Researchers in China have developed a strategy for the production of furoin and furil, high-value C10 fuel precursors, by upgrading biomass-based furfural. A paper on their work is published in the journal Fuel. Yuan et al. Furfural is known to be one of the promising lignocellulosic biomass-derived platform molecules. Given... Read more →


Voltpost, a company developing lamppost electric vehicle (EV) charging systems, announced the commercial availability of a curbside EV charging solution. The company is developing and deploying EV charging projects in major US metro areas, including New York, Chicago, Detroit and others, this spring. Voltpost retrofits lampposts into a modular and... Read more →


Propel Fuels, a leading low carbon fuel retailer, has opened the company’s first Flex Fuel E85 station in Washington State, partnering with the Road Warrior Travel Center to introduce a new low-cost, high-performance fuel choice to the Yakima Valley. Propel and Road Warrior celebrated the availability of Flex Fuel E85... Read more →


BTR to build lithium battery ternary cathode material plant in Morocco

China-based BTR New Material Group signed an investment agreement with the Moroccan government to erect a lithium battery ternary cathode material facility in the country. The venture aims to cater to the surging demand in global markets while broadening the battery material maker’s international footprint. As part of the agreement,... Read more →


US prohibits import of Russian-origin aluminum, copper, and nickel

The US Department of the Treasury, in coordination with the United Kingdom, issued two new prohibitions to disrupt the revenue that Russia earns from its export of aluminum, copper, and nickel. This new action prohibits the import of Russian-origin aluminum, copper, and nickel into the United States, and limits the... Read more →


Volvo Cars’ Taizhou manufacturing plant has switched to biogas, making it the company’s first plant in China to achieve climate-neutral status. The plant’s switch from natural gas will result in a reduction of more than 7,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Despite being a small share of total Scope 1-3... Read more →


Smoltek Nanotech Holding announced that group company Smoltek Hydrogen completed a successful long-term test of the company’s newly developed material for PEM electrolyzer cells. During 1000 hours of continuous operation, at 2 A/cm2, the company has produced hydrogen with only 0.2 mg iridium/cm2 without any degradation of the nanostructure in... Read more →


MAHLE has secured two major orders for thermal management modules and is thus successfully continuing its course of acquisition in the field of e-mobility. One of the contracts is from an established, globally-present vehicle manufacturer. It marks the largest single order in the company history of the technology group. The... Read more →


Amprius Technologies, a developer of next-generation lithium-ion batteries using its Silicon Anode Platform, has completed its qualification process for its centrotherm mass production deposition tool to manufacture silicon nanowire anodes. This marks a pivotal step in ramping production capacity to meet the growing demand for its ultra-high-energy SiMaxx cells in... Read more →


Green Li-ion, a lithium-ion battery recycling technology company, launched its first commercial-scale installation to produce sustainable, battery-grade materials—the first of its kind in North America. The plant, located within an existing recycling facility, will produce battery-grade cathode and anode materials from concentrated components of spent batteries using Green Li-ion’s patented... Read more →


DFDS to deploy two battery electric vessels on the English Channel by 2030

Denmark-based international shipping and logistics company DFDS (Det Forenede Dampskibs- Selskab) reaffirmed its commitment to the electrification of cross-channel transport after meeting with UK Minister for Investment and Regulatory Reform, Lord Dominic Johnson. DFDS‘s long-term goal is to have up to six battery-powered vessels operating on its routes on the... Read more →


Imabari Shipbuilding will install an MAN B&W 7S60ME-Ammonia engine with SCR in connection with the construction of a 200,000 dwt class bulk carrier for a joint venture between K Line, NS United and Itochu Corporation. The business represents one of the first projects for MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-powered engine that... Read more →


Stellantis N.V. launched the production of electrified dual-clutch transmissions (eDCTs) at its historic Mirafiori complex in Italy, the next step in a €240-million investment in the site and for the Italian automotive industry to create the Mirafiori Automotive Park 2030. The eDCT produced in Mirafiori incorporates a 21 kW electric... Read more →


Renesas begins operations of Kofu Factory as dedicated 300-mm wafer fab for power semiconductors

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, has started operations at its Kofu Factory, located in Kai City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. Renesas aims to boost its production capacity of power semiconductors in anticipation of the growing demand in electric vehicles (EVs). The Kofu Factory previously operated both... Read more →


Orion S.A. breaks ground on battery materials plant in Texas

Orion S.A., a global specialty chemicals company, broke ground on a plant in La Porte, Texas (southeast of Houston) that will be the only facility in the US producing acetylene-based conductive additives for lithium-ion batteries and other applications vital for the global shift to electrification. The battery additives produced by... Read more →


Benchmark forecasts 2024 lithium demand to grow by 32% year-on-year Benchmark forecasts 2024 lithium demand to grow by 32% year-on-year

Benchmark expects lithium demand to increase by 32% this year, compared to 2023. However, increases in production by industry majors as well as new supply means the market is set to be in a small surplus of around 8,000 tonnes this year, Benchmark forecasts. Arcadium Lithium said it would increase... Read more →


A team of researchers at Osaka Metropolitan University, led by Associate Professor Atsushi Sakuda and Professor Akitoshi Hayashi, both of the Graduate School of Engineering, led a research team in developing a process that can lead to mass synthesis for sodium-containing sulfides. Using sodium polysulfides (sulfides with two or more... Read more →


MOL Group has inaugurated a 10 MW capacity green hydrogen plant —the largest in Central and Eastern Europe—in Százhalombatta. The €22-million investment makes fuel production more sustainable: the plant will reduce the Danube Refinery’s carbon dioxide emissions by 25,000 tonnes. The 10 megawatt electrolysis unit created by Plug Power produces... Read more →


FT: Glut of imported cars turning European ports into car parks; Chinese EVs a leading cause

The Financial Times reports that masses of imported vehicles are piling up at European ports, turning them into “car parks”. According to the report, port and car industry executives have pointed to a pile-up of Chinese electric cars as one of the leading causes of the problem, with some companies... Read more →


DOE to award up to $18.8M for algae and wet waste feedstocks R&D for biofuels and bioproducts

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced the MACRO: Mixed Algae Conversion Research Opportunity funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0003274). The FOA will award up to $18.8 million to address research and development (R&D) challenges in converting algae, such... Read more →


Mercedes‑Benz continues to develop the EQS Sedan and its portfolio of all-electric vehicles with new updates and innovations incorporated more quickly than before. For 2025 model year, the EQS Sedan introduces numerous upgrades with a new larger battery for increased electric range, refined front fascia featuring a new grille design... Read more →


Micron’s full suite of automotive-grade solutions qualified for Qualcomm automotive platforms to power AI in vehicles

Micron Technology has qualified a full suite of its automotive-grade memory and storage solutions for Qualcomm Technologies Inc.’s Snapdragon Digital Chassis, a comprehensive set of cloud-connected platforms designed to power data-rich, intelligent automotive services. Micron’s low-power double data rate 5X (LPDDR5X) memory, Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 3.1, Xccela flash memory... Read more →


Vulcan Energy Resources announced the Start of Production (SOP) of the first lithium chloride (LiCl) product at Vulcan’s Lithium Extraction Optimization Plant (LEOP) in Landau, Germany (earlier post), marking the first lithium chemicals domestically produced from a local source in Europe, for Europe. LEOP is showing strong early results with... Read more →


BMW Group delivers its one-millionth BEV

BMW Group delivered a total of 82,700 fully-electric BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles to customers worldwide in the first three months of the year, passing the milestone of 1,000,000 fully electric vehicles delivered. This represents year-on-year BEV growth of over 27.9% for the BMW Group. The increase in sales of... Read more →


ABI Research forecasts global EV sales to increase only by 21% in 2024

The latest forecasts from global technology intelligence firm ABI Research find that global Electric Vehicle (EV) sales are expected to grow by 21% in 2024 and 19% in 2025. This represents a significant decline from growth rates of 31% in 2023 and 60% in 2022. A shortage of chargers and... Read more →


Strategic Biofuels, a leading sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) project developer, announced a strategic investment commitment from Magnolia Sustainable Energy Partners (M-SEP), a newly formed Japanese-based investment consortium created by Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SCOA) and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation (JX). The investment from M-SEP will be used... Read more →


Sandia studying subterranean storage of hydrogen

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories are using computer simulations and laboratory experiments to see if depleted oil and natural gas reservoirs can be used for storing hydrogen. Hydrogen is an important clean fuel: It can be made by splitting water using solar or wind power, it can be used to... Read more →


Constellium and PyroGenesis partner to advance plasma burner technology in aluminum melting process

Constellium has signed a partnership agreement with PyroGenesis Canada to test the use of plasma torch technology to support Constellium’s decarbonization roadmap. After successful first laboratory trials, Constellium and PyroGenesis have now entered an agreement to test this technology at industrial scale with the implementation of a demonstrator plasma-heated furnace... Read more →


Toyota Ventures raises another $300M to expand early-stage investments in frontier technology and climate solutions

Toyota Ventures, the early-stage venture capital arm of Toyota, announced two $150-million funds to expand its investments in startups developing disruptive technologies and business models at the forefront of innovation. The addition of the new funds, Toyota Ventures Frontier Fund II (TVFF II) and Toyota Ventures Climate Fund II (TVCF... Read more →