January 31, 2007
Hybrid Technologies will introduce its new dealer/distributor network at the upcoming New York Auto Show.
Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) will build a European research and development center in Hamburg, Germany. The facility will explore new food and oleochemical technologies, as well as drive improvement and process efficiencies for existing technologies.
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) of the State of Karnataka in India is currently switching the first 2,500 buses of its 5,162 bus fleet to O2Diesel, an ethanol-diesel blend comprising 7.7% ethanol and 0.5% of O2Diesel’s proprietary fuel additive technology. The decision came after a successful trial of the fuel.
The remaining 2,662 buses of the fleet will be switched by the fourth quarter of 2007. This will represent the single largest ethanol-diesel fleet in the world, using approximately 120,000,000 liters of O2Diesel per year.
ARES Corporation (ARES), an engineering and project management company, and Blue Sun Biodiesel have formed a 50-50 joint venture: ARES Blue Sun Development, LLC (ARES Blue Sun).
ARES Blue Sun will combine the engineering expertise of ARES Corporation with the fuel and oilseed technology of Blue Sun Biodiesel to collaborate on improvements in biodiesel process technology, as well as to build biodiesel (B100) production facilities throughout North America.
Demand for motor gasoline in Japan declined 0.9% (as measured by calendar year shipments minus end of year inventory) to 60 million kiloliters (15.9 billion gallons US) in 2006—the first year-on-year drop in 32 years—according to data released Wednesday by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Within the total, demand for premium gasoline fell even more sharply, dropping 5.6% year on year to 10.1 million kiloliters (2.7 billion gallons US). Demand for diesel rose 0.1% to 40.2 million kiloliters (10.6 billion gallons).
Pirelli Ambiente, a company within the Pirelli & C. Group, and LiqTech A/S, a Danish company with long experience in silicon carbide (SiC) filters for the retrofit market, are initiating a joint research project to improve the performance of SiC Diesel Particulate Filters.
Results from the research will belong to both companies. Pirelli Ambiente will have exclusive rights in Europe, Russia, the former Soviet Republics, Brazil and China. LiqTech will have exclusive rights in the US, Mexico, Canada, South Korea, India and Japan.
Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry has proposed that the state spend $40 million over a four-year period to create an Oklahoma Bioenergy Center (OBC) to focus on bioenergy research, development and education.
Biofuels research supported by the OBC would include development of feedstocks (primarily cellulosic biomass), collection and transportation, conversion technologies and distribution. Because the center would provide a particular boost for the state’s rural and agricultural economy, it would also feature an education component to help interested farmers and ranchers make the transition to energy crops and adopt best management practices.
The European Commission today proposed new standards for transport fuels that, among other measures, require suppliers to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the production, transport and use of their fuels by 10% between 2011 and 2020.
This life-cycle based approach to lower carbon fuels echoes the new California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) ordered by Governor Schwarzenegger that also requires, as an initial goal, a 10% reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) intensity of all passenger vehicle fuels sold in California by 2020. (Earlier post.)
Chaoyang Liaohe Oilfield Natural Gas Co., Ltd. plans to build CNG stations in Chengnan, Chengbei and Hedong (China), in a bid to meet the fueling demands of up to 3,000 taxicabs.
Bosch has acquired FHP Manufacturing as a part of its strategy to strengthen its Thermotechnology division and gain better access to the rapidly growing US market for electric geothermal heat pumps. FHP is Bosch's second acquisition in the field of electric heat pumps, following the acquisition of the Swedish IVT Industrier AB in January 2005.