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January 31, 2013

13 companies, 8 groups join DOE Workplace Charging Challenge

Thirteen major US employers and eight stakeholder groups have joined the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) new Workplace Charging Challenge to help expand access to workplace charging stations for American workers across the country.

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EPA proposes 2013 standards for RFS; cellulosic biofuel at 14 million gallons

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2). The proposal comes shortly after the DC Circuit Court vacated the EPA’s 2012 cellulosic biofuels standard for the RFS. (Earlier post.)

The cellulosic biofuel standard for 2012—vacated by the court for being too high given the reality in the market—was 8.65 million gallons. (Earlier post.) Congress, via EISA, had originally thought to have 500 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels by 2012. The standard proposed by the EPA for 2013 is 14 million gallons.

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2013 SAE International High Octane Fuels Symposium: the potential for high octane fuels (Part 1)

The 2013 SAE International High Octane Fuels Symposium (HOFS) this week in Washington, DC, explored the pros and the cons of high octane fuels, with a particular focus on using ethanol as the source of the octane improvement.

The “obvious driver” for the consideration of a high octane fuel (HOF), said MIT Prof. Emeritus John Heywood, one of the speakers, is that higher octane fuels would lead to higher compression ratios which would lead to more efficient engines and reduced fuel consumption. With the spread of turbocharged gasoline engines, he added, there is a double benefit: higher compression ratios and increased boost.

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Novozymes acquiring industrial enzyme business from Canadian Iogen Corporation

Novozymes is acquiring Iogen Bio-Products, the industrial enzyme business of Ottawa-based Iogen Corporation for C$67.5 million (US$67.4 million) and potential earn-out payments of up to C$12.5 million. The deal provides Novozymes with all commercial rights to Iogen Bio-Products’ existing product portfolio, pipeline, facilities and know-how. Novozymes acquires all of Iogen Corporation’s industrial enzyme business. The acquisition does not include the purchase of assets that relate to Iogen Corporation’s bioenergy process technologies.

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Sinochem enters Permian Basin shale via $1.7B agreement with Pioneer Natural Resources; 40% ownership plus funding for Pioneer

Sinochem Group signed a definitive agreement with Pioneer Natural Resources Company whereby Sinochem Petroleum USA LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sinochem Group, will purchase a 40% undivided interest in approximately 207,000 net oil and natural gas leasehold acres held by Pioneer in the southern Midland Basin Wolfcamp play, part of the larger Permian Basin.

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Quantum enters into 3-year partnership agreement with Linde; supplying hydrogen refueling systems

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. has received a purchase order from Linde LLC, an affiliate of The Linde Group, for gaseous hydrogen refueling systems as the first order under the three-year partnership agreement.

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$15M Visio.M project seeking to maximize light weight and safety in an urban EV

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A prototype vehicle on the track from the Visio.M project. Click to enlarge.

In Germany, the Visio.M consortium is developing a mobility concept for an efficient electric vehicle, making the design as light as possible while still delivering the best possible safety protection.

Participants in the Visio.M consortium are, in addition to the automotive companies BMW AG (lead manager) and Daimler AG, the Technische Universität München (TUM) as a scientific partner, and Autoliv BV & Co. KG, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BAST), Continental Automotive GmbH, E.ON AG, Finepower GmbH, Hyve AG, IAV GmbH, InnoZ GmbH, Intermap Technologies GmbH, LION Smart GmbH, Neumayer Tekfor Holding GmbH, Siemens AG, Texas Instruments Germany GmbH and TÜV SÜD AG as industrial partners.

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GM investing $200M to expand powertrain engineering; consolidation in Pontiac

General Motors will invest $200 million into its Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters to build a new 138,000 sq.-ft. test wing, which is expected to be completed during the second half of 2014. The plan is part of GM’s previously announced commitment to invest $1.5 billion in its North American facilities in 2013.

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January 30, 2013

Honda and Acura to offer Apple’s Siri Eyes Free on select 2013 vehicles

American Honda will integrate support for Apple’s Siri into its 2013 Honda Accord and Acura RDX and ILX models as a dealer installed option. Later this year, owners with a compatible iPhone running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and minimizes distractions even more by keeping the iOS device’s screen from lighting up.

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Optimization of high-speed crash avoidance in autonomous vehicles

Writing in International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems, Matthew Best of Loughborough University (UK) explored the optimization of a vehicle’s standard brake, acceleration and steering control inputs in the context of avoiding collisions. He devised a computer simulation that allows all those parameters to be optimized concurrently during a safety maneuver and showed how speed reduction and swapping lanes might be carried out by an autonomous vehicle.

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