Stanford team reports new low-cost, non-precious metal catalyst for water splitting with performance close to platinum

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Researchers at Stanford University, with colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other institutions, have developed a nickel-based electrocatalyst for low-cost water-splitting for hydrogen production with performance close to that of much more expensive commercial platinum electrocatalysts.

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VisIC and ZF partner on R&D effort to develop EV inverter based on GaN semiconductor technology; focus on 400V

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D 3 GaN technology has been shown to reduce the power losses by at least 50% while benefiting from the high-yield, low-cost proprietary design of GaN transistors. ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Israel-based VisIC Technologies Ltd.,

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Stanford team develops ultra-fast aluminum-ion battery with stability over thousands of cycles

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Aluminum has long been an attractive material for batteries, mainly because of its low cost, low flammability and high-charge storage capacity.

2015 137

KAUST team alters atomic composition of MoS2 to boost performance as water-splitting catalyst for H2 production

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Two-dimensional layered transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) materials such as Molybdenum disulfide (MoS 2 ) have been recognized as one of the low-cost and efficient electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER).

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Efficient Drivetrains, Shannxi Automotive reveal PHEV Class 8 cement mixer truck

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The demonstration vehicle also utilizes a low-cost drivetrain system, which makes electrification of construction vehicles an affordable option for OEMs in China. Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

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3M and LG Chem enter into NMC patent license agreements; cathode materials for Li-ion batteries

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Under the agreement, 3M grants LG Chem a license to US Patents 6,660,432 (Paulsen et al. ); 6,964,828 (Lu and Dahn); 7,078,128 (Lu and Dahn); 8,685,565 (Lu and Dahn); and 8,241,791 (Lu and Dahn) and all global equivalents including in Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China and Europe. NMC cathode compositions offer a balance of power, energy, thermal stability and low cost.

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LanzaTech and LCY to target bio-based chemicals market; bio-based C2 to C5 feedstock as raw materials

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LanzaTech, a company using proprietary bacteria to convert industrial waste gases into fuels and chemicals ( earlier post ), is partnering with Taiwan-based LCY Chemical Corporation (LCY), one the world’s leading chemical companies, to identify key bio-based chemicals to produce for global fuels and chemicals markets. LCY, a billion-dollar enterprise, is fully integrated and operates in Taiwan, China, Japan, Qatar and the United States.

UK Carbon Trust report says fuel cell vehicles could take more than 30% of mid-sized car market by 2050

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Ranges of automotive fuel cell system costs at mass manufactured volume using technology from three UK companies supported by the Carbon Trust. ITM Power’s membrane technology is also made from less costly hydrocarbons which can be easily mass produced.

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Improving the Charge-Discharge Capacity and Cycleability of Carbon Electrodes for Li-ion Batteries

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Researchers at Feng Chia University in Taiwan have developed a procedure to prepare surface-modified mesophase pitch carbon to increase the charge-discharge capacity and cycleability of carbon electrodes for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs).

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GE Introduces Upgraded 7FA Gas Turbine for Power Generation; Improved Output and Efficiency

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Each point of efficiency increase translates to major savings in fuel costs for each megawatt of power produced. (As That available supply, coupled with the current low cost and the fact that natural gas emits less carbon than other fossil fuels, has spurred many power generators to consider switching from other fuels to gas. Key regions for the upgraded, 60-hertz 7FA will include North America, Latin America, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.

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