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The Week in Sustainable Mobility
Mike Millikin, 1 Jan 07

Munich Re, the global reinsurance group, warned that although the insurance industry was largely spared major losses from natural catastrophes in 2006, weather-related catastrophes—exacerbated by global warming among other factors—will increase. “This means continually rising loss potentials.” More...

China’s Ministry of Science and Technology and six other ministries jointly issued a preliminary report on the country’s first national assessment of climate change and its impacts. The full assessment will be fully released in 2007. According to the report, China’s average annual temperature will increase between 1.3° and 2.1° C by 2020. By the middle of the century, average temperatures will rise by as much as 3.3° C and by 2100 by as much as 6° C. More...

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has signed an executive order that specifies greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies to address climate change in New Mexico. More...

In its just-published Environmental Report 2006, Transport for London (TfL) notes that while it has made progress in providing a “cleaner and greener transport network? the challenge for emissions and CO2 reduction in the transport sector is a difficult one. Using the same sources for emissions reporting, TfL’s CO2 emissions rose 2% in 2005/2006 compared to 2004/2005. More...

In a unanimous decision, a federal court of appeals has struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s ruling changing the 8-hour ozone standard, saying that the EPA violated the Clean Air Act by relaxing those limits. More...

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has selected 12 new proposals to receive $2.6 million in Innovative Clean Air Technology (ICAT) awards. The funding, the largest yearly amount ever dispersed through ICAT, will support projects for emissions measurement and reduction. More...

California Governor Schwarzenegger will propose nearly $95 million in the state budget to create the Governor’s Research and Innovation Initiative. This initiative is designed to provide funding for the Helios Project, the Energy Biosciences Institute, the California Centers for Science and Innovation, and the development of a petascale computer. More...


HYBRIDS and PLUG-IN HYBRIDS

Honda Motor Co. may assemble its upcoming new small hybrid-only model at its new plant in Indiana. The start of hybrid production in North America would be the first time the company manufactures such vehicles overseas. More...

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) is establishing an automotive air conditioner business for supplying hybrid-electric vehicles. The company reportedly has secured orders from two major US automakers, and will begin mass-producing compressors at a Mie Prefecture facility in 2007. More...

Enova Systems, a developer and manufacturer of electric, hybrid and fuel-cell drive systems and management systems reported a third-quarter loss of US$ 1.641 million—a doubling of its US$0.782 million loss in Q3 2005. The company attributed the increased costs to expanding product and marketing initiatives. More...


ENERGY STORAGE AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. announced that it shipped ten rapid-charge, high-power li-ion battery packs to Phoenix Motorcars, Inc. on schedule. The shipment of the ten 35 kWh battery packs fulfills and completes the $750,000 order placed by Phoenix in July 2006. More...

BIOFUELS

Production of ethanol in the US will reach 4.9 billion gallons for the year, an increase of more than 25% from 2005, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. Demand for ethanol also soared in 2006, with total demand exceeding 5 billion gallons, more than one billion gallons over the requirement of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). More...

O2Diesel Corporation has received an additional $1 million in funding from the Department of Defense for 2007 to continue its existing demonstration projects and develop a cleaner-burning alternative diesel fuel that will be composed of at least 20% renewable sources including ethanol and the company’s proprietary biomass-derived stabilizing additive. More...

Polish Meat Producer PKM DUDA is diversifying into the biogas and biofuels business. DUDA is partnering with Lurgi on the construction of a 100,000 tonne per year (33 million gallons US) bioethanol plant in southwest Poland. Construction is to begin in January 2007. More...

The Saito Recycling Association in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, contracted Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., (MES) earlier this fall to build a facility to recycle the lees&mdsash;the solid and liquid dregs—from the production of shochu, a distilled Japanese liquor, into compound feed materials and ethanol. More...

Philippine company Bio-Energy NL Inc. plans to invest up to $300 million (roughly P15 billion) for an integrated coconut plantation and biodiesel plant in Northern Luzon in the Philippines. The coconut plantation will occupy 500,000 hectares of land and the refinery will have a capacity of approximately 300 million liters (80 million gallons US) per year. More...

A newly published study by energy consultant Nexant, Inc. concludes that the current generation of commercialized biofuels—biodiesel and bioethanol produced from grains and sugars—are likely transitional technologies. More...

Solix Biofuels Inc., a startup company based in Boulder, Colorado, is working with Colorado State University engineers to commercialize technology to produce biodiesel from oil derived from algae. Solix officials plan to have the technology on the market over the next two years. More...

Brazil’s Obvio! Automotoveiculos S.A. has selected the UK’s Lotus Engineering to develop two “trybrid? high-performance microsports cars for markets across the globe, in a deal potentially worth more than £70 million (US$137 million). The cars will run on gasoline, bioethanol (in blends up to 100%—E100—but optimized for E85) or natural gas, and other future powertrain variants. More...

HYDROGEN

Honda Motor Co. thinks it will be able to mass produce fuel-cell vehicles for the general market by 2018, according to Honda President Takeo Fukui.

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SYNTHETIC FUELS


Chinese petrochemical company Lutianhua Group Inc. is planning to build a plant capable of producing 1 million tonnes of dimethyl ether (DME) per year in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The plant would be the world’s largest DME facility to date.
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Universe Gas and Oil Co. (UGO), a Japanese energy development company, plans to invest RMB 400 million ($51.28 million) in a coal-to-liquids project in northeastern China’s Jilin Province.

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DIESEL

Japan’ New ACE Institute Co. and the National Traffic Safety and Environment Laboratory have developed diesel engine technology that reduces emissions of oxides of nitrogen from engines fueled by rapeseed-based biodiesel blends by 80%". More...

Railpower Technologies Corp., a developer of specialized energy technology systems for the transportation industry and manufacturers of the Green Goat hybrid switcher, has obtained US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification for its three-engine road switcher locomotive. Railpower is the first locomotive manufacturer to obtain EPA certification for a three-engine genset locomotive. More...

OTHER

Japan’s T.Rad Co. is increasing its global production of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) coolers for light duty passenger vehicles. EGR equipment returns part of the exhaust to the engine and decreases the maximum temperature of combustion to lower the quantity of NOx emissions. More...

Valeo SA reportedly has several development contracts with automakers for its camless engine. Camless technology is projected to deliver as much as 20% better fuel economy over a conventional engine. More...


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Comments

The $0.51 per gal. corporate welfare to the oil refiners for adding 5.6% ethanol to California gas is about $500,000,000.00 per year.

The ethanol may add over $1.00 per gal. to the gas profit in California.

That may be about $100 billion in oil profit from California motorists.

The science is interesting but so is the money.

A $4 billion Prop. 87 oil tax may add $40 billion in oil profit.

Charlie Peters
(510) 537-1796
Clean Air Performance Professionals

ps DCA/BAR does not determine if Smog Check faults get fixed.


Posted by: Charlie Peters on 1 Jan 07



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