Ricardo’s low-cost, fuel-efficient automatic transmission concept for motorcycles

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Ricardo has developed and demonstrated an advanced and cost-effective motorcycle Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) concept that offers the comfort and convenience of automatic and semi-automatic operation with better-than-manual fuel efficiency.

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Semcon develops prototype low-cost smart motor for turning any bike electric

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The units costs less than €100 (US$114) to assemble and can easily be transferred between bikes. Semcon has developed a smart and inexpensive motor prototype that can be easily fitted to any bike. The needs and wishes of the typical cyclist are what got us started.

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Berkeley Lab working with Alphabet Energy to develop a low-cost thermoelectric system

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With a $2-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), Berkeley Lab is partnering with Alphabet Energy to create a cost-effective thermoelectric waste heat recovery system to reduce both energy use in the industrial sector and electricity-related carbon emissions. However, most current thermoelectric materials are limited by several factors, including high cost, low efficiency, and the inability to operate reliably at temperatures above 400 degrees Celsius.

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Golar and Schlumberger form OneLNG JV; targeting development of low cost gas reserves to LNG

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Golar LNG Limited and Schlumberger have formed OneLNG, a joint venture to develop rapidly low cost gas reserves to LNG. The combination of Schlumberger’s reservoir knowledge, wellbore technologies and production management capabilities, with Golar’s low cost FLNG (Floating LNG) solution, will offer gas resource owners a faster and lower cost development thereby increasing the net present value of the resources.

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New low-cost, lightweight magnesium sheet alloy with good formability for automotive applications; 1.5x stronger than aluminum

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The magnesium alloy becomes stronger than aluminum alloy after a heat treatment, uses only common metals, and could be a low-cost, lightweight sheet metal for automotive applications. The newly developed alloy is composed of only common metals, so the material cost is not expensive.

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ARPA-E awards U-M $1.9M to develop advanced low-cost high-efficiency engine; boosting, highly dilute combustion and 48V system

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The performance is projected to match that of a naturally aspirated engine and have a 20% increase in fuel efficiency compared to a turbocharged downsized engine, at a cost that is half that of a mild-hybrid system. If we improve the responsiveness of small engines, then we can push for more efficient cars at low cost. The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) will award approximately $1.9

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New high-activity, low-cost nickel-based catalyst for fuel cells exhibits performance similar to Pt; hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cells

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Owing to its high activity and low cost, the catalyst shows significant potential for use in low-cost, high-performance fuel cells, the team suggested. This, in turn, has compelled engineers to (1) work to reduce the platinum loading in the membrane assemblies and (2) find alternate, lower-cost catalysts that offer comparable performance to platinum. However, it is functional only under very high alkalinity (6 M KOH) while the activity remains low.

SwRI, UTSA researchers show biochar is low-cost, effective method to treat fracking water

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Once the water is used, the flowback, or wastewater, must be treated to remove hazardous chemicals before it is stored, reused or disposed, which can be a costly endeavor. Researchers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have determined that biochar, a substance produced from plant matter, is a safe, effective and inexpensive method to treat flowback water following hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

BNL Researchers develop low-cost, efficient, non-noble metal electrocatalyst to produce hydrogen from water

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A team of researchers led by Dr. James Muckerman at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have developed a new class of high-activity, low-cost, non-noble metal electrocatalyst that generates hydrogen gas from water.

Harvard team demonstrates new metal-free organic–inorganic aqueous flow battery; potential breakthrough for low-cost grid-scale storage

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In a paper in Nature , they suggest that the use of such redox-active organic molecules instead of redox-active metals represents a new and promising direction for realizing massive electrical energy storage at greatly reduced cost. Cell schematic.

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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 ).

DARPA program integrates non-mechanical optical scanning tech on microchip; new class of low-cost, miniature LIDAR could support autonomous vehicle apps

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These accomplishments could open the door to a new class of miniaturized, extremely low-cost, robust laser-scanning technologies for LIDAR and other uses. These large, slow opto-mechanical systems are both temperature- and impact-sensitive and often cost tens of thousands of dollars each—all factors that limit widespread adoption of current technologies for military and commercial use.

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Nissan And Mitsubishi To Join Forces On Low-Cost Electric Minicar

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Mitsubishi was the earliest maker to launch a modern battery-electric small car and sell it in volume, and Nissan has emerged as by far the world''s highest-volume seller of electric cars. Now the two makers have announced they''re teaming up to develop an inexpensive electric minicar. According to Nikkei, it will go into production before the end

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EPFL team develops low-cost water splitting cell with solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 12.3%

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A team led by Dr. Michael Grätzel at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland has developed a highly efficient and low-cost water-splitting cell combining an advanced perovskite tandem solar cell and a bi-functional Earth-abundant catalyst.

Tata Technologies displays eMO low-cost city EV engineering study at Detroit Show

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Based upon research of city/urban usage, eMO has the flexibility—with rear seats articulated—to do double-duty as a personal cargo carrier, without the mass and cost of a dedicated trunk. The eMO study. The front seats are mounted atop the 18.4 kWh air-cooled battery pack.

New nanoparticle copper compound cathode could enable low-cost, long-life and high-power potassium-ion batteries for grid storage

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Stationary energy storage systems that can operate for many cycles, at high power, with high round-trip energy efficiency, and at low cost are required. Cost is a greater concern. We decided we needed to develop a new chemistry if we were going to make low-cost batteries and battery electrodes for the power grid. A team at Stanford led by Prof.

New catalysts convert ethanol to butanol with high selectivity; potential low-cost upgrade for ethanol plants

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While butanol has emerged as a potential sustainable liquid fuel replacement for gasoline, development of biosynthetic pathways for its synthesis are challenged by very low conversion and modest selectivity, they noted. The new catalysts could reduce the costs of converting ethanol factories to production of butanol.

Swiss team develops effective and low-cost solar water-splitting device; 14.2% solar-to-hydrogen efficiency

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The method, which surpasses previous efforts in terms of stability, performance, lifespan and cost efficiency, is published in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society.

TM4 receiving $3.7M to develop low-cost wheel motors

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million in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s (SDTC) SD Tech Fund, through the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, to develop low-cost wheel motors for electric and hybrid vehicles. The objective of this project is to design an in-wheel motor electric drive system with one of the highest power densities in the world, and at the lowest possible cost. TM4, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, is receiving $3.7

New low cost thermal barrier coating for diesel engine applications to solve heat issues associated with 2013 Euro VI emissions introduction

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Coatings specialist Zircotec has developed a new low cost, fit and forget ceramic coating offering surface temperature reductions of 125 °C for diesel engine applications. The new ceramic formulation, together with changes to the manufacturing process, have enabled the firm to reduce the costs by 50% for its new Performance Diesel product.

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Georgia Tech team develops simple, low-cost process for oxide nanowires; superior separators for Li-ion batteries

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The process could significantly lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures, enabling a broad range of uses in lightweight structural composites, advanced sensors, electronic devices—and thermally-stable and strong battery membranes able to withstand temperatures of more than 1,000 ˚C. This technique could open the door for a range of synthesis opportunities to produce low-cost 1D nanomaterials in large quantities.

Valeo to offer new low-cost solid-state LiDAR; co-developed with LeddarTech; mass production in 2018

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Tier 1 supplier Valeo is adding a new low-cost solid-state LiDAR, developed together with LeddarTech , a specialist in advanced detection and ranging solutions, to its portfolio for driving and parking assistance. The sensor works as well at night or in low light situations and in adverse weather conditions such as rain or fog.

Thai researchers find waste chicken fat a good low-cost feedstock for renewable diesel

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Therefore, they concluded, waste chicken fat from food industries containing a high degree of FFAs and water content can be used as a low-cost feedstock for renewable diesel production without requiring a pretreatment process. carbon bonding, and oxygenated components in FAME [fatty acid methyl ester, i.e., biodiesel] molecules result in low thermal and oxidation stability relating to the high viscosity and low heating value.

New Na-ion battery combining intercalation and conversion could be promising low-cost energy storage system

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The reported performance of the new Na-ion battery suggests that the sodium-ion system is a potentially promising power source for promoting the substantial use of low-cost energy storage systems in the near future, the team concluded. In addition, the battery is based on sodium, an abundant, hence low cost, material. Overall, our sodium-ion system appears to be one of the potentially promising for low-cost energy storage in the near future.

Novel bi-metallic palladium-tungsten nano-alloy an efficient low-cost fuel cell catalyst; simple microwave synthesis

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In a paper in the journal Nature Communications , they reported that despite a very low percentage of noble metal (?palladium:tungsten=1:8), Considering the cost, it would be 40 times lower.

GM investigating ultracap-based Active Energy Recovery Buffer as low-cost mechanism to improve conventional vehicle fuel economy

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GM is exploring the use of an ultracapacitor-based Active Energy Recovery Buffer (AERB) scheme as a low-cost means to improve fuel economy in conventional vehicles; results of a simulation study presented at SAE 2011 World Congress showed improvement of up to 1.3% The issue with this approach is the impact of such charge/discharge cycling on battery life and also the effect of voltage fluctuations on the lamps and other low-voltage loads.

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Graphene ESD to partner with Stony Brook to develop new low-cost integrated ultra-high voltage supercapacitors

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The goal of the project is the development of low-cost integrated ultra-high voltage supercapacitor units by a high-rate reel-to-reel process. Lomiko Metals Inc. announced that Graphene Energy Storage Devices (Graphene ESD) has signed a research agreement with the Research Foundation of Stony Brook University (SBU). Graphene ESD will partner with the SBU Center for Advanced Sensor Technologies (Sensor CAT) to develop new supercapacitors designs for energy storage. Lomiko Metals Inc.

Sandia researchers developing new family of metal-based ionic liquids for low-cost, efficient flow batteries

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concentrations are low compared to what is currently. lower capital costs. technology to achieve aggressive capital cost goals of $100. copper ones, are also readily available and low cost. Schematic of a redox flow battery. Staiger et al. Click to enlarge.

Low cost hydrogen tech firm receives Carbon Trust backing

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A new fuel cell technology which could cut the cost of hydrogen-fuelled cars has been selected for a £1million investment by the Carbon Trust as part of its Polymer Fuel Cell Challenge. Developed by Runcorn-based small business, ACAL Energy, the new technology a offers a radical solution is potentially simpler and lower cost than conventional [.].

VW Passat hybrid to prove low cost solution to CO2

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Low carbon technology firm, Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) has announced it is to build an super efficient hybrid version of the Volkswagen Passat. Teaming up with Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC), the organisations are to install ‘micro-mild’ hybrid technology into the family saloon model to prove the significant CO2 reductions possible at relatively low [.]. Green credentials Controlled Power Technologies low carbon Passat VW

NovCoat consortium develops novel low-cost conductive coatings for PEM fuel cells

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The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), a UK-based technology innovation center, Intelligent Energy and coatings supplier Haydale have been collaborating to develop novel, conductive coatings for proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell bipolar plates with the goal of further cost reductions. These coatings were applied using roll-to-roll techniques to pre-coat low cost stainless steel foils, and post-coat after part fabrication.

MIT engineers develop process that can treat produced water from gas wells at relatively low cost

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A new desalination process developed by engineers at MIT could treat produced water—deep water, often heavily laden with salts and minerals—from natural gas wells at relatively low cost. However, because all the water must be heated to the boiling point, while the condensing surfaces must be kept cold, such a process is energy-intensive and therefore costly.

RAL proposes new efficient and low-cost process to crack ammonia for hydrogen using sodium amide; transportation applications

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The reverse reaction may have a similarly transformative potential, where the decomposition of ammonia into nitrogen and hydrogen enables the provision of hydrogen for a low-carbon energy economy. Arguably, this focus may have diminished the consideration of reversibility, cost, and practicality of use of these materials. The material costs, however, are very significantly less, the team observed.

EPFL team develops low-cost catalyst for splitting CO2

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EPFL scientists have developed an Earth-abundant and low-cost catalytic system for splitting CO 2 into CO and oxygen—an important step towards achieving the conversion of renewable energy into hydrocarbon fuels. Using only Earth-abundant materials to catalyze both reactions, this design keeps the cost of the system low. This is the first time that such a bi-functional and low-cost catalyst is demonstrated.

SPX and Aker Wade partner to develop new low-cost fast chargers for EVs

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The new charge station is designed to be a low-cost, wall-mounted indoor unit aimed initially at vehicle dealerships. SPX Service Solutions, a business unit of SPX Corporation ( earlier post ), and Aker Wade Power Technologies, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of advanced fast charging systems ( earlier post ), signed a letter of intent jointly to develop a new family of practical electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers for the global vehicle market.

Gevo awarded patent covering low-cost separation technology to remove isobutanol from fermentation broth

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Gevo says its technology is the most cost-efficient for the separation of C 3 –C 6 alcohols—including isobutanol—from dilute aqueous solutions such as fermentation broths. Thus, the present invention allows for production and recovery of C 3 -C 6 alcohols at low capital and reduced operating costs. We believe these competitors will have great difficulty in producing isobutanol at competitive costs without licensing this technology from Gevo.

HyperSolar demonstrates low cost renewable hydrogen breakthrough

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Scientists have successfully demonstrated the process of producing hydrogen fuel using sunlight with the use of a new low-cost system. For over a century, the process of splitting water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen using electrolysis has been well known. It has in theory, held the key to producing clean and renewable hydrogen for use [.]. Hydrogen cars Solar hydrogen solar USA

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HyBoost demonstrator debuts at LCV2011; 50% by swept volume downsizing with low-cost electrification

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The HyBoost project vehicle was revealed for the first time today at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle 2011 event hosted at Rockingham, UK, demonstrating a combination of high-impact, low-cost electrical systems which offer the prospect of radical engine downsizing using electric supercharger and energy capture and storage technologies within an otherwise conventional gasoline powertrain architecture. HyBoost demonstrator. Click to enlarge.

New aqueous rechargeable lithium battery shows good safety, high reliability, high energy density and low cost; another post Li-ion alternative

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The battery, which can be low cost and reliable in terms of safety, provides another chemistry for post Li-ion batteries, they suggest, and with higher practical energy densities than Li-air systems for supporting applications including electric vehicles and large-scale grid energy storage.

Velodyne introduces new low-cost fixed-laser solid-state LiDAR for autonomous driving and ADAS applications

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Velodyne LiDAR announced its new fixed-laser, solid-state Velarray LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor, a cost-effective yet high-performance and rugged automotive product in a small form factor.