ORNL polyphase wireless power transfer system achieves 270kW charge; sets another world record for electric light-duty passenger vehicles

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have successfully demonstrated the first 270-kW wireless power transfer to a light-duty electric vehicle. The demonstration used a Porsche Taycan and was conducted in collaboration with Volkswagen Group of America using the ORNL-developed polyphase wireless charging system. (Earlier post.)... Read more →


New State of Global Air report finds air pollution is second leading risk factor for death worldwide

Air pollution now ranks as the second leading risk factor for death, accounting for 8.1 million deaths globally according to HEI’s new State of Global Air 2024 report. The new report provides a comprehensive analysis of data for air quality and health impacts for countries around the world in 2021.... Read more →


With the introduction of an autonomous transport vehicle at its press plant, BMW Group Plant Regensburg is moving forward with digitalization and automation of its manufacturing processes, thereby taking a further step towards the digital and intelligently connected BMW iFACTORY. The driverless platform truck, with its electric drive train, will... Read more →


BASF and WHW Recycling partner on processing cathode and anode waste

BASF, a global player in battery materials and recycling, and WHW Recycling have entered an agreement on the processing of cathode and anode waste to make battery cell production in Europe more sustainable. WHW Recycling, a joint venture between Walch Holding and Štefan Hanigovský, owner of the Slovakian waste management... Read more →


LD Carbon closes $28M Series C to scale production of sustainable carbon black and pyrolysis oil; Toyota’s growth fund, Woven Capital, leads

LD Carbon, a producer of recovered carbon black, closed a $28-million Series C funding round led by Toyota’s growth fund, Woven Capital, with participation by Meritz Securities, Investwith, Industrial Bank of Korea, Hyundai Motor Group ZER01NE, Elohim Partners and New Main Capital. LD Carbon will use the investment to scale... Read more →


The global energy transition has lost momentum in the face of increasing uncertainty worldwide, according to a new World Economic Forum (WEF) report. While 107 of the 120 countries benchmarked in the report demonstrated progress on their energy transition journeys in the past decade, the overall pace of the transition... Read more →


UC Davis report finds roadkill is a preventable natural disaster

More than 48,000 deer, thousands of Pacific newts, close to 100 mountain lions and many thousands of other animals are killed each year by vehicles on California roads, according to the 2024 “roadkill report” from the University of California, Davis’ Road Ecology Center. The 11th annual report, “Roadkill, A Preventable... Read more →


SAFFiRE Renewables LLC plans to break ground on its pilot plant to turn agriculture residue into a scalable biofuel business near Liberal, Kansas, in late 2024. In 2023, the company negotiated a license agreement for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) deacetylation and mechanical refining (DMR) process, a technology seen... Read more →


Chevron Lummus Global LLC (CLG) announced its ISOTERRA technology has been selected for a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project in China. CLG will provide the technology license, engineering services, and supply proprietary equipment and catalysts for this facility. We are honored to be entrusted with advancing China's sustainability goals through... Read more →


Canadian startup Braya Renewable Fuels using Topsoe HydroFlex to produce renewable diesel

Topsoe is supplying its HydroFlex technology to Canadian startup Braya Renewable Fuels, which converted a former petroleum refinery to produce renewable diesel in Come By Chance, Canada. Braya anticipates initial production capacity of 18,000 barrels per day of renewable diesel, with future plans to expand production capacity, add sustainable aviation... Read more →


Polestar is expanding its commercial footprint and retail operations across existing and new markets, as its model line-up continues to grow. Polestar is accelerating its geographic expansion and plans to enter seven new markets during 2025. France is the largest volume market for electric cars in the EU after Germany... Read more →


Toyota Motor North America (Toyota) and local energy utility Pepco are working together on vehicle-to-grid (V2G) research for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) using a Toyota bZ4X. This collaborative effort will explore bidirectional power flow technology that will allow BEV owners to not only charge their vehicle’s battery but also send... Read more →


Argonne National Laboratory projects that battery cell production in North America will exceed 1,200 GWh of capacity by 2030. That is enough to supply 12 to 15 million new EVs annually assuming average battery capacities of 80 to 100 kWh per vehicle. In the United States, much of the battery... Read more →


Lhyfe delivers 350 kg of green hydrogen to Géométhane (Engie group) for a salt cavern storage test

Lhyfe, a producer of green and renewable hydrogen, delivered 350 kg of green hydrogen to natural gas expert Géométhane for it to test injecting hydrogen into salt caverns at its Manosque site in the south of France. The injection, which was completed within the day, is a key test for... Read more →


MEIJO NANO CARBON agreed to a capital and business alliance with SK Inc. Materials, a materials company of SK Group, a major Korean conglomerate. MEIJO NANO CARBON is a start-up company that manufactures and sells high quality high-crystallinity and high-purity single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT). High-crystallinity and high-purity SWCNTs are expected... Read more →


TIER IV, a developer of open-source software and autonomous driving technology, and Suzuki have entered into a capital and business alliance aimed at accelerating the development and commercialization of autonomous driving technology to enhance regional mobility solutions. By combining TIER IV’s scalable software platforms with Suzuki’s expertise in manufacturing, the... Read more →


Researchers develop evidence-based predictive tool for designing complex metal alloys that can withstand extreme environments

Researchers have developed a tool to predict how new high-entropy alloys will behave under high-temperature oxidative environments. Development of new alloys is important for the aerospace and nuclear power industries. These alloys aim to achieve design goals such as strength, toughness, resistance to corrosion and so on. Specifically, researchers seek... Read more →


PowerCell launches Marine System 225, an evolution of marine fuel cell offering

PowerCell introduced the Marine System 225, a powerful, compact and advanced maritime power generation system that builds on the success of the Marine System 200. Designed with the extensively validated fuel cell stack platform, the Marine System 225 represents a significant upgrade for maritime applications. Marine System 200 is a... Read more →


DIU seeking mobile energy generation solutions for austere environments (MEGA)

The Department of Defense (DoD) engages in operations far from United States territories, necessitating expansive logistics tails and substantial power generation equipment in order to operate effectively. In the near future, the DoD likely will continue to operate in distant and disbursed locals and face increased threats and obstacles to... Read more →


Volkswagen AG and Vulcan Green Steel (VGS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a partnership for low-carbon steel—a key element of Volkswagen’s green steel strategy. The volumes of low-carbon steel that Volkswagen AG expects to order will cover a significant proportion of total steel requirements and will be... Read more →


Eatron Technologies and Syntiant to introduce AI-powered BMS-on-chip solution

Eatron Technologies and Syntiant are introducing new system-on-chip that integrates Eatron’s Intelligent Software Layer into Syntiant’s low-power NDP120 Neural Decision Processor to provide a low-power battery management solution for light mobility, industrial and consumer electronics applications. The integration-friendly AI-BMS-on-chip can unlock 10% additional capacity and enhance battery lifespan by up... Read more →


TECO 2030 together with BLOM Maritime and Samskip have received a grant for a pre-project aiming to retrofit Samskip’s vessel Kvitnos with TECO 2030 fuel cells and hydrogen fuel. This project aims to reduce emissions from this LNG-fueled vessel, which currently operates on a weekly multipurpose service from Rotterdam, The... Read more →


German carrier Oberbergische Verkehrgesellschaft (OVAG) has ordered 15 Solaris hydrogen buses. These vehicles will enhance the public transport fleet in the German city of Gummersbach. The contract will be executed in 2025. The 15 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses are equipped with fuel cells with a total power of 70... Read more →


NTT DATA and DENSO to partner on in-vehicle software for SDVs

NTT DATA Japan Corporation and DENSO Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding to form a strategic partnership for the development of in-vehicle software. The two companies will hire more advanced software engineers and upskill current engineers at both companies to create a globally deployable software-oriented mobility service platform, which will... Read more →


MAHLE SmartBike Systems, the eBike company of automotive component supplier MAHLE, has launched its new X30 drive system for eBikes. The new MAHLE X30 system consists of motor, battery, HMI (human machine interface) and other components and extends the X-Series system platform. MAHLE X30 system The highlight is the new... Read more →


Honda Motor and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) announced plans to establish a new 50/50 joint venture (JV) company, ALTNA Co., Ltd. (ALTNA), in July 2024. The new JV is based on the memorandum of understanding (MoU) the two companies signed in October 2023 to begin discussions toward the creation of new... Read more →


OCSiAl completes single wall carbon nanotube dispersion site in Europe

OCSiAl has completed the construction of a facility for the production of single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) dispersions in Serbia to support the manufacturing of high-performance batteries. Output has been contracted by leading global EV producers and collaborations with the world’s largest Li-ion battery cell manufacturers. The current dispersion production... Read more →


A new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) finds that the sharp growth in US renewable diesel production and capacity is causing significant, market-altering shifts both domestically and to foreign feedstock trade. Renewable diesel, like biodiesel, is produced from the same renewable feedstocks such as vegetable oils, animal... Read more →


DOE awards $9.3M to 6 projects to advance hydrogen technology that converts waste to clean energy

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced six projects selected to receive approximately $9.3 million in federal funding to develop technology solutions to make clean hydrogen a more available and affordable fuel for electricity generation, industrial decarbonization, and transportation. The projects will... Read more →


Presented in sketch form last October in Boulogne Billancourt, the H24EVO is on display in the Hydrogen Village at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Pierre Fillon and Jean-Michel Bouresche, co-presidents of MissionH24 and partners in the program, revealed the model of the brand-new electric hydrogen prototype. Credit : Alexis... Read more →