Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) June 12, 2013
EDI Weekly, the concise digest of industry’s most compelling news and events, reports that researchers in Germany and the United States are closer to developing more efficient batteries that could have far-reaching effects for the electric vehicle industry as well as on consumer products like digital cameras and smartphones. In other energy news, Volvo announced that it would become the first car maker in North America to use dimethyl ether (DME) to fuel its heavy-duty trucks, replacing diesel. The biomass-derived fuel is comparatively easy to produce, burns clean, and is easier to transport and store than LNG. Still with energy, Canada’s oil output is forecast to double by the year 2030, most of the increase in oil sands. But new markets are a must for Canada, says the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. The latest industry news in brief at EDI Weekly.
“New super batteries could change electric vehicle industry”
Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory say that their breakthrough all-solid lithium-sulfur battery is a game changer for industries like aviation and automotive that depend on battery power. The solid sulfur compound used in the battery replaces the standard liquid electrolyte in a typical lithium-sulfur battery, eliminating the problem of dissolution. The ORNL battery has eight times the capacity per gram of a regular lithium-ion battery and, because it uses a plentiful, inexpensive sulfur byproduct of petroleum refining, the battery is environmentally useful as well. The German team at the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, meanwhile, have demonstrated a battery that retains 85 per cent capacity after 10,000 charge-discharge cycles, or 27.4 years of typical use. Read more...
“Canadian oil output to double by 2030 say oil producers”
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) sees Canada’s position as a supplier of both conventional and unconventional crude oil increasing in importance in the coming fifteen years. Today’s production of approximately 3.2 million barrels per day will reach 6.7 million bpd by 2030, most of that increase in oil sands output. Conventional tight oil production is also increasing as advances in horizontal hydraulic fracturing make it more economical to extract the resource. But a top priority for Canada’s oil producers must be to reach new markets, especially China and India, where at present Canada has limited access. Those countries will need to import 15.7 million bpd by 2030, and Canada should be a bigger player in that market, CAPP says. Read more . . .
“Volvo will use DME to fuel heavy-duty trucks in North America”
Volvo announced that it would become the first auto manufacturer in North America to use dimethyl ether (DME) as a fuel for heavy-duty trucks, replacing diesel. Compared to diesel, DME produces up to 95 per cent less CO2. It is also relatively easy to produce from a wide variety of readily available biomass sources, including municipal waste, agricultural waste, and waste from the pulp and paper industry. It can also be made from natural gas. Another benefit is that it requires little to modify a diesel engine to burn DME. And it is easier to transport and store than liquefied natural gas. Volvo said it would use the DME technology initially in its D13 engine. Read more . . .
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