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In the quest to realize artificial photosynthesis to convert sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into fuel—just as plants do—researchers need to not only identify materials to efficiently perform photoelectrochemical water splitting, but also to understand why a certain material may or may not work. Now scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National... Read more →


TechnipFMC awarded substantial contract for India’s largest hydrogen generation unit by HPCL

TechnipFMC has been awarded a “substantial” contract—i.e., ranging from $250-$500 million—by the state-owned Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL) for a grassroot Hydrogen Generation Unit (HGU). The project is part of the brownfield expansion for HPCL’s Visakh Refinery Modernization Project located in Visakhapatnam, in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.... Read more →


Policies to entice consumers away from fossil-fuel powered vehicles and normalize low carbon, alternative-fuel alternatives, such as electric vehicles, are vital if the world is to significantly reduce transport sector carbon pure-emissions, according to a new study. Led by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) researcher David McCollum and... Read more →


Enbridge and City of Toronto to build one of the first renewable natural gas facilities in Ontario

Enbridge Gas Distribution and the City of Toronto will build and install equipment that will turn the City’s organic waste (apple cores, egg shells, coffee grounds, etc.) into renewable natural gas. Almost 50% of household waste (by weight) is organic material. When organic waste breaks down, methane is created. Many... Read more →


Spending on electricity distribution systems by major US electric utilities—representing about 70% of total US electric load—has risen 54% over the past two decades, from $31 billion to $51 billion annually, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). This increase has been largely driven by increases in capital investment.... Read more →


FAA awards Nextant Aerospace True Blue Power Li-ion battery installation STC for Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP

Nextant Aerospace, builders of the 400XTi, G90XT, remanufactured aircraft, and Challenger 604XT upgrade, has received a new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of a True Blue Power Lithium-ion emergency power supply as a direct replacement for the existing 24 VDC sealed lead-acid battery on Textron Aviation model 400A and... Read more →


GTI (Gas Technology Institue) is leading a high-profile program on Hydraulic Fracturing Test Sites (HFTS) in the Permian Basin, bringing together government and industry to improve recovery, continue enhancing environmentally responsible methods of optimizing production, and lowering costs in the Midland and Delaware Basins. In January 2018, GTI was awarded... Read more →


Tokyo Tech and Tohoku University partner to advance quantum computing

Tokyo Institute of Technology and Tohoku University have entered into an agreement to cooperate in information science research centering on quantum computing. The collaboration will allow the two institutions to build upon their respective strengths and form a global base to advance the field of study. With its potential to... Read more →


The new Kia Niro battery-electric CUV (crossover utility vehicle) has gone on sale in Korea, featuring an expected driving range of up to 385 kilometers (239 miles), as calculated by SAE J1364 in the United States. European sales of Niro EV will follow at end of 2018 and North America... Read more →


NIRA Dynamics joins Renovo’s AWare Automated Mobility Ecosystem; precise road surface information technology

NIRA Dynamics, a Swedish automotive software technology company, has joined the AWare ecosystem of Renovo, a mobility software technology company. Automated Mobility fleet deployments that use Renovo’s AWare OS can seamlessly deploy NIRA Dynamics’ Road Surface Information (RSI) software on their vehicles. NIRA Dynamics’ RSI is a software solution that... Read more →


West Virginia University (WVU) researchers are opening a new facility to capture rare earth elements (REEs) from acid mine drainage (AMD) from coal mining. Through a collaborative research and development program with the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), WVU is opening the Rare Earth Extraction... Read more →


Researchers at the University of Western Ontario are proposing selenium (Se) as a promising cathode material for all-solid-state Li batteries, paired with a lithium-tin (L-Sn) alloy as an anode and Li3PS4 as the electrolyte. In a paper in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science, the team reports that in... Read more →


NASA showcasing electric X-57 “Maxwell” airplane at AirVenture Oshkosh 2018

Among its exhibits at AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, held next week at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, NASA will showcase the all-electric X-57 Maxwell aircraft (earlier post). The X-57 takes to the skies in 2019 to demonstrate how electric propulsion can be 500% more efficient than conventional aircraft. On 23... Read more →


UK government launches consultation on inclusion of E10 in market

The UK Department for Transport launched a consultation on whether and how it should introduce E10 fuel—which contains more bioethanol than traditional gasoline—to the UK market. We have launched this consultation in order to understand the impact of E10 on the UK market better, and to ensure that drivers are... Read more →


Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor North America to absorb Toyota InfoTechnology Center

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will absorb the research and development functions of its wholly owned subsidiary, Toyota InfoTechnology Center (ITC Japan) into its in-house Connected Company by March 2019. It also plans to absorb the research and development functions of Toyota InfoTechnology Center, USA (ITC USA), a wholly owned subsidiary... Read more →


Alstom has selected French battery manufacturer Forsee Power to provide Li-ion batteries for Alstom Aptis electric bus (earlier post), scheduled for series delivery from 2019 onwards. The vehicles will be equipped with NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide) Li-ion battery technology as a standard feature. Alstom said it chose Forsee Power... Read more →


University of Adelaide researcher seeking to build first quantum battery; leveraging entanglement to speed up recharging

The University of Adelaide’s (Australia) newest Ramsay Fellow, Dr. James Quach, will harness the unique properties of quantum mechanics with the aim of building the world’s first quantum battery. Dr. Quach says that unlike ordinary batteries, which take the same amount of time to charge no matter how many you... Read more →


Study provides insight into mechanism of atmospheric new particle formation in polluted cities

The formation of new atmospheric particulates—i.e., de novo rather than as direct emissions—via nucleation and growth is a major source of aerosol pollution in terms of number concentration. In spite of a great deal of research, it is still a puzzle why and how such new particule formation (NPF) occurs... Read more →


The crossover utility vehicle (CUV) share of light-duty vehicles has increased, largely at the expense of cars, despite increases in gasoline prices over the previous two years, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). In each month since September 2017, sales of CUVs have exceeded those of cars, a... Read more →


By Haden Kirkpatrick. Over the last two decades, fully electric cars have had, let’s say, a slow start. In 1997, the Toyota Prius was released as the world’s first mass-produced hybrid. And while hybrid technology has taken off, drivers have been hesitant to accept fully battery-powered tech for a variety... Read more →


Researchers at Linköping University and Umeå University in Sweden have developed a new and efficient way to use electrocatalysis to produce hydrogen gas from water using electrodes with nanotruss structures of iron oxide. A paper on their work is published in the ACS journal Nano Letters. The Plasma and Coatings... Read more →


DiDi and SoftBank launch JV in Japan to offer taxi-hailing service

Didi Chuxing announced the official launch DiDi Mobility Japan Corp., a joint venture with SoftBank, to offer on-demand taxi-hailing services and smart transportation solutions for citizens and tourists in the world’s third-largest economy. DiDi believes AI-based innovation may contribute to new growth of taxi industry and the public transportation sectors.... Read more →


API: June marks highest ever production of US crude oil & natural gas liquids; domestic demand highest since 2007

The American Petroleum Institute’s (API’s) monthly statistical report for June of 2018 shows that US production of crude oil and natural gas liquids hit its highest level ever. In June, production of crude oil reached 10.7 million barrels per day (mb/d) and production of natural gas liquids reached 4.2 mb/d.... Read more →


BMW Group has introduced computer tomography (CT) into prototype development, production and analysis—a first in the automotive industry. With this technology, the full range of vehicles, from MINI to Rolls-Royce, can now be quality-controlled even in the early stages of development. Scans are performed by four robots which move around... Read more →


NOVATEK ships LNG cargos to China via Arctic route using Arc7 ice-class LNG carriers

PAO NOVATEK has shipped its first cargos of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Yamal LNG project to China via the Northern Sea Route on the tankers Vladimir Rusanov and Eduard Toll. (Earlier post.) Eduard Toll transiting the Northern Route earlier this year. The net voyage time from the port... Read more →


Engineers at the University of California San Diego have shed new light on the atomic-level mechanism of the sulfur embrittlement of nickel, a classic problem that has puzzled the scientific community for nearly a century. The discovery also enriches fundamental understanding of general grain boundaries that often control the mechanical... Read more →


Toronto Transit orders 10 BYD electric buses, with option for 30 more

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), Canada’s largest transit operator and the third-largest transit operator in North America, has placed an order to purchase a guarantee of ten 40-foot, fully electric BYD buses, with an option for an additional 30 buses. TTC’s purchase is BYD Canada’s seventh heavy-duty electric-bus order in... Read more →


Hyundai has lowered the price and slightly increased the all-electric range of the refreshed 2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV). The new PHEV model adopts the same distinctive design of the recently released Sonata gasoline and Hybrid models while delivering 28 miles (45 km) of all-electric range (vs. 27 miles... Read more →


Building on its years of experience and expertise in engine and powertrain applications, leading adhesives provider Henkel is actively investing in new technologies and products for efficient large-scale manufacturing of safe and reliable electric drive systems. Key solutions include innovative liquid gasketing, magnet bonding, thermal management and potting products as... Read more →


Fuji Keizai forecast: China to account for 57% of global EV sales by 2035

Japan’s Fuji Keizai Group forecasts that China will account for 57% of the world’s electric vehicle sales by 2035. The market researcher forecasts global EV sales of 11.25 million units in 2035—nearly 15 times the 760,000 sold in 2017. China is expected to account for 6.42 million of that total.... Read more →


Updated Audi TT to have gasoline particulate filters on all engines

Audi is updating its third-generation TT, unveiled in 2014 (earlier post). For the new TT, Audi has a range of gasoline engines in various performance levels, paired either with the six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. In both transmission variants, the close-ratio lower gears enable powerful acceleration, while... Read more →


Autoliv joins European research collaboration OSCCAR for future automotive safety

Automotive safety systems leader Autoliv, Inc. has joined the new European H2020 research project OSCCAR (Future Occupant Safety for Crashers in Cars) to improve the protection and safety for occupants of the future vehicle. The future highly automated vehicle, with comfort and convenience enhancing features such as relaxed seating positions... Read more →


Researchers from the United States Steel Corporation (USS) recently used neutrons at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source (earlier post) to better understand the properties of hydroformed AHSS and how it responds to residual stress introduced during manufacturing. In an SAE International technical paper, the research team reported on... Read more →


Study: NO2 traffic pollution does not offset exercise’s heart benefits

Even in areas with moderate-to-high levels of traffic pollution, regular physical activity reduced the risk of first and recurrent heart attack, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. While exercise is known to reduce cardiovascular... Read more →


Volkswagen’s main plant in Wolfsburg has won the Automotive Lean Production Award for the first time. Series production at Wolfsburg began in 1945; since then, more than 45 million vehicles have rolled off its lines. The plant currently produces up to 3,500 units of the Golf, Golf Sportsvan, Touran and... Read more →


Ozone levels in US national parks similar to levels in largest US cities

Ozone concentrations in US national parks such as Yellowstone and Acadia were largely indistinguishable from ozone levels in America’s largest metropolitan areas between 1990 and 2014, according to a new analysis by a team from Iowa State and Cornell. The open access study published in the journal Science Advances also... Read more →


Celanese Corporation has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Chengzhi Shareholding Co., Ltd., to further the development of acetic acid-based ethanol in China. From 2014 to 2017, Celanese operated a 275,000 metric ton per year industrial ethanol unit at the Nanjing, China Chemical Industrial Park. This ethanol unit used... Read more →


Neste exploring ways to use waste plastic as a raw material for fuels and plastics

Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, is now exploring ways to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a future raw material for fossil refining. The aim of the development project is to proceed to industrial scale trial during 2019. The company’s target is to process annually more than one... Read more →


Bechtel to perform innovation research for GE-Hitachi-led small modular nuclear plant project

Bechtel will join researchers from reactor designer GE Hitachi (GEH), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Exelon Power Generation Company as recipients of US Department of Energy funding from its Advanced Nuclear Technology Development program. The research will investigate ways to efficiently build a plant using GE Hitachi’s BWRX-300 small... Read more →


Lithium-rich layered oxides (LRLO) are leading candidates for the next-generation cathode materials for energy storage, as they can deliver 50% excess capacity over commercially used compounds. However, voltage fade has prevented effective use of the excess capacity, and a major challenge has been a lack of understanding of the mechanisms... Read more →


DENSO joins HDBaseT Alliance as contributor member

DENSO has joined the HDBaseT Alliance, the cross-industry group tasked with promoting and advancing the HDBaseT standard, as a Contributor member. HDBaseT is the global standard for the transmission of ultra-high-definition video & audio, Ethernet, controls, USB and up to 100W of power over a single unshielded twisted pair cable... Read more →


Booking Holdings invests US$500M in DiDi Chuxing; DiDi partners with Continental

China-based Didi Chuxing, the world’s leading one-stop mobile transportation platform, and Booking Holdings, a global leader in online accommodations and travel e-commerce, have entered into a strategic partnership. Booking Holdings has invested US$500 million in DiDi, recognizing DiDi as a leader in the mobile transportation industry. Under the partnership, DiDi... Read more →


Argonne Oleo Sponge for cleaning oil spills successful in real-world conditions off California coast

The Oleo Sponge, a patent-pending technology to clean oil spills invented at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, performed successfully in an experiment conducted off the coast of Southern California. The test, funded by the Palo Alto-based Anthropocene Institute, was meant to validate Oleo Sponge in a... Read more →


IC Bus first to make electronic stability control standard on school buses

School bus manufacturer Navistar Subsidiary IC Bus has made electronic stability control (ESC) and collision mitigation technology standard on its CE Series and RE Series school buses with air brakes. IC Bus is the first original equipment maker (OEM) to offer these features as standard on school buses. With the... Read more →


BYD (Build Your Dreams) will deliver two 8R Class-8 battery-electric refuse trucks, fitted with New Way Viper Rear Loader refuse bodies, to Recology in Seattle, WA for use in residential solid waste pick up. These will be the first electric refuse trucks to operate in the entire Pacific Northwest region.... Read more →


Terrafugia making its flying car a hybrid for on-road operation

Terrafugia, Inc. announced new features in its Transition production vehicle, a two-seat auto and aircraft, including updates to the interior, safety systems, motor, and flight instrumentation. The latest features and systems will be incorporated and verified in the next test vehicles. The first production vehicles will come to market in... Read more →


SwRI opens Energy Storage Technology Center

Southwest Research Institute has opened a new Energy Storage Technology Center, bringing its diverse scientific research, development and evaluation of energy storage systems under one roof. The facility houses SwRI technology to evaluate and to develop battery and energy storage systems for electric, plug-in and hybrid electric vehicles; grid storage;... Read more →


Toyota Motor Corporation, with Toyota City, will start Japan’s first verification testing for road maintenance inspections using vehicle data obtained from connected cars, beginning 1 August. The verification testing will enable assessment of whether the degree of road deterioration index values computed from the car’s behavior data and actual road... Read more →