Georgia Tech study suggests unlinking EVs from CAFE and coordinating with power sector for low-cost benefits

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A team from Georgia Tech suggests, based on their modeling of electric vehicle (EV) adoption scenarios in each of six regions of the Eastern Interconnection (containing 70% of the US population), that coordinating EV adoption with the adoption of controlled EV charging, unlinking EVs from consideration in the CAFE fuel economy regulations; and implementing renewable electricity standards would deliver low-cost reductions in emissions and gasoline usage.

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HyBoost demonstrator debuts at LCV2011; 50% by swept volume downsizing with low-cost electrification

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The HyBoost project vehicle was revealed for the first time today at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle 2011 event hosted at Rockingham, UK, demonstrating a combination of high-impact, low-cost electrical systems which offer the prospect of radical engine downsizing using electric supercharger and energy capture and storage technologies within an otherwise conventional gasoline powertrain architecture. HyBoost demonstrator. Click to enlarge.


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SOFC-maker Bloom Energy announces initial strategy for hydrogen market entry; partnership with SK

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Solid-oxide-fuel-cell manufacturer Bloom Energy is entering the commercial hydrogen market by introducing hydrogen-powered fuel cells and electrolyzers that produce renewable hydrogen. The Bloom Energy Servers are a proven market leader in clean, reliable, and resilient on-site power.

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Controlled Power Technologies and Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium to unveil LC Super Hybrid at Geneva show; low-cost “micro-mild” demonstrator

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The LC Super Hybrid, conceived by Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) and the Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) to show that significant CO 2 reduction can be achieved through electric hybridization at low voltages (12-48 volts) using the latest lead-carbon batteries, will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The demonstrator further develops AVL’s efficient low carbon ELC concept ( earlier post ). The LC Super Hybrid demonstrator. Click to enlarge.

Nacero selects Topsoe’s TIGAS technology for gas-to-gasoline unit; reducing lifecycle carbon footprint up to 50%

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Nacero has licensed Topsoe TIGAS (Topsoe Improved Gasoline Synthesis) technology for its multi-billion USD natural-gas-to-gasoline facility in Penwell, Texas to produce 100,000 barrels per day of gasoline component ready for blending into US commercial grades.

Vertimass receives up to $2M from DOE for conversion of ethanol into gasoline, diesel and jet blendstocks; expanding the ethanol market

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Vertimass LLC has received a grant of up to $2 million ( earlier post ) from the US Department of Energy to support the commercialization of catalyst technology that converts ethanol into gasoline, diesel and jet fuel blend stocks, while retaining compatibility with the current transportation fuel infrastructure. Fractional collection of the fuel product allows for the different fractions to be used as blendstock for gasoline, diesel, or jet fuel.

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IEA: record oil output from US, Brazil, Canada and Norway to keep global markets well supplied

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Oil production growth from the United States, Brazil, Canada and Norway can keep the world well supplied, more than meeting global oil demand growth through 2020, but more investment will be needed to boost output after that, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest annual report on oil markets. However, the report finds that despite falling costs, additional investment will be needed to spur supply growth after 2020. Market Background Oil

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Groundbreaking in Turkmenistan for major synthetic gasoline plant; first full-scale Haldor Topsøe TIGAS facility

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In August, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Ovadan-Depe near the capital of Ashgabad in Turkmenistan to launch the construction of a major plant focused on the conversion of natural gas into synthetic gasoline. The plant will be based on Haldor Topsøe’s TIGAS (Topsøe Improved Gasoline Synthesis) technology (earlier post ) and will become the first full-scale large commercial facility using this technology. Topsoe Gasoline Synthesis Catalyst GSK-10.

LiquidPiston unveils 70cc rotary gasoline engine prototype embodying HEHC; power dense, low-vibration

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LPI) the developer of engines based on its High Efficiency Hybrid Cycle (HEHC) ( earlier post ), has unveiled the alpha prototype of the X Mini—a power-dense, low-vibration, quiet, 70cc spark-ignited, non-Wankel rotary embodiment of the HEHC. The X Mini 70cc rotary gasoline engine. Cycle-skipping power modulation allows high efficiencies at low power settings while simultaneously cooling the engine’s walls internally and providing partial heat recovery.

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ZeoGas licenses ExxonMobil Methanol-to-Gasoline technology for Gulf Coast plant

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ZeoGas LLC ( ZeoGas ), a developer of natural gas-to-gasoline projects, has entered into a license agreement to use ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company’s (ExxonMobil) methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) technology in the development of a natural gas-to-gasoline plant on the US Gulf Coast. Most of the hydrocarbon product boils in the gasoline boiling range.

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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. Now, researchers at Imperial College London have shown that bioethanol production from bamboo in China is both technically and economically feasible, as well as cost-competitive with gasoline.

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Primus Green Energy produces 100-octane gasoline at commercial demonstration gas-to-liquids plant; improvement to STG+ technology

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a gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology and solutions company that transforms methane and other hydrocarbon gases into gasoline and methanol ( earlier post ), has successfully produced 100-octane gasoline at its commercial demonstration plant in Hillsborough, New Jersey. RBOB is one of the base gasoline stocks mixed with ethanol at the terminal racks, the others being Conventional Gasoline Blending Components (CBOB) and CARBOB, a special RBOB formula mandated by the state of California.

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BCG forecasts electrified vehicles to take half of global auto market by 2030; hybrids to dominate

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In a new report (its fourth on electric car adoption) the Boston Consulting Group forecasts that a combination of hybrid and fully electric powertrains will cut the global market share of pure internal combustion engines (ICEs) by about 50% by 2030. Three factors—technology, regulatory mandates, and consumer cost of ownership—will shape the changeover, which BCG expects to play out over three phases and about a dozen years: Phase 1. Regional Market Variations.

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Haldor Topsoe to build large-scale SOEC electrolyzer manufacturing facility to meet customer needs for green hydrogen

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SOECs can be thermally integrated with a range of chemical syntheses, enabling recycling of captured CO 2 and H 2 O into synthetic natural gas or gasoline, methanol, or ammonia, resulting in further efficiency improvements compared with low-temperature electrolysis technologies.

Deloitte suggests Gen Y’s embrace of hybrid vehicles may be auto market’s tipping point

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Gen Y’s strong affinity for hybrid vehicles could make it the “ generation that leads us away from traditional gasoline-powered vehicles ,” reports Craig Giffi, vice chairman and automotive practice leader at Deloitte LLP, after seeing the results of Deloitte’s annual survey of consumers and what they want in an automobile. Most notably, fuel efficiency: 89% of Gen Y consumers are considering buying a vehicle that gets better mileage, especially true when gasoline prices rise above $2.75

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EPS advancing diesel engine for general aviation applications; 30-50% lower fuel consumption than gasoline

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As an example, EPS suggests that a Cirrus SR22 (a single-engine four- or five-seat composite aircraft) fitted with the Graflight V-8 could carry the equivalent of two additional passengers flying the same distance as with a Continental gasoline 315 horsepower engine while still realizing a 40% reduction in fuel cost. Engineered Propulsion Systems ( EPS ) has developed and is advancing a 4.3-liter, 8-cylinder diesel engine for general aviation (GA) applications.

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Researchers demonstrate integrated process for the production of high-octane renewable gasoline from biomass sugars

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Block flow diagram for the production of gasoline from lignocellulosic biomass by aqueous phase hydrodeoxygenation of a solution produced by the hydrolysis of biomass. The process was able to convert aqueous carbohydrate streams derived from maple wood (produced using both hot water and acid hydrolysis) into gasoline-range products with carbon yields of up to 57% and an estimated octane number of 96.5.

2011 218

GE Energy Financial Services joins $8M investment round in biomass-to-gasoline startup

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Gas chromatograph traces of conventional 87 octane gasoline (top) and CoolPlanetBioFuels drop-in gasoline produced from corn cobs. GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE, has joined an $8-million funding round for CoolPlanetBioFuels , a start-up company developing a technology that converts low-grade biomass into high-grade fuels, including gasoline, and carbon that can be sequestered. The fuel market is one of the world’s largest at about $4 trillion per year.

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Congressional Budget Office estimates US federal policies promoting EVs and other fuel-efficient vehicles will cost $7.5B through 2019; little or no impact on gasoline use and GHG in the short term

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Tax credits and gasoline prices necessary for various electric vehicles to be cost-competitive with conventional vehicles at 2011 vehicle prices. The nonpartisan US Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that federal policies to promote the manufacture and purchase of electric vehicles, some of which also support other types of fuel-efficient vehicles, will have a total budgetary cost of about $7.5 Carnegie Endowment suggests policies to advance the plug-in market.

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DOE to award up to $133M for advanced vehicle technologies research

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Low-cost electric traction drive systems using no heavy rare earth materials. million) Platinum-group metals content reduction to enable cost-effective after-treatment for gasoline and diesel engines. Batteries Engines Market Background MobilityThe US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $133 million in funding to support new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research.

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Small-displacement two-stroke H2 engine could address performance and emissions cost-effectively for recreational market; potential for Asian motor vehicle fleet

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Comparison of brake thermal efficiency and specific fuel consumption at rated power (ICOMIA Mode 5), hydrogen vs. gasoline engines. Such an engine could provide a cost-effective solution for small recreational vehicle- and motorcycle applications. The two-stroke engine has been favored for small recreational vehicles because of its high power density, low cost and simple, lightweight design, Oh said.

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Mid-project data from Oak Ridge study suggests hydrogen vehicles could have up to 70% market share by 2050

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Hydrogen vehicle market penetration under different scenarios. Hydrogen vehicles (H 2 V, including H 2 ICE, fuel cell and fuel cell plug-in hybrid vehicles) could achieve a market share ranging from 30% to 70% in 2050, according to preliminary results from a study by Dr. David Greene and colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) presented at the DOE 2012 Hydrogen and Fuel Cells and Vehicle Technologies Programs Annual Merit Review meetings in Washington this week.

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DOE BETO to award $61.4M for low-carbon biofuels research to reduce transportation emissions

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million for technologies that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. ( DE-FOA-0002396 ) Topic areas for the “Bioenergy Technologies Office Scale-Up and Conversion” funding opportunity include high-impact biotechnology research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to bolster the body of scientific and engineering knowledge needed to produce low-carbon biofuels at lower cost. municipal solid waste, biosolids) into low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts.

Fraunhofer ISI/ICCT analysis of PHEV data finds real-world CO2 emissions 2-4x higher than official values

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There are noteworthy differences between the markets analyzed, with the highest real-world UF found for Norway at 53% for private vehicles and the United States at 54% for private vehicles. The low frequency of recharging reduces the share of electric driving and thereby increases fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions of plug-in hybrid vehicles in real-world driving. Behavior Electric (Battery) Emissions Hybrids Market Background Plug-ins

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Opposed-piston engine maker Pinnacle initially targeting developing markets, with vehicles expected in 2013

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Startup Pinnacle Engines, the developer of a four-stroke, spark-ignited (SI), opposed-piston, sleeve-valve architecture engine ( earlier post ), is initially targeting lower power applications (such as tuk tuks) in developing markets in its commercialization strategy. Pinnacle says its engine achieves 30-50% better fuel economy in various drive cycle comparisons without the large cost penalty that can be associated with significant fuel economy improvement.

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Porsche, Siemens Energy and partners advance climate-neutral eFuels development; Haru Oni pilot in Chile

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The result is renewable methanol, which can be converted into climate-friendly fuel using an MTG (Methanol To Gasoline) technology to be licensed and supported by ExxonMobil. Part of the e-Methanol will be converted to e-Gasoline (130,000 liters per year).

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Third Phase of SDGE In-Use Study Shows PHEVs Excel on Fuel Economy and GHG Emissions Reductions Compared to Gasoline ICE and Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

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The third phase of a SDG&E multi-year in-use study on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles showed that plug-in hybrids offer significant improvements in gas mileage and reductions in emissions when compared with standard hybrid-electric and gasoline internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. L/100km), achieved a 58% increase in gas mileage, a 37% decrease in carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions, and a 10% reduction in fuel costs. One of SDG&E’s converted PHEVs. Click to enlarge.

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Profile: Li-ion Provider Compact Power, Inc. Focusing on the Automotive and Vehicle Markets

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CPI’s focus is the North American automotive and commercial vehicle market. Manganese is also abundant and low-cost and with the use of proprietary additives, CPI believes a calendar life of more than 15 years is achievable within a vehicle with proper design and operation. Third, the AT market has more stringent requirements on the validation of the individual cells. Fourth, a vehicle pack battery pack has non-cell costs such as a monitoring system.

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Primus Green Energy methanol plant project slated for 2017 in the Marcellus Region

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a gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology and commercial solutions company that transforms methane and other hydrocarbon gases into methanol and gasoline, plans to develop and deliver its 160MT/day methanol plant to a manufacturing site in the Marcellus shale region. Primus’ standardized modular GTL systems will convert low-cost Marcellus feedstock into methanol locally, thus saving its clients in the region both production and transportation costs. Primus Green Energy Inc.,

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Nidec to form electric traction motor JV with a subsidiary of Guangzhou Automobile Group

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As the trend of car electrification intensifies, the automotive motor market, strategically important for Nidec, is forecast to double its size to six trillion yen (US$55.9 Among all the products in the market, companies’ attention and Nidec’s particular focus are on the traction motor, one of the most important components to replace the existing internal-combustion engine. Leading motor manufacturer Nidec Corporation will form a joint venture with GAC Components Co., Ltd.,

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JAC and Ricardo develop production version of HyBoost concept; seeking 30% boost in fuel economy with same performance

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Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Co Ltd (JAC) and Ricardo are collaborating on a project to develop the Ricardo HyBoost concept ( earlier post )—a combination of low-cost technologies to deliver improved performance and fuel economy which featured recently in the Ricardo Centenary celebrations —into volume production on a JAC vehicle. The project team is now working to productionize the HyBoost concept for a JAC vehicle intended for launch in the Chinese market.

2015 192

Torotrak introduces new technologies to enhance V-Charge variable supercharger

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Torotrak Group presented new technologies for low-cost, high efficiency drive systems at the Berlin CTI symposium and exposition. These developments will allow Torotrak’s V-Charge variable supercharging technology ( earlier post ) to compete with the latest boosting solutions coming to market, but without their integration challenges. V-Charge is a variable drive supercharger for gasoline and diesel engines.

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Achates Power brings in Cummins veteran David Crompton as President and CEO

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Achates Power can make a positive impact on the future of transportation and industrial power by providing a superior option to deliver high efficiency and low emissions across current and future markets. The Board and Investors have full confidence in the work that the Achates Power team is doing and the ability for Dave Crompton to help bring to market an ultra-clean, ultra-efficient, low-cost internal combustion engine.

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DOE updates eGallon prices; Sec’y Moniz highlights growth of PEV sales

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US Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz highlighted the continued growth of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV)sales—more than doubling in the first 6 months of 2013 to 40,000 units compared to the same period in 2012—as the US Department of Energy (DOE) released its most recent pricing data showing the low cost of fueling on electricity. cost of a gallon of gasoline. for gasoline) and $1.13 for gasoline).

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Navigant forecasts LD natural gas vehicles to account for 2.8% of global vehicle parc by 2024

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Overall, Navigant expects the worldwide market for LD NGVs to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% Asia Pacific will remain the largest market, with more than 2.0 In North America, the high upfront cost, limited fueling infrastructure, reduced utility, and increased interest in electrification are likely to limit the demand for LD NGVs, the research firm posits. This region seems likely to remain focused on the fleet markets (such as municipal vehicles).

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China Sets Its Sights On Global EV Dominance

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The world’s largest automotive market, China, is looking to become a dominant player in the rising global electric vehicle market. China is the world’s top EV market, and the government is looking to have new energy vehicle (NEV) sales at up to 25 percent of all sales by 2025, although it is not looking to ban sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles anytime soon. We believe China materials costs are lower than the overseas market.

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Navigant forecasts global natural gas fleet of 34.9M by 2020

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Cumulative natural gas vehicles in use by segment, world markets: 2013-2020. The increase is largely driven due to a combination of low-cost natural gas and sustained higher prices for gasoline and diesel in many countries, Navigant suggests. The differential in the cost of the fuels determines the payback on this additional equipment (currently between 2.5 New LNG infrastructure is helping to promote the truck market in both North America and Asia Pacific.

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DOE announces $26.6M SBIR/STTR FY15 Phase 1 Release 2 awards; fuel cells, batteries, power electronics and efficient combustion engines

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This quality control device will help to drive down the costs of fuel cells by reducing waste and improving the process efficiency of roll-to-roll manufacturing of polymer electrolyte membranes. ICE Ignition Using Transient Plasma Acceleration Lean-burn gasoline engines have trouble reliably igniting gasoline and air mixtures. High Loading Lithium-Ion Electrode Architecture for Low Cost Electric Vehicle Batteries Ballast Energy, Inc.

2015 191

Neah Power Systems pitching on-board formic acid reforming for automotive hydrogen fuel cell applications

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is in preliminary discussions with a fuel cell company to license formic acid reforming technology for certain grid scale applications, and is also identifying appropriate automotive partners for the technology, opening up new Served Available Markets (SAM) that are very significant, according to CEO Chris D’Couto. Already a commodity chemical, formic acid is a raw material for a variety of products, and is available at low cost in bulk quantities from a variety of suppliers.

2014 225

GE and Chesapeake Energy to partner on infrastructure to speed adoption of natural gas as transportation fuel; CNG, LNG and home refueling

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The two signed a memorandum of understanding on a multi-year product and services development partnership to develop and bring to market compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation and natural gas home-fueling solutions. A CNG vehicle, such as a taxi, bus or small truck, can then refill its tank using a traditional fuel dispenser, much like those used for diesel or gasoline refueling.

2012 218

Williams Hybrid Power flywheel proves powerful and reliable in Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid in Zhuhai race

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The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid completed the recent 1,000 km of Zhuhai in China ahead of all other GT cars and with fewer stops for gasoline. As an example of WHP’s focus on wider applications for the MLC flywheel technology, it participates in a consortium with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover who are seeking to develop hybrid flywheel applications at sufficiently low cost to facilitate mass uptake in the road car market.

2010 191

Edeniq and Flint Hills Resources Renewables establish joint development relationship for ethanol

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Edeniq owns and operates a demonstration-scale production facility in Visalia, California to convert cellulosic feedstock into low-cost cellulosic sugars and cellulosic ethanol. This collaboration with Flint Hills Resources Renewables demonstrates our mission of accelerating low-cost cellulosic ethanol to market. Flint Hills Resources Renewables, LLC, a leading US ethanol producer, will become a customer of Edeniq, Inc.,

2012 161

GMZ Energy successfully demonstrates 1 kW thermoelectric generator for Bradley Fighting Vehicle

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GMZ Energy, a market leader in the development of high-temperature thermoelectric generation (TEG) solutions, has successfully demonstrated a 1,000W TEG designed for diesel engine exhaust heat recapture in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The company integrated five of its 200W TEGs into a single 1,000 W diesel engine solution that directly converts exhaust waste heat into electrical energy to increase fuel efficiency and lower costs.

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