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Emirates, one of the world’s largest international airlines, has become the first airline to operate an Airbus A380 demonstration flight with one of the aircraft’s four engines powered with Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Emirates’ flight demonstrates the potential of SAF as a more sustainable drop-in replacement for fossil-based jet... Read more →

United H2 Limited (UHL), has formed a hydrogen exploration business, Voyager H2, with a group of engineering partners to capitalize on geologic hydrogen (earlier post) deposits available across Poland and other European regions along with Africa, South America, North America and Australia. With its first hydrogen exploration unit being prepared... Read more →

The city of Wałbrzych, Poland, has contracted for 20 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses, including an option to purchase an additional 25 vehicles. The first 14 units will be delivered to Wałbrzych in September next year. The contract is to be completed by the end of July 2025. The vehicles... Read more →

Stellantis is recalling an estimated 32,125 US-market plug-in hybrid SUVs to resolve a potential fire risk. A routine review of customer data led to an internal investigation that discovered eight vehicle fires. All were parked and turned off, while six were connected to chargers. Stellantis is unaware of any related... Read more →

An offtake agreement between A.P. Moller - Maersk and Chinese developer Goldwind, a global leader in clean energy, reaches into the next decade and marks the first large scale green methanol offtake agreement for the global shipping industry. This deal is a milestone for Maersk as it enables it to... Read more →

Hydro opens aluminum recycling plant in Michigan; Hydro CIRCAL

Hydro, the Norwegian aluminum and renewable energy company, and a world leader in the production of recycled and low-carbon aluminum, recently celebrated the official opening of its recycling plant in Cassopolis, Michigan, just 18 months after breaking ground at the site.. Hydro expects to produce 265 million pounds (120,000 metric... Read more →

EPFL spin-off Qaptis has developed a mobile carbon capture system that can cut freight trucks’ carbon emissions by up to 90%. The company just installed a prototype of its technology at a freight carrier based in Tolochenaz in order to conduct pilot tests locally. Every year, trucks shipping goods across... Read more →

SAE International announced that the SAE Wireless Power Transfer & Alignment Taskforce has completed a lengthy consensus process and decided upon Differential Inductive Positioning System (DIPS) as the technology alignment methodology for the SAE J2954 standard. The taskforce, consisting of automakers (OEMs), Tier 1s and wireless charging suppliers, were surveyed... Read more →

Hyundai Motor Group and Motional announced that Hyundai and Motional’s jointly developed all-electric IONIQ 5 robotaxi will be manufactured at the newly opened Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center Singapore (HMGICS). (Earlier post.) The first production-ready IONIQ 5 robotaxis will be deployed as part of Motional’s commercial services in the US,... Read more →

Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL), the largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility in India, has ordered 2 × 2 × MAN 12V175D-MEV variable-speed GenSets in connection with the building of two short-sea hydrogen-fueled feeder container ships for global logistics company, Samskip Group, headquartered in Rotterdam. (Earlier post.) Known as the SeaShuttle project,... Read more →

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used machine learning to design a carbonaceous supercapacitor material that stores four times more energy than the best commercial material. A supercapacitor made with the new material could store more energy—improving regenerative brakes, power electronics and auxiliary power... Read more →

Gelion, a spin-out from the University of Sydney, has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Ionblox, a developer of silicon-oxide based fast charging batteries (earlier post), to deliver safe, high-energy density, lower cost lithium silicon sulfur (LiSiS) cells for the global electric vehicle (EV), electrical vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) and drone... Read more →

Northvolt has developed a sodium-ion battery; the cell has been validated for a best-in-class energy density of over 160 Wh/kg at the company’s R&D and industrialization campus, Northvolt Labs, in Västerås, Sweden. Northvolt’s validated cell is more safe, cost-effective, and sustainable than conventional nickel, manganese and cobalt (NMC) or iron... Read more →

Stellantis and CATL sign strategic MoU for the local supply of LFP batteries for European market; possible JV

Stellantis N.V. and CATL signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the local supply of LFP battery cells and modules to power Stellantis’ electric vehicle production in Europe. To further support Stellantis’ electrification strategy, the two companies are considering the possibility to form a joint venture with equivalent contributions.... Read more →

AMADA WELD TECH is highlighting its Jupiter Laser Welding System, a semi-automatic production system for welding battery modules for use in electric vehicles, power tools, energy storage and military battery module applications. The Jupiter is suited for battery modules measuring up to 300 x 300 x 300 millimetres, with typical... Read more →

H2SITE validates on-board ammonia cracking system generating high-purity hydrogen coupled with PEM fuel cell

H2SITE has validated the first ammonia cracker to produce high-purity hydrogen for onboard power generation using a PEM fuel cell. An integrated membrane reactor has been installed and operated on board of the BERTHA B supply ship, sailing the shores of the Gulf of Biscay. Maritime transport is responsible for... Read more →

Neste partners with Hightowers Petroleum to provide renewable diesel to customers in the US Midwest

Neste and Hightowers Petroleum, a leading wholesale fuel supplier serving customers in the Midwest region in the US, have formed a strategic partnership to offer Neste MY Renewable Diesel. This partnership enables Hightowers to supply Neste MY Renewable Diesel to customers across the Midwest region, where the company sees strong... Read more →

GE Vernova and Next Hydrogen sign MoU to integrate electrolysis technology with power systems to produce green hydrogen

GE Vernova’s Power Conversion business and Next Hydrogen Solutions Inc. have signed a memorandum of understanding to integrate Next Hydrogen’s electrolysis technology with Power Conversion’s power systems offerings to produce green hydrogen. The integration of GE Vernova’s power conversion technology provides Next Hydrogen water electrolyzers with direct current (DC) power... Read more →

Komatsu to acquire American Battery Solutions

Komatsu, through its wholly owned subsidiary in the US, Komatsu America Corp., has agreed to acquire American Battery Solutions, Inc. (ABS), a battery systems manufacturer headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. Komatsu is planning to close the acquisition on 1 December 2023, on the condition that all necessary procedures for the closing... Read more →

DOE releases Request for Information to achieve rail sector decarbonization

Recognizing that the rail sector generates 2% of US transportation greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the Department of Energy (DOE) has released the Progression to Net-Zero Emission Propulsion Technologies for the Rail Sector request for information (RFI) to understand applicable decarbonization strategies (DE-FOA-0003186). The purpose of this RFI is to solicit... Read more →

MAN Energy Solutions is developing an oxidation catalyst for four-stroke engines that will significantly reduce methane slip. Called IMOKAT II and developed at MAN Energy Solutions’ headquarters in Augsburg, Germany, the research project is currently undergoing testing at the company’s Frederikshavn, Denmark facility. Funded by the German Federal Ministry for... Read more →

Honda is showcasing a prototype of its next-generation Hydrogen Fuel Cell System Module, jointly developed with GM, at the 2023 European Hydrogen Week as a further demonstration of the steps being taken to achieve carbon neutrality across all global operations by 2050. On display at the Brussels Expo from 20-24... Read more →

EC President announces €2.2B hydrogen bank auction for Spring 2024, €2B investment to build up Brazil’s hydrogen value chain

At the European Hydrogen Week event in Brussels, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the €2.2-billion second auction of the European Hydrogen Bank, as well as the signing of a major investment agreement with the Brazilian state of Piaui. The announcement came three days before the official launch... Read more →

Caterpillar has launched a three-year program to demonstrate an advanced hydrogen-hybrid power solution built on its new Cat C13D engine platform. Starting in the first quarter of 2024, Caterpillar will develop a transient-capable system for off-highway applications. The project will demonstrate how advanced control systems and electric-hybrid components can help... Read more →

KEYOU and Paul Group expand partnership on commercial hydrogen vehicles

Munich-based KEYOU, which specializes in retrofitting heavy-duty trucks for operateion on hydrogen (earlier post) and leading commercial vehicle specialist Paul Nutzfahrzeuge from Vilshofen in Lower Bavaria are further expanding their existing partnership.The aim of the intensified cooperation is to provide a nationwide service network and thus further advance the market... Read more →

Nornickel and Rosatom to look into SMR potential in Norilsk

Nornickel and the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom will consider the possibility of setting up low-capacity nuclear power plants to supply energy to the Norilsk Industrial District. The agreement of intent and cooperation to build small nuclear power plants has been signed by Nornickel’s President Vladimir Potanin and Rosatom’s Director... Read more →

A team led by Professor Mingxin Huang at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has developed a strategy to enhance the corrosion resistance of stainless steel, enabling its potential application for green hydrogen production from seawater. A paper on the work is published in... Read more →

Elroy Air flew the world’s first turbogenerator-hybrid electric vertical take-off and landing (hVTOL) aircraft on 12 November 12 at its test-flight facility in Byron, California—the Chaparral C1. The C1 is an autonomous hVTOL aircraft, with distributed electric propulsion and a turbogenerator-battery architecture. Leveraging both its turbogenerator system and high-power batteries... Read more →

Macquarie Asset Management to invest up to €175M in SAF producer SkyNRG

Australia-based Macquarie Asset Management will support the growth of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) with an initial investment of up to €175 million in SkyNRG via the Macquarie GIG Energy Transition Solutions (MGETS) Fund. This new investment led by Macquarie Asset Management’s specialist Green Investments team will support SkyNRG’s next phase... Read more →

Boeing and US Government launch initiative to advance SAF among APEC economies

Boeing and the United States are launching an initiative to catalyze the development and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) among Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries. SAF, which significantly reduces the lifecycle carbon emission of jet fuel, is key to achieving goals set by the International Civil Aviation Organization... Read more →

Rolls-Royce successfully completed compatibility testing of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on all its in-production civil aero engine types. This fulfils a commitment, made in 2021, to demonstrate there are no engine technology barriers to the use of 100% SAF. A ground test on a BR710 business jet engine at... Read more →

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3.5 billion from the Infrastructure Law to boost domestic production of advanced batteries and battery materials nationwide. (DE-FOA-0003099) The high-capacity battery supply chain consists of five main steps including: (1) raw material production; (2) materials processing including material refinement and processing;... Read more →

Reaction Engines and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions expand collaboration for hydrogen fuel cell technology integration

Reaction Engines and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand their existing collaboration to explore additional aerospace applications for their zero-emission propulsion technology. (Earlier post.) The MoU represents an expansion of both companies’ efforts to develop applications for their hydrogen fuel cell-based powertrain design and... Read more →

SWITCH Maritime LLC, a US-based company developing electrified, zero-emission ferries powered by battery and hydrogen fuel cell, has raised $10 million in a Series A round led by Nexus Development Capital to grow its fleet. Founded in 2018 by a veteran team of maritime energy transition leaders, SWITCH’s mission is... Read more →

DESTEN has introduced the Ultra-Fast Charging, 6C LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) cell. The latest pouch form-factor cell from DESTEN is capable of charging from 20% to 80% SOC in 6 minutes. Owing to its LFP-based chemistry, this cell features an impressive chemical and temperature stability profile, making for the safest... Read more →

Australia-based Galan Lithium Limited, a developer of high-grade lithium brine projects in Argentina, signed a binding term sheet with a wholly owned subsidiary of Glencore for offtake for up to 100% of its premium lithium chloride concentrate from the Hombre Muerto West (HMW) lithium project and the offer to provide... Read more →

Rare Element Resources (RER), a company seeking to advance the Bear Lodge Rare Earth Project in northeast Wyoming, announced that the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has finalized its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review of the company’s planned rare earth processing and separation... Read more →

JAL signs agreements with three hydrogen-electric aircraft/engine manufacturers on joint studies for introducing sustainable hydrogen-powered flight to Japan

Japan Airlines has separately signed basic agreements with three hydrogen-electric aircraft/engine manufacturers—H2FLY GmbH, Universal Hydrogen Co., and ZeroAvia Inc.—to study the safety, economic feasibility and maintainability etc., for hydrogen fuel cell-powered next generation aircraft. JAL Engineering Co., Ltd. (JALEC), which is in charge of aircraft maintenance for the JAL Group,... Read more →

Lucid Group revealed the new Lucid Gravity luxury electric SUV. The Gravity SUV is a high-performance vehicle with space for up to seven adults and their gear and a projected driving range in excess of 440 miles. Production starts in late 2024. A focus on efficiency has led to a... Read more →

Cadillac has confirmed the fourth vehicle to join its expanding global electric vehicle portfolio— the OPTIQ. A front 3/4 view of the 2025 Cadillac OPTIQ in Monarch Orange. OPTIQ will act as the entry point for Cadillac’s EV lineup in North America, slotting in below LYRIQ luxury compact SUV. OPTIQ’s... Read more →

tozero and Huayou Cobalt partner on Li-ion battery recycling

Munich-based climate tech startup tozero and Huayou Recycling are partnering for the recycling of battery waste in Europe. The partnership is intended to have a significant impact on the region’s battery industry, addressing the challenges posed by the growing electrification of the European eMobility landscape and the accompanying surge in... Read more →

At SOLUTRANS, the world trade fair for industrial and urban vehicles, from 21-25 November, at Lyon Eurexpo (France), HYVIA will reveal a new architecture for its hydrogen-powered Renault Master Van H2-TECH. This new architecture is a response to the broader needs of professional users, with the introduction of three new... Read more →

Range Energy, a company bringing powered trailers to the commercial trucking market (earlier post), announced preliminary third-party testing results showing its technology enables up to 36.3% fuel efficiency gains (+3.25 MPG) for semi-trucks. Testing was conducted on a 25.5-mile urban/highway loop at approximately 59,000 lbs. GVW and 60 MPH top... Read more →

DeltaHawk Engines, builders of an FAA-certified jet-fueled piston engine for general aviation aircraft, has recently completed advanced simulation analysis of a new, hydrogen-fueled variant of its engine family for multiple markets. Variants of DeltaHawk’s FAA-certified piston-engine for general aviation aircraft are being developed for use in hydrogen-powered aviation, commercial road... Read more →

DOE issues Notice of Intent for funding to advance the national clean hydrogen strategy

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced a notice of intent (DE-FOA-0003212) for potential funding to accelerate the research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) of affordable clean-hydrogen technologies. This potential funding will reduce the cost and improve the performance of critical elements of hydrogen infrastructure, while streamlining and improving processes... Read more →

Wright Electric and Axter Aerospace announced the successful completion of the maiden flights of their hybrid-electric crop duster aircraft, featuring 800 kW of combined shaft horsepower. Wright also announced that its electric propulsion unit (EPU) has achieved 1.2 MW of peak shaft horsepower and 1.1 MW continuous power output. The... Read more →

Archer Aviation, Air Chateau sign MOU for purchase of up to 100 Archer Midnight eVTOL worth up to $500M

Archer Aviation, a developer of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, and Air Chateau International DWC LLC, one of the leading private aviation operators in the UAE, signed an MOU covering a planned purchase by Air Chateau of up to 100 of Archer’s Midnight eVTOL aircraft with an approximate... Read more →

Kia America introduced the all-electric EV3 and EV4 concept models at the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show. Like other Kia design studies, the Concept EV3 and Concept EV4 offer visions of potential future products. Earlier this year, at the launch of the EV9 flagship electric SUV in March, Kia introduced... Read more →

CARB approves almost $624M funding plan for programs to incentivize switch to ZEVs

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved an almost $624 million funding plan for its incentive programs that will continue to help Californians—from truck fleet operators to commuters—make the switch to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). Under the plan, 63% of the 2023-2024 fiscal year’s investment funds will go toward bolstering equitable... Read more →

Toyota and Redwood Materials to expand battery recycling agreement; CAM and copper foil procurement

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and Redwood Materials announced an expanded recycling agreement that aims to create pathways for automotive batteries used in Toyota’s electrified vehicles that have reached the end of their life. The plan also includes an agreement for Toyota to source Cathode Active Material (CAM) and Anode... Read more →