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Évry, France

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ENGIE, a global operator in electricity, natural gas and energy services markets, will invest nearly €100 million from now to 2020 to build Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) stations for filling up the European fleets of trucks with natural gas and biogas. This contribution to strengthening the LNG and CNG distribution infrastructures in Europe will rely on ENGIE’s active involvement with stakeholders—the truck manufacturers as well as the national and European authorities—committing to move to alternative fuels. The investment will cover the building of 30 CNG stations in France and up to nearly 70 LNG stations in several European countries. With 15 years of operations of 140 CNG stations, mainly in France, and 4 early first LNG stations in France and the Netherlands, ENGIE is accelerating the development of gas mobility in Europe for road transportation but also for shipping. ENGIE is also engaged in the promotion of LNG as a marine fuel, with a bunkering vessel designed in partnership with NYK and Mitsubishi Corporation to be operational by end of 2016 in Zeebrugge, Belgium. It is also supplying LNG by truck to waterways barges on the Rhine river and it will build a fixed LNG station both for ships and trucks in the port of Antwerp, Belgium.


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« ENGIE investing €100M in CNG/LNG stations in Europe to 2020 | Main | City of Montreal signs a framework agreement for the purchase of Nissan LEAF EVs for municipal fleet » ITM Power announced the sale of a 1MW electrolyzer system with some additional equipment to ZEAG Energie AG. ITM Power currently has £11.40 million (US$16.4 million) of projects under contract and a further £7.28 million (US$10.5 million) of contracts in the final stages of negotiation constituting a total pipeline of £18.68 million (US$26.9 million). The system will comprise an electrolyzer, compressor and apparatus to fill tube trailers. The electrolyzer will have a nominal capacity of circa 0.9MW in normal operation with an overrun capability of 1MW. The system will be owned and operated by ZEAG but housed in a specially constructed building located at DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt), the German Aerospace Centre in Lampoldshausen. ITM Power is exploring a small further engineering consultancy contract to assist DLR with extended use of hydrogen facilities. The system is being supplied with a two year warranty plus a five year maintenance contract. Delivery is planned for the first quarter of 2017. ZEAG engages in the production and supply of electric power in Germany. The company generates electricity through wind power, hydropower, photovoltaics, nuclear, fossil, and other fuels. It also supplies natural gas to industrial, commercial, and residential customers in the northeastern district of Heilbronn.


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« Westport secures EPA certification for the Dedicated CNG and Bi-fuel CNG 2016 Ford F-150 | Main | Driving Chevrolet’s 2015 Impala Bi-Fuel sedan » MINI and HAX, a division of venture capital firm SOSV, have launched a startup accelerator program to support, educate, and invest in compelling new businesses. Urban-X by MINI and HAX will combine the core competencies of MINI, including design, engineering, and usability, with HAX’s best-in-class acceleration processes, investing experience, and ability to help companies bring innovative technologies to market rapidly. The program will assist early-stage ventures with designing and launching products and services that improve life in cities, and addresses the challenges of increasingly dense urban areas, such as: Applications are now open for the first Urban-X program, to be held in New York City in March 2016. Selection criteria for the ten finalists includes the strength of the startup’s vision, the quality and commitment of the team, the viability of the business model, and existing traction with customers. Urban-X will host additional cohorts twice a year, with each session lasting three and a half months. The program includes a seed capital investment of $60,000 per start-up, in addition to comprehensive in-kind support. Additional Legal, Human Resources, Marketing/Communications and Accounting support will be available through an established network of program partners. Urban-X will run from an office and meeting space in New York with access to workshops and professional facilities. The selected companies will benefit from highly relevant mentorship opportunities, exclusive events, and will finish the program in front of an invite only crowd and the investor community at Demo Day.


« Consortium to test Carnot isothermal compression technology for CNG refueling | Main | Graphene ultracapacitor company Skeleton Technologies secures €4M from KIC InnoEnergy; targeting 20 Wh/kg by 2020 » SDCmaterials, a developer of advanced catalyst products based on a novel materials fabrication and integration platform, announced a partnership and formalized a supply agreement with Car Sound, a leading manufacturer of catalysts and catalytic converters for the automotive aftermarket. Investors in SDCmaterials include the venture capital arms of General Motors, Volvo Group, and SAIC Motor as well as BASF Venture Capital. The automotive catalytic converter, developed in the early 1970s primarily by General Motors and BASF/Engelhard and first deployed in 1975, changes exhaust pollutants into CO , water vapor and nitrogen. The performance of existing catalyst technology degrades over time as precious metal particles agglomerate and surface area diminishes. SDC’s proprietary technology can both increase surface area of a given quantity of precious metal and reduce its agglomeration over time. For emissions applications targeting precious metal savings, SDCmaterials’ first generation catalyst ingredients are typically demonstrating 40% to 60% metal reduction compared to existing industry catalysts, while maintaining catalytic performance. Early results on the company’s second-generation catalyst ingredients are showing substantial opportunity to push precious metal reductions even further. Today, a typical original equipment automotive catalytic converter in a gasoline engine contains about $100 in precious metal. The SDC approach could take as much as $60 out of that cost. If applied across 17 million new vehicles sold annually in the US, the value of the precious metal cost reduction could reach $1 billion in that market alone. SDC’s Nano-on-Nano formulation, applied to exhaust-treatment catalysts, requires as little as 40% of platinum-group metals in traditional catalysts, essentially doubling the efficiency of the precious-metal composition. In addition to the potential for cost reduction, other benefits of SDC’s technology include: Improvements in global air quality.SDC catalyst ingredients enable more pollution reductions at the leading edge of emissions control than would otherwise be possible. They may also enable developing countries to deploy more effective catalysts per value invested per vehicle. Further advancements in automotive fuel economy. Engine designs for fuel economy can result in reduced exhaust temperatures. Catalysts using SDC ingredients perform better at low temperatures compared to conventional catalysts. This may enable deployment of more advanced fuel efficiency technologies. Enhanced precious metal resource and environmental stewardship. Through more efficient utilization of precious metals to treat vehicle emissions, SDCmaterials may, over time, help keep precious metal supply and demand in better balance as automotive unit growth and environmental requirements rise. This, in turn, may over time lessen the environmental impacts caused by precious metal mining. For example, according to Peoples Health Movement – South Africa, each ounce of platinum requires approximately 18 tons of ore extraction, and each kilogram requires 200GJ power consumption and 400M3 of water. This is in addition to SO and other air pollutants emitted during platinum mining and refining operations. SDC manufactures its Nano-on-Nano catalyst ingredients via plasma-synthesis technology, which integrates nano-sized precious metal particles onto nano-oxide support particles. When incorporated into traditional catalysts, the ingredients inhibit catalyst-degrading precious-metal migration and agglomeration, creating more stable and predictable emissions control, and allowing the catalyst manufacturer to use substantially less precious metal.


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« IMPCO introduces new GS2 high flow CNG fuel injector | Main | Researchers find vulnerabilities in cars with MirrorLink, even if disabled » Nissan has supplied 20 all-electric Nissan LEAFs to Uber for use as part of a new EV trial in London. It is the first time pure EVs have been available for hire through the Uber app in London. We are delighted to be working closely with Uber on what is a very exciting project that could ultimately lead to major improvements in air quality in London and across the UK. We are confident this trial will prove a success and that Uber will join scores of taxi and private hire operators across the UK and wider Europe in recognizing the financial and environmental benefits of Nissan’s market-leading electric vehicles. With the impact of poor air quality remaining a cause for concern, the trial could prove to be a pivotal moment for tackling the challenges in London. Run in partnership with the Energy Savings Trust (EST), the study will look into the feasibility of running large numbers of electric private hire vehicles in the UK. The EST will research the experience, driving patterns and economics of private hire drivers using electric cars and the capacity of London’s current network of charging points to support these vehicles. Already 60% of Uber journeys in London are made in hybrid vehicles, but the company is keen to explore the environmental and economic benefits of going fully electric ahead of the introduction of the capital’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone in 2020.

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