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September 30, 2013

General Motors China ATC and PATAC award for development of magnesium-intensive decklid highlights focus on lightweight materials

The GM China Advanced Technical Center (ATC) and GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture in Shanghai received the Material Technology Innovation Award for the research and development of an innovative magnesium-intensive decklid.

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GM and US Army expanding collaboration on fuel cells; up to 5-year project

General Motors and the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC) are expanding their collaboration in the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology. TARDEC currently is evaluating GM fuel cell vehicles in a comprehensive demonstration in Hawaii. (Earlier post.)

Through a new Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) GM and TARDEC will jointly test new hydrogen fuel cell-related materials and designs to evaluate their performance and durability before assembling them into full scale fuel cell propulsion systems. The partners said that the collaborative effort will enable them jointly to develop technology that meets both of their requirements, accomplishing more tangible results than either could achieve on its own. The project is expected to continue for up to five years.

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September 30, 2013 in Fuel Cells, Hydrogen, Vehicle Manufacturers | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

Toyota Chairman sees long run for hybrids; calls on automakers for 5M hybrid sales in US in 2016

Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada predicted in remarks before the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., that hybrid vehicles will play a larger role in the future development of automotive propulsion systems than widely recognized. Uchiyamada became chairman earlier this year, succeeding Fujio Cho.

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H2 Mobility initiative agrees on $474M plan for hydrogen refueling network in Germany; 400 stations by 2023

The six partners in the “H2 Mobility” initiative (earlier post)—Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total—have signed an agreement in principle upon a specific action plan for the construction of a Germany-wide hydrogen refueling network for fuel cell powered electric vehicles.

Under the plan, the current network of 15 filling stations in Germany’s public hydrogen infrastructure will be expanded by 2023 to about 400 H2 filling stations. As a first step, the partners intend to deploy 100 hydrogen stations in Germany over the next 4 years. This would ensure a need-related supply for fuel cell powered electric vehicles to be introduced into the market in the next years, the partners said.

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September 30, 2013 in Fuel Cells, Hydrogen, Infrastructure | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

KIT’s fast biomass pyrolysis to liquids bioliq plant produces first gasoline

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The multi-stage bioliq process produces high-quality synthetic fuels from straw and other biogenous residues. Graphic: N. Dahmen, KIT/IKFT. Click to enlarge.

The synthesis stage of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s (KIT’s) multi-stage bioliq pilot plant has begun operation and has produced biogasoline. All stages of the bioliq process—flash pyrolysis, high-pressure entrained-flow gasification, and now synthesis—have now been realized and the project will now be completed by testing the entire process chain and optimizing it for the large industrial scale.

As soon as all stages of the bioliq process will have been linked, the pilot plant will supply high-quality fuel from straw, probably in mid-2014. The complete bioliq process (Biomass to Liquid Karlsruhe) comprises four stages (earlier post):

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September 30, 2013 in Bio-hydrocarbons, Biogasoline, Biomass, Biomass-to-Liquids (BTL), Gasification | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

5th edition of Worldwide Fuel Charter introduces Category 5 fuels for advanced emission control and fuel efficiency

Representing the vehicle and engine manufacturers from around the world, the Worldwide Fuel Charter Committee has presented the Fifth Edition of the Worldwide Fuel Charter. The Fifth Edition introduces Category 5 for markets with highly advanced requirements for emission control and fuel efficiency. The draft version was published early this year for comments. (Earlier post.)

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Coming MINIs to feature new 3- and 4- cylinder engine line-up; adjustable dampers

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The 100 kW/134 bhp 1.5-liter MINI TwinPower Turbo in-line gasoline engine. Click to enlarge.

Future MINI models will use a new line-up of both three and four-cylinder engines. In addition, MINI will introduce electrically adjustable dampers for the first time.

A common feature of the new drive units is the MINI TwinPower turbo technology, which optimizes both performance and efficiency. In the case of the gasoline engines, this technology package includes turbocharging, direct fuel injection, variable camshaft control on the intake and outlet sides (dual VANOS) and, in the more powerful versions, fully variable valve control according to the model of the BMW Group’s patented VALVETRONIC system.

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September 30, 2013 in Engines, Fuel Efficiency | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Wison Engineering signs new engineering contract for Erdos Jinchengtai coal-to-methanol project; commercializing methanol-to-olefins

Wison Engineering Services Co. Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, announced that Wison Engineering Ltd., an indirect non-wholly owned subsidiary of the Group, has been awarded a contract for the engineering of Erdos Jinchengtai coal-to-methanol Project (Phase II) for Erdos Jinchengtai Chemical Co., Ltd.

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DENSO and Nagoya University jointly develop in-vehicle battery-based energy management system for house and car; field testing begins

Global automotive supplier DENSO and Nagoya University have developed an in-vehicle battery-based energy management system (EMS) which uses forecasting models of household electricity demand and vehicle use to reduce electricity costs.

The two organizations will start to evaluate the performance of the system in October this year under the Toyota City Low-carbon Society Verification Project, one of the Next-Generation Energy and Social System Demonstration Projects in Japan led by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

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September 30, 2013 in Electric (Battery), Plug-ins, Smart charging, V2X | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Berkeley Lab releases 8th edition of databook on China’s energy and environment; finding the “missing” energy consumption

The China Energy Group of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) recently released the eighth edition of the China Energy Databook—the most comprehensive publicly available resource known to exist covering China’s energy and environmental statistics.

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