The PX MiEV. Click to enlarge. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will be showing a total of 16 cars at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show later in October, including two concept cars: the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV plug-in hybrid and the i-MiEV CARGO. MMC will also show 10 current production vehicles that... Read more →

## New Biomass-to-Liquids Industry Association is Formed; Urges EPA to Promote the Cleanest Renewable Fuels Compatible with Existing Fuels Infrastructure

##### 30 September 2009

Advanced biofuel producers have formed the Low Carbon Synthetic Fuels Association (LCSFA). Specifically, the LCSFA represents the Biomass-to-Liquids (BtL) industry, with members including TRI, Rentech Inc., Velocys, CHOREN, Flambeau River Biofuels/Johnson Timber, AP Fuels and World GTL. BtL is produced through the gasification of renewable biomass and the subsequent conversion... Read more →

## Gevo Biobutanol Retrofit Plant Starts Up; Gevo Launches Development Company to Retrofit Ethanol Plants

##### 30 September 2009

Gevo, Inc., a biobutanol and renewable hydrocarbons company, announced the start up of its first biobutanol demonstration plant designed from retrofitting an existing demonstration scale ethanol plant to produce biobutanol. (Earlier post.) In successfully producing biobutanol at the 1 million gallon per year pilot plant in St. Joseph, Missouri, Gevo... Read more →

## OriginOil Announces New Algae Growth System for Use in Wastewater Facilities

##### 30 September 2009

OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a new extraction process for algae oil (earlier post), has developed a new production system using a type of algae that attaches itself to growth surfaces. The new system helps pursue clean water goals while generating algae for fuel and other valuable products in wastewater... Read more →

The CR-Z Concept 2009. Click to enlarge. Honda will reveal the CR-Z Concept 2009, the most recent prototype of a compact sports car using Honda’s IMA technology, at October’s Tokyo Motor Show. Honda introduced the first version of the CR-Z concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2007. When the... Read more →

## BASF and CSM Announce Joint Production Development of Bio-based Succinic Acid

##### 30 September 2009

BASF Future Business GmbH and PURAC, subsidiaries of BASF SE and CSM nv, respectively, are cooperating for the joint production development of bio-based succinic acid. Both partners have been working on the development of the industrial fermentation and down-stream processing of bio-based succinic acid and will start production of commercial... Read more →

## US Geothermal Power Could Top 10 Gigawatts, New Industry Report Says

##### 30 September 2009

A new report by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) shows strong growth in new geothermal power projects continuing through 2009. US Geothermal Power Production and Development Update, September 2009 identifies 144 new geothermal projects under development in fourteen states that could represent as much as 7,100 MW of new baseload... Read more →

The 1.3-liter diesel CDTI for the Astra. Click to enlarge. Opel introduced the new Astra at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) earlier this month. (Earlier post.) The new Astra is launching with a complete line-up of eight gasoline and diesel engines ranging from 70 kW/95 hp to 132 kW/180 hp.... Read more →

## Univ. of Alberta and Helmholtz Association Partner to Develop Oil Sands Technologies to Address Environmental Issues

##### 30 September 2009

The University of Alberta and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres signed a memorandum of understanding that will create a five-year agreement, the Helmholtz Alberta Initiative (HAI). The goal of the initiative is to transform oil sands production processes by developing technologies that address sustainability challenges. The University of... Read more →

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a $6.85 million funding increase to an existing grant to ethanol producer POET. This is the first of two funding increases from DOE to help establish a market for corn cobs. The second, expected next year, is estimated to provide an additional... Read more → ## Swedish Energy R&D Board Awards Up To US$72M to Chemrec for BioDME and Biomethanol Demo

##### 28 September 2009

The Swedish Energy R&D Board will provide an investment grant for the demonstration at industrial scale of the Chemrec technology for production of the renewable motor fuels BioDME (dimethyl ether) and Biomethanol. The new plant will be built at the Domsjö Fabriker biorefinery in Örnsköldsvik. (The biorefinery Domsjö Fabriker produces... Read more →

## Li-Tec Boosting Li-ion Production at Kamenz Plant to 300,000 Units By End of 2009

##### 28 September 2009

Li-Tec Battery GmbH, the lithium-ion battery company jointly owned by of Evonik Industries AG and Daimler, plans to boost its production capacity for battery cells to 300,000 annual units by the end of this year. Its plant in Kamenz, Germany will begin serial production of several million cells in 2011.... Read more →

Comparison of surface temperature projections from the high-end emissions scenario, without carbon cycle feedbacks. Temperature increases between 1961-1990 and 2090-2099, averaged over all high-end members. Source: Met Office. Click to enlarge. One of the UK’s leading climate scientists has presented new research findings on the increasing potential for a 4... Read more →

## Univ. of Birmingham Collaborating with Ontario’ Hydrogen Village

##### 28 September 2009

The UK University of Birmingham’s Fuel Cell Group and Ontario’s Hydrogen Village recently signed a collaboration agreement that will result in the exchange of researchers and academics and will facilitate commercial relationships with the Province of Ontario and West Midlands’ companies. The Hydrogen Village is based in Toronto with a... Read more →

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), will supply battery systems from its new-generation electric vehicle i-MiEV to Kyokuto Kaihatsu Kogyo Co., Ltd. for use in a garbage collection vehicle to power the trash compactor. This is the first time that components used in the i-MiEV are to be supplied for non-i-MiEV use.... Read more →

Guardian. Mega dust storms, such as the one that cloaked Sydney, Australia, in a red haze last week, are spreading lethal diseases around the world. However, they can also contribute to mitigating global warming, say researchers studying the little-understood but growing phenomenon. Photos of the Sydney Opera House, taken about... Read more →

## Survey Finds 47% of American Reject Idea That They Are Selfish for Putting Economy Ahead of Global Warming

##### 28 September 2009

A new Rasmussen Reports poll found that 47% of Americans reject the idea that they are selfish putting economic concerns ahead of the fight against global warming. The national telephone survey found that 29% of adults take the opposite view and believe Americans are being selfish for putting the economy... Read more →

A team at the University of South Carolina synthesized a titanium dioxide (TiO2) and platinum catalyst supported on TiO2 (Pt/TiO2) for use in a fuel cell. The synthesized Pt/TiO2 electrocatalyst exhibits excellent fuel cell performance as well as ultrahigh stability—enabling much longer fuel cell life—at high positive potentials. Pt particles... Read more →

##### 27 September 2009

FPL Group, Inc. and Duke Energy last week announced a 10-year commitment to transition their company cars and trucks to plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicles. The announcement was made during the Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) fifth annual meeting in New York City. The joint commitment represents more than 10,000 vehicles... Read more →

BMW, Daimler and VW are proposing a global OSI-Layer based standardization of smart charge communication. This diagram shows requirements and technologies mapped against the OSI 7-layer reference model for interoperability. Source: Oestreicher/Preuschoff/Bogenberger. Click to enlarge. In a joint presentation at the California Air Resource Board ZEV Technology Symposium last week,... Read more →

The #16 BP car of Chris Dyson and Guy Smith from Dyson Racing will be running an advanced biofuel developed by BP combining gasoline, ethanol and biobutanol during the in the 12th annual Petit Le Mans ten-hour endurance race at Road Atlanta, today. Dyson #16. Click to enlarge. Being an... Read more →

## G20 Leaders Agree to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies

##### 26 September 2009

One of the outcomes of the meeting of G20 leaders in Pittsburgh this week was an agreement to phase out and rationalize over the medium-term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies while providing targeted support for the poorest. Inefficient fossil fuel subsidies encourage wasteful consumption, distort markets, impede investment in clean energy... Read more →

## ARPA-E to Hold Public Workshops; One Targeted for Energy Storage for Vehicles

##### 26 September 2009

To continue the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy’s (ARPA-E) ongoing effort to seek public input into developing potential programs and funding opportunities, ARPA-E will host a series of workshops in targeted areas of interest in October and November 2009. (Earlier post.) The information gathered at these workshops will supplement... Read more →

Additional diesel PM reductions in 18 major CA railyards with five new locomotive measures. Source: Staff presentation. With Five Locomotive Measures Click to enlarge. The California Air Resources Board directed its staff to take steps to provide further locomotive and rail yard emission reductions beyond those achieved by existing US... Read more →

Hyundai Motor Co., officially opened its €1 billion (US$1.5 billion) manufacturing plant in Nošovice, Czech Republic. With mass production having started in November last year, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC), a fully-owned subsidiary of Seoul-based Hyundai Motor Co., has the current capacity to build 200,000 vehicles annually, which will be... Read more → ## Fiat on Track for 2011 Debut on New Fiat from New$1.2B Plant in Serbia

##### 26 September 2009

Final preparations for the production of a new Fiat automobile in Serbia will be executed within the next few months, according to Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Mlađan Dinkić; the new car should begin rolling off production lines on schedule, in early 2011. Dinkić made the comment in a speech at... Read more →

## Volkswagen and Varta Microbattery Ltd. to Collaborate on Next-Generation Li-ion Systems for Electric Drive Vehicles

##### 25 September 2009

Volkswagen and Varta Microbattery Ltd. will establish, subject to necessary regulatory approvals, a research collaboration to develop next-generation Li-ion systems for electric drive vehicles. The initial goal is the research and development of a Li-ion cell which is technically superior and price competitive. Research activities will be done at VARTA... Read more →

## Call for Papers for ACS Fuel Cell Symposium at National Meeting In March 2010

##### 25 September 2009

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Fuel Chemistry has issued a call for papers for a Symposium on Fuel Chemistry and Electrochemistry for Fuel Cells to be held in conjunction with the 239th ACS National Meeting, 21-25 March 2010 in San Francisco. The chemistry and electrochemistry of fuels for... Read more →

Status of research into the effects of mid-level blends. Programs with red borders are unfunded; red bars are gaps in research. Source: Joint IEPR/TC workshop. Click to enlarge. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM) sent a letter to US House and Senate... Read more →