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  • BMW introduces compact i DC Fast Chargers; ChargeNow DC Fast program for no-cost 30-min charge…

    28 July 2014, 5:02 pm by: Mike Millikin

    BMW of North America launched its BMW i DC Fast Chargers, which can charge the BMW i3 all-electric vehicle’s battery up to 80% in 30 minutes, at the Plug-In 2014 conference. The fast chargers are a joint development between BMW...
  • Google and IEEE launch $1M challenge for downsized inverters

    28 July 2014, 3:17 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Google and the IEEE have launched the Littlebox Challenge—an open competition to design and build a small kW-scale inverter with the highest power density (of at least 50 W/in3, or 3.05 kW/L) in an enclosure of less than 40 in3...
  • Navigant forecasts global road transportation energy consumption to increase 25% by 2035; 84% from…

    28 July 2014, 10:31 am by: Mike Millikin

    In a new report (Transportation Forecast: Global Fuel Consumption), Navigant Research forecasts total road transportation energy consumption will grow from 81.1 quadrillion Btu in 2014 to 101.7 quadrillion Btu in 2035—an increase of 25.4%. Approximately 84%…
  • Ceres awarded Brazil government loan and grant to enhance sorghum and sugarcane development programs

    28 July 2014, 8:27 am by: Mike Millikin

    Ceres, Inc. , an agricultural biotechnology and seed company, will enhance its product development programs in Brazil and expand its development activities in biotech traits for sorghum and sugarcane over the next four years. The programs will now be funded...
  • China BAK Battery and Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics collaborate on next-gen batteries

    28 July 2014, 8:21 am by: Mike Millikin

    China BAK Battery, Inc. (CBAK) will collaborate with Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences (DICP) in the R&D of next-generation battery manufacturing technologies with new battery materials, from lab scale tests, pilot scale tests…
  • U Mich professor finds fuel cycle analysis for evaluating CO2 impacts of liquid fuels is fatally…

    28 July 2014, 5:45 am by: Mike Millikin

    Fuel cycle analysis (FCA)—or “well-to-wheels analysis”—is a type of lifecycle analysis (LCA) that examines fuel products and their supply chains, and that has greatly influenced climate-related research priorities and public policies for transportation…
  • GE GHG Ecomagination Innovation Challenge for higher value use of low grade waste heat from oil…

    28 July 2014, 5:08 am by: Mike Millikin

    NineSigma, representing the General Electric Company, is inviting participation in a GE GHG Ecomagination Innovation Challenge to create value from excess low grade heat resulting from Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) oil sands production and/or related…
  • Stanford team reports progress toward stable Li-metal anode for high-energy-density batteries

    28 July 2014, 4:39 am by: Mike Millikin

    Dr. Yi Cui and colleagues at Stanford University—including Dr. Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate and the former Secretary of Energy, now a professor in the Physics department at Stanford—report progress toward a stable lithium metal anode for use in…
  • U Tokyo team proposes new high-capacity rechargeable battery system based on oxide-peroxide redox…

    27 July 2014, 1:06 pm by: Mike Millikin

    (a) Charge and discharge voltage curves in repeated charge/discharge cycles at 45 mA g−1. (b) Charge and discharge voltage curves at various current densities (13.5–1080 mA g−1). Click to enlarge. Researchers at the University of Tokyo, led by Dr.…
  • Hydrogenics selected for 2 MW Power-to-Gas project in Canada

    27 July 2014, 7:01 am by: Mike Millikin

    Hydrogenics Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, was selected by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for Ontario as one of five grid storage projects. The Hydrogenics project,…
  • Delphi to debut new Tech Truck at IAA CV show; new high-pressure fuel injection system and new HPDI…

    27 July 2014, 7:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Delphi Automotive PLC will unveil the second generation of its Technology Truck concept highlighting future technologies at the upcoming IAA Commercial Vehicles show being held 25 Sept - 2 Oct in Hannover, Germany. Among the technologies Delphi will unveil…
  • Audi to demonstrate automated driving technology in Florida

    26 July 2014, 7:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Audi will be the first to test its automated driving technology on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa, Florida—which recently was designated as an automated driving and connected car test bed—using an Audi A7 equipped to handle piloted driving...
  • Renewable Fuels Association says DOE is under-representing E85 stations

    25 July 2014, 3:14 pm by: Mike Millikin

    The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said that the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) database severely under-represents the number of stations selling E85. RFA says it uncovered nearly 1,000 missing stations as it compared…
  • Kyoto team develops new cathode material for high-energy-density rechargeable magnesium batteries

    25 July 2014, 2:54 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Charge–discharge profiles of ion-exchanged MgFeSiO4. Three-electrode cells using Mg metal counter electrode and silver reference electrode were used. Electrolyte was 0.5 M magnesium (trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (Mg(TFSI)2) in acetonitrile (solvent).…
  • £1B Advanced Propulsion Centre selects Univ. of Warwick as Hub

    25 July 2014, 2:01 pm by: Mike Millikin

    The UK’s 10-year, £1-billion (US$1.7-billion) Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) (earlier post) has selected the University of Warwick as the site for its Hub location, supporting the industry and government commitment to the development of low carbon…
  • Study finds testing the technology the strongest initial motivation for fleet managers adopting EVs

    25 July 2014, 12:54 pm by: Mike Millikin

    According to a report from Frost and Sullivan (Kumar, 2013), fleet managers adopted more than half of EVs sold globally up to 2013. A new study of factors influencing fleet managers’ adoption of electric vehicles has found that testing new...
  • Ethanol producer to integrate renewable diesel production from corn distiller oil

    25 July 2014, 9:59 am by: Mike Millikin

    Ethanol producer East Kansas Agri-Energy LLC (EKAE) intends to integrate renewable diesel production at its ethanol plant in Garnett, Kansas. Renewable diesel will be made from the corn distillers oil (CDO) already produced at the plant along with other…
  • Lesaffre acquires Butalco for yeast for second-generation biofuels

    25 July 2014, 9:38 am by: Mike Millikin

    France-based yeast company Lesaffre has acquired Butalco, a start-up founded in 2007 by Professor Eckhard Boles and Gunter Festerl as a spin-off of Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. Butalco is a research company focused on the development of yeast strains…
  • BASF opens new automotive coatings plant in Shanghai

    25 July 2014, 5:09 am by: Mike Millikin

    BASF Shanghai Coatings Co., Ltd. opened its new automotive coatings plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Shanghai, China. The €50-million (US$67-million) expansion of its automotive coatings production capacity is equipped with advanced…
  • California Energy Commission selects 11 advanced biofuels projects for $43.6M in awards

    25 July 2014, 4:57 am by: Mike Millikin

    The California Energy Commission (CEC) has selected 11 biofuel projects projects—including gasoline substitutes, diesel substitutes and biomethane projects—for $43,633,421 in awards under a grant solicitation released in January for the development of new,…
  • Continental eBike System entering production in Q4

    24 July 2014, 4:29 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Continental’s eBike System will enter production in the fourth quarter of 2014 and will be on display at the Eurobike trade fair from 27-30 August; the company had presented a prototype of the system at the Eurobike trade fair in...
  • IHS: continued legislative focus on pollutants to drive sensor market for internal combustion…

    24 July 2014, 3:40 pm by: Mike Millikin

    The global market for sensors used in internal combustion engines (ICE) is on the road of steady growth for the next few years, propelled by increasing utilization in engine management and exhaust aftertreatment, according to a new report from IHS...
  • Satellite study shows drought-stricken Colorado River Basin states depleting their groundwater

    24 July 2014, 2:35 pm by: Mike Millikin

    A new satellite study finds more than 75% of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of...
  • Porsche introducing new plug-in Cayenne S E-Hybrid SUV; third plug-in from Porsche

    24 July 2014, 1:03 pm by: Mike Millikin

    The new generation of the Cayenne will enter the market later this year in five versions: Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S Diesel and—in a world premiere—the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV...
  • Optimized Li-ion battery with LiFePO4 cathode and graphene nanoflake anode

    24 July 2014, 5:53 am by: Mike Millikin

    Schematic of graphene/lithium iron phosphate battery. Credit: ACS, Hassoun et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers in Italy have developed an advanced lithium-ion battery based on a graphene nanoflake ink anode and a lithium iron phosphate cathode. By balancing…
  • Fontaine Modification to install Mainstay Fuel Technologies CNG systems in Class 8 trucks

    24 July 2014, 5:47 am by: Mike Millikin

    Under a new agreement, Fontaine Modification will install the back-of-cab and side-saddle CNG fuel storage, management and delivery systems manufactured by Mainstay Fuel Technologies on Class 8 heavy-duty, over-the-road tractors. Fontaine, North America’s…
  • GKN Aerospace to lead $23M research collaboration in additive manufacturing; up to 50% reduction in…

    24 July 2014, 5:01 am by: Mike Millikin

    UK-based GKN Aerospace is to lead a consortium of UK companies in a 3½-year £13.4-million (US$23-million) research and development program called Horizon (AM) that builds on GKN Aerospace’s extensive and fast-developing additive manufacturing capability.…
  • California Energy Commission approves $46.6M for hydrogen refueling and $2.8M for EV charging…

    24 July 2014, 5:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    The California Energy Commission gave final approval for nearly $50 million in grant awards for hydrogen refueling and electric charging construction projects recommended for funding in notices of proposed awards published in April and May. California’s…
  • Iowa study suggests miscanthus would yield more biomass in Iowa soil than originally thought

    23 July 2014, 5:14 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Miscanthus, a perennial grass with vast potential to produce biomass, would deliver even better yields than once thought in Iowa, according to research by agronomists at Iowa State University. The research indicates that miscanthus could have a major role…
  • Opel will drop the Ampera; new EV in 2014-2018 time frame

    23 July 2014, 4:40 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Taking a page out of Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter-based announcement style, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann (@KT_Neumann) tweeted today (in both English and German) that after the run-out of the current generation Ampera plug-in hybrid, Opel will…

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