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  • Study identifies halogen-free superhalogen electrolytes for Li-ion batteries

    25 October 2014, 8:23 am by: Mike Millikin

    Most electrolytes currently used in Li-ion batteries contain halogens, which are toxic. An in-depth study based on first-principles calculations by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University has shown that the anions of commercially available electrolytes…
  • HSBC joining Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech in waste-gas-to-ethanol-to-jet-fuel effort

    25 October 2014, 7:38 am by: Mike Millikin

    The UK’s largest bank, HSBC, is joining Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech in supporting the preparation for a world-first flight using a low-carbon, synthetic jet fuel kerosene produced from industrial waste gases. LanzaTech is leading the development of the…
  • Mercedes-Benz wins MATERIALICA awards for diesel passenger car steel pistons and CFRP struts

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

    Mercedes-Benz received two MATERIALICA Design and Technology Awards at the MATERIALICA 2014 trade fair for materials applications, surface technology and product engineering in Munich. The first was for the new steel pistons for diesel engines (earlier post),…
  • European Council endorses 40% GHG cut by 2030; requests ways to cut transport emissions via…

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

    On 23 October, leaders of the European Union agreed on the climate and energy policy framework for the EU for the period from 2020 to 2030. During its meeting, the European Council endorsed 4 targets: a binding EU target of...
  • Bi-functional nafion/γ-Al2O3 membrane for stable Li-sulfur battery cathode

    24 October 2014, 9:59 am by: Mike Millikin

    Researchers at Tianjin University (China) report another approach to stabilizing the performance of a Li-sulfur battery. In a paper in the Journal of Power Sources, they describe the preparation of a sulfur cathode modified by a bi-functional nafion/γ-Al2O3…
  • C.A.T leases 100 CNG sleeper tractors from Ryder; Ryder’s largest NA nat gas lease deal

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

    C.A.T. Inc. (formally Canadian American Transportation, Inc.) has signed a full-service lease agreement for 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) sleeper tractors. This is Ryder’s first natural gas lease customer in Canada and its largest single natural gas…
  • New Harman active road noise cancellation technology enables use of lighter weight materials without…

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

    Harman, the premium global audio and infotainment group, is expanding its HALOsonic suite of noise management solutions, which the company has co-developed with Lotus Engineering using patented Active Noise Control Technologies. (Earlier post.) Harman’s new…
  • Carnot Compression announces successful testing of proprietary isothermal compression technology

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

    Carnot Compression LLC announced it has successfully demonstrated isothermal compression (i.e., temperature remains constant, ΔT = 0) across multiple tests and design iterations. Carnot says its results represent a major breakthrough in energy efficiency for…
  • Honda introduces new driver assistance system; SENSING first to be applied on new Legend in Japan

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

    Honda SENSING uses two sensors: millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera. Click to enlarge. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is introducing a new driver-assistive system, Honda SENSING, which will first be applied in the all-new Legend mid-size luxury car to go...
  • Maxwell and Corning ally to advance ultracapacitor technology

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

    Maxwell Technologies Incorporated and Corning Incorporated have entered a joint development agreement with the goal of advancing the state of capacitive energy storage technology by addressing the challenges frequently cited by ultracapacitor customers,…
  • Imergy Power introduces new generation of vanadium flow batteries

    24 October 2014, 4:57 am by: Mike Millikin

    Vandium-based flow battery specialist Imergy Power Systems introduced the ESP30 series, a new generation of vanadium flow batteries that lowers the cost and increases the performance and flexibility of energy storage systems for utilities, renewable energy…
  • 8 ZEV states announce US ZEV sales top 260,000 units

    23 October 2014, 4:01 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Representatives of an eight-state partnership to develop and to support the market for zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) joined California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols in Diamond Bar, California to announce that sales figures from around the…
  • Asplundh adds medium-duty propane autogas F-650 trucks to fleet

    23 October 2014, 2:52 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Asplundh, an international provider of vegetation management services to utilities and municipalities, is one of the first in its industry to adopt propane autogas for some of the medium-duty trucks in its fleet. Currently, Asplundh has two Ford F-650…
  • 2015 VW e-Golf EPA-rated at 116 MPGe combined, 83-mile range

    23 October 2014, 2:03 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced that the compact battery-electric 2015 e-Golf (earlier post) has been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 126 city, 105 highway, and 116 combined Miles per Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent (MPGe), and given…
  • New KIT process could triple manufacturing speed of electrode foils for Li-ion batteries

    23 October 2014, 1:01 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Intermittent coating with precise edges: The process developed by KIT allows for the coating of electrode foils at new record speed. (Photo: M. Schmitt/KIT) Click to enlarge. Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a new…
  • Navigant Research forecasts plug-ins will be 2.4% of global new vehicle sales by 2023; luxury brands…

    23 October 2014, 10:26 am by: Mike Millikin

    Navigant Research forecasts that plug-in EVs (which include plug-in hybrids and battery EVs), will represent 2.4% of total worldwide light-duty vehicle sales by 2023, or about 2.5 million units. In its new report, “Global Forecasts for Light Duty Hybrid,…
  • Ford will roll out new Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection system in Ford and Lincoln…

    23 October 2014, 6:45 am by: Mike Millikin

    Ford Motor Company is introducing a new driver-assist system that can reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians. Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection will debut as available technology on the…
  • Mercedes-Benz estimates COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST cuts number of serious rear-end collisions by…

    23 October 2014, 6:03 am by: Mike Millikin

    The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class (earlier post) comes with COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS as standard. Accident researchers at Mercedes-Benz anticipate that this feature could cut the number of serious rear-end collisions by up to 30% compared with vehicles…
  • UAI and EFC call EPA MOVES2014 emissions model treatment of ethanol “seriously flawed”; call for…

    23 October 2014, 5:45 am by: Mike Millikin

    Two organizations, the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) and the Energy Future Coalition (EFC), are asserting that the latest version of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) MOtor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) modeling system for estimating emissions…
  • First natural gas GM half-ton pickups with 5.3L DI engines delivered in Texas

    23 October 2014, 4:58 am by: Mike Millikin

    Nat G CNG Solutions has delivered the first natural gas half-ton pickup trucks with General Motors’ 5.3-liter direct injection engine. The 2015 model vehicles were purchased by local Houston company NewTex Plumbing and San Antonio-based Pioneer Energy…
  • Low oil prices hurting some US shale operations; slumping oil prices putting pressure on drillers

    23 October 2014, 4:50 am by: Mike Millikin

    by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com The number of active rigs drilling for oil and gas fell by their most in two months, according to the latest data from oil services firm Baker Hughes. There were 19 oil rigs that were...
  • UMTRI: automakers have surpassed new CAFE requirements for past 3 years

    22 October 2014, 1:25 pm by: Mike Millikin

    In the three years since the new CAFE standard for fuel economy has been in effect, automakers have surpassed it each year, improving new-vehicle fuel economy by about a mile per gallon annually, according to an analysis by Brandon Schoettle...
  • UT Austin to lead $58M study of methane hydrate in Gulf of Mexico; $41M from DOE

    22 October 2014, 1:08 pm by: Mike Millikin

    A research team led by The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded approximately $58 million to analyze methane hydrate deposits under the Gulf of Mexico. The grant, one of the largest ever awarded to the university, will allow...
  • IHS: Wave of of mergers and acquisitions reshaping automotive semiconductor supplier landscape

    22 October 2014, 12:34 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Capped by last week’s announcement that Qualcomm Inc. would buy CSR PLC, the automotive semiconductor industry recently has been undergoing a wave of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity that has shaken up the competitive order of the market, according…
  • Swedish Energy Agency awards PowerCell $960K toward developing modular fuel cell range extender…

    22 October 2014, 10:16 am by: Mike Millikin

    The Swedish Energy Agency has awarded Volvo Group spinout PowerCell SEK7 million (US$965,000) for the MoRE Zero project to develop a fuel cell system for use in a modular range extender system for electric vehicles in the European ERA-NET project....
  • Korea team develops urchin-like material for effective electrocatalyst for Li-O2 batteries

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

    Researchers in Korea have developed a spinel NiCo2O4 material with a sea-urchin-like structure as an effective electrocatalyst for rechargeable non-aqueous Li-O2 batteries. A Li-O2 battery containing the catalyst exhibited a high specific capacity of about…
  • Ballard and Van Hool launch European service center to support fuel cell buses

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

    Ballard Power Systems and partner Van Hool N.V., announced that a dedicated joint European Service and Parts Center for fuel cell buses (to be called ESPACE) will be operational in November 2014. The key objective of ESPACE is to support...
  • CMU/MIT study finds large-scale battery manufacturing will do little to reduce unit costs past a…

    22 October 2014, 5:59 am by: Mike Millikin

    A new techno-economic analysis by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and MIT has found that economies of scale for manufacturing current Li-ion batteries for light-duty EV applications (in this case, prismatic pouch NMC333-G batteries and packs)…
  • Boeing, COMAC open facility to transform gutter oil into aviation biofuel

    22 October 2014, 5:01 am by: Mike Millikin

    Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as “gutter oil” in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel. The two companies estimate that 500 million gallons…
  • Cooper Tire begins testing tires made with guayule component; consortium progress on genomics,…

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

    Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has completed tire builds using rubber derived from guayule plants and new guayule related materials. The tires are being evaluated by Cooper’s technical team using wheel, road and track tests, which are ongoing, but to...

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