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Iowa State to manage biorefinery projects for new Manufacturing USA Institute

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Anaerobic digestion of grassy biomass and wet wastes to convert waste biomass into carbon-neutral fuels and chemicals, with $4 million from the energy department and additional support from Earth Energy Renewables of Bryan, Texas; Roeslein Alternative Energy of St. Louis; the State of Iowa; the Iowa Energy Center; and Iowa State.

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Berkeley study finds clean vehicle rebates have predominantly benefited wealthy, white Californians

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Researchers Dana Rubin and Evelyne St-Louis, two recent graduates of the University of California, Berkeley’s master’s program in city and regional planning, analyzed 98,901 rebates issued to Californians buying or leasing low-emission vehicles from the inception of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project in 2010 through March 2015.

FTA awarding $55M to 10 projects deploying battery-electric and fuel-cell buses

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DTA provides approximately 3 million rides per year throughout St. Louis County in northeast Minnesota. Funding is provided through FTA’s Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo). Earlier post.). Grants from the LoNo program help transit agencies integrate more of these advanced buses into their fleets. Project sponsor.

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Louis, MO | Tampa, FL | Washington, DC. A growing number of rental companies offer hybrid options, making this a convenient option. Budget.

Joule says it has improved the photosynthetic efficiency of its engineered cyanobacteria by nearly 100%

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At the 2014 Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, Joule reported that its has improved the overall photosynthetic efficiency of its engineered cyanobacteria by nearly 100%, and estimates a maximum 14% energy conversion efficiency in its biomass-to-fuels process. Brief

DARPA awards WUSTL researcher $860,000 to engineer E. coli to produce gasoline-range molecules

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The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) of the US Department of Defense has awarded Dr. Fuzhong Zhang, assistant professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Zhang is the first faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis biologist Himadri B. —Fuzhong Zhang.

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

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The ten light rail systems with the highest rates of growth were located in the following cities: Memphis, TN (45.7%); Salt Lake City, UT (34.1%); Seattle, WA – King County DOT (19.4%); Boston, MA (12.6%); Cleveland, OH (10.7%); Houston, TX (10.3%); Seattle, WA – Sound Transit (10.3%); Los Angeles, CA (9.9%); Sacramento, CA (8.5%); and St.

Top 15 Nissan LEAF markets in US in 2013

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Top 15 LEAF market year-to-date in 2013. Source: Nissan Click to enlarge. Earlier post.) Los Angeles. Seattle. Portland. Chicago and Denver (tied).

Ford introduces 2014 Transit Connect Taxi with CNG/LPG capability

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Ford unveiled the redesigned 2014 Transit Connect Taxi at the 2013 International Association of Transportation Regulators Conference in St.

Inorganic mercury converted to more toxic and bio-accumulative monomethylmercury in ocean waters, possibly by microbes

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Louis, Holger Hintelmann, Jane L. A team led by the University of Alberta has confirmed that inorganic mercury (Hg) found worldwide in ocean water is transformed into monomethylmercury (MMHg)—a potent and bio-accumulative neurotoxin—in the seawater. In a 1991 paper discussing concerns with mercury and monomethylmercury, William F.

Full genome map of oil palm indicates a way to raise yields and protect rainforest; single gene controls oil palm yield

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The discovery was made by researchers at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), an agency of the Malaysian federal government, in conjunction with scientists at St. Louis-based Orion Genomics. A multinational team of scientists has identified a single gene, called Shell , that regulates yield of the oil palm tree. —Robert A.

ARPA-E awards $43M to 19 energy storage projects to advance electric vehicle and grid technologies

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in St. Louis. Washington University in St. Louis will develop a predictive. The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 19 new projects to receive a total of $43 million to develop breakthrough energy storage technologies and support promising small businesses. Description.

Aventine sends first unit-train shipment of ethanol from Nebraska to Alabama

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With unit-train capacity, Beemer noted, Aventine is looking to open other new 100-car unit train markets, including Watson, California; Chicago and East St. Louis, Illinois; and Dallas, Houston, Deer Park, Fort Worth, Beaumont and Texas City, Texas. Aventine Renewable Energy Inc., —Mark Beemer, Aventine’s president and CEO.

Genencor Launches New, More Efficient Enzyme for Corn Ethanol Production

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Genencor, a division of Danisco A/S, launched SPEZYME Robust Starch Liquefaction (RSL) at the 2010 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo (FEW) in St. Louis, Mo. The latest in the company’s liquefaction product line, the enzyme more efficiently liquefies dry ground corn or milo, reducing costs and increasing yields for ethanol producers.

Biofuel cells could power electrical gadgets

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According to the BBC, scientists at St Louis University in Missouri, US have developed a prototype cell, similar to the ones our own bodies, which can convert almost anything into energy. Scientists are developing a way to use nature’s own power stations, mitochondria, to convert organic matter into energy.

Nissan LEAF passes 25,000 sales mark in US

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We’re seeing the adoption curve for EVs accelerate, and there is tremendous interest not only on the West Coast but in a number of new strongholds like Atlanta, Raleigh, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, St. Louis and many more. The Nissan LEAF has sold more than 25,000 units in the US. year-over-year sales increase in April. Brief

US DOE announces 3 consortia for $125M US-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center; solar, second-generation biofuels and buildings

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Louis; Corning Incorporated; General Electric Company; Konarka Technologies, Inc.; The US Department of Energy announced the selections for three consortia that will make up the $125-million US-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC). MEMC Corporation; and Solarmer Energy Inc. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.;

Allison Transmission introduces more fuel-efficient xFE transmission models for buses; up to 7% improvement

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They have been designed to enable 1 st range lock up, deliver significantly more lock up operation and operate at lower engine speeds in higher ranges to further improve fuel economy. While individual fleet results will depend heavily on the duty cycle, testing at customer fleets on four continents and in cities ranging from St. Brie

DOE awards $100M in 2nd funding round for 32 Energy Frontier Research Centers

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Washington University, St. Louis. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $100 million in the second round of funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs); research supported by this initiative will enable fundamental advances in energy production, storage, and use. FY 2014 EFRC Awards. Lead organization. EFRC Name.

DOE awarding $13M to advance fuel cell performance and durability and H2 storage technologies

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University of Missouri, St. Louis: this project will use a novel approach to stabilize unstable metal hydrides with sufficient storage capacities, and render reversible stable high capacity hydrides that are irreversible in the bulk, resulting in a high-capacity material with kinetics suitable for onboard hydrogen storage.

8 Toyota manufacturing facilities recognized by US EPA for reduction in energy intensity

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and St. Louis, Mo.); The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized eight Toyota manufacturing sites in North America for achieving a 10% reduction in energy intensity through its ENERGY STAR Challenge For Industry program. Collectively, these eight sites have reduced energy intensity by nearly 24% from baseline. 13.8%.

ALTe To Unveil Prototype Range Extended Electric Powertrain for Retrofits at Work Truck Show

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Held in conjunction with the 46 th Annual NTEA convention in St. Louis, MO, the event will run from 9-12 March 2010. Michigan-based ALTe LLC will unveil the prototype for Range Extended Electric Powertrain (REEP) ( earlier post ) at the 2010 National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit.

Chrysler Resumes Production at Seven North American Assembly Plants

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Louis North Assembly Plant (Fenton, MO) – Dodge Ram. Chrysler Group LLC will resume volume production of vehicles with the start up of seven of its North American assembly plants the week of 20 June 2009. The announcement of the restart comes One week after finalizing its global strategic alliance with Fiat Group. Earlier post.).

CleanFUEL USA Secures $12.9 Million from US DOE for 100+ Propane Refueling Stations

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The second phase will target 14 cities (Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Antonio/Austin, Oklahoma City, St. The US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $12.9 The first station will be installed in Atlanta followed by Chicago, Houston, Denver and Sacramento. school buses, shuttle buses, medium and light duty trucks, etc.),

Commercial dewatering enzyme could reduce costs of grain ethanol production

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Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) professor Milorad Dudukovic and graduate student Ana Beatriz Henriques in the WUSTL Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering also were members of the research team. Results from this study were published in the journal Industrial Biotechnology. helped lead the study. Brie

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Adds 5,000 Hybrids to Nationwide Fleet

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Markets include California (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno); Colorado (Denver); Florida (Orlando, Tampa); New York (Albany, Ithaca, New York City, Rochester); Oregon (Eugene, Portland); Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston); Atlanta; Boston; Detroit; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; St. Louis; Seattle; and Washington, DC.

ARPA-E awards $37M for IONICS projects; improving solid-state batteries and fuel cells

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Washington University in St. Louis. The Washington University in St. Louis team will use readily available and inexpensive commercial polymers to create a membrane for use in redox flow batteries. —ARPA-E Director Dr. Ellen D. Williams. Li-ion conductors that enable the cycling of Li metal without shorting. Funding.

CleanFUEL USA and Ferrellgas Working Together on Propane Refueling Network in US

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The companies expect to break ground on the first Dallas-Fort Worth station in the third quarter of 2010, which will be followed with projects in Austin, Baton Rouge, Chicago, Indianapolis, Lake Charles, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio and St. Louis. The Department of Energy (DOE) awarded CleanFUEL USA $12.9

EPA awards $8M in FY2014 clean diesel grants in 21 states, Puerto Rico

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Louis Clean Cities is replacing six school busses. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $8 million to communities in 21 states and Puerto Rico to reduce emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of diesel engines through the agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act ( DERA ) program. Colorado. Delaware. Idaho. Massachusetts.

Westinghouse and Ameren Missouri partner in pursuit of DOE funds to develop and license small modular reactor technology

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Its service area covers 63 counties and more than 500 towns, including the greater St. Louis area. Under the terms of the agreement, Ameren Missouri will become part of and. The Westinghouse SMR is a 225 MWe integral pressurized water reactor (PWR), with all primary components located inside of the reactor vessel. Brief

Boeing Begins Building Phantom Eye Hydrogen-Powered HALE Demonstrator

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The jig load assembly, model of a liquid-hydrogen engine and fuselage skins for Boeing’s Phantom Eye demonstrator in St. and in Seattle.

US Public Transit Ridership in 2008 At Highest Level in 52 years; 10.7B Trips

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Major increases by large bus agencies occurred in the following cities: Phoenix (11.5%); San Antonio (10.2%); San Diego (10.0%); St. Louis (8.9%); Baltimore (8.7%); and Denver (8.6%). Americans took 10.7 This represents a 4.0% in 2008, according to the US Department of Transportation. increase in 2008. in 2008. in 2008. Resources.

DOE Investing Up to $78M Investment in Two Consortia Targeting Algae-Based and Biomass-Based Bio-Hydrocarbon Fuels and Infrastructure; $1.6M for Ethanol Blends Fueling Infrastructure

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Led by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (St. Louis, MO), NAABB will develop a systems approach for sustainable commercialization of algal biofuel (such as renewable gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel) and bioproducts. National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) ($44 million). million). Ethanol Blend Fueling.

Association of Independent Plant Research Institutes (AIPI) forms with focus on renewable energy, ecosystem services and sustainable agriculture

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Scientific leaders from the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (Cornell University); The Carnegie Institution for Science;, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (St. Louis, Mo.); and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation (Ardmore, Okla.) Plants filter groundwater, reduce erosion, absorb carbon dioxide and generate oxygen.

DOE reports progress on development of hydrogen storage technologies

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The program made three new awards in FY 2014: HRL Laboratories, with partners SNL and University of Missouri-St. kWh/kg system (5.5 Source: DOE.

New JBEI Methodology Speeds Search for Cellulosic Biofuel Microbes

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Working with Keasling on this study were Rajat Sapra, a biochemist with Sandia National Laboratories who directs the enzyme optimization program at JBEI, and Yinjie Tang, a chemical engineer now with Washington University in St. Louis. xylose and glucose) in cellulosic biomass and can tolerate high concentrations of ethanol. Resources.

APRA-E awards WUSTL $2M to develop predictive battery management system for plug-in vehicles; targeting more efficient use

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A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) will receive $2 million from the US Department of Energy’s ARPA-E to design a predictive battery management system for lithium-ion batteries to guarantee their longevity, safety and performance. The School of Engineering & Applied Science is providing $1.2 million.

Researchers Sequence the Maize (Corn) Genome

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The new maize sequence was produced by a consortium of researchers that was led by the Genome Sequencing Center (GSC) at Washington University in St.

President Obama Outlines Vision and Plan for US High-Speed Passenger Rail System; $13B to Start

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Chicago Hub Network( Chicago, Milwaukee, Twin Cities, St. The envisioned high-speed rail corridors. Source: DOT. Click to enlarge. Source: DOT.

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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Manufacturing: Warren, MI and St. Louis, MO; Deployment: 11 partner fleets. Rolla, MO Warrensburg, MO Linn, MO St. Louis, MO Kansas City, MO Lee’s Summit, MO. Louis Science Center; Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation (SEV-US); Kokam America Inc. Industry officials expect that this $2.4 Applicant. Technology.