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The Week in Sustainable Mobility (4/15/07)
Mike Millikin, 15 Apr 07
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US demand for gasoline the week ending April 6 averaged 9.472 million barrels per day, a record for the month of April, surpassing the previous weekly record for April (9.338 million barrels per day for the week ending April 9, 2004) by 1.4%. More...

China’s auto output and sales rose more than 20% in the first quarter of 2007, according to figures from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). More...

A legal challenge mounted by the auto industry against Vermont’s adoption of California’s tailpipe CO2 regulations opened in court on Tuesday. More...

GM is putting on hold the development of future rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicles until regulations on CO2 limits and fuel economy are sorted out. More...

ConocoPhillips announced its support for a mandatory national framework to address greenhouse gas emissions and has joined the US Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a business-environmental leadership group dedicated to the quick enactment of national legislation to require significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. More...

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced a $100-million grant-making initiative to help build a clean-energy economy that can reduce the threat of global climate change to people and the environment. More...

A recent increase in Swedish passenger train traffic has been driven by climate and other environmental concerns, according to a new study released by SJ (Statens Järnvägar), Sweden’s state train company. More...

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell announced the availability of $31.4 million in grants to help businesses and organizations develop clean energy and alternative fuel projects. More...

HYBRIDS and PLUG-IN HYBRIDS

Folsom Technologies has developed a line of hydromechanical continuously variable transmissions (CVT) that are configurable either as a standalone CVT or as the CVT component of a hydraulic hybrid system. More...

Toyota’s Lexus announced the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the LS 600h L luxury hybrid sedan: $104,000. More...

Roche has expanded the number of hybrids in its pharmaceutical sales fleet to a total of 242 vehicles as of the end of 2006. Approximately 15% of Roche’s sales representatives now drive company-owned hybrid vehicles—a number that is expected to grow with each semi-annual buying cycle. More...

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, California’s biggest utility, showcased the first-ever utility demonstration of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology during an alternative energy solution summit in Silicon Valley. V2G technology allows for the bi-directional sharing of electricity between Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Plug-in Electric Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs), and the electric power grid.

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The New York Times Company will receive a Dodge Sprinter plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)—the first medium-duty plug-in hybrid vehicle on the US East Coast and the first of its kind in New York State—as part of a commercial fleet performance demonstration and technology evaluation process. More...

Researchers at the University of Delaware (UD) unveiled a series-hybrid hydrogen fuel cell bus developed in partnership with a consortium that includes EBus, Ballard Power Systems, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Air Liquide Advanced Technologies US, and the Delaware Transit Corp.More...

New England’s first zero-emission fuel cell-powered hybrid bus in regular urban service made its debut today in ceremonies at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. More...

ENERGY STORAGE AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is beginning to organize a research project with business and academia to develop an electric vehicle (EV) by 2015 that costs as much to purchase and to operate as the current generation of minicars. More...

Nissan Motor, NEC Corporation, and NEC TOKIN Corporation, have signed an agreement to establish a joint-venture company—Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC)—to develop and market lithium-ion batteries for wide-scale automotive application by 2009, including applications such as hybrids, plug-in hybrids, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and electric vehicles.More...

Azure Dynamics Corporation has signed a supply agreement with Electro Autos Eficaces of Mexico (EAE). The initial order is for 1,000 drive systems for integration into the Nissan Tsuru—a vehicle based on an earlier generation model of the Nissan Sentra—which is commonly used in the municipal fleet of Mexico City. More...

BIOFUELS

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today established the regulations for the nation’s first comprehensive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. Authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the RFS program requires that the equivalent of at least 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuel be blended into motor vehicle fuel sold in the US by 2012. Demand for fuel ethanol in the US in 2006 hit 5.38 billion gallons, already exceeding the RFS target for 2007. More...

ConocoPhillips will establish an eight-year, $22.5 million research program at Iowa State University dedicated to developing technologies that produce biorenewable fuels. The grant is part of ConocoPhillips’ plan to create joint research programs with major universities to produce viable solutions to diversify US energy sources. More...

NRG Energy has begun field testing GreenFuel Technologies’ proprietary Emissions-to-Biofuels bioreactor technology at NRG’s Big Cajun II—a 1,489 net MW coal-fueled power plant in New Roads, Louisiana. More...

A German team of researchers has found that straight rapeseed vegetable oil used as a fuel in diesel engines shows a strong increase in the mutagenicity of emissions compared to a reference diesel fuel and other fuels. More...

VeraSun Energy Corporation, the second-largest US ethanol producer, has brought its third, 110-million gallon ethanol plant on stream nearly three months ahead of schedule. More...

European ethanol production rose 71% in 2006 to around 1.56 billion liters (412 million gallons US), according to data published by eBio, the European Bioethanol Fuel Association. More...

Renault is launching its first flex-fuel version of the Logan in Brazil this summer. More...

The World Touring Car Championship will run on all biofuel in 2009. Ethanol will be phased in alongside gasoline and diesel in 2008. More...

Chevron Corporation and Weyerhauser Company have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to jointly assess the feasibility of commercializing the production of biofuels from cellulose-based sources. More...

USDA researchers are developing new processes for the use of proteases from microbial and fungal sources to enhance the fermentative production of ethanol. The enzymes make more nutrients available for the yeast, expediting fermentation of sugars. Protease enzymes can also facilitate the process of dewatering the solids that remain after the ethanol has been extracted. More...

MPM Technologies Inc. (MPM) and Losonoco Inc. have formed a new joint venture company, Losonoco Skygas, LLC, to develop biofuel and chemical manufacturing facilities based on the Skygas waste gasification process. More...

AB Enzymes, one of the world’s oldest enzyme companies, has introduced a new product that delivers a higher yield from the processing of vegetable oils. More...

Pioneer Bio Industries Corp Sdn Bhd (PBIC) of Malaysia claims it will be able to produce 6.48 billion litres (1.7 billion gallons US) of nipah palm ethanol yearly when its planned refineries there begin operations in 2009. More...


HYDROGEN

BASF has formed a new fuel cell subsidiary—BASF Fuel Cell—from its own fuel cell work combined with the activities acquired from PEMEAS and Engelhard in 2006. The newly-founded subsidiary will be a supplier of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs), gas diffusion electrodes and catalysts. More...

The US Department of Energy (DOE) plans to award up to $8.2 million, over four years (FY’07-’10), for six hydrogen storage research projects in support of the Administration’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative (HFI). More...

NATURAL GAS

The Board of Airport Commissioners for Los Angeles has approved the purchase of an additional 21 compressed natural gas (CNG) pickup trucks and two liquefied natural gas (LNG) heavy-duty trucks with 4,000 gallon water tanks as part of its Vehicle Replacement and Alternative Fuel Vehicle programs. More...

The natural gas car fleet in Germany increased by 40.6% in 2006 from 38,993 to 54,772, according to the latest figures from the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamtes. More...

Tata Motors has won a contract from the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) for 500 low-floor non-AC CNG-fueled buses. More...

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. has signed an agreement in China for the distribution and sale of compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders into international markets. More...

DIESEL

GM is applying two new 1.7-liter diesel engines in the new edition Opel Astra. More...

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has approved Clean Boost LE Diesel Fuel Treatment from EMTA Holdings as meeting the state’s stringent low-emission diesel fuel regulations (TxLED). More...

OTHER

Nissan Motor intends to increase output of its subcompact engines at its main engine plant in Yokohama to 760,000 units a year in fiscal 2008, up 12% on plans. More...

The Schaeffler Group, a global automotive supplier of rolling bearings and linear products, is developing a new ultra-fast electrically operated cam phasing system that allows rapid adjustment of cam timing for all engine speeds and engine temperatures. More...

Hyundai Motor Company has awarded Modine approximately $100 million in business for Modine’s Euro-5 exhaust gas recirculation coolers that will be on engines in new Hyundai passenger cars starting with the 2009 models. These programs are expected to extend to 2014. More...

Chemists at UCLA have designed new organic structures for the storage of voluminous amounts of gases for use in alternative energy technologies. More...

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Comments

Please tell me why no one in the United States is commenting on the the Europositron technology of Aluminum Batteries.

If the data is true on their website some company in the US should invest in the company.

If the Aluminum Batteries can be developed and the re-cycle ability is true along with the energy density, forget Lithium Ion batteries.

Please look into this technology and tell me why we Americans are not doing research in Aluminum Batteries.

Thanks
Tony O'Neil


Posted by: Tony O'Neil on 16 Apr 07



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