eremenko, John-Paul Clarke, Jason Chua, and Jon Gordon, Universal Hydrogen is stitching together the end-to-end hydrogen value chain for aviation, both for hydrogen fuel and hydrogen-powered airplanes. Universal Hydrogen modular capsule.

ATLIS Motor Vehicles and Clemson University partner to advance development of EV batteries

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and Clemson University have partnered to advance development of electric-vehicle batteries that charge faster, last longer and can be scaled to fit a variety of vehicle classes. The CNI is located at the Clemson University Advanced Materials Research Laboratory in Anderson County.

Renewable Energy Group collaborates with Iowa State University on hydrotreater pilot plant for renewable diesel

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Biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group joined Iowa State University (ISU) at the BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) to mark the start of a new hydrotreater pilot plant. The pilot plant is a multi-reactor state-of-the-art research and development unit designed by REG’s engineering teams to accelerate the development of new feedstocks and processes.

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Auburn University building new autonomous vehicle research facility

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The Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is building a new autonomous vehicle research facility at Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology test track, making it one of the few such facilities in the nation attached to a test track.

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S. Korean universities partner to develop next-generation Li-metal batteries

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South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), in collaboration with Pukyong National University and Chosun University, has embarked on a joint research project to develop the next-generation of batteries for electric vehicles (EVs).

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ACIA Aero Leasing LOI with Universal Hydrogen for up to 30 regional aircraft conversions to hydrogen power

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Universal Hydrogen Co. ACIA expects to place 10 firm orders for Universal Hydrogen’s ATR 72 conversion kits with additional purchase rights for 20 more conversion kits of various turboprop types.

ClearFlame Engine Technologies secures $17M in Series A financing

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ClearFlame Engine Technologies , a startup developing net-zero engine technology ( earlier post ), has secured $17 million in Series A financing, which will enable commercialization of the company’s innovative engine technology for the long-haul trucking, agriculture and power generation sectors. Without soot from diesel fuels, compression ignition engines are no longer limited to lean operation and can instead use the chemically correct (i.e.,

How Purdue University Commercializes Its Research

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Lu was inspired to conduct research in improving efficiency when he was an undergraduate student at the National Taiwan University , in Taipei, where his studies included courses in algorithms and data structures.

Siemens Energy teams up with Duke Energy, Clemson University to study hydrogen use

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Siemens Energy, Duke Energy and Clemson University have teamed up to study the use of hydrogen for energy storage and as a low- or no-carbon fuel source to produce energy at Duke Energy’s combined heat and power plant located at Clemson University in South Carolina. This partnership combines the experience, expertise and perspectives of Siemens Energy as the technology developer, Clemson University as the beneficiary and Duke Energy as the owner and operator of the asset.

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Columbia University engineers make breakthrough in understanding electroreduction of CO2 for conversion to electrofuels

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Researchers at Columbia University have solved the first piece of the puzzle; they have proved that CO 2 electroreduction begins with one common intermediate, not two as was commonly thought. The Columbia Engineering experiments provide such detail that we should be able to obtain very definitive validation of the computational models. Electrocatalysis and photocatalysis (artificial photosynthesis) are among the most promising ways to achieve effective storage for renewable energy.

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New public analytical model from Rice University helps fine-tune battery performance

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A simpler and more efficient way to predict performance will lead to better batteries, according to Rice University engineers. The method is 100,000 times faster than current modeling techniques.

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DARPA selects 3 university teams to investigate small-footprint recycling of critical elements in e-waste; RPOD

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DARPA has selected multiple teams of university researchers for the Recycling at the Point of Disposal ( RPOD ) program. The selected teams include Arizona State University, Iowa State University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the following approaches: Arizona State University, teamed with TG Companies LLC, will develop an improved hydrometallurgical process based on a combination of selective leaching and electrowinning.

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easyJet and Rolls-Royce partner on hydrogen engine development for range of aircraft; H2ZERO

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easyJet and Rolls-Royce are partnering to develop hydrogen combustion engine technology capable of powering a range of aircraft, including those in the narrow-body market segment. Both companies have committed to working together on a series of engine tests on the ground, starting later this year and have a shared ambition to take the technology into the air. Aviation & Aerospace Engines Hydrogen Market Background

San Jose State University, CalCharge launch new “Battery University” program

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CalCharge, an energy storage innovation accelerator, and San Jose State University are teaming up to launch a “battery university”. Battery university courses will be offered through SJSU’s professional education program&. Classes are expected to start this summer in partnership with SJSU’s engineering college. CalCharge is a partnership of CalCEF and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

MAN Energy launches industry consortium to develop medium-speed, ammonia-fueled engine

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Initiated by MAN with partners from industry and research institutes, it aims to define the steps necessary to produce a dual-fuel, medium-speed engine capable of running on diesel-fuel and ammonia. Alexander Knafl, Head of R&D, Four-Stroke Engineering, MAN Energy Solutions.

Project Triumph TE-1 prototype revealed; Williams Advanced Engineering battery system

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Williams Advanced Engineering: final iteration of prototype WAE battery pack incorporating dedicated cell packaging for optimum centre of gravity, vehicle control unit, DCDC converter, integrated cooling, charge port, and styled carbon covers.

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Bath University and SAIC Motor team up to investigate gasoline particulate filter performance

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The University of Bath and SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre are collaborating on a project to identify the most efficient conditions for the optimum performance of gasoline particulate filters (GPFs), to help minimize vehicle impact on the environment. The ‘GPF Burn rate and Low Temperature Reactivity’ project will last 14 months and utilize the University’s state of the art Chassis Dynamometer in its Centre for Low Emission Vehicle Research (CLEVeR).

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DOE awarding up to $7M to 8 universities for co-optimization of fuels and engines: Co-Optima

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $7 million to projects at eight universities to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. DOE selected eight universities under this latest Co-Optima funding opportunity: Cornell University. University of Michigan. University of Michigan-Dearborn. University of Alabama. Louisiana State University.

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James Cook University researchers using 3D printing for rocket fuels

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James Cook University (JCU) scientists in Australia are using 3D printing to create fuels for rockets, and using tailor-made rocket motors they’ve built to test the fuels. JCU lecturer in mechanical engineering Dr Elsa Antunes led the study, published in an open-access paper in the journal Aerospace. The JCU scientists 3D printed fuel grains (solid, plastic-based fuel) for the hybrid rockets using plastics and other materials.

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Low-density graphene-based aerogel can reduce aircraft engine noise up to 80%

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Researchers at the University of Bath have developed a graphene oxide (GO)/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) aerogel (GPA) weighing just 2.1 Aviation & Aerospace Emissions Engines Fuel Efficiency Graphene Materials

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MAN presents hydrogen roadmap; use in fuel cells and combustion engines

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MAN is testing both the use of a fuel cell and an H 2 combustion engine. The hydrogen combustion engine, on the other hand, offers a more readily available and robust solution thanks to the well-known basic technology and could thus serve as a bridging technology.

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DOE invests $65M at national laboratories and US universities to advance nuclear technology

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The awards fall under DOE’s nuclear energy programs called the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET), and the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF). Nuclear Energy University Program ($55M). million through NEUP to support 57 university-led nuclear energy research and development projects in 24 states. Additionally, 21 university-led projects will receive more than $5.7

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McMaster team reviews progress on hybrid-specific engine technologies

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A team from McMaster University in Canada has published a comprehensive review of recent progress in low-temperature combustion (LTC), alternative fuels (AF), over-expansion Atkinson cycle, and waste heat recovery (WHR) techniques as applied to hybrid-specific engines. As a crucial component in hybrid powertrains, the internal combustion engine has important impacts on vehicle performance. Modern Atkinson engines are mostly realized by VVT technology.

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University Of Georgia purchases 20 Proterra 40' Catalyst E2 buses with DuoPower drivetrain

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The University of Georgia has placed an order for twenty Proterra 40? With the deployment of 20 Catalyst buses, the University of Georgia will have one of the largest fleets of electric buses in the US, and will displace more than 2,500,000 gallons of diesel over the vehicles’ 12-year lifespan and eliminate more than 4,500,000 pounds of carbon emissions annually. Catalyst E2 buses with DuoPower drivetrain technology and fourteen 125 kW Proterra PCS chargers.

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ClearFlame Engine Technologies secures $2.5M to advance diesel-free truck demonstration; ethanol-fueled MCCI

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ClearFlame Engine Technologies , a growing startup dedicated to the development of clean engine technology ( earlier post ), secured $2.5 ClearFlame’s solution, grounded in technology developed during doctoral studies at Stanford University and validated using more than $3 million in grant funding, addresses this problem by elevating combustion temperatures in order to enable use of non-traditional fuels without sacrificing performance. Engines Fuels Heavy-duty

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ClearFlame Engine Technologies partners with Alto Ingredients to demo ethanol-fueled MCCI in heavy-duty diesels; high efficiency, low emissions

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Startup ClearFlame Engine Technologies announced a partnership with Alto Ingredients, a leading producer of specialty alcohols and essential ingredients, to conduct pilot demonstrations of ClearFlame’s solution for diesel engines using low-cost ethanol in Class 8 trucks.

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Empa and partners exploring DME as fuel with new heavy-duty test engine

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Empa, together with FPT Motorenforschung AG Arbon, Politechnico di Milano, lubricant manufacturer Motorex and other partners, is exporing the use of DME as a fuel for heavy-duty engines. The diesel engine on the Empa test facility was tuned to DME. We already know this engine very well.

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Saudi Aramco joins Rice University’s Carbon Hub; coproduction of hydrogen and advanced carbon materials from hydrocarbons

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Aramco) has joined Carbon Hub, a research initiative led by Rice University to develop sustainable uses of hydrocarbons. Carbon Hub provides funding and direction to basic science, engineering and policy research. The Saudi Arabian Oil Co. Launched in 2019, Carbon Hub supports a zero-emissions future where clean hydrogen energy and advanced carbon materials are coproduced efficiently and sustainably from hydrocarbons.

Rolls-Royce invests in new test facilities at Purdue for high-altitude and hybrid-electric aircraft engines

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Rolls-Royce has launched a new major investment project with Purdue University to develop new test facilities for high-altitude and hybrid-electric engines to power the next generation of US military aircraft. Gas turbine engine test cells must offer flexible operation to qualify engines for customer use. The test cell will simulate air conditions for testing, “flying” the engine at altitude while the test engine is still physically on the ground.

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Jaguar Land Rover investing $1.6M in two new Centers of Excellence for Engine Combustion Research at Oxford and University College London; gasoline and diesel

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Jaguar Land Rover announced the creation of two new Centers of Excellence for Engine Combustion Research at two leading UK universities. million) investment will be shared equally between University College London (UCL) and the University of Oxford to support the development of new research facilities and fund two 5-year study programs. Each center will focus on specific combustion technologies, both targeting higher engine efficiency.

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