Tagged Legislation

New sensor tech for commercial Lithium-ion batteries could support >5x faster charging without compromising safety

By mmillikin Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick (UK) have developed a method to assess the maximum current for commercial 18650 Li-ion batteries, using novel instrumentation methods enabling in operando measurements. In an open-access paper in the journal Electrochimica Acta, they reported that the maximum charging current that could be safely applied to…

Don’t fall for Amazon’s testimony on turbines #OH

By National Wind Watch Amazon recently testified, in front of the Ohio legislature, that it supports a bill that would significantly shorten the distance between an industrial wind turbine and your home. Residents in Van Wert suffer consequences at much larger distances. Turbines are exploding in size, now eclipsing almost 700 feet with blades that…

LCA study finds connected and automated vehicle subsystems could enable net reduction in vehicle energy use and GHGs by up to 9%

By mmillikin Researchers at the University of Michigan and Ford Motor Company have found that using a Level 4 connected and automated vehicle (CAV) subsystem could increase vehicle primary energy use and GHG emissions by 3–20% due to increases in power consumption, weight, drag, and data transmission. However, when potential operational effects of CAVs are…

Maryland county introduces legislation to allow 2-MW community solar projects

By Kelly Pickerel Montgomery County, Maryland, Councilmember Tom Hucker, citing the importance of promoting renewable energy, recently introduced a zoning change that would allow solar energy projects that could power up to 200 homes in neighborhoods. Councilmember Hucker, who is the Council’s Lead for Environment on the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee, introduced…

DOE releases two Co-Optima studies; high-octane blendstocks, engine efficiency merit function

By mmillikin The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released two studies from the Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels initiative (Co-Optima) (earlier post). The first study, Fuel Blendstocks with the Potential to Optimize Future Gasoline Engine Performance, identifies eight representative high-octane blendstocks across five chemical groups that could be blended into gasoline for better performance….

OECD: governments should make better use of energy taxation to address climate change; “meaningful” increases limited to road sector

By mmillikin Greater reliance on energy taxation is needed to strengthen efforts to tackle the principal source of both greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, according to a new OECD report. Taxes are effective at cutting harmful emissions from energy use, but governments could make better use of them. In 2015, outside of road transport,…

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