Around a year after the topping-out ceremony, Daimler Truck officially opened the Battery Technology Center (BTC) at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Mannheim. Daimler Truck’s product and process development for battery electric commercial vehicles is carried out on an area of over 10,000 square meters: the BTC combines development with production.... Read more →


Researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute have shown that superlubricity—a state with virtually no friction that was once believed to only be achievable at nanoscale—can now be maintained at macroscale for extended time periods under regular atmospheric conditions by employing sustainably... Read more →


Rio Tinto marked the shipment of 4 billion tonnes of iron ore from the Pilbara in Western Australia to China. The shipment was loaded at Dampier Port on 19 July, bound for China Baowu Steel Group, the world’s top steel producer. This milestone comes 51 years after the first shipment... Read more →


Canada adds high-purity iron, phosphorous and silicon metal to critical minerals list

Canada recently added an additional three minerals—high-purity iron, phosphorous and silicon metal—to its Critical Minerals List, bringing the total to 34. Canada released its first Critical Minerals List in March 2021 with a commitment to review the minerals identified as critical every three years. The list guides federal policy and... Read more →


Chalmers researchers create metal electrode directly in cell

Metal batteries have the potential to deliver more energy, at a lower weight, than the popular lithium-ion battery. The problem, however, is that the technology currently has too short a lifespan due to the highly reactive nature of the lithium metal within these batteries. New research from Chalmers University of... Read more →


ArcelorMittal Gent hosting the first industrial trial of D-CRBN CO2 conversion technology

ArcelorMittal and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) are working with a climate tech company, D-CRBN, to trial a new technology to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) captured at ArcelorMittal’s plant in Gent, Belgium into carbon monoxide which can be used in steel and chemical production. This is the first industrial testing... Read more →


Vertical Aerospace unveiled its next generation full-scale VX4 prototype, the only electric take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) designed, built and assembled in the UK. This next-generation VX4 is more powerful than the previous full-scale prototype, with a 20% increase in the power-to-weight ratio, enabling the aircraft to reach speeds of... Read more →


Electric car sales continued to grow in Europe this year, with the exception of in Germany, according to a new analysis by environmental NGO Transport & Environment (T&E). Battery electric sales in the rest of the EU (excluding Germany) increased by 9.4% on average in the first half of the... Read more →


Porsche is launching the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and the Panamera GTS. The Panamera GTS is a dynamic sports sedan that places the emotional driving experience in the foreground. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is positioned at the very top of the model series as the most powerful, fastest... Read more →


Bentley’s Flying Spur sedan is set to be reborn with the company’s new 782 PS (771 bhp) Ultra Performance Hybrid powertrain. Launched recently in Bentley’s new Continental GT Speed, the all-new, performance-focused V8 hybrid powertrain will make the new Flying Spur the most powerful, most dynamic and most efficient four-door... Read more →


Ford expands F-Series Super Duty production to Oakville in Canada; multi-energy technology for next generation

Ford Motor Company plans to assemble F-Series Super Duty pickups at its Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada, starting in 2026, boosting production of one of the company’s most popular and profitable vehicles. The move to add production of up to 100,000 units of its best-selling Super Duty to Oakville... Read more →


USGS scientists have developed a new scientific mechanism for assessing the potential risk to worldwide mineral commodity supplies from seismic activity. The methodology was developed through studying copper and rhenium but provides a framework for future studies assessing many other mineral commodities around the globe. Earthquakes have the potential to... Read more →


DOE and ARCHES sign $12.6B agreement to build Hydrogen Hub in California

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and ARCHES (Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems) announced the official signing of a landmark $12.6-billion agreement to build a clean, renewable Hydrogen Hub in California, including the up to $1.2 billion in federal funding that was announced last year when California was... Read more →


3M invests in electrolyzer maker Ohmium

In its continuing effort to expand into emerging climate technologies, 3M has completed a strategic investment in Ohmium International, a developer of electrolyzer systems for green hydrogen production. (Earlier post.) The investment is part of 3M’s commitment to advancing technologies that support the transition to a low-carbon economy and may... Read more →


BMW Startup Garage to road-test dual rotor e-drive by DeepDrive

The BMW Startup Garage and the Munich-based company DeepDrive are set to road-test a new electric motor. The concept features dual rotor technology and is expected to enable super-efficient, powerful drives that offer plenty of range. After a successful pilot project with promising results on the test rig, the BMW... Read more →


As part of its ‘In China, for China’ strategy, the Volkswagen brand is focusing its product offering to reflect the needs of its Chinese customers more closely. Accordingly, the car manufacturer presented the first model from a new Volkswagen sub-brand: the ID. UNYX. The E-SUV coupé of the same name... Read more →


BASF to sell its flocculants business for mining applications to Solenis

BASF has signed an agreement with Solenis, a global producer of specialty chemicals headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, to sell BASF’s flocculants business for mining applications. Mining flocculants help to aggregate fine particles in water and enhance the settling of solids. Flocculants can work by charge neutralization or by physically binding... Read more →


Fraunhofer UltraPLAS ultrathin, hard and sustainable non-stick coating for injection molding and die casting

The new UltraPLAS coating developed by Fraunhofer researchers has proven to be a ground-breaking solution to the challenges of primary forming processes. This advanced release and easy-to-clean coating is applied as a gradient layer using a cold plasma process and is suitable for materials such as tool steel, stainless steel... Read more →


Production capacity of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the United States could increase from around 2,000 barrels per day (b/d) to nearly 30,000 b/d in 2024 if all announced capacity additions come on line, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Developers expect Phillips 66’s Rodeo Renewed project to... Read more →


Infinitum secures $35M Series E extension for air-core motor

Infinitum, creator of the sustainable air-core motor (earlier post), has extended its Series E with $35 million in funding from Marunouchi Innovation Partners and Rice Investment Group. The additional funding brings the company’s total Series E funding to $220 million, and will be used to scale the company to meet... Read more →


LF Energy releases CitrineOS 1.3.0 for EV charging management; support for OCPP 2.0.1, OCPI 2.2.1

LF Energy, the open source foundation focused on harnessing the power of collaborative software and hardware technologies to accelerate the energy transition, released LF Energy CitrineOS 1.3.0. This new release marks a significant advancement in CitineOS’ implementation of an Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) 2.0.1 compliant Charging Station Management System... Read more →


Porsche has expanded its lineup for its first all-electric SUV with the first rear-wheel-drive Macan model. Additionally, while the focus for the rear-wheel-drive Macan was primarily on high efficiency and range, a new Macan 4S will fill the gap between the Macan 4 and the Macan Turbo. (Earlier post.) Macan... Read more →


SwRI evaluates cybersecurity risks associated with EV fast-charging equipment; PLC layer vulnerability

Engineers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have identified cybersecurity vulnerabilities with electric vehicles (EVs) using direct current fast-charging systems. The high-voltage technology relies on power line communication (PLC) technology to transmit smart-grid data between vehicles and charging equipment. In a laboratory, the SwRI team exploited vulnerabilities in the PLC layer,... Read more →


The US Department of Energy (DOE) released The Future of Vehicle Grid Integration: Harnessing the Flexibility of EV Charging, as part of DOE’s EVGrid Assist initiative. Developed with broad stakeholder input, the document outlines a shared vision for vehicle-grid integration (VGI), where electric vehicles (EVs) are safely and securely connected... Read more →


EPA awarding nearly $160M to support clean US manufacturing of steel and other construction materials

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced the selection of 38 grant recipients across the country, totaling nearly $160 million, to support efforts to report and reduce climate pollution from the manufacturing of construction materials and products. EPA estimates that the construction materials used in buildings and other built infrastructure account... Read more →


ARPA-E announces $40M to develop technologies to alleviate the impact of used nuclear fuel storage

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $40 million in funding to develop cutting-edge technologies to enable the transmutation of used nuclear fuel (UNF) into less radioactive substances. This new initiative would address one of ARPA-E’s core goals as outlined by Congress, to provide transformative solutions to improve the management,... Read more →


Zhejiang researchers report 3D printable elastomers with exceptional strength and toughness

Researchers from Zhejiang University have developed 3D photo-printable resin chemistry that yields an elastomer with tensile strength of 94.6 MPa and toughness of 310.4 MJ m-3—both of which far exceed that of any 3D printed elastomer. A paper on their work is published in the journal Nature. Three-dimensional (3D) printing... Read more →


Solaris to supply four hydrogen buses to Artois Mobilités

Solaris has secured a new contract in the French market. The manufacturer will supply four 12-meter Urbino hydrogen buses to Artois Mobilités for TADAO transport network in northern France. The contract will be completed at the beginning of 2025. Solaris Bus & Coach’s offer was selected in a tender issued... Read more →


CF Industries and POET to demonstrate the use of low-carbon fertilizer in corn production to reduce carbon intensity of ethanol

CF Industries Holdings, a leading global manufacturer of hydrogen and nitrogen products and the world’s largest producer of ammonia, and POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuel and a global leader in sustainable bioproducts, announced a collaboration to pilot the use of low-carbon ammonia fertilizer to reduce the carbon intensity... Read more →