FAA awards $7.5M in research grants for integration of drones into national airspace

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million in research, education, and training grants to universities that comprise the agency’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE). The grants are aimed at continuing and enhancing the safe and successful integration of drones into the nation’s airspace. This is the third round of ASSURE grants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020.

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FTA awarding $130M in Low-No grants for zero-emission and low-emission transit buses and facilities

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The US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced approximately $130 million in grant selections through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program, which funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses and supporting facilities. Alabama A&M University.

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EPA announces $46M for latest Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to implement projects which reduce emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $46 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds. Virgin Islands) will accept applications requesting up to $2,500,000 in grant funds.

EPA announces ~$44M in DERA funding to reduce emissions from diesel engines

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of grant funding to implement projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $44 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants. EPA anticipates releasing a separate Tribal DERA grant funding opportunity in early 2020.

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ArcelorMittal selected as the sole Gen 3 steel supplier for the 2021 Ford Bronco

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This highly anticipated vehicle will be the first automobile in the world to incorporate this grade of steel, which is made at AM/NS Calvert in Alabama. Ford conducts many tests before granting the product application ready status (AR).

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DOE awards Hyundai $4.95M for work on advanced mixed-mode gasoline engine; Co-Optima

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The opportunity to explore mixed-mode engine technology through the DOE’s grant signifies Hyundai’s commitment to advanced research technology and compression engines. HATCI supports new model development for HMG’s North American operations and global programs from dedicated engineering facilities and support staff at affiliate sites located throughout the United States (Alabama, California, Georgia, Michigan and Washington DC).

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University Of Georgia purchases 20 Proterra 40' Catalyst E2 buses with DuoPower drivetrain

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After receiving a $10-million grant from the GO! Proterra has sold its Catalyst buses to StarMetro/Florida State University, University of Montana, Duke University and Alabama A&M University. The University of Georgia has placed an order for twenty Proterra 40? Catalyst E2 buses with DuoPower drivetrain technology and fourteen 125 kW Proterra PCS chargers.

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EPA approves emergency gasoline fuel waivers for 16 states and DC

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exercised its authority under the Clean Air Act temporarily to waive certain federal clean gasoline requirements for gasoline sold and distributed in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, District of Columbia, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

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USDOT announces $84.9M through Lo-No program to expand advanced bus technologies

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million in grant selections through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program, which funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies. Alabama A&M University. Alabama A&M University will receive funds to replace diesel buses that have reached the end of useful life with zero-emission electric buses, including all related electrical charging station infrastructure.

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Vitruivan crowd-sourcing funding for novel biofuel from sewage treatment bio-solids

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The technology has received a California Energy Commission (CEC) grant to develop the process for production of EEB (also called E-xtra by Vitruvian) from WWTP (waste water treatment plant) biosolids and a National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR Phase 1 grant to characterize EEB as a fuel additive/oxygenate for both gasoline and diesel. Data collected with colleagues at the University of Alabama have shown 70-90% conversion of feedstock to SCFAs (short chain fatty acids).

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EPA announces availability of $26M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleet

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the US’ existing fleet of diesel engines. Grant funds may be used for clean diesel projects that use: EPA-verified retrofit technologies or certified engine configurations. Since the first year of the DERA program in 2008, EPA has awarded nearly 700 grants across the US.

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Agrisoma expanding partnership with Univ. of Florida on biojet fuel in US; Carinata seed

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The USDA is providing a $15-million grant to support the research initiative aimed at scaling commercial production of Carinata for aviation fuel. These studies, supported by Agrisoma, have initiated large-scale commercial production of the crop in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. is expanding its partnership with the University of Florida (UF) to advance the supply of biojet fuel in the United States.

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Amyris processes Ceres sweet sorghum into renewable diesel using soluble and cellulosic sugars

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The pilot-scale project use both free (soluble) sugars and biomass (cellulosic) sugars from Ceres’ sweet sorghum hybrids grown in Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana and Tennessee. The joint evaluation project was funded in part by a US Department of Energy Integrated Biorefinery grant awarded to Amyris. The grant included a sub-contract award to Ceres. Liquid fuel and chemical production from sweet sorghum. Source: Amyris. Click to enlarge. Amyris, Inc.

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Codexis advances discussions in new fuels agreement with Shell for commercializing cellulase enzyme technology

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Under this agreement, Shell has agreed to negotiate exclusively with Codexis through 1 September 2012 the terms of a new agreement under which Shell would grant to the company certain rights and licenses in the biofuels field to develop and sell cellulase enzymes to third parties on a worldwide basis, except Brazil. Codexis developed this patented technology under a license granted by CO 2 Solutions, Inc. Codexis, Inc.,

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Nissans US Roll-Out Plan for the LEAF

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The EV Project is a result of a partnership with charging infrastructure provider ECOtality and partially funded by a grant from the US Department of Energy. Nissan’s LEAF EV first will be available to consumers in December, in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. These areas are home to The EV Project—the largest electric vehicle and infrastructure deployment yet undertaken.

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EPA, NSF, NOAA, Southern Company and EPRI contribute >$20M to fund SouthEast Atmosphere Study

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Centreville and Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center (AABC), Alabama; Look Rock, Tennessee; and Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina) are involved in the SAS. million in grants to 13 institutions as part of SAS.

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Ford Testing Intelligent System for Plug-in Vehicle to Grid Communication to Manage Charging

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Alabama Power of Birmingham, Ala.; Ford recently was selected for two grants from the Department of Energy under its fleet electrification program. One grant, for $30 million, will help fund Ford’s collaboration with utility partners across the nation with an expansion of a vehicle demonstration and grid integration program. This grant will be matched by Ford. The Ford PHEV charge settings user interface. Click to enlarge.

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USDA providing $405M in conditional loan guarantees for three biorefinery projects

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received a letter of intent for a $250-million loan guarantee to construct and operate a cellulosic ethanol biorefinery facility in rural western Alabama. million in grant funding for 68 feasibility studies under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) (section 9007 of the 2008 Farm Bill).

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CTT Plans US Joint Venture with PUES for EVs; In-Wheel Motors and Rapid Chargers

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With plans for additional research, development and manufacturing of these motors in the US, the partners have applied for financial support from a Department of Energy grant. Company officials are considering potential sites in Alabama, California, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina; the company expects to employ 2,600 within the next five years.

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Remy International, Inc. Supplying HVH Electric Motors to Daimler for 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Two-Mode Hybrid

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The Mercedes ML450 Hybrid will be produced at the Mercedes manufacturing plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In August 2009, Remy was selected to receive a $60.2-million grant as part of the $2.4 The grant will also help Remy assist customers in applying these HVH motor/generators to their vehicles. NRE (non-recurring engineering), tooling, and software for mot application and integration into the vehicle are included in the grant.

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USDOT awarding $55M to support purchase of Low-No buses; electric buses and infrastructure

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The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $55 million in grant selections through the Low or No Emission (Low-No) Vehicle program, which funds the development of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced fuel technologies. Alabama A&M University. Alabama A&M University’s Bulldog Transit System will receive funding to purchase electric buses, charging stations, and other associated equipment.

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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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Transit agencies began submitting their proposals after the FTA announced rules for the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) grant program as part of the Recovery Act last March. Since President Obama signed ARRA into law in February, grants totaling more than $7.2 This grant would allow ConnDOT to upgrade the upcoming purchases of buses and would fund the incremental cost of a hybrid bus compared to a conventional bus.

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