Exeter team develops low-cost photoelectrode for spontaneous water-splitting using sunlight

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The greatest challenge is to develop a suitable technology for large scale and cost effective solar fuel production to compete with fossil fuel. Cost effective solar fuel generation is hindered by the semiconductor material not meeting certain essential criteria to achieve highly efficient solar to hydrogen conversion. Also for cost effective, environmental and scalability issues, earth abundant non-toxic materials should be the focus of research into new semiconductor materials. …

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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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WSU team develops highly-efficient, low-cost nickel-iron nanofoam for OER for water splitting

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Oxygen evolution reaction (OER), however, as one of the two important reactions (hydrogen evolution reaction as the other part) involved in electrolysis, is the bottleneck for practical water splitting applications. At a potential as low as 1.42V (vs.

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LeMond Composites licenses ORNL low-cost carbon fiber manufacturing process; transportation, renewable energy, & infrastructure

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LeMond Composites, founded by three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, has licensed a low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber manufacturing process developed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

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

Columbia team develops simple, low-cost, scaleable membraneless electrolyzer fabricated with 3D printing for H2 production

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Electrolyzers, which use electricity and water to produce hydrogen and oxygen, are well-established commercially available technologies, but the cost of producing H 2 by water electrolysis is currently too expensive. as well as the cost of assembling the electrolyzer.

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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.

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Velodyne LiDAR announces new design for miniaturized, low-cost solid-state LiDAR sensors using GaN technology

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Velodyne LiDAR announced a new design for a solid-state LiDAR sensor that can deliver a subsystem cost of less than US$50 when sold in high-volume manufacturing scale. LiDAR sensors that leverage this new design will be less expensive, easier to integrate due to their smaller size, and more reliable as a result of fewer moving parts. The design consolidates components and results in significant advances in sensor miniaturization, reliability, and cost reduction.

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RMIT researchers develop low-cost, reliable method to detect NO2; personal monitoring systems

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RMIT University researchers in Australia, with their colleagues in China, have developed a low-cost and reliable method of detecting nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ), a significant air pollutant than contributes to more than seven million deaths worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The 2D SnS 2 -based sensor provides a real solution for low-cost and selective NO 2 gas sensing.

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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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Why a Fiat 500e driver got a Honda Clarity Fuel Cell as his next green car: low cost

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Part of his interest in the Fiat, he admitted, came from an article about a group of race-car enthusiasts who. When marketing executive Chris Baccus leased a 2015 Fiat 500e three years ago, he intended to keep his 2007 BMW 335i as a "fun car," and use the electric Fiat just for commuting. Within six months, he'd sold the BMW altogether. California hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell

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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.

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

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Tata Technologies, a global provider of engineering services and product development IT, was selected by Michelin to display its electric MObility (eMO) engineering study EV as part of the Michelin Challenge Design display at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

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.

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Xtrac designs new low-cost single-speed gearbox and differential for electric van

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UK driveline technology specialist Xtrac has designed a new, low-cost and efficient transmission for the StreetScooter GmbH electric vehicle business based in Aachen. It was a challenging brief as StreetScooter aims to build a low cost vehicle in relatively low volumes. Much of this pre-production manufacturing is aimed at a large scale appraisal by a major fleet operator prior to commencing low volume series production.

MIT Researchers Identify New Low-Cost Water-Splitting Catalyst

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That’s no longer a concern for us ,” he says, although that part of the research has not yet been formally reported. MIT Prof. Daniel Nocera and his associates have found another formulation, based on inexpensive and widely available materials, that can efficiently catalyze the splitting of water molecules using electricity.

Gen 2 low-cost flywheel-based Torotrak KERS for buses en route to production in mid-2016

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Already undergoing detailed testing on rigs and in a new Euro VI StreetLite bus, the new KERS design is intended to further improve bus fuel efficiency and reduces the KERS weight and cost, helping to improve the bus operator payback. The new design has reduced parts count and system weight by 30% and 80kg respectively and incorporates a simpler 2x2x2 clutched flywheel transmission system reducing coast-down losses and improving efficiency during torque transfer.

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Sandia team boosts hydrogen production activity by molybdenum disulfide four-fold; low-cost catalyst for solar-driven water splitting

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A team led by researchers from Sandia National Laboratories has shown that molybdenum disulfide (MoS 2 ), exfoliated with lithiation intercalation to change its physical structure, performs as well as the best state-of-the-art catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) but at a significantly lower cost. Nevertheless, because of the scarcity and cost of Pt, a more abundant alternative is needed for cost-effective implementation.

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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 Solid-state LiDAR will have no mechanical moving parts and will be the least expensive LiDAR sensor on the market, Valeo said. The sensor works as well at night or in low light situations and in adverse weather conditions such as rain or fog.

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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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Toyota and Lexus roll-out low-cost automated braking safety packages on RAV4 Hybrid and RX crossover

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Taking high-level driver assist to the next level, the safety packages will be offered as a very-low-cost option and will be systematically introduced across nearly all US Toyota and Lexus models and trim levels, top-to-bottom, by the end of 2017. It uses a camera to detect the headlights of oncoming vehicles and the tail lights of vehicles ahead, and then automatically switches between high beams and low beams so as not to dazzle other drivers.

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Tata reveals low cost electric vehicle study

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As part of the 2012 North American International Auto Show inDetroit, Tata Technologies was selected by Michelin to display its electric mobility engineering study. The study comes in the form of a four passenger vehicle with an 18.4kWh battery pack that boasts a range of 100miles. It has a top speed of 65mph and can [.]. Green cars Latest news Tata Electric cars electric mobility electric vehicles Michelin North American International Auto Show Tata Motors

Bio-inspired molybdenum sulfide catalyst offers low-cost and efficient photo-electrochemical water splitting to produce hydrogen

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Progress has so far been limited in part by a lack of cheap catalysts that can speed up the generation of hydrogen and oxygen. The DTU researchers created a device to harvest the energy from part of the solar spectrum and used it to power the conversion of single hydrogen ions into hydrogen gas. The team also optimized parts of the device, introducing a “chemical solar cell” designed to capture as much solar energy as possible.

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Use of a Low-Cost Electric Supercharger Could Significantly Reduce Smoke from Turbocharged Diesel Engines

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Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) is a UK startup working with switched reluctance motor technology to deliver cost-effective CO 2 -reducing solutions for vehicles. Its low inertia compressor accelerates from idle to a maximum of 70,000 rpm in less than 350 milliseconds.

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Initial Results of UK EV Driver Study Show Increased Confidence and Low Cost Recharging

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Six months into the CABLED trial (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrators) ( earlier post ), Aston University’s research reveals that drivers are travelling more miles more frequently and are undertaking longer journeys, indicating increased confidence and notably reduced ‘range anxiety’. The average cost to trial participants for recharging at home is between 25p and £1 (US$0.40 The low cost of ‘refuelling’ in relatively short periods of time reinforce this.

Researchers develop technique to create new tailored molecule with high density of active catalytic sites; potential low-cost alternative to platinum for splitting water

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Researchers with the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a technique for creating a new molecule that structurally and chemically replicates the active part of the widely used industrial catalyst molybdenite.

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TU Delft heading European collaborative RD project on high-energy, low-cost, high-safety Li-ion traction batteries

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TU Delft is heading a new project sponsored by the European Commission (EC) in which research institutes, universities and the battery and automotive industry from 8 European countries are collaborating to develop a new Li-ion cell for automotive traction purposes with the following characteristics: high energy density of at least 200 Wh/kg; low cost, i.e., a maximum of €150/kWh; and improved safety.

2011 73

GE-NRG Energy-ConocoPhillips JV invests in Glori Energy; low-cost enhancement to waterflooding EOR via microbial stimulation

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This is the key to our ability to extract substantial crude oil from wells at low cost. With oil remaining part of the energy mix for the foreseeable future, our technology increases production from mature fields without having to drill a single new well.

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Construction starts on “Flybus” demonstrator; low-cost flywheel energy storage hybrid projects 20% savings in fuel consumption

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Construction has begun on the first “Flybus” prototype vehicle, designed to demonstrate the viability of a cost-effective alternative to battery-hybrid buses by using flywheel energy storage. Part-funded by the UK’s Technology Strategy Board as part of its Low-Carbon Vehicles initiative, the Flybus consortium brings together bus maker Optare, engineering consultancy Ricardo and traction drive technology specialist Torotrak.

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Low cost supercharger slashes diesel emissions

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Smoke emissions produced by turbocharged diesel engines under heavy load conditions - such as when accelerating from low engine speeds and other similar transient manoeuvres - can be all but eliminated by a relatively simple and low cost electric supercharger says automotive CO2 reduction specialist, Controlled Power Technologies (CPT).

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 [.].

IRENA report finds renewable power costs at parity or below fossil fuels in many parts of world

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The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources has reached parity or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, according to a new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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Lux Research: market for 3D printing of production parts will reach $7B in 2025

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Lux Research forecasts that the market for the 3D printing (additive manufacturing) of end use parts will grow at a 21% CAGR to $7.0 billion in printers; the highest share will be in the $7.0-billion production part segment, the research firm said.

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Ford collaborating with DowAksa on automotive-grade carbon fiber, part of IACMI

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The companies will be part of the newly formed Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), created by the US government. The institute is part of the larger National Network for Manufacturing Innovation supported by the US Department of Energy. —is to overcome the high cost and limited availability of carbon fiber, while developing a viable, high-volume manufacturing process.

Ford advancing rapid freeform sheet metal forming technology; CAD-driven tool may reduce costs and delivery time for parts

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Ford Motor Company is developing a new form of manufacturing technology—rapid freeform sheet metal forming—that has the potential to reduce costs and delivery time for sheet metal parts needed in smaller quantities.

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Ford, Jose Cuervo team up to make car parts with bioplastic reinforced with blue agave fibers

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The mixture is then put through injection molding to shape into the desired part. Ford is currently molding simple parts and testing different geometric shapes in the initial research. Ford also plans to mold some first, real automotive parts for durability and performance evaluation. There are several types of leaf fibers that can be utilized depending on what part of the plant they come from and what product is desired.

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New Corvette marks GM’s first use of heat-activated shape memory alloy to replace heavier motorized part

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Corvette’s new shape memory alloy wire replaces a heavier motorized part. With about 200 motorized movable parts on the typical vehicle that could be replaced with lightweight smart materials, GM says it is looking at significant mass reduction going forward.

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Tires Partly Made from Microcrystalline Cellulose

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Researchers at Oregon State University have found that using microcrystalline cellulose (MCC)—a product that can be made easily from almost any type of plant fibers—to partially replace silica as a reinforcing filler in the manufacture of rubber tires might decrease the energy required to produce the tire, reduce costs, and better resist heat buildup. A paper on the work appears in the journal Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. “We

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2013 SAE International High Octane Fuels Symposium (HOF): the potential for high octane fuels (Part 1)

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MTBE was low-cost, had a high octane value, and was easily blended into gasoline stock—and was later found to have its own environmental problems.). The upcoming Part 2 will address some of the concerns and challenges with creating a new fuel grade.].

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USDA awarding $136M to five major research projects focused in part on developing cellulosic drop-in aviation fuels

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University partners from the states of Washington, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Iowa will lead the projects, which focus in part on developing aviation biofuels from tall grasses, crop residues and forest resources. US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced five major agricultural research projects aimed at developing regional, renewable energy markets, generating rural jobs, and decreasing America’s dependence on foreign oil.

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UK Carbon Trust to invest 1M in ACAL Energy as part of Polymer Fuel Cell Challenge; longer-term focus on automotive applications

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The UK’s Carbon Trust has selected ACAL Energy, the developer of FlowCath low-platinum liquid cathode technology ( earlier post ), for a £1-million (US$1.6-million) investment as part of its Polymer Fuel Cell Challenge. Detailed Carbon Trust analysis, based on a US Department of Energy model, has shown that the ACAL liquid catalyst technology has the potential to cut system costs, once in mass production, by up to 40% while potentially increasing durability.

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Cal Energy Commission awards $3.75M to early-stage clean energy projects; 9 battery projects

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million to 25 early-stage, innovative projects as part of a portfolio of research investments intended to help achieve the state’s climate and clean energy goals. The battery-related projects are: Coreshell Technologies : Thin-film battery electrode coating technology for lower costs and doubled battery life. NanoDian : Low-cost, safer, cobalt-free, nanostructured lithium-ion battery cathode material. DAE Technologies: Low-cost lithium carbon fluoride battery.

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Pall Awarded Contract by NREL for Filtration and Separation Processes for Biomass-Based Hydrocarbon Fuels; Part of the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium Initiative

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The company will be an engineering partner on each of six processes for biofuel production being evaluated under the program: fermentation, catalytic conversion, catalytic fast pyrolysis, hydropyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction, and a low-cost, one-step syngas-to-distillates process.

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