Amsted Industries forms automotive group to focus on electric and traditional vehicle markets

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Amsted Industries, a diversified designer and manufacturer of industrial solutions serving the railroad, vehicular and construction markets with a global footprint spanning 65 facilities in 10 countries across 6 continents, is bringing together two of its century-old, core Tier 1 automotive supply business units—Means Industries and Burgess Norton—to form the Amsted Automotive Group (AAG). Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Market Background

Star Scientific selected as 2020 S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards Finalist; industrial heat from H2 without combustion

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Star Scientific has been named an Emerging Technology of the Year category finalist in the S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards, an annual program recognizing innovation, leadership and exceptional performance in the energy sector. HERO uses a proprietary catalyst to turn hydrogen into continuous industrial heat without combustion. Established in 1999, the S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards highlight achievement in in 21 categories spanning the entire energy sector.

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Volkswagen factories in the US and Mexico to link up with the Industrial Cloud

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Volkswagen plans to connect its production facilities in Chattanooga (TN), Puebla and Silao (Mexico) with the global Industrial Cloud initiative from the Volkswagen Group and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Industry 4.0 Internet of Things Manufacturing Market Background

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Volkswagen bringing additional partners to Industrial Cloud; 11 in first step

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Volkswagen, together with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and integration partner Siemens, is opening up the Industrial Cloud ( earlier post ) to other manufacturing and technology companies. With the Industrial Cloud we are creating a platform allowing partners to contribute their solutions.

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BASF and IntelliSense.io partner to accelerate the mining industry’s digital transformation

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Global chemical company BASF and IntelliSense.io, a leading industrial artificial intelligence (AI) company, announced an exclusive partnership which will combine their expertise in mineral processing, ore beneficiation chemistry and industrial AI technology. Industry 4.0

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Roskill: Rising prices could be new norm for lithium industry

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Falling sales in H2 2019 in China, the largest market for EVs, and a global reduction in sales caused by lockdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic in H1 2020 slowed lithium demand growth, impacting demand from both battery and industrial applications. As battery applications extend their dominance of lithium demand, the market is expected to become more focused on providing products to meet specifications for automotive batteries.

Cree delivers industry leading efficiency to EV fast charging & solar markets with new SiC power module portfolio

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Compared to silicon, the use of silicon carbide-based power solutions enables faster, smaller, lighter and more powerful electrical systems for a wide range of industrial applications. Cree, Inc. launched its Wolfspeed WolfPACK power modules.

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BNEF, Snam, IGU report finds global gas industry set to resume growth post-pandemic; low-carbon technologies for long-term growth

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After growing by more than 2% in 2019, global gas use is set to fall by around 4% in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic reduces energy consumption across the global economies. —Ashish Sethia, global head of commodities at BNEF.

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WNA: global nuclear generation nears record high in 2019

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While the performance of the world’s operating reactors continued to improve, the pace of new nuclear start-ups needs to increase to meet the nuclear industry’s Harmony goal. The average global capacity factor for reactors generating electricity in 2019 rose from 79.8%

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JATO: global vehicle sales fall by 39% in March; electrified vehicles up to 17.4% new registration market share in Europe

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The outbreak of COVID-19 has already impacted the automotive industry significantly, according to JATO Dynamics, a leading provider of global automotive data and insight. Global vehicle sales totalled 5.55 This represents the largest year-on-year monthly decrease since 1980, when JATO Dynamics started to collect data—even surpassing the global financial crisis in November 2008, which saw a 25% decline in sales. —Felipe Munoz, JATO’s global analyst.

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Volkswagen and Amazon Web Services to develop Industrial Cloud; open industry platform

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Volkswagen and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will develop the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud together. Both companies announced a multi-year, global agreement jointly to develop this project. In the future, the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud will combine the data of all machines, plants and systems from all 122 facilities of the Volkswagen Group. Volkswagen’s industrial cloud, which will reinvent its manufacturing and logistics processes, is yet another example of how ?Volkswagen

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Hyundai signs MOU with South Korean government and industry partners to demo EV battery leasing business

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Hyundai Motor signed the MOU with South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy as well as Hyundai Glovis, LG Energy Solution and KST Mobility for the rental of electric taxi batteries and the sustainable reuse of EV batteries in energy storage systems (ESS).

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Roskill sees recovery in lithium industry, buoyed by demand from rechargeable battery applications

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Despite the trend toward transportation electrification, the lithium industry has had a rough few years. However, Roskill believes that the closure of Altura Mining, the latest casualty of the period of falling lithium prices, may represent a turning point for the lithium industry.

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AW-Energy entering green hydrogen market with wave energy device

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AW-Energy Oy is entering the commercial hydrogen market by introducing a combined WaveRoller and HydrogenHub process for the production of green hydrogen. From an industry, technology and political perspective, we see no barriers to achieving this.

Thailand’s EV industry growing rapidly

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According to the Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand, the number of companies that are part of Thailand’s electric vehicle industry has risen significantly since 2015, from 76 to 420 in 2019. With a population of more than 645 million consumers in ASEAN alone, the EV industry is projected to grow more as demand across the rest of Asia increases. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Market Background

Adamas: LFP market share drops to 6% in global passenger EV batteries in 2019; potential comeback in 2020 with cell-to-pack

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In 2019, the market share of lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathode chemistry fell to 6% in global passenger EV batteries by watt-hours deployed (i.e. Overall, the combined global market share of ternary cathodes (including NCM and nickel-cobalt-aluminum (NCA) varieties) in passenger EV batteries reached 90% in 2019, up from 83% in 2018. Adamas said that it views the renewed adaptation of LFP as a reflection of diversifying market needs.

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Ballard signs joint development agreement with Chart Industries for heavy-duty mobility onboard hydrogen solutions

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Ballard Power Systems signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chart Industries, Inc.—a Both Ballard and Chart have provided hydrogen solutions and equipment to industry for multiple decades (nearly 100 years in total), including a very rapid increase in sales activity in 2020 and year-to-date 2021. Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Infrastructure Market Background

CF Industries to build green ammonia plant in Louisiana

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CF Industries’ Board of Directors has approved a green ammonia project at the company’s flagship Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex to produce approximately 20,000 tons per year of green ammonia. CF Industries is a leading global manufacturer of hydrogen and nitrogen products for clean energy, emissions abatement, fertilizer, and other industrial applications. —Tony Will, president and CEO, CF Industries. Ammonia Hydrogen Market Background

Shipping industry companies launch new zero-carbon shipping research center

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A group of leading shipping industry companies are taking the next step to develop new fuel types and technologies by launching the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping. Møller - Mærsk, Cargill, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NYK Lines and Siemens Energy. As an independent research center, it will work across the entire shipping sector with industry, academia and authorities. Emissions Fuels Market Background Ports and Marine

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IEA: record oil output from US, Brazil, Canada and Norway to keep global markets well supplied

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Oil production growth from the United States, Brazil, Canada and Norway can keep the world well supplied, more than meeting global oil demand growth through 2020, but more investment will be needed to boost output after that, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest annual report on oil markets. The United States is set to put its stamp on global oil markets for the next five years. Global oil production capacity is forecast to grow by 6.4

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Rio Tinto enters scandium market with construction of new plant in Canada

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With an investment of US$6 million and the participation of the Government of Québec, RTFT will have an initial production capacity of three tonnes of scandium oxide per year, representing approximately 20% of the current global market. Canada Fuel Cells Market Background Materials

Nidec to acquire Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool to support push into EV drives; E-Axle

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Nidec Corporation’s Board of Directors approved a resolution to acquire the shares of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool Co., After completion of the acquisition, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool will become Nidec-Shimpo’s third main business.

Maritime industry players join forces to realize the decarbonization potential of solid oxide fuel cells

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Funded by a grant from Danish EUDP (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program), the partners will pursue a high-efficiency solution with the scalability to support marine industry decarbonization. Such alternatives are needed in the maritime industry, which must transition to greener power over just a few decades. To achieve the long-term target of decarbonization the industry must shift towards new fuel types and technologies.

Ipsos Auto Global Study: interest in battery electric vehicles growing in the US

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Ipsos’ new 2020 Global Mobility Navigator Study, focusing on Electrification, found global interest remained on par with the numbers from 2019. However, the study reveals there has been an increase in interest in the US and Chinese markets.

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Ballard introduces fuel cell industry’s first commercial module to power ships: FCwave

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Ballard Power Systems has launched the fuel cell industry’s first module designed for primary propulsion power in marine vessels. Global efforts to decarbonize include commercial maritime activities, where Ballard intends to build on our leading position in zero-emission fuel cell solutions.

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CSIRO and Piotrek partner on next-gen solid-state Li-ion batteries for global market

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Australia’s national science agency CSIRO, and Japanese specialist chemical manufacturer, Piotrek , are partnering to commercialize Australian-developed battery technologies globally within the next five years. Piotrek General Manager Ihei Sada said combining the CSIRO SPE with Piotrek ICP will give his company a big market advantage.

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UK Consortium in £8M project to design EV powertrain for global market

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GKN Automotive, Drive System Design and the University of Nottingham are collaborating on an £8-million (US$10 million) project to design and develop a world-leading electric vehicle powertrain for the global market. ACeDrive is aiming to be the world’s lightest and most efficient electric vehicle powertrain suitable for the volume market.

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Nissan to be carbon-neutral by 2050; 100? of new vehicle offerings in key markets to be electrified by early 2030s

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The company’s electrification and emissions reduction efforts support the aims of the UN Paris Agreement on climate change and global progress toward carbon neutrality by 2050. Electric (Battery) Market Background Sustainability Vehicle ManufacturersNissan Motor Co.,

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ams introduces first inductive position sensor for high-speed motors for automotive and industrial markets

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ams, a global supplier of high performance sensor solutions, introduced the AS5715 : the first inductive position sensor for high-speed, automotive and industrial electric motors to be available as a standard product on the open market. IHS forecasts the overall market for electric motors (including traction motors) to grow at 8.3%

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Neste and LG Chem building a strategic partnership to drive the polymers and chemicals industry transformation towards a circular bioeconomy

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GlobalData: growing global electric vehicle market will more than double lithium demand over the next 5 years

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According to GlobalData, the global EV market is expected to grow at a substantial CAGR of 15.6% The company projects that China will lead the global EV market with more than 50% share and grow three times as fast as the US over the next five years. million new EVs were sold globally, of which China accounted for more than 50%, followed by the US with 17.3%. of global sales, followed by Germany (4.8%) and the UK (4.1%).

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GranBio and NextChem partner to develop cellulosic ethanol market

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The partnership will enable the commercialization of this technology globally, combining GranBio’s knowledge in biomass and second-generation biofuels with NextChem’s engineering intelligence and Group global presence, to offer integrated services—feasibility studies, development of integration projects, engineering and construction of factories worldwide. Brazil Cellulosic ethanol Market Background

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Enel enters public transit electrification market in US; partners with MassCEC for electric bus fleet

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Enel X continues to be a leader in the electrification of transportation in the US, supporting utilities, businesses and consumers on their path towards zero emissions driving through our unmatched combination of industry expertise, software, and hardware. Enel X and MGL will provide an innovative electrification planning and analysis solution that will help inform the MBTA’s electrification strategy and has the potential to be applied in other markets.

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CapGemini: 87% of global consumers prefer personal vehicle to ensure safe travel, up from 57% in April 2020

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Almost half of global consumers (46%) are considering purchasing a car in the next 12 months, an increase from 35% in April 2020. Without a clear end to the pandemic in sight, 87% of global consumers stated their safety and physical well-being, alongside that of their families, is best served through a personal vehicle. To do so, automakers need to adapt to emerging micro markets and provide customers with personalized offers like leasing and subscription packages.

Linde and Praxair to merge; global industrial gas major valued at > $70B

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The proposed merger brings together two leading companies in the global industrial gas industry, leveraging the proven strengths of each. Based on 2016 reported results, the combination will create a company with pro forma revenues of approximately US$29 billion (€27 billion), prior to adjustments, potential divestitures and regulatory limitations, and a combined current market value in excess of US$70 billion (€66 billion). Hydrogen Market Background

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Aurora enters long-term, global, strategic collaboration with Toyota and Denso for self-driving cars at scale

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Autonomous driving software company Aurora has entered a long-term, global, and strategic collaboration with Toyota and Denso, one of the largest global manufacturers and tier-one automotive suppliers, respectively, to build and globally deploy self-driving cars at scale. In January, PACCAR and Aurora signed a global, strategic agreement to develop, test and commercialize autonomous Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks.

Global Bioenergies reports first production of isobutene from wheat straw at the industrial pilot scale

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Global Bioenergies and Clariant announced the first isobutene production from a wheat straw hydrolysate, in the industrial pilot of Pomacle Bazancourt. This hydrolysate was converted into renewable isobutene in Global Bioenergies’ industrial pilot operated by ARD in its Pomacle-Bazancourt facility. The production of isobutene opens the door for a more general use of 2G sugars, beyond the ethanol market.

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NCAR-led study finds COVID-19 lockdowns temporarily raised global temperatures due to reductions in aerosols

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When emissions of aerosols dropped last spring, more of the Sun’s warmth reached the planet, especially in heavily industrialized nations, such as the United States and Russia, that normally pump high amounts of aerosols into the atmosphere. There was a big decline in emissions from the most polluting industries, and that had immediate, short-term effects on temperatures. Climate Change COVID-19 Emissions Market Background

The $32-Trillion Push To Disrupt The Entire Oil Industry

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Global oil and gas companies are increasingly facing an uphill battle as global warming policies are taking their toll. Most analysts and market watchers are focusing on peak oil demand scenarios, but the reality could be much darker. Increased shareholder activism, combined with global warming policies of institutional investors and NGOs, are pushing IOCs in a corner, constricting financing options for oil companies. Market Background Oil

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DOE selects national laboratories to establish industry partnerships for battery manufacturing innovation

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Industry Partner. Koura Global. This funding opportunity is part of the Energy Storage Grand Challenge, a DOE-wide effort to create and sustain global leadership in energy storage utilization and exports, with a secure domestic manufacturing supply chain that does not depend on foreign sources of critical materials. Batteries Manufacturing Market Background

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Grand View Research: Global automotive LiDAR market to hit US$223.2M by 2024

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In a new report , Grand View Research forecasts that global automotive LiDAR market will reach US$223.2 Increasing acceptance for semi-autonomous and autonomous cars in the years to come is further anticipated to bolster the market growth. The market can be categorized, based on application types, into Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) & autonomous cars. The key industry participants include Robert Bosch GmbH; Denso Corporation; Velodyne LiDAR, Inc.;

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IEA: COVID-19 crisis causing the biggest fall in global energy investment in history

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The COVID-19 pandemic has set in motion the largest drop in global energy investment in history, with spending expected to plunge in every major sector this year—from fossil fuels to renewables and efficiency—the International Energy Agency said in a new report. At the start of 2020, global energy investment was on track for growth of around 2%, which would have been the largest annual rise in spending in six years.

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Volkswagen Truck & Bus launches RIO: open cloud-based platform for transportation industry digitization

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to MAN’s heavy-duty distribution eTruck—Volkswagen Truck & Bus is launching RIO—a new brand bundling digital solutions for transportation & logistics into a cloud-based open platform that can serve as the “operating system” for the entire transportation industry. To date, harnessing data within the transportation industry is often not possible due to the players involved who use different software systems—e.g. Connected vehicles Fleets Industry 4.0

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