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Houston METRO launches Proterra electric bus demo; Catalyst FC into revenue service for 90 days

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Texas agencies include Dallas Area Rapid Transit, San Antonio VIA, and Port Arthur Transit. The Catalyst FC (Fast Charge) has a nominal range of 49-62 miles, depending upon the battery pack (79-105 kWh), and uses a 350 kW overhead fast charge on route, and a 60 kW charge using standard J1772-CCS plug-in chargers in the depot. to 1.70

Texans Still Love Trucks, But Hybrid Sales Are Growing

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My San Antonio Texans really like their trucks. It's one of life's constants--the sun will always rise, politicians will always lie, Texans will always buy trucks.

Texas Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Partnership forms; applying for national designation

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Proving grounds offer controlled environments on research campuses where the complete life-cycle development of AVs can be assessed and include the Texas A&M University System RELLIS Campus, which includes Texas A&M’s Proving Grounds, University of Texas at Austin Campus, and the SwRI Campus in San Antonio.

DOE awarding up to $80M for supercritical CO2 pilot plant

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Today the average efficiency of the US fleet of steam Rankine cycle power plants is in the lower 30% range. Drawing of sCO 2 plant. Click to enlarge.

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Great Rainy Ole Day OFF in San Antonio, Happy Friday the 13th Greetings from the "Spirit" plus Info on Saturday Meet-up

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Cheers PHEV3A'rs, EVADC'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All - The "Spirit of DC" is cooling her tires in Downtown, drought-stricken San Antonio, TX on a Happy Friday the 13th Great Rainy Ole DAY OFF. ! Location: 2nd Hanger at 15474 FM Road 471, Outer Loop 1604, six miles on West side of San Antonio. Spirit" & EVJerr

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Proterra introduces 2nd generation electric bus

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San Antonio, Texas; Tallahassee, Fla.; Proterra Inc. launched its second-generation all-electric bus, The Proterra Solution, at the American Public Transportation Association Bus and Paratransit Conference. Cities currently operating Proterra all-electric buses include Stockton, Calif.; Worcester, Mass.; Reno, Nev. and Pomona, Calif.

SwRI, UTSA researchers show biochar is low-cost, effective method to treat fracking water

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Researchers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have determined that biochar, a substance produced from plant matter, is a safe, effective and inexpensive method to treat flowback water following hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. —Maoqi Feng, SwRI. —Zhigang Feng, USTA.

Clean Energy wins $10M, multi-year transit deal with New Jersey Transit

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SP+, a provider of professional parking management, has signed a 5-year fueling agreement with Clean Energy to fuel 16 CNG buses for a new Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility located at the San Diego International Airport. On 10 Feb., Clean Energy customer MV Transportation was awarded a CNG bus contract with Los Angeles World Airports. station.

Coulomb Technologies ships more than 2,400 public and commercial charging stations in ChargePoint America Program

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Coulomb’s ChargePoint America program provides approximately 4,500 charging stations to program participants in ten regions in the United States: Austin/San Antonio, Texas, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando/Tampa, Sacramento, Calif., San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond/Bellevue, Wash., Brief

Texas awarding up to $5.7M for alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles

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Recipients must agree to operate the grant-funded vehicles for a defined percentage of the annual mileage in the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area, Dallas-Fort Worth area, Beaumont-Port Arthur area, Tyler-Longview area, Austin area, San Antonio area, Corpus Christi area, or Victoria area for five years or 400,000 miles, whichever occurs earlier.

Toyota investing $1B in new TNGA plant in Mexico, realigning North American manufacturing; expansion in Guangzhou

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These groupings by common vehicle platform follow Toyota’s consolidated truck production at its San Antonio, Texas and Baja California, Mexico plants, which has helped streamline Tacoma and Tundra assembly while better leveraging the supply chain. Toyota also announced an expansion of its joint venture plant, Guangzhou Toyota Motor Co.,

OnStar and Google demonstrate concept service for managing charging Chevrolet Volts with renewable energy

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Demonstrations are taking place this week at the 2012 DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio. Click to enlarge. and 6 a.m.

GM Ventures invests in battery-electric bus company Proterra

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with additional buses to be added, and new buses and charging stations are also headed to San Antonio and Tallahassee, Fla., Source: GM.

SwRI opens new high-horsepower dynamometer facility to service marine, rail and petroleum industries

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SwRI established a separate locomotive engine facility in 1990 in a San Antonio railyard to facilitate work on engines installed in locomotives.

Hino Motors signs as participant in Scuderi Split-Cycle Consortium

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The Consortium work is planned to be conducted primarily at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, a long-time provider of numerous simulation studies for Scuderi (e.g., Hino Motors, Ltd., earlier post ). The Consortium work is scheduled to be completed within a two-year period. The company lists 36 patents in the US.

Nova Bus receives order for 425 CNG buses

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Nova Bus has received an order for 425 40-foot CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses from VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Texas. The buses will be manufactured in Plattsburgh, New York. Delivery will support VIA’s ongoing all-CNG fleet conversion. Brief

Arconic announces multi-year aluminum deal with Toyota

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Arconic is a partner to the high-growth automotive industry with operations in Davenport, Iowa, and Alcoa, Tennessee and with technologies such as the Arconic Micromill in San Antonio, Texas. Arconic is supplying aluminum to Toyota for its all-new Lexus RX. This trend will continue. We are proud to expand our relationship with Toyota.

NuStar, EOG Resources to build rail offloading facility in Louisiana for expanded transportation and storage of shale play crudes

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is a publicly traded, limited partnership based in San Antonio, with 8,417 miles of pipeline; 90 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil, refined products and specialty liquids; and two asphalt refineries and a fuels refinery with a combined throughput capacity of 118,500 barrels per day. James, La. Brief

Juniper GTL to invest $100M to retrofit plant to new small-scale GTL facility in Louisiana

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013: 8:35 AM Bonham B (Grand Hyatt San Antonio) Juan Inga and Lindsay Hernandez (2013) Successful Operation of a 1 BPD Fischer-Tropsch Pilot Plant (Paper Nº 293251, 2013 AIChE Spring Meeting). Southwest Louisiana is becoming a hub for GTL facilities, the governor’s office noted. Earlier post.). Resources. Brief

UPS to purchase ~700 LNG trucks, build 4 refueling stations by end of 2014

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With the addition of accessible LNG fueling stations, UPS also will add LNG trucks on routes from Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, Texas to further extend territory. UPS plans to purchase approximately 700 liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks and to build four refueling stations by the end of 2014. Phoenix, Ariz., Brief

Clean Energy and UPS sign multi-year LNG fuel agreements to support LNG truck deployment in North America

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Under a separate agreement with UPS, Clean Energy will open three of its America’s Natural Gas Highway (ANGH) stations located in Amarillo, Mesquite and San Antonio, Texas, to support UPS’ over-the-road fleet. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Brief

Scuderi Group Unveils Cutaway Model of First Production Prototype of Split Cycle Engine

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The engine cutaway is an exact duplicate of the prototype undergoing testing and analysis by SwRI in San Antonio, Texas. Sal Scuderi.

Valeo Cruise4U car sets off on 13,000-mile partially automated drive across US

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The vehicle will travel both day and night in real traffic conditions. each); range of 30 cm - 200m; and resolution of 4cm/0.25˚.

SwRI launches Particle Sensor Performance and Durability consortium

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The kick-off meeting is being held today in San Antonio. PSPD logo. Click to enlarge. Number. Surface area. Volume. Charge. —Dr.

Clean Energy unveils LNG backbone network for America’s Natural Gas Highway; 150 LNG stations by end of 2013

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ANGH Route map shows initial phase of America‘s Natural Gas Highway. Click to enlarge. Clean Energy Fuels Corp., —Andrew J. Earlier post.).

BMW Group Technology Office USA and Tendril to demonstrate electric vehicle and smart energy home integration

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Tendril will demonstrate how its cloud platform integrates the BMW ActiveE with the home area network to provide orchestrated and prioritized charging at DistribuTECH taking place 24-26 January in San Antonio, Texas.). Tendril Connect consists of an integrated suite of utility and consumer applications and APIs. Click to enlarge.

Texas study finds PHEV use could increase ozone at night, decrease ozone during the day

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The team modeled the air quality impacts of replacing approximately 20% of the gasoline-powered light duty vehicle miles traveled (VMT) with electric VMT by the year 2018 for four major cities in Texas: Dallas/Ft Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. The results are less clear in Dallas and Houston. —Thompson et al. —Dr.

APTA: public transportation ridership up 5% in first quarter 2012

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Ann Arbor, MI; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Fort Myers, FL; Indianapolis, IN; Ithaca, NY; New York, NY; Oakland, CA; Olympia, WA; San Diego, CA; and Tampa, FL). Lauderdale, FL (8.7%); Newark, NJ (8.0%); San Antonio, TX (8.0%); Washington, DC (7.9%). Public transportation ridership rose 5% to nearly 2.7 Louis, MO (8.2%). Brief

UQM Technologies and Proterra complete new 3-year electric propulsion system supply agreement for electric buses

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Proterra buses have been, or soon will, be in operation in the following cities: Pomona, CA; San Antonio, TX; Tallahassee, FL; Seneca, SC; Reno, NV; Worcester, MA and Stockton, CA. UQM Technologies, Inc. and Proterra, Inc. Earlier post.). Brief

SwRI, UTSA partner on biofuel project

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Office of the Vice President for Research have selected a new biofuel project to receive $125,000 through the Connecting through Research Partnerships (Connect) Program. Funding 1 begins September 2015. SwRI’s Jimell Erwin, Ph.D., Sc.D., Brief

Proterra to provide three battery-electric transit buses to Worcester Regional Transit Authority as part of clean fuels grant

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San Antonio, Texas; Tallahassee, Fla. The Worcester (Mass.) Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) was recently awarded a $4.4-million Federal Transit Authority Clean Fuels grant to purchase buses from Proterra Inc. Earlier post.). Other cities anticipated to roll-out Proterra buses in the next six months include Stockton, Calif.; Brief

EV bus manufacturer Proterra reaches 1,000,000th mile in revenue service

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VIA Metropolitan Transit (San Antonio, Texas), San Joaquin RTD (Stockton, Calif.), EV bus manufacturer Proterra Inc. congratulated its customers on logging one million miles in revenue service. The company celebrated this achievement with an event at its plant in Greenville, S.C. WRTA (Worcester, Mass.), the City of Seneca, S.C./Clemson

Biofuels Industries Form Global Renewable Fuels Alliance

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Announcing the GRFA at the National Ethanol Conference in San Antonio, Spokesperson Bliss Baker said that the Alliance was calling on the World Bank to make investments in developing countries’ biofuels infrastructure a top priority

UPS to invest $100M more in compressed natural gas, CNG vehicles and related infrastructure

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San Antonio, Texas; Tifton, Ga.; At UPS, we own our fleet and our infrastructure. Columbia, S.C.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Reno, Nev.;

Nuvera to Deliver Fuel Cell Power Systems and Hydrogen Refueling Station to H-E-B

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Nuvera Fuel Cells has sold 14 PowerEdge fuel cell systems, along with a complete PowerTap Hydrogen Generator and Hydrogen Station, to H-E-B in San Antonio, Texas. The fuel cell units will power Class II forklift trucks used for the company’s distribution center operations. Delivery is scheduled for September, 2009.

SwRI and USTA researchers to develop a novel catalyst for low-temperature SCR

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) announced funding for a new joint research projects to advance clean emission technologies. Funding through the organizations’ Connecting through Research Partnerships (“Connect”) program has been granted for $125,000 for this project. Brief

Azure Dynamics signs HEV/EV sales/service agreements with 76 additional dealerships

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Azure previously announced dealerships in major markets including Boston, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, San Antonio and Toronto. The new agreements bring the total number of dealerships in the Azure program to 103. Azure dealerships can be seen on an interactive map at [link

Atomic cobalt on nitrogen-doped graphene catalyst shows promise to replace platinum for hydrogen production

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Catalysts are needed to improve HER efficiency by minimizing reaction kinetic barriers, which manifest themselves as overpotentials (η). Fei et al.

First natural gas GM half-ton pickups with 5.3L DI engines delivered in Texas

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The 2015 model vehicles were purchased by local Houston company NewTex Plumbing and San Antonio-based Pioneer Energy Services. Nat G CNG Solutions has delivered the first natural gas half-ton pickup trucks with General Motors’ 5.3-liter direct injection engine. l/100 km) highway. direct injection engine. Brief

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Ford Transit Electric sales continue to thrive

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The latter order will include six units through the General Services Administration in San Antonio, Texas; as well as [.]. Sales of the Ford Transit Connect have continued at a rapid pace after Azure Dynamics Corporation announced 45 new sales. It has revealed that it will send 20 units to Europe; and 25 to North America.