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MIT team develops sub-terahertz-radiation receiving system to help steer driverless cars through fog and dust

Autonomous vehicles relying on light-based image sensors often struggle to see through conditions such as fog. MIT researchers have now developed a sub-terahertz-radiation receiving system that could help steer driverless cars when traditional methods fail. Sub-terahertz wavelengths, which are between microwave and infrared radiation on the electromagnetic spectrum, can be... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz Trucks has handed over a fully electric eActros truck to Murg Valley (Southern Germany)-based logistics company Logistik Schmitt. As part of the eWayBW project, commercial transport will be electric on the B462 federal road around Rastatt with the test operation of catenary trucks as of 2020. On an approximately... Read more →


Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has selected Cummins to be the electrification solution provider for the next-generation electric terminal tractor offering for the European market. The Cummins driveline solution eliminates need for a transmission on a terminal tractor, simplifying the overall system and reducing maintenance needs. Cummins will provide powertrain technology,... Read more →


Adamas: Baotou companies rapidly expanding REE metals and alloys production capacity

On Thursday, the Baotou Economic and Information Committee announced that China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) approved development of three additional rare earth metal and alloy production lines in the Jiuyuan Industrial Park in Baotou, Inner Mongolia—a region often referred to as China’s Rare Earth Kingdom. In the... Read more →


GTI has released a site-specific engineering design titled “Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes”. GTI led a team of engineers and scientists to produce a blueprint for converting an existing biomass facility into an RNG production site, using the wood waste feedstock and some of the existing infrastructure.... Read more →


Portland General Electric, NextEra Energy Resources to develop first major facility co-locating wind, solar and battery storage

Portland General Electric Company and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., plan to construct a new energy facility in Eastern Oregon combining 300 megawatts of wind generation with 50 megawatts of solar generation and 30 megawatts of battery storage. The new project, called the Wheatridge Renewable... Read more →


Rice University scientists have developed a detection system capable of alerting for Li dendrite formation in a two‐electrode battery with a Li metal anode with no additional electrodes required. A paper on the work is published in the journal Advanced Materials. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour made test... Read more →


Developers commissioned a little more than 45GW of onshore wind turbines globally in 2018 compared with 47GW a year earlier, marking a 4.2% decline. Only four manufacturers accounted for 57% of the machines deployed: Denmark’s Vestas, China’s Goldwind, GE Renewable Energy of the US and Spain’s Siemens Gamesa. The latest... Read more →


GM announced ARĪV as the name of its new eBike brand, which includes two innovative, integrated and connected eBikes: the Meld, a compact eBike, and the Merge, a folding eBike. The name ARĪV was selected as part of a global crowdsourcing campaign announced in November 2018. ARĪV eBikes are launching... Read more →


Hyundai Mobis has connected 5 Nexo hydrogen fuel cells systems to form a power generation system with a maximum capacity of 450kW for use at its Chungju Plant. The system can deliver about 7% of the total power consumption of the Chungju Plant and can be used in emergencies or... Read more →


U Mich researchers teaching self-driving cars to predict pedestrian movement; Bio-LSTM

University of Michigan researchers are teaching self-driving cars to recognize and predict pedestrian movements with greater precision than current technologies. The approach relies on a novel objective function that incorporates the periodicity of human walking (gait), the mirror symmetry of the human body, and the change of ground reaction forces... Read more →


DOE to award $66M for genomics-based research on plants and microbes to support bioenergy and bioproducts

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide $66 million through two funding opportunities for new genomics-based research on plants and microbes. The $30-million plant initiative (DE-FOA-0002060) focuses on research and technological innovation aimed at expanding knowledge of gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts. The... Read more →


OXIS Energy Ltd UK has signed a contract with CODEMGE PARTICIPACOES SA, a public company incorporated in the city of Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, to establish the world’s first digital manufacturing plant for the mass production of OXIS’ lithium-sulfur cells. OXIS Energy Brazil Holdings will... Read more →


StarMetro, the city of Tallahassee’s public transit system, has agreed to purchase 22 Proterra Catalyst FC buses to service Florida State University (FSU), bringing the StarMetro fleet to 27 battery-electric buses. FSU is one of the first universities in the nation to decommission its entire fossil-fuel powered fleet and upgrade... Read more →


Navigant Research forecasts highly automated vehicle deployments to reach 34 million in 2035

In a new report, Navigant Research forecasts that annual volumes of highly automated vehicle (HAV) deployments will reach about 2.6 million in 2024, growing to 34 million in 2035. Progress continues in the development and deployment of HAVs as leading companies in the sector, including Waymo and General Motors, prepare... Read more →


Amprion and OGE push ahead with 100MW power-to-gas project hybridge

At a press conference in Berlin, grid operator Amprion, and Open Grid Europe (OGE), a natural gas transmission company, presented the status of their plans for and the next steps of their “hybridge” project, a power-to-gas plant in the 100 MW range including hydrogen infrastructure. The partners are ready to... Read more →


RONN Motor Group (RMG) announced that under its new Joint Venture agreement (earlier post), it will produce a lightweight “nano-composite” hydrogen fuel cell bus with battery enhancements for both the Asia markets and export. RONN Motor Group actual bus with composite body in development and rendering. These buses are expected... Read more →


Overall sales of BMW Group Electrified vehicles increased by 1.4% compared with January last year, with a total of 7,234 delivered to customers around the world. By the end of this year, the number of BMW Group electrified vehicles on the roads around the world will total more than half... Read more →


CAMS makes first award to develop open access oil and gas operations emission calculator to UT-Austin

The Collaboratory to Advance Methane Science (CAMS) has awarded its first research project to the University of Texas-Austin to study spatial and temporal methane emissions profiles across various oil and gas basins and to develop a publicly available tool to model emissions inventories from oil and gas production. University of... Read more →


In 2017, total gross U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were 6,472.3 MMT (million metric tons) CO2 equivalent, a decrease of 0.3% from 2016, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory. The decrease in total greenhouse gas emissions between 2016 and 2017 was driven in part by... Read more →


Electrify America has 105 charging sites operational; 465 chargers

Electrify America has 105 electric vehicle charging sites with 465 chargers which are operational and open to the public. Since installing its first ultra-fast DC fast charging site in Chicopee, MA in May 2018, Electrify America has accelerated the pace of installations nationwide. Electrify America’s progress includes: 105 charging sites... Read more →


Jaguar Land Rover is expanding its Ingenium engine family with a new six-cylinder gasoline engine designed and engineered in-house, and manufactured at its £1-billion Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) in Wolverhampton, UK. The 3.0-liter straight six cylinder gasoline engine, which will debut on the Range Rover Sport, is available in 360PS... Read more →


Aquantia and Sumitomo Electric parterning to deliver multi-gigabit ethernet connectivity solutions to the global automotive market

Sumitomo Electric Industries and Aquantia Corp. announced a strategic partnership for Sumitomo Electric to deliver Multi-Gig Ethernet connectivity products to global manufacturers of autonomous vehicles. The resulting products, Sumitomo Electric connectors, cables and subsystem capabilities combined with Aquantia AQcelerate automotive PHYs, are targeted at In-Vehicle Networks (IVNs) that enable new... Read more →


Dynamic Map Platform to acquire Ushr; HD maps for US and Japan

Dynamic Map Platform (DMP) and Ushr signed a definitive agreement under which DMP has agreed to acquire Ushr, which upon closing, will establish a single, enhanced platform for accelerated development and delivery of high-definition mapping solutions. DMP and Ushr are providers of accurate, high quality, high-definition (HD) road maps in... Read more →


Toyota and DIFFER partner on direct solar production of hydrogen from humid air, rather than water

The Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER) is partnering with Toyota Motor Europe (TME) to develop a device that absorbs water vapor, and splits it into hydrogen and oxygen directly using solar energy. The LIFT (Launchpad for Innovative Future Technology) research proposal has now been rewarded a grant from... Read more →


Agility Fuel Solutions extends long-term agreement with New Flyer for CNG cylinders

Hexagon Composites’ wholly-owned subsidiary Agility Fuel Solutions has signed an exclusive long-term agreement with New Flyer Industries Canada ULC and New Flyer of America Inc. (collectively, “New Flyer”) for the supply of compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders for transit buses. Over the course of our 25-year relationship, we have delivered... Read more →


NiZn batterymaker ZAF Energy Systems receives strategic investment from Wirtz Manufacturing

Wirtz Manufacturing, a global provider of equipment design and technology for the lead-acid battery market, has made a strategic investment in ZAF Energy Systems, a manufacturer of nickel-zinc (NiZn) batteries. The investment will expand ZAF’s manufacturing capacity from hundreds of batteries per month to thousands of batteries per month in... Read more →


In his State of the Stateaddress, California Governor Gavin Newsom called for the state to abandon the state’s full high speed rail (HSR) project, which would run from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and ultimately from Sacramento to San Diego. Instead, Newsom wants to commit just to the more feasible... Read more →


INRIX: congestion costs each American 97 hours, $1,348 a year

INRIX, Inc. published the 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard that identified and ranked congestion and mobility trends in more than 200 cities, across 38 countries. According to the study, Americans lost an average of 97 hours a year due to congestion, costing them nearly $87 billion in 2018, an average of... Read more →


EkoStinger opens new manufacturing plant; devices for tractor-trailer fuel efficiency

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that EkoStinger, the $1-million grand prize winner of the 2018 76 West Clean Energy Competition, opened its new manufacturing plant in the Southern Tier, creating new jobs that support the local community. The new plant will manufacture devices for tractor trailers that reduce... Read more →


Americans collectively spent $388 billion on gasoline in 2018, averaging to 34 million fill-ups a day. According to a study by GasBuddy, a smartphone app connecting drivers with the Perfect Pit Stop, the necessity, perception, and price of gasoline adversely impacts Americans across all age groups and income brackets, with... Read more →


New Flyer 40' (XHE40) and 60' (XHE60) Xcelsior fuel cell-electric buses (FCEBs), powered by Ballard FCveloCity-HD 85 kilowatt (kW) modules, have completed testing at The Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center under a program established by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Testing at the Altoona, Pennsylvania facility included evaluations of... Read more →


KS HUAYU AluTech GmbH—a joint venture between Rheinmetall Automotive and China’s HUAYU Automotive Systems—has developed a new production process for the new Chinese plant in Guangde, a process that is particularly suitable for highly complex engine block geometries and electric motor housings. The process was brought to series maturity in... Read more →


According to a new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report, blockchain technology can not only provide tamper-proof transmission of manufacturing data, it also yields something just as valuable to its users—traceability of that data to all participants in the production process. Because blockchain gives us both capabilities, we... Read more →


Carbon announced a strategic partnership with Lamborghini in digital manufacturing. Lamborghini’s first production parts using Carbon’s technology are a new textured fuel cap with the Urus label and a clip component for an air duct. Both parts are on Lamborghini’s Super SUV, the Urus model, which was first introduced in... Read more →


In the UK, steelmakers and university experts will partner in a 7-year, £35-million (US$45-million) research network called SUSTAIN. SUSTAIN is led by Swansea University, partnered with the Universities of Sheffield and Warwick, and involves more than twenty partners across the UK steel industry: companies, trade bodies, academic experts and research... Read more →


Argonne researchers use X-rays to understand the flaws of speedy charging

A team at Argonne National Laboratory has used spatially resolved energy dispersive X-ray diffraction to obtain a “movie” of lithiation and delithiation in different sections of a Li-ion battery cell and to quantify lithium gradients that develop in a porous graphite electrode during cycling at a 1C rate (full discharge... Read more →


Grimaldi orders MAN B&W two-stroke propulsion engines/turbocharger package as part of new hybrid generation

MAN Energy Solutions has won the order to supply 18 × MAN B&W 9S50ME-C9.6 TIER II-compliant main engines for 9 × 7,800 lane-meter RoRo vessels intended for operation in the Mediterranean Sea. The customer is the Grimaldi Group, the Naples, Italy-based shipping company and leading operator within the RoRo segment.... Read more →


The Center for Automotive Research’s (CAR’s) updated automotive sales outlook forecasts US light-duty vehicle sales at 16.8 million units for 2019. CAR’s forecast includes a continuation of sales declines in 2020 and 2021 down to 16.5 million units in 2021. CAR projects sales to rebound to 16.8 million units by... Read more →


Nuro, a robotics company developing a self-driving service for local goods transportation (earlier post), has raised $940 million in financing from the SoftBank Vision Fund. To date, Nuro has raised more than $1 billion from partners including SoftBank, Greylock Partners and Gaorong Capital. Nuro’s self-driving service uses Nuro’s custom unmanned... Read more →


WiTricity acquires Qualcomm Halo; unifying technology platforms for wireless EV charging

WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer (WPT), has acquired from Qualcomm Incorporated and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. certain technology platform and IP assets, which will bring more than 1,500 patents and patent applications related to wireless charging that WiTricity will own or control. Through the transaction, Qualcomm Incorporated will... Read more →


Dartmouth professor calls for unlocking geospatial data gathered by autonomous vehicles

As self-driving cars continue to develop, there will be a staggering amount of data amassed through cars’ navigational technologies. Questions regarding privacy, ownership, cybersecurity and public safety arise, as heavily guarded mapping data is collected and leveraged by companies. The geospatial data can be used to draw new maps identifying... Read more →


UMTRI team investigating “instantaneous crowdsourcing” to speed adoption of autonomous vehicles

Combining human and artificial intelligence in autonomous vehicles could push driverless cars more quickly toward wide-scale adoption, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). That’s the goal of a new project that relies on a technique called instantaneous crowdsourcing to provide a cost-effective, real-time remote... Read more →


DOE to provide $30M for new data science approaches for energy-relevant chemistry and materials research

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide $30 million (DE-FOA-0002082) for new research projects using modern data science approaches to accelerate discovery in chemistry and materials sciences. Data science combines computer science, applied mathematics, and statistics with domain science to discover new knowledge from often complex (such as unstructured)... Read more →


Naval Group and Centrale Nantes have printed the first demonstrator of hollow propeller blades by metal additive manufacturing as part of the European H2020 project, RAMSSES (Realization and Demonstration of Advanced Material Solutions for Sustainable and Efficient Ships). Funded by the European Commission, this collaborative program aims to reduce the... Read more →


China-based GAC NE—thenew energy vehicle arm under Chinese automaker GAC Group—reports that an Aion S, its electric vehicle model to be rolled out in May 2019 (earlier post), has traveled 392 miles (630 km) on a single charge. As a comparison, the Tesla Model 3—which GAC favors as a competitive... Read more →


AAA: EV HVAC use in frigid temperatures causes substantial drop in range

New research from AAA finds that when the outside temperature hits 20°F (-6.7 ˚C) and the HVAC system is used to heat the inside of an electric vehicle, the average driving range is decreased by 41%. This means for every 100 miles of combined urban/highway driving, the range at 20°F... Read more →


C-Capture raises £3.5Min funding round led by BP, Drax and IP Group

C-Capture, a designer of chemical processes for carbon dioxide removal and a spin-out from Leeds University, has raised £3.5 million (US$4.5M) in new equity funding in a round led by BP Ventures, Drax, and IP Group. C-Capture has patented a unique, amine-free solvent-based technology which offers a safe, low-cost way... Read more →


Understanding the behavior of composite materials is important to advancing their design, since attempts to further strengthen or stiffen them can sometimes produce counterproductive results. A $545,000 grant over three years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) aims to answer some of the central questions about the microstructural mechanisms that... Read more →


In a series of tweets on Friday, Nikola Motor, developer of heavy-duty hydrogen-electric trucks, said that it will introduce all-battery versions of the Nikola Two and Nikola Tre models at Nikola World in April. (Earlier post.) Nikola Tre. The battery-electric trucks will be available in 500 kWh, 750 kWh and... Read more →