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Major spill from the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline in Arkansas

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Route of the Pegasus pipeline. Source: ExxonMobil. Click to enlarge. The pipeline has been shut in and crews are working to contain the spill.

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PHEV Day 161 - Friday, 21 March 2009. From Vicksburg, MS to the 46th State Capitol - Little Rock, Arkansas

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Hwy 65 parallels somewhat in-land the Mississippi and goes over the flat, broad and green of first Louisiana into the flat, broad and green of Arkansas. After a late evening photo session at the Arkansas State Capitol, the "Spirit" and EVJerry made the stayover was at Little Rock Air Force Base. It was leisure travel! for 40; 59.7

New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production

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The new hybrid has been well accepted by forest landowners, particularly in the western areas of the Southeast, including Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The hybrid sweetgum trees have enormous potential for the production of bioenergy and paper, said Scott Merkle, a professor in UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

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Alliance AutoGas launches 5300-mile, 12-city Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride with converted F-150

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Supported by partners, Clean City Coalitions and corporate sponsors, Alliance AutoGas is embarking on a 5300+ mile, 12-city, cross-country road trip—the Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride —with its record-setting propane autogas F-150. Behind the autogas truck, they will be trailering a propane mower. It is powered by a 25.5

Lux: future use of wide bandgap materials in power electronics will reduce EV cost

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the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and the University of Arkansas National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission, to develop two independent 55 kW traction drive designs (one SiC-based and one GaN-based) to showcase the performance capabilities of WBG power devices. Source: Lux. Click to enlarge. GaN Systems, Inc.; Resources.

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Wolfspeed wins 2016 R&D 100 Award for wide bandgap underhood inverter for HEVs/EVs

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The product operates by taking a two-level high and low input DC voltage (i.e., —John Palmour, Wolfspeed’s chief technology officer.

Plains All American to build $900M, 200K bpd pipeline from Cushing to Memphis

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Construction of the pipeline will enhance the refinery’s long-term ability to produce gasoline, diesel and jet fuel for the greater Memphis and eastern Arkansas area. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. terminal to the Valero Memphis Refinery, and the ability to access Valero Energy Partner’s Collierville pipeline. Valero acquired it in 2005.

New two-step process for converting algae to butanol

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A team of chemical engineers at the University of Arkansas has developed a new, two-step method for converting algae into butanol. The team, led by assistant professor Jamie Hestekin, first applies acid hydrolysis to dried algae and then begins a two-step process by first converting the resulting sugars into butyric, lactic and acetic acids.

Follow the sand to the real fracking boom

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One of the hottest new frac sand venues is in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, which is not only closer by half to the major shale plays, saving at least 25% per ton on transportation costs, but also allows for year-round production that will fill the gap in shortages when winter prevents mining in northern states. and Baker Hughes Inc.

USDA establishes four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program project areas

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Acreage in Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania will be designated to grow giant miscanthus, a sterile hybrid warm-season grass that can be converted into energy to be used for heat, power, liquid biofuels, and bio-based products. A project area must have specific boundaries that are approved by the Secretary of Agriculture.

BMW and Nissan again partner to add 174 more DC fast chargers in US with EVgo

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States and markets in which BMW and Nissan have installed dual-port DC Fast chargers on the EVgo network include: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington D.C., The partners will make an additional 174 locations in 33 states available to all EV owners in those markets, and plan to install 50 more in 2017. Earlier post.)

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Westinghouse and Ameren Missouri form NexStart SMR Alliance for rapid licensing and deployment of Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor technology; targeting operation in 2022

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Earlier post.). Design overview of the Westinghouse SMR. Click to enlarge. Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Inc.; Brief

Postal Fleet Services selects Ryder for natural gas vehicle solution in four states; 20 CNG heavy-duty trucks

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Ryder has CNG and Liquefied natural gas (LNG) customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and in both Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Lafayette, La., Jackson, Miss., and La Vergne, Tenn. Brief

US DOE awards KiOR loan guarantee supporting a more than $1B biofuels project; drop-in fuels from wood biomass

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KiOR also has additional projects in various stages of development in Arkansas, Alabama and other southern states. KiOR, Inc., The project would convert wood biomass into drop in biofuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel. The first two plants are expected to be in Mississippi, with additional sites planned in Georgia and Texas. Earlier post.)

Pike Research forecasts US plug-in vehicle penetration rates to be highest in smaller states

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New York and California today account for more than half of the available PEVs in the United States, while Southern states like Mississippi, Arkansas, and Alabama, as well as largely rural states such as Wyoming and Alaska, have very few plug-in electric vehicles available. penetration, respectively. of total light-duty vehicle sales in 2017.

CenterPoint adding natural gas vehicles to fleet, more fueling stations

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CenterPoint Energy, a US energy delivery company, is adding 35 natural gas vehicles to its fleet across Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Additionally, the company expects to provide natural gas service to at least 17 new compressed natural gas fueling stations built in the company’s service territory. Brief

Researchers create graphene-like structure with transition metal atoms

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An international group of physicists led by the University of Arkansas has created an artificial graphene-like structure with transition metal atoms in place of carbon atoms. The U of A-led group published its findings in Physical Review Letters. Graphene, discovered in 2004, is a one-atom-thick sheet of graphite. Resources. Middey, S. Brie

NRC report concludes hydraulic fracturing poses low risk for causing earthquakes, but risks are higher for wastewater injection wells; CCS impact undetermined

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Schematic diagram of a shale gas well following hydraulic fracture treatment, with the relative depths of local water wells shown for scale. Resources.

Blackstone and Alta Resources partner to invest up to $1B to acquire and develop unconventional oil & gas assets in North America

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Greenberg, its President and CEO, Alta Resources has been a leader in the development of shale gas assets from the Fayetteville shale basin in Arkansas to the Marcellus shale field in Pennsylvania. Founded in 1999 by Joseph G. George P. Brief

Ryder 1st commercial fleet provider to surpass 100M natural gas vehicle miles

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Ryder’s NGV fleet consists of compressed and liquefied NGVs serving customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and in both Ontario and Québec, Canada. Ryder System, Inc. Brief

Study finds methane leaks from three large US natural gas fields in line with EPA estimates

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Methane emissions in the Fayetteville shale region of Arkansas were roughly 43 tons (86,000 lbs) per hour, or 1.0-2.8% The analysis appears in an open access paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres , published by the American Geophysical Union. —lead author Jeff Peischl. of production. of produced gas. Resources.

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Wolfspeed introduces new all-SiC high performance half-bridge power module & gate driver combination

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Wolfspeed, a Cree Company and a supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) power products, has introduced the first fully-qualified commercial power module from its Fayetteville, Arkansas location. This reduction in module inductance enables faster switching speeds, higher frequency operation, and ultra-low losses. Brief

Shell Oil replacing Ryder diesel trucks with with Ryder LNG trucks for operations in Louisiana and Texas

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Ryder has deployed CNG and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles into the fleets of Ryder customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Quebec, Canada. and Houston, Texas. Shell has relied on Ryder for logistics solutions for more than 10 years. Brief

New Illinois law raises speed limit to 70 mph on rural highways

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law to increase the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph (105 to 113 km/h) on rural four-lane highways, and to lower the limit by five mph for excessive speeding. Earlier post.). The bill passed with bipartisan support in both chambers. The law allows Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Madison, McHenry, St. Brief

Huckabee: The electric car of the 2008 race

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Mike Huckabee, ex-Governor of Arkansas and longshot contender, said in an interview decrying the wasteful spending of his GOP rivals: “You will not find a more frugal operation than ours and you will also not find a more efficient, better miles per gallon,” said Huckabee, who did not single out any opponents specifically. “If

Albemarle develops technology to recover lithium from brine

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This newly developed technology will allow the company to recover lithium that is present in the brines at its Magnolia, Arkansas bromine facility and utilize it to produce lithium carbonate. Albemarle Corporation has developed a proprietary technology for lithium extraction from brine. Commercial production could begin as early as 2013.

Automakers meet Oklahoma Governor and state procurement experts to explore RFP for CNG vehicles for state fleets

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Representatives from automakers are meeting with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and procurement experts to ask questions surrounding a recently issued multi-state request for proposal (RFP) for affordable and functional compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for use in state automobile fleets. The objective behind our efforts is simple. —Gov.

EPA announces availability of $26M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleet

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Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas): EPA is requesting proposals between $400,000 and $2,700,000. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the US’ existing fleet of diesel engines.

DOE to award $11M to 20 new Clean Cities projects for alt fuel cars and trucks

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The I-40 Collaboration of Clean Cities, a partnership across Arkansas and. Projects include: AWARD TABLE. Project lead. Description. Funding. American Lung. Association in. Minnesota. Vehicle Workgroup and create a strategic plan for statewide natural gas. vehicle implementation; establish a Minnesota green fleet recognition. 248,788. Energy.

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ARRA Funding for Plug Power and Customers Will Result in Deployment of More Than 304 Fuel Cell Drive Units for Lift Trucks

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Replacing lead acid batteries in electric lift trucks, these product installations will allow for fleet conversions within warehouses and distribution centers in Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas. Plug Power Inc. Earlier post.) The funding was provided via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

NSF awards $55.5M to support 3 new Engineering Research Centers; one focused on power electronics

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POETS will be led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in partnership with Howard University, Stanford University and the University of Arkansas. The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has invested $55.5 million in three new Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) to create novel technology platforms and transform industries.

Ford using rice hull-reinforced plastic in F-150s

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The rice hulls are sourced from farms in Arkansas and will replace a talc-based reinforcement in a polypropylene composite made by RheTech, a Whitmore Lake, Mich.-based Ford is using plastic reinforced with rice hulls—a byproduct of rice grain—in an electrical harness in the 2014 F-150. based automotive supplier. Brief

UI, ExxonMobil study finds where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing detrimental effects on aquatic ecosystems

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Their paper is published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. Credit: ACS, Atul Jain. Click to enlarge. Resources. est.5b05239.

DOE fielding aircraft-based study of aerosols generated by wildfires and agriculture burns in US

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Scientists from the US. They will use several new instruments and instrument combinations not previously used in aircraft research. Click to enlarge.

Myriant receives USDA loan guarantee to close bond placement for construction of bio-succinic acid plant

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HEARTLAND Bank, Little Rock, Arkansas, is the Lender of Record through the B&I Loan Program and will service the bonds. Myriant Corporation closed a $25 million private bond placement for the construction of its flagship commercial bio-succinic acid plant located in Lake Providence, Louisiana. Stern Brothers acted as the bond placement agent.

Exxon Mobil Acquiring XTO Energy in $41B Deal; Enhances US Position in Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil

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Its properties are concentrated in Texas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Louisiana and Montana. Exxon Mobil Corporation is acquiring XTO Energy Inc. in an all-stock transaction valued at $41 billion. This represents a 25% premium to XTO stockholders.

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NOAA: Average US Temperature in September 1 F Above 20th Century Average

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Arkansas registered its second wettest September, Tennessee its fifth, with Mississippi and Alabama posting their sixth wettest on record.

New Research Alliance to Promote Low-Impact Drilling Technologies

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University of Arkansas. The Houston Advanced Research Center ( HARC ) and the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University are establishing a collaborative research program to promote advanced technology for low-impact oil and gas drilling. University of Colorado. Utah State University. Rich Haut.

DOE, BOEMRE and NOAA awarding nearly $5M for projects to advance ocean renewable energy

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The University of Arkansas Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (Fayetteville, Arkansas) will develop the Visual Impact Evaluation System for Offshore Renewable Energy. The following awards have been selected to receive funding: Bayesian Integration for Marine Spatial Planning and Renewable Energy Siting.

VIMS Collaborates with StatoilHydro on Algae Biofuel Project

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Other key partners are the Williamsburg energy advisory firm Blackrock Energy, the University of Maryland, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Arkansas, and HydroMentia, a Florida company that works with water-treatment technologies. StatoilHydro has seeded the enterprise with an initial $3 million investment.