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June 30, 2017

GLBRC research review concludes cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly

Cellulosic biofuels could provide an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs—but with a few important caveats, according to a new review of research by a team from the US Department of Energy-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). Their paper is published in the journal Science.

Although not yet a market force, cellulosic biofuels are routinely factored into future climate mitigation scenarios because of their potential to both displace petroleum use and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Those benefits, however, are complicated by the need for vast amounts of land to produce cellulosic biofuels on a large scale.


June 30, 2017 in Biomass, Biorefinery, Cellulosic ethanol, Fuels, Lifecycle analysis, Sustainability | Permalink | Comments (12)

Global Bioenergies completes private placement of approximately €10.25M

Global Bioenergies, the developer of a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation, has completed a private placement with qualified French and international investors. The Company has placed 640,00 new shares of a nominal unit value of €0.05, at a unit price of €16.00, inclusive of the share premium, for a total amount of approximately €10.25 million (US$11.7 million), representing 17.48% of the company’s share capital.


June 30, 2017 in Brief | Permalink | Comments (0)

Daimler introducing first active emergency braking assistant for buses to feature pedestrian recognition

Daimler Buses and its product brands Mercedes-Benz and Setra are introducing Active Brake Assist 4 (ABA 4) with pedestrian recognition—the first emergency braking assistance system in a bus to automatically brake for pedestrians. Active Brake Assist 3 already carries out maximum full-stop braking for vehicles ahead and for stationary obstacles.

The new Active Brake Assist 4 with pedestrian recognition warns the driver visually and audibly of any potential collision with pedestrians and at the same time automatically triggering partial braking.


June 30, 2017 in Driver Assistance Systems, Heavy-duty, Safety, Sensors | Permalink | Comments (0)

GM targeting sales of 500K New Energy Vehicles by 2025

At the recent celebration of the 20th anniversary of the launch of its initial two joint ventures in China with SAIC, GM said it is targeting sales of 150,000 new energy vehicles by 2020 and 500,000 units by 2025 under the Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet brands.


June 30, 2017 in Brief | Permalink | Comments (5)

15 GWh Li-ion battery plant investigated for Australia

A consortium led by Boston Energy and Innovation (BEI) has signed an exclusive memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Townsville, Australia City Council to investigate the financial viability of building a 15GWh battery manufacturing plant in Townsville.


June 30, 2017 in Brief | Permalink | Comments (7)

Applanix and University of Waterloo collaborate on advanced guidance and control technologies for autonomous vehicles

Applanix, a Trimble Company, is collaborating on advanced research for autonomous vehicle guidance and control systems with the University of Waterloo Center for Automotive Research (WatCAR). Applanix will provide WatCAR with its Positioning and Orientation System (POS) for testing autonomous guidance and control systems in real-world conditions. Applanix will also provide the Trimble GNSS-Inertial board set for integration with car systems and sensors to enable precise positioning.


June 30, 2017 in Brief | Permalink | Comments (0)

Durable ruthenium and graphene fuel cell catalyst matches performance of platinum alloys

Scientists at Rice University and their colleagues in China have fabricated a durable catalyst for high-performance fuel cells by attaching single ruthenium atoms to nitrogen-doped graphene. Catalysts that drive the oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells are usually made of platinum. Platinum is expensive, however, and scientists have searched for decades for a suitable replacement.

The ruthenium-graphene combination may fit the bill, said chemist James Tour, whose lab developed the material with his colleagues at Rice and in China. The Ru/nitrogen- doped GO catalyst exhibits excellent four-electron ORR activity, offering onset and half-wave potentials of 0.89 and 0.75 V, respectively, vs a reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE) in 0.1 M HClO4, together with better durability and tolerance toward methanol and carbon monoxide poisoning than seen in commercial Pt/C catalysts. A paper on the work appears in the journal ACS Nano.


June 30, 2017 in Catalysts, Fuel Cells, Hydrogen | Permalink | Comments (8)

Tenneco introduces DRiV electronic suspension technology; improved ride performance without suspension system redesign

Tenneco Inc. has introduced its digital suspension technology DRiV. DRiV automatically adapts to road surfaces using 16 discrete damping curves and mitigates packaging constraints by placing sensors, valves and intelligence inside the damper. With a wide range of vehicle applications globally, DRiV offers ride and handling benefits targeted for the light truck market segment.


June 30, 2017 in Brief | Permalink | Comments (0)

China study finds associations between PM2.5 constituents and blood inflammation and coagulation

In a new study, a team from China has investigated the effects of various constituents of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) on blood inflammation and coagulation. The researchers found robust associations of the constituents—organic carbon (OC), elemental carbon (EC), nitrate (NO3), and ammonium (NH4+)—with at least 1 of 8 inflammatory markers.

On average, an interquartile range increase in the four PM constituents corresponded to increments of 50%, 37%, 25%, and 26% in inflammatory biomarkers, respectively. Only sulfate (SO42–) or NH4+ was robustly associated with coagulation markers (corresponding increments: 23% and 20%). A paper on their work is published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.


June 30, 2017 in China, Emissions, Health | Permalink | Comments (1)

Renault Trucks leading FALCON project to cut heavy-duty tractor-trailer fuel consumption 13%

Renault Trucks, part of the Volvo Group, is leading the FALCON (Flexible & Aerodynamic Truck for Low CONsumption) consortium project to develop a complete heavy-duty tractor-trailer combination to consume 13% less fuel than a standard coupling towed by a Renault Trucks T.

The project team is focusing on optimized aerodynamics of the truck and trailer combination; connected low rolling resistance tires; and predictive energy-saving driving aid and fuel management functions, together with an improved powertrain using a new-generation Rankine heat recovery system and optimized lubricant formulations.


June 30, 2017 in Engines, Fuel Efficiency, Heavy-duty | Permalink | Comments (1)

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