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GM and University of Wisconsin investigate diesel engines

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A partnership has been formed between General Motors and the University of Wisconsin looking into high-speed petrol direct injection compression ignition operation in low temperature combustion of a light duty diesel engine. general motors Green cars Latest news compression ignition diesel engines direct injection GM University of Wisconsin

Wisconsin: Higher Taxes For Hybrids, Electrics For Not Burning Enough Gas To Fund Road Repairs?

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It''s not news that the roads and bridges in many states are falling into disrepair. Much of the money to fund maintenance of this infrastructure comes from taxes on fuel, but that''s something that doesn''t apply to drivers of electric cars--and hybrid drivers pay less than others. RELATED: Why Electric-Car Owners Should Be Happy For New Colorado

U. Wisconsin team reports gross indicated thermal efficiency of RCCI operation near 60%

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In a paper presented at the 2013 SAE World Congress, a team from the University of Wisconsin reported a gross indicated thermal efficiency of Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI) operation of near 60%, given optimized combustion management and thermodynamic conditions. RCCI basics. Earlier post.). —Splitter et al.

Major department store to offer plug-in vehicle charging

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The store will offer 36 new stations across 18 new locations before the end of the year – including an expansion across the states of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin for the first [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric cars green cars Indiana Kohl's plug-in vehicles Texas USA Wisconsin

Researchers make emissions breakthrough

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The masterminds at the University of Wisconsin believe they could be on the verge of a significant engine technology breakthrough that could reduce fuel consumption and regulate emissions of both nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.

Johnson Controls funds two research projects with U Wisconsin to enhance fuel efficiency of start-stop vehicles and next-gen EVs

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Johnson Controls will fund two multi-year research projects at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison) aimed at enhancing the fuel efficiency of start-stop and next-generation battery-electric vehicles. The projects will be funded by Johnson Controls, which includes a Fellows gift of $500,000. Batteries Electric (Battery) SSVs

Odyne Systems delivers 7 plug-in hybrid work trucks through the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program

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Odyne Systems, LLC has delivered seven trucks featuring the Odyne plug-in hybrid propulsion system to utilities and municipalities throughout Wisconsin. Marshfield Utilities, serving the city of Marshfield, Wisconsin took delivery of its first Odyne hybrid truck in 2009. The Richland Center unit of Wisconsin Public Power, Inc.

Hydrogen Engine Center and Wisconsin Motors Form JV for Wet-Sleeve Version of Oxx Engine

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HEC) and Wisconsin Motors (WM) have signed an agreement to form Oxx Power Continental, a joint venture, to produce a wet-sleeve version of the Oxx Power 4.9L six-cylinder engine. The new engines will be machined at V&L Tool in Wisconsin, and assembled at Wisconsin Motors’ facility in Dyer, Tennessee. Earlier post.)

Johnson Controls endowing University of Wisconsin System for energy storage research

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is endowing a professorship, research labs and graduate studies in energy storage at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The lab will be housed in the new Wisconsin Energy Institute under construction on the UW-Madison campus. Johnson Controls, Inc. Brief

Webchat with Wisconsin and NC State EcoCAR Challenge Teams; 25 Feb at 3pm ET

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Members from two of the EcoCAR Challenge teams —NC State and the University of Wisconsin—will participate in a webchat today at 3pm ET. EcoCAR webchat with Wisconsin and North Carolina State Universities. The EcoCAR Challenge is a college engineering competition sponsored by GM and the US Department of Energy.

Univ. of Wisconsin offering online Master of Engineering in Engine Systems (MEES)

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The University of Wisconsin is offering an Internet-delivered Master of Engineering in Engine Systems (MEES). The MEES program incorporates the latest in research from the UW Engine Research Center. Courses provide skills including: Understanding how legislative drivers for emissions, safety, noise, and more directly impact engine design.

New Univ. of Wisconsin model shows polar ice caps can recover from warmer climate-induced melting

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New University of Washington research indicates that even if Earth warmed enough to melt all polar sea ice, the ice could recover if the planet cooled again. paper on the work is to be published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. All that carbon dioxide made a very, very warm planet. —Cecilia Bitz. —Cecilia Bitz. Brief

Univ. of Wisconsin team reports on new process for converting hemicellulose to furfural and levulinic acid as renewable fuel precursors and chemicals

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Source: Gürbüz et al. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.). —Gürbüz et al. Earlier work on the production of furfural from C 5 sugars (i.e.,

University of Wisconsin and GM team investigating Gasoline Direct Injection Compression Ignition in light-duty diesel engines

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A team from the University of Wisconsin and General Motors has found that high-speed gasoline direct injection compression ignition (GDICI) operation in the low temperature combustion (LTC) regime in a light-duty diesel engine is feasible. Other researchers, Ra et al. —Ra et al. In their new study, Ra et al. Resources. Ra, Y., Jun, J.E.,

Tesoro to acquire renewable fuels company Virent

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The APR technology was discovered at the University of Wisconsin in 2001 by Virent’s co-founder and chief technology officer, Dr. Randy Cortright.

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University of Wisconsin seeking commercial partners for alkylphenol solvent-based method to convert biomass into furan derivatives for fuels and chemicals

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The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is seeking commercial partners for a novel, cost-effective method developed by University of Wisconsin, Madison researchers for producing furan derivatives such as hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), furfural, levulinic acid (LA) or γ-valerolactone (GVL) from biomass using alkylphenols as solvents.

University of Wisconsin Team Develops High-Yielding Chemical Hydrolysis Process to Release Sugars from Biomass for Cellulosic Fuels and Chemicals

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A University of Wisconsin-Madison research team has developed a chemical process for the hydrolysis of biomass into sugars for subsequent processing into fuels and chemicals that delivers sugar yields approaching those of enzymatic hydrolysis. Furthermore, the hydrolysate products are readily converted into ethanol by microorganisms. 107 no.

Wisconsin Researchers Devise Process to Convert Biomass Intermediate Product into Drop-in Transportation Fuels Without Use of External Hydrogen or Precious Metal Catalysts

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, led by Dr. James Dumesic, have developed a process to convert aqueous solutions of ?-valerolactone

University of Wisconsin Researchers Investigating Dual-Fuel (Gasoline and Diesel) Partially Premixed Combustion for High-Efficiency, Ultra-Low Emission Combustion; 53% Thermal Efficiency

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The dual-fuel PCCI strategy showed thermal efficiency of 53%. Source: Rolf Reitz. Click to enlarge. The green line is the US 2010 baseline. Rolf Reitz.

7-state Midwest EVOLVE project to promote electric vehicles; Ford, GM, Nissan initial automotive partners

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The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest announced the launch of Midwest EVOLVE , a three-year project to promote electric vehicles in seven Midwestern states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. The first events will be held in the spring of 2017. Electric (Battery) Market Background Plug-in

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Dept of Energy announces $36 million for biofuels and bioproducts development

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Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced up to $36 million to fund six small-scale projects in California, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. Yesterday U.S. The new program is meant to advance technology improvements and

U. of Wisconsin RCCI combustion work progressing; modeled 53% gross indicated efficiency in a light-duty engine could result in 2x fuel savings compared to SI gasoline

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Engine Research Center ( ERC ) led by Dr. Rolf Reitz are developing a dual-fuel compression-ignition engine low-temperature combustion (LTC) strategy called reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI) ( Earlier post.) (Part 2 of a series on low-temperature combustion). Source: Rolf Reitz.

Strategic consortium to commercialize Virent’s BioForming Technology for low carbon fuels and bio-paraxylene

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The APR technology was discovered at the University of Wisconsin in 2001 by Virent’s co-founder and chief technology officer, Dr. Randy Cortright. Earlier this month, Virent and petroleum refiner and marketer Tesoro reached an agreement for Tesoro to become Virent’s new strategic owner. Earlier post.).

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Study shows viability of RCCI in a two-stroke engine; higher efficiency than direct-injection spark ignition

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A team at the Engine Research Center (ERC), University of Wisconsin-Madison has demonstrated the viability of reactivity-controlled compression ignition (RCCI) in a two-stroke engine. Earlier post.) A paper on their work is published in Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering.

Latest test results for Achates Power two-stroke opposed-piston engine show 20% improvement over four-stroke diesel; BTE of 45.1% at best operating point

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Single-cylinder Achates research engine installed in test cell. Source: Achates Power. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.). Max power. Max torque. Stroke.

New genome sequences target next generation of yeasts with improved biotech uses

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—senior author Tom Jeffries, Professor Emeritus at University of Wisconsin, Madison. The well-known yeast S. These distances are huge.

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Coal-tar-based pavement sealant a major source of PAH contamination in Milwaukee streams

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Runoff from pavement with coal-tar-based sealant is the primary source of toxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to streambed sediments in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to a US Geological Survey and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District open-access study published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Resources.

Johnson Controls and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft collaborate on next-gen cooling systems for Li-ion battery packs; focus on 48V micro-hybrid system

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Johnson Controls and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft have signed a collaboration agreement to develop the next generation of more energy efficient, cost-effective cooling systems for vehicle batteries. Earlier post.). The collaboration will focus on technologies and thermal management strategies for Lithium-ion battery packs. 48V Batteries Hybrids

Delphi targets low emission combustion system

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After receiving a US Department of Energy grant two years ago, Delphi and partners including Hyundai Technical Centre, Wisconsin Engine Research Consultants and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, set about developing a low temperate combustion system using petrol direct-injection compression ignition.

ORNL study finds multi-mode RCCI can offer 15%+ fuel economy improvements across multiple light-duty driving cycles

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Drive cycle fuel economy for PFI, CDC, and multi-mode RCCI operation. Credit: Curran et al. Click to enlarge. RCCI background. Click to enlarge.

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Canadian oil sands still needed by the US

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DOE awards nearly $55M to advance fuel efficient vehicle technologies in support of EV Everywhere and SuperTruck

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Board of Regents of University of Wisconsin. Through the Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Alliance with the Energy Department, the Department of the Army is contributing an additional $2.26 million in co-funding to support projects focused on battery modeling technologies and computational fluid dynamics. Vehicle Technologies Program Awards.

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UW-Madison and GLBRC team engineers S. cerevisiae to ferment xylose, nearly doubling efficiency of converting biomass sugars to biofuel

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Scientists at the University of Wisconsin­-Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) have used directed evolution to nearly double the efficiency with which the commonly used industrial yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae converts plant sugars to biofuel. cerevisiae to ferment xylose at rates comparable to glucose. Resources.

DOE award to support commercialization of RCCI dual-fuel combustion technology

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Wisconsin Engine Research Consultants (WERC, LLC) last week was awarded $1.5 WERC is a University of Wisconsin spinoff company created by Professors Rolf Reitz and Christopher Rutland to provide analysis and consulting services to the engine industry. Earlier post.) Earlier post.). for the heavy-duty engine tests. Engines

Chevrolet purchasing and retiring up to $5M in carbon credits to help 11 colleges pay for efficiency projects

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Chevrolet is purchasing carbon credits worth up to $5 million to help 11 colleges in the US pay for energy efficiency-based carbon reductions. The GM brand will retire the carbon credits to benefit the climate instead of using them to offset the emissions of Chevrolet vehicles or operations. Of the nearly 8.2 Brief

Study finds E20 offers higher peak load capacity and thermal efficiency than gasoline in RCCI combustion

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Among their findings was that E20 offers higher peak load capability and thermal efficiency than gasoline. RCCI, a dual-fuel combustion technology developed by Dr. Rolf Reitz and colleagues, is a variant of Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI). Peak load and efficiency were not affected by the use of B20. Resources. Brief

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

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Demonstrate plug‐in electric vehicles through local showcases in key markets throughout major metropolitan areas in seven Midwest states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. In 2010, the Energy Department launched the SuperTruck initiative to improve heavy-duty truck freight efficiency by 50%. Applicant.

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DOE to award up to $36M to support small-scale projects for drop-in biofuels and bioproducts

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The US Department of Energy is awarding up to $36 million to fund six small-scale projects in California, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin, that will advance the technology improvements and process integration needed to produce drop-in advanced biofuels and other valuable bio-based chemicals. Genomatica, Inc. (up to $5.0

Hyrax licenses ionic liquids hydrolysis technology from WARF

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Renewable cellulosic fuels and chemicals startup Hyrax Energy has licensed an ionic liquids hydrolysis technology developed in the laboratory of Ron Raines, a University of Wisconsin–Madison biochemistry professor and a Hyrax founder, from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation ( WARF ). Earlier post.) —Ron Raines. Brief

Synergy aircraft project unveiled at EAA symposium

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Synergy is the first aircraft designed around the turbocharged, liquid-cooled, 200-hp diesel DeltaHawk engine, currently undergoing FAA certification at the company’s headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin. McGinnis believes Synergy will achieve performance capable of winning the $1.65 Non-planar configuration. Wake-immersed propulsion. Brief