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July 31, 2007

ICCT Releases New Report Comparing Global Fuel Economy and CO2 Standards

Comparison of global fuel economy standards, normalized to CAFE mpg. The projection for Canada is calculated based on the voluntary GHG targets.The shaded area under the California line represents the uncertain amount of non-fuel economy related GHG reductions that manufacturers will generate. Click to enlarge.

With debate on light-duty vehicle fuel economy likely headed for the floor of the US House of Representatives, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has released a new report comparing car and light truck fuel efficiency standards worldwide.

The report, which includes Feng An as an author, updates the 2004 An and Sauer study for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change that compiled GHG emission standards and passenger vehicle fuel economy from seven governments around the world.


July 31, 2007 in Fuel Efficiency, Policy | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Kawasaki Heavy to Test NiMH-Powered Light Rail Vehicle

Nikkei. Kawasaki Heavy Industries will begin test runs in October of a light rail vehicle powered by a NiMH battery.


July 31, 2007 in Brief | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Southern Research Institute Evaluates Off-Road Clean Diesel Technologies for New York State

Southern Research Institute has completed the first round of installations and testing of clean diesel technologies for the Clean Diesel Technology/Off-Road Field-Testing Program at the New York City Department of Sanitation in Maspeth, Queens, NY.

The purpose of the program is to evaluate and improve diesel emissions from off-road equipment, generate emission factors with and without control technologies and assess the performance of the control technologies tested using a standard in-use testing protocol developed under the program.


July 31, 2007 in Diesel, Emissions | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Mazda to Deliver Rotary Hydrogen Vehicle to Japan’s METI

Mazda Motor Corporation will deliver one dual-fueled RX-8 Hydrogen Rotary Engine (RE) vehicle (earlier post) to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) on 1 August.


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Marathon Oil Acquiring Western Oil Sands for $6.2 Billion

With the acquisition, Marathon gains a 20% stake in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP). Click to enlarge.

Marathon Oil Corporation, the largest refiner in the US Midwest, is acquiring Canadian oil sands company Western Oil Sands, Inc. in a transaction valued at C$6.5 billion (US$6.2 billion). Under the terms of the agreement, Western shareholders will receive C$3.8 billion (US$3.6 billion) in cash and 34.3 million shares of Marathon common stock and securities exchangeable for Marathon common stock.

With the acquisition, Marathon picks up a 20% interest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP), which includes the operating Muskeg River Mine and the Scotford Upgrader. The company will gain immediate net production of approximately 31,000 barrels per day (bpd) of bitumen, increasing to more than 130,000 bpd of bitumen by 2020.


July 31, 2007 in Canada, Fuels, Oil sands | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

DuPont and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Collaborate on Crop Genetics Research

DuPont and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have entered into a multi-year research collaboration to conduct crop genetics research on yield enhancement and develop enabling technologies in corn, soybeans and other important agricultural crops. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business and leader in agricultural plant genetics, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), an internationally recognized leader in plant biology, have collaborated on individual projects over the past decade. This new multi-project, multi-year effort will allow for a deeper sharing of information that aims to facilitate unique approaches to long-term agronomic challenges.


July 31, 2007 in Biotech, Fuels | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Miles Electric Vehicles Announces Initial Dealers

Miles Electric Vehicles announced the initial group of dealerships it has appointed to sell its all-electric cars and trucks, including its highway-speed vehicle (HSV), due to arrive in showrooms in 2008.


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GM Two-Mode SUVs to Offer 40% Improvement in City Fuel Economy

The forthcoming Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon two-mode hybrids will offer a fuel economy improvement of approximately 40% in city driving compared to conventional models of the SUVs, according to GM.


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Toyota to Offer Lower-Priced, New Standard Prius for 2008, Cuts Price on Camry Hybrid

Toyota announced that it will offer a new lower-priced standard Prius with the 2008 lineup.


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July 30, 2007

“Chalcogels”: New Aerogels For Water Decontamination, Hydrogen Purification

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have created new aerogels that could cleanse contaminated water and potentially purify hydrogen for use in fuel cells.

Argonne materials scientists Peter Chupas and Mercouri Kanatzidis, along with colleagues at Northwestern and Michigan State universities, created and characterized six different types of the porous semiconducting aerogels at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source (APS).


July 30, 2007 in Hydrogen Production | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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