Elcogen collaborating with TNO to develop advanced solid oxide electrolyzer technology

TNO and Elcogen recently joined forces and initiated a collaboration agreement under the Important Projects of Common European Interest scheme (IPCEI) to develop advanced solid oxide electrolyzer (SOE) technology for future market demands. The primary objective of the partnership is to drive innovation within important projects of common European interest,... Read more →

The C919 aircraft completed maiden test flight with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by Sinopec earlier this month. China’s homegrown large passenger aircraft, the C919 made a soft landing on the runway of Dongying Airport in Shandong Province, marking the first time for the domestic commercial aircraft to be fueled... Read more →

The first national estimates of naturally occurring lithium in groundwater that can be used for drinking water were recently published by the US Geological Surveyas an open-access paper in Environmental Science & Technology. The USGS-led study focuses on groundwater that supplies water to both public and private wells. Ongoing research... Read more →

UChicago researchers optimize new method for extracting lithium from more dilute and widespread sources

Global lithium production has more than tripled in the last decade. Current methods of extracting lithium from rock ores or brines are slow and come with high energy demands and environmental costs. They also require sources of lithium which are incredibly concentrated to begin with and are only found in... Read more →

The US Department of Energy (DOE) released the DOE Fusion Energy Strategy 2024. DOE Fusion Energy Strategy 2024 is organized around three pillars: closing the science and technology (S&T) gaps to a commercially relevant fusion pilot plant; preparing the path to sustainable, equitable commercial fusion deployment; and building and leveraging... Read more →

Glocal Green and Norwegian Hydrogen join forces for green hydrogen in conjunction with bio-methanol production

Glocal Green AS and Norwegian Hydrogen entered into a cooperation agreement for the development and establishment of hydrogen production in connection with Glocal Green’s planned bio-methanol plant. The hydrogen production will be organized into a separate jointly owned company. The bio-methanol will be produced from low-grade biological residual materials and... Read more →

CPGC and BASF sign Framework Agreement on actual ship application of onboard carbon capture system

CSSC Power (Group) Corporation Limited (CPGC) will install its Onboard Carbon Capture System (OCCS) on multiple liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and utilize BASF’s OASE blue technology. To this end, both parties signed a Framework Agreement on the actual ship application of the OCCS at the 2024 Shanghai International Carbon... Read more →

Element Fuels completes site preparation and pre-construction for hydrogen-powered clean fuels refinery and combined-cycle power plant

Element Fuels Holdings, LLC, a company founded to develop and operate scalable, next-generation clean fuels production, has completed site preparation and pre-construction on a new hydrogen-powered refinery and combined-cycle power plant within the Port of Brownsville, Texas. The Element complex is designed to produce and recycle hydrogen using advanced technologies... Read more →

A project to realise a hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Hilux pick-up (earlier post) has moved into its next and final phase. Since the unveiling of the first prototype vehicle in September 2023, Toyota and its consortium partners, supported by UK Government funding, have reached an intensive evaluation and demonstration stage.... Read more →

UP.FIT, which upfits Teslas for fleet use, introduced the first Tesla Cybertruck Patrol vehicle ready for use by public safety officials. The UP.FIT Cybertruck combines Tesla’s electric vehicle technology with Unplugged Performance’s expertise in vehicle modification and adaptation to deliver a complete turn-key solution to meet the needs of police... Read more →

NHTSA announces Final Rule for CAFE and HDPUV standards

The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today issued new vehicle fuel economy standards for model years 2027-2031. In this final CAFE rule, fuel economy will increase 2% per year for model years 2027-2031 for passenger cars, while light trucks will increase 2% per year for model... Read more →

Rho Motion: EU tariffs on Chinese EVs could have little impact

The EU’s anticipated tariffs on Chinese Electric Vehicles could have little impact on the profitability of manufacturers, suggested research house Rho Motion at its Rho Motion Live Conference in Paris this week. Speaking to a room of industry leaders from the world of electric vehicles and the associated value chain,... Read more →

Polestar reduces supply chain emissions through integration of renewable fuels for ocean freight

Polestar is taking the next steps in reducing its supply chain emissions by integrating renewable fuels on its ocean freight routes, which account for around 75% of Polestar’s total transportation emissions. Polestar is now also operating its Vehicle Processing Centre (VPC) in Belgium on 100% renewable electricity. The VPC acts... Read more →

Results from the world’s first in-flight study of the impact of using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in both engines of a commercial aircraft show a reduction in soot particles and formation of contrail ice crystals compared to using conventional Jet A-1 fuel. The ECLIF3 study (earlier post), in which... Read more →

32GROUP, the exclusive distributor for ZM Trucks’ zero emission Battery Electric and Fuel Cell Electric commercial vehicle products in select markets of West Asia, North Africa, and Southern Europe, placed its first 900-unit truck order with ZO Motors North America for sales in their region during the recent Advanced Clean... Read more →

Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS), the UK’s first Hydrogen Fuel Cell truck OEM, signed a Partnership Agreement with Explore Plant & Transport Solutions (Explore) to supply 30 HVS hydrogen electric tractor units for the company’s fleet. The vehicles will be supported by a service and maintenance plan, full training on the... Read more →

1 in 6 new trucks, buses, and vans in California are zero-emission

The sales of new zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks in California in 2023 have doubled from the prior year, now representing 1 out of every 6 new vehicles sold for services that include last-mile delivery, freight transportation, and school buses, according to a report released by the state today. With... Read more →

Virginia will exit California EV mandate at end of year

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the end of the California electric vehicle mandate in Virginia, effective at the end of 2024 when California’s current regulations expire. An official opinion from Attorney General Jason Miyares in response to a request by the Governor and Senate Republican Leader Ryan McDougle confirms that... Read more →

WinGD, Alfa Laval, ABS and K Shipbuilding join forces for ammonia-fueled tanker design

Swiss marine power company WinGD, Swedish marine technology leader Alfa Laval and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) will work with Korean shipbuilder K Shipbuilding (KSB) on the development of an ammonia-fueled MR tanker design, under a memorandum of understanding signed in April. The design will feature a 6X52DF‑A engine... Read more →

ABS and Liberian Registry grant AiP for next-gen ammonia carrier design by HD Hyundai and Capital Gas integrated with Amogy’s ammonia-powered technology

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and the Liberian Registry are both granting approval in principle (AiP) to HD Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Capital Gas Ship Management (Capital Gas) for a very large ammonia carrier (VLAC) design. This vessel design features the integration of Amogy’s carbon-free ammonia-to-electrical power system.... Read more →

Planned electrolyzer installations that use electricity to produce hydrogen from water, if built, would expand capacity in the United States from 116 megawatts (MW) of current capacity to 4,524 MW, according to information collected by the US Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Program Record. If all the planned projects are implemented,... Read more →

Aurobay to deliver powertrain solutions to Turkish industrial giant Habaş

Aurobay, a HORSE Powertrain company, signed a significant agreement with the Turkish industrial conglomerate Habaş Sınai ve Tıbbi Gazlar İstihsal Endüstrisi A.Ş. Under the agreement, Aurobay will supply complete powertrain solutions for Habaş’ new passenger cars, with production scheduled to start by the end of 2026. Aurobay will supply two... Read more →

MOL and Volvo Penta are collaborating on trials for a pioneering electric 4X4 RoRo tractor, the RME225, utilizing DFDS’s facilities at the Port of Ghent. This collaboration focuses on integrating a purpose-built electric driveline aiming to support customers in remaining competitive and profitable through the energy transition. The vehicle features... Read more →

Survey by MINI USA finds consumer interest with EVs remains high

A consumer survey conducted by MINI USA found that American consumers are holding strong in their commitment to electric vehicles (EVs) in the near future. While consumer demand for EVs in the US has slowed from its previously exponential growth in early 2024, the survey indicates that consumer interest and... Read more →

Factorial delivers B-samples of Lithium-metal solid-state battery cells to Mercedes-Benz

Factorial delivered B-samples of its 106+Ah lithium-metal solid-state battery cells to Mercedes-Benz as part of their ongoing joint development agreement. This milestone marks the first announced B-sample shipment of solid-state battery cells to a global automotive OEM, showcasing progress toward product maturity and the series production of passenger EVs equipped... Read more →

Volvo Cars had begun production of its flagship fully electric EX90 SUV (earlier post) in Charleston, South Carolina. First customer deliveries are scheduled for the second half of this year. The EX90 is the first Volvo car powered by core computing technology—a technology that enables a new era of safety... Read more →

Honda started production of the all-new 2025 Honda CR-V e:FCEV fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Ohio. The all-new CR-V e:FCEV is the only FCEV made in America, as well as the first production hydrogen FCEV in the United States to combine an all-new... Read more →

Peterbilt announces CARB low NOx compliant PACCAR MX-13 engine availability in Models 579, 567 and 589

Peterbilt announced the availability of a new CARB low nitrogen oxide (NOx) compliant PACCAR MX-13 engine in the Models 579, 567 and 589. This engine meets the CARB Omnibus Regulation and features redesigns of internal hardware and the aftertreatment system to effectively reduce NOx emissions. The larger volume aftertreatment system... Read more →

Altris and Stora Enso partner to develop hard carbon anode material for sodium-ion batteries

Altris, a Swedish developer and prototype manufacturer of sodium-ion batteries, and Stora Enso, a provider of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials and wooden construction, are partnering to drive the adaptation of Stora Enso’s hard carbon solution Lignode (earlier post) as an anode material in Altris’ sodium-ion battery cells. Altris’ sodium-ion... Read more →

Berkeley Lab team develops digital model for optimization of membrane-electode assemblies for CO2 conversion

Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a digital model to accelerate the optimization of membrane-electrode assemblies to convert CO2 to fuel and other products. A paper on the work appears in the journal Nature Chemical Engineering. Carbon dioxide can be transformed into valuable feedstocks such as carbon monoxide and ethylene, which... Read more →

Volkswagen is expanding its range of ID.7 models. The new ID.7 GTX—a fastback with 250 kW (340 PS) output and electric all-wheel drive (earlier post)—celebrates its world premiere first. Pre-sales are scheduled to 6 June start in Germany at prices starting from €63,155. The all-electric Volkswagen ID.7 GTX Pre-sales of... Read more →

Ford started mass production of the new all-electric Ford Explorer (earlier post) at its first dedicated electric vehicle (EV) facility in Europe following a $2-billion investment. The electric Ford Explorer is the first vehicle to roll off the line at the Ford Cologne Electric Vehicle Center. A second EV, a... Read more →

NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced a collaboration with ZF Friedrichshafen AG on next-generation SiC-based traction inverter solutions for electric vehicles (EVs). By leveraging NXP’s advanced GD316x high-voltage (HV) isolated gate drivers, the solutions are designed to accelerate the adoption of 800-V and SiC power devices. Safe, efficient and higher performance traction... Read more →

Geely signs long-term SiC supply agreement and establishes joint lab with STMicroelectronics

STMicroelectronics and Geely Auto Group have signed a long-term Silicon Carbide (SiC) supply agreement to accelerate their existing cooperation on SiC devices. Under the terms of this multi-year contract, ST will provide multiple Geely Auto brands with SiC power devices for mid-to-high-end battery electric vehicles (BEVs), boosting Geely Auto’s NEV... Read more →

Accelera by Cummins, Daimler Truck and PACCAR complete battery joint venture transaction to form Amplify Cell Technologies

Accelera by Cummins, Daimler Trucks & Buses US Holding LLC and PACCAR have completed the formation of their joint venture, now known as Amplify Cell Technologies, to localize battery cell production and the battery supply chain in the United States. (Earlier post.) This strategic collaboration will advance zero-emissions technology for... Read more →

Ceres has been awarded a further contract for the second phase of its collaboration with Shell, to cooperate in the design of a solid oxide electrolyzer (SOEC) module, for use in large-scale industrial applications such as synthetic fuels, ammonia and green steel. Ceres has been working with Shell since 2022,... Read more →

IVECO and Foton announce joint exploration into EVs and components

IVECO, the brand of Iveco Group N.V. that designs, manufactures and markets light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and Foton, a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer in China, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore potential collaboration in the areas of electric vehicles and components, and joint business opportunities,... Read more →

U Mich-led project to make electric motors more efficient, affordable by 3D-printing magnets

A new $2.6-million project led by the University of Michigan seeks to improve electric motor efficiency, reduce costs and ultimately make the motors without heavy rare-earth elements. The 3-year project is funded by the Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office. The researchers will advance an emerging technique called “laser powder... Read more →

The two classification societies, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Lloyd’s Register (LR), have awarded a new ship design of an ammonia-fueled 3,500 TEU container vessel Approval in Principle (AiP). A cross-industry taskforce including A. P. Møller-Mærsk, MAN Energy Solutions, Deltamarin, Eltronic FuelTech, ABS, and LR, and led by... Read more →

Rio Tinto to invest $143M to develop BioIron R&D facility in Western Australia to test low-carbon steelmaking

Rio Tinto will invest US$143 million (A$215 million) to develop a research and development facility in Western Australia to further assess the effectiveness of its low-carbon ironmaking process, BioIron, to support decarbonizing the global steel value chain. (Earlier post.) The development of the BioIron Research and Development Facility in the... Read more →

CARB holding public workshop on amendments to the Advanced Clean Cars II regulations

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is holding a public workshop to inform potential updates to the Advanced Clean Cars II regulations. Staff will discuss and seek input on several topics, including: A preliminary proposal for regulatory updates to CARB’s light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emission standards. Light- and medium-duty vehicle... Read more →

Two-thirds of European green shipping fuel projects are at risk, a new Transport & Environment (T&E) study shows. T&E’s mapping of green hydrogen projects across Europe shows that nearly 4% of European shipping could run on green e-fuels by 2030. But fuel suppliers appear to be reluctant to commit financially... Read more →

Power semiconductors play a central role in electricity supply and control. They cut energy consumption in all kinds of electronic equipment, and are an important tool for the realization of carbon neutrality. Continued demand expansion is expected from vehicle electrification and the miniaturization of industrial equipment. Against this background, SiC... Read more →

BASF sells bioenergy enzymes business to Lallemand

BASF has sold its bioenergy enzymes business based in San Diego to Lallemand’s subsidiaries, Danstar Ferment AG and Lallemand Specialties Inc. This includes the Spartec product portfolio and related technologies in development. Lallemand will integrate the business and associated employees in its Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) business unit.... Read more →

Westport and Volvo Group announce closing of the joint venture

Volvo Group and Westport Fuel Systems announced the closing and launch of their previously announced joint venture transaction. (Earlier post.) The joint venture is committed to accelerating the commercialization and global adoption of Westport’s HPDI fuel system technology for long-haul and off-road applications. The joint venture will be led, on... Read more →

SAE International partners with Pearson VUE to deliver EV supply equipment technician certification

SAE International has selected Pearson and its Pearson VUE business, the global leader in computer-based testing for high-stakes certification and licensure exams, to deliver its new Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Technician Certification. This partnership aims to address the shortage of qualified Electric Vehicle (EV) technicians to support the growing... Read more →

Nissan has commenced demonstrations of a prototype vehicle equipped with its in-house-developed, autonomous drive technologies—showcasing progress in its goal towards rolling out autonomous mobility services within fiscal year 2027. The Nissan LEAF prototype vehicle incorporates 14 cameras, 10 radars and 6 LIDAR sensors. It demonstrates Nissan’s progress in the field... Read more →

Fokker Next Gen is designing a clean sheet aircraft to contribute towards the net zero carbon emission vision of the future of flight. The design is a single aisle narrow body commercial aircraft seating 120 to 150 passengers, and has a flight range of 2,590 km (1,400 nm). The aircraft... Read more →

NSF and DOE partner on new internship opportunity in clean hydrogen energy

The US National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, through its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), have initiated a joint training and professional development opportunity for NSF-supported graduate students in the area of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The opportunity, named Hydrogen INTERN, is offered through... Read more →

Uber offering London drivers package of up to £22,750 to switch to EVs

Uber is offering its drivers in London a three-component ‘PowerUp Package’ worth up to £22,750 to switch to EVs. Uber has committed that all Uber vehicles in London will be fully electric by the end of 2025. 25% of the miles driven by Uber drivers in London are now fully... Read more →