Five Convertibles With High Gas Mileage: Enjoying Summer Efficiently

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A handful of the convertibles on sale are remarkably fuel-efficient. We've listed the five convertibles with the best fuel economy here. Convertibles Fiat 500CSummer isn't quite over yet, so there's still time to enjoy it on very little gasoline. It's a small niche, to be sure, but buyers seeking plenty of sun and good fuel economy still have plenty of options.

LanzaTech collaborating with Swayana to convert waste gases from ferroalloy production to ethanol

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The energy produced is assumed to be used internally at the site and the carbon content of the CO subsequently converted to CO 2 in-plant. Any CO emitted to the atmosphere is assumed to be converted to CO 2 within days afterwards.

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First Tesla Model S Convertible Built By Newport Engineering (Video)

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Aside from the 2014 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive--and the now-discontinued Tesla Roadster--electric convertibles haven''t been a segment in which carmakers have expressed much interest. Electric-car buyers who want to feel the wind in their hair don''t have many choices.

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Avantium acquires Liquid Light; electrocatalysis to convert CO2 to chemicals

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Spun out from Princeton University in 2008, Liquid Light has invested more than US$35 million on low-energy electrochemistry technologies to convert CO 2 to major chemicals. The combination of Liquid Light’s expertise in electrochemistry with Avantium’s expertise in catalysis and process engineering will be the basis of a technology platform to develop novel production technologies for converting CO 2 to chemicals and materials.

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Ghent researchers develop new process to convert grass to drop-in hydrocarbon decane

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From here, lactic acid was converted into caproic acid (C 6 H 12 O 2 ) (also called hexanoic acid—a carboxylic acid normally produced from hexane). Caproic acid was further converted into decane (C 10 H 22 ) (an alkane hydrocarbon) via Kolbe electrolysis (a decarboxylative dimerization of carboxylic acids). Researchers at Ghent University have developed a process that turns grass into the hydrocarbon decane via a lactic acid intermediate.

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Photo-activated catalyst converts CO2 to CO for clean fuel technology; no unwanted byproducts

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When exposed to visible light, the material, a “spongy” nickel organic crystalline structure, converted the CO 2 in a reaction chamber exclusively into carbon monoxide (CO) gas, which can be further turned into liquid fuels, solvents, and other useful products.

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Top five convertibles for summer 2017

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With the seemingly endless grim winter weather behind us, the sun is finally shining and the sky has transformed from its default grey to the much pre

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Harvard hybrid “bionic leaf” converts solar energy to liquid fuel isopropanol

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3PG is then converted into biomass in wt ReH16 or may be diverted in metabolically engineered Re2133-pEG12 into isopropanol. We’re almost at a 1 percent efficiency rate of converting sunlight into isopropanol.

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Valeo to form transmission JV with S. Korean partner Pyeong Hwa Group; torque converters and CVTs; boosting sales to Hyundai-Kia

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The partners intend for Valeo-Kapec to become the world leader in torque converters and CVTs. By strengthening our ties with our long-standing South Korean partner and creating this Joint-Venture, we will double our sales of torque converters for automatic and continuous variable transmissions and become the world leader in this high-technology product line.

Top five convertibles for sun lovers

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The sun is shining and the sky outside the office window has turned from a foreboding grey blanket to a dome of endless blu. Ford Citroen Mazda Land Rover BMW MX-5 Range Rover Evoque DS3 Mustang M4 Top 5 Editors Picks DS

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Want A Tesla Model S Convertible? Newport Engineering Says It'll Build You One

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In theory, convertibles are the perfect way to enjoy electric motoring. What better way to experience your zero-emissions car than with the roof down--enjoying the silence, the sounds of nature and the wind in your hair? Tesla''s first car, the Roadster, offered just such an experience--and one California firm is now offering the same with its

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SUTD team proposes low-temperature thermionic converter with graphene cathode; about 45% efficiency

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Thermionic energy converters are heat engines that convert heat directly to electricity at very high temperatures. A basic thermionic converter consists of two electrodes separated by a vacuum or a vapor.

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Natural Resources Canada invests $800K in G4 Insights project to convert forestry waste to renewable natural gas

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for the development of technology to convert forestry waste into renewable natural gas (RNG) that can be distributed through existing natural gas pipelines in Canada. Forest residue, which includes all parts of the tree, can be converted into solid, liquid or gaseous biofuels such as RNG that can then be burned for energy or used as fuel substitutes for transportation or industrial processes. Natural Resources Canada is investing $800,000 in G4 Insights Inc.

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New fast hydrothermal process converts 65% of wet algae feedstock sample to biocrude in one minute

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Phillip Savage at the University of Michigan has found that with appropriate parameters, hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) can convert 65% of wet algae (a Nannochloropsis species) into biocrude in one minute. Biocrude from Nannochloropsis. Credit: Savage Lab. Click to enlarge.

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Consortium successfully runs silicon carbide multiport DC-DC converter in EV

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Silicon Carbide multiport DC-DC converter fitted to the Tata Vista EV. A consortium led by motorsport and technology company Prodrive has successfully run a silicon carbide-based multiport DC-DC converter in an electric car. The converter controls power flow between multiple energy sources and has been able to achieve efficiency of 98.7%, while increasing power density and reducing the size and weight of the converter when compared to silicon-based systems.

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2013 Smart Electric Drive Cabrio: Brief Drive Of Electric Convertible

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But if you want an electric convertible, there''s just one: The 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Cabrio. If you want an electric car, there are now 14 different models with plugs to choose from. The little two-seat battery electric vehicle with the roll-back cloth roof is now on sale along with the fixed-roof Coupe model of the same car. The pair

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2016 Chevy Volt First Drive, Electric Car Sales, Fuel-Efficient Convertibles: Today's Car News

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Today, we drive the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, report on plug-in electric car sales for August, and check out five fuel-efficient convertibles. Check out these five fuel-efficient convertibles before summer is over. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We've got everything you need to know about the Tesla Model X electric crossover in our Ultimate. Today in Car News

Toyota Prius C Hybrid To Get Convertible Model In Japan?

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From the current Toyota lineup, the Prius C compact hybrid probably wouldn''t be your first choice for turning into a sports car. Toyota itself might disagree though, and will display just such a vehicle at the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. It''s called the Aqua Air, and as you might know already, Aqua is the name given to the Prius C in its home

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All-electric Bentley convertible concept shown at Geneva

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The Volkswagen Group can't seem to get enough luxury electric cars. The Audi e-tron SUV and Porsche Mission E sedan will go into production over the next few years, with an electric version of the VW Phaeton sedan expected as well. Following that up, at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show Volkswagen possession Bentley showed an all-electric concept car. Geneva Motor Show Geneva Auto Show plug-in cars

27 teams advancing in $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE; converting CO2 to products

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XPRIZE announced the 27 teams representing six countries advancing in the $20-million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global competition to develop technologies that convert the most carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas and power plant facilities into products with the highest net value. The semi-finalist teams propose converting CO 2 into products as varied as enhanced concrete, fuels, toothpaste, nanotubes, fish food and fertilizer.

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Faraday Future Concept, VW Budd-e, BMW i8 Convertible Concept: Today's Car News

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We have quite a bit of news from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) today, including electric-car concepts from Faraday Future, Volkswagen, and BMW. Also, check back later in the day--because we'll have more information on a future electric car that we think readers will really be interested in. The all-electric Volkswagen Budd-e concept. Today in Car News

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China team optimizes catalytic hydrogenation process to convert coal tar to gasoline and diesel

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Flow diagram of coal tar hydrogenation process. Credit: ACS, Kan et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers in China report the production of gasoline and diesel from coal tar via an optimized catalytic hydrogenation using two serial fixed beds, the first with a hydrofining catalyst of MoNi/?-Al

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UK’s biggest trial of electric cars converts drivers to battery power

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Drivers taking part in the UK’s Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle demonstration (ULCV) trial were won over by the electric vehicles they drove, with an overwhelming majority reporting that they impressed by the vehicle performance. What’s more, of the 349 participating drivers, 80 per cent said they coul[.].

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Can't Wait For That Electric Porsche Boxster? Convert One Yourself

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Remember the Porsche Boxster E? The German sports car maker previewed the electric concept back in 2011, giving car enthusiasts a glimpse into what an official Stuttgart electric vehicle might be like. The Boxster E has since faded from memory, though Porsche's 918 Spyder supercar will use plug-in hybrid technology--so not all the lessons have

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ARPA-E awards $33M to 13 intermediate-temp fuel cell projects; converting gaseous hydrocarbons to liquid fuels

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ARPA-E’s new REBELS projects focus on low-cost Intermediate-Temperature Fuel Cells (ITFCs) emphasizing three technical approaches: the production of efficient, reliable ITFCs; the integration of ITFCs and electricity storage at the device level; and the use of ITFCs to convert methane or other gaseous hydrocarbons into liquid fuels using excess energy.

Should I Convert my SLK Mercedes to Electric?

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I am considering converting my SLK Mercedes to electric. Do you think it is a good candidate? Hi, Val - It's lovely. On the one hand, I want to say

Audi Q4 Hybrid Concept, Tesla Model S Convertible, Saab 9-3 Electric: Today's Car News

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Today on Green Car Reports: Sketches of the Audi Q4 hybrid crossover concept appear ahead of the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, Newport Engineering creates a Tesla Model S convertible, and the first electric Saab 9-3 sedans roll off the assembly line. All this and more on Green Car Reports. One-percent of Norway''s cars are already plug-in electrics

Fiat Chrysler is last Detroit maker to convert cars to use E15

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Corn growers and policymakers eager to blend greater amounts of ethanol into U.S. gasoline supplies may have just achieved a significant goal. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently approved E15 fuel for use in all of its 2016 models, making it the last of the Detroit Three automakers to do so. E15 is a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent. Biofuels ethanol alternative fuel vehicles e15 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA

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New composite reduces rare earth element usage in three-way catalytic converters

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The high-performance, three-way catalytic (TWC) converter is one of the workhorses of emissions reduction for gasoline engines. The TWC reduces NO x to nitrogen and oxygen; oxidizes CO to CO 2 , and oxidizes unburnt hydrocarbons to carbon CO 2 and water.

Convert Your Car To A Plug-in Hybrid? All You Need Is $3,000

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Electric car conversions have been around for many years, and many people have converted their regular hybrids to plug-ins too, but a team at Middle Tennessee State University has developed an Not everyone can afford a new hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric car, but those who still wish to drive such a vehicle can still take the conversion route.

Another Convert To Natural-Gas Fueling: Railroad Locomotives?

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The U.S. is increasingly awash in natural gas, so it''s natural to consider it as a potential vehicle fuel. From passenger cars to long-haul trucks, both compressed natural gas (CNG) and refrigerated liquid natural gas (LNG) are being eyed as a replacement for diesel fuel and gasoline. Now, natural gas may make the leap into another kind of wheeled

Bentley to cut fuel consumption of new Continental GT Speed

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When the new Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible (pictured) makes its debut at the North American International Auto Show later this month, you might expect the focus to be on its slick looks, its power or its speed.

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. Although the microbe is highly adept at converting a plant’s glucose to biofuel, it ignores the plant’s xylose, a five-carbon sugar that can make up nearly half of all available biomass sugars.

Converting A Car To Electric? How About A ’39 Pontiac Silver Streak?

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have sought to convert gasoline cars to electric power. Over the years, we’ve seen everything from classic British sportscars through to SUVs and pickup trucks converted to run on electric power, with conversion budgets running from a few hundred to tens of For as long as electric cars have existed, enterprising individuals around the U.S.

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City of Santa Monica converting bus fleet to renewable natural gas

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The City of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (BBB) has become one of the country’s first municipal transit authorities to convert its fleet to renewable natural gas (RNG), rated 90% cleaner than diesel.

Alliance AutoGas launches 5300-mile, 12-city Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride with converted F-150

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The converted F-150 will travel across the country from Kansas City to Seattle, WA, and back through the US, stopping along the way, to complete its journey in Jacksonville, FL, on 18 May, followed by a Homecoming event in Asheville, NC, on 23 May. Alliance’s new Engineered Conversion System, installed on a Bi-Fuel 2016 3.5-liter Ford F-150 V6, was converted to propane autogas almost 30 minutes faster than the predicted 2 hour window at the recent Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Brookhaven team identifies active sites on catalysts for converting CO2 to methanol

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Chemists from the US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and their collaborators have definitively identified the active sites of a catalyst commonly used for making methanol from CO 2.

Hydrogenics to supply 1MW electrolyzer to project converting CO2 to methanol; Power-to-Gas

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The hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide will then be catalytically converted into methanol, with a daily yield of approximately one ton of methanol using approximately 1.4 Hydrogenics Corporation will supply a 1MW electrolyzer and provide engineering expertise to a consortium of companies working on the European project MefCO2 (methanol fuel from CO 2 ) in Germany.

Eni converting Venice Refinery to biorefinery based on Ecofining technology

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Eni plans to convert its Venice (Italy) Refinery into a biorefinery producing innovative and high quality biofuels. The project involves an estimated investment of approximately €100 million (US$130 million), and is the first in the world to convert a conventional refinery into bio-refinery. The Ecofining process uses catalytic hydroprocessing technology to convert vegetable oils to a renewable diesel fuel.

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SUEZ Environnement and Déinove partner on R&D to convert urban waste to ethanol with Deinococcus bacteria

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SUEZ Environnement and Déinove ( earlier post ) are collaborating on an R&D program to explore the development of a process to convert organic urban waste into ethanol using Deinococcus bacteria. development of Déinove’s consolidated bioprocess (CBP) using Deinococcus bacterium to digest and convert agricultural residues to ethanol at a competitive cost.

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