Idemitsu Kosan, ENEOS, Toyota Motor, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries commenced a study toward the introduction and spread of carbon-neutral fuels that contribute to the decarbonization of automobiles with the aim of realizing a carbon-neutral society. Seeking to introduce carbon-neutral fuels in Japan around 2030, the four companies fulfilling major roles... Read more →


Hanwha Aerospace, Hanwha Ocean to develop hydrogen fuel cells for ships

Hanwha Aerospace and Hanwha Ocean, both affiliated with Hanwha Group, Korea’s seventh-largest business group, will jointly develop hydrogen fuel cells for ships as part of a government-led green energy project. Hanwha Aerospace was selected by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy to conduct a research and development project for... Read more →


DuPont plans to separate into three independent, publicly traded companies

DuPont announced a plan to separate into three distinct, publicly traded companies. Under the plan, DuPont would execute the proposed separations of its Electronics and Water businesses in a tax-free manner to its shareholders with New DuPont continuing as a premier diversified industrial company following completion of the separations. As... Read more →


IndianOil equips Indian Army with hydrogen fuel cell bus; MoU to deploy jointly fuel cell technology for heavy-duty e-mobility

IndianOil has handed over a hydrogen fuel cell bus to the Indian Army. This landmark event was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between IndianOil and the Indian Army to pioneer the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell technology for heavy-duty e-mobility. The Indian Army is committed... Read more →


CIB invests C$337 million towards hydrogen production and refueling network in Western Canada

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and HTEC, a Vancouver-based designer, builder, owner and operator of hydrogen supply solutions, are partnering to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen production and refueling infrastructure. The CIB’s C$337-million loan (US$247 million) will expedite and expand HTEC’s operations in British Columbia and Alberta. The investment will... Read more →


A team from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology has enhanced ammonia combustion using pre-chamber turbulent jet combined with a post spark ignition (TJ-PSI) strategy. A paper on their work is published in the journal Fuel. Wu et al. As a hydrogen carrier, ammonia has the advantages of high... Read more →


Redwood Materials partners with Ultium Cells to recycle production scrap

Redwood Materials is now working with Ultium Cells LLC—the joint battery cell manufacturing venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution—to recycle production scrap from both their Warren, Ohio and Spring Hill, Tennessee facilities. Materials to be recycled include cathode and anode material as well as cell scrap. Ultium Cells’... Read more →


Rio Tinto and BHP will collaborate on the testing of large battery-electric haul truck technology in the Pilbara, Western Australia, to accelerate the potential for its future deployment. The two companies will work with manufacturers Caterpillar and Komatsu to conduct independent trials of their battery-electric haul trucks, including testing of... Read more →


Researchers devise method to create Leidenfrost effect at lower temperatures

Researchers from Virginia Tech, Oak Ridge National Lab and Dalian University of Technology have discovered a method to create the Leidenfrost effect at much lower temperatures. The results are published in Nature Physics. The discovery has great potential in heat transfer applications such as the cooling of industrial machines and... Read more →


Smoltek Nanotech Holding AB announced that one of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers is testing custom-made prototypes of a cell material that can significantly reduce the amount of iridium in an electrolyzer cell. The custom-made prototypes delivered by the subsidiary Smoltek Hydrogen have the potential to reduce the iridium load... Read more →


Nikkei: Geely Group breaks into global Top 10 in auto sales for 1Q 2024

The Nikkei reported that the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group sold 730,000 vehicles in the January-March period to become the first Chinese carmaker to break into the global top 10 in auto sales for the quarter. Geely, which had placed 12th in the first quarter of 2023, passed the Mercedes-Benz Group... Read more →


Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory used additive manufacturing to produce the first defect-free complex tungsten parts for use in extreme environments. The accomplishment could have positive implications for clean-energy technologies such as fusion energy. Tungsten has the highest melting point of any metal, making it ideal for fusion reactors... Read more →


ArcelorMittal and partners Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), BHP, along with Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd (Mitsubishi Development) have successfully started operating a pilot carbon capture unit on the blast furnace off-gas at ArcelorMittal Gent in Belgium. The pilot carbon capture unit will operate for one to two years at Gent... Read more →


Fortescue’s hydrogen-powered haul truck prototype, dubbed “Europa”, has reached the significant milestone of having operated off hydrogen for the first time. This development marks a major step in Fortescue’s mission to decarbonize heavy industry as well as the company’s partnership with Liebherr Mining. Delivered in collaboration with Liebherr, Europa is... Read more →


Toyota Motor will enterthe ENEOS Super Taikyu Series 2024 Empowered by BRIDGESTONE Round 2 NAPAC Fuji SUPER TEC 24 Hours Race, to be held from May 24 to 26, with the #32 ORC ROOKIE GR Corolla H2 Concept, a hydrogen-powered GR Corolla running on liquid hydrogen. (Earlier post.) The durability... Read more →


Kenworth showcased its SuperTruck 2 demonstrator vehicle at the ACT Expo in Las Vegas. The truck was developed over a six-year period as part of a collaboration with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SuperTruck program, designed to challenge truck makers to improve freight efficiency using a diesel engine as the... Read more →


A research team led by Principal Researcher Young Kim from the Heat Pump Research Center of the Research Institute of Carbon-neutral Energy Machinery of the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) has successfully developed a highly efficient microchannel reactor which reduces the required catalyst amount to 30% for electrofuel... Read more →


Mitsubishi Electric, AISIN to establish EV parts JV

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Mobility Corporation (collectively “Mitsubishi Electric Group”) and AISIN have reached a basic agreement to establish a joint venture company to handle products for next-generation electric vehicles. The JV will succeed to part of Mitsubishi Electric Mobility’s business, and will develop, produce and sell traction motors,... Read more →


Volvo Trucks is developing trucks with combustion engines that run on hydrogen. On-road tests with trucks using hydrogen in combustion engines will begin in 2026, and the commercial launch is planned towards the end of this decade. Volvo trucks with hydrogen-powered combustion engines will feature High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI),... Read more →


Moscow has begun testing an autonomous tram. In the initial phase, a driver is still present at the controls on the road. Within the depot, the tram operates completely autonomously. During the test phase, it will run on the 10th tram route without passengers. In the next phase, by the... Read more →


Ohio State/Wilberforce University team takes home first place in year two of the EcoCAR EV Challenge

The Ohio State/Wilberforce University Team has been named the Year Two champion of the EcoCAR Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge, followed by Georgia Tech in second place and McMaster University (CA) in third place. The Year Two competition challenged teams to complete a series of vehicle events, comparable to tests automakers... Read more →


Prologis and Performance Team – A Maersk Company, launched Southern California’s largest heavy-duty electric vehicle (EV) charging depot, located near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and powered by the nation’s largest EV truck microgrid. Located directly off the Harbor (110) Freeway in Los Angeles on Denker Avenue,... Read more →


TotalEnergies has announced that it will invest $600 million to strengthen exploration and production activities in the Republic of Congo in 2024. The investment will be used to finance exploration and maintain production in the country’s deep offshore Moho Nord field, which accounts for approximately half of all Congolese oil... Read more →


Swiss Steel Group is participating in a consortium for renewable energies, the “Initiative EE-Industrie”. This initiative, comprising 19 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Germany, aims to build, operate and utilize wind and photovoltaic plants for self-supply with green electricity. Based on initial forecasts, the consortium will require a total... Read more →


Volkswagen delays introduction of ID. 7 electric sedan in North America

Volkswagen announced it will delay the introduction of the ID.7 electric sedan (earlier post) in the US and Canada in response to changing market dynamics. Volkswagen had announced in March that ID.7 would be offered stateside in two trims—Pro S and Pro S Plus—with an 82 kWh battery and 282... Read more →


Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has successfully completed development of a hydrogen-fueled Class-8 demonstration vehicle, built as part of its industry-supported H2-ICE consortium. The central focus of the demonstration includes development of a Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine (H2-ICE) that produces ultra-low NOx and CO2 emissions while still providing enough torque and... Read more →


Hexagon Purus to supply Toyota Motor North America for serial production of heavy-duty fuel cell electric powertrain kits

Hexagon Purus will be supplying a full hydrogen storage system and high voltage battery pack to Toyota North America (TMNA) for serial production of its heavy-duty fuel cell electric powertrain kits. Hexagon Purus’s collaboration with Toyota started in 2017 as Toyota began development of the fuel cell electric powertrain kits... Read more →


Hyundai Motor and autonomous driving software company Plus unveiled the first Level 4 autonomous Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric truck in the US at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo. A result of the collaboration between Hyundai Motor and Plus, Hyundai Motor’s XCIENT Fuel Cell truck, equipped with Plus... Read more →


ARPA-E announces $150M to develop systems that provide abundant primary energy, enable intermodal energy transport, and sustainably meet demand for polymers & other materials

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $150 million in funding to develop groundbreaking technologies to realize ARPA-E’s vision of the energy future. (DE-FOA-0003387) This vision includes three goals that are critical to achieve a sustainable energy and carbon transition with: 1) greenhouse... Read more →