Niron Magnetics, a company developing high-performance, rare earth-free permanent magnets, (earlier post), has received $25 million in new strategic funding in a round led by Samsung Ventures. Allison Ventures, the venture capital arm of Allison Transmission, was also part of this funding round, along with one of the world’s largest... Read more →


Europe’s new vehicle registrations reached their highest level last year since the pandemic. Strong demand for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and the growing influence of new market entrants sparked significant shifts in the continent’s automotive landscape with new passenger vehicle registrations totalling 12,792,151 units in Europe-28 in 2023, up 14%... Read more →


Researchers develop method for selective recovery of lithium from spent lithium iron phosphate batteries

A team from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology has used a formic acid–hydrogen peroxide system for the efficient selective leaching of lithium ions from spent lithium iron phophate batteries. A paper on their process is published in thr Journal of Power Sources. With rapid technology development and the support... Read more →


The ID.7 is the flagship among electric Volkswagen models. Volkswagen is now expanding the ID.7 portfolio in Europe with an estate car: the all-new ID.7 Tourer. It is one of the first all-electric estate cars in the upper mid-sized class. Volkswagen is also represented in this class with the new... Read more →


Porsche is further expanding its range of powertrains for the Panamera. As part of the E-Performance strategy, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid have been added to the portfolio. This is Porsche’s response to the particularly strong interest in efficient and dynamic e-hybrid powertrains in many markets.... Read more →


On the back of offtake agreements with Panasonic Energy and General Motors Holdings (earlier post), Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) has closed Mitsui & Co. and Pallinghurst Bond Limited for an aggregate combined investment of US$87.5 million to advance NMG’s development toward commercial operations. Map of NMG’s integrated extraction and advanced... Read more →


UNECE to introduce methodology to measure particle emissions from tires

Made from a mixture of natural and synthetic rubber and plastic polymers, including other chemical components, tires represent a significant source of non-exhaust emissions. Tire abrasion is produced when there is friction with the road surface, for example when vehicles turn, accelerate or brake. Small particles break off from tires... Read more →


Topsoe signed an engineering agreement with Approtium, a South Korean industrial supplier of hydrogen, to deliver Topsoe’s proven ammonia cracking technology, H2RETAKE, converting low-carbon ammonia, also referred to as blue ammonia, back into hydrogen. Topsoe will deliver its technology to Approtium’s landmark project in Ulsan, South Korea. The facility is... Read more →


Just 17% of electric cars sold in Europe are compact vehicles in the cheaper B segment, compared to 37% of new combustion engines, a new analysis by environmental NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) finds. Only 40 fully electric models were launched in the compact segments (A and B) between 2018... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group recruiting startups for 2024 ZER01NE accelerator; first half open call

Hyundai Motor Group announced its 2024 first-half ZER01NE Accelerator program, an open innovation platform to facilitate collaboration between startups and the Group on various projects. This program aims to discover valuable startups and explore the possibilities of strategic use of their innovative technologies. Startups can apply to one of seven... Read more →


Australia-based South32 Limited announced final investment approval for the Taylor deposit, the first development at its Hermosa zinc project in Arizona. Hermosa was the first mining project added to the US Government’s FAST-41 process and is currently the only advanced project in the United States which could supply two federally... Read more →


Toyota has updated the latest generation of its Yaris with an additional, more powerful new hybrid electric powertrain; significant new and enhanced safety and driver assistance features; and all-new driver’s instrumentation and multimedia system that exploit the potential of digital technology. The new Yaris offers customers the option of a... Read more →


Cleveland-Cliffs completes successful blast furnace hydrogen injection trial at Indiana Harbor #7 blast furnace

Cleveland-Cliffs successfully completed a hydrogen injection trial at its Indiana Harbor #7 blast furnace, the largest blast furnace in North America, with a production capacity of 5.5 million tons of iron a year. This represents the second Cleveland-Cliffs blast furnace to utilize hydrogen as a reductant and fuel source, following... Read more →


Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have demonstrated a simple, new, and effective way to separate metal ions from a simulated battery electrode mixture. Their process relies on fundamental chemical principles and requires no specialty chemicals, binding agents, membranes, or toxic solvents. Instead, it uses a common gel loaded... Read more →


Deltamarin and BAR Technologies introduced a new co-developed wind-optimized hull design. The partnership highlights Deltamarin and BAR Technologies’ ongoing dedication to decarbonization and forward-thinking innovation. The Aframax/LRII design, named Aquilo, represents a significant leap in overall performance by integrating state-of-the-art hull design with WindWings technology. Recognizing uncovered potential in both... Read more →


LG Energy Solution signed an offtake agreement with Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers (WesCEF) for lithium concentrate, further advancing the companies’ pre-existing partnership driven by the objective to deliver efficient and sustainable power solutions to the North American market. Under the agreement, WesCEF will supply LG Energy Solution up to... Read more →


Celadyne secures $4.5M to accelerate industrialization of durable fuel cell membranes

Celadyne, a developer of more durable low-permeability membranes for hydrogen fuel cells, raised $4.5 million in seed investment funding in a round co-led by Maniv and Dynamo Ventures, with major participation from EPS Ventures. Current fuel cells struggle with durability because hydrogen crossover inadvertently causes side reactions that lead to... Read more →


Syrah Resources has begun production of natural graphite active anode materila (AAM) at its 11.25ktpa facility in Vidalia, Louisiana. (Earlier post.) Vidalia is the first vertically integrated natural graphite AAM supplier outside China, processing natural graphite from Syrah’s Balama Graphite Operation in Mozambique. Commencing production at Vidalia is a huge... Read more →


DOE awarding $17M to 3 projects to produce rare earth elements from coal-based resources

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award more than $17 million to three projects that will support the design and construction of facilities that produce rare earth elements and other critical minerals and materials from coal-based resources. The projects, funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, may strengthen domestic supply... Read more →


Lake Charles Methanol II plans $3.2B low-carbon blue methanol plant in Southwest Louisiana

Lake Charles Methanol II, LLC (LCM) plans to invest $3.24 billion to construct a new manufacturing plant that will produce low-carbon intensity methanol and other chemicals at the Port of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The company plans to use advanced auto thermal gas reforming technology and employ carbon capture and secure... Read more →


thyssenkrupp Steel launched its call for tenders to supply hydrogen to its first direct reduction plant. In conjunction with two innovative melters, this is the centerpiece of the first transformation step in thyssenkrupp's decarbonization process as part of the tkH2Steel project. The hydrogen requirement is being put out to tender... Read more →


Point2 Technology, a provider of ultra-low-power, low-latency mixed-signal SoC solutions for multi-terabit interconnect, announced a $22.6-million Series B extension from Bosch Ventures and Molex, a global electronics leader and connectivity innovator, with participation from other investors. The boost in funding comes at a time when the use of AI in... Read more →


New Mexico legislature passes low carbon fuels bill

The New Mexico legislature passed The Clean Transportation Fuels Standard (HB 41). New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, who supported the legislation, is expected to sign it into law. The bill provides the Environmental Improvement Board the authority to adopt rules setting a carbon intensity standard for transportation fuels and... Read more →


DuPont announced that FilmTec LiNE-XD nanofiltration membrane elements, the company’s first offering dedicated to lithium brine purification, was named a finalist in the 2024 Edison Awards in the Resource Recovery & Environmental Conservation category. Lithium brine purification is critical to producing batteries needed for electrification. FilmTec LiNE-XD elements can help... Read more →


Fluorspar demand from the lithium-ion battery sector is expected to exceed 1.6 million tonnes by 2030, representing a significant portion of the overall market, according to Benchmark’s new Fluorspar Market Outlook. This mineral, primarily composed of calcium fluoride (CaF2), holds potential beyond its traditional uses in refrigerants, steelmaking and aluminum... Read more →


According to data from Adamas Intelligence, through the first 11 months of 2023 a total of 253,648 tonnes of nickel were deployed onto roads in the batteries of all newly sold passenger EVs worldwide—a 40% increase over the same period of 2022. Through the first 11 months of last year,... Read more →


A new Carnegie Mellon study finds that the climate change and human health costs of owning and operating a plug-in electric vehicle in coal-heavy regions of the eastern United States have dropped significantly as coal-fired power plants that supply electricity to charge electric vehicles have been displaced by natural gas.... Read more →


Honda Marine, a division of Honda Power Sports & Products and marketer of a complete range of four-stroke marine outboard motors from 2.3 to 350 horsepower, outlined how the company is advancing its mission to expand mobility on the water—capitalizing on the technology of Honda worldwide. A team of Honda... Read more →


DOE to award up to $100M for pilot-scale testing of advanced CO2 removal technologies; funding for projects to produce carbon-negative hydrogen from biomass

The US Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced up to $100 million to help develop a commercially viable carbon dioxide removal industry in the United States. The funding will support pilot projects and testing facilities to demonstrate and scale carbon dioxide removal technologies... Read more →


GM expands Super Cruise network to 750,000 hands-free miles, largest in North America

GM is adding an additional group of highways to its hands-free technology Super Cruise, bringing the total to about 750,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) of compatible roads across the US and Canada. This new batch of compatible roads makes Super Cruise the largest truly hands-free operating domain in North America—nearly... Read more →