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e4Mobility Newsletter 7.30.2014

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7.30.2014
August 13, 2014 – LAEDC Better Business Webinar: Save Money on Manufacturing Equipment Purchases.  RSVP here.
August 14, 2014 – e4Mobility Event: Connecting the Dots in Advanced Transportation, featuring Goods Movement Technologies.  RSVP here.
August 14, 2014 – YPE LA and Glaser Weil – EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations Panel. RSVP here.
September 15 – 21 – National Drive Electric Week.  Find out more details here.
September 19-20 – AltCar Expo.  Find out more details and register here.  We will be hosting our September e4Mobility meeting at AltCar.
October 6-12 – Los Angeles Innovation Week.  Find out more details and sign up to host an event here.
October 28-29 – Siemens New Ventures Forum in Silicon Valley.  Learn more here.

The LAEDC recently conducted research on both energy storage and waste to energy that looks at the employment potential in both industries.  Key conclusion for waste to energy in terms of employment is that this is an industry in transition that we need to be well prepared for as these waste-to-energy opportunities surface.  For energy storage, this is a growing area and Los Angeles County alone has significant strengths in areas such as advanced batteries and we must do more as a region to capitalize on these opportunity areas and leverage our strengths. In addition to employment research, the LAEDC has separate research and materials we are working on regarding other challenges and opportunities companies have in these two industries and what we as the e4Mobility Alliance, the LAEDC, the region, state, etc. can all do to address these barriers and position ourselves to take full advantage of these opportunities.  A full report will be released in the next few months.  Access the research that was presented at the Regional Industry Cluster of Opportunity Symposium at Hyundai in Fountain Valley on July 29th.CleanEdge has released its latest report “2014 U.S. CLEAN TECH LEADERSHIP INDEX” that looks at states and metros.  Here are the findings for LA:

Los Angeles is ranked #7 overall
#17 in Green Buildings
#8 in Advanced Transportation
#4 in Clean Electricity & Carbon Management
#11 in Cleantech Investment, Innovation & Workforce

We will be discussing how to increase these numbers at our September strategy meeting at AltCar.  We hope you can join us.  If you are not yet a member of the e4Mobility Alliance, please inquire about joining by emailing [email protected].

Download the full report here.

Great news from UrbanX Renewables (a Long Beach-based biodiesel company): they just received a $5 million award from the California Energy Commission to convert to renewable diesel!  The e4Mobility Alliance would like to wish them congratulations!  We’re proud to have supported this project to help bring more of this technology to Los Angeles County.  Learn more here.
Good news from LA-based California Lithium Battery: “CALEB Technology and California Lithium Battery (CalBattery) have agreed to establish a joint venture to produce a new line of high-performance lithium-ion batteries, which will be manufactured in the Los Angeles area starting in 2016.”  Learn more here.
On July 29, 2014, the e4Mobility Alliance held an eCarFest at the Glendale Cruise Night. A big thank you to everyone involved in making this happen.  See below for a few photos from the event!
     
EcoCar at South Pasadena Clean Car Show on July 20.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to take the Cleantech Survey Chubb Insurance has issued, please do so as soon as possible.
Alt Fuel Vehicle Deployment Funding Opportunity: Concept papers due August 1st.  A group of us have been organizing to discuss applications for this to ensure more funding is brought to SoCal.
  • Non-Platinum Group Metal (PGM) Catalysts for Fuel Cells: Novel transformative research with potential to lead to the development of next generation non-PGM catalysts and bi-functional catalysts for fuel cells.
  • Detection of Contaminants in Hydrogen: Improve scientific understanding of material behavior associated with the detection of contaminants in hydrogen at parts per billion (ppb) accuracy to enable technology for real time fuel quality monitoring.
 Letters of intent are due for the SBIR funding on September 2, 2014.
DOE has issued a Request for Information seeking input related to the technical and economic feasibility of commercializing fuel cell range extenders as on-board power generators for all-electric vehicles in the United States market.  Responses are due August 7, 2014.

On August 15th, new Nissan LEAF owners can take advantage of two years of free charging!  Learn more here.EDF commissioned the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation to profile the potential for clean energy investments in 9 sub-regions across L.A. County.  Learn more here.

California Air Resources Board releases annual evaluation of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Deployment and Hydrogen Fuel Station Network Development.  Access the report here.

DOE has announced it will be leading “a collaborative effort with industry to evaluate and scope high-impact manufacturing R&D to improve natural gas systems efficiency and leak reduction. The goal of this effort is to establish an advanced manufacturing initiative.”  Learn more here.

VIDEO: Launching the Market for Electric School Buses – CGI America 2014 Progress Report

EV Advocates Eye Infrastructure Costs.”

SB 1134 (Knight) was signed into law and allows a pilot program for the Antelope Valley Transit Authority to affix digital advertising signs to the sides of buses as part of a state study to explore the effectiveness of such a program.

AB 2389 (Fox) was signed into law by Governor Brown on July 10, 2014.  This bill provides property tax relief to A&D companies that meet certain criteria as well as companies in electrical equipment and electronic component manufacturing; this bill also provides a 17.5% hiring tax credit to major subcontractors who bring over 1,100 jobs to California. Amendments are being proposed for August that allows for primes to be considered for the hiring tax credits as well.  Learn more here.

 

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