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Jan 18, 2018

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Shell, ITM Power to build world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant in Germany; €20M REFHYNE project

Jan 18, 2018: Shell and ITM Power will build the world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant at Rhineland refinery, Germany. (Earlier post.) With a peak capacity of 10 megawatts, the hydrogen will be used for the processing and upgrading of products at the refinery’s Wesseling site as well as testing the technology and exploring...

Japanese train barks and snorts to protect deer from harm

Jan 18, 2018: Researchers from the Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) in Japan have equipped a train with a speaker that plays the sounds of dogs barking and deer snorting to persuade deer to scramble off the train tracks, away from any oncoming train. A three-second deer snort is played first to catch the attention of any nearby deer, followed by twenty seconds of dog barking to scare the animals away.

Norway shoots for 100% electric short-haul flights by 2040

Jan 18, 2018: More than 50 percent of new car sales in Norway were electric vehicles, according to Electrek. Now the country aims to take the electric revolution to the skies. Norwegian airports public operator Avinor wants all their short-haul flights to be electric in just over 20 years. CEO Dag Falk-Petersen told Agence France Presse (AFP) they're hoping "to be the first in the world" to switch over to all-electric air transportation.

Dürr building smart paint shop for JAC plant for electric vehicles in China

Jan 18, 2018: Dürr is building a fully automatic paint shop for a Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) plant in China. The plant is designed to handle 100,000 units per year, will commence operation in June 2018, and will produce battery-electric cars on behalf of a local electric car manufacturer. The vehicles will be...

Mercedes Developing Solid State Batteries, Applying Micro Hybrid Tech Across Range

Jan 18, 2018: Daimler is working to develop solid-state batteries and other breakthrough battery technology but admits such advancements are likely still a long way out. Speaking to AutoGuide.com at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, board member and head of R&D at Daimler Ola Källenius said the company is working with startups and other companies to develop various […] The post Mercedes Developing Solid State Batteries, Applying Micro Hybrid Tech Across Range appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Mazda is Again the Most Fuel-Efficient Automaker

Jan 18, 2018: For the fifth year in a row, Mazda is the most fuel-efficient automaker in the U.S. That’s according to the Light Duty Fuel Economy Trends Report, released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report lists Mazda as having the highest overall Manufacturer Adjusted Fuel Economy for the 2016 model year at 29.6 mpg, […] The post Mazda is Again the Most Fuel-Efficient Automaker appeared first on HybridCars.com.

BMW Could Give the i8 Even More Power

Jan 18, 2018: BMW admits there’s customer demand for a more powerful version of its i8 sports car. Recently updated for the 2019 model year, the BMW i8 Coupe currently offers 369 horsepower and a zero-to-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds, so additional performance could get it into supercar territory with a 60-mph sprint of less than four […] The post BMW Could Give the i8 Even More Power appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Former Angry Bird marketing guru proposes 80-mile underwater tunnel to link two cities

Jan 18, 2018: Peter Vesterbacka, the former marketing chief for the smash hit mobile game Angry Birds, has embraced a new kind of challenge: the construction of an 80-mile-long tunnel between Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia. This tunnel would facilitate a high-speed rail connection between the capital of Finland, a artificial island in the Baltic Sea that Vesterbacka plans on building, and the capital of Estonia. “Digging is just a few billion [euros],” Vesterbacka told Buzzfeed News…

New Chevy Silverado Packs Less Weight, More Features (14 Photos)

Jan 18, 2018: All new Chevy Silverado for 2019 Packs 450 lbs. Less Weight, More Features, and serious toughness with up to 30 MPG. (14 Photos) The post New Chevy Silverado Packs Less Weight, More Features (14 Photos) appeared first on Gas 2.

The world's coldest settlement is so cold, its public thermometer broke

Jan 18, 2018: The coldest inhabited place on Earth is so chilly right now that the thermometer broke. In the village of Oymyakon in Siberia, a public thermometer lets tourists and local see how low the temperatures are. But this week, as temperatures dropped to -62 C, the thermostat gave up the ghost and went on strike. Some locals say their own thermometers went as low as -67 C, which is almost a record for the village. Oymyakon is a village of 50 people in Siberia, and has a reputation as the coldest...

This tent-shaped chapel in Portugal is in tune with nature

Jan 18, 2018: Panoramic views that this plateau in central Portugal offers informed the design of this inviting tent-shaped chapel by Plano Humano Arquitectos. The chapel will be part of the National Scout´s Activities Camp (CNAE) as a new addition that channels the scouting experience– outdoor life and camping– as well as the simplicity of the Christian lifestyle. The chapel, dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima, acts as a large tent that has its doors open to anyone looking for shelter or a space...

New Airstream Globetrotter is Ready for Off the Grid Glamping

Jan 18, 2018: New Airstream Globetrotter is Ready to take even the most tech-obsessed people into the wild with off the grid solar power, satellite internet, and fancy style. The post New Airstream Globetrotter is Ready for Off the Grid Glamping appeared first on Gas 2.

China wants to destroy space junk with giant lasers

Jan 18, 2018: Not only do we need to worry about pollution on Earth, but also in space. A team of six scientists in China are working on a very science-fiction-sounding solution: blasting that space trash with lasers. Could a space-based laser really help clean up the 20,000 pieces of junk orbiting our planet? From magnetic tugs to long tethers, the ideas of how to deal with our space mess have been imaginative but haven't given us a firm solution yet. Could lasers offer an answer? Related:…

Edmunds reviews the Tesla Model 3

Jan 18, 2018: In almost all aspects, it lives up to the hype, says Edmunds. But man is that screen a distraction...

PG&E launches new $130M program to accelerate EV adoption in Northern and Central California; 7,500 chargers

Jan 18, 2018: To help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has launched its new EV Charge Network program. Partnering with business customers and EV charging companies, PG&E will install 7,500 EV chargers at condominiums, apartment buildings and workplaces across Northern and Central California, including...

Giant twisting staircase revealed in Schmidt Hammer Lassen-designed solar-powered office

Jan 18, 2018: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has unveiled designs of a new sustainable office campus in Oslo for the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), Norway’s largest geotechnical specialist community. Topped with green roofs and solar panels, the approximately 30,000-square-meter campus comprises two modern structures that will accommodate up to 300 employees. Both buildings will be flooded with natural light, while the larger of the two features a dramatic spiral staircase that winds its way up a...

U Alberta study shows for the first time that sunlight causes chemical reactions in road dust; singlet oxygen

Jan 18, 2018: Researchers at the University of Alberta (Canada) have shown for the first time that road dust is photochemically active; i.e., sunlight causes chemical reactions in the dust. Road dust resuspension is a major source of particulate matter in many urban centers—especially those in which traction materials are applied to roadways...

DOE launching HPC and big data initiative to improve transportation energy efficiency; HPC4Mobility

Jan 18, 2018: The US Department of Energy (DOE) has launched two initiatives—High Performance Computing for Mobility (HPC4Mobility) and Big Data Solutions for Mobility—which will utilize the computing capabilities of the national labs to find solutions to real-world transportation energy challenges. The $2-million, multi-lab research initiative will develop new algorithms and big data...

Hairy micro-office teleports you to a world of calm

Jan 18, 2018: We’ve seen our fair share of unusual architecture, but this “hairy” building is a first. UK-based 2hD Architecture Workshop designed a surreal structure called “Mission Control” that’s entirely clad in brown bristles and appears to be mysteriously void of any doors or windows. Created as a micro-office and haven for concentration, the workspace located in a Nottingham garden is described by the architects as “an exercise in teleportation, designed to take us from the everyday hurly...

Toyota Decides Against Consulting For US EPA

Jan 18, 2018: After several advocacies raised the alarm over the prospect of Toyota lending its management expertise to the U.S. EPA, Toyota said it has decided against it at this time. The specific division within Toyota is more accurately Toyota Systems Production Support Center (TSSC), which for 25 years has consulted with government agencies and non-government organizations, […] The post Toyota Decides Against Consulting For US EPA appeared first on HybridCars.com.

China built the 'World's biggest air purifier' - and it's actually working

Jan 17, 2018: What has been called the world's largest air purifier by its operators is now up and running in the city of Xian in Shaanxi province, China. The 100-meter (328 feet) tall tower has already improved the local air quality, according to Cao Junji, the scientist in charge of the project, and could prove to be a valuable tool in China's fight against urban air pollution. Greenhouses covering the size of half a soccer field surround the base of the tower, into which polluted air is pulled. The smog...

24-year-old Yemeni engineer invents mini biogas plant that turns trash to fuel

Jan 17, 2018: Some villages in the country of Yemen still don't have electricity since the recent conflict started nearly two years ago, according to 24-year-old chemical engineering graduate Omer Badokhon speaking to Reuters. He hopes to bring power and combat indoor pollution with micro-scale biogas devices to transform trash into cleaner fuel. He recently among the winners of the Young Champions of the Earth prize from United Nations Environment, winning a $15,000 prize he plans to use to construct 50 to 80...

These Adidas sneakers double as subway passes in Berlin

Jan 17, 2018: No ticket? No problem. If you're wearing one of just 500 pairs of these Adidas sneakers, you can hitch a free ride on Berlin's subway for most of 2018. Photos by Overkill…

A run-down property in Portugal gets a playful renovation using a blend of colors and patterns

Jan 17, 2018: The renovation of this house in Ovar, Portugal, reconnects the main residence with the backyard addition and uses subtle patterns to introduce an element of modernity to the property. Architect Nelson Resende approached the project with a clear intent to find a balance between the past and the present. The house is located in the city of Ovar in Portugal, on a lot bordering the access road, leaning against the adjacent buildings. The secondary structure and the main house itself are treated differently–...

The majority of the National Park Service board just resigned

Jan 17, 2018: The majority of the 12-person National Park Service advisory board turned in their resignations this week. Led by Democrat Tony Knowles, former governor of Alaska, nine members resigned because they said President Donald Trump's Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was unwilling to meet with them, according to NPR. Knowles said in their resignation letter provided by The Washington Post, "...from all of the events of this past year I have a profound concern that the mission of stewardship, protection,...

Nissan Debuts XMotion SUV Concept with Koi Sidekick In Detroit

Jan 17, 2018: Nissan’s new design language has taken center stage with the introduction of its new Xmotion SUV concept at the Detroit Motor Show. Pronounced “Crossmotion,” the six-passenger, utility-focused three-row SUV incorporates Nissan’s revised design idea for fluidity and fusion of Japanese cultural elements. It starts with its trademark V-motion grill, jagged-angled metal wheels, pillarless doors, U […] The post Nissan Debuts XMotion SUV Concept with Koi Sidekick In Detroit appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Ferrari to Roll Out Hybrid Supercar in 2019

Jan 17, 2018: In a complete about-face, Ferrari has announced a move towards a hybrid supercar and SUV to compete with Tesla in the luxury segment. In telling remarks at the Detroit Auto Show, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler, confirmed the move to a group of reporters. “If there is an electric supercar to be […] The post Ferrari to Roll Out Hybrid Supercar in 2019 appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Ford F-150 Hybrid Due In 2020

Jan 17, 2018: As part of Ford’s overall strategy, many of its vehicles will have plug-in hybrid variants in the next few years, including the F-150. During a press event at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, Ford teased the upcoming F-150 variant that provided a few details on the first hybrid pickup truck from the Dearborn […] The post Ford F-150 Hybrid Due In 2020 appeared first on HybridCars.com.

About Face: Ford Says it Will Have 40 Electrified Vehicles by 2025

Jan 17, 2018: In an $11 Billion About Face Ford Says it Will Have 40 Electrified Vehicles by 2025 - and some of those might even make it to the US! The post About Face: Ford Says it Will Have 40 Electrified Vehicles by 2025 appeared first on Gas 2.

Infiniti’s First Electric Car To Arrive in 2021

Jan 17, 2018: Although it didn’t reveal very many details, Infiniti has promised to go electric from 2021. The Japanese automaker plans to introduce new models with electrified powertrains from 2021, with plans to launch its first pure-electric vehicle in the same year. The goal is to have electrified vehicles comprise more than half of the company’s global […] The post Infiniti’s First Electric Car To Arrive in 2021 appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Autonomous Chevy Bolt AV Shown Without Steering Wheel

Jan 17, 2018: GM revealed an autonomous Chevy Bolt AV at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show that's built Without a Steering Wheel - it is 100% driverless! The post Autonomous Chevy Bolt AV Shown Without Steering Wheel appeared first on Gas 2.

French company debuts hydrogen-powered bikes

Jan 17, 2018: Pragma Industries is the first company to begin industrial production of hydrogen-powered bicycles for commercial and municipal purposes. Founded in 2004, Pragma has turned its fuel-cell expertise, gained through building and supply cells for the French military among other clients, to the development of hydrogen fuel-cell powered bikes. Based in Biarritz, France, Pragma has already secured 60 orders for the hydrogen bikes from French municipalities such as Saint Lo, Cherbourg, Chambery and Bayonne....

CES 2018: Honda PCX Electric Scooter w/ Battery Swap Tech

Jan 17, 2018: Launched at CES 2018: Honda PCX Electric Scooter w/ Battery Swap Tech taht could do for light electric vehicles what batteries did for cordless drills! The post CES 2018: Honda PCX Electric Scooter w/ Battery Swap Tech appeared first on Gas 2.

The world's largest wildlife sanctuary proposed for Antarctica

Jan 17, 2018: While the US is busy trying to open more precious areas to fishing and drilling, a campaign led by the EU and Greenpeace seeks to protect an area the size of Germany in Antarctica. A nearly 700,000 square-mile around the Antarctic Penninsula and the Weddell sea would become the world's largest sanctuary if the proposal is accepted, protecting killer and blue whales, seals, penguins and other sea life.  …

Iceland supermarket commits to eliminating plastic within five years

Jan 17, 2018: Iceland Foods has committed to removing all plastic from its brand-name products within the next five years and replacing it with recyclable materials such as pulp and paper. The UK-based supermarket chain is the first major retailer in the country to commit to a complete elimination of plastic. “The world has woken up to the scourge of plastics. A truckload is entering our oceans every minute, causing untold damage to our marine environment and ultimately humanity – since we all depend on the...

UCSC team develops high-performance nanostructured composite catalyst for water-splitting to produce hydrogen

Jan 17, 2018: A low-cost, nanostructured composite material developed by researchers at UC Santa Cruz has shown performance comparable to Pt/C as a catalyst for the electrochemical splitting of water to produce hydrogen. An efficient, low-cost catalyst is essential for realizing the promise of hydrogen as a clean, environmentally friendly fuel. Researchers led...

Geothermal-powered Halifax home uses automation for energy savings

Jan 17, 2018: Omar Gandhi Architect completed a handsome luxury home in Halifax that’s both modern in appearance and in its use of energy-efficient technologies. Located in the south end of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Syncline House is a two-story residence with a mezzanine set atop a rocky foundation that inspired the home’s name. Energy efficiency was a major feature of the new-build, from the ample natural lighting and triple-glazed windows to the use of geothermal and solar energy. Set atop...

BMW makes SCR standard on all diesels in future; more models to receive GPF (including i8); new diesel engine for X3

Jan 17, 2018: BMW is making a number of adjustments to its powertrain lineup from spring 2018, including new diesel aftertreatment systems for its smaller diesel models; gasoline particulate filters on more gasoline models; and a new diesel engine for the X3. SCR. BMW ensures maximum effective reduction of diesel NOx emissions from...

Smart Home targets affordability and eco-friendly design in Australia

Jan 17, 2018: Green Sheep Collective aimed to create an affordable and highly energy efficient home with the design of Smart Home, a renovation and extension in Melbourne, Australia. Built for approximately $200 per square foot, the home is by no means a low-cost home but the price is impressive given the inclusion of high-level environmentally sustainable principles and components. In contrast to Melbourne’s many McMansions, the Smart Home is a site-specific compact home that boasts low to zero emissions, recycled...

INFINITI will offer mix of BEV and e-POWER vehicles from 2021; 50% of global sales by 2025

Jan 17, 2018: INFINITI Motor Company will introduce new vehicles with electrified powertrains from 2021, said Nissan Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit. INFINITI will offer a mix of pure electric vehicles (EV) and e-POWER series hybrid vehicles (earlier post), demonstrating the full range of low-emission...

Mitsubishi Electric develops object-recognition camera technology using proprietary AI for mirrorless cars; ~100m range

Jan 17, 2018: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed what it believes to be the industry’s highest performing automotive camera technology. The technology detects various object types at distances of up to about 100 meters, enabling drivers to receive advanced warning for enhanced driving safety in coming mirrorless cars. The solution, which is based...

Toyota Tsusho to acquire 15% stake in lithium miner Orocobre for US$232 million

Jan 17, 2018: Toyota Tsusho, the trading arm of the Toyota Group, has signed a Share Subscription Agreement with Australian lithium miner Orocobre to become a 15% shareholder on a fully diluted basis by private placements and participation in Orocobre’s public accelerated entitlement share offering, announced in conjunction with this investment. The total...

Cape Town's water pipes could run dry by April

Jan 16, 2018: Cape Town in South Africa is experiencing its worst drought in a century, according to Reuters, and their water supply is in trouble. City authorities are scrambling to drill boreholes or construct desalination plants, but Day Zero - when water taps could run dry - is now April 22. Related:…

Most active volcano in the Philippines sends locals and tourists fleeing

Jan 16, 2018: Mount Manyon, the most active volcano in the Philippines, sent lava billowing down its slopes on Tuesday and prompted an evacuation of more than 21,000 locals who live in threatened areas. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, lava flowed as far as 1.2 miles from the crater while ash from the volcanic activity spread to several communities in the northeastern Albay Province, where Manyon is located. Although the sight of an active volcano is breathtaking, authorities...

This highly insulated modular home is completely self-sustaining

Jan 16, 2018: Going off grid isn’t just for solo meditative retreats—nowadays you can comfortably bring the whole family along. Australian firm Modscape recently completed their latest custom modular build called Franklinford, an off-grid residence in Victoria, Australia. Shared between two families, this four-bedroom home is completely self-sustaining with its own solar system and 80,000-liter water tank. Set in an open farmland in Victoria’s Central Highlands, Franklinford takes design...

Ford's new electric SUV will battle Tesla's Model X

Jan 16, 2018: Over the past few days, Ford has released lots of new information about its future lineup at the Detroit Auto Show. While our eyes were on its latest trucks and even a new Mustang, Ford quietly tweeted some information about its new electric SUV that's slated to arrive in 2020. In a tweet, Ford posted a quick teaser video with the end of it announcing that the new SUV will be called the Mach 1. The Mach 1 name isn't a new name, since its roots go back to the 1960s when it was introduced as a performance...

Heritage-listed church repurposed into modern solar-powered home in Brisbane

Jan 16, 2018: Brisbane-based architecture studio DAHA merged old and new with the Church House, an eye-catching modern home and adaptive reuse project. The unusual combination attaches a sleek structure of concrete, steel, and glass to a brick church, known as the Church of Figuration that was built in 1924. While the church’s position wasn’t moved, the architects carefully positioned the new-build based on climatic site conditions and to optimize passive heating and cooling and conditions for a photovoltaic...