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  • DOE SBIR/STTR Release 2 topics includes fuel-cell hybrid trucks and QC devices for PEM fuel cells

    1 November 2014, 9:20 am by: Mike Millikin

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released the 2015 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 2 topics, which include two hydrogen and fuel cell related topics: fuel cell-battery electric hybrid…
  • DOE awarding $13M to 5 companies for advanced nuclear reactor projects

    1 November 2014, 8:46 am by: Mike Millikin

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $13 million to five companies to lead key nuclear energy research and development projects supporting advanced reactor technologies. The cost-share agreements will help address significant technical challenges to…
  • ICCT study finds state EV incentives playing a significant role in driving sales

    31 October 2014, 3:35 pm by: Mike Millikin

    A study by a team from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) shows that state electric vehicle incentives are playing a significant early role in reducing the effective cost of ownership and driving electric vehicle sales. As described in...
  • Chevy byproducts provide homes for bats; helping in the fight against white-nose syndrome

    31 October 2014, 2:26 pm by: Mike Millikin

    General Motors is using waste adhesive from the production of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray to build stalactites for artificial bat caves. International bat experts from such non-governmental organizations as Bat Conservation International and the…
  • NHTSA fines Ferrari $3.5M for failing to submit early warning reports, three fatal accidents

    31 October 2014, 1:32 pm by: Mike Millikin

    The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that Ferrari will pay a $3.5-million civil penalty and has been ordered to comply with NHTSA oversight requirements as set forth in a Consent Order for…
  • La Poste Group and Renault enter new eco-mobility partnership; coincides with delivery of the…

    31 October 2014, 12:46 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Philippe Wahl, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of La Poste group, and Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Renault group, signed a new partnership agreement today to pursue and strengthen their cooperation on the search for…
  • LG Chem breaks ground on Nanjing EV battery plant

    31 October 2014, 10:19 am by: Mike Millikin

    LG Chem held a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of an electric-car battery plant in Nanjing, China. The Nanjing battery plant, with an annual production capacity of more than 100,000 electric vehicles when completed by the end of 2015,...
  • DSM thermoplastics suited for lightweight tanks for CNG, H2; weight reduction up to 70%

    31 October 2014, 7:44 am by: Mike Millikin

    Royal DSM says a combination of two of its most innovative thermoplastics technologies has resulted in high performance pressure vessels that are ideally suited for use as lightweight fuel tanks for automobiles running on compressed natural gas (CNG) or…
  • Toyota to test expansion of EV and PHV charging infrastructure in Japan

    31 October 2014, 7:01 am by: Mike Millikin

    Toyota Motor Corporation will be testing electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Aichi Prefecture from 1 November until 15 March 2015. The tests will involve standard chargers for use with vehicles such as plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) and electric…
  • Mercedes-Benz making Crosswind Assist available as retrofit solution for older Sprinter models

    31 October 2014, 6:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Mercedes-Benz is now making its Crosswind Assist driver assistance function available as a retrofit solution for numerous variants of the Sprinter. The most important prerequisite is that the vehicle must be fitted with the current version of Adaptive ESP,…
  • BMW researchers and colleagues in project ABILE develop optimized ionic-liquid-based electrolyte for…

    31 October 2014, 5:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    A multinational team including researchers from the BMW Group have optimized an ionic liquid electrolyte for Li-air batteries, which resulted in a stable electrode-electrolyte interface and a highly reversible charge-discharge cycling behavior in a test Li-air…
  • Hyundai reaches 10M mark for Elantra/Avante worldwide

    31 October 2014, 5:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Hyundai’s Elantra (Avante in other parts of the world) recently sold its 10 millionth unit globally. Elantra is Hyundai’s first model, and one of only 10 cars in the history of the auto industry to reach 10 million sales. Elantra...
  • Opinion: The End Of An Era: Is The US Petrodollar Under Threat?

    31 October 2014, 4:30 am by: Mike Millikin

    by Andrew Topf of Oilprice.com Recent trade deals and high-level cooperation between Russia and China have set off alarm bells in the West as policymakers and oil and gas executives watch the balance of power in global energy markets shift...
  • Study casting doubt on GHG benefits of corn stover ethanol draws sharp criticism by other…

    30 October 2014, 1:55 pm by: Mike Millikin

    A study published earlier this year in the journal Nature Climate Change that cast doubt on whether biofuels produced from corn residue could meet federal mandates for cellulosic biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% compared to gasoline…
  • BASF and Toda Kogyo forming a joint venture for Li-ion cathode active materials in Japan

    30 October 2014, 12:02 pm by: Mike Millikin

    BASF and Toda Kogyo have agreed to form a joint venture for Li-ion cathode active materials (CAM) in Japan. Under the terms of the agreement, BASF will acquire a 66% ownership stake in the new venture, with Toda Kogyo Corp....
  • Nissan breaks its own US EV sales record

    30 October 2014, 10:18 am by: Mike Millikin

    With more than two months remaining in the year, Nissan LEAF has surpassed its own record of the most US electric vehicle sales in a single calendar year, the mark of 22,610 units that it set in 2013, the company...
  • Volkswagen Group top global R&D spender in 2014; 3rd year in a row

    30 October 2014, 7:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    The Volkswagen Group was the top global R&D spender in 2014, according to The 2014 Global Innovation 1000 report from consultancy Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) . This marks Volkswagen’s third year in a row in the top spot. Volkswagen,...
  • Mercedes-AMG HPP awarded Dewar Trophy for PU106A Hybrid F1 Power Unit

    30 October 2014, 6:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    The Dewar Trophy was presented to Andy Cowell, Managing Director of HPP, along with members of his project team from Brixworth. Click to enlarge. The UK’s Royal Automobile Club (RAC) has awarded the prestigious Dewar Trophy, presented for outstanding…
  • ZSW study finds combination of high-rate and low-temperature cycling increases hazard risks for…

    30 October 2014, 5:55 am by: Mike Millikin

    A team from Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung (ZSW) in Germany reports in a paper in the Journal of Power Sources that the interaction of high-rate and low-temperature cycling increases the safety hazard for Li-ion batteries. In an earlier…
  • ARPA-E to award up to $25M in new GENSETS program; generator tech for residential CHP

    30 October 2014, 5:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a funding opportunity (DE-FOA-0001198) for approximately $25 million for a new program: GENSETS (GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems). GENSETS seeks to fund the development of…
  • Ford projects utility vehicles to account for 29% of its global sales by end of decade

    30 October 2014, 5:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Ford projects utility vehicles will account for 29% of its global sales by the end of the decade. Ford utility vehicles—ranging from the compact EcoSport to the eight-seat Expedition—accounted for 23% of brand sales globally in 2013, up from 17%...
  • DOE launches new Lab-Corps program to accelerate commercialization of clean energy technologies

    29 October 2014, 6:02 pm by: Mike Millikin

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) launched a new $2.3-million pilot program to accelerate the transfer of innovative clean energy technologies from the DOE’s National Laboratories into the commercial marketplace. Lab-Corps aims to better train and empower…
  • DOE seeking feedback on findings of hydrogen production and delivery workshops

    29 October 2014, 3:26 pm by: Mike Millikin

    The US Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office has issued two requests for information (RFIs) seeking feedback from the research community and relevant stakeholders about electrolytic hydrogen production (DE-FOA-0001188) and hydrogen delivery…
  • Johnson Matthey buys Clariant’s LFP business for $75M; to combine with A123 Systems’ China…

    29 October 2014, 2:02 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has agreed to sell its Energy Storage line of business to Johnson Matthey Plc for US$75 million at closing, which is expected early 2015. The Energy Storage business of Clariant is the largest...
  • BASF Venture Capital leads $3M investment in SLIPS for super-omniphobic technology; joint…

    29 October 2014, 1:35 pm by: Mike Millikin

    BASF Venture Capital has led a $3-million Series A financing with a $1.5 million investment in SLIPS Technologies Inc. based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Swiss entrepreneur and private investor Hansjörg Wyss has also participated in the financing. SLIPS…
  • Toho Tenax develops high-efficiency thermoset CFRP production technology

    29 October 2014, 12:52 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibers and composites business, has developed a new technology—Tenax Part via Preform (PvP)—for highly efficient production of thermoset carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). Toho…
  • EC says Honeywell and DuPont may have breached antitrust rules with R-1234yf low-GWP MAC refrigerant

    29 October 2014, 12:43 pm by: Mike Millikin

    The European Commission recently sent a formal Statement of Objections to Honeywell International Inc. and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company of its preliminary view that the cooperation they entered into in 2010, based on several agreements on the...
  • DOE launches $1M H2 Refuel H-Prize for small-scale hydrogen refueling

    29 October 2014, 10:14 am by: Mike Millikin

    The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) and the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) launched the $1-million H2 Refuel H-Prize. The two-year competition challenges America’s engineers and entrepreneurs to develop affordable…
  • Study shows biodiesel blends in buses reduce PM, other harmful exhaust elements, EC and CO

    29 October 2014, 9:48 am by: Mike Millikin

    A new study on the combustion properties of biodiesel for use in urban transit buses found that using biodiesel can effectively reduce the mass of particulate matter released in both hot and cold idle modes. The study, published by the...
  • Daimler moovel using IBM cloud infrastructure for car2go

    29 October 2014, 5:44 am by: Mike Millikin

    Daimler subsidiary moovel GmbH is using cloud infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM Company, for its car-sharing mobile application car2go to allow the company to better serve its customers around the world by helping them find the least expensive or…

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