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January 31, 2014

Hickok receives $1.8M+ order for injection system testers for gasoline direct injection engines

Hickok Incorporated, a supplier of products and services for the automotive, emissions testing, locomotive, and aircraft industries, received an order in excess of $1,800,000 for AFIT (Active Fuel Injector Tester) DMU (Drive and Measurement Unit) adapters from an automotive OEM. This new adapter enables the OEM’s dealers to test and to diagnose Gasoline Direct Injection engine fuel systems.

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Saleen Automotive planning Saleen Tesla Model S

Saleen Automotive, Inc., a US specialty manufacturer of high performance vehicles, technical performance parts, lifestyle accessories and apparel, will produce a Saleen Tesla Model S sports car. The Saleen Tesla design will be Saleen’s first effort in enhancing an existing electric vehicle.

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Study finds butanol-gasoline blends effective to control soot from CI engines under Low Temperature Combustion

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(Left) Thermal efficiency and (right) soot from different gasoline-butanol blends at different EGR rates. Yang et al. Click to enlarge.

A study by a team at Tianjin University found that the addition of n-butanol to gasoline for use in a compression ignition engine (CI) under Low Temperature Combustion (LTC) conditions has a significant effect on soot reduction. The peak soot value of a 30% butanol blend (B30) was 85% lower than that of pure gasoline; the EGR rate that corresponds to the peak value of soot is also decreased with the higher n-butanol fraction. Their study is published in the journal Fuel.

Partially Premixed Combustion involving the injection of gasoline fuel into CI engines is being explored by other researchers as a means to reducing simultaneously NOxand soot emissions. High octane fuels such as gasoline are preferred for high-efficiency and clean combustion at high engine loads, the Tianjin researchers note.

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Aqueous hybrid-ion battery company Aquion completes $55M financing round

Aquion Energy, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) batteries and stationary energy storage systems, recently completed the closing of a $55-million Series D financing round. Due to strong investor interest, the total amount of funding for this round was increased from the $35-million level previously announced by the company in April of 2013. (Earlier post.)

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Samsung invests in graphene manufacturer XG Sciences; joint battery development initiative

Graphene manufacturer XG Sciences, Inc. (XGS) closed on a strategic investment led by Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation (Samsung Ventures). Philip Rose, XG Sciences CEO, said the investment will be used to fund additional research and development of the company’s advanced materials. The terms of the investment were not disclosed.

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Samsung SDI to use Celgard separator in electric drive vehicle and storage system Li-ion batteries

Polypore International, Inc. announced that its Celgard subsidiary and Samsung SDI Co., Ltd. entered into a long-term supply agreement under which Samsung will purchase Celgard brand separator to be used in its electric drive vehicle and energy storage system lithium-ion batteries. This long-term agreement includes guaranteed purchase and supply volume requirements and an initial four-year term with a two-year extension provision.

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Celgard files patent infringement lawsuit against LG Chem over Li-ion separator technology

Celgard, LLC, a subsidiary of Polypore International, Inc., filed a complaint in the US District Court of the Western District of North Carolina against LG Chem, Ltd. and LG Chem America, Inc.. The complaint alleges that LG has infringed Celgard’s United States Patent Nº 6,432,586 issued for an invention entitled “Separator for a High Energy Rechargeable Lithium Battery.”

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Obama Administration releases implementation plan for the National Strategy for the Arctic Region

The Obama Administration released the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for the Arctic Region, itself released in May 2013. The main lines of effort of the Strategy and the Implementation Plan are: (1) to advance US security interests; (2) to pursue responsible Arctic region stewardship, including an increase in scientific research related to the region; and (3) to strengthen international cooperation.

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DOE to award $3M to identify new geothermal resources using play fairway analysis

The US Department of Energy will award $3 million to spur geothermal energy development using play fairway analysis (DE-FOA-0000841) This technique identifies prospective geothermal resources in areas with no obvious surface expression by mapping the most favorable intersections of heat, permeability, and fluid. While commonly used in oil and gas exploration, play fairway analysis is not yet widely used in the geothermal industry.

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Hino and DENSO develop the world’s first electric refrigerator system for heavy-duty trucks powered by a hybrid unit

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Hino Profia with an electric refrigerator system. Click to enlarge.

Hino Motors, Ltd., a Toyota Group company, and DENSO Corporation have jointly developed the first electric refrigerator system for heavy-duty trucks using a hybrid unit. This system is being applied in the Hino Profia, which will be released on 1 February in Japan; Hino is targeting annual sales of 180 units.

Hybrid trucks conventionally use energy generated from hybrid systems to assist the vehicle’s driving. However, this new truck uses energy from hybrid unit only for the new electric refrigeration system. The compact and light-weight hybrid unit—also applied in the Hino Dutro Hybrid (Hino 300 outside of Japan)—was optimized as an energy source for this new refrigerator. With the combination of Hino’s hybrid powertrain system technology and DENSO’s electric refrigerator system technology, the two companies have developed a high-quality refrigerator system that helps improve fuel economy, improves refrigeration performance, and is quieter when operating.

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