Estonia launches nationwide fast charging network

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Estonia has become the world’s first country to launch a nationwide fast-charging network for electric vehicles, using technology provided by ABB. —Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Estonia’s Minister of the Environment. The commercial operation to serve the Estonian EV drivers is handled by local third parties, and is based on a payment platform from parking industry.

IEA: Estonia is pioneering technologies for more efficient and cleaner use of oil shale

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An article in the latest issue of IEA Energy: The Journal of the International Energy Agency reports that Estonia, which has the most developed oil shale industry in the world, is collaborating in pursuing wider use of oil shale in a cleaner, more sustainable manner. Estonia has more than 4 billion tonnes of estimated reserves—just over 1.1% In 2012, 70% of Estonia’s total primary energy supply (TPES) came from oil shale. In 2012, Estonia mined 15.86


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EEA says industrial air pollution cost Europe up to €169 billion in 2009; some 37% attributed to CO2

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—Revealing the costs of air pollution from industrial facilities in Europe. The recognized benefits of industrial facilities, including manufacturing products, employment and tax revenues, are not addressed in the report. The report does not assess whether the emissions from industrial facilities are consistent with the legal permitting conditions for the operation of these plants. Revealing the costs of air pollution from industrial facilities in Europe.

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Motor vehicle taxation brings in €440.4B for governments in major European markets

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This just goes to show the sheer scale of the importance of the automobile industry to Europe. It is clearly paramount to the overall health of the EU economy, and government budgets in particular, that we can successfully re-launch our industry in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Neste joins eFuel Alliance

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Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, has joined the eFuel Alliance , an interest group dedicated to the industrial production of synthetic fuels based on hydrogen and CO 2 from renewable sources. The fuel is available to customers in Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and in the United States in California and Oregon.

Supercap company Skeleton closes €37.6M in Round D3; total D round funding at €108M

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The oversubscribed round included top European entrepreneurs who have built some of the most successful tech companies in Europe, coupled with industry specialists. Skeleton Technologies Group has four main locations: its manufacturing in Großröhrsdorf, Saxony, sales in Berlin, materials development in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, and electrical engineering in Tallinn, Estonia.

Hyundai makes Series B investment in hydrogen and fuel cell catalyst maker Pajarito Powder

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The investment is intended to allow Hyundai Motor to expand its portfolio in the value chain of the hydrogen industry and strengthen the establishment of the hydrogen ecosystem. Earlier this year, a team from Estonia, Canada, and Pajarito Powder reported on research on mesoporous iron-nitrogen co-doped carbon materials—Pajarito Powder’s VariPore-based Fe-N-C PGM-free catalyst—as a cathode catalyst for anion exchange membrane (AEM) fuel cells.

Gevo and Sweetwater Energy sign MoU for lignocellulosic feedstocks to produce cellulosic alcohols and sustainable aviation fuel

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Since the wood is heated for only 20 seconds and the acid is so dilute, very few inhibitory chemicals form, giving the resulting material unique properties that are of benefit to many industrial applications. Gevo signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sweetwater Energy , Inc., regarding the use of sustainably sourced agricultural residues and woody biomass as a feedstock for producing cellulosic alcohols and energy-dense renewable liquid hydrocarbons.

Ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies raises €3.9M (US$5.2 M) in Round A financing

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Our products have four times higher power density (80Wh/L), and almost double the energy density (14Wh/L) compared to current industry standards. Skeleton Technologies is located in Bautzen, Germany and Viimsi, Estonia. Skeleton Technologies, a manufacturer of high power- and energy-density ultracapacitors ( earlier post ) has completed Round A financing of €3.9 million (US$5.4 million).

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ABB launches Terra 53 DC fast charger in NA; SAE Combo and CHAdeMO

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The Terra 53 joins the ABB Terra family of DC charging stations that offer fast charging times with industry leading, business-to-business network solutions. With successes throughout Europe in deploying and managing nationwide EV charging networks, ABB is known for industry leading uptime, reliability and long-standing commitment to the EV charging industry. ABB has introduced the Terra 53 for North America, showcasing it at the Plug-in 2013 conference in San Diego.

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JATO: European car registrations up 5.2% in November; SUVs post record market share

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Despite a turbulent 2017 for the industry as a whole, which has faced threats from the diesel crisis, new emissions targets and Brexit, results for the first eleven months of the year show an overall increase in registrations of 3.8%, with 14.43 Latvia and Estonia held their positions as the European markets where SUVs are most popular, with market shares of 44.1% New car registrations in Europe climbed 5.2%

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EEA report finds most Europeans in cities still exposed to levels of air pollution exceeding WHO guidelines

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The long-term WHO AQG for PM 10 was exceeded at 51% of the stations and in all of the reporting countries, except Estonia, Finland and Ireland. was exceeded at 69% of the stations located in all of the reporting countries, except Estonia, Finland and Norway. Road transport, power plants, industry, agriculture and households are the main sources of air pollutants.

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EEA: small increase in EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2017, with transport emissions up for the fourth consecutive year

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Less coal was used to produce heat and electricity but this was offset by higher industrial and transport emissions, the latter increasing for the fourth consecutive year. Across the EU, several industrial sectors recorded higher emissions in 2017 as a result of higher economic and industrial activity compared to 2016. The largest increases in relative terms in 2017 occurred in Malta, Portugal and Estonia.

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And big players in the industry are joining forces to support and do their part to reach the goal. However, the industry has a long way to go to up this number and make more options available to the market. Estonia.

Jordanian cabinet OKs $2.4B oil shale project with Enefit; largest in region and world

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An article in the January 2014 issue of IEA Energy: The Journal of the International Energy Agency reported that Estonia, which has the most developed oil shale industry in the world, is collaborating in pursuing wider use of oil shale in a cleaner, more sustainable manner. Jordan’s Council of Ministers on Sunday endorsed all agreements prepared by the national electricity company with Estonian company Enefit which will carry out a mega oil shale energy project in the Kingdom.

2014 195

Enefit VOLT Transforms into a New Charging Network Using Driivz Technology


Enefit VOLT, the largest electric vehicle fast charging network in Estonia, selected Driivz, the leading EV charging and energy management software platform provider, to optimize its network operations and provide excellent EV charging experiences to EV drivers.

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And now, the industry is shifting to 800 volts as soon as 2025, which could potentially halve charging time. The EV industry growth is boosted by both private and public sectors. Did we get the lessons from the previous fails and faulty industrial practices? Estonia.

New cars sold in Europe in 2011 were 3.3% more fuel efficient than those sold in 2010; increasing diesel uptake

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However, on present trends, the industry as a whole is on track to meeting the 2015 CO 2 target. Between 2010 and 2011 the number of new car registrations increased in many Member States, notably Latvia (71%), Lithuania (68%) and Estonia (66%) , but fell in others, including Greece (-31 %), Portugal (-31%) and Spain (-17 %). At the less efficient end of the spectrum, new cars registered in Estonia, Latvia and Bulgaria had more than 150g CO 2 /km on average.

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Study finds that EV-specific factors rather than socio-demographic variables better predictors of EV uptake

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Estonia deciding to buy 500 MiEVs in 2012 or Belgium offering high financial incentives but perhaps not to the right market, noted lead author Will Sierzchula. Data came from Australia; Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Croatia; the Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Greece; Germany; Iceland; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; the Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Rolls-Royce consortium secures funding for mini nuclear reactors

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Each power station can supply enough reliable low carbon power for around one million* homes, or be used to power net zero hydrogen and synthetic aviation fuel manufacturing facilities, desalination plants or energy intensive industrial sites.

Molycorp purchases remaining shares of European rare earth processing company

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Molycorp now owns 100% of the Sillamäe, Estonia-based facility, known as Molycorp Sillamäe. Molycorp, Inc. has purchased the remaining shares of Molycorp Silmet AS, one of only two rare earth processing companies in Europe. On 1 April 2011, Molycorp purchased a 90.023% stake in AS Silmet in a transaction valued at approximately $89 million. The purchase price for the remaining shares was proportionately the same as the price of the original share acquisition. Mark A.

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VTT-led project to develop enzymes found in India’s wildfire-prone areas for biorefineries; IndZyme

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The enzymes they produce are likely to also have a higher-than-normal resistance to the substances released from biomass in high-temperature industrial processes. These new enzymes will be compared against the Trichoderma reesei enzymes, which are widely used in industrial applications, and enzyme mixtures. The IndZyme project consortium comprises VTT (Finland), VINSTROM (India), RWTH (Germany) and the University of Tartu (Estonia).

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With the combined efforts of every country to hit the milestones by 2030 and 2050 energy sector is well on its way to becoming a decentralized industry. How long will it take for this to expand to the entire ride-hailing service industry? Estonia.

First flight in Euro I-4D air traffic management project

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Operational partners in I-4D are: Airbus, EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) and NORACON; ground industry partners are Indra and Thales ATM; and airborne industry partners are Honeywell, Thales Avionics and Airbus. NORACON is a consortium of eight air navigation service providers: Austro Control and the North European ANS Providers (NEAP); Avinor (Norway); EANS (Estonia); Finavia (Finland); IAA (Ireland); ISAVIA (Iceland); LFV (Sweden) and Naviair (DK).

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Diesel new vehicle market share in Europe in February dropped to 39.5%; SUVs still driving growth

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This growth can be attributed to key markets such as Germany, Spain and France, as well as five other markets (Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Estonia and Luxembourg), which posted double digit growth. This suggests that future growth for the industry could be dependent on fewer European countries than previously. However, 13 of Europe’s 27 markets posted declines in February, so future growth for the industry could become dependent on a select few markets.

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Skeleton Technologies receives US patent for nanoporous carbon powder supercapacitor material; higher energy and power densities and lower cost

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Skeleton Technologies , an energy-storage start-up located in Tartu, Estonia, was recently awarded a US patent ( #7,803,345 ) on its nanoporous carbon powder supercapacitor material. First industry trials for the supercapacitors have been successfully carried out and Skeleton Technologies plans to enter the market with substantial production capability by 2013.

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Navigant Research forecasts EV charger global market to grow to $3.8B by 2020; 27.1% CAGR from 2013

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In a new report, “ Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Tracker 1Q13 ”, Navigant notes that definitions concerning technologies, industry standards, and market segments vary from region to region making tracking this market difficult. DC installations account for almost 5% of global installations; however, they do have a central role and leading market share in Japan and Estonia. Total installed public EVSE stations by technology and region, world markets: 2012.

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Global Bioenergies to lead $24M REWOFUEL project to demonstrate the production of isobutene-derived gasoline and jetfuel from wood residuals

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We are thrilled by the opportunity to be part of industrial consortia which focus on softwood residue streams valorisation in novel value chains and end-use markets. The objective is to demonstrate the new value chain at cubic meter scale by combining the technologies and know-how of participants as follows: Residual softwood supply and processing by Graanul Invest AS (Estonia).

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European consortium investigating graphene-based materials for lightweight cars; energy-efficient and safe vehicles

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The automotive industry is widely viewed as being the industry in which the greatest volume of advanced composite materials will be used in the future to produce light vehicles. A large amount of work remains to be done to develop a practical, reliable and capable tool to analyze and design the new graphene-based polymer composites and study the crashworthiness optimisation for its structures and their applications in the automotive industry.

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Oil Drum Licenses On-Board Hydrogen Generator for Baltic States

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The deal will allow UAB Hydro2 to manufacture, sell and install the Save-Fuel On Demand Hydrogen Technology for the truck, bus and coach industries in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. University of Kent (UK) spin-off Oil Drum Ltd , has signed a licensing deal with UAB Hydro2 that will enable its on-board hydrogen generator technology to be manufactured, sold and installed in the Baltic States.

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IFQC annual ranking of gasoline sulfur standards sees progress around the world; US drops to 46th

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Germany, the first to implement the lowest sulfur level of 10 ppm in 2003, remains atop the ranking, followed by Japan and a six-country tie for third place among Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary and Sweden. Industry and policy makers around the world have emphasized the importance of reducing sulfur limits in fuels for more than a decade, but variations remain. Maximum gasoline sulfur limits. Click to enlarge.

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Molycorp to increase supply of rare earth materials to Hitachi Metals; the two call off US joint venture plans

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The oxide and metal production at the Molycorp Silmet facility in Estonia and the alloy production at the Molycorp Metals and Alloys facility in Tolleson, Arizona, will enable the company to produce the upgraded magnetic materials necessary to meet a significant portion of Hitachi Metals’ global requirements when Molycorp reaches its full, Phase 1 production levels at Mountain Pass, the company said. Molycorp’s Mountain Pass facility (Project Phoenix). Source: Molycorp.

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EEA: Higher EU greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 due to economic recovery and cold winter

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Sectors with the highest GHG emissions growth included: CO 2 emissions from residential and commercial sectors (caused by a higher heating demand due to a colder winter); CO 2 emissions from manufacturing industries and construction (including iron and steel process emissions); and CO 2 emissions from public heat and electricity production. Industry emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), extremely potent GHGs, grew significantly in 2010, continuing the upward trend observed since 1990.

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Non-intrusive bio-monitoring system anticipates driver fatigue in the vehicle to prevent accidents

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The Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia participates in this project together with the technological center Eesti Innovatsiooni Instituut (Estonia), and the University of Manchester. which represents the components suppliers of the automobile industry, and SMEs that produce seat covers—Borgstena Group (Project Coordinator); safety belts—ALATEX; smart textiles—Sensing Tex, S.L.;

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European Research Project Searching for More Efficient and Cost-Effective Enzymes for Cellulosic Biofuel Production

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The DISCO project is a collaboration between research institutes, universities and industrial partners drawn from across Europe and Russia. Biogold Ou (Estonia). We’re looking to nature to find answers to the problem of efficiently generating next-generation biofuels from renewable sources, in this case from abundant waste materials from farming and industry. Scope of the DISCO project. Click to enlarge.

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