## Lithium Energy Japan Building Second Li-Ion Plant for Mitsubishi i MiEV

## GM Draws Additional $4B in US Loans ##### 23 May 2009 GM confirmed that it will draw an additional$4 billion in US Treasury loans to maintain adequate liquidity as the company undergoes an aggressive restructuring. The loan draw is higher than the amount forecasted in the 27 April 2009 S-4 Filing for the Bond Exchange Offer (earlier post) and reflects... Read more →

In addition to increasing the overall budget, DOE is providing more funding to other segments within APEEM in FY2009. (Difference in pie chart size is representational, and not to scale.) Click to enlarge. The US Department of Energy (DOE) increased the budget for Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Machines (APEEM)... Read more →

## Desulfurizing Diesel with Ionic Liquids at Room Temperature

##### 22 May 2009

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have demonstrated that ionic liquids are effective for the selective removal of aromatic heterocyclic sulfur compounds from diesel at room temperature. A paper describing their work was published in the current issue of the ACS journal Energy & Fuels. Combustion of sulfur... Read more →

The Envera VCR mechanism. The rack and pinion can be located vertically (shown) or horizontally. Source: Envera. Click to enlarge. Envera LLC is nearing completion of a project to develop a new hydraulic actuator mechanism for its variable compression ratio (VCR) engine. Charles Mendler, the principal of Envera and the... Read more →

Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. has broken its own record for the world’s highest energy conversion efficiency in practical size (100 cm2 or more) crystalline silicon-type solar cells, achieving a efficiency of 23.0% (until now 22.3%) at a research level for its proprietary HIT ((Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin layer) solar photovoltaic... Read more →

##### 22 May 2009

The 2009 Hydrogen Road Tour, an annual road rally to demonstrate the advancements in fuel-cell technology, will begin May 26 in San Diego, California and end June 3 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Organized by the California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Fuel Cell Partnership, National Hydrogen Association and US Fuel... Read more →

Reaction mechanisms for the deNOx reaction on an alumina-supported silver catalyst. Source: Thibault-Starzyk et al. Click to enlarge. Using a new experimental method, researchers in France and the UK have identified the key intermediate step in the reaction between carbon monoxide and nitric oxide on a silver-alumina catalyst for reduction... Read more →

## Genome Alberta Announces Funding for Genomics Project to Reduce Environmental Impact of Oil Sands Production

##### 21 May 2009

Genome Alberta announced C$25.2 million (US$22.2 million) in public/private funding over four years for two new genomic research projects, one targeted at enhanced recovery of fossil hydrocarbon resources from oil sands and coal beds through biological processes, the other focused on discovering plant genes that can be sequenced and used... Read more →

Toyota Industries will begin selling a diesel-electric hybrid forklift in December in Japan. (Earlier post.) The new hybrid forklift. Click to enlarge. The new Geneo-Hybrid forklift has maximum load capacity of 3,500 kg, and combines a 2.5-liter diesel with a NIMH battery pack and motor. The system operates as a... Read more →

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has reinstated the role of a key policy document created by agency scientists (the Staff Paper) that contains staff analyses of options for the administrator to consider when setting National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to protect human health and the environment. The new NAAQS review... Read more →

Cummins’ Light Duty Efficient Combustion technology is designed to scale down across smaller light-duty engines. Source: Cummins. Click to enlarge. Cummins is progressing in the development of Light Duty Efficient Clean Combustion (LDECC) technology for light-duty diesel engines. The objective of the DOE co-funded R&D program, which began in October... Read more →

Overview of the PEM process. Click to enlarge. Waste Management, Inc. and InEnTec LLC (earlier post) have formed S4 Energy Solutions LLC, a joint venture to develop, operate and market plasma gasification facilities using InEnTec’s Plasma Enhanced Melter (PEM) technology. The joint venture is expected to process waste from the... Read more →

## SDK Reducing CO2 Emissions from Graphite Electrode Production

##### 21 May 2009

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has completed its shift in fuel from heavy oil to liquefied natural gas (LNG) at its Omachi Plant, enabling the plant to reduce CO2 emissions by 10,000 tons a year. Although the Omachi Plant is mainly producing graphite electrodes for use in electric arc furnaces that... Read more →

## Potter Drilling to Test Oxford Catalysts’ Instant Steam Technology in Drilling Geothermal Wells

##### 21 May 2009

Oxford Catalysts Group PLC has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Potter Drilling, Inc., a google.org funded company, to explore the incorporation of Oxford Catalysts’ Instant Steam technology (earlier post) into Potter Drilling’s hydrothermal spallation technology for drilling geothermal wells. Geothermal wells can be slow and expensive to... Read more →

Schematic illustration of a generic liquid-fuel energy cycle utilizing a renewable electrical source. Credit: ACS. Click to enlarge. Researchers at Northwestern University are proposing, and have begun experimental validation of, a renewable liquid-fuel energy storage cycle based on the co-electrolysis of H2O and CO2 using a solid oxide electrolysis cell... Read more →

## Survey Finds Americans Believe Hybrid Technology Is Strategically Important for US, Too Expensive to Buy

##### 20 May 2009

A new Johnson Controls survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, finds that 88% of US adults believe the United States must become a leader in hybrid vehicles and 84% that the government should support the advancement of battery technology in this country. While the survey found that 90% of US adults... Read more →

##### 19 May 2009

Quallion LLC, a developer of customized lithium ion batteries for medical, military, aerospace, and vehicle applications, has submitted a proposal to the US Department of Energy (DOE) for a grant under the Recovery Act–Electric Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative. The company hopes to build a new \$220M lithium... Read more →

## Obama Announces New National Fuel Policy; Two Harmonized Standards, with Fleet Average of 35.5 mpg, 250 gCO2/mile by 2016

##### 19 May 2009

US President Barack Obama today announced a new harmonized national policy intended to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for all new cars and trucks sold in the US. The resulting new standards will cover model years 2012-2016, and will require an average fuel economy standard of 35.5... Read more →

## LS9 and Procter & Gamble Form Sustainable Chemicals Partnership

##### 19 May 2009

LS9, Inc., a developer of fermentation-derived hydrocarbon biofuels, has formed a strategic partnership with Procter and Gamble—one of world’s largest consumer products companies. This new partnership supports the joint development and commercialization of LS9 technology to produce key chemicals used within the P&G portfolio of consumer products. The partnership includes... Read more →

## Valero Has Become a “Significant” Investor in Cellulosic Ethanol Company Qteros

##### 19 May 2009

Qteros, a Massachusetts startup (formerly SunEthanol) commercializing consolidated bio-processing (CBP) technology based on the “Q Microbe” (Clostridium phytofermentans), announced that Valero Energy Corp. has become a significant investor. Valero has established its investment in Qteros through its acquisition of certain assets of Verasun Energy. (Earlier post.) First discovered in Western... Read more →

A123Systems scalable prismatic module is reconfigurable for applications ranging from 1 kWh to more than 100 kWh. Source: A123Systems. Click to enlarge. At the Department of Energy (DOE) Annual Merit Review for the Hydrogen and Vehicle Technologies Programs, A123Systems co-founder Ric Fulop described the progress the company has made with... Read more →

The fourth-generation power cell. Click to enlarge. Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd., which develops and manufactures lithium-ion batteries for automotive applications, have developed a lithium-ion battery having a power density of 4,500 W/kg—1.7 times the output of the company’s current generation of mass-produced, automotive lithium-ion batteries. (Earlier post.)... Read more →

## Daimler Takes 10% Stake in Tesla; Strategic Partnership to Collaborate on Future Models

##### 19 May 2009

Daimler AG has acquired an equity stake of nearly 10% in Tesla Motors Inc. The two companies have already been working closely to integrate Tesla’s lithium-ion battery packs and charging electronics into the first 1,000 units of Daimler’s electric smart car. (Earlier post.) This investment deepens the relationship between the... Read more →