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February 28, 2007

DOE Makes Draft Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle R&D Roadmap Available for Comment

Preliminary schedule for PHEV work. Click to enlarge.

The DOE Office of FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies (FCVT) has developed a Draft Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle R&D Plan to accelerate the development and deployment of technologies critical for plug-in hybrid vehicles. (Earlier post.)

This plan addresses all aspects of R&D from technology assessment through production readiness. It describes the necessary development of batteries and electric drive components, including near- and mid-term R&D activities as well as long-term fundamental research.


February 28, 2007 in Batteries, Plug-ins, Research | Permalink | Comments (34) | TrackBack

China’s Private Auto Fleet Climbs to 29.25 Million

Xinhua. The number of privately-owned automobiles in China reached 29.25 million at the end of 2006, up 23.7% over the end of 2005, according to the latest data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Wednesday.


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Study: Diesel PM Exhaust Poses Specific Risk to Commuters

Diesel fumes pose a specific health risk to commuters, according to a new report by the Clean Air Task Force (CATF).


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JATCO to Build CVTs in China

JATCO Ltd, an affiliate of Nissan Motor, is opening a plant to build steel-belt continuously variable transmissions in China at an initial cost of roughly ¥6 billion (US$50.5 million).


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Kinder Morgan to Invest Up to $100 Million in Biodiesel Infrastructure

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners plans to invest up to $100 million to expand its terminal facilities to help serve the growing biodiesel market.

KMP has entered into long-term agreements with Green Earth Fuels, LLC to build up to 1.3 million barrels of tankage that will handle approximately 8 million barrels of biodiesel production at KMP’s terminals on the Houston Ship Channel, the Port of New Orleans and in New York Harbor.


February 28, 2007 in Biodiesel, Infrastructure | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

New Data Analysis Links Atlantic Ocean Warming to Stronger Hurricanes

Hurricane Katrina. Source: NOAA.

Atmospheric scientists have uncovered fresh evidence to support the theory that global warming has contributed to the emergence of stronger hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. But the trend doesn’t hold up in the world’s other oceans.

Scientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, N.C., reported the findings in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The work should help clarify two studies last year that drew connections between global warming and increasingly intense hurricanes.


February 28, 2007 in Climate Change | Permalink | Comments (13) | TrackBack

DOE Awards Up to $385 Million to Six Cellulosic Ethanol Plants; Total Investment to Exceed $1.2 Billion

The US Department of Energy will invest up to $385 million for six biorefinery projects over the next four years. When fully operational, the biorefineries are expected to produce more than 130 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year.

The solicitation, announced a year ago, was initially for three biorefineries and $160 million. However, in an effort to expedite the goals of the Advanced Energy Initiative and help achieve the goals of President Bush’s Twenty in Ten Initiative, within authority of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005), Section 932, Secretary Bodman raised the funding ceiling.


February 28, 2007 in Cellulosic ethanol | Permalink | Comments (42) | TrackBack

Pacific Gas and Electric to Study Wave Power in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties

Pacific Gas and Electric Company took the first step towards developing generation projects that could convert the abundant wave energy off the coast of Mendocino and Humboldt Counties (California) into electricity by filing two preliminary permit applications with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The WaveConnect projects will begin with resource, environmental, and ocean use studies and if developed would use wave energy conversion (WEC) devices to transform the energy of ocean waves into clean, renewable electricity. If fully developed, the projects could each provide up to 40 MW of clean renewable electric supply.


February 28, 2007 in Power Generation | Permalink | Comments (12) | TrackBack

Air Products Introduces New Dual-Pressure Capable Hydrogen Fueling Station; First Public-View 700 Bar Station in US

Air Products and the University of California, Irvine (UCI) unveiled a new dual 700 and 350 bar (10,000/5,000 psi) pressure capable vehicle fueling station on the UCI campus.

The 700 bar fueling station is the first in the United States to be sited at a location with wider accessibility for vehicle fueling demonstrations. The station is also the first deployed by Air Products as part of the California Hydrogen Infrastructure Project (CHIP) with the United States Department of Energy (DOE), along with project collaborators Toyota, Honda, BMW and Nissan.


February 28, 2007 in Hydrogen, Infrastructure | Permalink | Comments (19) | TrackBack

February 27, 2007

US Air Force Plans to Certify All B-52s for GTL-Blend Use by End of Year; On the Ground, More Electric Vehicles

If detailed analysis of flight test data and physical inspection prove out, the US Air Force plans to certify its entire B-52 bomber fleet for use of a GTL-JP8 blend by the end of the year. The Air Force recently concluded its flight and ground tests of the 50-50 GTL (Gas-to-Liquids) blend. (Earlier post.)

Michael A. Aimone, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, US Air Force made the statement during testimony before the Finance Committee of the US Senate.


February 27, 2007 in Aviation, Biomass-to-Liquids (BTL), Coal-to-Liquids (CTL), Electric (Battery), Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) | Permalink | Comments (10) | TrackBack

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