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Hybrid Technologies to Launch EV Distributor Network

Hybrid Technologies will introduce its new dealer/distributor network at the upcoming New York Auto Show. Under the plan, each of the 75 distributors will be able to establish one full service center and 25 dealers within its exclusive territory to offer Hybrid Technologies’ line of lithium-ion powered vehicles—two-wheel, four-wheel as... Read more →

ADM to Build European R&D Center in Germany

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) will build a European research and development center in Hamburg, Germany. The facility will explore new food and oleochemical technologies, as well as drive improvement and process efficiencies for existing technologies. ADM is one of the world’s largest processors of soybeans, corn, wheat and cocoa.... Read more →

Kanataka Bus Fleet Switching to Ethanol-Diesel Blend

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) of the State of Karnataka in India is currently switching the first 2,500 buses of its 5,162 bus fleet to O2Diesel, an ethanol-diesel blend comprising 7.7% ethanol and 0.5% of O2Diesel’s proprietary fuel additive technology. The decision came after a successful trial of... Read more →

ARES and Blue Sun Biodiesel in Joint Venture

ARES Corporation (ARES), an engineering and project management company, and Blue Sun Biodiesel have formed a 50-50 joint venture: ARES Blue Sun Development, LLC (ARES Blue Sun). ARES Blue Sun will combine the engineering expertise of ARES Corporation with the fuel and oilseed technology of Blue Sun Biodiesel to collaborate... Read more →

Gasoline Demand in Japan Drops In 2006 For 1st Time In 32 Yrs

Demand for motor gasoline in Japan declined 0.9% (as measured by calendar year shipments minus end of year inventory) to 60 million kiloliters (15.9 billion gallons US) in 2006—the first year-on-year drop in 32 years—according to data released Wednesday by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Within the total,... Read more →

Pirelli Ambiente and LiqTech to Research New SiC Diesel Particulate Filters

Pirelli Ambiente, a company within the Pirelli & C. Group, and LiqTech A/S, a Danish company with long experience in silicon carbide (SiC) filters for the retrofit market, are initiating a joint research project to improve the performance of SiC Diesel Particulate Filters. Results from the research will belong to... Read more →

Oklahoma Governor Proposes Bioenergy Center

Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry has proposed that the state spend $40 million over a four-year period to create an Oklahoma Bioenergy Center (OBC) to focus on bioenergy research, development and education. Biofuels research supported by the OBC would include development of feedstocks (primarily cellulosic biomass), collection and transportation, conversion technologies... Read more →

European Commission Proposes Lower Carbon Fuel Standards

The European Commission today proposed new standards for transport fuels that, among other measures, require suppliers to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the production, transport and use of their fuels by 10% between 2011 and 2020. This life-cycle based approach to lower carbon fuels echoes the new California... Read more →

Report: Volkswagen Changing Strategy for Hybrids

Germany’s Automobilewoche reports that with the change in Volkswagen’s top management is coming a change in strategy for hybrids. Martin Winterkorn, who formerly headed the company’s Audi AG unit, became CEO after Bernd Pischetsrieder resigned at the end of 2006. Pischetsrieder had brought in Wolfgang Bernhard from DaimlerChrysler to run... Read more →

Survey: Canadians Support Higher Fuel Economy Standards as Top Measure to Counter Global Warming

Globe and Mail. A Strategic Counsel survey for Canada’s The Globe and Mail and CTV found that higher fuel-economy standards and forcing consumers and industry to switch to alternative fuels rank No. 1 (86%) and No. 2 (80%) in terms of what Canadians are most likely to support to counter... Read more →

GM Urges Feds to Fund Major Battery Research and Development Effort

In testimony before the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today, GM Vice President for Environment and Energy Beth Lowery urged the government to fund a major effort to strengthen domestic advanced battery capabilities—specifically lithium-ion batteries. Her stance was echoed during the hearing by statements from other witnesses,... Read more →

Washington State Considering Measure to Support 25% Cut in Petroleum Use

Washington state legislators are considering a “Clean Air, Clean Fuels” bill (HB #1303) that would provide funding to support a 25% cut in the petroleum use of the state's fleets via a range of initiatives including support for biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol, development of new technologies such as plug-in hybrids,... Read more →

SatCon Wins Naval Propulsion Motor Technology SBIR Contract

SatCon Technology Corporation, a developer and supplier of power management and system architecture solutions for the alternative energy and distributed power markets, has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract with the US Navy to develop insulation technology for advanced propulsion motor designs for future all-electric... Read more →

Oil Production at Cantarell Declines 25% in 2006

Production from the PEMEX Cantarell complex in 2006. Click to enlarge. Oil production from Mexico’s giant Cantarell offshore complex, which now accounts for 50% of PEMEX’s total output, declined 25% during the course of 2006, according to statistics from the Energy Ministry available on the Sistema de Información Energética. Total... Read more →

BMW Delivers Waste-Water-Free Production at Steyr Engine Plant

BMW has developed a new recycling process in its engine plant in Steyr (Austria) that has resulted in the elimination of waste water. Using a new combination of various membrane technologies, all manufacturing waste water in the plant is treated and fed back into the production system for an annual... Read more →

Arkansas Considers Bills to Support Biodiesel Development

The Arkansas state legislature is considering the Arkansas Alternative Fuels Development Act, a measure that would provide up to $4 million in incentives for biodiesel production and infrastructure in state. A funding bill would appropriate also $2 million to the University of Arkansas agriculture department for research, and up to... Read more →

Maxwell Receives Large Order for Ultracapacitor Electrode Material From Licensee in China

Maxwell Technologies has received a purchase order for 100,000 square meters of its proprietary ultracapacitor electrode material from Shanghai Sanjiu Electric Equipment Company, Ltd. (Sanjiu). Sanjiu is preparing to introduce a line of ultracapacitor products based on Maxwell’s cell architecture and high-performance electrodes for the Chinese transportation, electric utility and... Read more →

JAXA Targets 2008 Launch for Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite

The structural thermal model (STM) of the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite GOSAT. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is planning a summer 2008 launch for its new Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT). JAXA unveiled a prototype of GOSAT at its space center in Tsukuba on Monday. GOSAT will monitor the... Read more →

ZAP and Lotus to Use APX Concept as Basis for High-Performance In-Wheel Motor Electric ZAP-X

The Lotus APX will serve as the basis for the new electric ZAP-X. ZAP and Lotus Engineering are beginning the first phase of an engineering project to use the British consultancy’s APX ("Aluminum Performance Crossover") as a basis for designing a production-ready electric all-wheel drive crossover high performance vehicle for... Read more →

Volvo Invests in Black Liquor Gasification Company

Block flow diagram of a Chemrec Black Liquor Gasification with Motor Fuels (BLGMF) production concept. Click to enlarge. Volvo Technology Transfer AB is investing in Chemrec AB, a company that has developed a technology for gasification of black liquor, a residual product from the pulp industry. Volvo Technology Transfer AB... Read more →

60% of Cars Sold in China in 2006 Use 1.6-Liter Engines or Smaller

Cars with an engine size of less than 1.6 liters accounted for 60% of Chinese car sales last year, according to industry statistics. About 328,000 cars with an engine size of below 1.0 liters were sold last year, accounting for 8.6% of total domestic sedan sales. Cars with an engine... Read more →

First Product Produced from Oryx GTL

The Oryx GTL (Gas-to-Liquids) plant in Qatar has successfully completed the start-up of the final process unit and has produced final GTL product. The plant will produce 34,000 barrels per day of liquid hydrocarbons (primarily synthetic diesel) from about 330-million cubic feet per day of natural gas from Qatar’s North... Read more →

Malaysia’s Naza Group to Introduce Dual-Fuel Vehicles

Malaysia’s Naza Automotive Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (NAM) has developed and will soon begin selling dual-fuel vehicles that use gasoline or compressed natural gas. NAM is the first car maker in the country to do so. The company will outfit two models, RIA and CITRA, with the dual-fuel feature. Petroliam Nasional... Read more →

NZ Award Supports Development of More Efficient Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Production

A Massey University (NZ) scientist has received a NZ$260,000 (US$181,000) post-doctoral fellowship from the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology to develop highly active electrocatalysts for more efficient electrolytic production of hydrogen at low voltages. The award will support a three-year study by Dr Aaron Marshall, a researcher in the... Read more →

Blue Sun Biodiesel Goes Public Via Reverse Merger

SunFuels, Inc., and its operating subsidiary Blue Sun Biodiesel LLC, are executing a reverse merger transaction with M-Wave, a publicly-traded printed circuit board supplier. When the transaction is complete, SunFuels execs will assume control of M-Wave, which will change its name to Blue Sun Holdings, Inc. The operating subsidiary will... Read more →

Electrovaya to Use New MN Series Li-Ion Battery Technology in NYSERDA Plug-In Hybrid Conversion Contract

Electrovaya Inc. has received an US$100,000 contract from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to develop and demonstrate a plug-in hybrid concept using the Ford Escape Hybrid vehicle. The contract is one of four NYSERDA has awarded for PHEV conversions. (Earlier post.) Electrovaya will use its... Read more →

Siemens to Supply Coal Gasification Technology to Shenhua Group for DME Project; Shenhua Expanding Direct Coal Liquefaction Plant

Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co. Ltd. (SNCG) in China has awarded Siemens Power Generation (PG) a €30 million (US$39 million) contract for two entrained-flow gasifiers with a thermal capacity of 500 MW each and further key equipment for a coal gasification plant. SNCG is a subsidiary of the state-owned... Read more →

Transportation Consumption of Bio-Energy in 2006 Up 34%

Click to enlarge. According to the data in the just-released Monthly Energy Review by the Energy Information Administration, consumption of bio-energy (e.g., ethanol) by the transportation sector jumped 34% in the first ten months of 2006 compared to the year prior, accounting for 371 trillion BTU. Total primary energy consumption... Read more →

Opinion: Introducing the “Cash-Back Plug-In” Concept

by Felix Kramer, CalCars.org Jon Wellinghoff of FERC is promoting the “Cash-Back Plug-In” Think you’ve heard all there is about the benefits of plug-in hybrids? Sure, substituting “cleaner/cheaper/domestic” electricity for gasoline that has none of those characteristics is good enough reason to evolve cars. It turns out there’s much more.... Read more →

US Mayors Call for $4 Billion Block Grant to Combat Global Warming

Mayors attending the 75th Winter Meeting of The US Conference of Mayors have called for $4 billion in an Energy and Environmental Block Grant to help cities combat global warming. The mayors also launched a major campaign to create a “climate of change” in Washington. The US Conference of Mayors... Read more →

Exposure to Traffic Pollution Can Stunt Childrens’ Lung Development

Children who live near a major highway are not only more likely to develop asthma or other respiratory diseases, but their lung development may also be stunted, according to a study by the University of Southern California. In a study that will appear in the 17 Feb issue of The... Read more →

Researchers Devise New Process to Improve Cost- and Energy-Efficiency of Corn Ethanol Production

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new process that can improve the efficiency of corn-based ethanol production using advanced process design methods combined with mathematical optimization techniques. The core of the Carnegie Mellon strategy is redesigning the distillation process by using a multi-column system together with a network... Read more →

Georgia Eyes 4% Tax Incentive for Biofuels Industry

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has introduced a bill that would give a 4% sales tax exemption for materials and equipment used in the construction of biofuel facilities in Georgia. The tax incentive will be available to facilities producing and processing certain biofuels (ethanol, biodiesel and butanol) derived from Georgia-grown agriculture... Read more →

US Sustainable Energy Completes Assembly of First Fuel Reactor for New Biofuel

US Sustainable Energy Corp. (USSEC) has completed the first reactor system at its new plant in Natchez, Mississippi. Named FREEUS, the reactor includes a number of refinements, component upgrades, and process improvements designed by management and consulting engineers since introducing the prototype last year. The new reactor tube is capable... Read more →

New Consortium to Develop Standard Framework for Company Reporting of Climate Risks

The World Economic Forum announced today the formation of a new international partnership of seven organizations to establish a generally accepted framework for climate risk-related reporting by corporations. Founding members of the institutional consortium—the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB)—include the California Climate Action Registry, Carbon Disclosure Project, Ceres, The Climate... Read more →

China’s Expressway Mileage per Capita 10% that of US

Compared by the population density, China’s expressway mileage per 10,000 population in 2005 was 10%, 17% and 25% of that of the US, France and Germany, respectively. Expressways in the US have connected all cities with populations pf more than 50,000; in Germany, all the cities with populations of more... Read more →

Prometheus Produces World’s First Commercial LNG from Landfill Gas; Targeted for Public Transit Fuel

Prometheus LFG to LNG plant at Bowerman Landfill. Click to enlarge. Prometheus Energy Company has begun producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the world’s first landfill gas-to-LNG plant. The plant was installed in late 2006 at the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill in Orange County, California. The entire output of the... Read more →

Gigaliner HDV trials in Germany

by Rafael Seidl A gigaliner from Boll-Logistik-Gruppe under testing. Click to enlarge. Several German Länder (states) are presently conducting trials of so-called gigaliner heavy duty vehicles (HDV). These consist of a tractor-trailer towing a second large trailer, for a combined length of up to 25.25m (82.8ft). Costing little more to... Read more →

Whirlpool Joins EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

Whirlpool Corporation has joined SmartWay Transport Partnership, a collaboration between the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution. Whirlpool has committed to utilize SmartWay Transport Carrier Partners for a greater portion of its freight in the... Read more →

Researchers Identify New Catalyst Material for PEM Fuel Cells; Most Active Yet

The green dots in this Low Energy Electron Diffraction pattern for a single crystal of Pt3Ni(111) reveal a tightly packed arrangement of surface atoms that wards off platinum-grabbing hydroxide ions and boosts catalytic performance. Click to enlarge. Researchers with the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)... Read more →

Novozymes 2006 Earnings Up 11% on Sales of Enzymes for Ethanol Production

Sector revenue 2005 and 2006. Click to enlarge. Novozymes, a global biotech-based world leader in enzymes and microorganisms, saw its earnings increase 11% in 2006 on a sales increase of 8%. Much of the growth occurred in its technical enzymes sector, specifically driven by sales for ethanol production. Total sales... Read more →