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  • Audi presents plug-in hybrid TT offroad concept car at Beijing; wireless charging

    19 April 2014, 12:25 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Audi TT offroad concept. Click to enlarge. Audi is presenting an Audi TT offroad concept at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition. Like many of the brand's new production models, the Audi TT offroad concept is also based on the versatile...
  • Nanoscale downhole detector reports presence of H2S in crude oil and gas before production

    19 April 2014, 8:30 am by: Mike Millikin

    Scientists at Rice University have created a nanoscale detector that checks for and reports on the presence of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in crude oil and natural gas while they’re still in the ground. The nanoreporter is based on nanometer-sized carbon...
  • Ioxus to provide ultracapacitors for Long Island Railroad wayside energy storage system

    19 April 2014, 7:31 am by: Mike Millikin

    Ioxus ultracapacitors are being fitted to the railway wayside traction power on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). The ultracapacitors will provide voltage support to assist the traction power system, capturing and storing the energy produced by the train,…
  • Fiat Group Automobiles, Chrysler Group International and GAC Group to Produce Jeep vehicles in China…

    19 April 2014, 7:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A., Chrysler Group International LLC and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. (GAC Group) have reached an agreement to expand the joint venture partnership. Under the agreement, the joint venture, GAC Fiat, will begin localized…
  • IHS: Renesas maintains dominance in $26.7B automotive semiconductor market

    18 April 2014, 10:58 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Renesas remained the leader in the automotive semiconductor market in 2013, with the company’s dominance in microcomponents and logic integrated circuits (IC) helping it to hold a half-billion-dollar gap over the second-place competitor, according to…
  • State Department providing more time for agency feedback on Keystone XL

    18 April 2014, 4:16 pm by: Mike Millikin

    On Friday, the US State Department notified the eight federal agencies involved in the process (the Departments of Defense, Justice, Interior, Commerce, Transportation, Energy, Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency) that it will provide…
  • Magna producing all-thermoplastic, fully recyclable liftgate module for 2014 Nissan Rogue

    18 April 2014, 3:39 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Magna International’s Magna Exteriors operating unit is producing the North American automotive industry’s first all-thermoplastic, fully recyclable liftgate module for the 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover utility vehicle. The Rogue liftgate is unique in that…
  • USDA researchers develop new pyrolysis processes for bio-oil production

    18 April 2014, 2:28 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Researchers at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have developed and have filed a patent on a new fast pyrolysis process called Tail Gas Reactive Pyrolysis (TGRP), which removes much of the oxygen from bio-oils…
  • EIA Annual Energy Outlook explores implications of behavior and demographics on light-duty vehicle…

    18 April 2014, 1:37 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Light-duty VMT is beginning to decouple from traditional drivers. Source: EIA. economic Click to enlarge. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is in the process of staging the release of the full Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014), its annual…
  • New composite cathode material for Li-sulfur batteries

    18 April 2014, 1:01 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Researchers from The University of Queensland (Australia) have devised a composite cathode material for lithium-sulfur batteries: graphene-wrapped carbon nanospheres with sulfur uniformly distributed in between, in which the carbon nanospheres act as the…
  • DOE to issue funding opportunity for analysis to support hydrogen and fuel cell manufacturing

    18 April 2014, 12:35 pm by: Mike Millikin

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), on behalf of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), intends to issue a funding opportunity FOA titled “Clean Energy Supply Chain and Manufacturing Competitiveness…
  • Navy researchers produce high-performance renewable fuels by combining heterogeneous catalysis with…

    18 April 2014, 6:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    A team from the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at China Lake, with colleagues from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), have demonstrated that renewable high density fuels with net heats of combustion ranging from…
  • EPA data shows 57,860 gallons of cellulosic biofuel produced in 1Q 2014

    18 April 2014, 6:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    According to EPA’s most recent data from the EPA Moderated Transaction System (EMTS) used to establish a transparent market for RINs, biofuel producers produced 57,860 gallons of cellulosic biofuels during the first quarter of 2014—the vast majority of…
  • EnerG2, NW Natural partner on adsorbed on-board storage for CNG vehicles

    18 April 2014, 5:06 am by: Mike Millikin

    EnerG2, a manufacturer of advanced nano-structured materials for next-generation energy storage (earlier post) and NW Natural, an Oregon gas distribution company, are partnering to improve the fuel storage on board vehicles that use Compressed Natural Gas…
  • Opportunity charging electric bus using PRIMOVE inductive charging from Bombardier in service in…

    17 April 2014, 2:57 pm by: Mike Millikin

    A 12m Solaris battery-electric bus with electrical traction and on-board power supply equipment from Vossloh Kiepe has entered passenger service with the Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG as the first of five such buses. For the first time, the modular system from…
  • Honda to introduce Fit-based HR-V Compact SUV in US this year

    17 April 2014, 2:04 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Honda released the first official photos of the US-bound HR-V today at the New York International Auto Show. Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the Fit, the HR-V will feature a “versatile and spacious” interior thanks to...
  • Saft Li-ion batteries to power Stockholm’s new Ballerina electric ferry

    17 April 2014, 1:58 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Saft has received an order from Stockholm ferry operator Ballerina for lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery systems that will power a new electric ferry boat for the city of Stockholm. Ballerina is a well-established operator of ferries and has placed the order...
  • Subaru introduces 5th-gen AWD Outback with up to 10% improvement in fuel economy

    17 April 2014, 1:34 pm by: Mike Millikin

    2015 Outback. Click to enlarge. Subaru of America, Inc. introduced the 5th-generation 2015 Outback. The 2015 all-wheel drive Outback offers the roomiest interior, most capable chassis and highest fuel-efficiency in the model’s 20-year history. New for 2015,…
  • CO2 Solutions announces enzyme-enabled carbon capture pilot at heavy oil site with Husky Energy

    17 April 2014, 12:07 pm by: Mike Millikin

    CO2 Solutions Inc., an innovator in the field of enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology, has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with Husky Energy. Under the terms of the agreement, CO2 Solutions will install and operate a pilot unit capturing…
  • Mercedes-Benz’ anticipatory energy management system for hybrids

    17 April 2014, 10:13 am by: Mike Millikin

    The Intelligent HYBRID operating strategy manages the state of charge of the battery to exploit the potential for energy recuperation. Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz has developed an intelligent energy management system for hybrid vehicles that assesses the…
  • Hydro-Québec and Sony forming JV to develop large-scale Li-ion energy storage system for power…

    17 April 2014, 8:02 am by: Mike Millikin

    Hydro-Québec and Sony Corporation will establish a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. Sony and Hydro-Québec plan to establish the new company in June, 2014. Forecasts indicate that demand for…
  • Lux Research: market for 3D printing of production parts will reach $7B in 2025

    17 April 2014, 7:30 am by: Mike Millikin

    Lux Research forecasts that the market for the 3D printing (additive manufacturing) of end use parts will grow at a 21% CAGR to $7.0 billion in 2025 from $684 million in 2013. Projected growth in the 3D printing market. Source:...
  • Nissan expanding “No Charge to Charge” program; all-access EZ-Charge card

    17 April 2014, 6:45 am by: Mike Millikin

    Nissan is expanding its successful “No Charge to Charge” promotion, which will provide two years of no-cost public charging with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF. In total, Nissan will launch “No Charge to Charge” in 25...
  • Promising Delphi 1st-gen Gasoline Direct Injection Compression Ignition engine meeting ultra fuel…

    17 April 2014, 6:00 am by: Mike Millikin

    Researchers at Delphi Powertrain, in collaboration with colleagues at Hyundai Motor, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Wisconsin Engine Research Consultants (WERC), have developed a first-generation multi-cylinder Gasoline Direct Injection Compression…
  • SoCalGas unveils branded, public-access compressed natural gas refueling station

    17 April 2014, 5:57 am by: Mike Millikin

    Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) unveiled its newly company-branded, public-access natural gas vehicle (NGV) refueling station in Los Angeles County. Located at the company’s operating base at 44416 Division St. in the city of Lancaster, the retail…
  • Applications now open for the 3rd annual “Science Award for Electrochemistry” from Volkswagen…

    17 April 2014, 4:53 am by: Mike Millikin

    The international “Science Award for Electrochemistry” from BASF and Volkswagen is set to be awarded for the third time. Scientists may now submit applications online at www.science-award.com. The website also explains the conditions of entry and the…
  • Cadillac partners with and ChargePoint for ELR charging

    17 April 2014, 4:22 am by: Mike Millikin

    Cadillac announced a partnership with the ChargePoint electric vehicle-charging network in the world. The collaboration brings Cadillac ELR drivers immediate access to more than 16,500 charging locations on the ChargePoint network. All 2014 and 2015 ELRs will…
  • New 7th-generation Hyundai Sonata updates design, tweaks powertrain

    16 April 2014, 4:50 pm by: Mike Millikin

    2015 Sonata 2.0T Click to enlarge. Hyundai introduced its seventh-generation 2015 Sonata mid-size sedan at the New York International Auto Show. The new generation offers a more refined look through a new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, stiffer body…
  • BA and Solena Fuels to build GreenSky landfill-waste-to-jet-fuel plant in Thurrock; completion in…

    16 April 2014, 1:51 pm by: Mike Millikin

    Solena’s IBGTL solution consists of five integrated processing “islands”: (i) Solena’s proprietary high-temperature gasification; (ii) BioSynGas conditioning; (iii) Fischer-Tropsch processing; (iv) FT wax upgrading; and (v) Power production. Click to…
  • DOE issues draft loan solicitation for up to $4B for renewable energy and energy efficiency…

    16 April 2014, 10:21 am by: Mike Millikin

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the US that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. The Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan…

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