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State With Dirtiest Power Grid Has Highest Electric-Car Incentive

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West Virginia, for instance, turns out to offer a remarkably high income-tax credit of up to $7,500 for citizens (who can take advantage of it) who buy a. Carbon Footprint carbon dioxide plug-in cars renewable energy energy West VirginiaLife is full of little ironies.

These engineers uncovered the VW diesel emission scandal

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It was discovered by independent researchers from West Virginia University (WVU), working with the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Green TDI VW Volkswagen diesel scandal West Virginia emissionsThe five-person team.

Carmakers Lobby To Keep Software Secret, Despite VW Emission Scandal

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Instead, its effects were discovered by researchers at West Virginia University, working with the International Council on Clean Transportation. The software that allowed Volkswagen diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests was not found by government regulators. emissions EPA VW software Volkswagen diesel scandal

CARB Shows Test Equipment That Found VW Diesel Defeat Device (Video)

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West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd: Coal Must Embrace The Future

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It is a non-starter, and puts the entire state of West Virginia and the coal industry in a terrible light. ’ West Virginia would be much smarter to stay at the table.” West Virginia Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts immediately expressed disappointment with Byrd’s essay.

WVU study fully characterizes pump-to-wheels methane emissions from HD natural gas vehicles and fueling stations

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Well-to-wheels (WTW) diagram of the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel (CNG and LNG pathways only). Credit: ACS, Clark et al. Resources.

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New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production

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And the only commercially available hybrid pine trees, he added, are crosses between loblolly and pitch pines, which are really best suited to grow in the mountains of West Virginia. —Scott Merkle. The new hybrid varieties are already being sold commercially by ArborGen Inc., —Scott Merkle. Biomass Biotech Fuels

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Maxwell supplying ultracaps to ABB for hybrid version of Philadelphia rail energy recuperation system

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Maxwell Technologies, Inc. is supplying ultracapacitors to ABB for its recent contract win to upgrade Philadelphia area rail lines. When decelerating or braking, a traction vehicle (train, tram or trolleybus) is feeding the regenerated braking energy back into the DC power network. Brief

US vehicle miles travelled up 3% in first 9 months of 2016 to 2.4 trillion miles

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US driving topped 2.4 trillion miles in the first nine months of 2016, an increase of 3.0% billion miles were driven in September 2016 alone—a 2.4%

WVU NAFTC partners with Tesla Motors for professional development and electric drive vehicle first responder safety training

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The NAFTC, a program of West Virginia University, has produced the Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training, a curriculum developed under the NAFTC’s Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program, funded by the US Department of Energy. Scheduled for 6-7 Dec., —NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron. Morgantown, W.

DOE to award up to $137M for SuperTruck II, Vehicle Technology Office programs

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West Virginia University Research Corporation. One initiative, SuperTruck II ( earlier post ), will award $80 million to four projects to develop and to demonstrate cost-effective technologies that more than double the freight efficiency of Class 8 trucks. The fourth team is on track to exceed the target this year. Navistar, Inc.

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Novel opposed-piston free-piston linear generator for hybrids seeks to overcome drawbacks of earlier designs

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Design of opposed-cylinder free-piston linear generator from earlier works with single, centered linear generator. Click to enlarge. Huang 2012.

Lux: VW “actually in a strong position to innovate their way out of this mess”

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It’s striking, Lux said, that the US EPA, with its $8-billion budget and workforce of 15,000 staff, couldn’t catch VW, but a small team of researchers from West Virginia University could. Earlier post.) Volkswagen has also invested in next-generation batteries, including lithium-sulfur and solid-state. Earlier post.).

Lightning Hybrids releases initial emissions testing results for medium-duty hydraulic hybrids

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The Lightning Hybrid system. Click to enlarge. The vehicles were tested on the SGS dynamometer using SGS drivers and equipment. mph), low 2.1

ICCT study finds real-world NOx emissions from Euro 6 diesels ~7x higher than Euro 6 regulatory levels

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Earlier post.). Euro 6. This means that NO x emissions from new diesel cars in the EU should be about 85% lower than 15 years ago. Source: ICCT.

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

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90-million investment at Buffalo, West Virginia plant. Toyota is embarking on a multi-year plan to realign its manufacturing operations in North America in support of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) ( earlier post ), a comprehensive approach to achieving sustainable growth by making ever-better vehicles more efficiently.

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

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Concept of the service and mobile app for renewable charging. Click to enlarge. Renewables in the US grid. Wind accounted for 2.3%. and 6 a.m.

Libertine LPE free piston technology targeting power generation, waste-heat recovery and range-extended EV applications; feasibility study with PETRONAS

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Toyota envisions that a pair of such units (20 kW) would enable B/C-segment electric drive vehicles to cruise at 120 km/h (75 mph). Earlier post.).

13 governors send letter to automakers encouraging natural gas vehicle development

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The states participating in the letter with Colorado and Oklahoma are: Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming. Colorado Gov. This letter is part of a multi-state agreement initiated last fall by Hickenlooper and Oklahoma Gov. —Governors’ letter. Brief

Tour Engine has Prototype II split-cycle engine running

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Prototype II Tour Engine—a novel split-cycle engine—on the bench. The hot side is on the right. Click to enlarge. —Oded Tour.

Researchers find Nissan LEAF creates less CO2 than Toyota Prius hybrid in west US and Texas, but more in N. Midwest

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the “carbon footprint” of electricity production and use), according to a new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. Click to enlarge.

DOE: US average EV CO2e/year is 4,815 lbs, vs. 11,435 lbs for average gasoline car

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West Virginia’s electricity production is 95.7% Annual well-to-wheel emissions from a typical ev by state, 2015. Source: DOE. Data: DOE.

USGS’ first assessment of shale gas resources in the Utica Shale: 38 trillion cubic feet

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The Utica Shale assessment covered areas in Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Click to enlarge.

Parker Hannifin gaining traction with RunWise HD hydraulic hybrid; developing CNG-based HD system, next-gen MD system

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Standard speed from a West Virginia University study (a special route cycle developed to compare performance). FedEx, UPS, etc. RunWise.

Study finds high exhaust temperatures within NTE operation for heavy-duty diesels with aftertreatment systems contribute to high nanoparticle concentrations

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Transient particle size distribution variation over the PA3 in-use NTE cycle. Subchart shows the temperature variation downstream of the DPF and SCR catalyst. The transient results illustrate the gradual formation of the nucleation mode particles with continuous increase in exhaust temperatures. Credit: ACS, Thiruvengadam et al. Click to enlarge.

EQT launches pilot program to convert Marcellus drilling rigs to LNG

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EQT’s initial rig conversion is now operating in Northern West Virginia; pending evaluation of the pilot program, the company hopes to convert additional rigs in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The LNG being used for EQT’s pilot program is produced locally from Marcellus natural gas reserves. Brief

Study provides new evidence for carbon nanotube-induced carcinogenesis

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A new study by researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and West Virginia University found that chronic exposure to single-walled carbon nanotubes causes malignant transformation of human lung epithelial cells. The lung is a major target organ for airborne CNT exposure. —Wang et al. Brief

Raw video of explosion after W Va. oil train derailment and fire

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Monday afternoon, a CSX oil train (109 cars, two locomotives, carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota) derailed in West Virginia, resulting in a fire, with an as yet unspecified number of cars rupturing and exploding. West Virginia Gov. Brief

ARPA-E awards $35M to 16 REFUEL projects for energy-dense carbon-neutral liquid fuels; leveraging ammonia

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West Virginia University Research Corporation. Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Plasma Catalytic Synthesis of Ammonia (Category 1) The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) team will develop a method to produce ammonia from hydrogen and nitrogen using a microwave plasma. Earlier post.) REFUEL Projects.

Renewable Energy Generation: Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy, a lesson exported from Detroit

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cents/kWh in West Virginia—a 23.59 Perspective by The Townsend Company. RPS policies as of March 2011. Source: DSIRE. Click to enlarge.

Four major US energy companies form JV for $4.5-$5B natural gas Atlantic Coast pipeline

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southeast through Virginia with an extension to Chesapeake, Va., Four major U.S. The capacity of the pipeline is projected to be 1.5 Route map.

3 More Reasons I’m Happy I Dumped the Democrats

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And what a surprise, one of them, Congressman Nick Rahall, is from the Black Lung state of West Virginia.  High fives all the way around.

EPA and California ARB charge Volkswagen with using software defeat device to circumvent NOx testing in 4-cylinder 2.0L diesels

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EPA has issued a notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. collectively referred to here as Volkswagen). In response, Volkswagen said that it is cooperating with the investigation, and is unable to comment further at this time. Beetle (Model Years 2009 – 2015).

DOE to Award $25M to Two Consortia for US-China Clean Energy Research with Combined Funding of $100M; Focus on EVs and Carbon Capture and Sequestration

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award two consortia—one led by the University of Michigan and one led by the West Virginia University—a total of $25 million over the next five years under the US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). The announcement of another $12.5

USDA: $210M to be invested in renewable fuel pump infrastructure through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

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The 21 states participating in the BIP include Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Brief

NETL-RUA team using CT scanner to improve enhanced oil recovery techniques

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NETL-RUA was formed in 2010 as a partnership among NETL; a consortium of universities, located in the energy-rich region of the mid-Atlantic, comprising West Virginia University, Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, and Virginia Tech; and URS, one of the nation’s largest engineering, design, and construction firms.

EIA: US proved oil reserves up for 5th year in a row; N Dakota proved oil reserves surpass Gulf of Mexico

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Pennsylvania and West Virginia reported the largest net increases in natural gas proved reserves in 2013, driven by continued development of the Marcellus Shale play, the largest US shale gas play based on proved reserves. Tcf in West Virginia) and were 70% of the net increase in proved natural gas reserves in 2013.

3 More Reasons I’m Happy I Dumped the Democrats

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And what a surprise, one of them, Congressman Nick Rahall, is from the Black Lung state of West Virginia.  When I quit the Democratic party last summer the last straw for me was their total FAIL to take a stand and do anything about climate change.  Not since the McCarthy era have I seen such staggeringly shameless daily behavior.

Battelle team developing new hybrid direct coal-to-liquids process to produce jet fuel; lower costs and GHGs

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Chauhan’s team has successfully tested numerous, novel bio-solvents with bituminous coal from West Virginia and Ohio, as well as a sub-bituminous coal. The conversion of coal to syncrude is carried out at a relatively low pressure without requiring gaseous hydrogen or a catalyst. Brief

US Coal companies merge: Murray Energy acquires controlling interest in Foresight Energy GP LLC for $1.395B

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Murray Energy Corporation and its subsidiary companies currently operate 13 active coal mines, consisting of 13 underground longwall mining systems and 46 continuous mining units in Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Utah, and West Virginia. million tons of combined production last year, according to the companies’ respective annual reports.