UC Davis team optimizes levulinic ester self-condensation process for production of cellulosic gasoline

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A team at UC Davis has optimized the levulinic ester self-condensation reaction and the efficient conversion of its products—which are highly branched cyclopentadienes—into a mixture of substituted cyclopentanes with high octane ratings and excellent density and flow properties.

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USDOT awards $14M to UC Davis-led National Center for Sustainable Transportation

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The US Department of Transportation recently selected the National Center for Sustainable Transportation, led by the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, to receive a five-year grant totaling approximately $14 million ($2.8 million in the initial year) to advance a more sustainable transportation system.

Gasoline Substitute Made From Plant Waste Developed By UC-Davis

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Chemists at the University of California, Davis think they''ve cracked it, though, using a new technique to make "biogasoline" from plant waste. Plant-based diesel has been available for many years now but making a true gasoline-like hydrocarbon from plant oils has proven a lot more difficult. Biodiesel will be familiar to many readers

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UC Davis, ITDP report finds shared mobility essential for realizing full benefits of electrification and automation

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A new report from a team at the University of California, Davis, and the New York-based nonprofit Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) has concluded that shared mobility is a critical enabler for realizing the benefits of electrification and autonomous driving. STEPS is a multidisciplinary research consortium, part of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis.).

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BP and Davy select 3 leading EPC contractors for BP/Davy Fischer-Tropsch commercial deployment

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BP and Davy Process Technology announced collaborations with three EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractors to promote the commercialization of the BP/Davy Fischer-Tropsch (FT) Process. The BP/Davy fixed-bed FT process produces diesel, jet fuel (JP8) and naphtha from natural gas, biomass- or coal-derived syngas. BP has been developing FT technology since 1981 and has been in partnership with Davy Process Technology since 1996.

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UC Davis process produces gasoline-range hydrocarbons from biomass-derived levulinic acid; field-to-tank yield of >60% claimed

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Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a process for the production of branched C 7 –C 10 hydrocarbons in the gasoline volatility range from biomass-derived levulinic acid with good yield, operating under relatively mild conditions, with short reaction times. A paper on their work is published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition ; UC Davis has filed provisional patents on the process, and is making it available for licensing.

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UC Davis Names Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency

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The University of California, Davis announced the appointment of Professor Nicole Woolsey Biggart of the university’s Graduate School of Management to the Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency. The Chevron Chair directs the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center in its mission to accelerate the commercialization of energy-efficiency technologies, teach future leaders in energy efficiency and conduct critical policy-supporting research.

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UC Davis, Stanford team proposes reaction mechanism for key step in assembly of hydrogen-generating bacterial catalyst

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Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and Stanford University are proposing a reaction mechanism for one of the key steps in assembling the hydrogen-generating bacterial catalyst hydrogenase.

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UC Davis researchers suggest we may be at the beginning of a real hydrogen transition in transportation

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Researchers at the Institute of Transportation Studies University of California, Davis suggest that a number of positive trends indicate that we may be seeing the beginning of a real hydrogen transition in transportation, despite earlier starts that fizzled.

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Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies and Rennovia to develop and commercialize production technology for bio-based glucaric acid & adipic acid

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Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies Ltd. (JM JM Davy), a global provider of advanced process technologies and Rennovia, Inc., Under the collaboration, Rennovia and JM Davy will work together to develop and demonstrate the processes based on Rennovia’s technology for the catalytic aerobic oxidation of glucose to glucaric acid, as well as the catalytic hydrogenation of glucaric acid to adipic acid.

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UC Davis and University of Tokyo collaborating on algae biofuels project

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A better understanding of how algae can be used to make biofuels is the aim of a new joint project between UC Davis and the University of Tokyo, Japan. UC Davis’ share will be about $1.5 Other UC Davis investigators on the project are: Jean VanderGheynst, professor of biological and agricultural engineering; John Labavitch, professor of plant sciences; and Tobias Kind and William Wikoff, both project scientists at the UC Davis Genome Center.

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UC Davis ITS study suggests hastening consumer adoption of plug-ins will require innovation on the sales side

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A study by researchers at the Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis finds that buyers of plug-in vehicles (PEVs) are substantially less satisfied with the dealer purchase experience than buyers of conventional vehicles—with the notable exception of Tesla buyers. This study was supported by a grant from the California Energy Commission and through contributions from the NextSTEPS research arm of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. XXXXX Click to enlarge.

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UC Davis study identifies toxicity of particulate matter from specific sources

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The California Air Resources Board and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) released a report they commissioned by investigators at the University of California, Davis that looks at how to distinguish health effects caused by different types of fine and ultrafine airborne particulate matter (PM) from different sources. The research was conducted by Dr. Anthony Wexler, director of the Air Quality Research Center at the University of California, Davis.

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UC Davis report finds LCFS compliance costs may rise rapidly; recommends offsetting measures

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A recent report prepared by UC Davis researchers for the California Air Resources Board (ARB) found that compliance costs for the Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS) may increase rapidly in the future if there are large differences in marginal costs between traditional fossil fuels and alternative, low-carbon-intensity fuels; or if there are capacity or technological constraints to deploying alternative fuels, particularly those with low-carbon intensity.

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UC Davis Begins $2.8M Studies on Impacts of Escaped Nitrogen

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University of California, Davis researchers will receive $2.8 These environmental impacts are not fully documented, according to Tom Tomich, director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis. 300,000 from the California Air Resources Board to Will Horwath, professor in the UC Davis Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, for research on practical ways to reduce nitrous oxide emissions in California agriculture.

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BMW and UC Davis Partner on MINI E Study

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BMW of North America and the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) are partnering on a year-long field study to determine the viability of electric vehicles. Marking the first comprehensive study of its kind since the mid-1990s, the UC Davis-led research will focus on user interactions with the MINI E, and is expected to yield insights into real-life usage and perceptions about electric vehicles. Tom Turrentine, director of UC Davis’ PHEV Research Center.

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Hyundai signs MOU with UC Berkeley and UC Davis to establish ‘Hyundai Center of Excellence’ for collaborative R&D

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Hyundai Motor Group signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis to establish the Hyundai Center of Excellence. Hyundai will also work with top research institutions, including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Stanford University. This marks the first collaboration project in Hyundai’s larger R&D joint research and professional development program, called Hyundai R&D Global Frontier.

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UCLA, UC Davis host world conference on electric vehicles and cities prior to EVS26

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The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and the UC Davis Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center will host the World Electric Vehicle Cities and Ecosystems Conference on 5 May, just prior to EVS 26. The conference will explore best practices and innovative solutions for the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles in cities throughout the world.

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CATARC and UC Davis establish China-US ZEV Policy Lab to accelerate adoption of plug-in and fuel cell cars in US and in China

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The University of California, Davis, and the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) have entered a new agreement to work together to help speed the commercialization of plug-in and fuel cell electric cars in China. Primary UC Davis partners are the Institute of Transportation Studies and the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy. Signatories to the MOU include UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B.

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California Energy Commission awards nearly $400,000 to UC Davis for wind forecasting for grid operator

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The California Energy Commission has awarded $398,662 to the University of California, Davis to develop a forecasting tool that can be used by the state’s grid operator to respond to sudden changes in wind power production. UC Davis and its partners are providing an additional $109,364 in cost sharing funds.

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UC Davis team engineers cyanobacterium for enhanced direct production of 2,3-butanediol; design methods for exogenous chemical production

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A research team from the University of California, Davis has engineered a 2,3-butanediol (23BD) biosynthetic pathway in the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus PCC7942 to establish design methods for efficient exogenous chemical production in cyanobacteria—a technology area that is still in its infancy compared with model fermentative organisms, they noted.

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UC Davis, ITDP study suggests global shift to public transport, NMT and away from cars could save $100T through 2050 and cut GHGs

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One of the more affordable ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions is to design cities to give people clean options for using public transportation, walking and cycling and to move away from car-centric development, according to a new report released by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). —Lew Fulton, co-director of NextSTEPS Program at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.

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UC Davis study highlights results of MINI E field trial in US; MINI E met 90% of daily driving needs

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The University of California, Davis and the BMW Group released the largest publicly available study of electric-car users yet conducted, including more than 120 families who drove the fully electric MINI E automobile more than 1 million miles in California, New York and New Jersey from June 2009 to June 2010. The report from the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center at UC Davis investigates the US pioneers’s experience during the field trial.

New UC Davis market-based sustainability forecasting approach concludes supplanting gasoline and diesel with renewable fuels could take 131 years

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At the current pace of research and development, replacing gasoline and diesel with renewable fuel alternatives could take some 131 years, according to a new University of California, Davis, study using a new sustainability forecasting approach based on market expectations. —Nataliya Malyshkina, UC Davis postdoctoral researcher.

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UC Davis ITS researchers take a detailed look at water consumption and withdrawal requirements for ethanol

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The major difference between these studies stems from the debate existing in the water life cycle analysis (LCA) literature regarding whether, and how, to include consumption of green water (GW), which comes from precipitation before and during the crop season and is stored as soil moisture, note UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) Gouri Shankar Mishra and Sonia Yeh in a new paper published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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UC Davis Study Finds That Ultracapacitor-based Micro-Hybrid Systems Can Deliver Substantial Fuel Economy Improvements

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Using a micro-hybrid system featuring carbon/carbon ultracapacitor units as energy storage can result in significant increases in fuel economy over a baseline conventional vehicle, according to a study by Dr. Andrew Burke at UC Davis. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Research Report UCD-ITS-RR-09-23.

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UC Davis ITS study concludes future annual growth rate of Chinas vehicle parc may be double current forecasts

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Yunshi Wang, Jacob Teter and Daniel Sperling from the University of California Davis Institute of Transportation Studies report that the growth rate of China’s vehicle population could reach 13-17% per year—roughly twice the 6-11% widely forecast for annual growth.

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UC Davis Researchers Suggest the Battery Problem Seen to Be Slowing Electric Drive Commercialization Is Perceptual as Well as Technological

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Distribution of battery requirements for consumer-selected PHEV designs (shaded circles) compared to USABC, MIT and EPRI performance requirements. Source: Axsen et al. Click to enlarge.

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ITS-Davis study finds social influence a key element in transitioning to more sustainable transportation such as PHEVs

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Research from the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California at Davis (ITS-Davis) suggests it will take more than a reasonable price and good information to get consumers to make more sustainable transportation choices, such as the purchase of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). “What we’re finding, especially at UC Davis, is that its takes more than technical solutions to fix our problems; we can’t keep building our way out.

UC Davis Study Finds That Near-Term Marginal Electricity Mix in California for Plug-in and Fuel Cell Vehicles Will Result in Fuel With Carbon Levels More Than 60% Higher Than Estimated in the LCFS

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Well-to-wheels vehicle emissions (gCO 2 equiv.km -1 ) by energy source, vehicle energy intensity (MJkm -1 ), and fuel carbon intensity (gCO 2 equiv. MJ -1 ) by vehicle pathway and timing profile. Source: McCarthy et al. Click to enlarge.

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Social influences to drive plug-in hybrid vehicle take-up

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That’s the verdict of research by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California at Davis which suggests that more [.]. Green cars Latest news plug-in hybrid cars plug-in hybrid vehicles social influences UC DavisWhoever thought that the only elements people need to make more sustainable transport choices are reasonable prices and good information, should think again – because social influence will also play a significant role.

Will green cars cause a surge in electricity demand?

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Researchers at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies have found that near-term marginal electricity mix for plug-in electric and fuel cell vehicles and fuels in California will [.]. Tags: Electric cars Green cars Latest news California electricity demand Low Carbon Fuel Standard UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies

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Proud Papa

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Andy Frank, father of the plug-in hybrid, drove down from Davis, California in the Volt he received yesterday to join in the celebration. Felix Kramer, indefatigable campaigner for plug-in cars, took possession today of his Chevrolet Volt. Here he is, with his son Josh in the driver's seat.

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Boost for vehicle sustainability without compromise

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Now, one researcher at UC Davis believes he may have the answer. Tags: Green cars Green credentials Latest news Dr Mark Delucchi fast heavy vehicles independent transport networks Institute of Transportation Studies Linkages of Sustainability low-speed lightweight vehicles Strungmann Forum Report UC Davis It’s arguably the biggest dilemma facing the auto industry – how do you enhance sustainability without compromising the benefits of motor vehicle use?

Study looks at the viability of the MINI E

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The BMW MINI E is one of the most exciting and head turning electric car concepts and now it is being put to the test thanks to a partnership between BMW and the University of California at Davis. Studies will be led by the UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Centre, which is administered by the Institute of Transportation Studies and is funded by a three-year, $3million grant from the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research Programme.

What will get more people to consider electric cars? Take our Twitter poll

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A recent study from the University of California, Davis suggested that awareness of available plug-in electric cars among potential buyers was no higher in 2017 than it had been in 2014. Worse, only California car owners were surveyed—and that's the state in which roughly half of all the battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the. Plug-In Hybrids costs plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Charging stations Polls

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To Get Hydrogen Competitive With Gasoline: $1 Billion, Cheap Natural Gas Needed

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And a new study just released by the University of California--Davis suggests that we are "tantalizingly close to the beginning of a hydrogen

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Honda Opens Demonstration Smart Home, With Fit EV Electric Car In Garage

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Yesterday, though, the Japanese carmaker opened its Honda Smart Home US in Davis, California--demonstrating its ideas for how Americans might live a zero-carbon life in the 21st Century. Most of us think "Honda" and bring up economy cars, perhaps lawnmowers, or even portable generators. Complete houses aren''t usually on the list.

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Electrify America, Sacramento announce Green City investments: ZEV car-sharing, ZEV bus and shuttle routes, EV charging systems

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Electric Bus Service – UC Davis to Sacramento: Electrify America will enhance bus service between UC Davis and Sacramento with 12 new electric buses that will run from the main campus to the UC Davis Health campus in Sacramento. Electrify America and the City of Sacramento announced new projects that will increase access to zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) in the Sacramento region, expand ZEV technology use, and prepare the City for future electric vehicle adoption.

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60% of $18B in US clean energy tax credits 2006-2012 went to top 20% by income; 90% in the plug-in program

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The most extreme case, Severin Borenstein and Lucas Davis found through their examination of tax return data from the IRS, is the program aimed at electric vehicles—the top income quintile received about 90% of all these credits. Source: Borenstein and Davis.

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