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Chevrolet Volt Batteries Could Enable Renewable Energy Solutions

Partnership with ABB Group to identify post-vehicle applications for Volt batteries
General Motors and ABB Group will work together to develop pilot projects for re-using the batteries from the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle, examining whether the batteries may be a source for renewable energy that could  improve the effectiveness of wind and solar power generation.
The opportunity is the basis of a memorandum of understanding signed between General Motors and ABB Group.
The two companies are collaborating to determine how the Volt’s 16-kWh lithium-ion batteries can be used to provide stationary electric grid storage systems once the batteries have fulfilled their usefulness in customers’ vehicles.
The ultimate goal is to provide cost-effective, innovative solutions that will improve the efficiency …

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Pressure sensor for automatic and air-conditioning systems

Bosch SMP137 marks entry into the integrated medium-pressure sensor market 70 bar maximum pressure and high media resistance
· Quality sensor for hydraulic pressure
· Hermetic metal housing with high media resistance
· Easy installation without “2nd Level Package“
The Bosch SMP13x model series is the first time the company has offered integrated medium-pressure sensors for the automotive sector. These are sensors for pressure in the 10 to 100 bar range. The product range of the globally operating automotive supplier previously included sensors for the low-pressure range up to 10 bar and high-pressure sensors for 140 to well over 2,000 bar. The first SMP137 model measures up to 70 bar and meets very high quality standards. It also offers …

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Chevrolet Volt Named 2011 Green Car of the Year

First Electric Vehicle to Win Top Prize in Award’s Seventh Year
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric car with extended-range capability today was named Green Car Journal’s Green Car of the Year®. The Volt is the first electric vehicle to win the award.
“This has been a long time coming,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of  “The electric vehicles that were test marketed in the 1990s tantalized us, but were without a solid business case.  What a difference a decade makes.” 
The Volt runs purely on electricity for 25 to 50 miles on a single charge before a 1.4-liter gasoline engine/generator seamlessly engages to create electricity to drive the wheels for …

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BASF launches the first water-based polymer dispersion for taste masking and moisture barrier

Kollicoat® Smartseal 30 D – active protection simplifies and accelerates aqueous film coating operations
BASF today announced the availability of Kollicoat® Smartseal 30 D at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientist (AAPS) Annual Meeting, November 14-18, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans Louisiana. The show hosts more than 10,000 attendees from the pharmaceutical industry with a focus on research and development. Visitors to BASF booth 2045 will have the opportunity to hear a presentation on this new product at 4:00 PM.
Kollicoat Smartseal 30 D is the first water-based dispersion for taste masking and moisture barrier applications. It was developed to simplify and accelerate aqueous film coating operations, and opens new doors for formulating tablet, …

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Scania collaborating in research on the biofuel-based engine technology of the future

Scania has been granted SEK 30 million − about EUR 3.3 million − by Sweden’s Strategic Vehicle Research and Innovation Initiative (FFI) to develop a biofuel engine intended for heavy commercial vehicles. This research will show how the best characteristics of the diesel and the Otto principle can be combined in an engine that can operate on both alcohol- and gaseous methane-based fuels.
Scania will focus on developing an engine using sustainable biofuels that will combine the high energy efficiency of diesel (compression ignition) technology with the more efficient exhaust aftertreatment system of Otto (spark ignition) technology.
“Such an engine will be optimal in responding to the challenge of achieving low emissions of greenhouse gases, combined with …

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RWE takes electric car on a 4000-kilometre field test

„Culture bridge“ from Essen to Istanbul
Route goes right across the Balkans
RWE has given today the go-ahead for a new large-scale test of electro-mobility’s fitness for everyday use. A team of young drivers will cover 4000 kilometres from Essen to Istanbul in a Tesla Roadster within 13 days. “In so doing, we are also building a bridge between the two capitals of culture”, said Dr. Jürgen Großmann, Chief Executive Officer of RWE AG. Apart from Essen, the Turkish metropolitan centre of Istanbul is one of Europe’s capitals of culture this year. “At the same time, we will demonstrate in 17 European cities that e-mobility is already suitable for everyday use”, Großmann went on to say.
RWE’s team …

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