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  • SwRI launching consortium to develop new dynamic engine bearing test rig

    16 September 2014, 5:01 am by: Mike Millikin

    Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has announced the formation of a consortium for joint research into new technologies to evaluate engine bearings for internal combustion engines. The objective of the Dynamic Bearing Rig Consortium is to design, to…
  • NETL field study of PA fracking site finds no evidence of upward gas and fluid migration into…

    16 September 2014, 5:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    The US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has released a technical report on the results of a limited field study that monitored a hydraulic fracturing operation in Greene County, PA for upward fracture growth out of the...
  • VW new Touareg with new design and new technologies; focus on diesel

    16 September 2014, 3:01 am by: Mike Millikin

    Volkswagen has given its Touareg SUV a sharper look and enhanced it technically in all areas. Features of the new Touareg generation include a redesigned front and rear, new driver assistance systems such as Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as…
  • More details on the Mercedes-Benz S500 PLUG-IN HYBRID; new warranty for battery and PEEM

    15 September 2014, 3:48 pm by: Mike Millikin

    S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID. Click to enlarge. With order-taking having begun in July (earlier post), and first customer deliveries slated for this month, Mercedes-Benz has provided more detail on its top-end S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID, the third hybrid model in...
  • BASF, Cargill and Novozymes achieve milestone in bio-based acrylic acid

    15 September 2014, 9:38 am by: Mike Millikin

    BASF, Cargill and Novozymes have demonstrated the successful conversion of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), to glacial acrylic acid and super-absorbent polymers, marking another milestone in their joint development of technologies to produce acrylic acid from…
  • Quantum Energy and Bilfinger Westcon partner to develop multiple refineries in the North…

    15 September 2014, 9:20 am by: Mike Millikin

    Quantum Energy, Inc. entered into a strategic alliance with Bilfinger Westcon Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bilfinger SE (Germany), for the development of up to 5 diesel refinery projects throughout the Bakken Formation. Bilfinger Westcon is currently…
  • AVTOVAZ to invest $2.6B over next 3 years to modernize technologies and update lineup

    15 September 2014, 9:11 am by: Mike Millikin

    Russian automaker AVTOVAZ plans to invest 100 billion rubles (US$2.6 billion) to modernize technologies and update its lineup over the course of the next three years. Together we account for 3% of the Gross Domestic Product of Russia. It’s a...
  • U Glasgow chemists develop new electrolyzer architecture for H2 production 30X faster than current…

    15 September 2014, 7:03 am by: Mike Millikin

    Chemists from the University of Glasgow (Scotland) have developed a new method for hydrogen production that is 30 times faster than current state-of-the-art proton exchange membrane electrolyzers at equivalent platinum loading. The process also solves common…
  • Peugeot introducing new Euro-6 versions of 3-cylinder gasoline and 4-cylinder diesel engines

    15 September 2014, 6:03 am by: Mike Millikin

    Peugeot is introducing new Euro 6-compliant versions of its three-cylinder PureTech gasoline and four-cylinder BlueHDI diesel engines. All are equipped with Stop & Start (S&S) technology. Each engine is also coupled with Peugeot’s third-generation Efficient…
  • ABI: global driverless vehicle shipments will hit 42M in 2035, installed base of 176M

    15 September 2014, 5:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    ABI Research forecasts that global driverless vehicle shipments will increase from 1.1 million in 2024 to more than 42 million in 2035, with an installed driverless vehicle base reaching 176 million. While autonomous driving under the control of a human...
  • Europe launches 7-year, €1B R&D program for new metals: “Metallurgy Europe”

    15 September 2014, 5:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Program overview of Metallurgy Europe as presented in a 2012 position paper from the ESF. Click to enlarge. European industry has launched Metallurgy Europe, a 7-year, €1-billion ($1.3-billion) R&D program in the field of metals research and manufacturing.…
  • Study finds rapid charging and draining doesn’t damage lithium-ion electrode as much as thought

    14 September 2014, 1:05 pm by: Mike Millikin

    X-ray microscope snapshot of nanoparticles in a battery midway through charging. Particles range from fully charged (green) to intermediate charge (orange/yellow) to drained of charge (red) The scalebar equals 500 nm. (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)…
  • Audi Sport wins 1st FIA Formula E race in Beijing

    14 September 2014, 11:15 am by: Mike Millikin

    Lucas di Grassi, FIA Formula E Beijing (Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team). Click to enlarge. Audi factory driver Lucas di Grassi and the Audi Sport ABT Formula E team won the inaugural event of the new all-electric FIA Formula...
  • Toyota and partners launching Cité lib by Ha:mo EV car sharing in Grenoble; ultracompact EVs…

    13 September 2014, 8:05 am by: Mike Millikin

    Toyota i-ROAD and COMS for use in "Cité lib by Ha:mo" EV sharing trial in Grenoble, France. Click to enlarge. The City of Grenoble, France, its metropolitan area Grenoble-Alpes Metropole, EDF and its affiliate Sodetrel, Toyota Motor Corporation and Cité...
  • Petrobras’ total production tops 2.7 million barrels of oil equivalent per day in August

    13 September 2014, 7:50 am by: Mike Millikin

    Petrobras’ consolidated oil and natural gas production in Brazil and abroad reached 2,759 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), rising 2.2% from a reported production of 2,699 thousand boed in July. Petrobras’s domestic oil production…
  • Alon USA receives go ahead for Bakersfield, CA rail terminal and refinery project; Bakken light…

    13 September 2014, 7:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Alon USA Energy, Inc. has received the necessary approval from the Kern County Board of Supervisors to construct a new rail facility at the Bakersfield refinery and to make modifications to the refinery that will allow it to process light...
  • Renault Samsung Motors loaning 10 SM3 Z.E. EVs to Seoul City for taxi work

    12 September 2014, 5:17 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Renault Samsung Motors (RSM) is loaning ten SM3 Z.E. (earlier post) sedans to Seoul City for free so that members of the Seoul Taxi Association and their passengers can discover the benefits of using an electric vehicle for taxi work....
  • Wrightbus Flybrid flywheel KERS bus entering service with Arriva

    12 September 2014, 5:03 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Following a successful validation program, a new Flybrid bus KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), developed by Torotrak PLC will enter service in the UK with operator Arriva, applied in a Wrightbus bus. Wrightbus, which estimates a five-year operator payback…
  • Peugeot showcasing 208 Hybrid Air 2L Demonstrator at Paris show

    12 September 2014, 4:37 pm by: Mike Millikin

    PEUGEOT is showcasing its 208 HYbrid Air 2L Demonstrator at next month’s Paris Motor Show. The 2L stands for two liters per 100 km, equivalent to 118 mpg US, and is based on a production version of the Peugeot 208...
  • Facelifted Mercedes-Benz B-Class with diesel, gasoline, natural gas and electric drives debuting at…

    12 September 2014, 1:12 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Mercedes-Benz has given its B-Class range—more than 350,000 of which have been sold worldwide since market launch in late 2011—a major facelift including exterior and interior enhancements along with redefined design and equipment lines. Sales of the new…
  • Porsche SE acquires ~10% stake in real-time traffic information company INRIX; 1st step to…

    12 September 2014, 10:09 am by: Mike Millikin

    Porsche Automobil Holding SE has acquired a stake of around 10% in INRIX, one of the leading providers of real-time traffic information. The investment volume is around $55 million. For Porsche SE, the acquisition is the first step towards creating...
  • Chempolis and NRL partner on cellulosic ethanol production from bamboo in Assam

    12 September 2014, 9:56 am by: Mike Millikin

    Chempolis Ltd, a Finland-based biorefining technology corporation (earlier post), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL, A Government of India Enterprise) under which the two will jointly study building a biorefinery…
  • Porsche has sold more than 1,500 Panamera E-hybrid PHEVs this year; 9% of Panamera sales

    12 September 2014, 9:47 am by: Mike Millikin

    Porsche said it has delivered more than 1,500 Panamera E-Hybrid plug-in hybrids (earlier post) to customers worldwide from January to August 2014. This represents 9% of all Panamera models sold during that time (16,700). The plug-in has a $96,100 starting...
  • Study warns on possible air pollution link to neuroinflammatory, Alzheimer and Parkinson’s…

    12 September 2014, 7:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Children living in polluted megacities are at increased risk for brain inflammation and neurodegenerative changes, including Alzheimer or Parkinson’s disease, according to a study led by University of Montana Professor Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas and…
  • DNV GL researchers develop concept autonomous, battery-electric short-range shipping vessel; 3,000…

    12 September 2014, 6:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Researchers at classification society DNV GL have developed “ReVolt”, an autonomous, fully battery-powered and efficient vessel. Instead of using diesel fuel, “ReVolt” is powered by a 3,000 kWh battery. This reduces operating costs by minimizing the…
  • 2015 Lincoln Navigator replaces 5.4L V-8 with 3.5L V-6 EcoBoost; power up 22.6%, fuel economy up…

    12 September 2014, 5:08 am by: Mike Millikin

    The 2015 Lincoln Navigator full-size SUV, which goes on sale this year, features a new 3.5L V-6 EcoBoost engine delivering 380 hp (283 kW) @ 5250 rpm, and 460 lb·ft (624 N·m) @ 2750 rpm. This marks the highest power...
  • Anderman report on Tesla’s battery prospects with the Gigafactory

    12 September 2014, 5:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    In his new “Tesla Battery Report”, Dr. Menahem Anderman, independent battery expert, consultant and head of the Advanced Automotive Batteries conferences and publications, concludes that with the planned Gigafactory (earlier post), now targeted for Nevada,…
  • Renault Trucks’ Optifuel Lab 2 lab vehicle integrates technologies for more efficient big rigs;…

    11 September 2014, 1:23 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Renault Trucks’ heavy-duty Optifuel Lab 2 laboratory vehicle brings together various technologies designed to reduce fuel consumption in heavy-duty trucks and to prepare the way for future production models. Renault Trucks will display a scale model of…
  • CO2-to-chemicals company Liquid Light raises $15M Series B financing; process scale-up and…

    11 September 2014, 1:00 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Start-up Liquid Light, a developer of process technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally-abundant carbon dioxide (earlier post), has closed a $15-million Series B financing. New investors include Sustainable Conversion Ventures, which focuses…
  • KIA prices 2015 Soul EV starting at $33,700

    11 September 2014, 12:45 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Kia Motors America (KMA) announced pricing for the all-electric version of the Kia Soul. (Earlier post.) Offered in two trims, Base and + (Plus), the 2015 Soul EV MSRP will be $33,700 (not including federal tax rebate of $7,500) for...

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