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March 31, 2015

Tenneco developing new gasoline particulate filter (GPF) technology ahead of Euro 6c emissions regulation

Tenneco is leveraging its expertise in diesel particulate filter (DPF) technology to develop gasoline particulate filters for 2017 model year light vehicles. These filters are designed for gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines to reduce particulate emissions in compliance with the Euro 6c emissions regulation (particulate number of no more than 6 x 1011particles/km), which takes effect on 1 September 2017.

GDI engines help improve fuel economy and therefore reduce CO2 emissions; however, they can have higher particulate emissions due to shorter fuel/air mixing times in the cylinder compared to multiport fuel injection engines. Advanced fuel injection strategies are currently used to control gasoline particulate emissions in-cylinder but they are designed for a particular emission test cycle and may be less effective under real driving conditions.

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Scania and Swedfund invest to develop biogas as automotive fuel in Indian city

Scania and the development financier of the Swedish state Swedfund are establishing a partnership to develop the production of biogas as an automotive fuel in the Indian city of Nagpur, which is located in the state of Maharashtra and has 2.5 million inhabitants. The biogas will be produced from digested sludge from one of the city’s wastewater treatment plants in collaboration with local companies. Nagpur is participating in the Indian Government’s initiative to improve the environment and transport systems in the country’s 100 largest cities.

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Opel introduces new Corsa 1.4 LPG ecoFLEX, Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX

The newly introduced Opel Corsa 1.4 LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) ecoFLEX develops 66 kW/90 hp and comes from the factory with a bi-fuel capability, and is specifically aimed at cost-conscious customers. LPG fuel costs are almost 50% lower compared to gasoline. The three-door model is available from €14,745 ($15,870), and the five-door model from €15,495 euros ($16,677) (RRP incl. VAT in Germany).

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Study finds unprecedented urbanization and urban expansion in East-Southeast Asia from 2000 to 2010

In an open-access paper published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, researchers find that urban populations across the whole of East-Southeast Asia have grown more rapidly than the expansion of urban areas, leading to increased population densities in some of the most populated yet vulnerable regions in the world.

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US submits target to cut GHGs by 26-28% from 2005 levels to UNFCCC; doubling the rate of reduction

The United States submitted its target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The submission—an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)—is a formal statement of the US target, announced in China last year, to reduce emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, and to make best efforts to reduce by 28%.

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Audi expects series production of zFAS central driver assistance controller within 2 years

Audi expects to begin the series production of the central driver assistance controller (zFAS)—the core of future systems for piloted driving under development by Audi, within two years. Audi developed zFAS in collaboration with TTTech, Mobileye, nVidia and Delphi. (Earlier post, earlier post.) Delphi has been awarded the series production contract.

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Achates Power awarded $14M military single-cylinder engine project; partnering with Cummins

Achates Power, Inc., the developer of a family of two-stroke compression-ignition opposed-piston engines (earlier post), has been awarded a $14-million project by the National Advanced Mobility Consortium to support research and development work of the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). The project is the Single Cylinder Advanced Combat Engine Technology Demonstrator, part of the Army’s 30-year strategy to modernize tactical and combat vehicles.

Achates has partnered with Cummins Inc. for the project. Together, their technologies will be used to further refine the opposed-piston engine for lower heat rejection, greater fuel efficiency, increased power density and the ability to operate on various fuels. The end goal is to deliver a product that improves the mobility and performance of combat vehicles.

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IBM to invest $3B in new Internet of Things unit; acting on Big Data

IBM will invest $3 billion over the next four years to establish a new Internet of Things (IoT) unit, and that it is building a cloud-based open platform designed to help clients and ecosystem partners build IoT solutions.

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Bridgestone launches new tire in Ecopia fuel-efficient line-up

Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) launched the latest tire in its fuel-efficient Ecopia tire line, the Ecopia EP422 Plus tire. The Ecopia EP422 Plus tire is engineered with a combination of light and strong materials for greater fuel efficiency, giving consumers an extra 20 miles per tank. The range projection is based on rolling resistance in lab testing comparing Ecopia EP422 Plus (215/60R16) to Firestone FR710 (215/60R16) when new, with the extra 20 miles based on 400 miles per tank. Actual results may vary based on proper tire maintenance, vehicle, driving style and road conditions.

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Fraunhofer IAO patent analysis finds China leading in Industry 4.0

Part of Fraunhofer IAO’s China TechWatch research project involves analyzing developments in Chinese technology. The project’s first white paper reveals that China is way out in front when it comes to patent applications for the basic technologies needed for Industry 4.0. Purely in terms of the number of patents filed, China has now far outstripped the United States and Germany. Since 2013, Chinese inventors have filed more than 2,500 patents in this field, putting China way ahead of the United States (1,065 patents) and Germany (441), with China’s efforts accelerating.

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