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Muons and ADNA proposing using accelerator-driven subcritical reactor for heat for production of synthetic fuels and chemicals

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Functional elements of the GEM*STAR reactor. Source : Muons, Inc. Click to enlarge. Muons, Inc. , a private-sector high-energy accelerator physics firm, and ADNA (Accelerator-Driven Neutron Applications) Corp.,

Is an AC motor in your future?

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All major car makers use AC propulsion systems for a reason. That reason is simplicity, robustness and excellent, programmable. operating parameters. For the past year, there has been a group of people studying. AC propulsion systems. They all eventually noticed the huge.

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2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid First To Meet SULEV20 Standards

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Honda's 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid has become the first vehicle to meet California's latest new emissions standard. The plug-in Accord's per-mile output of only 20 milligrams of smog-forming emissions allows it to meet the California Air Resources Board's new SULEV20 standards. SULEV20, or "Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle 20" is one-third cleaner

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New Ford Fiesta Van tops fuel economy charts

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It’s not often we talk about vans on TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk: however, when it comes to green vans there has arguably never been a more attractive option than the new Ford Fiesta Van (pictured).

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Eni and Anadarko to coordinate development of gas reservoirs offshore Mozambique, jointly to develop major onshore LNG facility

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Eni and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation signed a Heads of Agreement (HOA) establishing foundational principles for the coordinated development of common natural gas reservoirs in the offshore Mozambique.

New analysis find West Antarctic warming more than expected

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A new study using a computer model of the atmosphere and a numerical analysis method to fill in gaps in collected data from the Byrd Station outpost finds that the central region of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is experiencing twice as much warming as previously thought.

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TK LNG Partners orders four ultra-long-stroke dual-fuel engines from MAN Diesel & Turbo for LNG carriers, options for further six

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Teekay LNG Partners L.P. Teekay LNG), an offshoot of Teekay Corporation, the international shipping group, has placed an order for two LNG carriers powered by 2 × 2 5G70ME-GI dual-fuel, two-stroke, gas-injection engine, including an option for three further ships.

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DOE’s Carbon Utilization and Storage Atlas estimates at least 2,400B metric tons of US CO2 storage resource

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The United States has at least 2,400 billion metric tons of possible carbon dioxide storage resource in saline formations, oil and gas reservoirs, and unmineable coal seams, according to a new US Department of Energy (DOE) publication. This resource could potentially store hundreds of years’ worth of industrial greenhouse gas emissions, preventing their release into the atmosphere, says the 2012 edition of the Carbon Utilization and Storage Atlas ( Atlas IV ).

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Dynamic model for estimating SoC and peak power capability in PHEVs

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Researchers at the Beijing Institue of Technology have developed a battery model to estimate the state of charge (SoC) and peak power capability of a Li-ion battery in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). According to their report in the Journal of Power Sources , their approach can not only achieve an accurate SoC estimate with an error below 0.02, but also give a reliable and robust peak power capability estimate.

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ACL to begin transporting Canadian crude by inland barge to Gulf Coast for oil sands company MEG Energy

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American Commercial Lines (ACL) will begin transporting crude oil by barge on the US inland waterways for MEG Energy (US) Inc. MEG Energy), a subsidiary of the Canadian oil sands company MEG Energy Corp. Crude oil will arrive primarily via pipeline and will be transferred to barges at storage terminals located on the inland waterways for transport by ACL to the Gulf Coast.

Researchers use IPCC AR5 models to forecast 10% drop in Colorado River flow in next few decades

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In a new study in Nature Climate Change , climate modelers at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory predict a 10% drop in the Colorado River’s flow in the next few decades, enough to disrupt longtime water-sharing agreements between farms and cities across the American Southwest, from Denver to Los Angeles to Tucson, and through California’s Imperial Valley. The Colorado River Basin encompasses much of the American West, covering parts of seven US states and two states in Mexico.

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Ford advancing 3D sand printing

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Ford is embracing the use of “3D printing”—additive manufacturing—in its design work. Many of the components for the Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine in the all-new Transit Van (earlier post) were developed with the aid of 3D rapid manufacturing.

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DENSO develops Qi-compatible integrated, in-vehicle wireless cell phone charger; debuting in Avalon

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Global automotive supplier DENSO has developed the first integrated, in-vehicle wireless cell phone charger in collaboration with Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions (PLDS). DENSO’s Qi-compatible wireless cell phone charger will make its world debut in North America on the 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited as part of a technology package available for both the gasoline and hybrid versions. Qi is a standard for inductive wireless charging developed and maintained by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).

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Tesla Supercharger Network Expands Into East Coast

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The 2013 Tesla Model S comes with one feature no other electric car can match: free quick-charging at an expanding network of Supercharger stations, usable only by Tesla owners. Following its October launch between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, the network now includes a station along the Northeast Corridor between Boston and

Study examines potential for alternatives to new car ownership models to advance EV market

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A new study by the RAC Foundation and the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) examines the potential for alternatives to new car ownership models to kick-start the electric vehicle market. The paper, “Car Rental 2.0”, summarizes the findings from a joint seminar held by the RAC Foundation and BVRLA earlier this year on alternatives to car ownership: car rental, traditional and one-way car clubs, and ridesharing.

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Grim First: Air Pollution Makes Top 10 List Of Disease Risk Factors

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According to the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) Study published this month in The Lancet, high blood pressure, tobacco smoke, and alcohol abuse are the world's most dangerous risk factors for disease. Among the other top-ten items on that grim list, we also find air pollution -- largely ambient particulate matter

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Sensor fusion, machine learning, and “big data” featuring in Ford R&D for advanced driver assistance

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At Ford, Paul Mascarenas, vice president and chief technical officer, has been leading the team researching and developing new technologies for Ford vehicles, particularly in the area of driver assistance and mobile device connectivity. Mascarenas points to the new Fusion sedan as an example of “ making the car smarter using attainable and affordable technology and thus helping create a better driver. ”.

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St. Andrews team elucidates behavior of carbon cathodes in Li-air batteries; the importance of the synergy between electrode and electrolyte

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Carbon is seen as an attractive potential cathode material for aprotic (non-aqueous) Lithium-air batteries, which are themselves of great interest for applications such as in electric vehicles because of the cells’ high theoretical specific energy. However, the stability of carbon and the effect of carbon on electrolyte decomposition in such cells are not deeply understood at this point. A team at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) led by Prof.

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EPA grants waiver for California’s Advanced Clean Car Program

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally granted a California Air Resources Board (CARB) request for a waiver of preemption for its Advanced Clean Car (ACC) regulations. Earlier post.) The ACC regulations revise California’s Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) program (which includes both criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards) as well as the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program.

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TU Dresden study on external costs of automotive transportation in Europe calls for internalization of the high external costs; raising user prices to change behavior

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Average external costs from cars per 1,000 vkm by country. Click to enlarge. A recent study from Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) commissioned by the Greens/European Free Allianace (EFA) in the European Parliament concluded that the cars used within the EU-27 externalize up to about €373 billion (US$493 billion) per year (high estimate) of costs on to other people, other regions and other generations. The low estimate is external costs of €258 billion (US$341 billion).

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Ukraine state oil and gas company signs $3.656B credit agreement with China Development Bank to finance substituting natural gas with coal

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The Ukraine state oil and gas company Naftogaz signed a US$3.656-billion credit agreement with the state-owned China Development Bank to finance the program of substituting natural gas with locally produced coal. The program is aimed at improving Ukraine’s energy security and alleviating dependence on foreign natural gas.

Toyota launches new Crown series sedans in Japan, including new hybrid models

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Crown Royal Saloon G (Hybrid model, rear-wheel drive with options). Click to enlarge. Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) launched in Japan the redesigned Crown Royal and Crown Athlete sedans; production of a new hybrid version of the sedan will begin in late January 2013. The original Crown made its debut in 1955; the new release represents the 14th generation.

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California ARB issues official notification for Feb GHG allowance auction

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has issued its official Auction Notice for the California Cap-and-Trade Program Greenhouse Gas Allowance Auction on 19 February 2013—the second official auction. Earlier post.) The February 2013 allowance auction will. offer 12,924,822 2013 current vintage allowances and 9,560,000 year 2016 future vintage allowances for sale. The number of allowances listed for the Current Auction is the final number of.

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Amyris secures $42.25M financing, begins Biofene production in Brazil

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Renewable chemicals and fuels company Amyris, Inc. has completed a $42.25 million private placement of its common stock. In addition, Amyris announced its purpose-built industrial fermentation facility in Brazil has successfully begun production of Biofene, Amyris’s brand of renewable farnesene. The company sold 14,177,849 shares of common stock in a private placement to existing Amyris investors. The transaction included $37.25

Toyota agrees to fund a settlement valued up to $1.4 billion for unintended acceleration cases

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Toyota has agreed to a settlement valued between $1.2 and $1.4 billion in a class action suit by Toyota vehicle owners who claim that their vehicles are prone to sudden, unexplained acceleration. The estimated settlement is the largest of this type in US history in terms of dollars paid out and number of vehicles involved. The settlement includes direct payments to consumers as well as the installation of a brake-override system in an estimated 3.25 million vehicles.

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California Air Resources Board approves 2014 Honda Plug-in Hybrid Accord as first LEV3/SULEV20 vehicle on sale

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The California Air Resources Board has approved the 2014 Honda Plug-in Hybrid Accord as the first car for sale in California that meets ARB’s LEV3/SULEV20 standard—the most stringent smog-emission standard to date. Earlier post.). The 2014 Honda Plug-In Hybrid Accord produces only 20 milligrams of NMOG+NO x emissions per mile.

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New release of GREET fuel cycle model

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The GREET team at Argonne National Laboratory has released a new release of the GREET fuel cycle model (GREET 1 2012 rev2) as well as a GREET (Beta) featuring a fully graphical toolbox to perform life cycle analysis simulations of alternative transportation fuels and vehicle technologies in a matter of a few clicks.

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DOT’s RITA to award up to $72.5M for 35 University Transportation Centers

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The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) is seeking applications ( UTCOPENCOMP2013 ) from non-profit institutions of higher education to operate National, Regional and Tier 1 University Transportation Centers (UTCs or Centers). Estimated total program funding is $72.5 million, with 35 awards expected.

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Chevron subsidiary acquires 50% operating interest in Western Canada Kitimat LNG project; 10 million tonnes per year

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Chevron Corporation’s indirect Canadian subsidiary, Chevron Canada Limited, will acquire a 50% operating interest in the Kitimat liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and proposed Pacific Trail Pipeline (PTP), and a 50% interest in approximately 644,000 acres of petroleum and natural gas rights in the Horn River and Liard Basins in British Columbia, Canada.

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Statoil greenlights $7B Mariner heavy-oil project in UK North Sea

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Statoil has made the investment decision to develop the Mariner heavy oil field development in the UK North Sea. The project entails investments of more than US$7 billion and is the largest new offshore development in the UK in more than a decade. The Mariner Field is located on the East Shetland Platform of the UK North Sea approximately 150 km east of the Shetland Isles.

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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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Could Hybrids Use Lead-Acid Batteries? Startup Says Yes

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It's quite easy to forget that cars have been using batteries for years before hybrids and electric vehicles arrived. The humble lead-acid battery, the planet's most recycled product, has been starting engines and providing power for car electrics ever since such a thing was required. Now, battery startup Energy Power Systems (EPS), fronted by

ITOCHU to acquire 20.7% of issued shares of Toda Kogyo to strengthen position in Li-ion cathode materials market

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ITOCHU Corporation signed a capital/business partnership with materials company Toda Kogyo through which ITOCHU will own 20.7% of Toda Kogyo’s issued shares (22.1% ownership of voting shares), placing Toda Kogyo as an equity-method affiliate of ITOCHU. ITOCHU will utilize the technological capability and production facilities of Toda Kogyo to strengthen its trade business in Li-ion cathode materials—a market expected to exceed ¥300 billion (US$3.5

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Syntroleum defends its Bio-Synfining technology against new Neste suit

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On 20 December, Neste Oil Oyj sued Syntroleum Corporation for alleged patent infringement regarding US Patent No. 8,212,094 on the production process for NExBTL renewable diesel. Earlier post.) Syntroleum denies any infringement of Neste’s alleged patent rights and says it will continue to vigorously defend against Neste’s allegations.

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European Parliament Environment Committee backs plan to reduce motor vehicle noise

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The European Parliament Environment Committee by a vote of 30 to 27, with two absentions, adopted a report for lowering motor vehicle noise limits for new vehicles in category M (for passengers) and N (for goods). The Members of Parliament (MEPs) also recommended introducing a labeling scheme to inform consumers about the noise levels of new cars. The proposed new regulation would also set standards for the audibility of hybrid and electric vehicles for vulnerable road users.

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A Reminder: WA Electric Car Owners Pay $100 Tax From 2013

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If you live in Washington State, the cost of driving an electric car is set to go up in February next year. Not by a lot, it has to be said--but in an effort to get electric car owners to pay their share for the upkeep of roads and bridges, Washington electric car drivers will start paying an additional $100 yearly tax. The measure comes into

2013 Ford Hybrids' Gas Mileage Generates First Lawsuit

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It isn't just Hyundai and Kia in deep water over misleading MPG claims--now Ford is the subject of a lawsuit over the MPG of its hybrid models. The federal lawsuit concerns the fuel economy of its most recent hybrid models, the C-Max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid. Filed on December 7, the lawsuit says Ford's marketing campaign highlighting the