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Ford applies MuCell microcellular foam technology in Escape instrument panel

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Ford is applying MuCell microcellular foam technology ( earlier post ) in the instrument panel of the all-new Escape. Invented by MIT, and subsequently acquired by Trexel in 1995, the MuCell process was initially created for development and commercial use in the injection molding industry worldwide. Brief

DOE to award up to $6.7M to projects to convert captured CO2 to useful products, including fuels

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million in federal funding for cost-shared projects that will develop technologies that utilize CO 2 from coal-fired power plants to produce useful products. Another option is to use the CO 2 as a reagent to create useful products, such as cement, plastics, or liquid fuels. The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award approximately $6.7

Ford to build Transit commercial van at Kansas City Plant; $1.1B investment

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Ford Motor Company confirmed that it will build the full-size Transit van at its Kansas City Assembly Plant when the new product joins its North American lineup in 2013. portion of the investment also will be used in the future to support next-generation F-150 pickup production at the plant. The company is investing $1.1 Brief

Dearman-led consortium awarded $3.1M to develop waste-heat-recovery system using liquid air engine

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million) in the latest round of IDP10 funding from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board to support the development of a heat-recovery system for urban commercial vehicles. —Chris Reeves, Commercial Manager of Future Transport Technologies at MIRA. A consortium led by the Dearman Engine Company has been awarded £1.86 million (US$3.12

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Researchers successfully engineer E. coli to produce renewable propane; proof-of-concept

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Propane, which has an existing global market for applications including engine fuels and heating, is currently produced as a by-product during natural gas processing and petroleum refining. coli strain to increase propane yield, although the amounts are still far too low for commercialization. coli bacteria. —Dr. Resources.

Profile: Li-ion Provider Compact Power, Inc. Focusing on the Automotive and Vehicle Markets

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He served as the chief engineer for the Ford Escape Hybrid from 1998 to 2003 and holds 12 patents. by Bill Cooke. Company Overview. Most people.

Main Page - EAA-PHEV

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HEV - The current generation of production Hybrids are 100% gas fueled vehicles with a few EV tricks like Regen Braking and no wasteful Idling.

Ford Selects Johnson Controls-Saft for PHEV Battery Supplier in 2012; Adds 7 Utilities to PHEV Test Program

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Ford has into a partnership with Johnson Controls-Saft (JCS) to develop advanced lithium-ion battery system to power Ford’s first production plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) beginning in 2012. Initially the cells will be produced at the supplier’s production facility in France, but the system will be assembled in the United States.

Santa Monica signs 5-year deal with Clean Energy for renewable LNG for bus fleet; deploying CWI Near-Zero NOx engine

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The chassis-mounted CCV system prevents crankcase emissions, generated by the engine during normal operation, from escaping into the atmosphere.

Increase in US rig count will not cap oil prices

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So this avenue to escape the war didn’t work for the book’s main character John Yossarian. by David Yager for Oilprice.com. Maybe. Rubbish.

ORCnext project concludes waste heat recovery efficiency can be boosted by 20-25%

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The ORCnext consortium believed this was due to two main factors: The efficiencies of the cycles were too low for low temperature waste heat sources, resulting in too low energy production. The Rankine Cycle transfers waste heat to a working fluid at a constant pressure. Earlier post.). Earlier post.). Control over dynamic behavior.

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It can also be about a small commercial vehicle and a small crossover.” clip The company plans to introduce 60 models worldwide by 2012.

US DOE awards ~$5M to expand research on methane hydrates

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In May 2012, the Energy Department, alongside its Japanese partners, announced a successful field trial of methane hydrate production technologies on Alaska’s North Slope. US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced nearly $5 million in funding across seven research projects designed to increase the understanding of methane hydrates. Brief

Ford Testing Intelligent System for Plug-in Vehicle to Grid Communication to Manage Charging

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All 21 of Ford’s fleet of plug-in hybrid Escapes eventually will be equipped with the vehicle-to-grid communications technology. Earlier post.).

Ford and Smith Terminate Partnership on Electric Transit Connect Project for US; Ford Now Partnering with Azure Dynamics to Deliver the Vehicle in 2010; Smith Partnering with AM General on Electric Vans for USPS

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SEV US has commenced production of the Smith Newton electric truck platform at its assembly facility in Kansas City, Missouri, and currently has an order book of 255 trucks. Azure Dynamics and Ford both currently utilize Johnson Controls-Saft battery technology for other products. Earlier post.). Ford and Azure. Oak Park, Mich.-based

DOE Award Supports Largest Single Deployment of EVs and Infrastructure Yet; Up to 5,000 Nissan LEAF EVs in 5 Regions

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The project will collect and analyze data characterizing vehicle use in diverse topographies and climate conditions, evaluate the effectiveness of charging infrastructure, and conduct trials of various revenue systems for commercial and public charging infrastructure. Nissan introduced the LEAF on 2 August.

BP Spots Third Leak from Deepwater Horizon Riser; NOAA Estimates Oil Leaking at Up to 5,000 BPD

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BP, in its monitoring of Deepwater Horizon ’s blowout preventer (BOP) on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, has identified a third leak in the riser of the deep underwater well, according to Doug Suttles, chief operating officer for BP Exploration and Production, during a press conference on the incident response held yesterday.

Ford Conducts Design of Experiment Investigating Thermoelectric Energy Regeneration

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engine with an Atkinson-cycle engine, as used in Ford’s Escape hybrid SUV. by Jack Rosebro. Indirect configurations are also possible.

MIT researchers develop surface coatings to inhibit buildup of methane hydrates that can block deep-sea oil and gas pipelines

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The oil and gas industries currently spend at least $200 million a year just on chemicals to prevent such buildups, Varanasi says; industry sources say the total figure for prevention and lost production due to hydrates could be in the billions. Resources. J. David Smith, Adam J. Meuler, Harrison L. Cohen, Gareth H. McKinley and Kripa K.

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Mercedes-Benz presents B-Class F-CELL fuel cell vehicle at LA Auto Show; delivery to US leasing customers by end of 2010

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Mercedes-Benz presented the new B-Class F-CELL, its first (limited) series production fuel-cell powered electric vehicle available in the US ( earlier post ), at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The tanks are hermetically sealed, preventing the escape of hydrogen into the atmosphere, even if the vehicle is left to stand for long periods.

Sentience Project Intelligent Automotive Air Conditioning Control System Delivers Fuel Savings in Excess of 9% in Urban Cycle

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The project team unveiled the Sentience research vehicle—based on a Ford Escape Hybrid—at a press launch in early March 2009. Click to enlarge.

Ford Crew Chief telematics system can improve fuel economy by up to 20% through better fleet management

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Crew Chief was developed by Ford Motor Company in response to commercial customer demand for a system that would allow fleet managers to monitor the location of the trucks in their fleets. —Bill Frykman, Ford Work Solutions product and business development manager. It also is being tested on Escape and Fusion.

It’s Time To Go To The Mattresses

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Can you believe the nerve of those dirty backstabbers?  How long did they think we were gonna put up with that? That just ain’t right.  Coal-POW!

President Obama Announces 48 Projects to Receive $2.4B in Grants for Next-Generation of Batteries and Electric Vehicles; To be Combined with $2.4B in Industry Cost-Share

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Production of nickel-cobalt-metal battery cells and packs, as well as production of battery separators (by partner Entek) for hybrid and electric vehicles. Production of manganese oxide cathode / graphite lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles. Production of high-volume battery packs for the GM Volt.

GM, Segway partner on two-wheel city vehicle | Green Tech - CNET News

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America needs much smaller cars for many more people so that we can escape the clutches of the loathsome oil interests. Credit: GM) General Motors and Segway plan to take a two-wheel concept vehicle for a spin around New York City on Tuesday. GM is touting other features as well. mail Martin. Nooooo! Mandatory euthanasia. interesting design.

CalCars and PHEVs Frequently Asked Questions

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DaimlerChrysler is using them in some of its prototype PHEV Sprinter commercial vans. What Are Plug-In Hybrids (PHEVs)? Just the opposite.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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In late 2008, BYD started selling the first production PHEV in China. Ford Escape PHEV-40 around 2012. Expects production around 2014.

GM, Segway to Make Vehicle - WSJ.com

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GM has slashed product-development programs, advertising and spending on auto-show events. All Rights Reserved This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. Goldman Pushes Stock Issue in Plan to Escape U.S. Edition WSJ.com is available in the following editions and languages: U.S. Forgot your username or password?

Cleantech Blog: Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles

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Review of Forestry Carbon Standards 2008 Ford Partners to Commercialize Electric Vehicles A New "Green" Deal.Direction for the economic re. Cleantech Blog Cleantechblog.com, the premier cleantech site for commentary on news and technology relating to clean tech, greentech, energy, climate change and carbon, and the environment.