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DOE to award $33M to advance hydrogen and fuel cell R&D and the H2@Scale vision

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $33 million in funding to support innovative hydrogen and fuel cell research & development (R&D), infrastructure supply chain development and validation, and cost analysis activities. (DE-FOA-0002446) This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) builds upon existing efforts funded by DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies... Read more →

DOE to award $35M for bioenergy feedstock and algae R&D

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $35 million in funding for bioenergy feedstock technologies and algae research and development. (DE-FOA-0002423) Topic Areas ins the FOA support DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) objectives to reduce the minimum selling price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and... Read more →

DENSO to use SDK SiC Epi-wafers for next-generation booster power modules for FCEVs

DENSO Corporation has adopted silicon carbide epitaxial wafers (SiC epi-wafers) manufactured by Showa Denko K.K. (SDK), for their latest booster power modules for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). SDK’s SiC epi-wafers, launched in 2009, have been adopted by electronic device manufacturers for various devices including power supply for servers of... Read more →

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), along with its parent company Teijin, unveiled an innovative honeycomb Class A panel technology and an advanced, multi-material EV battery enclosure that can be molded in any number of CSP’s proprietary composite formulations. A multi-material battery enclosure featuring CSP proprietary materials is one of the technologies... Read more →

Hydro-Québec launches EVLO subsidiary specializing in energy storage systems

Hydro-Québec has launched EVLO Energy Storage Inc. (EVLO), a subsidiary that designs, sells, and operates safe, efficient and sustainable energy storage systems. These storage systems are intended mainly for power producers, transmission providers and distributors, as well as the commercial and industrial markets for medium- and large-scale storage. Their modular... Read more →

Rio Tinto declares maiden ore reserve at Jadar; major potential source of battery-grade lithium carbonate

Rio Tinto disclosed to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) a maiden Ore Reserve and updated Mineral Resource at its 100% owned Jadar lithium-borates project in western Serbia. (Earlier post.) Ore reserves are valuable and legally, economically, and technically feasible to extract. Mineral resources are potentially valuable, and for which reasonable... Read more →

The first zero-emissions electric school buses in the state of Texas were recently received by Everman Independent School District. The three buses, manufactured by Blue Bird Corporation, started transporting students this school year. Blue Bird’s electric school buses produce zero emissions, and have fewer parts when compared with a diesel... Read more →

Toshiba launches 5A 2ch H-bridge motor drivers for automotive applications

Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation launched two brushed DC motor driver ICs—TB9054FTG—in a wettable flank VQFN package and TB9053FTG in a power QFN package, for use in automotive applications, including electronic throttles. Samples of TB9054FTG are available now, with mass production scheduled for March 2022. Samples of TB9053FTG will... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz Vans has developed a new Electric Versatility Platform for the large van segment. This e-drive platform will be the technical basis for the next-generation eSprinter. The core elements of the new platform are three modules that enable the greatest possible flexibility in the development and design of different body... Read more →

Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, a provider of fuel cell power solutions for motive applications, has achieved certification of the Nuvera E-60 heavy-duty customer fuel cell system (earlier post) from the Shanghai Motor Vehicle Inspection Center (SMVIC). This certification provides third-party validation of the fuel cell engine’s performance and subsidy qualifications,... Read more →

California Energy Commission approves plan to invest up to $115M for hydrogen fueling infrastructure; 111 new stations by 2027

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a plan today that will invest up to $115 million to increase significantly the number of fueling stations in the state that support hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The funding nearly doubles the state’s investments to date and will help California nearly achieve... Read more →

WiTricity files patent infringement suit against Momentum Dynamics

WiTricity, the industry pioneer in efficient wireless power transfer over distance, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Momentum Dynamics, a Pennsylvania-based company developing wireless charging systems for the automotive and transportation industries. The lawsuit seeks recovery of financial damages and an injunction to halt the sales of Momentum Dynamics... Read more →

TES B Battery Recycling Facility officially opens

The TES B Battery Recycling facility in Singapore has officially opened. TES’ proprietary, hydrometallurgy process extracts materials such as lithium and cobalt at high purity levels and extraction rates making them materially and commercially viable for reuse in the forward battery supply chain. TES is a leading global provider of... Read more →

IHS Markit: battery recycling industry poised for substantial growth as number of batteries reaching their end of life to increase seven-fold by 2030

A multitude of supply, demand, cost and sustainability conditions are poised to drive a rapid expansion of the battery recycling industry, more than tripling its capacity by 2030, according to a new analysis by IHS Markit. Large waves of end-of-life batteries are set to begin this year, creating a sizeable... Read more →

Hyundai teases new IONIQ 5 as preview of new EV era

Hyundai Motor Company released a teaser video for the upcoming IONIQ 5, the first dedicated EV in the new IONIQ lineup brand launching in early 2021 (earlier post). Based on Hyundai’s ‘45’ EV concept, IONIQ 5 will be the first car mated with the recently revealed Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP),... Read more →

Despite increased e-commerce sales, third-quarter traditional sales were on par with those a year ago

by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. In a recent article, I showed that, adjusted for population and inflation, e-commerce retail sales during the second quarter of 2020 increased by 43.3% compared with second-quarter sales of 2019. In comparison, traditional retail sales decreased by 10.1%. This brief study extends the analysis... Read more →

7 companies launch Green Hydrogen Catapult to increase green H2 production 50-fold over next 6 years

World’s green hydrogen leaders unite to drive 50-fold scale-up in six years. World’s biggest green hydrogen project developers and partners come together to launch Green Hydrogen Catapult initiative New initiative aims to drive down costs to below $2 per kilogram, to transform energy across most carbon intensive industries, accelerating race... Read more →

Optimal Electric Vehicles and Olathe Ford, one of the nation’s largest Ford Commercial Vehicle Centers (CVCs), announced a new partnership in the sales and distribution of Optimal-EV’s E1 series battery-electric cutaway chassis platform. Under the partnership terms, Optimal will supply Olathe E1 Battery Electric Chassis for sales and distribution to... Read more →

Enerkem, with a group of strategic partners including major investor Shell, along with Suncor and Proman, and Hydro-Québec supplying green hydrogen and oxygen, and with the support of the Québec and Canadian governments, is proposing the construction of a biofuel plant in Varennes, in the Greater Montréal area. Varennes Carbon... Read more →

QuantumScape Corporation, a Volkswagen Group-backed developer of next-generation solid-state lithium-metal batteries for use in electric vehicles (EVs), released performance data demonstrating that its technology addresses fundamental issues holding back widespread adoption of high-energy density solid-state batteries, including charge time (current density), cycle life, safety, and operating temperature. A commercially viable... Read more →

Bureau Veritas launches EV charging program

Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification for nearly 200 years, unveiled an Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Program. Bureau Veritas’ EV Charging Program is a suite of services that provides technical excellence for charger deployments in a scalable way. The number of EVs in the US is... Read more →

In a new report—“Full Hybrid Electric Vehicle Markets 2021-2041”—IDTechEx forecasts that market value for hybrid electric vehicles will peak at $792 billion in 2027. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) have seen significant growth in sales over recent years, and the HEV market is set to increase in 2020 despite the implications... Read more →

Study: California needs up to 55 GW of long duration energy storage by 2045; 150X the storage deployed since 2010

By 2045, California will require the deployment of up to a staggering 55 gigawatts (GW) of long duration energy storage (LDES) to support its 100% clean electricity goals, according to a new modeling study released by the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA). This quantity represents more than a 150X increase... Read more →

Biofuels coalition files brief challenging 31 small refinery exemptions in 2018

Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, and National Farmers Union filed a brief challenging EPA’s August 2019 decision to exempt 31 small refineries from their obligations to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2018. Collectively known as the Biofuels... Read more →

INEOS Automotive has acquired the manufacturing facility at Hambach from Mercedes-Benz and will start to build its Grenadier 4x4 there in late 2021. The acquisition secures the future of the site and safeguards many jobs that might otherwise have been lost. Manufacturing at Hambach ensures that INEOS remains on track... Read more →

Motiv Power Systems announced the deployment of four all-electric step vans with Alsco, a global uniform service company. These zero-emission step vans are built on Motiv’s EPIC F-59 Ford eQVM-approved chassis and will serve routes in Sacramento and Los Angeles, with dozens more planned for next year. Alsco selected Motiv... Read more →

Equinor and RWE have joined the NortH2 project, which aims to produce green hydrogen using renewable electricity from offshore wind off the coast of Netherlands of about 4 gigawatts by 2030, and 10+ gigawatts by 2040, kickstarting the hydrogen economy in Northwest Europe. NortH2 was launched in February 2020, with... Read more →

Bosch plans to start full-scale production of distributed power stations based on solid oxide fuel-cell (SOFC) technology; hence its agreement to intensify its alliance with Ceres Power. Bosch is positioning itself clearly as a systems supplier for stationary fuel cells with its own value creation in the cell and stack... Read more →

2020 Thanksgiving week gasoline consumption in US lowest since 1997

US motorists stayed off the road during the Thanksgiving holiday in overwhelming numbers as the coronavirus surged across the country, according to the latest weekly survey of retail fuel stations by OPIS, an IHS Markit company. Gasoline sales fell 8.4% (nearly 185 million less gallons) from the previous week for... Read more →

To maximize the opportunities for hydrogen in Europe, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has established a Fuel Cell Business Group to oversee its hydrogen activities across the region. Based in Brussels, the group will strengthen the business case for hydrogen and support its introduction into mobility and other fields, making it... Read more →

Aurora acquiring Uber’s self-driving unit

Autonomous trucking company Aurora is acquiring Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving unit, Advanced Technologies Group (Uber ATG). ATG’s team and technology will accelerate Aurora’s mission and the delivery of its first product, the company said. In addition to acquiring ATG, Aurora is also announcing a strategic partnership with Uber that connects... Read more →

Ricardo: e-fuels better focused on aviation and shipping rather than road

A new Ricardo report finds that the use of synthesized e-fuels should be prioritized for shipping and aviation ahead of road transport where other forms of electrification are more effective. The report, Renewable electricity requirements to decarbonize transport in Europe with electric vehicles, hydrogen and electrofuels, was produced on behalf... Read more →

BYD 150 kW fast charger for buses and trucks gains UL certification

BYD’s (Build Your Dreams) announced its 150kW DC fast charger for buses and trucks has been certified by Underwriters Laboratory (UL), widening the universe of charging solutions available for BYD customers. The DC charger is also the highest capacity, single-unit charger yet certified by UL. The charger can be used... Read more →

Gerdau and Braskem partner with ITA and Alkimat to develop electromobility solutions with 3D printing

In Brazil, Gerdau and Braskem signed a partnership with the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) and Alkimat Tecnologia to develop innovative solutions for the electromobility segment using additive manufacturing (3D printing). The project will target components for vehicle transmission systems, with the potential to leverage the expansion of Brazil’s electric... Read more →

Toyota announced that it will preview a new mid-sized battery-electric SUV based on the forthcoming the e-TNGA platform for its European Battery Electric line-up. Further details are to be announced in the coming months. At this stage, only a stylized silhouette and details of the platform architecture have been released.... Read more →

International team develops technique to measure ion transport in LIBs precisely

An international team of researchers has demonstrated a combination of techniques that allows for the precise measurement of ions moving through a Li-ion battery. Using the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, these researchers have not... Read more →

Lithium Australia subsidiary VSPC reports significant progress towards improving the energy density of LFP (lithium ferro phosphate) Li-ion battery cells by adjusting its proprietary manufacturing processes to incorporate manganese into the cathode active material during production. The addition of manganese to LFP (producing LMFP) improves LFP energy density while retaining... Read more →

BYD sells 18,220 EVs in China in November, up 128% year-on-year

Chinese automotive manufacturer BYD sold 18,220 pure-electric passenger vehicles in November, up by 22.1% from October and by 127.8% from a year earlier. November sales of plug-in hybrids passenger vehicles hit 7,333, up by 2.9% on the month and by 174.1% on the year. Sales of pure-electric vehicles and plug-in... Read more →

Argus: China’s Southern Rare Earth ups Tb, Ho, Gd, Dy prices; rising magnet demand

Chinese medium and heavy rare earths producer Southern Rare Earth has continued to raise its weekly prices for terbium, holmium, gadolinium and dysprosium, supported by a shortage of spot supplies and firmer magnet demand, according to Argus. Restocking demand from magnet manufacturing plants started to recover from mid-October because of... Read more →

Plug Power Inc., a provider of hydrogen engines and fueling solutions, and Gaussin are collaborating to bring a commercial suite of ProGen-powered Gaussin transportation vehicles to market in 2021 as a solution to decarbonize the logistics ecosystem. Gaussin designs, assembles and sells products and services in the transport and logistics... Read more →

Lunaz, a creator of electric classic cars, announced the first tranche of production availability for classic electric Range Rovers. The company, based in Silverstone, England will create an initial run of 50 of the luxury SUVs built in the ‘classic era’ between 1970 and 1994. Prices for classic electric Range... Read more →

The Urban Taraxagum bicycle tire from Continental has won the German Sustainability Award 2021 in the category “Responsible Design”. The tire is the first series-built bicycle tire made of dandelion rubber. Series production of a tire made of dandelion rubber is an important milestone in Continental’s sustainability strategy. The dandelion... Read more →

Autonomous electric vehicles draw power from two sources: a high-voltage battery and, additionally, a conventional 12-volt battery that supplies the vehicle when idling or in high load situations while driving. Safety-critical systems such as brakes and steering can therefore be connected to two sources of power. But what happens when... Read more →

Findings released by international think tank the Global CCS Institute show that the total capacity of carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities operating and under development grew by 33% world-wide over the last year. The 2020 Global Status on CCS report also finds that there are a total of 65... Read more →

Audi is using augmented reality (AR) to plan complex logistics processes. The virtual presentation of three dimensional holograms that are shown in their actual environment helps planners to better evaluate the future situation. Because of this, prototypes of containers or equipment, etc., which are elaborate to produce, are no longer... Read more →

Australia-based Syrah Resources has completed a bankable feasibility study (BFS) for expansion of its natural graphite AAM facility in Vidalia, Louisiana, as it continues to execute its strategy of becoming the first vertically integrated producer of natural graphite AAM (advanced anode material) outside of China. The BFS confirms that 10ktpa... Read more →

The City of Boulder is partnering with Fermata Energy to test the ability to reduce the city’s building energy costs with an innovative pilot at the North Boulder Recreation Center. The city and Fermata Energy have installed a charging station that enables two-way electricity: from the building to the car... Read more →

With demand expected to rise significantly in the coming decade on the back of electric vehicle sales and energy storage systems implementation, an increase in lithium production is inevitable. Roskill’s CO2 output and water consumption intensity analysis, detailed in the soon to be published Lithium Sustainability Monitor, provides an in-depth... Read more →

Canada-based Standard Lithium Ltd. successfully completed the start-to-finish proof of concept of its lithium processing technology. Successful operation of the technology at pre-commercial continuous scale has directly extracted lithium from brine in Arkansas and produced a purified, concentrated intermediate product (LiCl solution) which has been converted to better than battery-quality... Read more →