Tesla Model S P85D Torque, Georgia Electric-Car Tax Credit, Chevy CrossVolt: Today's Car News

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Today we learn just how much torque the Tesla Model S P85D electric car produces, survey the ongoing fight over Georgia''s electric-car tax credit, and consider what the renewal of the CrossVolt trademark means for Chevy''s future electric-car lineup.

Toyota Prius Recall, Georgia Electric-Car Incentive, Tesla Ohio Troubles: Today's Car News

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Today on Green Car Reports: Georgia may kill its $5,000 electric-car tax credit, Ohio car dealers renew their legislative fight against Tesla Motors, and 2010 through 2014 Toyota Prius hybrids are being recalled. All this and more on Green Car Reports. A chronicle of the return road trip from Florida to New York in a Tesla Model S electric car

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Ford MyEnergi Lifestyle collaboration to demonstrate integration of home appliance technology, plug-in vehicle and renewable energy source; Georgia Tech model predicts 60% cut in home energy costs

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At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ford Motor Company announced a strategic collaboration that will demonstrate the integration of home appliance technology, plug-in vehicle and a renewable energy source to achieve an energy-efficient lifestyle. Specifically, MyEnergi Lifestyle showcases how combining renewable energy generation with “time-flexible” loads optimizes energy consumption across a plug-in vehicle and home appliances.

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Tolero Licenses Biomass Pyrolysis Technology from Univ. of Georgia

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LLC, a Sacramento, California-based biofuels company, has licensed a biomass pyrolysis process from the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc (UGARF). Lead inventor of the technology is Tom Adams, a retired member of the University of Georgia Faculty of Engineering. Tolero also will convert other types of cellulosic biomass, such as agricultural waste and waste wood pallets, into renewable transportation fuels, heating fuels, soil amendments and industrial products.

Vanderbilt, Nissan and Georgia Tech partner on new low PGM electrospun nanofiber catalysts for improved automotive fuel cells

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Vanderbilt University, Nissan North America and Georgia Institute of Technology are collaborating to test a new technique to electospin low-platinum-metal-group (low PGM) electrocatalysts with a proton-conducting binder to improve durability and performance of fuel cell electrodes. Meanwhile at Georgia Tech, biomedical engineering professor Younan Xia has developed a method for carefully controlling the shape of nanoparticle catalyst for fuel cells.

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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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Renewable Energy Group has sold 1 billion gallons of biodiesel

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Renewable Energy Group, Inc. Private investors, including West Central, provided capital enabling the company to grow, both organically and through acquisitions in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, New Jersey and Texas. REG) announced that it has sold a cumulative one billion gallons of biodiesel during its 17-year history.

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NREL-led research could lead to improved enzyme performance to break down biomass for renewable fuels

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A team led by researchers from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have gained new insights into how glycosylation—the natural attachment of sugars to proteins—affects a key cellulase enzyme. This work could be used to improve enzyme performance to better break down biomass and convert waste plant matter to renewable fuels and products.

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USDA to invest up to $100M to boost infrastructure for renewable fuel use; seeks to double number of higher blend ethanol fuel pumps

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US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $100 million in a Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership to support the infrastructure needed to make more renewable fuel options available to American consumers. Specifically, USDA will administer competitive grants to match funding for state-led efforts to test and evaluate innovative and comprehensive approaches to market higher blends of renewable fuel, such as E15 and E85.

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DOE to award more than $27M to 12 plastics recycling R&D projects

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The BOTTLE: Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment funding opportunity is jointly funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office and Advanced Manufacturing Office. Partners include BASF and University of Georgia. Partners include Husky, Miliken, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Niagra, Oklahoma State University, Under Armor, and Unifi.

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2016 Chevy Spark Video, 2016 Lexus RX Hybrid, GA Kills Electric-Car Incentive: Today's Car News

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Today, we have the 2016 Chevrolet Spark and 2016 Lexus RX 450h from the 2015 New York Auto Show, and news that Georgia will kill its electric-car tax incentive. Georgetown, Texas, wants to convert to 100-percent renewable energy, and not because of climate change. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Check out the redesigned 2016 Smart Fortwo. Today in Car News

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EcoCAR Teams Roll Out Architectures; Plug-in Li-ion Packs and Renewable Energy Common Attributes

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All of the vehicles use a renewable energy source that displaces petroleum consumption. Six of the seventeen EcoCAR teams, including Georgia Tech, Howard University, Michigan Tech University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Texas Tech, and West Virginia University, have designed Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles which are constructed with a large lithium-ion battery.

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11 states assessing fees on EV owners in lieu of traditional fuel taxes

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Eleven states currently assess fees on electric vehicle owners in lieu of traditional fuel taxes, according to the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Georgia has the highest annual fee of the states that have currently enacted fees for electric vehicles. Commercial and noncommercial plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) have different fees in Georgia.

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USDA announces conditional commitment for $70M loan guarantee for Ensyn cellulosic biofuel refinery

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a conditional commitment for a $70-million loan guarantee to help build a cellulosic biorefinery in central Georgia. Ensyn Georgia Biorefinery I, LLC (Ensyn) will construct and operate a cellulosic biofuel refinery in Dooly County, Georgia. The company will produce 20 million gallons of renewable fuel per year employing its Rapid Thermal Processing (RTP) technology. The first such project is the Project in Georgia.

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DOE announces $11.5M in Phase 1 funding for carbon capture and storage program; ARPA-E FLECCS

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FLECCS project teams will work to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) processes that better enable technologies, such as natural gas power generators, to be responsive to grid conditions in a high variable renewable energy (VRE) penetration environment. Flexible Oxy-Fuel Combustion for High-Penetration Variable Renewables - $717,658. Georgia Institute of Technology. The US Department of Energy announced $11.5

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UC Riverside Researchers Create First Synthetic Cellulosome in Yeast; Potential to Make Renewable Fuel Production More Efficient and Economical

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The paper was co-authored by UCR students Shen-Long Tsai and Shailendra Singh, post-doctoral researcher Jeongseok Oh, and Ruizhen Chen, associate professor at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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USDA Report Provides Regional Roadmap To Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard by 2022; Southeast to Provide ~50% of Advanced Biofuels

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report outlining both the current state of renewable transportation fuels efforts in the US and a plan to develop regional strategies to increase the production, marketing and distribution of biofuels. According to the Renewable Fuel Association (RFA), there are currently 201 ethanol facilities with a capacity to produce 13.5 A USDA Regional Roadmap to Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard by 2022.

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LanzaTech launches LanzaJet to produce sustainable aviation fuel

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and the US Department of Energy (grant), LanzaJet will start construction on a demonstration plant that will produce 10 million gallons per year of SAF and renewable diesel starting from sustainable ethanol sources. This initial investment, coupled with participation from All Nippon Airways (ANA), will complement the existing $14-0million grant from the US Department of Energy, enabling the construction of an integrated biorefinery at LanzaTech’s Freedom Pines site in Soperton, Georgia.

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Hitachi Restructures, Spinning Off Automotive Systems Business; to Launch Group-Wide Strategies for Li-ion Battery and Renewables Businesses

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In addition, on 1 April, the company will introduce organizations to plan and propose R&D and business strategies for the whole Hitachi Group regarding lithium-ion battery and renewable energy-related businesses. With the aim of strengthening the business base in the sharply contracting North American market, Unisia of Georgia and Tokico (USA) will be brought under Kentucky-headquartered Hitachi Automotive Products (USA) Inc., Renewable Energy-Related Businesses.

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FAA Awards Contracts for $125M to 5 Companies to Accelerate More Environmentally Friendly Aviation Technology; Renewable Fuels, Engines, Wings and Flight Management

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The FAA will conduct independent assessments of CLEEN technologies using a modeling tool developed at Georgia Institute of Technology for the FAA. This contract will enable the industry to expedite the introduction of these new technologies into current and future aircraft engines, while advancing the introduction of alternative ‘drop in’ fuels for aviation, with particular focus on renewable options.

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Anellotech planning commercial Bio-TCat plant based on progress in development program

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Anellotech has developed an innovative manufacturing process to produce cost-competitive renewable chemicals and fuels from non-food biomass. Co-product gas streams from Bio-TCat can be used to make significant amounts of renewable electricity, hydrogen or cellulosic ethanol using third party technologies. These results have been achieved with real world commercial feedstock: loblolly pine recently harvested from Georgia forests.

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DOE awarding $15M to 3 algae-based biofuel and bioproducts projects

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This funding will advance the research and development of advanced biofuel technologies to speed the commercialization of renewable, domestically produced, and affordable fossil-fuel replacements. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields.

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UPS adding 200 more series hybrid delivery trucks

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will be deployed beginning in January 2017 starting in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, and, possibly in other states as well. In addition to its use of alternative vehicles, UPS uses millions of gallons of lower carbon footprint renewable diesel and renewable natural gas (RNG) in its fleet each year. UPS will add 200 new series hybrid electric delivery trucks to the company’s growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.

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DOE awards Nikola $1.7M to advance fuel cell membrane electrode assembly (MEA) development

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The joint grant was funded by the US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Transportation Office under the recently announced FY19 Commercial Trucks and Off-Road Applications FOA. Sanjeev Mukerjee and Georgia Institute of Technology Prof. The US Department of Energy has awarded Nikola Motor Company a $1.7-million grant to advance its research into fuel cell membrane electrode assembly (MEA).

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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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and Georgia Tech. Because the PV cells alone would generate only about 300W—insufficient to charge the vehicle’s battery—Ford turned to Georgia Institute of Technology for a way to amplify the sunlight in order to make a solar-powered hybrid feasible for daily use. After C-MAX Solar Energi Concept is shown at CES, Ford and Georgia Tech will begin testing the vehicle in numerous real-world scenarios.

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DOE BETO hosting alternative aviation fuel workshop

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The Alternative Aviation Fuel Workshop, which is being held in Macon, Georgia, will advance the understanding of current opportunities to increase the competitiveness of alternative jet fuels. During the workshop, attendees will discuss potential solutions for overcoming technical and regulatory barriers to the development of renewable aviation fuel.

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Postal Fleet Services selects Ryder for natural gas vehicle solution in four states; 20 CNG heavy-duty trucks

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Ryder has CNG and Liquefied natural gas (LNG) customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and in both Ontario and Quebec, Canada. service locations where Ryder has partnered with Clean Energy Fuels to offer renewable natural gas, the cleanest fuel available today.

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LanzaTech moving forward on scale-up of sustainable aviation fuels in US and Japan

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is in the negotiation stage with LanzaTech for a $14 million investment in a demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery at LanzaTech’s Freedom Pines site in Soperton, Georgia, according to Michael Berube, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy of the DOE. LanzaTech continues to make strides in scaling up its alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) platform.

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USDA to award $11M loan guarantee to Oregon biorefinery

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with an $11-million loan guarantee through the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. million cubic feet of renewable natural gas, 350 gallons of liquid fertilizer, and 11.2 USDA has financed projects in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Oregon. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will support Novus Energy’s new biorefinery project in Boardman, Ore.

UPS to invest more than additional $90M in natural gas vehicles and infrastructure; 6 new CNG stations, 440 vehicles

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million gallons of renewable natural gas. Renewable natural gas (RNG) will be used at the station in Ontario to fuel UPS vehicles in the area with renewable compressed natural gas (RCNG). UPS currently operates 31 CNG fueling stations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia and runs CNG vehicles in 38 states in the U.S.

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DOE awards $97M to 33 bioenergy research and development projects

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Earth Energy Renewables, LLC. Georgia Institute of Technology. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $97 million in funding for 33 projects that will support high-impact technology research and development to accelerate the bioeconomy. These projects will improve the performance and lower the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts from biomass and waste resources.

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Agrisoma expanding partnership with Univ. of Florida on biojet fuel in US; Carinata seed

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The research project will operate under the oversight of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture, in conjunction with the Florida-based Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata ( SPARC ). These studies, supported by Agrisoma, have initiated large-scale commercial production of the crop in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.

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Researchers boost algae cell growth and lipids production by feeding them non-food plant substrates

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Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory, with colleagues at NREL and the University of Georgia report that a freshwater production strain of microalgae, Auxenochlorella protothecoides UTEX 25, is capable of directly degrading and utilizing non-food plant substrates, such as switchgrass, for cell growth. Algae hold great potential as a source of renewable fuel due to their ability to produce refinery-compatible diesel and jet fuel precursors.

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DOE selects 28 hydrogen and fuel cell R&D projects for $38M in funding

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Equilon Enterprises LLC (dba Shell Oil Products US): Integrated Control & Dispatch of Renewable Hydrogen Generation At Scale. National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Direct Cooling of Hydrogen to Decrease Energy Consumption in Hydrogen Vehicle Fueling Infrastructure. Georgia Institute of Technology: Durable, High-Performance Unitized Reversible Fuel Cells Based on Proton Conductors.

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New genetic engineering technique improves enzyme?s ability to breakdown biomass

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Georgia have developed a new genetic engineering technique significantly to improve an enzyme’s ability to break down biomass.

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ExxonMobil and UW Madison extend research collaboration on conversion of biomass to transportation fuels

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil announced a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels. The research is part of a broad effort to identify scalable and commercially viable solutions to help meet increasing global energy demand with a renewable resource. This technology could potentially allow larger diesel and jet fuel molecules to be produced from renewable sources.

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sonnen accelerates US market efforts with solar-plus-storage technology package

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The new solar-plus-storage package offers US homeowners a straightforward path for using renewable energy. Since its entry into the US market, sonnen has established a research and development facility in Georgia and product manufacturing in California.

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DOE to award up to $13M to four advanced biofuels projects

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DOE is continuing to pursue the development of these renewable biofuels, with the goal of producing cost-competitive drop-in biofuels at $3 per gallon by 2017. The selected research projects will help maximize the amount of renewable carbon and hydrogen that can be converted to fuels from biomass and improve the separation processes in bio-oil production to remove non-fuel components—further lowering production costs.

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ARPA-E awards $35M to 12 new projects to support medium-voltage devices for grid, industry and transportation

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The 8 BREAKERS projects will work to develop new direct current (DC) devices to better manage power by eliminating electrical faults, improving efficiency and reaction times, and potentially enabling greater proliferation of energy storage and renewable resources. Georgia Tech Research Corporation, EDISON – Efficient DC Interrupter with Surge Protection – $3,000,000.

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Ford partners with Haier, Trina Solar and Delta Electronics to launch MyEnergi Lifestyle in China

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MyEnergi Lifestyle, designed to address China’s energy needs and air quality concerns, showcases how combining renewable energy sources, efficient home appliances and a plug-in vehicle can significantly reduce energy costs and carbon footprint. More than ever, cars are using the same energy sources that we use at home, and it’s imperative that leaders in the automobile, renewable energy and home appliance sectors work together to create a more sustainable tomorrow.

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BIOX and World Energy JV to acquire & operate 90M USG biodiesel plant in Houston; 3rd-largest biodiesel plant in NA

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It is a large scale asset that is well positioned to supply biodiesel for compliance with the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard in the US market. World Energy is an advanced biofuels supplier based in Boston with more than 200 million gallons (600,000 metric tons) of production capacity in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas and more than 16 million gallons of biofuels storage servicing major markets in North America and beyond.

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Ceramic pump moves molten metal at a record 1,400 ?C; new avenues for energy storage and hydrogen production

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The pump was developed by researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, with collaborators from Purdue University and Stanford University. The new pump could facilitate high efficiency, low-cost thermal storage, providing a new way to store renewable energy generated by wind and solar power, and facilitate an improved process for generating hydrogen directly from fuels such as methane without producing carbon dioxide.

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Researchers discover new enzyme paradigm for critical reaction in converting lignin to useful products

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The team included researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Montana State University, University of Georgia, the University of California at Los Angeles, Brazil’s University of Campinas, and the United Kingdom‘s University of Portsmouth. Cytochrome P450s are some of the most versatile enzymes on the planet. These proteins are found in the human body and are involved in many metabolic pathways, including metabolizing potentially toxic compounds.

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