Clean Energy Capital to develop first commercial-scale sugarcane ethanol plant in US

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Clean Energy Capital LLC , a US private equity firm specializing solely in investments in ethanol, is developing the first major sugarcane ethanol refinery in the continental United States, in the Imperial Valley of California. —Scott Brittenham, CEO of Clean Energy Capital. The business model locks in prices with long-term contracts for the sale of the ethanol to a major international oil company and the purchase of the sugarcane from local farmers.

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Controlled Burn of Deepwater Horizon Oil Slick Scheduled for Today

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Responders to the BP/Transocean Deepwater Horizon incident have scheduled a controlled, on-location burn of oil from the spill to begin at approximately 11 a.m. The explosion and fire on, and subsequent sinking of, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig left some 1,000 barrels of oil (42,000 gallons) per day flowing from the broken drill pipe. As of 10:40 am 27 April, an irregular sheen of oil on the Gulf waters had spread to 100 miles by 45 miles at its extremes.

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DOE ARPA-E awards $156M to projects to 60 projects to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies

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The new ARPA-E selections focus on accelerating innovations in clean technology while increasing US competitiveness in rare earth alternatives and breakthroughs in biofuels, thermal storage, grid controls, and solar power electronics. The technology areas ( earlier post ) receiving funding are: PETRO: Plants Engineered To Replace Oil ($36 million). Plants Engineered to Replace Oil (PETRO). produces more oil per acre. University of Alabama.

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DOE awards $19M to 13 initiatives in fossil-fuel areas to produce rare earth elements and critical minerals

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $19 million for 13 projects in traditionally fossil-fuel-producing communities across the country to support production of rare earth elements and critical minerals essential to the manufacturing of batteries, magnets, and other components important to the clean energy economy.

Cyclone Power Technologies Successfully Combusts Recovered Gulf Crude to Power Mark V Engine

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has successfully performed combustion acceptability tests of crude oil recovered from the Gulf of Mexico with its heat-regenerative external combustion engine. During the tests, Cyclone ignited a small amount of crude oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon accident through its combustion chamber fuel atomizers without any system modifications. An unmanned surface vehicle that searches for spilled oil on the open seas or along coastlines is completely feasible.

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DOE BETO awards $10M to 7 advanced biofuels projects

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Develop a non-genetically modified, non-food feedstock, Camelina sativa , with significantly increased seed yield and oil content to maximize oil yields per acre, thereby enabling the widespread use of a currently underutilized non-food feedstock. The Ohio State University in collaboration with the University of Alabama and Green Biologics.

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US DOE to Invest Up to $989M in Three Carbon Capture and Sequestration Projects; Total Project Value of $3.18B

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billion in private capital cost share as part of the third round of the Department’s Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI). The Clean Coal Power Initiative Round III was created in 2005 to reduce the time it would take for low-emission coal technologies to be ready for commercial use. Clean Coal Power Initiative Round III Selections include: American Electric Power Company, Mountaineer Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Demonstration.

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CALSTART white paper shows nationwide tech supplier industry ready to support more efficient heavy-duty trucks and buses

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A new high-level white-paper from clean transportation industry group CALSTART shows that US companies that develop and manufacture high-efficiency, low-carbon technologies for heavy-duty vehicles are ready to support more efficient trucks and buses. Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles currently account for about 20% of GHG emissions and oil use in the US transportation sector, but are only about 5% of the vehicles on the road.

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US DOT Awards $100M in Recovery Act Funds to 43 Transit Projects to Reduce Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Montgomery Area Transit System, Alabama: $2,675,000. Energy improvements include geothermal for heating and air conditioning, skylights and light tubes to reduce lighting fixture needs, solar panels on all available roof surfaces to produce electricity, a green roof on the new office addition, two waste oil burners to heat the vehicle storage building using waste oil generated by RRTA from the vehicle fleet, and energy efficient fixtures throughout the facility.

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