Nissan LEAF going on sale in South Africa next year

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On Tuesday, Nissan announced the LEAF will become the first electric car for sale in South Africa in the Spring of 2014. Its South African debut will come in October 2013 at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, and it

Nissan LEAF going on sale in South Africa next year

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On Tuesday, Nissan announced the LEAF will become the first electric car for sale in South Africa in the Spring of 2014. Its South African debut will come in October 2013 at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, and it

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Fiat 875cc TwinAir named International Engine of the Year 2011

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Fiat’s 875cc TwinAir engine ( earlier post ) was named the International Engine of the Year 2011. The other winners in this year’s International Engine of the Year awards were: Best Performance Engine. Cutaway of the 875cc TwinAir. Click to enlarge.

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International team sequences Eucalyptus genome; potential for improving biofuel and biomaterial production

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An international team of researchers has sequenced the genome of the eucalyptus tree ( Eucalyptus grandis ) and published the analysis in an open access paper in the journal Nature. The international effort to sequence and analyze the genome of Eucalyptus grandis engaged more than 80 researchers from 30 institutions, representing 18 countries.

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IMO environment meeting adopts mandatory energy efficiency measures for international shipping; first mandatory global GHG reduction regime for an international industry sector

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Mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping were adopted by Parties to MARPOL Annex VI represented in the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization ( IMO ), when it met for its 62 nd session from 11 to 15 July 2011 at IMO Headquarters in London. These measures constitute the first mandatory global greenhouse gas reduction regime for an international industry sector.

Boeing, South African Airways and Mango celebrate Africa’s 1st commercial flights with sustainable aviation biofuel from tobacco

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Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost carrier Mango celebrated Africa’s first passenger flights with sustainable aviation biofuel. Sunchem holds the exclusive rights for an international industrial patent named “Solaris Seed Tobacco”.

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Nissan to provide LEAFs and LEAF-to-Home power supplies to roadside rest stations in Japan

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Nissan LEAF to go on sale in South Africa. The Nissan LEAF will make its South African debut at the Johannesburg International Motor Show in October 2013, going on sale to the public at the same time. The launch of the Nissan LEAF in South Africa will be a ground-breaking event this year as it brings about the dawn of a new era of motoring. —Managing Director of Nissan South Africa, Mike Whitfield. Nissan Motor Co.,

TOAR shows present-day global ozone distribution and trends relevant to health; public database

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People living in parts of southern Europe, South Korea and southern Japan and China also experienced more than 15 days a year of ozone levels above 70 ppb. Ozone levels across much of North America and Europe dropped significantly between 2000 and 2014.

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Mercedes-Benz introduces its mid-size pickup truck: the X-Class leans on diesel

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At the beginning of 2018 South Africa, Australia and New Zealand will follow, and at the beginning of 2019 Argentina and Brazil. Mercedes-Benz developed the X-Class with the changing requirements of the international pickup markets in mind.

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Battelle team developing new hybrid direct coal-to-liquids process to produce jet fuel; lower costs and GHGs

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He will present more findings in August at the 2016 International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa. In a cost-shared program supported by the US Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and the Ohio Coal Development Office (OCDO) of the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), a team at Battelle is demonstrating a new, hybrid, direct coal-to-liquids process for producing jet fuel using biomass-derived coal solvents.

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Ballard’s Protonex subsidiary receives first order for fuel cell system to power commercial UAVs

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Ballard Power Systems’ subsidiary Protonex has received an initial order for its fuel cell propulsion system, together with design services, from FlyH2 Aerospace, a South African-based developer of hydrogen fuel cell powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial applications. A fuel cell propulsion system allows for endurances comparable to an internal combustion engine, but with several added benefits.

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Sasol willing to acquire minority stake in CTL JV with Coal India Ltd and NMDC

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Sasol is pursuing global opportunities to commercialize its coal-to-liquids technology through its arm, Sasol Synfuels International (Pty) Ltd. The company’s readiness for a second joint venture was conveyed during coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal’s recent visit to South Africa, according to Partha S. Livemint.

Joint IEA-NEA report details plunge in costs of renewable electricity; nuclear competitive with other baseload power sources

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Projected Costs of Generating Electricity: 2015 Edition looks at generation costs at more than 180 plants—from large nuclear and fossil-fuel facilities to wind farms to residential-sized solar PV installations—in 22 countries, including Brazil, China and South Africa.

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Mercedes-Benz Vans to launch midsize pickup by end of decade

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The new Mercedes-Benz midsize pickup will initially be targeted at markets in Latin America, South Africa, Australia, and Europe, all of which are posting sustained growth in this segment. At the Geneva International Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Concept V?ision Before the end of the decade, Mercedes-Benz will launch the first pickup from a premium manufacturer.

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Tata Takes On Air

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Nègre has signed deals to bring its design to 12 more countries, including Germany, Israel and South Africa. Plug-In Partners goes international At Plug-In Partners we have intentionally limited our efforts to the United States, figuring a national effort is enough for one utility.

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Optimal Energy to Introduce Pilot Fleets of Joule EV by 2010, Mass Production by 2012

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Interest in the vehicle has been enormous both at a local and international level. The vehicle was designed by Keith Helfet, South African-born former Jaguar designer. Tags: Africa Electric (Battery Optimal Energy’s Joule. Click to enlarge.

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Continental calls for market-based adaptation of the legal framework to support autonomous driving

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International automotive supplier Continental is calling for a market-based adaptation of the legal framework for automated driving. It aims to facilitate international road traffic and increase road safety. In addition to Germany and most EU Member States, the other principal signatories include Russia, Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland, and Turkey.

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Demand for Ford Figo More Than Doubles Ford India Sales in First Half

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In terms of regional sales, there was a similar response: east (339%); west (277%), north (212%) and south (127%). In addition to strong internal demand, Ford India has also recently exported 1,200 Ford Figos to Ford Motor Company in South Africa. Strong demand for the new Ford Figo has helped Ford India record a 135% increase year-on-year in half year sales, selling a total of 32,755 vehicles compared to 13,897 units last year.

AC Transit Board greenlights a $108M, 9.5-mile infrastructure project for first Bus Rapid Transit line; diesel-hybrid buses

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AC Transit’s BRT will operate between downtown Oakland and San Leandro—primarily utilizing historic International Boulevard and East 14 th Street. Phase two involved the construction of two off-street parking lots, now completed, along International Boulevard near 35 th and Auseon Avenues to address parking displacement resulting from new alignment. The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District’s (AC Transit) Board of Directors voted to award a construction contract to O.C.

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Ford launches innovate mobility challenge series

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The worldwide challenges kicked off in Lisbon, Portugal; Los Angeles, United States; and Mumbai, India; before moving on to Delhi and the Chennai region in India; Shanghai, China; Johannesburg, South Africa; and a countrywide challenge in Argentina. Johannesburg, South Africa: The Johannesburg challenge focuses innovation on adding value to the vehicle through the creation of accessories for vehicles, especially commercial vehicles, in the largest city in South Africa.

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First 100% Synthetic Fuel Passenger Jet Flight

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South Africa-based Sasol recently provided the synthetic jet fuel for the first passenger aircraft flight fully fueled by a synthetic fuel; demonstrations of aviation synfuels have so far been using 50% blends with petroleum-based jet fuel. The fuel, produced by Sasol’s proprietary Coal to Liquids (CTL) process, is the only fully synthetic jet fuel to have received international approval as a commercial aviation turbine fuel, Sasol said.

Cooperation of Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance accelerates, strengthens in 2015

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The partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG accelerated and strengthened as it entered its sixth year in 2015, the companies’ leaders said today in a media update given during the Frankfurt International Motor Show. The new pickup will share some of its architecture with the all-new Nissan NP300, but will be engineered and designed by Daimler to meet the specific needs of its customers in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America.

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Tata Motors commits almost $50M to UK National Automotive Innovation Campus

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Through subsidiaries and associated companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, Spain, South Africa and Indonesia. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, CIS and Russia. TMETC’s engineering team is based at the International Automotive Research Centre (IARC) at the University of Warwick Campus, in Coventry, UK.

Aviation Summit calls for global framework on emissions reductions

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The Summit was co-sponsored by the Air Transport Action Group ( ATAG ), the Airports Council International (ACI), the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Coordinating Council for Aerospace Industries Association (ICCAIA).

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Green Motion catamaran wins Mansura Medal in Offshore division

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The Trophy, an international award presented by the Club in association with Bosch Engineering GmbH and supported by the RYA and Green-Blue, was inaugurated in 2007 and is presented for the development of new forms of hybrid power. At a ceremony held at the Royal Thames Yacht Club last week, Gideon Goudsmit of African Cats BV was presented with the Royal Thames Mansura Trophy for the performance of the catamaran Green Motion, developed by the company in Durban SA. Earlier post.)

Shell, Gordon Murray and Osamu Goto to develop new ultra-compact ICE city car

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Shell, in collaboration with Professor Gordon Murray and engine specialist Osamu Goto will co-engineer an ultra-compact, efficient car for city use based around the internal combustion engine (ICE).

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Hydro-Québec and Technifin form partnership to license lithium titanate spinel oxide (LTO) technologies for Li-ion battery applications

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Hydro-Québec (Canada) and Technifin (South Africa) have entered into an intellectual property collaboration agreement relating to the licensing of their respective intellectual property (IP) in lithium titanate spinel oxide (LTO) technologies, notably for lithium-ion battery applications. CSIR is one of the leading science and technology research, development and implementation organizations in Africa.

Electric Vehicle Initiative Launched at Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington DC

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At the Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington, DC, 19-20 July, ministers reaffirmed their commitment to previously-announced targets for the deployment of electric vehicles, which the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates will create global market momentum leading to at least 20 million electric vehicles on the road worldwide by 2020. As of 20 July, participating governments include China, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

GM global sales up 7.6% in 2011 to 9.026M vehicles; China and US largest markets

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Sales were up in all four reporting regions—North America, South America, Europe and International Operations—as GM sold a total of 9,025,942 vehicles compared with 8,385,484 in 2010. South America. International Operations. More than 15 markets experienced record Chevrolet sales in 2011 with the largest year-over-year increases in Peru (81%), Vietnam (79%), Thailand (57%), South Africa (50%) and Israel (46%). General Motors Co.

BRIMCS countries, and especially China, outspending IEA countries in energy RDD

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The study, by the Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, found that a minimum of $13.8

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NSF Awards Rutgers $7.6M for Sustainable Energy Development, Graduate Education

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Rutgers will focus on replacing environmentally harmful fossil fuels with renewable, economically sustainable fuels in collaboration with universities in the US, Brazil, China and South Africa. Extending ties established by the Rutgers Energy Institute, the project also will involve Peking University and Academia Sinica Guangxi in China; the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil; and, in South Africa, the University of the Witwatersrand.

Energy ministers agree to help speed up global deployment of carbon capture and storage

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The following governments agreed to continue or initiate action in support of one or more of these recommendations by the next Clean Energy Ministerial: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Republic of Korea, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and the United Kingdom. Energy Ministers from around the world have agreed to proposals to help speed up the global deployment of carbon capture and storage.

Developing Countries Torpedo Plans for Cutting Carbon Emissions from Ships

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The NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) reports that developing countries, led by China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Saudi Arabia, have blocked what would have been the first global agreement to cut carbon emissions from ships. The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) had been set to approve an Energy Efficient Design Index (EEDI) for ships at its meeting last week in London, following four years of work, T&E said.

Shipping industry, Oxfam and WWF call on COP 17 delegates to provide IMO with clear guidance on reducing shipping GHG emissions; potential for contributing to Green Climate Fund

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At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa (COP 17), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS, which represents more than 80% of the world merchant fleet), Oxfam and WWF called on delegates to give the International Maritime Organization (IMO) clear guidance on continuing its work on reducing shipping emissions through the development of Market Based Measures (MBMs).

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Indo-US task force to study HFC phase-down

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Minister Ramesh was a key climate leader in the Cancun talks last December, helping broker an outcome that moved the multilateral process forward to the next meeting of the UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa later this year. India and the US have agreed to establish an Indo-US Technical Task Force on hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs—super greenhouse gases. The global warming potentials (GWP) of HFCs range from 140 (HFC-152a) to 11,700 (HFC-23), according to the US EPA.

Sasol, GE develop new anaerobic microbial technology for cleaning of Fischer-Tropsch waste water; boosting gas-to-liquids (GTL) value proposition

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The new Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor Technology (AnMBR) will be further developed at a new demonstration plant at Sasol’s R&D Campus at its Sasol One Site in Sasolburg, South Africa. —Ernst Obersholster, Sasol Group Executive for International Energy, New Business Development and Technology.

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Urban transport | Two wheels good | The Economist

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Some 800,000 are also sold each year in South East Asia, he says, where they replace the noisy and smelly petrol scooters that are ubiquitous in many places.

Sasol embarking on feasibility study on a US gas-to-liquids facility in Louisiana

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South African energy and chemicals group Sasol today announced that it has chosen the southwestern region of the State of Louisiana as the site for a planned gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility. A 2004 lifecycle analysis synthesis report prepared by Five Winds International for ConocoPhillips, Sasol Chevron and Shell International Gas concluded that: Total GHG emissions of the GTL system are between 12% less and 11% more than the refinery system, based on varying assumptions and data.

G20 Leaders Agree to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies

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We ask the international financial institutions to offer support to countries in this process. The G20 is made up of the finance ministers and central bank governors of 19 countries: Argentina; Australia; Brazil; Canada; China; France; Germany; India; Indonesia; Italy; Japan; Mexico; Russia; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; South Korea; Turkey; United Kingdom; and the United States of America.

Anglo American Platinum invests in Hydrogenious Technologies; liquid organic hydrogen carrier technology for H2 storage

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South Africa-based Anglo American Platinum , the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals (PGMs), has invested in the first close of the Series A financing round of Hydrogenious Technologies, a company developing liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) hydrogen storage technology. Concept of hydrogen generation, storage and release using LOHCs. Click to enlarge.

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