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The Week in Sustainable Mobility
Mike Millikin, 7 Jan 07

The UK’s Met Office, in conjunction with the University of East Anglia, has forecast that 2007 is likely to be the warmest year on record globally, beating the current record set in 1998. More...

Automotive executives worldwide strongly agree that high oil prices have permanently changed consumers’ purchasing habits globally, driving them toward more fuel-efficient vehicles, including hybrids, according to an annual global survey of industry leaders by KPMG LLP, the US audit, tax and advisory firm. More...

HYBRIDS and PLUG-IN HYBRIDS

Sales of hybrids in the US rose 24% in December 2006 compared to the prior year, with 22,625 units sold. That was sufficient to push the total number of hybrids sold in the US in 2006 past the quarter million mark to more than 251,000 units—an increase of 22% compared to 2005. That figure does not include sales of GM’s Saturn VUE Green Line hybrid. More...

One day after A123Systems announced it would partner with Cobasys on the development of lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric vehicle applications (more), GM awarded the new partners a contract to design and test lithium-ion batteries for use in the Saturn Vue Green Line plug-in hybrid (PHEV) SUV. GM also awarded a similar contract for a PHEV battery pack to the joint venture Johnson Controls-Saft. More...

Toyota announced it would introduce its 400hp FT-HS hybrid sports car concept at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this coming week. More...

TNO Automotive recently signed a Letter of Intent with LML Korea Co, Ltd. regarding the granting to LML of an exclusive licence to use the TNO-developed series hybrid powertrain control strategy for a number of specific applications. More...

ENERGY STORAGE AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES

EnerDel, the lithium-ion battery company of Ener1, has successfully achieved all United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) Phase I targets such as power, volume and cold cranking with only half the weight. EnerDel is one of four companies with a li-ion battery project with USABC—the others are the Johnson Controls-Saft joint venture, CPI (the US subsidiary of LG Chemical), and A123Systems. More...


BIOFUELS

On the first day of the new Congress, Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Richard G. Lugar (R-IN), Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-DE), Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) and Barack Obama (D-IL) introduced legislation that proposes a new federal renewable fuels standard (RFS) of 60 billion gallons of ethanol and biodiesel by 2030. The current RFS specifies 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuel by 2012. More...

Ethanex Energy has entered into an agreement with Eco-Energy for the marketing of its corn ethanol production. Under the terms of the agreement Eco-Energy will purchase Ethanex’s entire output of ethanol for a minimum of five years at prevailing market prices as well as provide certain transportation and logistics services. Ethanex is a new company that uses fractionation—a technique that separates corn into bran, germ and endosperm—to lower the cost and energy requirements of ethanol production. More...

Biologists at the University of York have established new research links with Chinese scientists at Sichuan University to investigate biodiesel production. More...

Monsanto reported progress on a number of research-and-development (R&D) projects, including next-generation herbicide resistant soybeans that could increase yield 5 bushels per acre and drought-resistant and higher-yielding corn variants that are demonstrating a 5% to 10% yield increase. Separately, Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute asserted that because of inadequate data collection on the number of new plants under construction, the quantity of grain that will be needed for fuel ethanol distilleries has been vastly understated. More...

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is extending the expiration date of Alternative Emissions Reduction Plans (AERPs) in the Texas Low Emissions Diesel (TxLED) Program for one year, from 31 December 2006 to 31 December 2007. The extension will allow for further consideration of evidence on the potential impact of the use of biodiesel blends in the TxLED program.

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Ford will introduce a Mustang-based E85 concept muscle car at the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. More... The company is also showing an E-85 capable version of its new TwinForce engine family—combining direct injection with turbocharging—in the Lincoln MKR concept car. More...

D1 Oils, the UK-based biodiesel producer, won shareholder approval at an extraordinary meeting (EGM) to place at least 29.8 million shares at 165p, raising almost £50 million (US$98.3 million), which will go to fund plant development and refinery expansion. D1 currently has 32,000 tonnes (97 million gallons US) of operating refining capacity in Teesside (UK), and plans to expand UK production capacity to 320,000 tonnes by the end of 2007 and 420,000 tonnes by the end of 2008. More...


HYDROGEN


Three papers published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society reported the first definitive evidence for hydrogen binding to open metal coordination sites in nanoporous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Direct binding allows the hydrogen molecules to pack together more closely and may provide a major boost in storage capacity over simple hydrogen adsorption at nonmetal sites in previously prepared materials. More...

Cellex Power Products successfully completed beta trials of hydrogen fuel cell-powered pallet trucks at two Ohio-based Wal-Mart distribution centers. The pallet trucks met and exceeded uptime, fueling, environmental and safety targets. More...

SYNTHETIC FUELS

US Senators Jim Bunning (R-KY) and Barack Obama (D-IL) have re-introduced a piece of legislation that would help create the infrastructure needed for large-scale production of Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) fuel in the US. More...

The Indian government’s Investment Commission has concluded that Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) is feasible in India and recommended to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, that it should become an integral part of India’s strategy for oil security. The Prime Minister has decided to set up an Inter-Ministerial Group within the Planning Commission to further examine the proposal and recommend a timebound action plan. More...

DIESEL

DaimlerChrysler will introduce a new BLUETEC concept SUV that meets EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions standards at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week: the Vision GL 420 BLUETEC.

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Volkswagen—also a member of the BLUETEC initiative—is testing a Tier 2 Bin 5 compliant “Clean TDI? diesel powertrain: a new 2.0-liter diesel and a lean NOx trap. Volkswagen says its “Clean TDI? vehicles will go into production in the US in 2008. More...

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Comments

There are a lot of approaches/possible solutions to this problem, politics, the industry and every individual should do whatever is doable and efficient to prevent a huge global drama, it's about keeping our living environment in good order and preventing international conflicts concerning countries/industries oil dependency. There is also an interesting new site called clubofpioneers that wants to bring dedicated individuals internationally virtually together and spark awareness to this problem, I stumbeld over it through digg http://digg.com/environment/Climate_change_400_weeks_until_the_tipping_point

Have a nice, clean day


Posted by: tschirmer on 8 Jan 07



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