Rice team uses flash Joule heating to convert waste glass fiber-reinforced plastic into silicon carbide

Researchers in Rice University’s Tour Lab have used flash Joule Heating (earlier post) to transform waste glass fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) into silicon carbide. A paper on the work is publishedin the journal Nature Sustainability. Glass fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) is widely used in everything from aircraft parts to windmill blades. Yet... Read more →

A sodium-metal battery developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin significantly reduces fire risks from the technology, while also relying on inexpensive, abundant materials. The researchers used a salt-based solid diluent in the electrolyte, facilitating the charge-discharge cycle. A specific type of sal— sodium nitrate—allowed the researchers... Read more →

Cyclic Materials announces capacity to recycle wind turbine generators and MRI machines for rare earth elements

Cyclic Materials, an advanced metals recycling company building a circular supply chain for rare earth elements and other critical metals, has expanded its operations to accept two new feedstock streams: wind turbine generators and MRI machines. Through its strong partnership network, Cyclic has already sourced 37 MW capacity of wind... Read more →

Canada Rare Earth establishes rare earth supply chain operations in DRC

Canada Rare Earth Corp. has established rare earth supply operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) marking a significant milestone in its expansion strategy. The proprietary operations in the DRC will be conducted through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Simba Essential Minerals S.A.S., incorporated in December 2023. By establishing our proprietary... Read more →

Bekaert and Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions Corporation entered into a global partnership which includes a strategic cooperation agreement, and a manufacturing technology license for Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEA), a key component for Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyzers, that will help to accelerate the advance towards green hydrogen production. The... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks handed over the first airport refueling vehicle based on an electric series truck from Daimler Truck. The procurement is an important step in the electrification of the ground-handling fleet for the refueling service provider Skytanking at Stuttgart Airport. In cooperation with the tank body specialist Esterer, the... Read more →

The all-electric version of the MINI Countryman is now rolling off the lines at BMW Group Plant Leipzig, four months after the production launch of the combustion-engined MINI Countryman. After phasing out production of the BMW i3, the birthplace of electric mobility at the BMW Group now manufactures four models... Read more →

Veracio, an orebody knowledge technology company that formerly operated as Boart Longyear’s Geological Data Services division, is introducing new and refreshed orebody knowledge (OBK) tools—TruScan 2, TruProbe and Strata—to improve, automate, and digitally transform orebody sciences in exploration, resource definition and production globally. TruScan 2, featuring HyperXRF, a mineralogical solution... Read more →

Cummins announced it will launch its most efficient heavy-duty diesel engine ever. As the next product in the Cummins HELM 15-liter fuel agnostic platform, the diesel X15 will be compliant with US EPA and CARB 2027 aligned regulations at launch. The next generation X15 diesel engine in North America will... Read more →

Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), with colleagues from Clarios, Amplitude Laser Group, and Liminal Insights, have developed a novel laser patterning process to alter the microstructure of battery electrode materials. BatMan builds on NREL’s expertise using laser ablation, advanced computational models, and... Read more →

Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Symbio sign memorandum of understanding on joint development of fuel cell systems

Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Symbio concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the joint development of fuel cell systems for mobilities including construction machinery. Through this MOU, Kawasaki and Symbio aim to integrate and leverage Kawasaki’s network in construction machinery and its development & manufacturing experience for high-pressure hydrogen gas... Read more →

Chevron announces its first solar-to-hydrogen production project in California’s Central Valley

Chevron New Energies, a division of Chevron USA Inc., is developing a 5-megawatt hydrogen production project in California’s Central Valley. The project aims to create lower carbon energy by utilizing solar power, land, and non-potable produced water from Chevron’s existing assets at the Lost Hills Oil Field in Kern County.... Read more →

Volvo Cars has introduced Accident Ahead Alert, a new connected safety feature. For the first time, cars can alert drivers of accidents ahead directly using real-time data from a traffic management center. It will be available in compatible Volvo cars in Europe, starting from Denmark. With the aim to help... Read more →

Skanska, a leading construction and development firm, has completed a 90-day pilot program using the Volvo EC230 Electric excavator on the Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project in Los Angeles, at the South Yard of the La Brea station. Skanska’s use of the zero-emissions equipment was among the first to... Read more →

Oshkosh Corporation invests in AI-powered Battery Management Software company Eatron Technologies

Oshkosh Corporation invested in Eatron Technologies, a developer of Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered Battery Management Software (BMS). Oshkosh’s investment in Eatron supports its vision to leverage advanced analytics and predictive modeling for lithium-ion batteries to manage its wide range of electric vehicles. AI-enabled BMS aligns to our electrification and advanced... Read more →

XPENG and Volkswagen Group enter into master agreement on strategic technical collaboration and joint sourcing program; B-class BEVs

XPENG and the Volkswagen Group have entered into a Master Agreement on Platform and Software strategic technical collaboration, marking a significant milestone in the strategic partnership of both parties. The executed agreements not only accelerate the joint development of the two B-class battery electric vehicles but also pave the way... Read more →

Motiv Power Systems completes Altoona testing with highest score for medium-duty electric bus in 7 year or higher service-life category

Motiv Power Systems announced that its electric shuttle bus built in partnership with Turtle Top and Davey Coach has successfully completed the Federal Transit Authority’s (FTA) Bus Test Program in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Motiv’s shuttle bus performed well across all categories, and received an overall score of 89.1 on a 100... Read more →

The United States was again the largest supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe (EU-27 and the UK) in 2023, accounting for nearly half of total LNG imports, according to data from CEDIGAZ. Last year marks the third consecutive year in which the United States supplied more LNG to... Read more →

IAG signs 14-year e-SAF purchase agreement with Twelve; 785,000 tonnes of e-SAF

International Airlines Group (IAG) announced its largest Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) purchase agreement to date, with e-SAF (power-to-liquid) producer Twelve, which will supply advanced e-SAF made from made from CO2, water and renewable energy. (Earlier post.) Under the terms of the fourteen-year contract, Twelve will supply IAG with 785,000 tonnes... Read more →

The pressure compensation element DIAvent HighFlow (earlier post) enhances the safety of electric car batteries and is generating considerable interest from the automotive industry. Substantial increases in order volumes have come particularly from one Asian and one US automotive group. At a time when suppliers are fiercely competing for every... Read more →

Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, a provider of fuel cell power solutions, is participating in the EU-funded APOLO project. APOLO (“Advanced POwer conversion technoLogies based on Onboard ammonia cracking through novel membrane reactors”) is dedicated to leveraging fuel cells and other power conversion technologies to decarbonize maritime transportation. Nuvera will provide... Read more →

Universal Hydrogen successfully powers megawatt-class fuel cell powertrain using proprietary liquid hydrogen module

Universal Hydrogen successfully ran a megawatt-class fuel cell powertrain using its proprietary liquid hydrogen module to supply the fuel. The liquid hydrogen module powered the company’s “iron bird” ground test rig for more than 1 hour and 40 minutes, simulating a regional aircraft flight profile. The iron bird is a... Read more →

Kohler Power Systems, part of Kohler Energy, collaborated with Toyota Motor North America to develop and install a hydrogen fuel cell power generation system at the Klickitat Valley Health hospital in Goldendale, Washington. The fuel cell power system combines Kohler and Toyota technologies to showcase the viability of the zero-emission... Read more →

CALSTART has released this year’s Zeroing in on ZEBs, an annual report funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The report provides an updated index of newly adopted transit zero-emission buses (ZEBs) that have been funded, ordered, delivered, and/or deployed within the United States and Canada according to data collected... Read more →

Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation (AKM) has started mass production of the CZ39 series of coreless current sensors for automotive applications. The CZ39 device family is well-suited to electric vehicle (EV) applications due to its 100ns response time, low heat generation, and noise immunity. These properties are highly compatible with the... Read more →

Constellium to lead Close the Loop project to accelerate automotive aluminum circularity

Constellium SE is leading a new R&D initiative called “Close the Loop” in partnership with an ecosystem of recycling companies in France, including INDRA (automotive recycling), GALLOO (metal recycling) and MTB RECYCLING (metal shredding & sorting). Funded in part by the French Environmental Agency ADEME under the France 2030 program,... Read more →

EPA launches $3B Clean Ports Program

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launchED of the $3-billion Clean Ports Program to fund zero-emission port equipment and infrastructure. The Clean Ports Program is designed to help ports across the country transition to fully zero-emissions operations—serving as a catalyst for transformational change across the freight sector. To achieve this,... Read more →

At the production site for power electronics in Klášterec in the Czech Republic, ZF is opening its first zero-emission factory after a renovation period of just under a year and a half. The plant, which is part of the Electrified Powertrain Technology division, supports the company’s efforts to achieve climate... Read more →

AutoFlight, an eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) company, has flown the first inter-city electric air-taxi demonstration flight between the southern Chinese cities of Shenzhen and Zhuhai. AutoFlight’s five-seater Prosperity eVTOL aircraft autonomously flew the 50km (31 miles) route from Shenzhen to Zhuhai. The flight from Shenzhen to Zhuhai across... Read more →

Panasonic Energy signs long-term agreement with H&T for supply of Lithium-ion EV battery cylindrical cans

Panasonic Energy signed a long-term agreement with H&T Recharge (H&T), a leading battery component manufacturer, for the supply of lithium-ion battery cans in North America, with the aim of expanding production of safe EV batteries. Panasonic Energy and H&T have collaborated since 2017, with H&T supplying approximately 40 GWh of... Read more →