ABB developing Sri Lanka’s EV fast charging infrastructure

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Ceylon Electricity Board, the prime player in Sri Lanka’s electricity generation, distribution and transmission, has chosen ABB as its preferred supplier to develop the country’s fast charging infrastructure. The Sri Lankan area of Colombo City will benefit from a new fleet of connected, fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers from ABB. The order comes following the successful installation of ABB’s first EV charging stations in Sri Lanka for a private vendor in 2015.

Elcora awarded NSERC-ENGAGE grant to support development of graphene supercapacitors

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Factors such as high storage capabilities, need for power conservation, high performance supercapacitors for consumer and automotive applications, and additional capabilities such as moisture resistance, light weight and low equivalent series resistance are key drivers for supercapacitor market. As part of the vertical integration strategy Elcora is securing high-grade graphite and graphene precursor graphite from operations in Sri Lanka and other countries which are already in production.

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Algae.Tec to form JV in China for algae for renewable transportation fuels and carbon capture facility; raising A$5M

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The Kerui Group, based in Shandong Province, in the second-largest oil province in China, has extensive business interests in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) primarily in the manufacturing of oilfield and petroleum industry equipment, and power generation and building facilities. Algae.Tec Ltd. earlier post ) signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a 50/50 equity joint venture (JV) in China with Shandong Kerui Group Holding Ltd.

Exide and Leclanché launch Li-ion battery JV in India

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Exide Industries Ltd, India’s largest manufacturer of lead acid storage batteries and power storage solutions provider, and Switzerland-based Li-ion battery manufacturer Leclanché SA announced a joint venture to build lithium-ion batteries and provide energy storage systems for India’s electric vehicle market and grid-based applications. Exide Industries is India’s largest manufacturer of lead acid storage batteries and power storage solutions provider.

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Axial Vector and Kirloskar Oil Engines Forming JV for Mass Production of Axial-Type Engines

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The JV will be held 76% by KOEL—India’s largest manufacturer of diesel engines, both air-cooled and liquid cooled, covering a power range of 3 hp to 11,000 hp—and 24% by Axial Vector. The AVEC axial engine technology in a 60 hp (45 kW) application targeted at UAVs. Source: AVEC.

Satellite altimeter data study finds global ship traffic up 4x over past 20 years

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Ships powered by fossil fuels dump oil, fuel and waste into the water and pump exhaust into the air. Burgeoning ship traffic has increased the amount of pollution in the atmosphere, particularly above the Sri Lanka-Sumatra-China shipping lane, where the study notes a 50% increase in nitrogen dioxide, a common air pollutant, over the 20-year period.

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Ford 2017 trends report: disruption the status quo, “never more difficult” to find objective information

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Sri Lanka, São Paulo and the US were devastated by floods this year. 47% agreed that individual consumers had to most power to effect positive change; 28% put that with governments; and only 17% said that companies did. For the past five years, Ford has issued an annual trend report exploring societal shifts expected to influence consumers and brands (e.g., earlier post ).

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