Japanese newspapers report that Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. (Japan) plans to increase production of specialized lithium batteries used in devices that keep a constant check on vehicles' tire air pressure, even while the vehicle is running. The firm plans to invest 300.0 million yen by spring 2002 to boost its output capacity at its main […]
Intertech Corp. (Portland, ME) anounced a new workshop called The Transition from 14V to 42V Systems. The workshop will be held on September 19 through 20, 2001, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago, Illinois. It will be held immediately after a two-day summit by Intertech, 42V Automotive Systems, which lasts from September 17 through […]
Tianjin Lantian-Sanyo Power Sources Co. Ltd. (China), a Sino-Japanese joint venture, announced that its automated nickel-metal-hydride battery-production line has started production. The company expects to achieve revenues of nearly $29.0 million by the end of this year.
Catalytica Energy Systems Inc. (Mountain View, CA) announced that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed public offering of five-million shares of its common stock. The proposed offering includes 4.25-million shares of common stock to be offered by the company and an additional 750,000 shares to be […]
As many as 35 race cars will leave Chicago on July 15, 2001, in the first-ever attempt to travel the entire historic...
Exide Technologies (Princeton, NJ) has signed a multi-year $2.4-million contract with NASA (Washington, DC) to supply specialty batteries for the X-38, a prototype of the future emergency crew return vehicle for the International Space Station. Exide will design and produce four battery modules that will power all critical onboard operations on the X-38, including computer […]
H Power Corp. (Clifton, NJ) announced a multi-tier distribution and development agreement with Naps Systems Oy (Finland), a subsidiary of Fortum Corp. (Finland). Under the agreement, H Power will deliver fuel cells for Naps Systems' solar-power products. Both companies will work toward the distribution of H Power's standard and customized off-grid fuel cell units throughout […]
Catalytica Energy Systems Inc. (Mountain View, CA) announced that it has been selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) for an $11.2 million cost-shared contract to help fund research and development of fuel-processing technology for use in automotive fuel cell applications. The 36-month program will focus on developing a compact fuel-flexible fuel processor for use […]
QUANTUM Technologies Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of IMPCO Technologies Inc. (Irvine, CA), announced that it has developed and shipped its advanced hydrogen storage system for the first ThunderPower fuel cell bus being built via a partnership between Thor Industries Inc. (Jackson Center, OH) and ISE Research Corp. (San Diego, CA). QUANTUM provided the system […]
STMicroelectronics (Switzerland) announced an integrated semiconductor chip that functions as a controller and can be directly embedded in the motor assemblies and solenoids of cars. The new design can be integrated into the electromechanical components of a car. ST reports that the new chip has been produced for DaimlerChrysler (Germany) and expects to produce similar […]
A team of adventurers in Japan announced that they are planning to cross Antarctica between November 2002 and January 2003 on fuel-cell-powered vehicles to demonstrate the usefulness of the new energy source. The team, Challenge Antarctica 21, will consist of three to six members, led by Mikio Chiba. The trek will be over 2,700km via […]
Enova Systems (Canada) announced its participation in an advanced-energy technology showcase hosted by the Department of Energy. The event was attended by President George W. Bush, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, White House Chief-of-Staff Andrew Card and other key members of the administration. Among the companies joining Enova Systems were Ford Motor Co., General Motors, […]
Superior MicroPowders LLC (SMP, Albuquerque, NM) has received a $3.63-million contract from the Department of Energy (DOE) for the development of low-platinum-content electrocatalysts and membrane-electrode assemblies for PEM fuel cell applications. The awarded contract, Development of Improved Ultra-low Platinum PEMFC Cathode Structures through an Integrated Powder-Discovery-Production Platform with Digital Layer Prototyping, will be performed by […]
Isuzu Motors Ltd. (Japan) will be releasing a small hybrid truck powered by an electronic motor and a diesel engine as early as 2002. The company is reported to have plans of producing about 1,000 units of the truck by 2004. Isuzu also plans to offer the hybrid technology to General Motors Corp. (Detroit, MI), […]
Dr. Hiroshi Shimizu, a professor of the faculty of environmental information at Keio University (Japan), has designed a new eight-wheeled electric car...