Tue.Jul 03, 2012

Government of Canada awards algae company Pond Biofuels $908K

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Canada’s federal government is awarding $908,280 through FedDev Ontario’s Investing in Business Innovation initiative to help algal biofuel startup Pond Biofuels accelerate the commercialization of its technology used to capture carbon dioxide from raw stack emissions and produce algae that can subsequently be converted into biofuels.

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UK car industry booms as its cleans up its act

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The UK automotive industry is stronger than ever and is performing to its highest ever environmental standard, according to a new report. The country’s car industry reported record turnover for last year, up more than 12 per cent to £55 billion. What’s more, exports reached record levels as the industry saw increased investment across all [.]. Green credentials car industry environment smmt UK

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2012 Ford Focus SFE Vs 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco: Compact Sedans Compared

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You want a compact sedan that gives great gas mileage, comes from an American company, and costs less than a hybrid car. If that sounds like you, the chances are you’ve considered test-driving the 2012 Ford Focus SFE and 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco. But what comes as standard on each car? Which is the better on gas mileage? And which should you

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Nissan LEAF charges into the record books at Goodwood…in reverse

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The Nissan LEAF raced into the record books at Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend as the fastest car to complete the hillclimb course in reverse. Professional stunt driver Terry Grant had three shots at the 1.6km course over the weekend, completing his first attempt on the Friday in a respectable 1m 37.02s, before smashing his [.]. Nissan electric cars green cars Nissan LEAF UK

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Mazda to double annual production capacity of SKYACTIV Engines to 800,000 units; increasing capacity for CX-5

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Mazda Motor Corporation will double production capacity at its engine plant in Hiroshima from 400,000 units to 800,000 units per year in October 2012. The plant produces SKYACTIV-D diesel engines and SKYACTIV-G gasoline engines. Earlier post.) The capacity increase is made in response to increasing demand for cars incorporating the company’s SKYACTIV Technology. SKYACTIV-G is a highly efficient, new-generation direct-injection gasoline engine.


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Workplace Charging 101: Level 1

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The big EV news of the month was the first Tesla S deliveries. For luxury car buyers, the ground has shifted. Buying the best car now means buying the electric car. And given the range, workplace charging won’t be a big concern of Tesla S owners. But what about the rest of us?

Renting Electric Cars: Hertz Rocks, Enterprise Facing More Challenges?

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Does electric car rental work as a business proposition? That might depend on who you ask. Because despite popular rental company Hertz having massive success with the format, backed up by other popular schemes like Car2Go, things aren't so rosy for Enterprise. According to the New York Times (via The Car Connection), customers haven't really

Volkswagen to introduce Polo Blue GT

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The Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion is one of the German carmaker’s most impressive environmentally conscious vehicles to date: and now it is set to extend this technology to the Polo Blue GT. The Polo Blue GT (pictured) will feature active cylinder management and be the first Volkswagen to boast a cylinder deactivation system. Indeed it is [.]. Green cars Latest news Volkswagen green cars Volkswagen Polo Volkswagen Polo Blue

Researchers develop optimized electrospray technique for ultra-low platinum loading in fuel cells with high performance

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The electrospray (top) and the deposited nanostructure (bottom). Source: UNED. Click to enlarge.

Mazda to double SKYACTIV capacity

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Mazda’s fuel-frugal SKYACTIV engines have been such a success that production at a plant in Hiroshima is set to double. From October this year, the number of engines produced at the plant will leap from 400,000 units to 800,000 thanks to increasing demand. It will include both the SKYACTIV-D diesel engines and the SKYACTIV-G petrol [.]. Green cars Latest news Mazda green cars Mazda Demio Mazda SkyActiv SKYACTIV

Göteborg Energi orders two Opbrid B?sbaar ultra-fast bus charging stations for HyperBus project

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The Opbrid B?sbaar sbaar stations will be located at the ends of the #60 route. Click to enlarge. Göteborg Energi, the electricity provider for the City of Gothenburg, awarded a contract to Opbrid SL (Granada, Spain) to provide two Opbrid B?sbaar

Pop sensation Justin Bieber wraps his Fisker Karma

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Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has wrapped his Fisker Karma in a shiny chrome finish. Bieber took the once-black $102,000 plug-in hybrid to West Coast Customs which previously turned his less-than-green Cadillac CTS-V into a Batmobile. Originally given to him by his management on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for his 18th birthday, Bieber also had [.]. Fisker Fisker Karma Justin Bieber

First Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) test flight; Gevo provided isobutanol-derived renewable kerosene

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Three pathways to renewable jet fuel: FT (left); hydrogenated oil (center); ATJ (right). Source: Gevo. Click to enlarge. The US Air Force (USAF) last week flew the first test flight using “alcohol-to-jet” (ATJ) fuel. Earlier post.) Gevo, Inc.,

Citroen’s diesel hybrid extends options

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Citroen’s very first diesel hybrid model, the DS5, just got better with the launch of new options available from this week. The third model in the upmarket DS line, the new DS5 is now available with stylish 17-inch ‘Houston’ alloy wheels as a no-cost option on Hybrid4 DStyle and DSport versions. These smaller diameter alloy [.]. Citroen diesel hybrid DS5

BESC researchers identify key proteins in species of extremely thermophilic bacteria for breakdown of biomass into fermentable sugars

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The extremely thermophilic, cellulose-degrading Caldicellulosiruptor bescii. Source: ORNL. Click to enlarge.

Nissan LEAF is a reversing record breaker

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One week ago we told you about the Nissan LEAF’s attempts to get into the record books with the fastest ever reverse over one mile (see article) – and now we can confirm that the record attempt has been successful. The record was set at this past weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed event with professional [.]. Electric cars Green cars Nissan electric cars goodwood green cars Nissan LEAF

Solena Fuels selects Oxford Catalysts’ microchannel FT technology for GreenSky BTL plant in UK

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US-based Solena Fuels has selected microchannel Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology developed by the Oxford Catalysts Group for use in a biomass-to-liquids (BTL) project under development in the UK. Earlier post.). After a formal evaluation of available technologies performed by Fluor Corporation on behalf of Solena, Oxford Catalysts was selected by Solena as the sole supplier of FT technology for GreenSky London.

June Plug-In Electric Car Sales: Volt Stays Strong, Leaf Low

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Half of this year is now gone, which means it's time once again to look at sales of plug-in electric cars--both for June and for the first six months of 2012. Coming off a streak of low sales months, 535 Nissan Leafs were sold in June, less than one-third the 1,708 Leafs delivered in June 2011. This means that 3,148 Leafs have been sold in the

Fiat exercises the first tranche of VEBA call option, will hold 61.8% of Chrysler

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Fiat has notified VEBA—Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association, a UAW administered trust established to pay health care. benefits for retirees from Chrysler—of Fiat’s exercise of its option to purchase a portion of the interest held in Chrysler by VEBA. Following the consummation of the purchase, expected to occur in the upcoming weeks, Fiat. will hold 61.8% of the outstanding equity in Chrysler.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid: Now By Royal Appointment

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As every automaker knows, getting Royal endorsement for a particular car or brand can help boost its image. Normally, such Royal endorsements are limited to luxury or prestige brands, but earlier this week, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid received its official royal appointment courtesy of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Univ. of Exeter team develops selective laser melting process to produce 3D aluminum composite parts; automotive and aerospace applications

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A complex SLM part from the University of Exeter. Click to enlarge. Engineers at the University Exeter (UK) have developed a new method for making three-dimensional reinforced aluminium composite parts by using Selective Laser Melting (SLM)—a form of additive layer manufacturing (ALM), also sometimes generally called 3D printing. (3D 3D printing is a specific process within the larger ALM domain.)

Twelve European countries miss emissions marker

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Just how far off is Europe from meeting tough nitrogen oxide regulations? New data from the European Environmental Agency (EEA) suggests that 12 countries in particular still have a long way to go. It finds that nitrogen oxides air pollution from traffic, households and industry is above internationally agreed limits in: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, [.].

GE, Rosneft to pursue opportunities in Russia’s oil and gas industry, including Arctic offshore

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GE and OJSC Rosneft signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that lays the foundation for the two companies jointly to evaluate and develop commercial opportunities in oil and gas exploration and production in the Russian Federation. The agreement calls for a strategic, cooperative relationship that would: leverage GE Oil & Gas technologies to help Rosneft improve efficiency and yields in its oil and gas exploration and recovery operations, and.

Car2go car club expands to Toronto

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The car2go car club service is to conquer another Canadian following its successful launch in Vancouver. The Daimler-owned car2go subsidiary now expands to the city of Toronto, bringing with it a fleet of smart fortwo cars, for which the short-term, flexible car hire firm is renowned. Launched last Saturday (June 30, 2012), 250 car2go edition [.]. smart Canada car club smart fortwo

Global Bioenergies raises €3M to accelerate the isobutene program; targeting other molecules

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Global Bioenergies, an industrial biology company. developing sustainable routes to light olefins ( earlier post ), carried out a capital increase of €3.04 million (US$3.8 million) on NYSE Alternext in Paris. Based on the closing share price of €19.91 on 28 June 28th 2012 (last day of the subscription. period), the company now has a market capitalization of ~€36 million (~US$45.3$).

New Renault Clio set to dodge road tax?

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Renault’s new Clio could launch early next year completely exempt from road tax. The new Clio will be 100kg lighter than predecessor on average and will debut the Renault’s first three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines – a 0.9-litre TCe 90 and 1.2 TCe 120 – alongside a four-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel. All engine options will come with [.]. Renault Clio

Plug-in vehicle sales to miss 2015 target

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Sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid (pictured) are set to fall short of their 2015 sales target: according to Pike Research. The Pike report believes that plug-in vehicle sales in the US will miss the one million marker set by the Obama Administration – with just 410,000 plug-in electric [.]. Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news green cars Pike Research plug-in hybrid plug-in vehicles

The greener way to drop the top. The Green Piece.

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Tuesday, 3 July, 2012. The Green Piece Column. Summer is here! Well, it’s not, that’s an outright lie, but it is scheduled to make an appearance). Anyway in the spirit of summer, whether realised or not, we thought we take a look that old sunshine favourite; the convertible car. With its often weighty folding roof [.]. The Green Piece convertible new car The Green Piece Column