Stena Bulk to install exhaust gas scrubbers on 16 tankers; $55M investment

Stena Bulk, one of the world’s leading tanker shipping companies, has href="https://www.stenabulk.com/press-and-news/press-releases/stena-bulk-install-exhaust-gas-scrubbers-16-tankers">made a major investment in scrubbers; 16 units will be installed before January 2020. Ten IMOIIMAXes, 5 Suezmaxes and one of standard MR will be equipped with the after-treatment system. The total investment is worth US$55 million, including equipment,... Read more →


DOE and Intel to deliver first exascale supercomputer

Intel Corporation and the US Department of Energy (DOE) will deliver the first supercomputer with a performance of one exaFLOP in the United States. The system being developed at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, named “Aurora,” will be used to advance scientific research and discovery. The contract is valued... Read more →


Velodyne demonstrates lidar solution for rich perception data collection on NVIDIA DRIVE platform

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. announced its surround-view lidar solutions for collecting rich perception data in testing and validation are available on the NVIDIA DRIVE autonomous driving platform—allowing full, 360-degree perception in real time, facilitating highly accurate localization and path-planning capabilities. Velodyne sensors’ characteristics are also available on NVIDIA DRIVE Constellation, an... Read more →


Current by GE reduces lighting energy consumption by 50% across more than 50 FCA plants and dealerships

Current, powered by GE announced that its work at more than 50 FCA US LLC facilities and dealerships in North America is driving down lighting energy costs by more than 50%. The largest impact to-date has come from 18 FCA US manufacturing sites where 20,000 of Current’s Albeo luminaires are... Read more →


The price of a gallon of gasoline changes depending on different price components, including crude oil, taxes, distribution and marketing, and refining. Historically, the largest component of gasoline price has been crude oil, which accounted for 50% of the average gasoline price for 2017, according to the US Department of... Read more →


BMW Group wins major engine-delivery contract from INEOS Automotive Ltd

The BMW Group has secured a major order from INEOS Automotive Ltd. for the delivery of gasoline and diesel engines. The contract is a further important step in the BMW Group’s strategy to expand its business providing drivetrains to industrial customers. The BMW TwinPower Turbo engines are destined for INEOS... Read more →


Moovit partners with SpotHero to simplify commuting and reduce congestion in San Francisco

Moovit, a leading Mobility as a Service (MaaS) provider, is partnering with SpotHero, a mobility platform for off-street parking in North America. The partnership will make it even easier for Moovit users to drive, park and ride public transit on their daily commutes using SpotHero’s network of parking facilities. The... Read more →


PEUGEOT launches eight new Trekking and Road e-bikes equipped with in-frame batteries

PEUGEOT launched eight new Trekking and Road e-bikes, featuring the BOSCH PowerTube battery integrated into the frame. The six versatile Trekking e-bikes are fitted with comfortable front suspension forks while rear suspension is also available on certain models. Two road e-bikes complete the range. The entire range is fitted with... Read more →


LORD Corporation invests €14M in Germany facility to support EV market; thermal management and structural adhesives

LORD Corporation plans to expand operations at its Hückelhoven, Germany facility with an investment of €14 million. This expansion project will position LORD to provide optimal support to the fast-growing electric vehicle (EV) market, especially in Germany and all over Europe. We have a strong focus on the electric vehicle... Read more →


Fortify and DSM partner to develop high-performance composite materials for 3D printing of structural parts

Fortify, a Boston-based advanced manufacturing company, and DSM, a global purpose-led, science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, will partner to develop high performance composite materials for 3D printing of structural parts. The partnership brings together Fortify’s Digital Composite Manufacturing (DCM) platform and fiber processing expertise with DSM’s application... Read more →


Kia Motors America partnering with Amazon on home chargers

Kia Motors America (KMA) began a new program with Amazon to provide plug-in vehicle customers with easy, one-stop shopping for a home charger and installation services using the digital Amazon shopping experience. Before they even bring home their new Soul EV, Niro EV, Niro PHEV or Optima PHEV, customers can... Read more →


Nissan and Mitsubishi to launch new kei cars as collaboration expands; semiautonomous technology

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will introduce four new minivehicles in Japan through their joint venture, as the companies continue to expand their collaboration. Production of the all-new Nissan Dayz, Nissan Dayz Highway Star, Mitsubishi eK wagon and Mitsubishi eK X has begun at Mitsubishi’s Mizushima Plant... Read more →


BMW i Ventures invests in Bright Machines

BMW i Ventures has invested in Bright Machines, a company delivering intelligent, software-defined manufacturing for the next generation of products. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA with offices worldwide, Bright Machines was founded in 2018 to bring intelligence to the factory, enabling manufacturers autonomously to build physical products. Bright Machines delivers... Read more →


Butagaz and Global Bioenergies make first delivery of bio-isobutene

Butagaz and Global Bioenergies have delivered for the first time bio-isobutene to the Héraclès winery, France’s largest organic wine cooperative. Supplying natural gas, electricity, wood pellets, propane and butane gas, Butagaz is continuing to diversify through its partnership with Global Bioenergies, a French company and pioneer in using renewable resources... Read more →


Dongfeng and Maxion Wheels form aluminum wheel joint venture

Maxion Wheels, the world’s largest wheel manufacturer, will form a new passenger car aluminum wheel joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components Group, one of China’s largest automotive parts companies. The new legal entity, Dongfeng Maxion Wheels, will build a new two-million per year capacity plant in Hubei Province,... Read more →


Hyundai Mobis invests $5M in China’s Deep Glint; recognizing specific face among 1 billion people at 50m within 1 second

Hyundai Mobis is investing US$5 million in China‘s Deep Glint, which has key technologies regarding object recognition and behavior pattern analysis utilizing artificial intelligence. Deep Glint is one of the leading Chinese startups in computer vision technology utilizing artificial intelligence. The company is known for its world-class technology in recognizing... Read more →


Neste to open four fleet card-lock fueling stations with renewable diesel in California

Neste will open four cardlock locations that will offer Neste MY Renewable Diesel to fleets in northern and central California. Cardlock locations are unstaffed fueling stations designed to accommodate fleet vehicles, including 18-wheel trucks. Newly Neste-branded cardlock locations are located here: San Leandro, Calif. (Western States Oil, 2709 Teagarden St.)... Read more →


Berlin public transport operator orders 20 more electric buses from Solaris

Berlin’s public transport operator BVG, one of the largest operators in Europe, has ordered 20 electric buses from Solaris between 2015 and 2018, all of a standard 12-meter length. At the end of the second quarter of 2020 they will be joined by 15 articulated Solaris Urbino 18 electrics. Those... Read more →


Connected Signals awarded patent for invention of traffic routing display system with multiple signal lookahead

Connected Signals, a provider of predictive real-time traffic signal information, was issued a patent by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) covering a way to communicate speed recommendations visually that help drivers get through a series of traffic signals without stopping. Connected Signals’ proprietary technologies are based on statistics,... Read more →


WiTricity establishes development team in Switzerland; extends relationship with University of Auckland

WiTricity, the commercial leader in wireless power transfer for EV charging, has expanded its global footprint with the addition of a new product development center near Zurich, Switzerland. The team, formerly of Qualcomm Halo, brings 50 years of combined EV wireless charging experience to WiTricity. The WiTricity Switzerland Development Center... Read more →


Asia is expected to be the major contributor to the growth of the global refinery fluid catalytic cracking units (FCCU) industry between 2019 and 2023, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The company’s report: “Global Refinery Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units (FCCU) Outlook to 2023 – Capacity and... Read more →


ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC and Axens have signed an alliance agreement for the sublicense of ExxonMobil’s Sulfuric Acid Alkylation technology. Under agreement, Axens and ExxonMobil will market and deliver all technologies associated within a refinery alkylation block, which includes Axens feed preparation, or Alkyfining, n-Butane Isomerization and ExxonMobil’s Sulfuric... Read more →


DENSO takes a stake in Airbiquity to advance connected vehicle technology

DENSO has taken a $5-million stake in Seattle-based Airbiquity Inc., a global provider of connected vehicle services and a pioneer in the development of automotive telematics technology. The investment will accelerate the development of over-the-air (OTA) systems for wirelessly updating automotive software from a remote location. OTA systems have been... Read more →


Volkswagen looking for fourth round of innovative mobility start-ups for Future Mobility Incubator in Dresden

Volkswagen has launched the application phase for the coming 2019 summer session in Volkswagen’s “Future Mobility Incubator” in Dresden. With its start-up program in the Transparent Factory, Volkswagen is supporting start-ups that want to push ahead with their innovative business ideas for the mobility of the future. Together with the... Read more →


In 2016, light-duty vehicles accounted for 58.5% of transportation energy use while medium/heavy-duty trucks and buses accounted for 23.9%, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). Air transportation was the only other mode accounting for more than 5% of transportation energy use. The majority of fuel used in transportation... Read more →


Earth Science Analytics AS, a Norwegian Artificial Intelligence petroleum geoscience software provider, has raised a series A funding from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), the corporate venturing subsidiary of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals company, Saudi Aramco. Earth Science Analytics is spearheading the development of the next generation... Read more →


VDE fully certifies ITT Cannon HPC CCS2 connector; high-power charging with liquid-cooled cable

ITT Cannon has received formal confirmation from VDE that the fully certified HPC CCS2 connector solution has successfully completed additional testing while operating continuously at 500A with a 4 m cable length and an ambient temperature of 50°C. The company said that while it has known that the HPC CCS2... Read more →


DOE to provide $30M for fusion research on international facilities

Department of Energy (DOE) plans to provide $30 million for experimental research on magnetic fusion energy science at international fusion facilities known as tokamaks. (DE-FOA-0002076) The research will be conducted by US scientists on existing facilities in the European Union, South Korea, and other countries that have existing bilateral agreements... Read more →


Nissan to electrify one-fourth of its sales volume in Asia and Oceania; importance of e-POWER

The new Nissan LEAF will go on sale in Indonesia and the Philippines by 2020, underscoring Nissan’s commitment to electrification in the region. The expanded availability of the LEAF is an important part of Nissan’s goal to electrify one-fourth of its sales volume under its midterm plan, Nissan M.O.V.E. to... Read more →


BMW Manufacturing continues as largest US automotive exporter by value

For the fifth consecutive year, BMW Manufacturing led the US in automotive exports by value, according to data released this week by the US Department of Commerce. BMW exported 234,689 X models from its Spartanburg, SC, plant during 2018. About 81% of these Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes were exported... Read more →


Researchers find possible new source of rare earth elements: phosphogypsum

Researchers have found a possible new source of rare earth elements—phosphate rock waste—and an environmentally friendly way to extract them, according to a study published in The Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics. Rare earth elements such as neodymium and dysprosium are essential for technologies such as solar and wind energy and... Read more →


TomTom (TOM2) and Elektrobit (EB), a global supplier of embedded and connected software products for the automotive industry, released a High Definition (HD) map horizon for automated driving. An electronic horizon represents the road network and map attributes ahead of a vehicle. An HD map horizon helps vehicles build a... Read more →


MAN to convert 15,000 TEU container ship to LNG dual-fuel

MAN Energy Solutions has signed a contract for the conversion of a 15,000 TEU container vessel to dual-fuel operation. The container vessel MV SAJIR is owned by Hapag-Lloyd, one of the world’s leading liner shipping companies, and normally serves a route from Asia to northern Europe via the Suez canal.... Read more →


Four Honda US plants earn 2018 EPA ENERGY STAR certification for energy efficiency

For the 13th consecutive year, two of Honda’s Ohio automobile manufacturing plants have earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, while Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) achieved the designation for the seventh year in a row. Joining these is a new certification for the Anna Engine Plant... Read more →


Volkswagen Group awards global deal to TomTom

TomTom (TOM2) has been awarded a multi-year extension to an existing European deal to provide its traffic service to Volkswagen Group car brands: Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge, Skoda, Lamborghini and Bentley. In addition, TomTom has been chosen as the traffic service provider for Audi vehicles in China and Japan.... Read more →


Tenneco supplying suspension components for Jaguar I-PACE electric SUV

Tenneco Inc. is supplying suspension components for the new Jaguar I-PACE battery-electric luxury crossover SUV. The vehicle features Tenneco’s passive front and rear dampers and coil and air spring suspension modules, engineered to improve ride performance and stability. Reducing overall vehicle weight is critical to the efficient operation of electric... Read more →


Mitsubishi Electric’s new plant in Czech Republic to produce motors and inverters for electric motor vehicles

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will start construction of a new plant on the premises of its subsidiary Mitsubishi Electric Automotive Czech s.r.o (MEAC) in Slaný, Czech Republic. The new factory will enable MEAC to increase its mass production of motor and inverter systems for electric vehicles, such as the company’s integrated... Read more →


The smarter E Europe joins forces with Eurogas and Hydrogen Europe

The smarter E Europe, the continent’s largest energy industry platform, has signed a cooperation agreement with the associations Eurogas and Hydrogen Europe. Their objective is to join forces in achieving a decarbonized Europe and work together towards a future powered by renewable energy. The future role of Power-To-X and how... Read more →


ASTM International Recovered Carbon Black Committee approves first standard

ASTM International’s committee on recovered carbon black (D36), formed in 2017, has approved its first standard. The new standard (D8178) defines important terms in the recovered carbon black (rCB) industry. ASTM International member Bill Cole notes that recovered carbon black is a relatively new, sustainable raw material product, produced by... Read more →


Agility Fuel Solutions receives CARB approval for Ford 6.8L V-10 near-zero emissions fuel system

Agility Fuel Solutions, a leading global provider of clean fuel solutions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, has received California Air Resources Board (CARB) certifications for a natural gas fuel system for installation on Ford 6.8L V-10 gasoline engines with gaseous engine prep package. The Ford 6.8L engine with Agility’s... Read more →


NHTSA asks US car owners to use daylight savings switch as cue to check for recalls

Daylight saving time in the US begins this coming Sunday, 10 March. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking car owners to use this occasion as your cue to check for recalls on their vehicles. If a vehicle is subject to a recall, manufacturers are required to notify... Read more →


France-based startup eBikeLabs, a technology provider for ebike sharing, has been selected by Allianz France to participate in a co-acceleration program with Toyota Tsusho Europe. This new co-acceleration program will work on new and urban mobility challenges. eBikeLabs mission is to provide a complete technology solution—the Internet of Bicycles platform—for... Read more →


Sweden proposes aviation greenhouse gas emission reduction target

Sweden has an ambitious target of being fossil-energy-free by 2045. As a part of the initiative, a new proposal suggests that Sweden would introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden. The reduction level would be 0.8% in 2021, and gradually increase to 27% in 2030.... Read more →


Study: India’s crop residue burning pollution causes US$30B economic losses, health risks

Living in districts with air pollution from intense crop residue burning (CRB) is a leading risk factor for acute respiratory infection (ARI), especially among children less than five years, in northern India, according to a new study from researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and partner institutes.... Read more →


National Safety Council finds a leveling off of motor vehicle deaths after several years of spikes

For the first time since the Great Recession, the US has experienced three straight years of at least 40,000 roadway deaths, according to preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC). In 2018, an estimated 40,000 people lost their lives to car crashes—a 1% decline from 2017 (40,231 deaths) and... Read more →


Praxair to build new world-scale SMR hydrogen plant in Louisiana

Praxair, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde plc, has authorized the construction of a world-scale hydrogen plant in Louisiana to supply product under a long-term contract with a major refinery in the area. The new plant will be integrated with Praxair’s already extensive Louisiana production network via its Mississippi River... Read more →


MATHESON acquires HyCO syngas business from Linde

MATHESON, a wholly owned subsidiary of TNSC Group, has completed its acquisition of the divested Linde HyCO business in the United States that became available as a result of the global business combination of Linde and Praxair. The United States Federal Trade Commission approved MATHESON as the buyer of the... Read more →