April 30, 2010
Turbine Truck Engines and Beijing Royal Aerospace Facilities Co., Ltd. (ROYAL) have signed a Cooperative Agreement in which Royal will coordinate further funding, design, testing, technical evaluation, and other matters regarding building engineered prototype units of the Detonation Cycle Gas Turbine (DCGT) engine for the heavy duty trucking industry in China. (Earlier post.)
ClipperCreek, Inc., a leading producer of plug-in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and Silver Spring Networks, a leading Smart Grid solutions provider, have jointly developed the first fully integrated, Level 2 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) smart charging station.
|[(PY5Me2)Mo(CF3SO3)]1+ reacts with water to form|
[(PY5Me2)MoO]2+ and H2. Credit: Nature, Karunadasa et al. Click to enlarge.
A team of researchers with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley has discovered an inexpensive metal catalyst that can effectively generate hydrogen gas from water at neutral pH or from sea water.
The new proton reduction catalyst is based on a molybdenum-oxo metal complex that is about 70 times cheaper than platinum—currently the most widely used metal catalyst for splitting the water molecule—according to Hemamala Karunadasa, one of the co-discoverers of this complex and lead author of a paper describing the work published 29 April in the journal Nature.
United Airlines has conducted a successful engineering validation flight using Rentech’s certified synthetic jet fuel (RenJet).
The validation flight was conducted using a 40:60 mix of Rentech’s synthetic jet fuel with conventional Jet A fuel in one of two engines on an Airbus 319 aircraft. The aircraft departed Denver International Airport and climbed to an altitude of 39,000 feet where the onboard team collected data on the performance of the fuel during several maneuvers, including taxi, takeoff, climb, cruise, auxiliary power unit start, descent and approach.
The US, Canada, and Mexico have submitted a proposal to strengthen climate protection under the Montreal Protocol— the international treaty that phases out the production of a number of substances responsible for ozone depletion. The proposal targets the production and use of HFCs, a group of “super” greenhouse gases.
BYD Company Limited, one of China’s fastest growing auto manufacturers, will establish the US headquarters of three separate operating divisions in the City of Los Angeles.
Nikkei. Mitsubishi Corp. and the Tokyo Institute of Technology are developing a smart charging system to exploit wind power produced at night to charge electric vehicles.
Porous Power Signs $1.41M CRADA with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Commercialize a New Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing Process
Porous Power Technologies LLC, a developer of highly porous, laminable separator membranes for lithium-ion batteries, has signed a $1.41 million cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to accelerate the SYMMETRIX production process. (Earlier post.)
Deepwater Horizon Incident Declared Spill of National Significance; Attempts to Apply Dispersants at Source 1,500 Meters Below Surface
|Deepwater Horizon trajectory map 30 April. Click to enlarge.|
The Obama Administration has declared the Deepwater Horizon incident a Spill of National Significance (SONS). A SONS is defined as “a spill that, due to its severity, size, location, actual or potential impact on the public health and welfare or the environment, or the necessary response effort, is so complex that it requires extraordinary coordination of federal, state, local, and responsible party resources to contain and clean up the discharge” and allows greater federal involvement.
Estimates of the release rate increased to 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) per day based on surface observations and reports of a newly discovered leak in the damaged piping on the sea floor. (Earlier post.) Projections are that the oil slick will reach Louisiana shoreline areas today.
SABIC Innovative Plastics Introduces New Portfolio of Materials Targeted at Hybrid and EV Battery Packs
SABIC Innovative Plastics used Chinaplas 2010 in Shanghai as the venue to introduce a new portfolio of advanced Noryl and Valox automotive resins targeted for use in battery packs for hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and battery electric vehicles (BEV). SABIC Innovative Plastics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), one of the world’s top five petrochemicals manufacturers.
To reduce the additional weight burden of large battery packs—up to 300 kg (approx. 661 lbs.) on a mid-sized car—plastics can replace steel in different applications such as battery housings, an approach that is already being taken with some auto manufacturers.