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October 31, 2013

DOE BETO issues request for information on advanced biofuel, bioproducts and biopower validation and deployment

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is soliciting feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to advanced biofuel, bioproducts, and biopower technology validation and potential deployment strategies. (DE-FOA-0001013)

BETO’s mission is to develop and transform biomass resources into commercially viable, high performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower through targeted research, development, demonstration, and deployment supported through public and private partnerships. Specific goals are: 1) through R&D, make cellulosic biofuels competitive with petroleum-based fuels at a modeled cost for mature technology of $3 per gallon of gasoline equivalent (GGE) ($2011) based on EIA projected wholesale prices in 2017; and 2) help create an environment conducive to maximizing the production and use of biofuels by 2022.


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GE Aviation and the University of Cincinnati collaborate on new research center

GE Aviation, in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI), has created the GE Aviation Research Center at the company’s world headquarters in Evendale, Ohio. The scope of this agreement marks a first in Ohio between a leading aerospace company and a leading university research institute.


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VIA launches electric vehicle assembly plant in Mexico

VIA Motors inaugurated its first high volume electric vehicle assembly line this week at its new facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.


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Fairbanks Morse Engine and Achates Power team up on opposed-piston engines

Fairbanks Morse Model 38 opposed-piston engine. Click to enlarge.

The leading manufacturer of opposed-piston engines, Fairbanks Morse Engine (FME), an EnPro Industries company, has signed a joint development and licensing agreement with Achates Power, Inc., the developer of a family of two-stroke compression-ignition opposed-piston engines (earlier post), to reduce emissions and fuel consumption of Fairbanks Morse proprietary diesel and dual-fuel opposed-piston engines.

The Fairbanks Morse Model 38 opposed-piston engine was designed and developed for a wide array of electrical power generation and heavy industrial applications. OP engines are propelling ships, driving locomotives, powering natural gas compressors, running chillers and pump drives, and producing electricity in a variety of marine and stationary applications.


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DSM joins LIPA-Team to develop series production of advanced thermoplastic composites parts

Royal DSM has joined the LIPA (“Lightweight Integrated Process Application”) project team, set up to develop an industrial process for the manufacture of endless-fiber-reinforced advanced thermoplastic composite parts. DSM will contribute with materials know-how and in-depth understanding of polyamide 6 applications.


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Breakthrough in study of aluminum could yield new technological advances

In an open access paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon report a scientific advance that has eluded researchers for more than 100 years—a platform to study and fully understand the aqueous chemistry of aluminum, one of the world’s most important metals. The scale of mining and production of aluminum compounds is second only to that of iron.


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DOE issues FOA for up to $4M for development of advanced H2 storage systems and materials

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) (DE-FOA-0000827) aimed at research and development (R&D) for the continued development of advanced hydrogen storage systems and novel hydrogen storage materials supported through the Hydrogen Storage program. (Earlier post.)

The goal is to enable the widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and specifically to provide adequate hydrogen storage for onboard vehicle applications that meet the DOE hydrogen storage targets, as well as enabling early market applications such as materials handling equipment and portable power applications. These activities are intended to support the FCTO’s goals to:


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EEA: All major car manufacturers in Europe met 2012 CO2 targets; 9 already meet 2015 targets

Distance to 2012 target by individual manufacturer. Source: EEA. Click to enlarge.

Based on emission levels recorded in vehicle tests, car registration data analyzed by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in the report “CO2 emissions performance of car manufacturers in 2012” shows that in 2012 all major car manufacturers met their targets for their fleet. Nine of the larger manufacturers (Audi AG, BMW AG, Automobiles Citroën, Fiat group, Ford-Werke, Adam Opel, Automobiles Peugeot, Seat, Toyota Motor Europe, and Volvo Car) were already compliant with 2015 targets in 2012.

Carbon emissions of the average car sold in the EU fell 2.6% between 2011 and 2012, cutting the EU average to 132.2 grams of CO2 per kilometer—close to the 130 g target for the average new car sold in 2015.


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Enbridge to develop two pipelines for total of $3B in Canadian oil sands

Enbridge is developing two pipelines in the Canadian oil sands area for a combined investment of about $3 billion. The first is a new industry diluent pipeline with associated capital of up to $1.4 billion, depending on scope, to meet the needs of multiple producers in the Athabasca oil sands region. The second is a new $1.6-billion pipeline to transport crude oil production under long term transportation commitments to Enbridge’s mainline hub at Hardisty, Alberta.


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October 30, 2013

Petrobras says it will increase production capacity by 1M barrels per day in 2013

This year, Petrobras bring online nine new production units in a single year for the first time; the installed production capacity of the platforms amounts to 1 million barrels per day. The units coming on stream will be essential for the company to double its current production and achieve the target of 4.2 million barrels of oil per day for 2020, said Petrobras president, Maria das Graças Silva Foster, during a lunch-lecture at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC Brazil 2013) in Rio de Janeiro.


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