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September 30, 2017

US Army awards $6.2M contract for 24V Li-Ion 6T batteries to Bren-Tronics

Bren-Tronics has received a contract to provide high-volume automated manufacturing of Military 24V 6T Li-Ion batteries from the US Army Contracting Command through the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC). The total anticipated project value is more than $6.2 million.


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DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office to host a fuel cell car ride-and-learn at ECS 232

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is hosting a Ride-and-Learn at the 232nd Electrochemical Society (ECS) fall meeting next week at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland. The Ride-and-Learn is open to all ECS attendees, first come, first served.


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California workshop on hydrogen and fuel cells in ports

The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) is hosting a one-day workshop to discuss the current hydrogen and fuel cell activities in ports and maritime, hear the needs and challenges from port and maritime customers (port authorities, terminal operators, trucking companies) of California Ports to reduce their emission footprint and meet California state air quality requirements.


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Final design of first autonomous and fully electric container vessel revealed; model testing at SINTEF Ocean

A six-meter, 2.4-ton model of the final design of the autonomous and fully electric container vessel Yara Birkeland (earlier post) was revealed as testing commenced at SINTEF Ocean’s 80-meter test tank facility in Trondheim. ENOVA, a Norwegian government enterprise responsible for promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy, will support the project with a NOK 133-million (US$16.7-million) financial contribution.

As announced in May, Yara and Kongsberg have partnered to build the world’s first autonomous and fully electric container vessel. Yara Birkeland, named after Yara’s founder Kristian Birkeland, will enable a reduction of 40,000 road journey’s from Yara’s Porsgrunn fertilizer plant in southern Norway to the ports of Brevik and Larvik, significantly reducing local NOx and CO2 emissions produced by haulage trucks. The vessel will be delivered and begin first tests and operations early 2019, and conduct fully autonomous operations in 2020.


September 30, 2017 in Autonomous driving, Electric (Battery), Ports and Marine | Permalink | Comments (2)

September 29, 2017

Argonne team identifies optimized engine designs for a given fuel

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have pinpointed optimized engine designs for a given fuel. Simulations performed by Argonne found two optimized fuel-engine concepts that could improve fuel efficiency substantially, said Yuanjiang Pei, a lab scientist who specializes in computational fluid dynamics at the Aramco Research Center — Detroit.

Using the Mira supercomputer at the heart of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, Argonne’s Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI) team simulated more than 2,000 engine design combinations and “reduced design time from months to weeks,” according to Sibendu Som, group leader and principal computational scientist at Argonne.


September 29, 2017 in Co-Optima, Engines, Fuels | Permalink | Comments (3)

Panasonic to increase automotive lithium-ion battery production in Japan

Panasonic Corporation will start production of automotive lithium-ion batteries at a factory in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, expanding domestic production amid increasing demand for such batteries.


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Nissan temporarily suspends new vehicle registrations in Japan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. notified its dealers in Japan that it will temporarily suspend new registrations for vehicles on dealer lots or in factory inventory. This step is being taken because the processes Nissan agreed to implement as part of vehicle-type approval for the Japanese market were not followed at domestic production plants.


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Honda unveiling new Sports EV Concept at Tokyo Motor Show

Honda will unveil the new Sports EV Concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October as part of a broad range of advanced two- and four-wheeled production and concept vehicles.


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NSF awards UIC $1.44M to discover new 2D materials for better batteries

The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a $1.44-million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to discover new 2D materials that can be used to manufacture better and cheaper batteries. Two-dimensional materials, of which graphene is the most common, are extremely strong, lightweight, flexible, and excellent conductors of heat and electricity.

Since the discovery of graphene in 2004, about 700 2D materials are predicted to be stable; many remain to be synthesized. The global market for 2D materials is expected to reach $390 million within a decade.


September 29, 2017 in Batteries, Materials | Permalink | Comments (1)

GM reveals new-generation ECOTEC 1.0T and 1.3T engines to be launched in China; up to 10% fuel economy improvement

General Motors revealed its new-generation ECOTEC 1.0T and 1.3T dual injection engines that are being launched in China. The turbocharged engines were developed as a global architecture with the support of GM’s worldwide manufacturing and supply chain networks. They will power Buick and Chevrolet models built and sold in the Chinese domestic market starting later this year.

The new engines are leaders in performance and efficiency. The 1.0T engine generates maximum power of 92 kW/170 N·m, while the 1.3T engine produces maximum power of 120 kW/230 N·m. Fuel economy has been improved by up to 10% compared to the engines powering the popular Buick Excelle GT. This translates into combined fuel consumption of 4.9 liters/100 km (48 mpg US) for the 1.0T engine and 5.8 liters/100 km (40.5 mpg US) for the 1.3T engine.


September 29, 2017 in China, Engines, Fuel Efficiency | Permalink | Comments (4)

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