DOE announces $100M energy-water desalination hub to provide secure and affordable water

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award $100 million to establish an Energy-Water Desalination Hub (Hub) to address water security issues in the United States. (DE-FOA-0001905) The Hub will focus on early-stage research and development (R&D) for energy-efficient and cost-competitive desalination technologies including manufacturing challenges, and for treating non-traditional... Details →


Nissan ‘No Charge to Charge’ expands to Hawaii

Nissan North America, Greenlots, Inc., and EVgo are bringing the “No Charge to Charge” (NCTC) promotion to the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ service territory. It provides up to two years of free fast-charging for those who purchase or lease a new Nissan LEAF from certified dealers in Hawaii after 1 November... Details →


International study finds organic food has larger climate impact than conventional, due to greater land use

Organically farmed food has a larger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required. This is the finding of a new international study published in the journal Nature. The researchers developed a new method for assessing the climate impact from land-use, and used this,... Details →


Among countries globally, Brazil is expected to contribute 1.9 million barrels per day (mbd) of the global offshore crude oil production between 2018 to 2025, followed by Norway with 1.1 mbd and Nigeria with 0.9 mbd, according to data and analytics company GlobalData. Globally, 387 planned and announced crude and... Details →


Lithium producer Orocobre signs three agreements with Toyota Tsusho Corporation

Orocobre Limited has signed three agreements with joint venture partner Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC). Members of the Orocobre Executive Management team have this week visited TTC’s office in Tokyo to finalize and to sign a new Olaroz Shareholders Agreement; Sales and Marketing Agreement; and Orocobre Management Agreement (for management of... Details →


Celgard sues MTI for patent infringement of ceramic-coated separators used in Li-ion batteries

Celgard, LLC, a subsidiary of Polypore International, LP, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against MTI Corporation, seller of ceramic coated separators for lithium batteries in Richmond, California. The complaint alleges that MTI has infringed Celgard’s United States Patent Nº 6,432,586 issued for... Details →


2018 Continental Mobility Study finds motorists remain loyal to engine type

According to the 2018 Continental Mobility Study, an overwhelming majority—more than 80% of respondents in Germany and China and more than 90% in the US—would choose the same type of engine as their current car. The only country open to change is Japan, where at least a quarter of respondents... Details →


Navigant Research: global annual sales of electric drive medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, excluding China, will increase 17% through 2030

According to a new report from Navigant Research, global annual sales of electric drive medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (eMHDVs) will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9% through 2030. Excluding China, which has an aggressive program underway to electrify the largest bus market in the world, the CAGR... Details →


BMW i Ventures makes strategic investment in industrial cybersecurity company Claroty

BMW i Ventures has made a strategic investment in Claroty, a developer of cybersecurity software for protecting the safety and reliability of industrial control networks. Headquartered in New York, Claroty was founded in 2014 by CEO Amir Zilberstein, Chief Business Development Officer Galina Antova, and CTO Benny Porat. Specializing in... Details →


ABS and KOMERI partner to create new facility focused on improving safety of LNG as marine fuel

ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute (KOMERI) to create a new facility dedicated to improving the safety of LNG as fuel. ABS and KOMERI will collaborate... Details →


Fuel suppliers, airlines partner to provide sustainable jet fuel at SFO

Shell Aviation and SkyNRG have begun supplying sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to international airlines KLM, SAS and Finnair at San Francisco Airport (SFO). The fuel is produced by World Energy. The initial phase of the arrangement aims to pave the way for longer term, more resilient supply chains for sustainable... Details →


NUST MISIS team develops new hybrid catalyst for CO oxidation

Russian chemists from NUST MISIS have developed a new hybrid boron nitride/silver nanocatalyst for carbon monoxide oxidation consisting of hexagonal boron nitride and silver nanoparticles. This material makes it possible to get a full conversion of carbon monoxide at only 194 ˚C. This temperature is nowhere near the process’s record... Details →


JAC Volkswagen holds groundbreaking ceremony of the New Energy Vehicle R&D center in China

JAC Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd. held a groundbreaking ceremony for the New Energy Passenger Vehicle Project R&D Center located in Hefei, Anhui Province. The ceremony came two weeks after a strategic agreement was signed by Volkswagen Group China, JAC and SEAT to advance e-mobility in China (earlier post). Today’s groundbreaking... Details →


Blackburn Energy RelGen regenerative energy capture system for trucks now available

Blackburn Energy, Inc. announced immediate availability of RelGen, a new technology that eliminates dependency on a truck’s alternator to generate electricity. RelGen, an innovative solution applying the principles of kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS), such as those used in Formula One racing, captures energy that otherwise is lost while braking,... Details →


KAUST team develops new chemolithoautotroph bioreactor to convert CO2 to chemicals

Researchers at KAUST have devised a bioreactor using chemolithoautotrophs—microbes that consume CO2 through their natural metabolism, spitting out small organic molecules as a byproduct—to convert industrial CO2 emissions into valuable chemicals. Chemolithoautotrophs are commonly found in the deep sea, in caves and hydrothermal vents, where conventional energy sources, such as... Details →


Audi extends mobility services in China and strengthens global hub network

Audi is now offering Audi on demand+ at another location in the northwest of Beijing. The company now covers an area of more than 300 square kilometers for its users. For added convenience, customers can alternatively pick up their desired car at the airport in the Chinese capital. Audi also... Details →


ABB providing substation for LG Chem EV battery factory in Poland

ABB is providing a substation for LG Chem’s electric car battery factory in Poland, Europe’s largest. Key equipment supplies include transformers, surge arrestors and gas insulated switchgear that will ensure safe and reliable power supplies. The new car battery plant in Kobierzyce, near Wroclaw will be capable of supplying up... Details →


California had 8.64 plug-in vehicle (PEV) registrations per 1,000 people in 2017, followed by Hawaii with 5.12, and Washington state with 4.06, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). PEVs include both all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Other states with PEV registrations per 1,000 people greater than two... Details →


Clean cold experts Dearman and industrial gas supplier Air Products have unveiled a new refueller to complement the Dearman transport refrigeration unit (TRU). (Earlier post.) The Dearman TRU is powered by liquid nitrogen and seeks to displace incumbent diesel TRUs. The refueller can be quickly installed at distribution depots planning... Details →


APC investing £25M in 3 low-carbon propulsion projects; £54M total

The UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) will award £25 million (US$32 million) to three low-carbon propulsion projects. The projects are jointly valued at £54 million (US$69 million), including the grant funding through the APC, and will save a potential 2.5 million tonnes of CO2. The funding will enable three R&D... Details →


bynd wins Toyota Mobility Foundation and WRI Brazil InoveMob Challenge

The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) and WRI Brasil’s InoveMob Challenge have announced the winner: bynd. The bynd team will receive US$100,000 to scale their project and will continue their journey, taking the idea to other Brazilian cities. Bynd is an efficient urban mobility solution for corporate communities that connects people... Details →


Excess carbon dioxide is emitted every time milk tankers arrive at farms to collect milk; the trucks use their diesel engines to drive the pump that fills the tank. Technology company Semcon has now developed an electrical system for the milk pump that will reduce diesel consumption for a single... Details →


H2B2 awarded patent for technology monitoring and controlling electrolysis stack

H2B2 announced that its international application “System for monitoring and controlling and Electrolysis Stack and methods for minimizing the degradation of the stack and maximum hydrogen production with said system” has been published under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The goal of the patent is to create a system that... Details →


Ballard supplies Infintium with fuel cell stacks to power material handling equipment for Daimler

Infintium, Inc.—part of the Dare Group, a public company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange—is providing Hydrogen Power Cell fuel cell systems to Daimler for use in powering material handling equipment at its Vance, Alabama manufacturing facility. Ballard fuel cell stacks are integrated into Infintium’s Hydrogen Power Cell systems. The... Details →


ZF investing €800M in Saarbrücken plant for transition to electric drives

Over the next four years, ZF will invest a total of €800 million (US$910 million) in Saarbrücken, the lead location of ZF’s transmission technology. With this investment, the location will be made fit for the transition from conventional to electric car drives. The share of hybrid drives in production will... Details →


Study finds widespread decrease in wind energy resources over Northern Hemisphere

A study by a team from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and their collaborator from Purdue University has revealed a widespread decline in wind energy resources over the Northern Hemisphere. Using station observation data, the researchers found that approximately 30%, 50% and 80%... Details →


BMW-Daimler joint mobility company to be established next year

The planned BMW-Daimler joint mobility company (earlier post) will be established at the beginning of next year. Following the approval of the project by the EU Commission, the two partners are continuing talks with the US antitrust authorities. Completion of the transaction, which was originally planned for 2018 and continues... Details →


BioLNG Euronet consortium seeks to expand use of LNG as road transport fuel across Europe

BioLNG EuroNet announced a commitment to the further expansion of LNG (liquefied natural gas) as a road transport fuel across Europe with new infrastructure that should ensure the long-term success and mass scale adoption in Europe. The consortium, comprising IVECO, CNH Industrial Capital Europe under the trademark of IVECO Capital,... Details →


GasBuddy study: drivers are 175% more aggressive and fuel-wasting during the holidays

GasBuddy—the smartphone app connecting drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop—data shows that consumers driving habits are 175% more “aggressive” during the holidays compared to the rest of the year. GasBuddy examined millions of drives data in the US during the Thanksgiving holiday week defined as 21-25 Nov 2018, noting the... Details →


Victor Valley Transit orders 7 New Flyer electric buses

The Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) in California has awarded New Flyer a new contract for seven forty-foot, zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty battery-electric transit buses. The buses commence the evolution of VVTA’s current fleet to zero-emission as the agency works toward a goal of 100% electric public transit by... Details →


Simon and Electrify America launch California’s first 350 kW EV charging stations

Simon, a global leader in premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, announced that its San Francisco Premium Outlets is California’s first location for electric vehicle (EV) charging systems featuring fast recharging speeds up to 350 kilowatts (kW) from Electrify America. Simon teamed with Electrify America to open 10 DC... Details →


ARB fines shipping company $630K for violating Ocean-Going Vessel At-Berth regulation

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. has paid $630,625 in penalties to the California Air Resources Board for violating the Ocean-Going Vessel At-Berth regulation. The violations were discovered during a routine audit of the company’s 2014 visits to the Port of Oakland and the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long... Details →


Siemens acquires COSMA for electrical systems design and wire harness engineering

Siemens has acquired COMSA Computer und Software GmbH, a Munich-based company which develops software for electrical systems design and wire harness engineering. Its LDorado suite is the leader in automotive harness design and engineering software in Germany, reflecting deep local expertise and market presence with a well-established product portfolio and... Details →


ŠKODA partners with kinetic energy storage company Chakratec

ŠKODA AUTO has formed a number of technology partnerships with Israeli start-ups; to mark the importance Israel has for future technologies within the brand, the world premiere of the all-new compact ŠKODA SCALA will be hosted in Tel Aviv. One of ŠKODA’s partners is Chakratec, the developer of a kinetic... Details →


Nuvera sells its PowerTap hydrogen generator assets to OneH2

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, signed a definitive agreement to contribute substantially all of its PowerTap hydrogen generator assets, excluding related intellectual property, to OneH2, a hydrogen fuel company. The terms of the agreement also provide OneH2 with a limited license... Details →


Hydrogenics awarded contract for aircraft fuel cell development & supply

Hydrogenics Corporation has been selected to design and supply fuel cell power modules for a new lightweight aircraft. Under development by a customer that wishes to remain undisclosed for competitive reasons, this electric air mobility vehicle will be used for daily commuting and other applications. Over the course of 2019... Details →


Consumer Reports: Self-driving cars bill in Congress still falls short on safety

As car and tech companies press Congress to approve a bill to speed up the introduction of self-driving cars, Consumer Reports says the bill still falls short of ensuring that these vehicles will be safe for consumers. Senators have shared draft revisions to the bill—known as the AV START Act—in... Details →


ExxonMobil has made its 10th discovery offshore Guyana and increased its estimate of the discovered recoverable resource for the Stabroek Block to more than 5 billion oil-equivalent barrels. The resource estimate, up from the previous estimate of more than 4 billion oil-equivalent barrels, is a result of further evaluation of... Details →


Gas flaring in the Permian Basin reached an all-time high in the third quarter of 2018, as the persistent rise in production collided with severe takeaway capacity challenges in the world’s most prolific shale play. Independent energy research and business intelligence company Rystad Energy estimates that gas flaring in the... Details →


Mitsubishi Outlander top-selling PHEV in Canada with 5,052 units YTD

Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Ltd. (MMSCAN) announced that 5,052 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs have been delivered year-to-date, establishing the vehicle as Canada’s best-selling plug-in hybrid. This also marks the first time a plug-in hybrid has reached 5,000 sales in the calendar year in Canada. Dealer support has been critical to... Details →


BMW Group electrified vehicle sales drop 15% in November y-o-y

BMW brand sales of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles totaled 2,314 in November 2018, a 25% decrease from the 2,725 sold in the same month a year ago. In total, BMW Group (BMW and MINI) electrified vehicles accounted for 7.7% of US sales in November 2018. BMW Group currently... Details →


According to the US Bureau of the Census 2017 American Housing Survey, 66% of all occupied housing units in the United States had a garage or carport in 2017. Garages and carports often have access to electricity for parked vehicles, so these data are important for electric vehicle studies. Seventy-four... Details →


Velodyne lidar supports ThorDrive’s autonomous driving commercial vehicle services in pilots

Utilizing Velodyne lidar sensors, ThorDrive, an autonomous vehicle (AV) startup, is introducing commercial vehicle services in the first of many pilots. The initial service, in partnership with Hassett ACE Hardware, will support select residents of Channing House (senior housing) and fire departments in Palo Alto, California with plans to expand... Details →


Survey: consumers increasingly open to emerging, tech-enabled auto experiences, including subscription services

From the rise of autonomous vehicles to the arrival of digital vehicle subscription services, technology is changing the way consumers view and interact with their vehicles, according to findings from the Jim Butler Auto Group’s 2018 Automotive Technology Survey. While consumers under age 55 showed the strongest interest in new,... Details →


Ericsson and Volvo Cars sign five-year connected vehicle cloud worldwide deal

The Volvo Car Group has selected Ericsson to provide the industrialized Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud (CVC) platform to further enable its digital vehicle services in more than 120 markets worldwide for the next five years. Volvo Cars, like other major players in the automotive industry, is increasing focus on securing... Details →


Lyft acquires Motivate, becomes US’ largest bikeshare service

Lyft is completing the acquisition of the US’ largest bikeshare service, Motivate. Headquartered in New York City, the company is responsible for the growth of the country’s most ridden bikeshare systems, including: Citi Bike (New York); Ford GoBike (San Francisco Bay area); Divvy (Chicago); Bluebikes (Boston Metro area); Capital Bikeshare... Details →


GM Financial and SAIC form leasing joint venture in China; focus on new energy vehicles

GM Financial (GMF), a subsidiary of General Motors, and SAIC have established SAIC-GMF Leasing Co., Ltd. The Shanghai-based joint venture will offer customers in China financial leasing services including Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet models produced by SAIC-GM, with a focus on new energy vehicles. It will aim to capitalize on... Details →


Volvo Cars expands Silicon Valley tech center

Volvo Cars Silicon Valley Tech Center has opened its new facility in downtown Sunnyvale. The move, which almost triples the physical presence of the Silicon Valley Tech Center, grows the Swedish automaker’s initial foray into Silicon Valley established in September 2016. The expansion of the Tech Center is part of... Details →


USGS analysis shows 2018 California wildfires emitted as much CO2 as an entire year’s worth of electricity for the state

According to data analyzed by the US Geological Survey (USGS), the 2018 wildfire season in California is estimated to have released emissions equivalent to roughly 68 million tons of carbon dioxide. This number equates to about 15% of all California emissions, and it is on par with the annual emissions... Details →


Lincoln introduced the 2020 Lincoln Aviator at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, along with the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring—a plug-in hybrid version of the SUV equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring Lincoln Aviator will be available globally, entering the highest volume segment in... Details →


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