Ballard and Anglo American Platinum partner on a range of fuel cell applications in South Africa

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Ballard Power Systems and Anglo American Platinum Limited, the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals, are working in partnership on a number of early-stage stationary and motive power applications of fuel cells in the South African market. The companies deployed and demonstrated a 150 kW fuel cell system near the 17 th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Durban, South Africa in late-2011.

LanzaTech collaborating with Swayana to convert waste gases from ferroalloy production to ethanol

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South African engineering company Swayana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LanzaTech to collaborate on developing projects for the production of ethanol and higher value products from waste gases in the ferroalloy and titania smelting sectors. South Africa has the potential to produce more than 400,000 tonnes of ethanol per year from existing ferroalloy and titania producers.

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Datsun to launch in South Africa by end of 2014; also India, Indonesia and Russia

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brand designing vehicles for high-growth markets, will return to South Africa. The first model to be introduced in South Africa will be a new passenger vehicle that will be launched by the end of 2014. This follows a global decision in 2010 to re-introduce the Datsun brand as part of the company’s Nissan Power 88 mid-term plan to achieve 8% of the global market share and 8% operating profit by fiscal year 2016. Datsun, a Nissan Motor Co.

Ballard and Anglo American launch field trial of methanol-fueled fuel cell home generator in rural South Africa

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Ballard and Anglo American Platinum have partnered with Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, and The Department of Energy of South Africa to conduct the 12-month field trial. The trial is being conducted in the rural community of Naledi Trust, identified by South Africa’s Department of Energy as a suitable site, without access to grid power. —Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister of South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources.

South Africa Revitalizes Efforts on Automotive Li-ion Batteries

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South Africa is reinvigorating its efforts to develop automotive lithium-ion batteries, with the government’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) now determining the commercial feasibility of battery manufacturing in the country. Engineering News.

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. Biomass might have different market applications: biogas and Biomethane, electric generation, paper pulp industry, animal cake.

Mercedes-Benz Vans shows pickup truck concepts; market launch in late 2017; diesel V6

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Daimler AG will make investments in the high nine figures (euro) in the new model series by the time of the market launch. The key markets will be Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Australia with New Zealand, and Europe.

Opinion: Everyone Is Guessing When It Comes To Oil Prices

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But along with all of the excess crude flowing from the oil patch, there is also an abundance of market indicators that while important, tend to produce a lot of noise that makes any accurate estimate nearly impossible. Finally, clouding the entire picture are fluctuations in currency markets.

Volkswagen Group and Tata Motors Ltd. to explore strategic alliance for joint development projects; ŠKODA to lead

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The first step will address topics such as the application of specific market knowledge as well as local development expertise. In the long term, the Volkswagen Group is looking to further expand its product portfolio in the fast-growing emerging markets. We strongly believe that both the companies, by working together, can leverage from each other’s strengths to create synergies and develop smart innovative solutions for the Indian and overseas market.

GE posts $63M in orders for Durathon sodium-halide battery systems

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In its first weeks of operation, the business secured 10 new telecom customer orders across several regions, including Africa, Asia, India and the US powering a total of more than 3,500 cell towers. Durathon batteries help solve key challenges for customers in emerging markets, where power outages and cycle disruption are prevalent, and in developed markets where batteries currently take up large spaces in cramped urban centers.

ExxonMobil: global GDP up ~140% by 2040, but energy demand ~35% due to efficiency; LDV energy demand to rise only slightly despite doubling parc

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A group of 10 Key Growth countries is expected to represent an increasingly significant share of the global energy market due to their rising populations and living standards. Africa’s liquids exports are expected to decline as local demand more than doubles.

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.

Nielsen global survey finds concerns about climate change slipping behind concerns over other environmental issues; air and water pollution top worries, pesticide use #3

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The USA recorded one of the steepest declines in concern about climate change/global warming among global markets over the four-year period from 2007 to 2011, dropping 14 percentage points. Climate Change Market Background Surveys Water

Volkswagen establishes new Sub-Saharan Africa region

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The Volkswagen brand has established a "Sub-Saharan Africa” region to develop and strengthen its activities in the African market. Sub-Saharan Africa refers to the area of the African continent south of the Sahara. The new fourth region joins Volkswagen’s existing regions of North America, South America and China and is the next step in the Volkswagen brand’s strategy to position itself in focus areas.

Global investment in renewable power reached $270.2B in 2014, ~17% up from 2013; biofuel investment fell 8% to 10-year low

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A key feature of the 2014 result was the rapid expansion of renewables into new markets in developing countries. billion) and South Africa ($5.5 Equity raising by renewable energy companies on public markets jumped 54% in 2014 to $15.1

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PwC analysis finds meeting 2 C warming target would require “unprecedented and sustained” reductions over four decades

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The issue is further complicated by a slow market recovery in developed nations, but sustained growth in E7 economies which could lock economic growth into high carbon assets. Other G20 (Australia, Korea, EU, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Argentina).

51% of BMW Group’s electricity worldwide from renewable sources; targeting 100%

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At the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, a methane gas system provides around 50% of the energy required for production. At the Rosslyn plant in South Africa, the foundation stone for a combined heat and power unit fired by biogas was laid at the end of 2014. Only under the right framework conditions can we put our plans into action step by step in individual markets worldwide.

Volkswagen plans integrated mobility concept in Rwanda; vehicle production in Kenya

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Volkswagen is taking a further step to develop market potentials in Africa. Francis Gatare, Director of the Rwanda Development Board, and Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Group South Africa, this week signed a memorandum of understanding for a new integrated mobility concept in Kigali in the presence of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen brand. Volkswagen is consistently developing market potentials in Africa.

Audi introducing supercharged gasoline engine version of SQ5 SUV at Detroit Show

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The new top-of-the-line gasoline model, which was designed specifically for markets such as the United States, Canada and China accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.3 In Germany and many other European markets, the SQ5 TDI takes its place as the sporty top model in its series.

Ricardo study predicts that BRIC automotive markets will be eclipsed by the “Rising-15”

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A study by Ricardo Strategic Consulting has concluded that while sluggish automotive demand in Europe, Japan and North America will be balanced by the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) markets through 2020, thereafter the ‘Rising-15’ nations become the engine for profitable growth—assuming political stability. The study set out to analyse and compare the key indicators for social and economic development, and market drivers in 23 countries. Positioning the Rising 15.

Ford to offer new 5-cylinder 3.2L diesel in Transit van in North America next year

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The new diesel engine, Ford’s second in North America, has already been applied in the global Ford Ranger truck sold in world markets (3.2 Torque and power map for the European market version of the 3.2L

Direct methanol fuel cell company Oorja closes Series E funding

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The investment round follows a $4.2-million purchase order and distribution agreement in Latin America and other recent milestones including: A strategic partnership for commercialization and distribution of methanol fuel cells in South Africa with HySA/Catalysis; A research agreement with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to develop fuel cells for electric vehicles, with a focus on Membrane-Electrode Assembly (MEA) development; and.

Optimal Energy takes delivery of four of its Joule EVs for marketing fleet

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South Africa-based Optimal Energy has taken delivery of four of its Joule EVs ( earlier post ) for use as a marketing fleet. The marketing fleet was hand-built in Port Elizabeth by Hi-Tech Automotive, a specialist automotive production firm, and to date have undergone extensive testing within the premises. The marketing fleet will undertake a nation-wide road show in 2011; the Joule fleet has been designed and built to closely resemble the production version of Joule.

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. However, the necessary adjustments to the traffic regulatory framework must not fail to take into account the connection with these market dynamics. In addition to Germany and most EU Member States, the other principal signatories include Russia, Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland, and Turkey.

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

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GM gained four-tenths of a point of market share to 11.9% 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. On a corporate basis, GM’s two largest markets in 2011 were China, where GM and its joint venture partners increased sales 8.3% GM is the market leader in both countries. South America. General Motors Co.

New A-Class to offer radar-based collision prevention assist as standard along with array of other advanced safety options; fuel consumption down by up to 35%

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Unlike other assistance systems in compact-class vehicles already in the market, Collision Prevention Assist is not intended exclusively to minimize minor accident damage in an urban driving context. Mercedes-Benz A-Class, A 180 CDI Click to enlarge.

Fiat 875cc TwinAir named International Engine of the Year 2011

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Judged by a panel of 76 motoring journalists from 36 countries as disparate as the USA, Japan, China, Russia, New Zealand, India, Korea, Germany, France, Romania, South Africa, Mexico and the UK, the Awards highlight and acknowledge engine engineering excellence.

Mercedes-Benz running automated test drive in Shanghai; infrastructure peculiarities

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million kilometers in Europe, the US, China, Australia and South Africa, and more than 1.2 China is the largest automobile market in the world. The second leg in the Shanghai megalopolis will be followed by test drives in Australia in November and South Africa in December.

Fuel-cell maker Ballard acquires IdaTech’s backup power system product lines, ip and customer base

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Strategically, it provides Ballard with additional product capabilities with methanol fueled systems and key customer relationships in leading markets for fuel cell commercialization, such as Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America as well as South Africa. The shares will subsequently be transferred to IdaTech’s principal funder, Investec, a South African specialist bank and asset management company.

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

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It has accelerated the time-to-market for vehicle launches and has been an obvious strategic advantage for each partner. 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. Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

Daimler & Renault-Nissan Alliance expand cooperation to 1-ton pickup trucks

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The primary target markets for the truck are Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America. The NP300, sold under the name NP300 Navara and NP300 Frontier (depending on the market), was launched in June 2014 and is currently produced in Thailand and Mexico. The three trucks will also be built in the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain, for other markets, excluding North America. Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

Ford to expand aggressively in Middle East & Africa; at least 25 new vehicles by 2016

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Ford Motor Company announced an aggressive product acceleration in its newest business unit, Middle East & Africa, leveraging the company’s One Ford global portfolio and targeting opportunities for growth in small, mid-size and large vehicle segments. During a special “Go Further” event in Johannesburg attended by 1,000 employees, Ford dealers, suppliers, government officials, and media, Ford pledged to launch at least 25 new vehicles by 2016 to Middle East & Africa.

Axion International signs LOI to form global JV with Sicut Holding to target $8B railroad tie market with recycled structural composites

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Ltd) to establish a global joint venture to capitalize on the world-wide railroad tie market through the manufacture and sale of Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) ties/sleepers utilizing their respective geographic licenses from Rutgers University. Simultaneously, Sicut is the licensee of patents owned by Rutgers University for Europe, India, South Africa, South-East Asia and a portion of the Chinese market, also based on a “contracts-won” basis.

Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

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car market. South Korea. South Africa. sales of hybrid SUVs and other fuel efficient vehicles will prove interesting to watch this year, especially if fuel prices remain relatively low. Expert predictions about where oil and gas prices are headed vary widely.

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

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The market launch in Europe is scheduled for November 2017. At the beginning of 2018 South Africa, Australia and New Zealand will follow, and at the beginning of 2019 Argentina and Brazil. At market launch, there are two four-cylinder engines. Markets.

Optimal Energys Joule EV Completes Prototype Phase, Nearing Production

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Joule, the EV from South African company Optimal Energy ( earlier post ), has completed the prototype phase recently and is nearing the start of volume production, according to the company. Designed by South African-born Keith Helfet, Joule has been developed from a static display model and engineering prototype into a pre-production prototype by Zagato’s Total Design Centre.

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. As part of this market development strategy, Hydrogenious will use the new funding to support further development of the HydroSTORE, taking it from prototype to fully commercial product.

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

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“ Governmental Energy Innovation Investments, Policies and Institutions in the Major Emerging Economies: Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico, China, and South Africa. Brazil China India Market Background Policy Research

Renault-Nissan Alliance posts record €2.9B in synergies in 2013 ahead of launch of first common module family vehicles; targeting €4.3B in 2016

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CMF and emerging markets drive synergies. Emerging markets. The Alliance also generated synergies in emerging markets, such as India and Russia, where Renault and Nissan manufacture vehicles together at the same plants. Last year, Renault began sales of the Duster sports utility vehicle in the UK and South Africa. The Alliance is also increasingly benefitting from synergies in non-traditional areas, such as sales and marketing.

Boeing, Aeromexico, Mexican Government collaborate on sustainable aviation biofuel research and development

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Research will be conducted on biomass sourcing, fuel production, sustainability and lifecycle assessment, and aviation biofuel market development. As part of Boeing’s commitment to protect the environment and support long-term sustainable growth for commercial aviation, the company has active biofuel projects on six continents, including in the US, Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Middle East, South Africa and Southeast Asia.