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February 29, 2016

Agility Fuel Systems unveils the industry’s lightest 160 DGE behind-the-cab CNG fuel system

Agility Fuel Systems launched its new 2016 160 DGE (diesel gallon equivalent) Behind-the-Cab compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system.


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Audi expanding e-gas capacity through partnership with Viessmann; power-to-gas with biological methanation of CO2 and H2

Audi is expanding capacities for the production of sustainably produced e-gas. (Earlier post.) The Viessmann Group is Audi’s first partner company to produce additional quantities of the synthetic fuel using a new biological methanation process. The pilot plant in Allendorf, Germany officially opened today.

Audi e-gas is currently produced using two process steps: electrolysis and methanation. In the first step, renewably generated electricity is used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. In the second step, the hydrogen is reacted with CO2 to yield synthetic methane. In the Audi e-gas plant in Werlte in the German state of Lower Saxony, this is done using a chemical-catalytic process under high pressure and high temperature.


February 29, 2016 in Fuels, Natural Gas, Power-to-Gas | Permalink | Comments (12)

Initial results from French NOx emissions testing of 100 diesels show high discrepancies between official and on-the-road results

Two French environmental NGOs—France Nature Environment (FNE) and Réseau Action Climat (RAC)—along with European umbrella NGO Transport & Environment (T&E), have released initial test results from the Royal Commission’s inquiry into diesel engine NOx emissions in France. The initial results from 22 vehicles from different automakers highlight the discrepancy between the emissions levels measured in official testing and those emitted by cars on the road.

French environment minister Ségolène Royal established the commission last October following the Volkswagen scandal and concerns that the rigging of emissions testing procedures might be happening at other carmaking companies. The Royal Commission is testing 100 vehicles.


February 29, 2016 in Diesel, Emissions, Europe, Regulations | Permalink | Comments (6)

New route to renewable diesel and jet from biomass-derived platform compounds

Researchers in China have developed a new route to the production of renewable diesel and jet fuel-range branched alkanes by combining the hydroxyalkylation/alkylation (HAA) of 2-methylfuran (MF)—a biomass-derived platform compound—with angelica lactone—another biomass-derived compound—and subsequent hydrodeoxygenation.

Under solvent-free conditions, the researchers obtained 81.3% yield of HAA products; after the HDO of the hydrogenated HAA products over 5 wt% Pd/C catalyst, they achieved 81.0% carbon yield of diesel or jet fuel-range alkanes. Compared to a 2-MF–levulinic acid (or ester) route proposed in their earlier work, the new 2-MF–angelica lactone route offers higher HAA reactivity.


February 29, 2016 in Aviation, Bio-hydrocarbons, Biomass, Diesel | Permalink | Comments (0)

International Truck announces availability of over-the-air engine reprogramming

International Truck announced that over-the-air (OTA) reprogramming of engine control modules (ECM) for all International Truck models powered by its N9, N10 and N13 proprietary engines is now available as a no-charge offering.


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Tanaka introducing electrode catalysts for electrolysis

Tanaka Precious Metals will be showcasing a number of its hydrogen fuel cell and electrolyzer technologies at FC EXPO 2016—12th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo,” at Tokyo Big Sight in March. Among the technologies on display will be its first-ever exhibit of electrode catalysts for polymer electrolyte electrolysis cells (PEECs).


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Lux Research introduces “EV Inflection Tracker”

Lux Research has launched an “EV Inflection Tracker” which analyzes how compelling automakers’ plug-in offerings (PHEV and BEV) are as a leading indicator of when EVs will be positioned to take over the automotive market. Lux Research defines the “EV Inflection Point” concept as the year range when PEVs make up more than 50% of new car sales.


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Michelin introduces new line-haul steer tire with 5% better rolling resistance

Michelin Americas Truck Tires, a division of Michelin North America, Inc., is launching the Michelin X Line Energy Z for heavy-duty line-haul steer applications. (Steer tires are the tires on the front steering axle of a tractor-trailer. Drive tires are designed for the tractor’s drive axles, and trailer tires are designed for the trailer axles.)


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February 28, 2016

TriboForm Engineering launches tribology simulation software for metal-forming processes; Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Škoda launch customers

TriboForm Engineering, a spin-out from the University of Twente in The Netherlands, introduced its TriboForm software at Triboforum 2016, a triennial industry conference. Tribology is a branch of mechanical engineering that describes the contact between materials under different conditions. In metal-forming processes, tribology plays a key role through the relative motion and interaction between the applied sheet material, the lubrication and the tooling.

TriboForm is a software solution for the simulation of friction and lubrication in metal-forming processes. With unique physically-based simulation technology, TriboForm enables its users accurately to simulate friction and lubrication conditions quickly and then directly integrate the results in metal-forming simulations.


February 28, 2016 in Manufacturing, Simulation, Vehicle Manufacturers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Scania and Ericsson partner to accelerate commercial vehicle connectivity; focus on platooning

Ericsson and Scania are partnering in joint research efforts to accelerate the connectivity of commercial vehicles and infrastructure. Ericsson and Scania are convinced that advances in communications technologies and future deployments of 5G networks will enable improvements in the transport of people and cargo.


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