Saudia Group to acquire up to 100 eVTOL jets from Lilium

Saudia Group and Lilium, a leading electric aircraft manufacturer and pioneer in Regional Air Mobility (RAM), signed a binding sales agreement for 50 Lilium Jets, with options for the purchase of 50 more. This sales agreement, which follows the Memorandum of Understanding between Saudia Group and Lilium signed in October... Read more →


GKN Aerospace has launched H2FlyGHT, a £44-million project to develop a 2-megawatt (MW) cryogenic hydrogen-electric propulsion system, setting new standards for the future generation of larger sustainable aircraft. Building on the successes of the H2GEAR project, H2FlyGHT introduces advanced thermal management solutions to enhance efficiency and performance. H2FlyGHT is designed... Read more →


ICCT: Achieving net-zero aviation carbon emissions by 2050 requires all new aircraft to emit net zero CO2 after about 2035

To achieve the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) goals of net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050, all new aircraft delivered after about 2035 will need to emit zero net CO2 emissions throughout their operational lifetimes, according to a new report from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). The... Read more →


Nissan launched the updated Note Aura NISMO with an engaging new 4WD variant, styling refinements and enhanced functionality to customers in Japan. The Aura NISMO is based on the Aura, a premium compact car sold in the Japan market, powered exclusively by Nissan’s innovative e-POWER drivetrain. Nissan’s e-POWER technology offers... Read more →


EU and Serbia sign strategic partnership on sustainable raw materials, battery value chains and EVs

The EU and the Republic of Serbia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) launching a strategic partnership on sustainable raw materials, battery value chains and electric vehicles. The partnership builds on the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) entered into force on 1 September 2013 and is in line with EU’s... Read more →


Dow launches DOWSIL CC-8000 Series UV and Dual Moisture Cure Conformal Coatings for protection of electronic components

Dow has introduced DOWSIL CC-8000 Series UV and Dual Moisture Cure Conformal Coatings, a range of solventless silicone coatings that provides strong protection for electronic components in renewable energy applications, as well as e-motors, power tools and home appliances, and does so at lightning speed. DOWSIL CC-8000 Series UV and... Read more →


onsemi introduced its latest generation silicon carbide technology platform, EliteSiC M3e MOSFETs. The company also disclosed plans to release multiple additional generations through 2030. With the ability to operate at higher switching frequencies and voltages while minimizing power conversion losses, this platform is suited for a wide range of automotive... Read more →


Volvo Trucks North America announced the availability of an engine that meets California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2024 Omnibus regulation requirements for low nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions standards. The CARB Omnibus regulation mandates a 75% reduction in NOx emissions and a 50% reduction in particulate matter... Read more →


Rheinmetall secures two orders for exhaust technology for hybrid technology from Chinese manufacturers with a total value of around €20M

Rheinmetall has won two orders in the field of exhaust technology for hybrid vehicles with a total value of around €20 million. Both orders relate to the subsidiary Pierburg China. One order is for the supply of fuel tank shut-off valves (FTIV) by a well-known Chinese supplier of carbon canisters.... Read more →


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 →