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  • GMZ Energy announces new, high-power thermoelectric module: TG16-1.0

    1 October 2014, 4:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    TG16. Click to enlarge. GMZ Energy, a developer of high temperature thermoelectric generation (TEG) solutions, has introduced the TG16-1.0, a new thermoelectric module capable of producing twice the power of the company’s first product, the TG8-1.0. By…
  • DOE will award up to $25M to reduce costs of algal biofuels to less than $5/gge by 2019

    30 September 2014, 2:26 pm by: Mike Millikin

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $25 million in funding to reduce the cost of algal biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) by 2019. (Earlier post.) The release of the new funding opportunity...
  • DOE issues draft loan guarantee solicitation for up to $12.6B for advanced nuclear energy projects

    30 September 2014, 1:31 pm by: Mike Millikin

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a draft solicitation that would provide up to $12.6 billion in loan guarantees for Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects. Once finalized, these loan guarantees will provide critical financing to help commercialize…
  • Chrysler’s Ram Truck increases EcoDiesel mix to 20% of Ram 1500 production; double expectations

    30 September 2014, 10:14 am by: Mike Millikin

    Chrysler’s Ram has decided to increase the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel powertrain mix to 20% of the total Ram 1500 production volume—double the initial expectation. The EcoDiesel delivers 240 hp (179 kW), 420 lb-ft (569 N·m) of torque with up to...
  • Fraunhofer holding 3rd annual workshop on Li-sulfur batteries in November

    30 September 2014, 8:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Fraunhofer IWS in Dresden, Germany will hold its 3rd annual workshop on Lithium-sulfur batteries from 12-13 November 2014. Fraunhofer says that Lithium-sulfur batteries are the most promising choice for future energy storage systems, with novel materials such…
  • Chinese scientists unveil liquid-phase 3D printing method using low-melting-point metal alloy ink

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

    Conventional 3D metal printing (additive manufacturing) is generally restricted to metals with a high melting point, and the process is can be rather time consuming. Now, scientists at the Beijing Key Laboratory of CryoBiomedical Engineering, part of the…
  • Study finds solo hybrid drivers in California HOV lanes amplify congestion, create up to $4,500 per…

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

    Allowing single-occupant low-emission cars in California to use high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on congested highways exacerbates the congestion and causes up to about $4,500 per car in adverse social costs annually, including increased commute times and…
  • Honeywell Global Turbo Forecast projects 49M turbocharged vehicle sales, $12B revenue per year by…

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

    The automotive turbocharging industry will generate $12 billion in revenue by equipping 49 million vehicles with turbochargers annually by 2019, according to Honeywell Turbo Technologies’ 2014 Global Turbo Forecast. The continued growth of turbocharging…
  • Velocys raises £52 ($85) million for smaller scale GTL

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

    On the heels of three new projects announced in the past three months, Velocys has raised approximately $85 million through an oversubscribed equity placing, priced at a premium to the market price. The new funds will be used to build...
  • Topsøe researchers analyze hydrotreating catalyst at single-atom level; potential for more…

    30 September 2014, 4:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Cover courtesy of S. Nygaard, Haldor Topsøe A/S. Click to enlarge. Researchers from Haldor Topsøe A/S have analyzed an industrial-style MoS2-based hydrotreating catalyst at the single-atom level using electron microscopy. With this method, the sites of…
  • BMW teams up with Baidu in autonomous driving project in China

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

    BMW’s autonomous driving research prototypes have already driven thousands of kilometers in highly automated—i.e. self-driving—mode on German highways. In February 2013, the focus shifted to European motorways when BMW launched a joint project with…
  • Roland Berger: Russian embargo against the Western automotive industry would hit Russia harder

    29 September 2014, 1:10 pm by: Mike Millikin

    A decision by Russia to retaliate against sanctions imposed by the European Union and the US over Ukraine by imposing strong Russian sanctions—i.e., an embargo—on car imports from Europe and the US could undermine a faltering Russian economy even more,...
  • Pennsylvania’s Public-Private Partnership Board approves CNG project for public transit, private…

    29 September 2014, 12:50 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Pennsylvania’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) Board has approved a project seeking a private partner to develop compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations at public transit agencies around the state that would also provide public access to the…
  • Argonne tool predicts economic impacts of building new natural gas stations

    29 September 2014, 12:41 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new tool for analyzing the economic impacts of building new compressed natural gas fueling stations. Called JOBS NG, the tool is freely available to the public. JOBS...
  • Magna providing composite liftgate assembly for BMW i3 EV

    29 September 2014, 12:26 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Magna International Inc. is leveraging its advanced composites and exteriors systems expertise to produce an innovative, lightweight composite liftgate assembly on the BMW i3. Magna’s collaboratively-designed liftgate achieves the BMW i brand appearance and…
  • Promised VW Passat plug-in hybrid to debut at Paris show; both sedan and wagon

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

    Passat GTE sedan. Click to enlarge. In his remarks before the opening of the Geneva Motora Show in March 2014, Volkswagen Group Chairman of the Board of Management Prof. Dr. Winterkorn said that a plug-in hybrid version of the Volkswagen...
  • Promised VW Passat plug-in hybrid to debut at Paris show; both sedan and wagon

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

    Passat GTE sedan. Click to enlarge. In his remarks before the opening of the Geneva Motora Show in March 2014, Volkswagen Group Chairman of the Board of Management Prof. Dr. Winterkorn said that a plug-in hybrid version of the Volkswagen...
  • DLR measurements reveal noise-generating structures in engine jets

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

    Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have, for the first time, been able to use laser measurement techniques and microphones to make highly precise, simultaneous measurements of the sources of noise in…
  • UConn team devises chemistry-adaptive battery fuel gauge based on probabilistic data association

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

    Researchers at the University of Connecticut have developed a chemistry-adaptive battery fuel gauge based on a probabilistic data association (PDA) algorithm. Their paper, available online in the Journal of Power Sources, addresses the problem of tracking the…
  • CXDI imaging reveals possible way to extend Li-ion battery lifetime, capacity

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

    A new method developed for studying battery failures points to a potential next step in extending lithium-ion battery lifetime and capacity. Using a novel X-ray technique—coherent X-ray diffractive imaging (CXDI)—at the US Department of Energy’s Advanced…
  • EIA data shows ongoing trend of rising CO2 emissions from energy consumption after several years of…

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

    The September 2014 Monthly Energy Review (MER) published on Friday by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has provided more data to support a trend in rising CO2 in the US that began in 2013. In 2012, according to the...
  • Rosneft touts major light oil find from “northernmost well in the world” in the Arctic

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

    Rosneft announced a major oil discovery at the East-Prinovozemelskiy-1 license area in the Kara Sea, following the successful completion of the drilling of the northernmost well in the world—the Universitetskaya-1 well. The Kara Sea is part of the Arctic…
  • ICCT: gap between official and real-world fuel economy figures in Europe reaches ~38%; call to…

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

    Divergence of real-world CO2 emissions from manufacturers’ type-approval CO2 emissions for various on-road data sources, including an average estimate for private and company cars as well as all data sources. Source: ICCT. Click to enlarge. The gap between…
  • MAN shows TGX parallel diesel hybrid truck concept, previews CNG in TGM trucks at IAA; gearbox…

    28 September 2014, 7:06 am by: Mike Millikin

    MANs TGX hybrid concept at IAA. Click to enlarge. At the IAA, MAN (part of the Volkswagen Group) presented a concept diesel-electric parallel hybrid version of its long-haul TGX truck. (MAN showed the Metropolis research truck, a range-extended electric…
  • Statoil postponing Corner oil sands project for minimum of 3 years; rising costs, limited pipeline…

    27 September 2014, 11:21 am by: Mike Millikin

    Statoil will postpone the previously planned Corner field development at the Kai Kos Dehseh (KKD) oil sands project in Alberta, Canada, for a minimum of three years, due in part to rising labor and materials costs and market access issues...
  • Groundbreaking in Turkmenistan for major synthetic gasoline plant; first full-scale Haldor Topsøe…

    27 September 2014, 7:52 am by: Mike Millikin

    In August, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Ovadan-Depe near the capital of Ashgabad in Turkmenistan to launch the construction of a major plant focused on the conversion of natural gas into synthetic gasoline. The plant will be based on...
  • API publishes set of recommended practices for crude-by-rail

    27 September 2014, 6:47 am by: Mike Millikin

    The American Petroleum Institute (API) this past week published a new set of recommended practices for testing and classifying crude oil for rail shipment and loading it into rail tank cars. API’s Recommended Practice for Classifying and Loading of Crude...
  • Isuzu signs agreement with GM for joint development of next-generation midsize pickup; not for US or…

    26 September 2014, 5:06 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Isuzu Motors Limited and General Motors Company signed a formal agreement jointly to develop a next-generation midsize pickup. Isuzu and GM previously developed two generations of pickups that have been popular in more than 100 countries around the world…
  • GM Innovation Challenge launched at four major universities; 3-D printing, augmented reality tools…

    26 September 2014, 3:46 pm by: Mike Millikin

    GM has launched the GM Innovation Challenge at four major universities, recruiting student teams to develop new uses for additive manufacturing (3D printing) and augmented reality (e.g., devices similar to Google Glass) in manufacturing. The participating…
  • NREL updates experimental cetane number data; more than 250 new individual measurements

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

    The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released a long-anticipated update to the source-of-record for cetane number data. This version of the compendium, which includes all available single-compound cetane number data…

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