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China’s Energy Development Program

Xinhuanet. China’s cabinet approved in principle the draft of China’s medium- and long-term energy development program, covering the period from 2004 to 2020. Make energy conservation the top priority. Adjust and optimize the energy structure. Pursue an energy development strategy with coal forming the mainstay and electricity the center of... Read more →

EPA Helps India With Climate Change

Newkerala.com. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a $500,000 effort to help control pollution in India, the US embassy said in a statement here Tuesday. Releasing a report on air pollution in India, the EPA urged India’s environmentalists to take advantage of its initiative, Integrated Environment Strategies (IES).... Read more →

Lexus Plans 3x Euro Sales, Leads with Diesels and Hybrid

Financial Times. Lexus is planning to triple its sales in Europe over the next six years. Takis Athanasopoulos, chief operating officer of Toyota Motor Europe, said the brand’s first diesel engines and a hybrid petrol-electric off-roader would help boost sales to more than 60,000 by 2010 and bring the brand... Read more →

Tackling Diesel Startup and Emissions With Electronic Control

Beru AG, a leader in diesel cold-start technology, has rolled out a new Instant Startup System (ISS) plus a smart pressure sensor glow plug (PSG) that can play a critical role in minimizing diesel emissions at startup and during all phases of operation. (The image at right is a cross-section... Read more →

GM Yeast for Commercial Ethanol Production

Iogen Corporation (earlier post) has has obtained the first (and non-exclusive license) from the Purdue Research Foundation for a genetically modified yeast that can produce ethanol from agricultural waste. Purdue’s genetically altered yeast allows about 40 percent more ethanol to be made from sugars derived from agricultural residues, such as... Read more →

Stuart Energy Networks H2 Stations

Stuart Energy Systems has been granted a US patent on its method for networking hydrogen energy stations. This provides some insight into the distributed nature of upcoming energy solutions. This “Energy Distribution Network” patent complements Stuart Energy’s previously-granted “Intelligent Hydrogen Fueling Station” U.S. patent, which gives Stuart Energy exclusive rights... Read more →

Euro Vision for Plant Biotech Includes Biofuels

A working group consisting of Europe’s leading research, food and biotech organizations have developed a “vision” for the future of European plant biotechnology. Philipe Busquin, the EU Research Chief, announced the initiative, 2025: a European Vision for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology today in Brussels. The paper outlines the role plant... Read more →

$3M for Nanocatalyst Company

Nanostellar, a startup striving to replace platinum group materials in catalytic converters with efficient, lower-costs nanocatalysts, raised $3 million in first round financing. Conventional catalytic technologies utilize platinum as the main catalyst to control automobile emissions and to generate clean energy power. Nanostellar’s platinum nano-composite material design technology reduces the... Read more →

Western Govs Endorse Renewables

LA Times. While the Bush administration has ramped up traditional energy exploration in the West, the region's governors on Tuesday adopted an ambitious initiative calling for expanded use of clean energy sources and greater energy efficiency across 17 states. The Western Governors Assn. unanimously adopted a Clean and Diversified Energy... Read more →

New DME Plant In Iran Will Triple Global Production

Zagros Petrochemical, a subsidiary of the Iranian National Oil Company, is building a new DME (Dimethyl Ether) plant with a capacity of 800,000 metric Tons Per Year (MTPY) of DME at Bandar Assaluyeh, Iran. Zagros is using technology and catalysts developed by Haldor Topsøe A/S of Denmark in collaboration with... Read more →

Organic Crystal Can Generate Pure H2

Scientists from the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa have discovered that a nonporous organic molecular crystal can be exploited for the purification of hydrogen gas. The crystal, consisting of pairs (called dimers) of bowl-like calixarene molecules joined together, absorbs molecules such as carbon dioxide, carbon... Read more →

EU Onboard With Animal By-Products for Biodiesel

Just-food.com. A specialist committee of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has declared that manufacturing biodiesel is a safe way of disposing of so-called category 1 animal by-products, that could spread BSE [Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy -- mad cow disease] or CJD. [Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease -- a similar disease in humans. There... Read more →

DC Metro Officials Clash Over CNG vs. Diesel + Hybrids

Washington Post. Metro board members chose to scrap an $86 million plan to buy 200 natural gas-powered buses and retrofit a garage to service them in favor of using $82 million to purchase 117 “clean” diesel buses and 100 hybrid buses that use diesel fuel and electricity. The decision upends... Read more →

Schwarzenegger Proposal to Reduce Diesel Pollution

California Gov. Schwarzenegger is proposing a $6 hike in annual smog check fees to fund a diesel upgrade program. To offset the pain somewhat, the Governor proposes to allow new car owners to forestall undergoing those inspections for an additional two years. Environmentalists applauded the governor’s plan, saying it is... Read more →

NY State Legislature Considers Biofuels Tax Break

Within the New York State Senate’s proposed billion-dollar tax cut package is a $0.20 per gallon tax incentive for NY State biofuels producers. “A production tax credit for the biofuels industry would directly result in economic growth and job creation in Central and Northern New York. This initiative could be... Read more →

Classic NIMBY

The Common Denominator. Classic Not In My BackYard (NIMBY) situation. The nation’s first attempt to wed refueling of hydrogen-powered vehicles with a regular gas station is being met with increasing political opposition in the Northeast Washington neighborhood where the station is nearing completion. A group of about 50 residents who... Read more →