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September 30, 2008

Enable IPC Acquires Ultracapacitor Company

A Ragone plot with two SolRayo candidate materials indicated. Click to enlarge.

Enable IPC Corp. has acquired a controlling interest in SolRayo LLC, a Wisconsin technology company developing new inexpensive nanoparticle-based ultracapacitors for use in various renewable energy, industrial, consumer, and automotive applications.

The SolRayo acquisition is in exchange for in kind contributions from a major grant to be announced shortly. SolRayo was founded by the same scientists who developed Enable IPC’s patent-pending ultracapacitor technology.


September 30, 2008 in Batteries | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

LightEVs Signs with EESTOR for Two-and Three-Wheeled EV Markets

Light Electric Vehicles Company (LightEVs) signed a world-wide exclusive technology agreement with EEStor, Inc to provide electric vehicles and propulsion systems using EEStor’s Electric Energy Storage Units (EESUs) (earlier post) for the two- and three-wheeled vehicles markets.


September 30, 2008 in Brief | Permalink | Comments (33) | TrackBack

New Process Combines Ionic Liquids and Solid Catalysts for Mild Pre-Treatment of Biomass

Main product and byproducts from the acid catalyzed hydrolysis of cellulose. Click to enlarge. Credit: Angewandte Chemie.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research (MPI für Kohlenforschung) at Mülheim, Germany, have combined ionic liquids and solid catalysts in a new mild pre-treatment process for cellulosic biomass.

With this process, cellulose undergoes selective depolymerization, yielding cellulose oligomers (cellooligomers) and subsequently sugars without any substantial formation of side products. Even wood, a lignocellulosic material, is hydrolyzed using this methodology.


September 30, 2008 in Biomass, Catalysts, Cellulosic ethanol | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Australia Seeks Public Discussion of Measures to Encourage the Adoption of More Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Projected average CO2 emissions of the Australian LDV fleet under a range of CO2 targets. Fleet-wide improvements take a long time even with aggressive new vehicle targets. Click to enlarge.

The Australian Transport Council and the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Working Group, with support from the Australian Government, have released a public discussion paper on potential measures to increase the adoption of more fuel-efficient, low-carbon emission vehicles.

Among the measures considered are a CO2 emissions standard for new vehicles; standards for non-engine components; and feebate programs. Closing date for public comments is 7 November 2008.


September 30, 2008 in Australia, Climate Change, Fuel Efficiency, Policy | Permalink | Comments (10) | TrackBack

Japan Auto Output Drops 10.9% in August; Domestic Sales Down 10.7%

Japan automobile production in August 2008 dropped 10.9% to 769,829 from 864,283 units in the same month last year, according to data from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. This marks the first year-on-year decline in production in thirteen months.


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Shell Contacts Jacobs for Ethanol and Biodiesel Blending Facilities in Euro Depots

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has received a 3-year contract from Shell Supply and Distribution to provide front-end design, engineering, procurement, and construction management services for Shell’s European biofuels program. The objective of the program is to install bioethanol and biodiesel blending facilities in Shell depots throughout Europe.


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Lignol and Weyerhaeuser to Collaborate on Commercial Development of Cellulose-based Products and Biochemicals

Lignol Energy Corporation, a cellulosic ethanol and biochemical company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Weyerhaeuser Company to explore the development of commercial applications of biochemical outputs from Lignol’s proprietary biorefining technology.

The parties have also agreed to evaluate the development of a commercial-scale Lignol biorefinery plant at or near a Weyerhaeuser mill site. The MOU excludes applications for transportation fuel. The initial scope of the MOU involves the testing of certain biomass feedstocks within Lignol’s facilities, including the company’s integrated industrial-scale biorefinery pilot plant located in Burnaby, British Columbia.


September 30, 2008 in Biomass, Cellulosic ethanol | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

California Gasoline Consumption Down in June and Second Quarter 2008

Consumption of gasoline in California declined 7.5% in June from the same month a year ago, according to figures from the State Board of Equalization (BOE).


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US House Rejection of Bailout Drives Auto Stocks, Oil Price Down

In the wake of the US House of Representatives torpedoing the $700-billion Wall Street bailout on Monday, the Dow plunged 777.68 points (6.98%), to close at 10,365.45, its lowest close in nearly three years. The dive bested the record for the largest single trading-day decline set on 17 September 2001, when the market reopened after 9/11. On a percentage basis, however, it was only the 17th biggest single-day decline for the Dow, much less severe than the 20+% drop in 1987.


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California Governor Signs Anti-Sprawl Bill Into Law

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 375, the nation’s first law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by curbing sprawl. (Earlier post.)


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