CNG Hot Rod Debuts at AFV 2010

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The WJ Daytech/AFVTech CNG Hot Rod made its debut at the recent Alternative Fuels and Vehicles ( AF&V 2010 ) show in Las Vegas. 2010 GM e-38 engine processor, calibrations via Fern at AFVTech. The “Gasser” CNG Hot Rod. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.) Based on a 1933 Ford Roadster, this Hot Rod is intended to showcase the possibilities and the performance of using natural gas in a fun and unique way.

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Nearly 76 GWh of battery cell capacity was produced for US plug-in vehicle market from 2010 to 2020

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Nearly 76 GWh of battery cell capacity was produced for the US plug-in vehicle market from 2010 to 2020, according to a recent analysis of the Li-ion battery supply chain by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory.

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Frito-Lay to Deploy 21 Electric Delivery Trucks in 2010, 155 More in 2011

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Frito-Lay will deploy 21 electric delivery trucks this year. The company projects it will roll out 155 additional trucks in 2011, making Frito-Lay the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in North America. The trucks, designed by Smith Electric Vehicles, generate zero tailpipe emissions and operate for up to 100 miles on a single charge.

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2,487.5 MPG Achieved at 2010 Shell Eco-Marathon Americas

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For the second year in a row, the student team from Laval University in Quebec, Canada took home the grand prize at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas, taking top place in the 2010 competition with 2,487.5 The 2010 Shell Eco-marathon Americas roster contained 42 teams from 9 high schools and 28 universities from across the Americas.

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California gasoline consumption down 0.8% in July 2010

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In July 2010, Californians used 1.27 Data show diesel fuel sold in California during July 2010 totaled 219.3 per gallon in July 2010 compared to $2.73 The July 2009 refunds were larger than most and may have skewed the July 2010 percentage change to a 1.6% Figures for August 2010 are scheduled to be available at the end of November 2010. California gasoline demand fell by 0.8%

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AVL Presenting Fuel Cell Commuter at Expo Shanghai 2010

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AVL is presenting an electric vehicle with a fuel cell range extender at the Austria Tec Week within the scope of Expo Shanghai 2010. AVL says that the substantial advantage of the AVL Fuel Cell Commuter (AVL FCC) is its continuous availability due to the significantly reduced charging time: refueling with hydrogen only takes a few minutes, while charging a battery takes a few hours. The AVL Fuel Cell Commuter. Click to enlarge.

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DOE releases Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Plan (2010 Draft) for public comment

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Comments may be submitted through 30 November 2010. These key goals are to develop hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for: Early markets such as stationary power (primary and backup), lift trucks, and portable power—in the 2010 to 2012 timeframe; Mid-term markets such as residential CHP systems, auxiliary power units, fleets and buses—in the 2012 to 2015 timeframe; and. The roles for hydrogen and fuel cells in the energy mix. Source: DOE. Click to enlarge.

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Phoenix Motorcars Introducing Electric AWD Phoenix SUT at FedFleet 2010

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Phoenix Motorcars will present its newly configured Sports Utility Truck (SUT) ( earlier post ) at the FedFleet 2010 Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, 13-15 July 2010. Phoenix Motorcars will shortly begin production making initial deliveries in late 2010. The electric Sports Utility Truck can travel at freeway speeds while carrying four passengers and a full payload. Phoenix Motorcars offers a 70 mile range pack with deliveries later this year.

LiquidPiston To Unveil Compact High Efficiency Engine at 2010 SAE World Congress

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In a paper to be presented at next week’s 2010 SAE World Congress in Detroit, LiquidPiston, Inc. The paper describes LiquidPiston’s third-generation engine prototype, which was first test-fired in January 2010. 2010) High Efficiency Hybrid Cycle Engine (SAE 2010-01-1110). will publicly reveal the architecture of its High Efficiency Hybrid Cycle (HEHC) engine. Earlier post.)

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Ford Awards 13 University Research Program (URP) Grants for 2010

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That joint research was critical to the development of the aftertreatment system now featured on the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbocharged diesel powering the 2011 Super Duty, which complies with new 2010 federal regulations to reduce NO x levels by more than 80%.

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Westport Heavy-Duty LNG Engine Receives 2010 US EPA Certification

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The Westport GX 2010 15L engine has been certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to 2010 emissions compliance—0.2 g/bhp-hr oxides of nitrogen (NO x ) and 0.01 g/bhp-hr particulate matter (PM)—without the use of emissions credits.

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Green Grand Prix Plans Double Header Again in 2010

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Tom Megan of Redwood, NY, will compete in the 2010 Green Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, NY, in his 1965 Porsche 356SC that runs on bio-diesel. Drivers of alternate fueled vehicles, hybrids and fuel-efficient, gasoline-powered cars will have two opportunities to test their vehicles at the 6 th Annual Green Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, NY on 8 May.

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Boosted HCCI Explored at SAE 2010 World Congress

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At the SAE 2010 World Congress in Detroit, a series of new papers explored different aspects of strategies and implementations of using boosted HCCI to extend the HCCI engine operating range. Sotirios Mamalis, Vishnu Nair, Peter Andruskiewicz, Dennis Assanis, Aristotelis Babajimopoulos, Nicole Wermuth, Paul Najt (2010) Comparison of Different Boosting Strategies for Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition Engines - A Modeling Study (SAE 2010-01-0571 ). A study by Kulzer et al.

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Daimler wins German Sustainability Award 2010 for Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid

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Daimler has been awarded the German Sustainability Award 2010 for most sustainable products/services for the Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid. Earlier post.) The award’s conceptual sponsor is the German Sustainability Award Foundation in Düsseldorf. Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid addresses various challenges to sustainability.

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Nissan Reaches 6,000 LEAF Reservations in Japan; Achieves 2010 Target in 2 Months

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Nissan announced that it has already logged 6,000 reservations in Japan for the LEAF EV—thereby achieving its target for all of 2010 in two months. The LEAF goes on sale in Japan in December 2010. Bookings started on 1 April. The company will continue to accept reservations; orders will be delivered on a priority basis in 2011. Almost 60% of the reservations come from buyers 50 and older. According to Nissan, the age breakdown of those reserving the LEAF is: 20s.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Sprout at Plug-in 2010

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With the market increasingly focusing on infrastructure to support the anticipated surge of plug-in vehicles produced and planned, electric vehicle supply equipment (charging stations)—including a new inductive charging system—appeared prominently on the exhibit floor at the Plug-in 2010 conference and exhibition this week in San Jose, CA, along with associated announcements. Blink residential unit. Source: Ecotality. Click to enlarge.

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Geely Showcasing Alternative Energy Vehicles at Auto China 2010

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Geely is showcasing a number of its alternative energy vehicle efforts at Auto China 2010, including two versions of an electric vehicle, two versions of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (parallel and serial configurations), and an intelligent stop-start system.

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Colorado State University Forecasters Predict Above-Average 2010 Hurricane Season

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The Colorado State University forecast team predicts an above-average 2010 Atlantic basin hurricane season based on the premise that El Niño conditions will dissipate by this summer and that anomalously warm tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures will persist. The 2010 forecast marks 27 years of hurricane forecasting at Colorado State, led by William Gray. Klotzbach and Gray predict the 2010 season will have slightly less activity than the average of these five earlier years.

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Toyota USA Announces Voluntary Recall on 2010 Model-Year Prius and 2010 Lexus HS 250h Vehicles to Update ABS Software

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As part of what has become a global recall of the third-generation Prius, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA Inc, will conduct a voluntary safety recall on approximately 133,000 2010 Model Year Prius vehicles and 14,500 Lexus Division 2010 HS 250h vehicles to update software in the vehicle’s anti-lock brake system (ABS). The recall will allow Toyota dealers to perform the software update on 2010 Prius vehicles sold prior to this running production change.

European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking Issues €89.1M Call for Proposals for 2010

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The European Commission Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH) Joint Undertaking (JU) has published its 2010 Call for Proposals with a budget of €89.1 Specific topics for the different areas in the 2010 Call include: Transportation and Refuelling Infrastructure (€31.6M). The deadline to submit project proposals for the 2010 call is 13 October 2010. Following an independent evaluation, successful projects have been in negotiations for grant agreements since April 2010.

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Polk Forecasts US LDV Sales to Grow 10.2% in 2010

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million units in 2010, according to its most recent US light vehicle forecast. We believe wealth accumulation and improving consumer confidence added to GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2009 and we see slow but steady GDP growth in 2010. Polk’s forecast for Real GDP US growth in 2010 is 2.9%. Polk & Co. predicts the light vehicle market will be 11.5 Light vehicle sales in 2009 were 10.4 million, the lowest level in 27 years, and 21.2% lower than 2008.

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Shanxi 2010 Coal Output To Rise Up To 30%

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Coal output from China’s Shanxi Province, the country’s largest coal producer, is expected to rise up by up to 30% in 2010 from 2009 levels, according to Zhang Baoshun, the Party secretary of the province. People’s Daily. The province has received order exceeding 700 million tons, and expects to produce up to 800 million tons this year, he said. Shanxi produced 615 million tons of coal in 2009, about 20% of China’s total. This year China is targeting national coal output of 3.15

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NOAA: 2010 So Far Tied with 1998 as Warmest Global Temperature on Record

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The first eight months of 2010 tied the same period in 1998 for the warmest combined land and ocean surface temperature on record worldwide. Temperature Anomalies, August 2010. For January–August 2010, the global combined land and ocean surface temperature of 58.5 °F The combined global land and ocean surface temperature for August 2010 was the third warmest on record at 61.2 °F The August 2010 average temperature across China was 70.5 °F

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California gasoline consumption rose 0.8% in 3Q 2010, diesel up 2.3%

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in the third quarter of 2010, according to figures from the Board of Equalization (BOE). The average price of gasoline at the pump in California during the third quarter of 2010 was $3.14, a 3.0% In September 2010, gasoline consumption increased 1.5% The average price of gasoline at the pump in California in September 2010 was $3.06 The average price of diesel fuel in California during the third quarter 2010 was $3.14, an 11.7%

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Bosch Solar Energy showcasing solar-operated electric bike at Solar Power International 2010

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Bosch Solar Energy, Bosch’s newest division, will present a new e-bike concept that combines at the upcoming Solar Power International 2010 (27-29 Oct) in Los Angeles that teams its high-performance thin-film solar modules with a new type of drive system for Bosch e-bikes.

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Study finds global CO2 emissions back on the rise in 2010

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Global carbon dioxide emissions show no sign of abating and may reach record levels in 2010, according to a study led by the University of Exeter (UK). The study projects that if economic growth proceeds as expected, global fossil fuel emissions will increase by more than 3% in 2010, approaching the high emissions growth rates observed through 2000 to 2008. Le Quéré (2010) Update on CO 2 emissions.

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Horizon Fuel Cell Powered Team Wins 1st Place at Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2010

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The first Asian Shell Eco-marathon included 81 teams from 10 Asian countries and was held at the Formula One Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia on 7-10 July 2010. In the first Shell Eco-marathon to take place in Asia, University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) took first place with 599 km per liter (1,410 mpg US, 0.17 L/100km) of gasoline equivalent, in an electric vehicle design that hybridized Horizon’s hydrogen fuel cells with an ultracapacitor. Horizon fuel cell system in vehicle.

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Hyundai Introduces New Sub-compact Sedan Concept at 2010 Moscow Motor Show

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Hyundai Motor Company introduced a new sub-compact family sedan concept RB at the 2010 Moscow International Motor Show (MIMS). When the production sub-compact sedan arrives in Russia, it will be powered by the modern Gamma engine, 1.6L DOHC in-line four cylinder gasoline engine that features multiport fuel injection with CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing).

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Butalco To Cellulosic Ethanol Production in Summer 2010 in Germany

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Butalco will use its proprietary new yeast technology to produce cellulosic ethanol from agricultural waste in a pilot plant in Southern Germany starting this summer. Butalco’s new microbial catalysts will enable up to 30% increased yields in cellulosic ethanol production, according to the company.

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Green Grand Prix Plans Double Header Again for 2010

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Drivers of alternate fueled vehicles, hybrids and fuel-efficient, gasoline-powered cars will again have two unique opportunities to test their vehicles at the 6 th Annual Green Grand Prix in Watkins Glen on 8 May. This year, organizers are offering the event’s signature road rally through the region as well as a fuel economy competition for all classes of vehicles.

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It’s 2010 – Are YOU Ready for The Greenius Decade?

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I sure hope you’re strapped and ready to roll for the Greenius Decade because ready or not, it’s already begun and I guarantee you it will not be like any other decade you’ve ever experienced or even previsualized. The Greenius Decade will be all now and totally happening. The Greenius Decade is ready t o discover the limits of the possible by venturing a little way past them into the impossible.

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Study: California needs up to 55 GW of long duration energy storage by 2045; 150X the storage deployed since 2010

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This quantity represents more than a 150X increase in the amount of energy storage deployed in the state since 2010 and is the energy equivalent of powering 37 million homes. By 2045, California will require the deployment of up to a staggering 55 gigawatts (GW) of long duration energy storage (LDES) to support its 100% clean electricity goals, according to a new modeling study released by the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA).

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Dr. James Liao Wins 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Academic Award; Second 2010 Green Chemistry Award for Advanced Biofuels

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The US Environmental Protection Agency selected Dr. James Liao at UCLA as the recipient of the 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Academic Award for his work in genetically engineering microorganisms to make higher alcohols (those with more than two carbons in the molecule) from glucose or directly from carbon dioxide. James Liao has genetically engineered microorganisms to make higher alcohols from glucose or directly from carbon dioxide. Easel Biotechnologies. Click to enlarge.

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ACAL Energy to Show Prototype Liquid Cathode Fuel Cell Power Module at FC EXPO 2010

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ACAL Energy will bring a model hydrogen fuel cell system using its platinum-free liquid cathode, FlowCath, to FC EXPO 2010 in Tokyo in March. Earlier post.) The FlowCath powered module demonstrates a practical product prototype which could be commercialized in less than two years. The prototype, says ACAL, is considerably smaller than many people thought possible for a liquid cathode FC system.

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China Gasoline Exports Rose Nearly 68% in First Half of 2010

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China’s gasoline and diesel exports rose by nearly 68% and 22%, respectively, in the first half of 2010 compared with the same period last year, according to the statistics released by the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association. People’s Daily.

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Renault 2010 Environment Workshop, Part 1: Combustion Engine Technology and Product Plans

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Renault held a “2010 Environment Workshop” last week to showcase its progress across its range of vehicles’ full lifecycle through the Renault eco² program. In terms of powertrain technologies, Renault focused on the introduction of new technologies for internal combustion engines and conventional transmissions, as well as outlining its commitment to electric powertrains.

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PGE First to Receive Two Raser EREV Fleet Trucks by End of 2010

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PG&E will receive two EREV (extended range electric vehicle) fleet trucks modified with Raser’s E-REV powertrain for initial testing and demonstration before the end of 2010. Earlier post.). The extended range electric pick-up truck features a 40-mile all-electric range, with an additional 300 miles of extended range delivered via its small onboard gasoline-powered generator. Raser says it plans to offer its E-REV powertrain in both GM and Ford models.

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API: 1H 2010 US Gasoline Demand 0.6% Lower Than Last Year; Distillate Demand Up 2.1%

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Reflecting the ongoing sluggish economic recovery, US gasoline deliveries for the first half of 2010 averaged 8.88 million barrels per day in 2010; June low-sulfur distillate deliveries surged 12.3% million barrels per day for June 2010. million barrels per day in the first half of 2010, 3.5% For the first half of 2010, refinery inputs of 14.84 million barrels per day, 0.6%

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Shanghai GM Sail electric concept vehicle debuts at 2010 Guangzhou Auto Show

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The Shanghai GM Sail electric concept vehicle ( earlier post ) mad e its global debut at the 2010 Guangzhou Auto Show. Also highlighted among the 23 production and concept vehicles at the show is the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle. The Sail electric concept vehicle was developed by Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai, and is based on the Chevrolet Sail that went on sale at the beginning of the year.

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Capstone Turbine C30 CNG microturbine certified to 2010 emissions requirements for on-road heavy duty diesel engines for urban buses

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Capstone Turbine Corporation has released configurations of the C30 compressed natural gas (CNG) microturbine that meet or exceed emissions standards, including the US Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2010 requirements for On-Road Heavy Duty Diesel Engines (HDDE) for Urban Bus.

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Berkeley Lab report finds installed cost of solar PV systems in the US dropped sharply in 2010

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Environmental Energy Technologies Division researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have released a new study on the installed costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the US, showing that the average cost of these systems remained largely unchanged from 2008 to 2009, before showing a sharp decline in 2010. However, that drop in module prices appears to have made its way to customers in 2010. December 2010.

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EADS to Showcase Hybrid Helicopter and Algal Aviation Fuel at 2010 ILA Berlin Airshow

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EADS will showcase a diesel-electric hybrid helicopter concept and aviation biofuel made from algae at the 2010 ILA Berlin Airshow next week at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport. Hybrid helicopter concept. A full-scale model of a conceptual helicopter with a diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system displays EADS Innovation Works’ research towards more efficient propulsion system solutions for future small helicopters.

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Fiat 1.4L Multiair Turbo Wins Best New Engine of 2010 Award

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Multiair Turbo the Best New Engine of 2010. Other award-winning engines included: 2010 International Engine of the Year Awards. Calling Fiat’s MultiAir ( earlier post ) “ the single most innovative engine technology to appear in the past 12 months ”, the Awards judging panel for the International Engine of Year Awards has selected the 1.4L MultiAir employs an electrohydraulic system to independently control each cylinder’s inlet air charge.

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