HondaJet Takes Off with FAA Certification
Honda has entered the aviation market with the receipt of type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for its HondaJet. A five-passenger aircraft, HondaJet will compete in the light business jet market against established manufacturers such as Cessna and Embraer. The result of more than 20 years of R&D, HondaJet brings several innovations to the light jet market, the company says. Chief among these is the plane's over-the-wing engine mount, which Honda says improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing drag. The design also is intended to reduce cabin sound, minimize ground-detected noise and free up additional cabin space for baggage.
Las Vegas Tapped for EV Car Plant
Faraday Future, an electric vehicle and future mobility startup company, plans to build a 3-million-square-foot automotive manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas. The company says it will invest $1 billion into the first phase of the production facility, which will be located at Clark County’s APEX Industrial Park. In a statement, Faraday Future says the area's expansive development space, workforce, tax environment and proximity to its Gardena, Calif., headquarters were deciding factors in the location decision. The company had been scouting potential sites for the plant in California, Georgia and Louisiana in recent weeks.
ABB Commissions a 100km-Long Subsea Power Cable
ABB has commissioned a subsea power link for oil and gas company Eni Norge that will supply electricity from the Norwegian grid to a floating production, storage and offloading unit more than 100 kilometers offshore. That makes the project one of the longest high-voltage AC cables ever built. ABB’s three-core cable system includes a 104-km-long static cable section on the sea floor and a 1.5-km-long dynamic cable section. The power link's dynamic cable section, weighing 90 kilograms per meter, hangs in the water between the platform and the seabed. It was designed to withstand the mechanical stresses and fatigue caused by currents, waves and the platform’s vertical movement. The cable also uses fiber optics to monitor temperature and provide general communication services.
EV-to-Grid Test Set for Europe
Nissan and the Enel Group have partnered to develop a vehicle-2-grid system that will allow electric car drivers to use excess energy from their battery in their home or office, or return it to the grid. Nissan LEAF owners will be able to connect to the grid to charge their electric vehicles during low-demand, low-cost periods and use any excess energy stored in the vehicle’s battery at home when power costs are higher. The agreement will bring grid-integrated vehicles to countries where regulation allows sufficient value generation. Denmark will host the first set of trials. Germany, the Netherlands and other northern European regions will follow, according to the companies.