Tue.Jul 03, 2012

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Government of Canada awards algae company Pond Biofuels $908K

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Canada’s federal government is awarding $908,280 through FedDev Ontario’s Investing in Business Innovation initiative to help algal biofuel startup Pond Biofuels accelerate the commercialization of its technology used to capture carbon dioxide from raw stack emissions and produce algae that can subsequently be converted into biofuels. Marys Cement.

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UK car industry booms as its cleans up its act

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The UK automotive industry is stronger than ever and is performing to its highest ever environmental standard, according to a new report. The country’s car industry reported record turnover for last year, up more than 12 per cent to £55 billion. What’s more, exports reached record levels as the industry saw increased investment across all [.].

2012 Ford Focus SFE Vs 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco: Compact Sedans Compared

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You want a compact sedan that gives great gas mileage, comes from an American company, and costs less than a hybrid car. If that sounds like you, the chances are you’ve considered test-driving the 2012 Ford Focus SFE and 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco. But what comes as standard on each car? Which is the better on gas mileage? And which should you

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Nissan LEAF charges into the record books at Goodwood…in reverse

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The Nissan LEAF raced into the record books at Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend as the fastest car to complete the hillclimb course in reverse. Professional stunt driver Terry Grant had three shots at the 1.6km course over the weekend, completing his first attempt on the Friday in a respectable 1m 37.02s, before smashing his [.].

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Mazda to double annual production capacity of SKYACTIV Engines to 800,000 units; increasing capacity for CX-5

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Mazda Motor Corporation will double production capacity at its engine plant in Hiroshima from 400,000 units to 800,000 units per year in October 2012. The plant produces SKYACTIV-D diesel engines and SKYACTIV-G gasoline engines. Earlier post.) SKYACTIV-G is a highly efficient, new-generation direct-injection gasoline engine. Brief


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Volkswagen to introduce Polo Blue GT

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The Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion is one of the German carmaker’s most impressive environmentally conscious vehicles to date: and now it is set to extend this technology to the Polo Blue GT. The Polo Blue GT (pictured) will feature active cylinder management and be the first Volkswagen to boast a cylinder deactivation system. Indeed it is [.].

Renting Electric Cars: Hertz Rocks, Enterprise Facing More Challenges?

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Does electric car rental work as a business proposition? That might depend on who you ask. Because despite popular rental company Hertz having massive success with the format, backed up by other popular schemes like Car2Go, things aren't so rosy for Enterprise. According to the New York Times (via The Car Connection), customers haven't really

Mazda to double SKYACTIV capacity

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Mazda’s fuel-frugal SKYACTIV engines have been such a success that production at a plant in Hiroshima is set to double. From October this year, the number of engines produced at the plant will leap from 400,000 units to 800,000 thanks to increasing demand. It will include both the SKYACTIV-D diesel engines and the SKYACTIV-G petrol [.].

Workplace Charging 101: Level 1

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The big EV news of the month was the first Tesla S deliveries. For luxury car buyers, the ground has shifted. But what about the rest of us?

Pop sensation Justin Bieber wraps his Fisker Karma

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Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has wrapped his Fisker Karma in a shiny chrome finish. Bieber took the once-black $102,000 plug-in hybrid to West Coast Customs which previously turned his less-than-green Cadillac CTS-V into a Batmobile. Originally given to him by his management on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for his 18th birthday, Bieber also had [.].

Researchers develop optimized electrospray technique for ultra-low platinum loading in fuel cells with high performance

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The electrospray (top) and the deposited nanostructure (bottom). Source: UNED. Click to enlarge. Resources. S. Martin, P.L. Garcia-Ybarra, J.L.

Citroen’s diesel hybrid extends options

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Citroen’s very first diesel hybrid model, the DS5, just got better with the launch of new options available from this week. The third model in the upmarket DS line, the new DS5 is now available with stylish 17-inch ‘Houston’ alloy wheels as a no-cost option on Hybrid4 DStyle and DSport versions. These smaller diameter alloy [.].

Göteborg Energi orders two Opbrid B?sbaar ultra-fast bus charging stations for HyperBus project

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The Opbrid B?sbaar sbaar stations will be located at the ends of the #60 route. Click to enlarge. sbaar ultra-fast charging station. Use of the B?sbaar

Nissan LEAF is a reversing record breaker

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One week ago we told you about the Nissan LEAF’s attempts to get into the record books with the fastest ever reverse over one mile (see article) – and now we can confirm that the record attempt has been successful. The record was set at this past weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed event with professional [.].

First Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) test flight; Gevo provided isobutanol-derived renewable kerosene

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Three pathways to renewable jet fuel: FT (left); hydrogenated oil (center); ATJ (right). Source: Gevo. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.) Gevo, Inc.,

June Plug-In Electric Car Sales: Volt Stays Strong, Leaf Low

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Half of this year is now gone, which means it's time once again to look at sales of plug-in electric cars--both for June and for the first six months of 2012. Coming off a streak of low sales months, 535 Nissan Leafs were sold in June, less than one-third the 1,708 Leafs delivered in June 2011. This means that 3,148 Leafs have been sold in the

BESC researchers identify key proteins in species of extremely thermophilic bacteria for breakdown of biomass into fermentable sugars

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The extremely thermophilic, cellulose-degrading Caldicellulosiruptor bescii. Source: ORNL. Click to enlarge. —NCSU’s Sara Blumer-Schuette.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid: Now By Royal Appointment

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As every automaker knows, getting Royal endorsement for a particular car or brand can help boost its image. Normally, such Royal endorsements are limited to luxury or prestige brands, but earlier this week, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid received its official royal appointment courtesy of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Solena Fuels selects Oxford Catalysts’ microchannel FT technology for GreenSky BTL plant in UK

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US-based Solena Fuels has selected microchannel Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology developed by the Oxford Catalysts Group for use in a biomass-to-liquids (BTL) project under development in the UK. Earlier post.). The third step upgrades the FT products into jet fuel. These projects include GreenSky California, GreenSky Rome and GreenSky Stockholm.

Twelve European countries miss emissions marker

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Just how far off is Europe from meeting tough nitrogen oxide regulations? New data from the European Environmental Agency (EEA) suggests that 12 countries in particular still have a long way to go. Green cars Green credentials Latest news emission standards emission statistics emissions European Environmental Agency green cars nitrogen oxides

Fiat exercises the first tranche of VEBA call option, will hold 61.8% of Chrysler

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Fiat has notified VEBA—Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association, a UAW administered trust established to pay health care. benefits for retirees from Chrysler—of Fiat’s exercise of its option to purchase a portion of the interest held in Chrysler by VEBA. will hold 61.8% of the outstanding equity in Chrysler. Brief

Car2go car club expands to Toronto

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The car2go car club service is to conquer another Canadian following its successful launch in Vancouver. The Daimler-owned car2go subsidiary now expands to the city of Toronto, bringing with it a fleet of smart fortwo cars, for which the short-term, flexible car hire firm is renowned. Launched last Saturday (June 30, 2012), 250 car2go edition [.].

Univ. of Exeter team develops selective laser melting process to produce 3D aluminum composite parts; automotive and aerospace applications

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A complex SLM part from the University of Exeter. Click to enlarge. The Exeter method could produce strong, lightweight and complex parts for car manufacturing and the aerospace industry less expensively and more accurately than current methods, according to the team. 50-100 nm), reinforcing the microstructure of all Al (alloy) composites.

New Renault Clio set to dodge road tax?

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Renault’s new Clio could launch early next year completely exempt from road tax. The new Clio will be 100kg lighter than predecessor on average and will debut the Renault’s first three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines – a 0.9-litre TCe 90 and 1.2 TCe 120 – alongside a four-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel. All engine options will come with [.].

GE, Rosneft to pursue opportunities in Russia’s oil and gas industry, including Arctic offshore

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GE and OJSC Rosneft signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that lays the foundation for the two companies jointly to evaluate and develop commercial opportunities in oil and gas exploration and production in the Russian Federation. explore opportunities to jointly develop, manufacture and sell equipment for use in Russia’s oil and gas industry.

Plug-in vehicle sales to miss 2015 target

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Sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid (pictured) are set to fall short of their 2015 sales target: according to Pike Research. The Pike report believes that plug-in vehicle sales in the US will miss the one million marker set by the Obama Administration – with just 410,000 plug-in electric [.].

Global Bioenergies raises €3M to accelerate the isobutene program; targeting other molecules

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Global Bioenergies, an industrial biology company. developing sustainable routes to light olefins ( earlier post ), carried out a capital increase of €3.04 million (US$3.8 million) on NYSE Alternext in Paris. Based on the closing share price of €19.91 on 28 June 28th 2012 (last day of the subscription. Finance research on other molecules. Brief

The greener way to drop the top. The Green Piece.

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Tuesday, 3 July, 2012. The Green Piece Column. Summer is here! Well, it’s not, that’s an outright lie, but it is scheduled to make an appearance). Anyway in the spirit of summer, whether realised or not, we thought we take a look that old sunshine favourite; the convertible car. With its often weighty folding roof [.].