Adamas Intelligence: 54% of HEVs registered in 2018 contained NiMH batteries; REE deployment up 8%

In 2018, global registrations of HEVs increased 7.2% to 2.194 million units—50% of which were registered in Japan alone. Using a model-by-model build-up based on its ‘EV Battery Capacity and Battery Metals Tracker’, Adamsa Intelligence infers that 54% of HEVs registered globally in 2018 contained NiMH batteries and 43% Li-ion... Details →


California targets buildings for GHG reduction

Calling for the next frontier of energy planning and policy, the California Energy Commission approved the 2018 Integrated Energy Policy Report. The report highlights California’s past successes but focuses attention on how a state with nearly 40 million people will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2018, renewable energy provided... Details →


TNS and P97 partner on secure mobile and connected car payments

P97 Networks and Transaction Network Services (TNS) are partnering to provide secure, efficient, and reliable connected vehicle and mobile payments across North America and Europe. Under their agreement, TNS provides P97 a managed tokenization service enabling the secure provisioning and payment authorization of consumer card-on-file accounts for mobile and in-vehicle... Details →


Shell acquiring residential energy storage company Sonnen

Shell will acquire 100% of sonnen, a provider of smart energy storage systems and innovative energy services for households. This follows an investment by Shell in sonnen in May 2018 and means that, post regulatory approval and completion, sonnen will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell. sonnen is one... Details →


GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a Canada-based manufacturer of electric buses, has launched the EV Star CarGO Van, an all-electric 25-foot cargo van with capacity of more than 570 cubic feet, a payload of up to 6,000 pounds, and an operational range of up to 150 miles on a single charge.... Details →


nextmove takes delivery of first 4 of 100 Tesla Model 3s for electric car rental

nextmove—Germany’s leading electric car rental company and Tesla’s largest customer in Germany—took delivery of the first four Tesla Model 3 in the performance version at the Tesla branch in Berlin. During this year, nextmove will increase its own fleet of electric cars by 100 Tesla Model 3s. nextmove has set... Details →


Alliance Ventures takes stake in PowerShare charging platform in China

Alliance Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, announced a new investment in PowerShare, an electric vehicle (EV) charging platform startup based in China. BP announced an investment in PowerShare in January. (Earlier post.) PowerShare provides an online platform that connects EV drivers, charge point operators and power suppliers... Details →


Mercedes-Benz B 220 d first 4-cylinder diesel to meet Euro 6d

The OM 654q in the Mercedes-Benz B 220 d is the first four-cylinder diesel engine to comply with the Euro 6d standard, which does not come into effect until 2020 for new models. An expanded near-engine emission control system with an additional underfloor SCR catalyst makes this possible. (The “q”... Details →


Norsk Titanium & SAE International develop first directed energy deposition specifications for additive manufacturing

Norsk Titanium (Norsk), the global leader in additive manufacturing of aerospace-grade titanium components, and SAE International (SAE) released the first specifications for direct energy deposition additive manufacturing. The specifications utilize Norsk’s Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) process and material requirements, which are currently used by many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). With... Details →


Volume of China rare earth exports down 4% Y-o-Y in January, but average export price up

In January 2019, China exported 3,753 tonnes of rare earth oxides (or oxide equivalents), a decrease of 3.5% from the same month the year prior, and a decrease of 30.8% from December 2018, according to Adamas Intelligence. However, by value, China exported US $36.6 million worth of rare earth oxides... Details →


Yara and ENGIE to test green hydrogen technology in fertilizer production

Yara, the world’s leading fertilizer company, and ENGIE have joined forces to test green hydrogen technology in fertilizer production. Yara is working towards making carbon-free fertilizer, and clean hydrogen is the major enabler for making CO2-free green ammonia, which is the key ingredient for “green” fertilizer. On 5 February, Yara... Details →


Adamas: Baotou companies rapidly expanding REE metals and alloys production capacity

On Thursday, the Baotou Economic and Information Committee announced that China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) approved development of three additional rare earth metal and alloy production lines in the Jiuyuan Industrial Park in Baotou, Inner Mongolia—a region often referred to as China’s Rare Earth Kingdom. In the... Details →


Portland General Electric, NextEra Energy Resources to develop first major facility co-locating wind, solar and battery storage

Portland General Electric Company and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., plan to construct a new energy facility in Eastern Oregon combining 300 megawatts of wind generation with 50 megawatts of solar generation and 30 megawatts of battery storage. The new project, called the Wheatridge Renewable... Details →


Developers commissioned a little more than 45GW of onshore wind turbines globally in 2018 compared with 47GW a year earlier, marking a 4.2% decline. Only four manufacturers accounted for 57% of the machines deployed: Denmark’s Vestas, China’s Goldwind, GE Renewable Energy of the US and Spain’s Siemens Gamesa. The latest... Details →


Hyundai Mobis has connected 5 Nexo hydrogen fuel cells systems to form a power generation system with a maximum capacity of 450kW for use at its Chungju Plant. The system can deliver about 7% of the total power consumption of the Chungju Plant and can be used in emergencies or... Details →


DOE to award $66M for genomics-based research on plants and microbes to support bioenergy and bioproducts

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide $66 million through two funding opportunities for new genomics-based research on plants and microbes. The $30-million plant initiative (DE-FOA-0002060) focuses on research and technological innovation aimed at expanding knowledge of gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts. The... Details →


Navigant Research forecasts highly automated vehicle deployments to reach 34 million in 2035

In a new report, Navigant Research forecasts that annual volumes of highly automated vehicle (HAV) deployments will reach about 2.6 million in 2024, growing to 34 million in 2035. Progress continues in the development and deployment of HAVs as leading companies in the sector, including Waymo and General Motors, prepare... Details →


RONN Motor Group (RMG) announced that under its new Joint Venture agreement (earlier post), it will produce a lightweight “nano-composite” hydrogen fuel cell bus with battery enhancements for both the Asia markets and export. RONN Motor Group actual bus with composite body in development and rendering. These buses are expected... Details →


CAMS makes first award to develop open access oil and gas operations emission calculator to UT-Austin

The Collaboratory to Advance Methane Science (CAMS) has awarded its first research project to the University of Texas-Austin to study spatial and temporal methane emissions profiles across various oil and gas basins and to develop a publicly available tool to model emissions inventories from oil and gas production. University of... Details →


Aquantia and Sumitomo Electric parterning to deliver multi-gigabit ethernet connectivity solutions to the global automotive market

Sumitomo Electric Industries and Aquantia Corp. announced a strategic partnership for Sumitomo Electric to deliver Multi-Gig Ethernet connectivity products to global manufacturers of autonomous vehicles. The resulting products, Sumitomo Electric connectors, cables and subsystem capabilities combined with Aquantia AQcelerate automotive PHYs, are targeted at In-Vehicle Networks (IVNs) that enable new... Details →


Dynamic Map Platform to acquire Ushr; HD maps for US and Japan

Dynamic Map Platform (DMP) and Ushr signed a definitive agreement under which DMP has agreed to acquire Ushr, which upon closing, will establish a single, enhanced platform for accelerated development and delivery of high-definition mapping solutions. DMP and Ushr are providers of accurate, high quality, high-definition (HD) road maps in... Details →


Agility Fuel Solutions extends long-term agreement with New Flyer for CNG cylinders

Hexagon Composites’ wholly-owned subsidiary Agility Fuel Solutions has signed an exclusive long-term agreement with New Flyer Industries Canada ULC and New Flyer of America Inc. (collectively, “New Flyer”) for the supply of compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders for transit buses. Over the course of our 25-year relationship, we have delivered... Details →


EkoStinger opens new manufacturing plant; devices for tractor-trailer fuel efficiency

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that EkoStinger, the $1-million grand prize winner of the 2018 76 West Clean Energy Competition, opened its new manufacturing plant in the Southern Tier, creating new jobs that support the local community. The new plant will manufacture devices for tractor trailers that reduce... Details →


Grimaldi orders MAN B&W two-stroke propulsion engines/turbocharger package as part of new hybrid generation

MAN Energy Solutions has won the order to supply 18 × MAN B&W 9S50ME-C9.6 TIER II-compliant main engines for 9 × 7,800 lane-meter RoRo vessels intended for operation in the Mediterranean Sea. The customer is the Grimaldi Group, the Naples, Italy-based shipping company and leading operator within the RoRo segment.... Details →


Nuro, a robotics company developing a self-driving service for local goods transportation (earlier post), has raised $940 million in financing from the SoftBank Vision Fund. To date, Nuro has raised more than $1 billion from partners including SoftBank, Greylock Partners and Gaorong Capital. Nuro’s self-driving service uses Nuro’s custom unmanned... Details →


China-based GAC NE—thenew energy vehicle arm under Chinese automaker GAC Group—reports that an Aion S, its electric vehicle model to be rolled out in May 2019 (earlier post), has traveled 392 miles (630 km) on a single charge. As a comparison, the Tesla Model 3—which GAC favors as a competitive... Details →


C-Capture raises £3.5Min funding round led by BP, Drax and IP Group

C-Capture, a designer of chemical processes for carbon dioxide removal and a spin-out from Leeds University, has raised £3.5 million (US$4.5M) in new equity funding in a round led by BP Ventures, Drax, and IP Group. C-Capture has patented a unique, amine-free solvent-based technology which offers a safe, low-cost way... Details →


Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Toyota Central R&D Labs, Inc. released Version 6 of the Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS) virtual crash dummy software. Researched and developed for more than 20 years by the two companies, THUMS simulates detailed computer analysis of human body injuries caused by vehicle collisions.... Details →


UK to award £48M for 263 low emission buses

The UK’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles will award £48 million (US$62 million) to support the purchase of 263 ultra-low emission buses. Nineteen successful bidders across England and Wales will receive funding to purchase the buses and supporting infrastructure, such as charge points. This is the latest funding in a... Details →


DOE to establish a cybersecurity institute for energy efficient manufacturing

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute: Cybersecurity in Energy Efficient Manufacturing.” This FOA establishes a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute to develop technologies that will advance US manufacturing... Details →


In 2018, the top five passenger vehicle EV cell suppliers globally by battery cobalt deployed were (in descending order) Panasonic, LG Chem, CATL, Samsung SDI and AESC, according to data from Adamas Intelligence’s “EV Battery Capacity and Battery Metals Tracker”. Collectively, the top three passenger vehicle cell suppliers (Panasonic, LG... Details →


MAHLE licenses WiTricity technology for electric vehicle wireless charging

MAHLE, a top 20 global Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, has entered into a technology license for access to WiTricity’s patented wireless power transfer technology. MAHLE is a well-known international development partner and supplier to the automotive industry as well as a pioneer for... Details →


Braskem and Haldor Topsoe start up demo unit for developing renewable MEG

Braskem, the America’s largest petrochemical producer and the world’s leading biopolymer producer, and Haldor Topsoe, a world leader in catalysts and technology for the chemical and refining industries, commissioned a demonstration unit for the development of monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar. MEG is used to make PET, a resin that... Details →


BioLNG company Nordsol attracts Shell Ventures as new investor

Nordsol, a BioLNG production and technology company, has brought Shell Ventures on as strategic investor to support its mission to enable the energy transition by making BioLNG mainstream. Nordsol uses biogas from organic waste streams to produce BioLNG, or liquified biomethane. With its unique technology, Nordsol offers a cost competitive... Details →


Finland’s Parliament votes to increase share of biofuels in road traffic to 30%

The Parliament of Finland has voted in favor of a law for gradually increasing the share of biofuels in road traffic to 30% by 2029. In addition, the Parliament has approved a law for the distribution obligation of bio-based light fuel oil. According to the new law, a share of... Details →


Hapag-Lloyd will retrofit its 15,000 TEU ship Sajir to operate using liquified natural gas (LNG). In future, the engine system will be able to function using either of two types of fuel: LNG or low-sulfur fuel oil (LSFO). The contract for the retrofitting was signed at the end of last... Details →


The Georgia Ports Authority plans to expand the Port of Savannah to enable the simultaneous handling of six 14,000 TEU vessels by 2024. The plan is called “Big Berth, Big Ship.” No other single container terminal in North America has the ability to expand berth capacity at this rate. —Georgia... Details →


Motor Design Limited has released Motor-CAD v12—the latest version of its software package dedicated to the electromechanical performance of motors and generators and the optimization of their cooling. New and enhanced features in Motor-CAD v12 include: New mechanical module with rotor stress analysis — 2D FEA based solution in Motor-CAD... Details →


ExxonMobil and partner Qatar Petroleum have decided to proceed with development of the Golden Pass LNG export project located in Sabine Pass, Texas. Construction will begin in the first quarter of 2019 and the facility is expected to start up in 2024. The Golden Pass project will add liquefaction and... Details →


Bosch plans takeover of LAWA Solutions; cloud-based software platforms in the automotive industry

Bosch Service Solutions is planning the takeover of start-up LAWA Solutions based in Giessen. LAWA Solutions GmbH, which was founded in 2009, specializes in cloud-based software products in the automotive industry. LAWA’s highly scalable solutions are used by automobile clubs, breakdown services, recovery companies and workshops, for example. The parties... Details →


Toyota establishes new company KINTO for car subscriptions

In Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation established KINTO Co., Ltd., a new company to manage and operate its car subscription service that proposes a new user-car relationship. The new company is jointly funded by Toyota Financial Services, Co., Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota) and Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Company,... Details →


Argonne launches web-based version of AFLEET

Many fleet managers are looking at alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies to reduce their environmental footprint and save money. The AFLEET Tool, and its newly launched web-based version, AFLEET Online, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, can help fleets optimize their purchasing decisions to... Details →


IBM and Sigfox launch IoT “Track&Trace” solution for container tracking for Groupe PSA

IBM and Sigfox launched the “Track&Trace” solution for the digitalization of package (container) tracking between suppliers and assembly plants within Groupe PSA. This solution, based on IBM’s cloud-based Internet of Things technologies and Sigfox’ international “0G” network allows Groupe PSA to optimize container rotation between the various PSA supplier sites... Details →


ABS grants AIP to Dalian LNG-fueled bulker and ore carrier

ABS granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to two LNG-powered designs from China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Group Co (DSIC): a 208,000 dwt bulk carrier and a concept 260,000 dwt Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC). Both designs incorporate a Type C LNG fuel tank in the open area of the aft deck,... Details →


Toyota, SoftBank mobility services JV MONET starts operations

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and SoftBank Corp. (SoftBank) have completed investment in their mobility services joint venture, MONET Technologies Inc. (MONET) (earlier post); full-scale operations have begun. Specifically, of MONET’s three main business domains—1) on-demand mobility services, 2) data-analysis services, and 3) Autono-MaaS—the joint venture will first roll out on-demand... Details →


CDP awards Ford an “A” for its water security work, A- for climate

Ford Motor Company has received an “A” grade for its water security efforts from CDP, the environmental impact nonprofit that drives sustainable economies. This marks the fourth year in a row Ford has earned an A from CDP for its water management efforts. Ford is one of 27 companies globally... Details →


Teijin to supply Tenax carbon fiber thermoplastic intermediate material for Boeing commercial airplanes

Teijin Limited announced that its Tenax carbon fiber and carbon fiber thermoplastic unidirectional pre-impregnated tape (Tenax TPUD) were qualified by Boeing and registered in its qualified products list. Teijin will supply Tenax TPUD as an intermediate advanced composite material for primary structural parts for Boeing. Since Teijin and Boeing signed... Details →


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