Audi switches to power output designations on its models; kW-based performance levels for all power types

Audi is adopting a standardized nomenclature for the power output designations of its worldwide range of automobiles. While the names of the model series—from Audi A1 to Audi Q7—will remain unchanged, within the model families, combinations of two numbers will replace the various type designations previously used. The new designations stand for the specific power…

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Audi partners with Alta Devices on thin-film solar cells in panoramic glass roofs; first prototype this year

Audi and Alta Devices, a wholly-owned US subsidiary of the Chinese solar-cell specialist Hanergy, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Cooperation in thin film solar cell technology. Through this cooperation, the partners aim to generate solar energy to increase the range of electric vehicles. The first prototype is to be built by the…

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HRL receives NASA award to 3D print ceramic rocket engine components

HRL Laboratories has received an award as part of NASA’s Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion program to develop additive manufactured (3D-printed) ceramic rocket engine components. (Earlier post.) HRL achieved a scientific breakthrough with pre-ceramic resins that can be 3D printed and converted to high-temperature ceramic that was first published in the journal Science…

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US biofuel and biogas innovators urge EPA to set stronger cellulosic targets

Leading advocates for advanced liquid and gasified biofuels in the US urged the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen the final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) for the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by setting stronger cellulosic fuel targets. (Earlier post.) A letter sent to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, signed by leaders of the…

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DOE awards $13.4M to 5 projects focused on energy efficient mobility systems

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $13.4 million in support of five new cost-shared, community-based projects focused on energy efficient mobility systems including connected and autonomous vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure including natural gas, propane, biofuels, hydrogen, and electricity. The following projects will serve as “living labs” to test new ideas, collect…

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Aemetis producing cellulosic ethanol from orchard waste at integrated demonstration unit

Aemetis, after successfully completing the construction and commencement of an Integrated Demonstration Unit, is now producing cellulosic ethanol from orchard waste, utilizing technologies from Aemetis, LanzaTech and InEnTec. The plant is a continuously operating demonstration facility located at InEnTec’s Technology Center in Richland, Washington that is processing various feedstocks and demonstrating the integration of technologies…

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LG Electronics to establish US factory for electric vehicle components

LG Electronics plans to establish a US factory for advanced electric vehicle (EV) components in Michigan. The 250,000-square-foot facility, in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park, Mich., will produce EV components starting in 2018. The project will mean at least 292 new Michigan jobs, including factory workers in Hazel Park and engineers at the expanded…

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AKASOL supplies lithium-ion battery systems to Canadian mining equipment provider Medatech

Medatech Ltd., the Canadian provider of sustainable drive systems for the mining industry, now incorporates AKASOL GmbH’s AKASystem AKM NANO lithium-ion battery systems into its designs for electrically powered equipment and drives. Medatech will equip everything from drilling and anchoring machines to heavy transport vehicles with the systems in order to meet the extremely high…

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