Sustainability News

New CARB emission proposals threaten major impact on outboard manufacturers

As if outboard engine manufacturers don’t already have enough on their plate with lingering supply chain challenges and production backlogs related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has issued a new proposal calling for substantial cuts to THC and NOx emissions from outboard engines.

Toyota Fuel Cell Goes to Sea

A fuel-cell system that Toyota developed for marine applications is now being used aboard Energy Observer, a former racing catamaran that’s on a six-year voyage as the “first energy-autonomous hydrogen vessel,” the company said in a statement. Energy Observer is powered by renewable-energy electricity and an on-board system that produces carbon-free hydrogen from seawater. The voyage launched in June 2017 from Saint-Malo Port in France.

Powered by the Plastics it Collects

A team that includes French yachtsman Yvan Bourgnon is developing a concept yacht that would collect plastic debris from the ocean and use it as fuel. The 183-foot catamaran, called Manta, would be propelled by a combination of sails and electric motors.

Changing Currents

The trend now spreading all around the world is impossible to ignore. In late 2020, Slovenia-based Greenline Yachts announced a partnership to provide boats for the world’s first all-electric charter company on the Telemark Canal in Norway. A similar program is underway in Sweden with a partnership between Candela, a builder of foiling electric boats, and solar-energy provider Nordsol for a network of charging stations on the Swedish archipelago.

Hydrogen is the New Diesel

There are a number of reasons why it makes sense that hydrogen may replace diesel fuel. Its ability to mirror many of the benefits of diesel – range and fueling time among them – while significantly lowering wells-to-wheels emissions and decreasing maintenance costs are just the opening salvo. Yet, while diesel engines have had decades of operation, hydrogen fuel cells are in their comparative naissance. It remains to be determined whether hydrogen will truly become the new diesel, but one thing is certain – the industry has taken aim.

EPA announces $46 million in funding to reduce engine emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week the availability of grant funding to implement projects which reduce emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $46 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds. Under this competition, EPA anticipates awarding between 40 and 70 assistance agreements. “The DERA program continues to provide much needed assistance to agencies and ports to improve poor air quality in communities across America,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Over the last three years, EPA has provided nearly $300 million in grants and rebates to modernize diesel fleets with cleaner heavy-duty trucks and equipment.”

Hydrogen: 3 things to watch in 2021

A flood of investments and energy industry pledges made 2020 a breakout year for low-carbon hydrogen. But 2021 may be when the hype gives way to hard questions. Last year, the colorless gas captured the imagination of many companies for a variety of uses: Major truck manufacturers banded together to promote a transition to hydrogen fuel-cell models. A hydrogen plane startup pulled in over $21 million from investors that included Amazon.com Inc. and a Bill Gates-backed fund. Several gas and electric utilities launched pilot projects to produce hydrogen from zero-carbon sources.

Prinoth goes to Hydrogen. What a wonderful winter story!

Is HYDROGEN the next fuel for the marine industry? Prinoth goes to Hydrogen. We spoke with Andreas Muigg, Head of product management, and Martin Kirchmair, Head of research and development. It happened roughly one year ago. We focused on ICE, diesel, LPG, CNG and GNL engines. We also broached the cool topic of electrification.

Parker launches a new PMAC motor for electric and hybrid commercial vehicles

Parker Hannifin, based in the US (2018’s revenue: 14.3 billion dollars), is specialized in motion and control technologies. The corporation has recently showcased the latest addition to its Global Vehicle Motor (GVM) family of high-power, permanent magnet AC motors (PMACs). The electric motor for commercial vehicles GVM310 has a 310 mm frame and provides a traction solution for on-road and off-road commercial electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs).

Sustainable Powertrain Tour 2021. Institutions, manufacturers and OEMs

What is the true meaning of sustainability? As a matter of fact, sustainability is a keyword in today and tomorrow’s daily life. However, what is the true meaning of sustainability? Is it possible to find the right balance between economical, technological and environmental sustainability? Such questions are the starting point of the Sustainable Powertrain Tour 2021, also considering that the watchword for decarbonization is ‘RIGHT NOW’. In other words, it’s time to talk about all this involving primary international institutions together with some of the main global players among the manufacturers of engines and powertrain components.