NuScale’s SMR design clears Phases 2 and 3 of Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s review process

NuScale Power announced that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has completed the second and third phases of review of the company’s revolutionary small modular reactor design. This development—six weeks ahead of schedule—marks a significant milestone in the company’s timeline to commercialize its technology. NuScale’s technology is the first and... Read more →


CNL launches program to accelerate Small Modular Reactor development in Canada

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, launched the Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative (CNRI), a new program that enables research and development to accelerate the deployment of small modular reactors in Canada. The announcement was made during the US Nuclear Industry Council’s New Nuclear Capital industry... Read more →


Toyota Mobility Foundation to study vehicle data to inform road maintenance inspection in Akaiwa City, Okayama

Together with Akaiwa City, the Okayama Prefecture, Okayama University, and the local Akaiwa City Police, the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) is holding a conference to discuss studying connected-car data to inform road maintenance. Currently local governments identify road maintenance needs based on observations from their regular patrol that focuses on... Read more →


ABS and MOL sign MOU to build up to 14 next-generation gas carriers

ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on up to 14 new gas carriers. The agreement covers seven new-build Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLEC) and... Read more →


Mazda Canada announced pricing for the 2019 CX-5 Signature Skyactiv-D (earlier post), available in one trim only for a MSRP of $45,950. The 2019 CX-5 Signature Skyactiv-D will be available at Mazda dealers across Canada beginning in August. The 2019 CX-5 Signature AWD with Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter diesel engine provides a... Read more →


US DOE awarding $39.9M to 5 projects for enhanced oil recovery

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) selected five projects to receive approximately $39.9 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects under funding opportunity announcement (FOA), Advanced Technologies for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). Projects resulting from this FOA will reduce technical risks associated... Read more →


Quanergy and Chery partner for autonomous vehicles; Chery Lion Smart Partner Program

Quanergy Systems, Inc., a leading provider of lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors and smart sensing solutions, announced a partnership with Chery Automobile, one of the largest automotive manufacturers in China. On 20 June, Chery unveiled the logo of its new brand Chery Lion, and announced its strategic plan of... Read more →


Adamas: China rare earth imports from Myanmar spiked in May before being banned

Adamas Intelligence reports that according to data from China’s General Administration of Customs, from 1 January through 15 May of this year China imported 9,217 tonnes of mixed rare earth concentrate from neighboring Myanmar, after which trade stopped as China’s Yunnan Tengchong Customs banned imports of rare earths from the... Read more →


Pierburg GmbH develops 2/2-way coolant valve for both ICE and electric vehicles

Automotive supplier Rheinmetall Automotive, a member of the Technology Group Rheinmetall, is systematically expanding its product portfolio in the direction of future driveline systems without neglecting its traditional combustion engine business. Neuss-based Pierburg GmbH, a part of Rheinmetall Automotive AG, has developed an innovative 2/2-way (2 connections, 2 switching positions... Read more →


Autotalks and Datang successfully complete Chinese C-V2X direct communication interoperability testing

Autotalks, an Israel-based provider of V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication solutions and China’s Datang, a leader in developing C-V2X communications standards and the provider of system solutions for C-V2X, have successfully tested chipset-level interoperability of their respective solutions for C-V2X direct communication. The testing took place during the final week of June... Read more →


DENSO opens lab in Seattle; connected technologies and mobility-as-a-service

DENSO Corporation, the world’s second largest mobility supplier, opened its Seattle Innovation Lab, which will strengthen the company’s development of connected technologies and advance its Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform. The lab supports DENSO’s recent expansion into software-based solutions to complement its hardware expertise, bolsters its North American R&D strategy and helps... Read more →


Battery manufacturing tech company Intecells closes Series A; Plasmatreat strategic partner

Intecells, Inc., a developer of scalable, solid-state, low-cost battery manufacturing technology for lithium-ion batteries, announced Series A funding, led by Walden International (WI) along with its partner, Plasmatreat GmbH, a leader in atmospheric plasma technology. The new funding will accelerate the company’s growth and accelerate its product development aimed at... Read more →


Ballard Power Systems purchasing B.C.’s first fleet of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles; Toyota Mirai

Ballard Power Systems, a global fuel cell pioneer celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019, has arranged for several Ballard employees to purchase B.C.’s first fleet of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) from Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI). Ballard employees are expected to purchase the Toyota Mirai zero-emission FCEVs powered by hydrogen... Read more →


Prime Minister calls for UK to stay at forefront of EVs; £500M loan guarantee to Jaguar Land Rover for next-gen EVs

In a meeting with senior executives from automotive and energy industries, UK Prime Minister Theresa May outlined the government’s commitment to the UK’s automotive sector and called for the UK to stay at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of electric vehicles. She emphasiszed that this can only be... Read more →


Toyota starts automated driving testing on urban public roads in Europe

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) is beginning automated driving (AD) on public roads in Europe. After successful simulations and trials on closed circuits, TME is now taking its in-house developed AD systems to a real-life urban setting: the city center of Brussels, Belgium, where a modified Lexus LS will repeatedly complete... Read more →


Rio Tinto advised that it now expects that the development capital spend for the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine project in Mongolia will range from $6.5 billion to $7.2 billion—an increase of $1.2 billion to $1.9 billion from the $5.3 billion previously disclosed. Rio Tinto plans to have Oyu Tolgoi become... Read more →


Ceres Power & Doosan partner on solid oxide fuel cell power systems for commercial buildings

Ceres Power, a developer of low-cost, next-generation fuel cell technology and Doosan Corporation will jointly develop solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) distributed power systems initially targeted at the Korean commercial building market. South Korea is a leading fuel cell market and has been a core target market for Ceres. South... Read more →


Luminar entering consumer automotive and commercial trucking markets with new sensing and perception platform

Autonomous vehicle sensor and software company Luminar announced it is entering the consumer automotive and commercial trucking markets with a sensing and perception platform called Iris, now backed by new major institutional and strategic investors. After three years of stealth development, the company also revealed its perception software built on... Read more →


Sigfox and INDIGO weel partner to improve urban bike sharing

Self-service bicycle fleet INDIGO weel, a subsidiary of the INDIGO group, has been fitted with sensors, supported by Sigfox’s 0G network, that can accurately pinpoint their location at any given time. As the number of shared vehicles in circulation increases, this integration of Sigfox technology will help to better protect... Read more →


Valeo has won €500M worth of lidar orders with 4 major OEMs

Valeo has won €500 million ($564 million) worth of orders for its lidar car sensor products with four major global auto groups. Valeo is the world’s leading manufacturer of driving assistance sensors. Valeo executive Marc Vrecko told Reuters that those orders will probably eventually represent between 1 to 1.5 billion... Read more →


Canada awarding $4.6M to Petro-Canada for cross-country EV fast-charging network

The Government of Canada is awarding $4.6-million to Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, for building 92 electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers in its coast-to-coast network. The first completed station, in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, will be part of a larger network of more than 50 Petro-Canada locations, each with two charging units... Read more →


Elcora Advanced Materials enters joint venture on high grade Tanzania graphite project

Elcora Advanced Materials Corp. has entered into a ten-year joint venture profit sharing definitive agreement with Eminent Minerals’ interest in the South Nachu, Tanzania graphite deposit, located in Ruangwa, Tanzania. The project is located near two large Graphite Projects; Syrah Resources and Magnis’ Nachu. Both are high-grade graphite deposits. Under... Read more →


Phibro Ethanol Performance Group introduces new yeast products for the ethanol industry

Phibro Animal Health Corporation’s Ethanol Performance Group has introduced new yeast products to address the needs of a changing market. A longtime industry leader in antimicrobials, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group provides solutions for ethanol producers based on its core competencies of fermentation, infection management and co-products for animal feed. Products... Read more →


Idriverplus, one of the first companies in China to launch the commercialization of driverless technology and realize mass production, is using Velodyne’s lidar sensors in a range of autonomous driving products. Velodyne has strategically teamed with Idriverplus to help Idriverplus with its efforts for mass production of commercial autonomous vehicles,... Read more →


Tropos Motors and MOSOLF to sell electric compact utility vehicles in Europe, global markets

Tropos Technologies, Inc. and MOSOLF, one of Europe’s largest automotive logistics and service providers, have formed Tropos Motors Europe GmbH to sell Tropos Motors-branded all-electric compact utility vehicles (eCUVs) and trucks in Europe. Tropos Motors Europe GmbH will be based in Germany. A factory site to build Tropos Motors eCUVs... Read more →


Total and IFPEN partner to accelerate carbon reduction R&D

IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) and Total signed a strategic R&D partnership that includes an agreement to endow a chair at the IFP School on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and technologies to curb CO2 emissions. The roughly €40 million partnership covers a period of five years. The agreement has... Read more →


Chevron Phillips Chemical and Qatar Petroleum to develop $8B petrochemical project in Gulf Coast region

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC and Qatar Petroleum signed an agreement to pursue joint development of a new petrochemical plant in the Gulf Coast region of the United States, where there is direct access to the significant shale natural gas liquid reserves of the Permian Basin. The US Gulf Coast... Read more →


Turkmenistan’s new US$1.7-billion gas-to-liquids refinery has sent its first shipment of synthetic gasoline produced from natural gas to Afghanistan. In 2014, Turkmenistan launched the construction of the plant in Ahal province. The new complex is designed to process 1.785 bcm of natural gas per year into 600,000 tons of A-92... Read more →


Donaldson introduces protective vent for automotive battery packs

Donaldson Company, a worldwide manufacturer of venting solutions for automotive systems, now offers the Dual-Stage Battery Vent. This new high-performance battery pack vent helps provide protection from water, dirt, contaminants and automotive fluids, while equalizing pressure of the battery pack. The first stage of the Dual-Stage Battery Vent equalizes pressure... Read more →


BDR Thermea Group showcases first hydrogen-powered domestic boiler

The first hydrogen-powered domestic boiler was recently put into operation in a real life situation in Rozenburg, the Netherlands. The boiler was developed by BDR Thermea Group, a leading manufacturer of smart thermal comfort solutions, whose mission is developing and producing heating and hot water solutions with virtually no CO2... Read more →


Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Corporation invest in GOJEK, Indonesia’s leading mobility service company

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is investing in GOJEK, a leading on-demand multi-service platform in Southeast Asia, together with Mitsubishi Corporation. The three parties have signed a memorandum of understanding to discuss joint projects to create value from new mobility services in Southeast Asia. GOJEK, based in Indonesia, provides an app... Read more →


Technology company Continental has teamed up with German bicycle manufacturer Kalkhoff to develop specially adapted system components and firmware for a customized drive solution. The partnership between Continental and Kalkhoff results in new Kalkhoff eBikes that are based on several hardware and software optimizations for model year 2020. Kalkhoff’s new... Read more →


Neste to sell its fuel retail business in Russia to PJSC Tatneft

Neste Corporation has signed an agreement to sell its fuel retail business consisting of 75 fuel stations and a terminal in St. Petersburg region to PJSC Tatneft, one of the leading integrated oil and gas companies in Russia. The divestment has no impact on Neste’s Marketing & Services' operations in... Read more →


PKS Bielsko-Biała orders 26 Solaris CNG buses; second largest order for Solaris CNG buses in Poland

Operator PKS Bielsko-Biała has placed an order for 26 Solaris Urbino 12 buses with CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) drives. It is the second-largest order for CNG-fuelled vehicles secured by Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. in Poland. By the end of the year, the company is also to supply 54 Solaris... Read more →


Anellotech demonstrates MinFree biomass pre-treatment technology to remove minerals at 20 metric tons/day scale

Anellotech’s MinFree technology—a patent-pending biomass pretreatment process—has been demonstrated to reduce significantly the mineral (ash) content of loblolly pine at a 20 metric ton/day scale. Month-long trials converting this MinFree-treated, low-mineral pine into aromatics (BTX) at Anellotech’s Bio-TCat process TCat-8 pilot plant showed extended, economic catalyst life. MinFree is expected... Read more →


Blackstone Resources to build solid-state battery

Swiss holding company Blackstone Resources AG has teamed up with several strategic partners from Germany, Belgium, Poland and Austria, the United Kingdom and Switzerland to build a solid-state battery. Blackstone will finance its own research team with these partners. These include research specialists from a number of disciplines that are... Read more →


Total starts up the La Mède biorefinery; 500K tonnes of HVO for renewable diesel and jet fuel

Total has started up production at the La Mède biorefinery in southeastern France, with the first batches of biofuel coming off the line. It is the final step in converting a former oil refinery into a new energies complex. Launched in 2015, the project represents a capital expenditure of €275... Read more →


Teijin to acquire Benet Automotive to expand European automotive business

Teijin Limited has agreed to acquire Benet Automotive s.r.o. (Benet), a leading automotive composite and component supplier in the Czech Republic, from Jet Investment. Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed. Benet, headquartered in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, is a tier-one supplier of composite components to the automotive industry,... Read more →


Wärtsilä has formed Wärtsilä Biogas Solutions. Wärtsilä Puregas Solutions, specialists in biogas upgrading technology, is now merged with Wärtsilä’s biogas liquefaction team, a unit with expert capabilities in liquefying upgraded biogas for end-customer use. Wärtsilä Biogas Solutions will now be better able to offer customers a one-stop-shop service for advanced... Read more →


Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express join TradeLens blockchain-enabled digital shipping platform

Hapag-Lloyd and Singapore-based Ocean Network Express (ONE) Pte. Ltd announced they will join the TradeLens blockchain-enabled digital shipping platform, jointly developed by A.P. Moller - Maersk and IBM. Hapag-Lloyd and ONE, the world’s fifth and sixth largest carriers respectively, join CMA CGM and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, both of which... Read more →


Historically, transit bus ridership has been higher than transit rail ridership, but in recent years the two modes have had nearly the same ridership. Transit rail ridership grew 64% from 1990 to 2018, although this growth was not continuous during the period. Transit bus ridership saw an overall decline of... Read more →


CARB fines Anheuser Busch $500,000 over diesel truck violations

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has fined Anheuser Busch, LLC, $500,000 for violating California’s air pollution laws. CARB launched an investigation in March 2015 and discovered that the St. Louis-based brewing company had failed to properly self-inspect 19 diesel trucks, as required by the Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP),... Read more →


Transphorm strengthens 900 V GaN portfolio with second FET

Transphorm Inc., a designer and manufacturer of h high-voltage (HV) Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductors, introduced its second 900 V FET, the Gen III TP90H050WS, enhancing the industry’s only 900 V GaN product line. These devices now enable three-phase industrial systems and higher voltage automotive electronics to leverage GaN’s speed, efficiency... Read more →


IONITY partners with Extra MSA Group to provide 350 kW charging for the UK Motorway Network

IONITY, a joint venture between Daimler, Ford, BMW and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, has partnered with Extra MSA Group, a long-term specialist investment owner, developer and operator on the UK Motorway Network. IONITY have contracted to install HPC Stations at eight Extra umbrella-branded MSAs, each initially comprising... Read more →


Vision systems company Foresight signs agreement with Chinese tier one automotive supplier

Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd., a developer of automotive vision systems, has signed a multi-phase technological cooperation agreement with a Chinese Tier One supplier to develop smart mobility solutions for the Chinese automotive industry, and specifically for two Chinese vehicle manufacturers (OEMs). According to the agreement, Foresight will collaborate with the... Read more →


Highview Power unveils giga-scale cryogenic battery

Highview Power has developed a modular cryogenic energy storage system—the CRYOBattery—that is scalable up to multiple gigawatts of energy storage and can be located anywhere. This technology reaches a new benchmark for a levelized cost of storage (LCOS) of $140/MWh for a 10-hour, 200 MW/2 GWh system. Highview Power says... Read more →