Tagged Legislation

Dalhousie-led team develops single-atom platinum-gold catalyst; nearly 100-fold increases in efficiency

By mmillikin A Dalhousie University-led team has developed a longer-lasting, higher-efficiency platinum catalyst. The new catalyst combines gold and platinum to form what’s known as a single-atom catalyst, resulting in nearly 100-fold increases in efficiency over market platinum catalysts, says Peng Zhang, the Dalhousie professor who led this research. A paper on their work is…

Nevada Senator Heller receives U.S. Wind Champion Award

By Michelle Froese Sen. Heller (R-Nev.) was named a U.S. Wind Champion for the 115th Congress this week by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), together with Pattern Energy, a major renewable energy developer. AWEA’s U.S. Wind Champion Awards recognize select members of the 115th Congress who have taken action in support of American wind…

Cummins debuts PowerDrive plug-in-hybrid system; both series and parallel capabilities

By mmillikin Cummins Inc. unveiled PowerDrive, a suite of plug-in hybrid electric powertrain solutions spanning light-, medium- and heavy-duty applications, at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show. The Cummins PowerDrive offers both parallel and series capabilities. The PowerDrive replaces the conventional transmission and switches in real time between two hybrid and two pure electric modes,…

SLAC, Berkeley Lab X-rays uncover a hidden property that leads to failure in lithium iron phosphate

By mmillikin X-ray experiments at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have revealed that the pathways lithium ions take through lithium iron phosphate are more complex than previously thought. The results correct more than two decades worth of assumptions about the material and will help improve battery design,…

New method from EPFL more than doubles sugar production from plants

By mmillikin Researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a method that can significantly increase the yield of sugars from plants, improving the production of renewable fuels, chemicals, and materials. Producing fuels and chemicals from biomass (wood, grasses, etc.) involves breaking down (deconstructing), plants to produce single carbohydrates, mostly in the form…

CARB preliminarily awards Port of Los Angeles $41M to launch zero-emissions hydrogen-fuel-cell-electric freight project; total cost $83M

By mmillikin The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has preliminarily awarded $41 million to the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) for the Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) project. The total project cost for this initial phase is $82,568,872, with partners providing 50.2%, or $41,446,612 in match funding. CARB issued its solicitation for ZANZEFF…

California first state to regulate GHGs of ridesharing companies

By mmillikin California has become the first state in the US to regulate the greenhouse gas produced by the surge in popularity of ridesharing. California Governor Brown signed SB 1014, a bill requiring transportation network companies (TNCs) to account for, and reduce, the greenhouse gas emissions of their operations. The explosive growth of ride-hailing companies…

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