Global Battery Alliance launches second wave of Battery Passport pilots

The Global Battery Alliance, the largest multistakeholder organization in the energy storage space, bringing together over 160 members across the battery value chain and the wider ecosystem including public organizations, NGOs, labor unions and academia, launched the second wave of its Battery Passport pilots including 11 pilot consortia. Building on... Read more →


The mechanical and plant engineering company Dürr has developed a sustainable energy management system for automotive paint shops that can reduce both energy requirements and CO2 emissions by around 20%. The intelligent EcoQPower system links all energy flows in the painting process and enables excess heat and cold to be... Read more →


JLR and Chery sign Letter of Intent to license Freelander brand to CJLR for creation of electric vehicles in China

Building on their 12-year relationship and well-established joint venture, JLR and Chery have signed a Letter of Intent to strengthen CJLR’s product offer for the next era of electrification in China. CJLR is the 50/50 joint venture of Jaguar Land Rover Ltd and Chery Automobile Company. Under the proposed new... Read more →


bp acquiring Bunge’s 50% interest in Brazil biofuels JV; $1.4B value

bp will acquire Bunge’s 50% holding interest in its bp Bunge Bioenergia S.A. joint venture, one of Brazil’s leading biofuels-producing companies. Upon completion, bp will become sole owner of the industrial scale sugarcane and ethanol business, enabling bp to accelerate value creation through integration with bp’s trading and technology capabilities.... Read more →


Nobina, a major transport operator in Sweden, has ordered a total of 88 Solaris electric buses for its fleet operating in three regions: Skåne, Värmland and Malmö. This includes 55 units of the Urbino 15 LE electric as reinvestment for Skåne region, 15 units for Värmland, and 18 units of... Read more →


A team from Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan has fabricated a novel Fe3V3O8 (FVO) anode material for Na/Li-ion storage using hydrothermal technology for the first time. The electrochemical results indicated that the initial sodiation capacity of the FVO anode is as high as 805 mA h g−1 at 100... Read more →


The performance of Hempel’s silicone-based hull coating solution, Hempaguard X7, and its ability to accelerate decarbonization efforts in the maritime industry are now third-party validated by DNV. Hempaguard X7 is a high solids, advanced fouling defense coating based on ActiGuard technology which utilizes the added effect of advanced hydrogel silicone... Read more →


SODA.Auto launches SDV grant program

SODA.Auto, a developer of software-defined vehicle (SDV) technologies, has launched its SDV Grant Program, a new initiative designed to empower automotive startups driving innovation in the industry. The program will provide five automotive startups with specialized SDV grants, valued £50,000 each (US$63,000), along with access to engineering tools, mentorship, and... Read more →


Toyota Texas is expanding its footprint with a $531-million investment that will bring more than 400 new, high-quality jobs to San Antonio. The new on-site 500,000-square-foot facility will be dedicated to drivetrain parts production, further affirming Toyota’s commitment to reinvesting profits in its US operations. For nearly two decades, Toyota... Read more →


BMW Manufacturing opened its new press shop at the Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant as it prepares to assemble the new BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle (earlier post). The press shop will stamp sheet metal parts for the new BMW X3, which made its North American debut during the ceremony. These... Read more →


BMW launched the fourth-genetation of its X3 featuring major improvements in efficiency and dynamic performance with the wide-ranging model line-up. The portfolio of powertrains comprises not just highly efficient gasoline and diesel engines, but also a latest-generation plug-in hybrid system that enables the new BMW X3 30e xDrive (consumption, weighted... Read more →


New York Clean Mobility Program providing $32M for shared electric transportation solutions

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced $32 million is now available for shared electric transportation solutions such as micro mobility, shuttles, and ridesharing services. The new $32-million Clean Mobility Program, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will competitively award funding to local governments, transit... Read more →


EPA, DOE announce $850M to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas sector

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced that applications are open for $850 million in federal funding for projects that will help monitor, measure, quantify and reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors. (DE-FOA-0003256) Oil and natural gas facilities are the... Read more →


NCSU researchers create glassy gels; enhancing the extensibility of glassy polymers

Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a new class of materials called “glassy gels” that are very hard and difficult to break despite containing more than 50% liquid. Coupled with the fact that glassy gels are simple to produce, the material holds promise for a variety of applications.... Read more →


USDOT awards nearly $60M in V2X technology grants to Arizona, Texas and Utah

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will award $60 million in grants under the Saving Lives with Connectivity: Accelerating V2X Deployment program to advance connected and interoperable vehicle technologies. The grants to recipients in Arizona, Texas and Utah will serve as national models to accelerate and spur... Read more →


Amprius signs multiple contract manufacturing partnerships to secure more than 500 MWh of production capacity for SiCore cells

Amprius Technologies, the developer of the Silicon Anode Platform for next-generation lithium-ion batteries, announced a strategic initiative to increase rapidly the global production capacity of its SiCore offering (earlier post) through new manufacturing partnerships. SiCore batteries are based on a proprietary silicon anode material system delivering high-energy-density silicon anode batteries.... Read more →


cellcentric starts pilot production of fuel cell systems

cellcentric, the fuel cell joint venture founded in 2021 between Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group, has begun pilot production for fuel cell systems at the Esslingen-Pliensauvorstadt site, taking another significant step towards large-scale production. cellcentric is working towards supplying fuel cells on a large scale by the end... Read more →


BMW cancels €2B order for battery cells from Northvolt

BMW has cancelled a long-term €2-billion order for battery cells from Northvolt. A BMW spokesman said that the two companies, which have been collaborating on technology for years (earlier post), have jointly decided to concentrate Northvolt’s activities on the goal of developing next-generation battery cells. Report of the cancellation initially... Read more →


DLR receiving €130M for construction of electrofuels plant

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is receiving €130 million from the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) for the construction of the power-to-liquids technology platform (PtL). The research facility in Leuna, Saxony-Anhalt, is intended to research and develop technologies for the production of electricity-based fuels on an industrial... Read more →


Sedona Airport introduces Neste SAF with Avfuel partnership

The Arizona Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority (SOCAA)—in partnership with leading aviation fuel supplier, Avfuel Corporation, and the airport’s fixed base operator (FBO), Red Rock Aviation—now offers sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The airport is Avfuel’s first location to offer SAF in the state of Arizona, positioning it as a leader in... Read more →


Hydrogen energy technologies to drive demand for Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs)

The global market for platinum group metals (PGMs)—which include platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, osmium and ruthenium—will record a 4.47% increase between now and 2029, according to market research firm Mordor Intelligence. In part, market growth will come from growing demand for PGMs in green technologies, including hydrogen energy technologies, in... Read more →


TotalEnergies launches $550M Ubeta gas development in Nigeria

TotalEnergies, operator of OML 58 onshore license in Nigeria with a 40% interest, together with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Ltd (NNPCL, 60%), have taken the Final Investment Decision (FID) for the $550-million development of the Ubeta gas field. Located about 80 km northwest of Port Harcourt in Rivers state,... Read more →


Toshiba Corporation and Sojitz Corporation of Japan, and Brazil’s CBMM, the world’s leading producer of niobium, have completed development of a next-generation lithium-ion battery that uses niobium titanium oxide (NTO) in the anode. (Earlier post.) They unveiled a prototype E-bus powered with the new battery (SCiB Nb), which realizes an... Read more →


The world’s leading used cooking oil (UCO) producer, China, will soon run out of waste oil, as demand from Europe and the US outstrips supply, a new Transport & Environment (T&E) study shows. Stratas Advisors’ research, on behalf of T&E, looks at the collection capacity of the world’s leading UCO... Read more →


Topsoe, ABB and Fluor form alliance to develop standardized concept for SOEC electrolyzer factory

Topsoe, ABB and Fluor have formed an alliance to design a standardized concept for building Topsoe’s next Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells (SOEC) factory. The aim is to develop processes continuously to reduce costs, enhance safety, and secure an efficient project execution via a standardized approach. Momentum for green hydrogen projects... Read more →


Lhyfe has built and will operate a green hydrogen production plant for Deutsche Bahn (DB) in Tübingen. The electrolysis plant in the innovation hub of DB Energie, a Group subsidiary, has an annual production capacity of up to 30 tons (installed electrolysis capacity of 1 MW). The green electricity comes... Read more →


Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI), in collaboration mainly with Makina Saito, Associate Professor at Tohoku University; Takaki Hatsui, Group Director at RIKEN; and Yoshitaka Yoda, Senior Scientist at the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute, has developed a new synchrotron radiation technique capable of measuring atomic, molecular, and nanostructure motion in a... Read more →


Benchmark: Rare earth prices rise briefly for the first time in 2024 as sentiment runs ahead of fundamentals

Chinese market sentiment in early May overestimated consumer demand for rare earths oxides, resulting in the first price increases for rare earths dysprosium (Dy) and praseodymium neodymium (PrNd) oxide this year, according to the latest assessment by Benchmark. This was the first time rare earths prices had recovered after a... Read more →


Technology group Wärtsilä launched the world’s first large-scale 100% hydrogen-ready engine power plant. The IEA World Energy Outlook 2023 shows that hydrogen is an essential component of future power systems. According to the report, the pathway to reach net zero emissions by 2050 requires 17 Mt of hydrogen to be... Read more →


onsemi to invest up to $2B in the Czech Republic to establish end-to-end silicon carbide production for advanced power semiconductors

Electrification, renewables and artificial intelligence are global megatrends converging and driving unprecedented demands for advanced power semiconductors capable of optimizing energy conversion and management. In a strategic move toward addressing these demands, onsemi plans to establish a state-of-the-art, vertically integrated silicon carbide (SiC) manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic. The... Read more →