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Columbus, Ohio wins $40M DOT Smart City Challenge; $10M more from Vulcan, $90M from private partners

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As winner of the Challenge, Columbus will receive up to $40 million from US DOT and up to $10 million from Paul G. Earlier post.)

CODA abandoning plan to build Li-ion battery factory in Columbus, Ohio

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The Columbus Dispatch reported that Coda Automotive is abandoning plans to build a Li-ion battery factory in Columbus. The company has been waiting for the US Department of Energy (DOE) to act on its $500-million loan application to help pay for construction. Brief

KiOR seeks to double cellulosic fuels production at Columbus plant; $50M in from Khosla for Columbus II

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is pursuing plans to double production capacity at its Columbus, Mississippi, facility through construction of a second facility incorporating KiOR’s commercially proven technology. Production from Columbus during July and August exceeded total second quarter production by nearly 40,000 gallons. Earlier post.). —Fred Cannon.

Obama Administration announces $14 million for lightweight vehicle materials

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Reducing vehicle weight will reduce the energy required by vehicles, leading to less

KiOR halts cellulosic fuels production at Columbus in Q1 to optimize production; need for R&D to boost yield and cut costs

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In December 2013, Cannon had said that KiOR would operate the Columbus plant “ on a limited campaign basis only ” to verify the impact of improvements. In the Friday call, he said that the company would only operate the Columbus facility during Q1 “ only to the extent we want to test and prove optimization projects. ” Earlier post.)

7 finalists announced for USDOT Smart City Challenge; Amazon Web Services new partner

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The finalists are: Austin, TX; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; and San Francisco, CA. Earlier post.)

Faurecia unveils $64M digital factory showcasing the future of manufacturing; Industry 4.0

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Faurecia, a leading automotive supplier, unveiled a $64-million data-driven manufacturing facility in Columbus, Indiana. Columbus South, a 400,000 square-foot facility, will employ 450 people and produce a new, high-tech emissions control product for the commercial vehicle industry. —Mike Galarno, plant manager of Columbus South.

USDOT awards $6M grant to advance Northwest US 33 Smart Mobility Corridor in Ohio

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The City of Columbus “Smart Columbus” vision won the US Department of Transportation $40-million Smart City Challenge in June after competing against 77 cities nationwide. Smart Columbus includes testing autonomous vehicles at Easton and connected vehicle technology in in a number of Columbus locations. Earlier post.)

OSU team demonstrates Coal-Direct Chemical Looping for more efficient and low carbon coal heat release

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Both units are located in a building on Ohio State’s Columbus campus, and each is contained in a 25-foot-high insulated metal cylinder that resembles a very tall home water heater tank. The technology is now ready for testing at a larger scale. In the simplest sense, combustion is a chemical reaction that consumes oxygen and produces heat.

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KiOR signs renewable diesel blendstock supply agreement with FedEx Corporate Services; 1st end-user agreement

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from KiOR’s first commercial production facility in Columbus, MS, which is scheduled to commence production in the second half of 2012. KiOR, Inc., developer of a catalytic pyrolysis process to produce renewable oil from biomass ( earlier post ), has signed a ground fuel supply agreement with FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. Earlier post.).

Cummins introduces 5L V8 diesel for North American light- and medium-duty commercial vehicles

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will be manufactured at the Columbus Engine Plant, with production to start during the fourth quarter of 2014. The new ISV 5.0 diesel. The ISV5.0

KiOR begins shipment of cellulosic gasoline

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developer of a catalytic pyrolysis process to produce renewable crude oil from biomass ( earlier post ), has achieved several key operational milestones at its commercial-scale cellulosic gasoline and diesel production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. KiOR, Inc., Kior made an initial shipment of cellulosic diesel in March. Brief

KiOR produced 172K gallons of cellulosic gasoline and diesel in July and August; 357,532 gallons so far this year

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Cellulosic gasoline and diesel company KiOR reported that in July and August, its Columbus, Mississippi facility produced 172,398 gallons of fuel, bringing the 2013 production total from the facility to 357,532 gallons through 31 August. The Company expects to continue shipping fuel produced in July and August during the month of September.

Smart Grid projects pick up huge funding boost

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The advancement of the US Smart Grid has taken another significant step forward after the US Department of Energy agreed to award $620million to projects across the country aimed at advancing Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems. It will also increase the system’s capacity to integrate technologies such as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Revenge is Upon Us

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And tomorrow the film opens in Columbus, OH and Philadelphia, PA from Steve Payne on Vimeo.

Biobutanol companies merge: Green Biologics with butylfuel

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GBL’s North American office is in Columbus, Ohio where it maintains a pilot facility, laboratories and offices. UK-based industrial biotechnology company Green Biologics Limited (GBL) merged with US-based butylfuel Inc., a renewable chemicals and biofuels company. which became Green Biologics, Inc. Brief

Cellulosic drop-in biofuels company KiOR says that to continue on, it needs capital

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In April 2012, it mechanically completed its Columbus, Mississippi facility. During the fourth quarter of 2012, it commissioned our proprietary BFCC (biomass fluid catalytic cracking) operation at the Columbus facility, and produced its first on specification cellulosic intermediate oil in limited quantities. Earlier post.)

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

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The first plant under that agreement (and the company’s first commercial unit overall) will be located in Columbus, MS and funded by the proceeds of a $75-million loan from the State of Mississippi. KiOR, Inc., The project would convert wood biomass into drop in biofuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel. Earlier post.)

car2go pulls plug on car-sharing service in San Diego, Minneapolis/St. Paul

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Those locations include: New York City, Portland, Columbus, Seattle, Denver, Austin, Washington DC, Calgary, Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver. Daimler’s car-sharing service car2go is suspending its operations in San Diego, California and in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Brief

KiOR ships first cellulosic diesel

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developer of a catalytic pyrolysis process to produce renewable rude oil from biomass ( earlier post ), has begun initial shipments of cellulosic diesel from its plant in Columbus, Mississippi. KiOR, Inc., KiOR’s renewable gasoline is the first renewable cellulosic gasoline registered by the Environmental Protection Agency for sale in the US.

Study finds HTL algal biofuels offer 50-70% lifecycle CO2 reduction compared to petroleum fuels; EROI and GHG comparable to or better than other biofuels

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The EROI ratio and GHG emissions/MJ of (a) algae-derived diesel and (b) algae-derived gasoline produced using HTL. Credit: Liu et al. The study.

KiOR and Catchlight Energy sign feedstock supply agreement

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Under the agreement, Catchlight Energy will supply forestry-based feedstocks required by KiOR’s first commercial renewable fuel production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. KiOR, Inc., The companies have also signed a Testing and Optimization Agreement to optimize the compatibility of KiOR’s blendstocks with Chevron’s facilities. Brief

KiOR signs second offtake agreement for renewable gasoline and diesel blendstocks

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This is the second offtake agreement KiOR has signed for its Columbus, MS, facility, having announced an agreement with Hunt Refining Company in March of 2011. KiOR expects to begin production at its Columbus facility in the second half of 2012. KiOR, Inc., Earlier post.) Brief

Nissan to offer new Cummins V8 turbo diesel in next-gen Titan pickup

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V8 Turbo Diesel will be built at the Columbus Engine Plant, in Columbus, Ind., Nissan will offer a newly-developed Cummins V8 turbo diesel in its next-generation full-size Titan pickup. The engine will have a torque rating in the mid-500s lb-ft and deliver more than 300 hp (224 kW). The Cummins 5.0L Cummins headquarters. Brief

ProcessBarron retrofits help Severstal steel plant save 25 GWh/y in energy

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Last year, air, gas and material handling equipment company ProcessBarron retrofitted four 2,750-hp fans that send particulates from an electric arc furnace (EAF) to a baghouse for air pollution control at the Severstal steel plant in Columbus, Miss. A state-of-the-art electric arc furnace operation in Columbus, Miss., Brief

Tesoro to purchase algae-derived green crude oil from Sapphire Energy

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Under the agreement, Tesoro will purchase crude oil from Sapphire Energy’s Green Crude Farm in Columbus, New Mexico, which recently reached a new milestone: continuous cultivation and crude oil production. This begins the first step of a commercial relationship to process Green Crude oil from Sapphire’s future commercial facilities. Brief

KiOR expects to produce 920K gallons of cellulosic biofuels by year end; short-term focus on economics

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expects that, given current and anticipated operations through the remainder of the year, its Columbus, Mississippi facility will produce approximately 410,000 gallons of renewable fuel during the fourth quarter of 2013, bringing full year production total from the facility to approximately 920,000 gallons. Earlier post.) Earlier post.)

USDA announces availability of $181M to support development of advanced biofuels projects

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Sapphire Energy’s “Green Crude Farm” in Columbus, N.M., US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $181 million via its Biorefinery Assistance Program to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels.

Fisker Nina

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Nina refers to one of Christopher Columbus' ships and is symbolic of our hope for freedom from oil California-based Fisker Automotive was recently awarded a $529 million government loan from the DOE to be used for the design and production of plug-in cars. Most of the funds are earmarked towards what Fisker is calling its Nina program.

EIA: US ethanol plant capacity increases to nearly 15B gallons/year; 3rd consecutive annual increase

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Actual US production of fuel ethanol reached a total of 14.8 billion gallons (966,000 b/d) in 2015. Ethanol Fuels

US DOE awards nearly $7M for cost analyses to advance fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems research

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Battelle Memorial Institute – Columbus, OH – up to $2 million. The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award nearly $7 million over five years for independent cost analyses that will support research and development efforts for fuel cells and hydrogen storage systems. The four projects selected for award are: Directed Technologies, Inc.

SARTA switching 50% of bus fleet to CNG over next 2 year, holds grand opening for Northern Ohio’s first public CNG station

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This will be the first public fueling station in Ohio outside of the Columbus area. SARTA (Stark Area Regional Transit Authority), a public transit authority serving Stark County in Northeastern Ohio, is switching 50% of its current fleet of buses to CNG starting with the first 6 CNG fixed route buses in May 2012. Brief

Cummins Receives $7M DoD Contract to Research and Develop Efficient Powertrain Technologies

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Estimated completion date is 9 Sept 2013, with work to be performed in Columbus, Ind. Cummins, Inc. has been awarded a $6,971,182 cost reimbursement, no fee contract by the US Department of Defense to perform research and development of efficient power train technologies over a period of 48 months.

Cellulosic fuels company KiOR reveals “substantial doubts” about its viability; funding needed by 1 April

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The costs and time involved in operating our Columbus facility have been much higher than we initially anticipated, and we have not reached “steady sate” operations. While the company has completed some of those projects and upgrades, it is now suspending further optimization work and bringing the Columbus facility to a safe, idle state.

Cyclone Power taps OSU Center for Automotive Research for design and testing services for external combustion engine

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OSU CAR is a Columbus-based interdisciplinary research center within The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering, which is located 30 miles from the site of Cyclone’s proposed joint venture with Precision CNC to manufacture Cyclone engines. Cyclone Power Technologies Inc., Brief

KiOR receives fuel registration from EPA for renewable diesel

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he receipt of the Part 79 registrations for our cellulosic gasoline and diesel from EPA coincides perfectly with the start-up of our first production facility in Columbus, Mississippi next month. KiOR, Inc., The registration, required by manufacturers of motor vehicle fuels by the EPA, must be completed prior to the sale of the product.

DOE to award funding to 10 projects at 9 universities for high-hydrogen-fueled turbine technology development

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Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. The US Department of Energy has selected ten projects at nine universities for funding under the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program. Earlier post.). Each project will last 36 months. The selected projects include: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Sapphire Energy and Linde Group to commercialize hydrothermal treatment technology used to upgrade algae into crude oil

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Linde, the leading merchant CO 2 supplier in the US, also became the exclusive supplier of CO 2 for Sapphire Energy’s commercial demonstration, algae-to-energy facility in Columbus, New Mexico. Sapphire Energy, Inc. Today, this Green Crude Farm is operating year-round and producing barrels of crude oil daily. Brief

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Maxwell Technologies to receive more than $500K in funding for collaborative energy storage programs

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at Calgon’s Columbus, Ohio facility, with a goal of establishing a domestic source of high-performance, low-cost carbon for ultracapacitors. Maxwell Technologies, Inc., Maxwell will receive more than $300,000 for collaborative R&D programs with Connecticut-based battery manufacturer Yardney Technical Products, Inc., Brief

KiOR signs offtake agreement with Hunt Refining Company for renewable fuels

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developer of a catalytic pyrolysis process to produce renewable oil from biomass ( earlier post ), has signed an offtake agreement with Hunt Refining Company, which has agreed to purchase renewable gasoline and diesel blendstocks and fuel oil produced at KiOR’s first commercial facility to be located in Columbus, MS. KiOR, Inc., Brief