July 28, 2006
|Shell Canada’s oil sands portfolio in Alberta.|
Shell Canada has formally proposed to its joint owner partners in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) proceeding with a 100,000-bpd (barrel per day) expansion of the oil sands mining operation—Expansion 1—despite surging costs.
The company used the issuing of the proposal as a backdrop to discuss its larger oil sands strategy: the continued aggressive investment in a fully integrated approach that will take an eventual 500,000 bpd output all the way through upgrading to final refined products.
|The Rail Runner commuter train runs every weekday.|
New Mexico’s new Rail Runner commuter train will use a B20 blend of biodiesel supplied by Amigo Petroleum, beginning immediately. The Rail Runner is one of the first commuter rail systems in the country to use biodiesel.
The Rail Runner’s five locomotives are diesel-electric MP36PH-3Cs built by Motive Power Inc. in Boise, Idaho. Rail Runner locomotives produce about 3,600 horsepower and are capable of running speeds in excess of 100 mph.
Bill: ANWR Revenue to Support Development of Cellulosic Ethanol, Solar, Fuel-Cells and Coal-to-Liquids
US Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) introduced the “American-Made Energy Trust Fund” bill ( H.R. 5890). The bill’s provisions would increase the tax credits for cellulosic biomass ethanol, extend tax incentives for solar and fuel cell property, promote coal-to-liquid fuel activities, and open up ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) for oil and gas exploration and production.
The bill would take the lease and royalty revenues from ANWR and place them in a trust fund. All monies placed in the American-Made Energy Trust Fund could only be used for the development of new alternative energy technologies. ANWR’s direct revenue to the US Treasury is estimated at $40 billion during its lifetime of production at today’s oil prices.
GS CleanTech Corporation has signed an agreement with ZeroPoint Clean Technology, Inc. for the exclusive rights to distribute and use ZeroPoint’s proprietary biomass gasification, biomass gas-to-liquids (BTL) and fuel-reforming technology in the ethanol production industry.
GS CleanTech initially plans to offer the gasification and BTL technology as an element in a suite of technologies designed to increase the yield from corn ethanol production.
The Consortium, founded in August 2005 by Raser Technologies, Pacific Gas and Electric, Maxwell Technologies, and Electrovaya, brings together component suppliers working to accelerate the commercial production of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). (Earlier post.)
July 27, 2006
|Delphi Multec Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) Injector.|
Delphi is developing flex-fuel capability for its coming Multec direct injection gasoline (DIG) systems, thereby giving automakers the ability to extend the performance and efficiency benefits of direct injection gasoline engines into a flex-fuel application.
The current Delphi Multec gasoline multi-port injector systems can be used with global gasoline-alcohol mixtures of up to 100% (also factoring in the differing qualities of alcohol fuels in the global market) and on single- or multi-intake valve spark ignition systems.
GE Plastics has introduced two new resins to its portfolio: Valox iQ and Xenoy iQ resins. The new products, which the company announced in Japan, are immediately available to global automotive and non-automotive manufacturers.
Valox iQ resins are created with polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)-based polymers derived from 85% post-consumer plastic waste. Xenoy iQ resin is an alloy of polycarbonate (PC) and PBT-based polymers, also derived from 85% post-consumer plastic waste. Both consume less energy and yield less carbon dioxide (CO2) in their manufacturing than traditional resins.
Archer Daniels Midland Company announced plans to build a biodiesel production facility in Rondonopolis, Mato Grosso, Brazil with an annual capacity of 180,000 metric tons (54 million gallons US).
The plant will use soybean oil as its feedstock and is competitively positioned to meet the large anticipated demand from soybean producing farmers as well as from the Brazilian road and rail transport industries. Additionally, it will be strategically located adjacent to ADM’s existing soybean crushing plant in Rondonopolis to maximize synergies between ADM&rsquo's Brazilian origination, transportation and processing capabilities.
Dar Al Hayat. Kuwait’s parliament is considering a bill that would link the rate of oil production to the assessed amount of the country’s crude oil reserves.
The proposal came after Petroleum Intelligence Weekly published a report suggesting that Kuwait’s oil reserves were only 48 billion barrels—less than half the claimed volume of 100 billion barrels.
|The fuel-cell hybrid Midibus|
Hydrogenics Corporation has received a US$460,000 order for a Fuel Cell Hybrid MidiBus (earlier post) from Rheinbahn Rheinische Bahngesellschaft AG, the public transit authority of the greater metropolitan Dusseldorf area in Germany.
The fuel cell and 72V alkaline battery system produces 25 kW of total power for the traction drive, which delivers 235 Nm of torque. The bus has a top speed of 33 km/h (20.5 mph). Two roof-mounted 2.9 kg tanks store a total of 5.8 kg of compressed hydrogen.