April 30, 2011
Researchers from the College of Engineering at Anna University (India) are proposing the use of acetylene as a dual fuel with diesel in compression ignition engines. Dual-fuel operation with acetylene induction coupled with cooled EGR resulted in lowered NOx emissions and improved part load performance.
Ballard Power Systems will deploy a one-megawatt fuel cell generator that will provide peak electrical power and heat at the Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc. (TMS) sales and marketing headquarters campus in Torrance, California.
Researchers at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology have demonstrated a system for the direct selective oxidation of methane to a methanol derivative, methyl trifluoroacetate. Methyl trifluoroacetate can be readily hydrolyzed to produce methanol and trifluoroacetic acid. Methanol is a versatile chemical that can produce a range of polymers and fuels.
BAF’ proprietary bi-fuel CNG-gasoline system for the Ford F-250/350 pickup and the E-250/350 vans will be available on 1 May 1, 2011. This bi-fuel system will carry EPA OBD-II certification and will be fully compliant with FMVSS 303 (crash-tested).
April 29, 2011
DOE says novel water cleaning technology could lessen environmental impacts from shale gas production
A novel water cleaning technology currently being tested in field demonstrations could help significantly reduce potential environmental impacts from producing natural gas from the Marcellus shale and other geologic formations, according to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).
|LaunchPoint’s Magnetic Valve Actuator. Click to enlarge.|
LaunchPoint Technologies Inc. has been awarded a $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant (No. IIP-1058556) to continue the development of a novel magnetic valve actuator. Once fully developed, the actuator will enable the implementation of electronically-controlled variable valve timing in camless internal combustion engines.
The advantages of magnetic valve system (MVS) technology originate from the nature of the magnetic spring actuator that provides efficient control of the valve position and speed during valve opening and closing events. The Launchpoint valve actuator is based on the patented magnetic spring technology (US Patent# 7,265,470) originally developed by LaunchPoint for an aerospace application.
California gasoline consumption was up 2.7% in January, and diesel consumption rose 1.4%, compared with last year, according to figures from the California State Board of Equalization (BOE).
Evonik, three other industrial partners (Johnson Controls GmbH, Jacob plastics GmbH and Toho Tenax Europe GmbH) and the University of Aachen (Institute for textile technology [ITA] and Automotive Institute [IKA]) are developing a novel lightweight construction concept for auto bodies that partially replaces both steel and lightweight metals. The project is called CAMIMSA (translated from the German: carbon fibre/amide/metal-based interior structural elements in a multi-material system approach) and is developing cost-competitive, carbon fibre reinforced polymers with metallic inserts.
Amyris, Inc., a renewable chemicals and fuels company, today announced the completion of the first industrial-scale facility for the production of Biofene, Amyris’s renewable farnesene. Biofene may then be sold directly into industrial applications or put through simple chemical finishing steps to form a broad range of renewable products including squalane, base oil and finished lubricants and diesel.
Siemens is building power converter stations for a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission system with a record capacity of 2 x 1,000 megawatts. Beginning in 2013, the new HVDC PLUS technology will transmit 2,000 MW as direct current over a distance of 65 kilometers underground.