December, 2013

Thankful To Be Home — And ALIVE!

Creative Greenius

It all started with the video. It was sent to me last Thursday via email. A YouTube link from someone calling themself Primrose Evergreen. The email said “ We made this video. We want 2 talk 2 U. If U want 2 talk w/us B sitting on the 9/11 bench @ Pier & Valley/Ardmore @ 11:15 PM.

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Study suggests fuel cell hybrid with supercapacitors for energy storage the most fuel efficient

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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Electric Cars

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Lo and Behold! The future is here. Yes, we''re talking about the electric car. This modern marvel has actually been around for quite some time. However, it is only recently that cost effective electric cars have started getting manufactured.

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Electric Cars So Disruptive, Gas Cars Will Be Obsolete In 2016, Says Futurist

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Many people like to think they can predict the future, but only futurists (and psychics) get paid to do it.

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Renault, GM, Tesla all promising 200+ mile range electric cars in a few years

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Renault is working on a plug-in hybrid for 2014, and is joining General Motors in predicting that by 2020 electric cars will commonly have an electric range over 200 miles. The statements were made late last week and

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Hybrid QX60 Hits The Streets

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Not too long ago, hybrid vehicles cost thousands more than their conventionally-fueled counterparts. The technology was new, and the whole ‘hybrid experience’ seemed to be much more ‘exciting’ than it is today.

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MOT changes to clamp down on illegal removal of diesel car DPFs

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A loophole which allowed motorists to have their diesel particulate filters (DPFs) removed yet still pass their MOTs, is to be closed in response to concerns over the environmental impact of this practice.

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BMW Uses Siri-like Tech to Promote Electric Car

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i Genius? service will be promoted across BMW?s s advertising for the BMW i3, which is due to go on sale in the UK in late 2013. I Genius uses software that is capable of interpreting words, their context and sentiment to instantly respond to questions. Consumers can text their questions for free and the system will instantly respond. If people ask a non-sensical or rude question, I Genius will answer with stock replies such as ?I I could talk about that, but I?d

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Chinese Car-Share Dispenses Electric Cars Like A Vending Machine

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European readers may be quite familiar with the concept of a tower full of tiny vehicles, dispensing them to people below. Smart used just such a building to store its vehicles at Smart dealerships all around Europe when the vehicle was first released.

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Seattle man drives Nissan Leaf on a long commute, 100k miles in 3 years

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Conventional wisdom might say a Nissan Leaf would not be able to rack up 100,000 miles in under three years. However a Seattle man, Steve Marsh, was recognized on Monday by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee for doing

Study shows bamboo ethanol in China technically and economically feasible, cost-competitive with gasoline

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Bamboo, the composition of which is highly similar to energy grasses used for biofuel production such as switchgrass, is an interesting potential feedstock for advanced bioethanol production in China due to its natural abundance, rapid growth, perennial nature and low management requirements.

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US Army flies Black Hawk with 50:50 isobutanol-derived alcohol-to-jet fuel blend

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Bio-isobutanol company Gevo, Inc. announced that the US Army has successfully flown the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on a 50:50 blend of Gevo’s ATJ-8 (Alcohol-to-Jet)—a renewable, drop-in alternative fuel for JP8 derived from isobutanol. Earlier post.).

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Mercedes-Benz announces strategic partnership with smart watch company Pebble Technology

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Mercedes-Benz announced a strategic partnership with smart watch company Pebble Technology in the run-up to the 2014 International CES.

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ClipperCreek introduces 30 Amp 240V vehicle charge station starting at $590

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ClipperCreek introduced its latest product, the HCS-40, a 30 Amp, 240 Volt Level 2 electric vehicle charging station, with prices starting at $590.

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American Axle introduces EcoTrac disconnecting all wheel drive

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American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) announced the introduction of the automotive industry’s first disconnecting all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. EcoTrac is featured on the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee (rear-axle disconnect).

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ExxonMobil Outlook: 35% growth in energy demand by 2040; hybrids to account for ~50% of new vehicle sales

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By 2040, hybrids are expected to account for about 35% of the global light-duty vehicle fleet, up from less than 1% in 2010. Hybrids are expected to account for about half of global new-car sales by 2040. Source: ExxonMobil. Click to enlarge.

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US PIRG report finds reduced driving and rates of car commuting in most populous US urbanized areas

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VMT per capita has declined across the US (2006 to 2011). States with shading are missing reliable data for all or part of an urbanized area, and ‘X’s denote the location of excluded urbanized areas. Source: US PIRG. Click to enlarge.

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Rotterdam using BYD e6 for electric taxi fleet

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Rotterdam Taxi Centre (RTC), one of the biggest taxi operators in the Netherlands, is switching to electric taxis and has put into service two BYD e6 models, following successful extensive operation with an e6 model.

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Siemens and Cummins partner to provide diesel-electric EPA Tier 4 passenger rail locomotives in US

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Siemens Rail Systems and Cummins are partnering to bring EPA Tier 4 compliant locomotives to market. Under the agreement, Cummins QSK95 diesel engines will be used in Siemens’ diesel electric locomotives in the US.

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Honda begins sales of new VEZEL and VEZEL hybrid in Japan

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VEZEL HYBRID. Click to enlarge. Honda Motor Co., began sales of the VEZEL in Japan today. Honda says that the VEZEL fuses the dynamic qualities of an SUV, the elegance of a coupe, the functionality of a minivan and excellent fuel economy. The conventional VEZEL is equipped with a 1.5L

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Ford researchers report detailed study of the effect of different ethanol blend levels on emissions from FFVs

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FTP cycle-weighted tailpipe emissions of N 2 O, NO x , and the sum of NMOG and NO x. The minimum in NO x and NMOG emissions for midlevel ethanol blends points to future opportunities for emission reductions from FFVs. Credit: ACS, Hubbard et al. Click to enlarge.

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Univ. of Waterloo and GM team develop simple flash heat treatment to boost performance of Si-based anodes for Li-ion batteries

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Flash heat treatment significantly boosted the performance of silicon-based electrode materials. Credit: ACS, Hassan et al. Click to enlarge.

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EIA: light duty vehicle energy consumption to drop 25% by 2040; increased oil production, vehicle efficiency reduce US oil and liquid imports

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Energy consumption by light-duty vehicles in the United States, AEO2013 and AEO2014, 1995-2040 (quadrillion Btu). LDV energy consumption declines in AEO2014 Reference case from 16.0 quadrillion Btu in 2012 to 12.1 quadrillion Btu in 2040, compared with 13.0

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NASA Glenn develops automated flywheel pulse-and-glide system; improving fuel economy up to 40-100%

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Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed an automated pulse-and-glide technique using a flywheel energy storage system for on-road vehicles; the technology, which NASA Glenn says can improve fuel economy over existing internal combustion or battery hybrid systems by 40-100%, is available for licensing.

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New Berkeley Lab spectroscopy technique for in situ measurement of charge dynamics in an operating battery electrode

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This schematic depicts the new soft X-ray spectroscopy technique. Windows etched into a foil covering allow soft X-rays to measure charge dynamics in an operating electrode. Click to enlarge.

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New Mercedes-Benz C-Class drops weight, adds new engines, diesel hybrid, w/ plug-in to come; up to 20% cut in fuel consumption

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The new C-Class. Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz has launched its new C-Class, featuring a lightweight design concept with weight savings of up to 100 kg (220 lbs); excellent aerodynamics and new, economical engines along with a hybrid model.

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UMTRI: average fuel economy of new light-duty vehicles sold in November up slightly from October

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The average fuel-economy (EPA window-sticker) value of new light-duty vehicles sold in the US in November was 24.8 mpg, up 0.1 mpg from the revised October value, according to the monthly report from Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

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Analysis finds air-quality justification for CNG vehicle conversion in developing cities, despite negative climate impact

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Impact pathway approach for modeling policy interventions in (a) air quality and (b) climate impacts. Credit: ACS, Zia and Tanzila. Click to enlarge.

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Oak Ridge-GM prototype low-viscosity ionic liquid-additized engine oil delivers 2% fuel economy improvement over 5W-30

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A team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Motors, led by ORNL researcher Dr. Jun Qu, has developed a new group of ionic liquids as lubricant additives that could help improve the energy efficiency of cars and trucks. Prototype low-viscosity ionic liquid-additized engine oil demonstrated a 2% improved fuel economy compared to Mobil 1 5W-30 engine oil (3.93% over the 20W-30 baseline oil) in standard fuel efficiency engine dynamometer tests.

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New Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 racer integrates two hybrid systems, kinetic and thermal

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Audi R18 e-tron quattro 2014. Click to enlarge. Audi has released initial details on its new 2014-generation Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 Le Mans prototype racer.

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Shell floats hull for Prelude, world’s largest floating facility; 3.6M tonnes LNG per year

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The 488-meter (1,601-foot) hull of Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility has been floated out of the dry dock at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) yard in Geoje, South Korea, where the facility is currently under construction.

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Ford brings cellulose fiber reinforced thermoplastic to 2014 Lincoln MKX

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Early version of CRP-based armrest piece under development. Source: Weyerhaeuser. Click to enlarge.

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Novatek and Total green-light $27-billion Arctic Yamal LNG project

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Novatek and Total have approved a final investment decision (FID) for the Yamal LNG project in Russia, consisting of the development of the South-Tambeyskoye gas condensate field and the construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant on the Yamal Peninsula in Western Siberia.

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Statoil announces another high-impact natural gas discovery offshore Tanzania

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Statoil announced its fifth discovery in Block 2 offshore Tanzania. The discovery of an additional 2-3 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas in place in the Mronge-1 well brings the total of in-place volumes up to 17-20 Tcf in Block 2. (1 1 Tcf gas = 180 million barrels of oil equivalent.).

How Did A Small Illinois Town End Up With 300 Plug-In Cars?

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Don''t let the name fool you; Normal, Illinois, is actually unique. That''s because this small town--with a population of 53,837--has more than 300 plug-in cars roaming its streets.

Field trials with genetically modified poplars shows potential for efficient conversion to sugars but with impact on biomass yield

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Ethanol yield (g/L) for the Belgian and French field trials. Van Acker et al. Click to enlarge.

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Study finds light-duty gasoline vehicles responsible for about about half of PM2.5 mass, 14% of PM10 in road tunnel

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Contributions of various primary sources to tunnel PM mass. Credit: ACS, Bozlaker et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers led by a team from the University of Houston have characterized the platinum group elemental composition of PM 2.5

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