Southwest Airlines signs memorandum of understanding with Archer Aviation to develop operational concepts for air taxi network

Southwest Airlines and Archer Aviation signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop operational plans for electric air taxi networks utilizing Archer’s eVTOL aircraft at California airports where Southwest operates. Archer Aviation manufactures electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Southwest is California’s largest air carrier, operating at 14 airports... Read more →

Joby Aviation has successfully flown a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-electric air taxi demonstrator 523 miles, with water as the only by-product. The aircraft, which takes off and lands vertically, builds on Joby’s successful battery-electric air taxi development program, and demonstrates the potential for hydrogen to unlock emissions-free, regional journeys that don’t require... Read more →

Europe is the slowest region of growth for electric vehicle (EV) sales so far this year, according to research house Rho Motion in its half yearly update. Just under seven million electric vehicles have been sold globally in the passenger car and light-duty vehicle market in the first half of... Read more →

Volkswagen’s PowerCo and QuantumScape announce agreement to industrialize solid-state batteries; targeting Volkswagen Group vehicle series

Volkswagen Group’s battery company PowerCo and QuantumScape have entered into an agreement to industrialize QuantumScape’s next-generation solid-state lithium-metal battery technology. Upon satisfactory technical progress and certain royalty payments, QuantumScape will grant PowerCo the license to mass produce battery cells based on QuantumScape’s technology platform. Under the non-exclusive license, PowerCo can... Read more →

Liquid Wind and Uniper enter strategic partnership to accelerate the development of eFuels

Liquid Wind and Uniper signed a strategic partnership agreement to further accelerate the development of eFuel facilities to produce fossil-free eMethanol. The partnership will leverage the companies’ strength and competencies to drive commercial-scale development of eFuel facilities, while reducing costs and risks and developing the supply chain. Under the collaboration,... Read more →

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $1.7 billion to support the conversion of shuttered or at-risk auto manufacturing and assembly facilities across eight states—Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, and Virginia—to manufacture electric vehicles and their supply chain. The Domestic Manufacturing Auto Conversion Grants program selectees will negotiate... Read more →

ARPA-E announces $36M to develop technologies to lower greenhouse gas emissions from ethanol production: TEOSYNTE

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $36 million in funding to develop technologies to lower nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions by 50% from the cultivation of corn and sorghum used for United States ethanol production. The Technologies to Emend and Obviate SYnthetic Nitrogen’s Toll on Emissions (TEOSYNTE) program... Read more →

A new study led by researchers from MIT finds that burning ammonia for maritime fuel could worsen air quality further and lead to devastating public health impacts, unless it is adopted alongside strengthened emissions regulations. It has been estimated that maritime shipping accounts for almost 3% of global carbon dioxide... Read more →

BMW Group posts 24.6% growth in BEVs in first half of 2024

With 190,622 fully electric vehicles delivered, the BMW Group achieved a +24.6% increase in BEV sales in the first half of 2024 compared to the previous year. Overall, BMW Group sales dropped by 0.1% compared to the previous year’s period with 1,213,359 units sold in the first half of the... Read more →

Yamaha Motor will build a new verification testing facility equipped with a melting furnace and heat treatment furnace using hydrogen gas at its Morimachi Factory in Japan. From 2025, the company will begin development and verification of technologies and techniques for melting aluminum alloy using hydrogen gas, as well as... Read more →

BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions breaks ground on new green hydrogen investment in Budenheim, Germany

BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions (ECMS) commenced construction of its production facility for green hydrogen and fuel cell components in Budenheim, Germany, near Frankfurt. The products produced at this site will include newly developed low-iridium-loaded catalyst coated membranes (CCMs), a key functional part for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water... Read more →

Steel made with green hydrogen and electric arc furnaces, or produced from scrap, can reduce the CO2 emissions of producing cars in Europe by 6.9 Mt in 2030, new analysis shows. That’s equivalent to avoiding the annual emissions of 3.5 million fossil fuel cars. Switching to 40% green steel would... Read more →

Hydro and Porsche planning the widespread use of aluminum with a reduced environmental impact

Porsche and Norwegian aluminum company Hydro have contractually specified the possibility of delivering carbon-reduced primary aluminum as well as secondary aluminum with a high proportion of recycled material. Within their technical collaboration, Porsche and Hydro are also testing where aluminum with an even higher proportion of recycled material can be... Read more →

Toyota invests in EV charging network IONNA

IONNA and Toyota Motor North America announced that Toyota has joined seven other automakers as an investor in IONNA to support the buildout of its high-powered charging network for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) across North America. This allows Toyota and Lexus customers access to the public network of DC fast... Read more →

Electrochemical Society names Toyota scientist a Fellow in 2024 Class

The Electrochemical Society (ECS) has named Dr. Rana Mohtadi, a senior principal scientist at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA), a Fellow in its Class of 2024. Mohtadi is the first female from an automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to receive this prestigious honor. This is the second... Read more →

Strathcona Resources announced a strategic partnership with Canada Growth Fund (CGF), a $15-billion arm’s-length public investment vehicle, for the development of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) infrastructure on Strathcona’s steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) oil sands facilities across Saskatchewan and Alberta. Under the terms of the arrangement, CGF will invest up... Read more →

DOE LPO announces $1.2B conditional commitment to ENTEK Lithium Separators to build Indiana EV battery separator manufacturing plant

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) announced a conditional commitment of up to $1.2 billion for a direct loan to ENTEK Lithium Separators LLC (ENTEK). If finalized, the loan will substantially finance a new facility in Terre Haute, Indiana to manufacture lithium-ion battery separators. The separators will be... Read more →

MAN Energy Solutions will supply its large-scale heat pump solution to Scout Motors Inc. for its new electric vehicle production in South Carolina. This major venture is part of a multi-billion investment by Volkswagen AG in the American company, which is producing the next generation of fully electric pickup trucks... Read more →

Aclara Resources signed a Memorandum of Understanding with VACUUMSCHMELZE GmbH & Co. KG (VAC), which establishes a non-binding, non-exclusive, preliminary agreement, to approach potential clients jointly as a “mine-to-magnets” solution for ESG-compliant permanent magnets. Aclara is a development-stage company that is focused on heavy rare earth mineral resources hosted in... Read more →

DoD seeks to prototype integrated electrolysis-based H2 production, storage and distribution system

The Department of Defense (DOD) Defense Intelligence Unit (DIU) has issued a solicitation to prototype an integrated electrolysis-based H2 production, storage and distribution system capable of producing and dispensing a minimum of 20kg H2 in a 24-hour period at an efficiency using 100kW or less power. The solution should: Be... Read more →

Audi is witnessing a global decline in customer orders in the electric luxury class segment. This affects the Q8 e-tron and Q8 Sportback e-tron models, which roll off the production line in Brussels. Audi is therefore considering the early end of production at the Brussels site. The Board of Management... Read more →

A new study shows feedstocks produced within the US are on track to support domestic production of an additional 1.4 billion gallons of renewable diesel and biodiesel, also known as biomass-based diesel (BBD), by 2030. Commissioned by the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) and conducted by S&P Global Commodity Insights,... Read more →

DOE announces $14M to increase consumer battery recycling

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $14 million to increase consumer battery recycling and create a more sustainable domestic battery supply chain. Supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and managed by DOE’s Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains Office (MESC), the selected projects will provide more than 1,000 collection points... Read more →

DOE VTO Announces $3M in funding to deliver clean energy solutions to market

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) announced more than $3 million in federal funding, with an industry match of $1.9 million, for projects across 3 National Laboratories to propel clean energy solutions. The funding is made available through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Office of Technology... Read more →

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects that the United States will generate more electricity from renewables and coal in the second half of this year, as electricity demand and natural gas prices increase. In its July Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts that natural gas prices will be about... Read more →

Sakuu and SK On to collaborate on advancing EV battery manufacturing

Sakuu, a provider of commercial-scale equipment and technologies to the battery manufacturing industry, announced a joint development agreement (JDA) with global manufacturer SK On, one of the world’s leading suppliers of EV batteries. Following Sakuu’s announcement of early access to its dry process Kavian platform in December 2023, SK On,... Read more →

Study finds Li-ion batteries a growing source of PFAS sub-class pollution in air and water

An open-access published in Nature Communications reports that the use of a novel sub-class of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in lithium-ion batteries is a growing source of pollution in air and water. Testing by the research team further found these PFAS, called bis-perfluoroalkyl sulfonimides (bis-FASIs), demonstrate environmental persistence and... Read more →

Hyundai Motor Group and University of Oxford establish Foresight Centre to shape long-term vision and strategy

Hyundai Motor Group and the University of Oxford held an opening ceremony for the Oxford-Hyundai Motor Group Foresight Centre at Oxford’s Convocation House to mark a new partnership between the two organizations. Based at Saïd Business School, the Foresight Centre is dedicated to exploring the Group’s long-term vision and strategic... Read more →

Altilium, a UK-based clean technology group focused on supporting the transition to net zero, and Connected Energy, a developer of second-life battery energy storage systems, announced a new strategic relationship that will see the two companies working together to extend the lifecycle of EV batteries. Connected Energy designs and develops... Read more →

Dow and Fiori Group sign MoU to develop new ecosystem for recycling end-of-life (EOL) parts and materials of vehicles

Dow and Fiori Group, a company that collects, stores and processes ferrous and non-ferrous materials, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate in the development of a new ecosystem for recycling end-of-life (EOL) parts and materials of vehicles. The MoU addresses both companies’ intent to handle analysis of the... Read more →