Revolve Technologies shows new PCB-based fuel cell range extender

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UK-based Revolve Technologies has revealed the successful completion of a project to develop novel fuel cell technology using printed circuit board (PCB) construction (PCBFC). Source: Revolve Technologies. The technology can also be adopted by OEMs in other pure EV segments.

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Nissan Serena’s e-POWER system named RJC Technology of the Year

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Nissan’s e-POWER electrified powertrain ( earlier post ), available in the Serena minivan ( earlier post ), has been named Technology of the Year for 2019 by the Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan (RJC).

2018 118

Emerging Fuels Technology licenses its second-generation Fischer-Tropsch technology to Red Rock Biofuels

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Emerging Fuels Technology , Inc (EFT) has executed a license agreement with Red Rock Biofuels LLC (RRB) under which EFT will provide its second-generation TL8a Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology to provide additional FT capacity for RRB’s biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon. IR1 says that through a proprietary integration of existing technologies, it makes the long-commercialized Fischer-Tropsch process economic at the biomass scale.

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Anjie Wireless licenses WiTricity technology for China EV market

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Under the terms of the agreement, Anjie Wireless will license WiTricity’s patented magnetic resonance technology and industry-leading designs to develop and commercialize highly efficient wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging systems for sale to leading carmaker brands in the China market. WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 system , based on the company’s patented magnetic resonance technology, operates at 11 kW of power and at an efficiency that matches or exceeds most conventional plug-in chargers.

2018 82

LG Chem invests in Enevate; silicon-dominant Li-ion battery technology

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Introduced in November 2017, Enevate’s HD-Energy Technology for EVs enables Lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells with up to 50% higher capacity than conventional graphite cells. Enevate’s HD-Energy Technology is a self-standing, silicon-dominant composite anode with more than 70% silicon.

2018 111

Jaguar Land Rover developing technology to identify and mitigate motion sickness

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Spencer Salter, wellness technology researcher at Jaguar Land Rover, points out that previously “little has been known about the causes and how to mitigate them”.

Mitsubishi Electric’s new energy-management technology optimizes EVs as storage batteries; tests in China

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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed a technology for efficiently managing photovoltaic (PV) and other power-generation systems and also the charging/discharging of electric vehicles (EVs) parked on company campuses.

2018 107

OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool

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Until recently, the use of OER—digital educational materials that are both more easily adaptable by instructors and more affordable than traditional textbooks—was being led by early-adopter professors driven by a desire to improve teaching and an interest in new technology. Again, OER has technological advantages it can exploit to achieve this. And not all OER materials are supported by all technologies, so not every platform allows students to use whatever device they own.

2017 126

CSIRO fills fuel cell vehicles with H2 produced by novel membrane technology; H2 from NH3

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The technology can open the pathway for bulk hydrogen to be transported in the form of ammonia, using existing infrastructure, and then reconverted back to hydrogen at the point of use.

2018 123

Toyota to supply its hydrogen fuel cell systems technology to Caetanobus SA (Portugal) Europe

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Toyota announced that it will provide its hydrogen fuel cell technology to Caetanobus SA in Portugal.

2018 114

EV startup Byton commissions Dürr for paint shop; EcoInCure technology

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Distinguishing features are a 20% reduction in the facility’s physical footprint and the use of pioneering technologies such as the EcoInCure oven—which is highly suited for electric vehicles. The first three paint shops with this technology will go into operation early 2019.

2018 97

Volkswagen outlines drivetrain technology in electric I.D. R Pikes Peak

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With the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb now less than two weeks away, Volkswagen outlined the drivetrain technology in the I.D. Volkswagen already has plenty of experience of high-voltage technology.

2018 102

Report finds says “negative emissions technologies” need to play a large role in mitigating climate change

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To achieve goals for climate and economic growth, “negative emissions technologies” (NETs) that remove and sequester carbon dioxide from the air will need to play a significant role in mitigating climate change, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. We focused on the reverse—technologies that take carbon out of the air and put it back into ecosystems and the land.

2018 91

Toyota, TRI-AD, and Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance ally to develop advanced automated driving technology

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will establish a business alliance to develop advanced automated driving technology. To develop advanced automated driving and safety technology, Toyota and TRI-AD utilize both artificial intelligence technology and real-world data to achieve accurate simulations. Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development, Inc. TRI-AD), and Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co.,

2018 90

SwRI opens Energy Storage Technology Center

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Southwest Research Institute has opened a new Energy Storage Technology Center , bringing its diverse scientific research, development and evaluation of energy storage systems under one roof. The facility houses SwRI technology to evaluate and to develop battery and energy storage systems for electric, plug-in and hybrid electric vehicles; grid storage; flywheels; and stationary systems such as flow batteries for electric power grid applications.

2018 65

DARPA GXV-T demos showcase radical vehicle technologies

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DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies ( GXV-T ) program ( earlier post ) aims to improve mobility, survivability, safety, and effectiveness of future combat vehicles without piling on armor. Amber Walker, GXV-T program manager in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office.

2018 91

Duryea Technologies develops electric supercharger

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Duryea Technologies (founded in 1996 under the name “eCycle” with the objective of commercializing hybrid and electric motorcycles) has developed an electric supercharger for use in the consumer and commercial vehicle markets.

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Honda demonstrates smart intersection technology that enables vehicles to virtually see through and around buildings

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In Marysville, Ohio, Honda held a demonstration of its “Smart Intersection” technology for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication designed to reduce traffic collisions at roadway intersections—one of the first such deployments of V2X technology in a real-world setting.

2018 97

LG Chem hosts open innovation contest for start-ups with new battery technologies

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LG Chem, South Korea’s leading manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries, is hosting its first open innovation contest—The Battery Challenge—to support start-ups specializing in new battery technology to strengthen its competitiveness in the industry. The finalists will enter partnership with LG Chem to develop joint technology and have access to commercialization opportunities in the future.

2018 85

Kia Motors reveals next-generation separated sound zone technology; individual audio spaces without headphones

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SSZ technology has been in development since 2014, and the completed mass production system is expected to be ready for installation in vehicles within one to two years. This technology can also eliminate unnecessary sounds for the passenger, but provide them for the driver.

2018 109

Techrules enters turbine technology partnership with leading mass transport supplier

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TEC has industry-leading independent research capacity, and following years of development has obtained the critical core technologies of traction electric driving and network control. An agreement is also being finalized with Shenzhen BAK Technology Co.

2018 91

Audi and Hyundai to partner on fuel cell technology

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Audi AG and Hyundai Motor Group will partner on the development of fuel cell technology. Audi and Hyundai are also exploring more far-reaching collaboration on the development of this sustainable technology. The fuel cell is the most systematic form of electric driving and thus a potent asset in our technology portfolio for the emission-free premium mobility of the future. The two companies plan to cross-license patents and grant access to non-competitive components.

2018 78

Porsche takes 10% stake in the electric technology and sports car company Rimac; development partnership

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Porsche AG has taken a 10% stake in the technology and electric sports car company Rimac Automobili. Rimac’s main focus is on high-voltage battery technology, electric powertrains and the development of digital interfaces between man and machine (HMI Development).

2018 122

Ceres Power enters new partnership with Nissan on solid oxide fuel cell technology for EVs

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Ceres Power, a UK-based spin-out from Imperial College and the developer of the SteelCell low-cost Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology ( earlier post ), has entered into a new partnership with Nissan further to develop fuel cell technology for EV applications.

2018 102

Delphi Technologies invests in innovative capacitor start-up PolyCharge

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Delphi Technologies PLC, a leader in vehicle propulsion technologies, has invested in PolyCharge America, Inc, a start-up established to commercialize a new capacitor technology. This technology helps to make high-power inverters smaller, lighter and more tolerant to high temperatures. The new technology from PolyCharge addresses these concerns. Today’s inverters use a DC-link capacitor, which is based on wound polypropylene technology.

2018 82

Lloyd’s Register, H2-Industries working on safety standards for fuel-cell-electric ships with LOHC technology

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H2-Industries and Lloyd’s Register (LR) are working together on developing safety standards for all-electric vessels powered by emission-free Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology. The project is seeking to obtain Approval in Principle for the use of LOHC technology on ships. LOHC technology enables the safe and efficient storage of hydrogen through molecular binding; LOHC is efficient, non-explosive and has low flammability.

2018 86

Toyota investing $500M in Uber; two expand collaboration on automated vehicle technologies

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Uber Technologies, Inc. To accomplish this, technology from each company will be integrated into purpose-built Toyota vehicles to be deployed on Uber’s ride-sharing network.

2018 95

MTS delivers power density improvements to motor and inverter technology for Formula E

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MTS Systems Corporation, a global supplier of high-performance test systems and sensors, announced further power density improvements to its electric motor and inverter technology for motorsport. Leveraging experience and technology gained from developing energy recovery systems for Formula 1 racecars, MTS has developed its smallest, most lightweight and powerful electric motor system to date for use in the FIA Formula E Championship Series.

2018 74

Westport Fuel Systems and Weichai Westport to commercialize HPDI 2.0 technology for China

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technology, based on one of Weichai Power Co., technology onto one of Weichai Power’s heavy-duty engine platforms, building on the years of experience WWI has with Westport HPDI technology. technology to various truck OEMs. Westport Fuel Systems Inc.

2018 95

UK awards £35M to three low-carbon propulsion technology projects

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The technologies developed will support aspirations for the UK to be a world leader in zero emissions technology as part of the Industrial Strategy and recently-published Road to Zero strategy. This project aims to introduce a disruptive technology to the off-highway vehicle sector, which will re-invent hydraulic power for the digital age. The UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has awarded £35 million (US$45.5

2018 65

Proterra introduces new high power interoperable EV charging technology; J1772- and J3105-compliant, OCPP

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The development of universal technology standards will accelerate this transition, and Proterra is actively working to promote interoperability across technology platforms.

2018 117

Revolve Technologies working with Ford for hybrid ECUs

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Ford has appointed UK-based Revolve Technologies , a specialist powertrain, engineering and development business, as its sole European Quality Calibration Modifier (QCM), giving the company access to Ford engine technical information. As engine designs become ever more complex, optimizing for new applications is an increasing challenge that requires access to complex data sets.

2018 79

Volvo Technology Award for wave piston design

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The engineers (John Gibble, Frank Löfskog, Michael Balthasar, and Jan Eismark) behind the innovation have now received the Volvo Technology Award 2017.

2017 78

Argonne’s CAMP battery testing and prototyping facility grows to meet demand for next-generation technologies

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) and Argonne funded the facility, which is used by industry, academia and national laboratories across the United States. Many of the innovations eyed for advances in consumer electronics, electric vehicles, utilities and advanced manufacturing hinge on the development of next-generation battery technologies.

2018 75

Savari and SAIC Motors partner on V2X technology for China

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Savari is agnostic to DSRC and LTE-V radio technologies, and interoperates with multiple wireless chip vendors. V2X systems can operate independently or complement other connected vehicle technologies, such as camera, radar and LiDAR. V2X company Savari Inc.

2016 110

Hyundai Mobis develops autonomous reverse-driving technology

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Tier 1 supplier Hyundai Mobis has developed reverse driving support technology that autonomously steers when a car drives in reverse without the driver having to operate the steering wheel. Though there is already a function called Parking Assist (PA), which autonomously steers a car in reverse parking, this is the first time that a technology has been specifically developed to support reverse driving.

2017 60

Goodyear develops new tire technology to optimize EV performance; also introduces Oxygene concept with moss

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Goodyear offered a preview during the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show of its EfficientGrip Performance with Electric Drive Technology, a prototype tire for the growing electric vehicle market that will be on the road by 2019 in Europe.

2018 124

SAE ITC to create Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium; accelerating vehicle technologies development

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SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (ITC), an SAE International affiliate, has been selected by the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to create the Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium (DATC). DATC is intended to enable the quick and efficient integration of innovative automotive technologies into military ground vehicles, ultimately resulting in speed of adoption of commercial technologies and improved defense capabilities.

2016 77

ARPA-E announces $35M funding opportunity to develop novel heat exchanger technologies

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These performance goals are beyond the capability of any existing technologies, but ARPA-E believes that recent advances in materials, topological design methodologies, and manufacturing technologies can be leveraged to realize the desired extreme-environment heat exchanger capability.

2018 91

Mitsubishi Electric develops object-recognition camera technology using proprietary AI for mirrorless cars; ~100m range

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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed what it believes to be the industry’s highest performing automotive camera technology. Maisart is an abbreviation for “Mitsubishi Electric’s AI creates the State-of-the-ART in technology.”.

2018 110

Cummins acquiring Brammo for energy storage technology

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Cummins Inc. is acquiring the assets of Brammo, Inc., which designs and develops battery packs for mobile and stationary applications. Adding Brammo’s battery pack expertise and resources is an important step for Cummins in its efforts to become a global electrified power leader. Brammo began developing and building electric motorcycles in 2007; the company originally developed custom battery modules for electric racing motorcycles that could compete and win against gas equivalents.

Dana presenting VariGlide beltless transmission technology at International VDI Conference

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Dana’s VariGlide technology features a unique planetary, coaxial configuration, which eliminates belts and pulleys used in conventional CVTs. In 2012, Dana formed a strategic relationship with Fallbrook Technologies Inc.

2016 113

Fisker files patents on solid-state battery technology; anticipating automotive-ready from 2023

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Fisker claims that this technology will enable ranges of more than 500 miles on a single charge and charging times as low as one minute—faster than filling up a gas tank. Fisker anticipates the technology to be automotive production grade ready from 2023 onwards.

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