Columbus, Ohio wins $40M DOT Smart City Challenge; $10M more from Vulcan, $90M from private partners

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US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that Columbus, OH has been selected as the winner of the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. As winner of the Challenge, Columbus will receive up to $40 million from US DOT and up to $10 million from Paul G.

CODA abandoning plan to build Li-ion battery factory in Columbus, Ohio

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The Columbus Dispatch reported that Coda Automotive is abandoning plans to build a Li-ion battery factory in Columbus. The company has been waiting for the US Department of Energy (DOE) to act on its $500-million loan application to help pay for construction. Since Coda applied for the loan, the Department of Energy has come under fire for its loan to Solyndra, a maker of solar panels that later went bankrupt, and for aid to other electric car companies.

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KiOR seeks to double cellulosic fuels production at Columbus plant; $50M in from Khosla for Columbus II

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is pursuing plans to double production capacity at its Columbus, Mississippi, facility through construction of a second facility incorporating KiOR’s commercially proven technology. KiOR estimates that the Columbus II project will cost approximately $225 million; will break ground within 90 days of it raising sufficient equity and debt capital to commence the project; and will take approximately 18 months to construct and start up. Cellulosic gasoline and diesel company KiOR, Inc.

Obama Administration announces $14 million for lightweight vehicle materials

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During his trip to Columbus Ohio today, President Obama announced a $14 million program to support development of lightweight materials for advanced vehicles.

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KiOR halts cellulosic fuels production at Columbus in Q1 to optimize production; need for R&D to boost yield and cut costs

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In a conference call on Friday, KiOR President and CEO Fred Cannon said that the company will halt production of cellulosic gasoline, diesel and fuel oil at its plant in Columbus, Mississippi in order to implement a number of optimization projects it identified as necessary—based on its experience in 2013—to optimize production to enhance yield, throughput and operability and to minimize cost.

7 finalists announced for USDOT Smart City Challenge; Amazon Web Services new partner

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The finalists are: Austin, TX; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; and San Francisco, CA. US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, joined by Barbara Bennett, President and COO of Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc.

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Faurecia unveils $64M digital factory showcasing the future of manufacturing; Industry 4.0

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Faurecia, a leading automotive supplier, unveiled a $64-million data-driven manufacturing facility in Columbus, Indiana. Columbus South, a 400,000 square-foot facility, will employ 450 people and produce a new, high-tech emissions control product for the commercial vehicle industry. —Mike Galarno, plant manager of Columbus South.

USDOT awards $6M grant to advance Northwest US 33 Smart Mobility Corridor in Ohio

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The City of Columbus “Smart Columbus” vision won the US Department of Transportation $40-million Smart City Challenge in June after competing against 77 cities nationwide. Smart Columbus includes testing autonomous vehicles at Easton and connected vehicle technology in in a number of Columbus locations. The City of Columbus is matching the USDOT grant with its own funds, along with $90 million in pledges from public and private sector partners.

OSU team demonstrates Coal-Direct Chemical Looping for more efficient and low carbon coal heat release

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Both units are located in a building on Ohio State’s Columbus campus, and each is contained in a 25-foot-high insulated metal cylinder that resembles a very tall home water heater tank. An Ohio State University team has demonstrated the successful operation of Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CDCL)—which chemically harnesses coal’s energy and efficiently contains the carbon dioxide produced before it can be released into the atmosphere.

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KiOR signs renewable diesel blendstock supply agreement with FedEx Corporate Services; 1st end-user agreement

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from KiOR’s first commercial production facility in Columbus, MS, which is scheduled to commence production in the second half of 2012. KiOR, Inc., developer of a catalytic pyrolysis process to produce renewable oil from biomass ( earlier post ), has signed a ground fuel supply agreement with FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. Under the agreement, KiOR may supply renewable diesel blendstocks for purchase by affiliates of FedEx Corporate Services, Inc.

Cummins introduces 5L V8 diesel for North American light- and medium-duty commercial vehicles

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will be manufactured at the Columbus Engine Plant, with production to start during the fourth quarter of 2014. The new ISV 5.0 diesel. Click to enlarge. Cummins Inc. introduced the ISV5.0,

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KiOR begins shipment of cellulosic gasoline

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developer of a catalytic pyrolysis process to produce renewable crude oil from biomass ( earlier post ), has achieved several key operational milestones at its commercial-scale cellulosic gasoline and diesel production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. First, the Columbus facility’s Biomass Fluid Catalytic Cracking, or BFCC, unit has completed its first uninterrupted 30-day run. KiOR, Inc.,

Smart Grid projects pick up huge funding boost

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The advancement of the US Smart Grid has taken another significant step forward after the US Department of Energy agreed to award $620million to projects across the country aimed at advancing Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems. In total, 32 projects will benefit including those focusing on large-scale energy storage; distribution and transmission system monitoring devices; plug-in vehicles; and smart meters.

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KiOR produced 172K gallons of cellulosic gasoline and diesel in July and August; 357,532 gallons so far this year

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Cellulosic gasoline and diesel company KiOR reported that in July and August, its Columbus, Mississippi facility produced 172,398 gallons of fuel, bringing the 2013 production total from the facility to 357,532 gallons through 31 August. The ratio between gasoline, diesel and fuel oil produced in the Columbus plant during the most recent two months equaled to approximately 83% gasoline and diesel, with the remaining production as fuel oil.

Biobutanol companies merge: Green Biologics with butylfuel

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GBL’s North American office is in Columbus, Ohio where it maintains a pilot facility, laboratories and offices. UK-based industrial biotechnology company Green Biologics Limited (GBL) merged with US-based butylfuel Inc., a renewable chemicals and biofuels company. The new company is operating under the Green Biologics name and continues to be headquartered in Abingdon, UK with an operational presence and commercial focus in the US contributed by butylfuel Inc.,

US DOE awards KiOR loan guarantee supporting a more than $1B biofuels project; drop-in fuels from wood biomass

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The first plant under that agreement (and the company’s first commercial unit overall) will be located in Columbus, MS and funded by the proceeds of a $75-million loan from the State of Mississippi. In August 2010, KiOR announced the start of engineering and construction on its first commercial facility in Columbus, MS which is expected to produce more than 11 million gallons of fuel per year. KiOR, Inc.,

Cellulosic drop-in biofuels company KiOR says that to continue on, it needs capital

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In April 2012, it mechanically completed its Columbus, Mississippi facility. During the fourth quarter of 2012, it commissioned our proprietary BFCC (biomass fluid catalytic cracking) operation at the Columbus facility, and produced its first on specification cellulosic intermediate oil in limited quantities. During 2013, it intermittently operated our Columbus facility but did not reach steady state production.

car2go pulls plug on car-sharing service in San Diego, Minneapolis/St. Paul

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Those locations include: New York City, Portland, Columbus, Seattle, Denver, Austin, Washington DC, Calgary, Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver. Daimler’s car-sharing service car2go is suspending its operations in San Diego, California and in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. In San Diego, car2go faced a lack of use, the company said. In the Twin Cities, the issue is the high state car rental taxation rates.

KiOR ships first cellulosic diesel

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developer of a catalytic pyrolysis process to produce renewable rude oil from biomass ( earlier post ), has begun initial shipments of cellulosic diesel from its plant in Columbus, Mississippi. KiOR’s facility uses pine wood chips previously feeding a shut down paper mill at Columbus to produce the renewable oil, which is processed into gasoline and diesel blendstocks. KiOR, Inc.,

Revenge is Upon Us

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And tomorrow the film opens in Columbus, OH and Philadelphia, PA REVENGE is growing strong, playing in theatres across the country, and the reviews have been glowing!

Study finds HTL algal biofuels offer 50-70% lifecycle CO2 reduction compared to petroleum fuels; EROI and GHG comparable to or better than other biofuels

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In the study, the team used data collected at the Sapphire Energy pilot facilities in Columbus and Las Cruces, NM (Benjamin Saydah of Sapphire is one of the authors of the paper). The EROI ratio and GHG emissions/MJ of (a) algae-derived diesel and (b) algae-derived gasoline produced using HTL.

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KiOR and Catchlight Energy sign feedstock supply agreement

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Under the agreement, Catchlight Energy will supply forestry-based feedstocks required by KiOR’s first commercial renewable fuel production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. KiOR, Inc.,

KiOR signs second offtake agreement for renewable gasoline and diesel blendstocks

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developer of a catalytic pyrolysis process to produce renewable oil from biomass ( earlier post ), and Catchlight Energy LLC (CLE), a 50-50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Chevron Corporation and Weyerhaeuser Company focused on providing liquid transportation fuels from sustainable forest-based resources, signed a conditional offtake agreement for CLE to purchase gasoline and diesel fuel blendstocks from KiOR’s first commercial production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. KiOR, Inc.,

Boeing to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences to advance autonomous technology capabilities

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including a research and development center located near MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, manufacturing facilities in Bridgeport, West Virginia and Columbus, Mississippi with offices in Dayton, Ohio, Mountain View, California and Luzern, Switzerland. Boeing plans to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation ; Aurora specializes in autonomous systems technologies to enable advanced robotic aircraft for future aerospace applications and vehicles.

Nissan to offer new Cummins V8 turbo diesel in next-gen Titan pickup

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V8 Turbo Diesel will be built at the Columbus Engine Plant, in Columbus, Ind., Nissan will offer a newly-developed Cummins V8 turbo diesel in its next-generation full-size Titan pickup. The engine will have a torque rating in the mid-500s lb-ft and deliver more than 300 hp (224 kW). Now in the latter stages of development and testing, the available Cummins 5.0L

ProcessBarron retrofits help Severstal steel plant save 25 GWh/y in energy

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Last year, air, gas and material handling equipment company ProcessBarron retrofitted four 2,750-hp fans that send particulates from an electric arc furnace (EAF) to a baghouse for air pollution control at the Severstal steel plant in Columbus, Miss. These retrofits have helped the Severstal Columbus plant achieve more than 25,251,390 kWh (25 GWh) per year in energy savings and reduced the plant’s EAF energy costs by $0.70

Tesoro to purchase algae-derived green crude oil from Sapphire Energy

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Under the agreement, Tesoro will purchase crude oil from Sapphire Energy’s Green Crude Farm in Columbus, New Mexico, which recently reached a new milestone: continuous cultivation and crude oil production. Sapphire Energy is now producing crude oil daily from algae biomass cultivated and harvested at the company’s Green Crude Farm in Columbus, NM.

USDA announces availability of $181M to support development of advanced biofuels projects

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Sapphire Energy’s “Green Crude Farm” in Columbus, N.M., US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $181 million via its Biorefinery Assistance Program to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels. The Biorefinery Assistance Program was created through the 2008 Farm Bill and is administered by USDA Rural Development.

KiOR expects to produce 920K gallons of cellulosic biofuels by year end; short-term focus on economics

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expects that, given current and anticipated operations through the remainder of the year, its Columbus, Mississippi facility will produce approximately 410,000 gallons of renewable fuel during the fourth quarter of 2013, bringing full year production total from the facility to approximately 920,000 gallons. Of that, EPA projected the bulk to come from the KiOR Columbus plant (5-6 million gallons of renewable gasoline and diesel). Cellulosic gasoline and diesel company KiOR, Inc.

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Nina refers to one of Christopher Columbus' ships and is symbolic of our hope for freedom from oil California-based Fisker Automotive was recently awarded a $529 million government loan from the DOE to be used for the design and production of plug-in cars. Most of the funds are earmarked towards what Fisker is calling its Nina program.

Daimler, Blue Bird, IC Bus introduce electric school buses at NAPT

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Three major school bus manufacturers—Daimler subsidiary Thomas Built Buses, Blue Bird and Navistar subsidiary IC Bus—introduced battery-electric school buses at the recent National Association for Pupil Transportation Annual Conference and Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio (NAPT).

US DOE awards nearly $7M for cost analyses to advance fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems research

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Battelle Memorial Institute – Columbus, OH – up to $2 million. The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award nearly $7 million over five years for independent cost analyses that will support research and development efforts for fuel cells and hydrogen storage systems. These projects will generate lifecycle cost analyses of existing and conceptual fuel cell systems for transportation and stationary applications.

SARTA switching 50% of bus fleet to CNG over next 2 year, holds grand opening for Northern Ohio’s first public CNG station

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This will be the first public fueling station in Ohio outside of the Columbus area. SARTA (Stark Area Regional Transit Authority), a public transit authority serving Stark County in Northeastern Ohio, is switching 50% of its current fleet of buses to CNG starting with the first 6 CNG fixed route buses in May 2012. SARTA estimates that the change will save it up to 40% a year on fueling costs while taking advantage of local fueling sources.

EIA: US ethanol plant capacity increases to nearly 15B gallons/year; 3rd consecutive annual increase

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The top five ethanol plants by nameplate capacity are all owned by ADM: ADM Decatur, IL (375 million gallons per year); ADM Columbus, NE (313 million); ADM Cedar Rapids, IA Dry Mill (300 million); ADM ADM Cedar Rapids, IA Wet Mill (240 million); and ADM Clinton, IA (237 million).

Cummins Receives $7M DoD Contract to Research and Develop Efficient Powertrain Technologies

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Estimated completion date is 9 Sept 2013, with work to be performed in Columbus, Ind. Cummins, Inc. has been awarded a $6,971,182 cost reimbursement, no fee contract by the US Department of Defense to perform research and development of efficient power train technologies over a period of 48 months.

Cellulosic fuels company KiOR reveals “substantial doubts” about its viability; funding needed by 1 April

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The costs and time involved in operating our Columbus facility have been much higher than we initially anticipated, and we have not reached “steady sate” operations. These issues caused the Columbus facility to run significantly below its nameplate capacity for biomass of 500 bone dry tons per day and limited the production of cellulosic gasoline and diesel.

Cyclone Power taps OSU Center for Automotive Research for design and testing services for external combustion engine

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OSU CAR is a Columbus-based interdisciplinary research center within The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering, which is located 30 miles from the site of Cyclone’s proposed joint venture with Precision CNC to manufacture Cyclone engines. Cyclone Power Technologies Inc.,

DOE to award funding to 10 projects at 9 universities for high-hydrogen-fueled turbine technology development

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Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. The US Department of Energy has selected ten projects at nine universities for funding under the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program. The projects will develop technologies for use in a new generation of advanced turbines that operate using coal-derived synthesis gas (syngas) and high hydrogen content (HHC) fuels. Earlier post.).

KiOR receives fuel registration from EPA for renewable diesel

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he receipt of the Part 79 registrations for our cellulosic gasoline and diesel from EPA coincides perfectly with the start-up of our first production facility in Columbus, Mississippi next month. KiOR, Inc., a next-generation renewable fuels company, has been granted Part 79 (Title 40 CFR Part 79) registration for its Renewable Diesel Blendstock 5 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Maxwell Technologies to receive more than $500K in funding for collaborative energy storage programs

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at Calgon’s Columbus, Ohio facility, with a goal of establishing a domestic source of high-performance, low-cost carbon for ultracapacitors. Maxwell Technologies, Inc., a leading producer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage products, will receive more than $500,000 in state and federal funding for collaborative energy storage research and development programs with three US-based companies.