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Researchers at the University of Twente’s MESA+ research institute have made significant efficiency improvements to the technology used to generate solar fuels. They fabricated a highly efficient photocathode by spatially and functionally decoupling light absorption and catalytic activity. As reported in a paper in the journal Nature Energy, their silicon... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Green Car Congress
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The US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) January 2018 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) forecasts that natural gas will remain the primary source of US electricity generation for at least the next two years. The share of total electricity supplied by natural gas-fired power plants is expected to average 33% in 2018... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Green Car Congress
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For this year’s annual World Economic Forum (23-26 January 2018), the city of Davos and ABB have teamed up in a long-term partnership to provide e-infrastructure for public and private transportation. Davos residents and WEF guests can experience the pioneering TOSA bus (earlier post) for themselves. The award-winning TOSA e-bus,... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Green Car Congress
In the UK, Nissan launched Nissan Energy Solar, combining residential solar panels with an energy storage system. The solution has been designed to allow UK homeowners to reduce their energy bills and get more independence from the grid and enabling to live more sustainably. The new product includes a home... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Green Car Congress
Electrify America, which is building a robust national charging network and increasing electric vehicle awareness across the United States (earlier post), has issued a call for comments, proposals and recommendations that provide guidance and data to help guide the company’s next set of Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) investments in California... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Green Car Congress
Researchers in China have developed a new hydroprocessing catalyst—nickel (Ni) and phosphotungstic acid (HPW) supported on carbon nanotubes (CNT)—to produce alkanes from vegetable oils. In an open-access paper in the journal NANO, they report that the distribution of products can be adjusted by reaction temperature. At 320 ˚C, the yield... Continue reading
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Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, with colleagues at Stanford have developed a general approach for the production of inexpensive, efficient and durable catalysts for PEM fuel cells: 1D porous nitrogen-doped graphitic carbon fibers embedded with active oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalyst components (M/MOx, i.e., metal or metal oxide... Continue reading
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Canada-based waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals producer Enerkem Inc. signed an agreement with Sinobioway Group worth more than C$125 million (US$100 million) in the form of equity investment in Enerkem Inc., future licenses, equipment manufacturing and sales, as well as for the creation of a major joint venture that will lead... Continue reading
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Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) has officially joined the LIFT (Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow) institute as a Silver Member to advance the group’s research into lightweight metals, therefore reducing the weight of future vehicles. The group comprises Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti; VWGoA is the first automotive OEM... Continue reading
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Japan-based Suntory Holdings Limited, one of the world’s leading consumer beverage companies, has invested an additional $9 million in Anellotech’s Bio-TCat technology. This latest tranche, which is part of a new $15-million package based on Anellotech achieving specific milestones, brings Suntory’s total investment in Anellotech to more than $25 million... Continue reading
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The European Parliament last week endorsed a series of proposals setting targets for cleaner, more efficient energy use. Among those was a proposal for a binding EU-level target of a 12% share of energy from renewable sources in transport, by 2030. Members of Parliament also endorsed setting a 35% improvement... Continue reading
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Xinhua reports that Wuhan, capital city of central China’s Hubei Province in Central China, will build itself into a “hydrogen city” through developing a hydrogen energy industry, according to a city development plan. The city will advance hydrogen production, storage and transport, and improve hydrogen infrastructure, along with a hydrogen... Continue reading
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GKN Driveline announced that its order book for electric driveline (eDrive) technologies hit a record £2 billion (US$2.8 billion) by the end of 2017 following a series of significant program wins with major global automakers. Sales, which were previously forecast to rise from £33 million (US$45.7 million) in 2017 to... Continue reading
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Delphi Technologies PLC, a leader in vehicle propulsion technologies, has invested in PolyCharge America, Inc, a start-up established to commercialize a new capacitor technology. This technology helps to make high-power inverters smaller, lighter and more tolerant to high temperatures. The minority equity investment, for an undisclosed sum, builds on an... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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MIT researchers have discovered a way to increase the efficiency of thermoelectric materials threefold by using “topological” materials, which have unique electronic properties. While past work has suggested that topological materials may serve as efficient thermoelectric systems, there has been little understanding as to how electrons in such topological materials... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Lithium metal—with its high theoretical capcity and low electrochemical potential—is an ideal anode for Li-ion batteries, and is the material of choice for advanced batteries such as Li-sulfur and Li-O2. However, dendritic growth on the anode leads to an unstable solid electrolyte interphase, volume fluctuation, and even shorting of the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
Saudi Aramco, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Saudi Aramco Technologies, signed a three-party Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with CB&I, a US-based provider of technology and infrastructure for the energy industry, and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG), a joint venture between CB&I and Chevron USA Inc., and a leading process technology licensor. The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
The Volkswagen brand is gearing up for the production of the next generation of the Golf family—the Golf 8. Volkswagen plans to invest €1.8 billion (US$2.2 billion) in the model family. In 75 weeks, the eighth generation of this bestseller in the compact segment will roll off the production lines... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Green Car Congress
As part of a research project, Audi is running a pilot project with households in the Ingolstadt area and the Zurich region in conjunction with other partners. This involves combining various sizes of photovoltaic systems with stationary storage batteries. The control software by the Zurich start-up company Ampard distributes the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Technology developed by Nissan for the battery-electric Nissan LEAF will be used in an electric bus project led by a team from Kumamoto University, that starts testing next month in Japan, with the goal of making zero-emission public transit more widespread and affordable. The bus, named “Yoka ECO Bus,” will... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
KAIST researchers have described a new technique to improve the chemical stability of solid oxide fuel cell electrode materials by doping with a small amount of metal. Their paper is published in the RSC journal Energy and Environmental Science. The core factor that determines the performance of solid oxide fuel... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
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A team of researchers led by scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have designed an active polyelectrolyte binder (PEB) that actively regulates key ion transport processes within a lithium-sulfur battery, and have also shown how it functions on a molecular level. The new... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
Evonik and Siemens are planning to use electricity from renewable sources and bacteria to convert carbon dioxide into specialty chemicals. The two companies are working on electrolysis and fermentation processes in a joint, two-year research project called Rheticus. The first test plant is scheduled to go on stream by 2021... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Navigant Research has issued a new iteration of its Leaderboard Report on Autonomous Driving (AD), reflecting the new partnerships, strategic investments and acquisitions made since the early version less than one year ago. The Navigant AD Leaderboard assesses which participants are best-equipped to be the Leaders in developing complete automated... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
Ricardo said that its recent completion of a full EV sports car battery manufacturing concept program by its Performance Products division is a significant milestone in its aim to become the niche battery manufacturer of choice for high performance hybrids and EVs. Ricardo Performance Products has been in niche volume... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress