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November 30, 2009

Eni-BP Joint Venture Awarded Coal-Bed Methane Project in Indonesia; Potential for First Integrated CBM to LNG Project

A consortium led by BP-Eni 50:50 joint venture VICO has signed a production sharing contract (PSC) with the Government of Indonesia for the exploration and development of coalbed methane (CBM) resources on the Sanga-Sanga block in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. VICO has been producing conventional gas resources from the Sanga-Sanga block for more than 40 years, and the signature of this PSC is expected to mark the first significant development of CBM in Indonesia.

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All 2010 Chevy and GMC V8 Trucks Feature Variable Valve Timing

All 2010 Chevrolet and GMC V-8 powered trucks now feature variable valve timing (VVT), a technology that enables continuous control of valve opening and closing that result in better engine breathing, fewer emissions and improved fuel economy.

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Air Products Building New Hydrogen Plant in Rotterdam, Signs Long-Term Hydrogen Contracts with ExxonMobil and Shell

Air Products recently announced a long-term hydrogen supply contract with ExxonMobil’s (Esso) Rotterdam refinery in The Netherlands and will build a new world-scale hydrogen production plant to serve that refinery and additional customers in the region, including Shell.

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EnerDel To Deploy AeroVironment Advanced Electric Vehicle Power Cycling and Test Systems at Indiana Facility

Automotive lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel will be using a portion of its recent federal stimulus grant to purchase eight AeroVironment (AV) advanced electric vehicle power cycling and test systems.

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BP and DuPont Form Kingston Research Ltd to Focus on Commercializing Biobutanol

BP and DuPont have formed Kingston Research Ltd, which will focus on the commercialization of advanced biofuel technology—specifically biobutanol—at a £25-million (US$41-million) purpose-built development and demonstration facility at BP’s Saltend site, near Hull.

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Capstone Turbine To Unveil Prototype Microturbine Range-Extended Electric Supercar at LA Auto Show

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The CMT-380. Click to enlarge.

Capstone Turbine Corporation is introducing a prototype range-extended electric supercar using one of its 30 kW C30 microturbines as the generator unit. The CMT-380, currently in the design and test phase, is being developed in partnership with Electronic Arts Chief Creative Director Richard Hilleman.

The CMT-380 features a lithium-polymer battery pack that supports an all-electric range of up to 80 miles. When the batteries reach a predetermined state of discharge, the Capstone C30 microturbine fires up and recharges the batteries on the fly to extend the driving range up to 500 miles.

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HyBoost Project Aiming for 30-40% CO2 Reduction Without Performance Compromise

The HyBoost project (earlier post), a two-year collaborative research program led by Ricardo in partnership with Controlled Power Technologies, the European Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium, Ford, Imperial College London, and Valeo, aims to demonstrate a very cost-effective, ultra-efficient gasoline engine in a C-segment passenger car.

The vehicle is to offer the performance of a 2.0 liter model but with a real-world 30-40% reduction in CO2 emissions to below 100 g/km. This is to be achieved through the synergistic application of an extremely downsized gasoline engine coupled with electrified boosting and exhaust gas energy recovery; micro-hybrid functionality with stop/start, torque assist and regenerative braking; and a novel energy storage technology.

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New 3.7L V6 for 2011 Mustang Features Ti-VCT System Also Slated for 2.0L EcoBoost

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Ti-VCT components. Click to enlarge.

Ford is introducing its 2011 Mustang with a new 3.7-liter, dual-overhead-camshaft (DOHC) 24-valve V-6 using Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT), also featured in the 2.0L EcoBoost engine announced in July (earlier post). The new V6 can produce 305 hp (227 kW) of power and 280 lb-ft (380 N·m) of torque.

Coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, the 3.7L engine delivers 19 mpg US city/30 highway—a 19% improvement on city fuel economy and a 25% improvement on highway fuel economy compared to the 2010 model (16 mpg city/24 highway). With a six-speed manual, the 2011 Mustang delivers 18 mpg city/29 highway, up from 18 mpg city/26 highway on the 2010 model with manual. Ti-VCT can account for up to a 4.5% fuel economy improvement over non-VCT-equipped engines, according to Ford.

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Scania and Vale Soluções em Energia S.A. to Collaborate on New Ethanol- and Gas-powered Industrial Engines for Brazil

Scania and Vale Soluções em Energia S.A. (VSE) have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the development of new technology for ethanol- and gas-powered industrial engines for the Brazilian market.

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EU Parliament Approves 2012 Tire Efficiency Ratings

Members of the European Parliament last week approved regulations that will require replacement tires for cars as well as light- and heavy-duty vehicles (C1, C2, and C3 tires) to carry energy efficiency labels as of 1 November 2012. The new label does not have to be mounted on the tire as long as the seller shows it to the consumer prior to purchase and includes the label with proof of purchase.

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