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Ford unveils C-MAX Solar Energi concept; “plug-in” hybrid not dependent on electric grid can fully recharge from sun

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Ford’s C-MAX Solar Energi concept combines a rooftop solar panel with an off-board solar concentrator—essentially an inexpensive Fresnel lens canopy. The vehicle moves beneath the canopy during the day to maintain maximum concentrated solar irradiance. Click to enlarge.

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Plug-In Electric Car Sales For 2013 Near Double Previous Year's: UPDATE

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In their third full year of sales, more plug-in electric cars were sold in the U.S. than ever before. The 2013 total of roughly 90,000 electric vehicles didn''t quite double the 2012 total of about 53,000, but with 16 different plug-in cars offered for sale as of this month, the numbers seem likely to grow again this year. And last year''s total was

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UK cabinet ministers could switch to electric cars

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The UK government could become the first in the world to see its Cabinet make a wholesale switch to electric cars, the Evening Standard reports. According to the London paper, ministers are keen to lead by example by in adopting battery-powered models in replacement of traditional limousines. [.].

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Ford C-MAX Solar Energi, a cool solar powered electric car

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At this years Consumer Electronics Show, held next in Las Vegas, Ford Motors has announced it will show off a solar powered Ford C-MAX Energi. The concept car is also a research platform that shows a way to

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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Norway's Electric Cars: Already Too Popular?

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Is it possible for electric cars to be too popular? Thanks to supportive government policies and relatively short average commuting distances, Norway has become the friendliest place in the world for plug-in cars. Now, there may be too many of them on the country''s roads. The country is starting to have more electric cars than it can handle

Ford reveals solar-powered C-Max hybrid concept

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Ford is to reveal a new solar-powered hybrid concept vehicle at the International CES in Las Vegas next week.

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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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Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept: Using The Sun To Charge Electric Car

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Solar power has proven itself better for static charging than it has for on-vehicle use, even if Australia''s Solar Challenge race has shown solar cars to be possible under certain, very specific conditions. The trouble is, electric cars draw too much power and take up too small an area for solar roofs to charge them as they drive along. There are

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Relax, your EV can withstand Stormageddon

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Before I launch headlong into today’s piece, I feel it’s in my duty to warn you, most sternly, that under no account should you drive through floods without first checking their depth and current.

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EIA: US biodiesel production hits high in October

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US production of biodiesel reached a high of 132 million gallons (500 million liters) in October 2013, according to the latest figures from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Biodiesel production during October 2013 was about 5 million gallons higher than production in September 2013.

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Hyundai Blue Link to support wearable devices such as Google Glass; 2015 Genesis to be the first

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Hyundai’s next generation of products, starting with the all-new 2015 Genesis, will allow owners to connect with their vehicle using wearable devices.

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Swiss WTW study finds important role for alternative fuels as well as alt drivetrains in move to low-emissions vehicles

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WTW energy demand and GHG emissions for EV and PHEV drivetrains for various electricity sources; gasoline ICE vehicle is solid square, hybrid the hollow square. Click to enlarge.

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Iron(III) oxide-graphene sheet-on-sheet nanocomposite shows high performance as Li-ion battery anode material

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High-rate cycling performances of Fe 2 O 3 -graphene sheet-on-sheet composite. Kan and Wang. Click to enlarge.

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Chart to provide fuel system for LNG-Hybrid barge delivering shore power in Hamburg

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Chart Ferox, a.s., a member of Chart Industries’ Distribution and Storage (D&S) segment in Europe, has been awarded a contract by Hybrid Port Energy Gmbh & Co. KG (HPE) to provide LNG fuel storage and processing equipment for the LNG-Hybrid Barge , which will operate in Hamburg’s HafenCity.

IEA: Estonia is pioneering technologies for more efficient and cleaner use of oil shale

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An article in the latest issue of IEA Energy: The Journal of the International Energy Agency reports that Estonia, which has the most developed oil shale industry in the world, is collaborating in pursuing wider use of oil shale in a cleaner, more sustainable manner.

Nanoparticle-modified diesel reduces specific fuel consumption by 7%

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In a study in the journal Fuel , researchers in India report that diesel modified with nanoparticles of aluminum (Al), iron (Fe) or boron (B) reduced specific fuel consumption by up to 7% compared with standard diesel. These “nano-fuels” showed reduced ignition delay, and longer flame sustenance. Emissions of CO and hydrocarbons were reduced, however NO x marginally increased.

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California ISO publishes roadmap for integrating EVs into grid

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Summary of the path to enable EVs to provide grid services. Source: CA ISO. Click to enlarge. The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has released a blueprint for integrating electric vehicles (EVs) into the grid: “ California Vehicle-Grid Integration Roadmap: Enabling Vehicle-based Grid Services ”.

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Tsinghua team develops zinc-air fuel cell stack with high power density

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Researchers at Tsinghua University have developed a high-power-density zinc-air fuel cell (ZAFC) stack using an inexpensive manganese dioxide (MnO 2 ) catalyst with potassium hydroxide (KOH) electrolyte.

Audi to unveil Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept plug-in hybrid at CES; 700 hp and 94 mpg

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Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept. Click to enlarge. Audi will present the Audi Sport quattro laserlight plug-in hybrid concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from 6 to 10 January in Las Vegas. The coupe represents a new evolutionary stage of the Sport quattro concept ( earlier post ). The e-tron powertrain delivers 515 kW (700 hp) of system power with 2.5 l/100 km (94.09 US mpg) fuel economy, equivalent to CO 2 emissions of 59 g/km (94.95

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New system allows direct transfer of pilot production parameters to serial production; targeting 50% reduction in start-up time

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Researchers at Fraunhofer IWU have developed a system for the direct transfer of parameters applied in a pilot production run of new automobiles to serial production. As a result, the serial production process could become faster and more flexible.

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BP closes out 2013 with deepwater finds in Gulf of Mexico and offshore Angola; new activity offshore Brazil

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BP said that 2013 had been its most successful year for new field exploration for almost a decade. During the year, BP participated in 15 completed wildcat exploration wells, resulting in 7 potentially commercial discoveries—a new field exploration success rate of more than 40%.

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MSU-Ford team evaluates 12 biofuel compounds for effects on cold flow properties of diesel and jet blends

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Cloud point temperatures of a high aromatic diesel (HAD) in mixtures with various biofuel compounds. Lown et al. Click to enlarge.

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Massachusetts awarding $15.5M to alternative fuel vehicles and projects; $1.8M for 8 electric school buses

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In December, the Patrick Administration awarded grants and announced new investments in three programs to support alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure across Massachusetts, including the launch of an electric school bus pilot.

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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United States Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area now effective

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The United States Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area (ECA) (SO x came into effect , under MARPOL Annex VI, on 1 January 2014, bringing in stricter controls on emissions of sulfur oxide (SO x ), nitrogen oxide (NO x ) and particulate matter (PM) for ships trading in certain waters adjacent to the coasts of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. The ECA was designated under MARPOL amendments adopted in July 2011.

Saint-Gobain Proppants and Texas A&M Energy Institute collaborate on investigation of proppants for hydraulic fracturing

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Researchers from Texas A&M University’s Energy Institute and Saint-Gobain Proppants have begun a collaborative effort to better understand the behavior of proppants in hydraulic fracturing operations. The collaboration will initially involve research into the “down hole” performance of proppants in fractured wells.

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New durable PEM fuel cell with platinum-free anode and carbon-free cathode

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Researchers at the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, have developed a prototype for single proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) with a mesostructured platinum-free WO 3 /C anode and a carbon-free Pt/WC cathode. This new PEMFC has a comparable power output to that of standard PEMFCs with commercial E-TEK Pt/C electrode catalysts at 70?°C, C, CO-poisoning-free features, and enhanced durability.

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As Battery Cost Falls, Fast-Charging Becomes Key Electric-Car Issue

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It''s a given that the costs of batteries for electric cars will fall in the coming years. The industry hotly debates how much and how fast--after interviewing numerous auto and battery engineers, our figure is around 7 percent a year--but by 2020 or so, costs may be as low as half what they were in 2011 when the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt

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Hydrogen As Electric-Car Range Extender? French Tests Start Soon

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Hydrogen fuel cells have often been viewed as alternatives to large battery packs for powering electric vehicles. But what if a small hydrogen fuel cell could be used in a battery-electric vehicle--solely as a range extender? The French postal service, La Poste, is about to test that concept in three Renault Kangoo ZE small delivery vans. Twice

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Renewable 'Pedal Power' To Light Times Square Ball Tonight

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Never let it be said that New York City doesn''t get everything it can out of its 50 million-plus tourist visitors each year. In this case, it''s pedal-powered energy to offset the roughly 50 kilowatt-hours of electricity consumed by the famous lighted ball that drops to signal the New Year. Times Square, site of the famous ball drop that ushers in

ARPA-E piloting crowdsourced energy challenge in biofuels

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) is piloting a crowdsourced energy challenge , focused on ARPA-E’s PETRO (Plants Engineered To Replace Oil) program, which aims to increase the viability of biofuels by investing in research to double the energy-capture-per-unit area from that of corn ethanol. Earlier post.).

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Is Tesla's Solar City Sibling The 'Energy Company Of The 21st Century'?

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Some solar-energy companies have had a hard time in recent years, but SolarCity may look a little more promising. That isn''t just because Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is the company''s chairman, either--though it can''t hurt. Instead, says The Atlantic (on Mashable), it''s because the company is starting to use Tesla battery packs for energy storage

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ORNL: Speed synchronization through connected vehicle technology contributes to significant fuel economy improvements in conventional and hybrid vehicles

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A study by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory earlier this year concluded that speed synchronization through connected vehicle technology can contribute to fuel economy improvement more than 4% for the conventional vehicle fleet and at least 7% for the hybrid electric fleet. The team introduced a simulation-based framework to explore the impact of speed synchronization on fuel economy improvement for fleets in traffic. The framework comprises traffic and vehicle modules.

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Residual Values On Battery-Electric Cars: KBB Is Not Optimistic

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The year 2014 looks like it could be a very good one for plug-in vehicles, with new launches and expected sales increases heading the list of reasons to cheer.

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PHMSA warns Bakken crude may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude; importance of proper classification for shipping

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The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a safety alert to notify the general public, emergency responders and shippers and carriers that recent derailments and resulting fires indicate that the type of crude oil being transported from the Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil.

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Researchers look to fire ants for sources of biodiesel feedstock

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Researchers at the University of Mississippi are looking to imported fire ants (IFA) ( Solenopsis sp.) as a source for oleaginous microorganisms or enzymes supporting the digestion of raw sugars for the production of oil to be used as feedstock for biodiesel. In a paper in the journal Fuel , they note that the yield of ant oil is 16% dry weight and contains most of the fatty acids also found in other biomass resources.

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