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CA issues $9 million in grants for electric-car fast charger installations

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California will issue nearly $9 million in grants for the installation of electric-car DC fast-charging stations along the state's highways. This will create a charging network to link up the country's most populous state with the West Coast Electric Highway already developed by Oregon and Washington. That will, in turn, make it easier for. California natural gas plug-in cars charging charging infrastructure

NSF awards Oregon State team $2M to support work on diatom-based photosynthetic biorefineries

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded researchers at Oregon State University a $2-million grant to further the development of a diatom-based photosynthetic biorefinery. Photo courtesy of Oregon State University) Click to enlarge.

Oregon DOT selects AeroVironment for 22 EV fast chargers along transportation corridors

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The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has selected AeroVironment to supply, install, operate and maintain twenty-two (22) electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations along major transportation corridors and travel destinations in northwest Oregon. Department of Transportation TIGER II (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant.

Researchers to evaluate Oregon’s Ecodriving program

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A new Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC) research project, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation, will evaluate the effectiveness of a program to promote “ecodriving,” or fuel-efficient driving. Led by Portland State University’s Donald Truxillo and John MacArthur, the project was one of the OTREC “Small Starts” grant winners announced earlier this month.

Oregon opens first phase of West Coast Electric Highway

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The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), along with charging station partner AeroVironment and the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE), opened the first phase of the West Coast Electric Highway, which is anticipated to eventually stretch along Interstate 5 from the Canadian to Mexican borders. Plans call for more than 40 additional charging stations from AeroVironment to be operational in Oregon and Washington by the end of the year.

Daimler Trucks NA SuperTruck achieves 115% freight efficiency improvement over 2009 baseline; 50.2% engine BTE

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To measure freight efficiency, DTNA ran vehicle testing on highway routes in Oregon and Texas; one city route in Portland, Ore.; DTNA and three other major truck OEMs were awarded multi-million dollar grants by the DOE and each matched the DOE funding dollar for dollar.

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Oregon Department of Transportation Issues RFP for Electric Vehicle Charging Station Equipment

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The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has issued a first-in-the-nation solicitation for charging equipment to service electric vehicles (EVs). At the request of local entities and electric utilities throughout the state, ODOT is using its public/private partnership authority to establish consistent standards and uniformity in building an EV charging infrastructure for Oregon. Oregon is poised to lead the nation in the early adoption of plug-in electric vehicles.

Oregon Governor Signs Climate Change Bills, Including Low Carbon Fuel Standard and B2

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Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed into law a series of bills constituting a climate change package that includes a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS), a B2 mandate, and other transportation-related measures. Expands reporting requirements for greenhouse gas emissions to imported electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuel and will allow state to better track amount of greenhouse gases emitted in Oregon.

Clean Energy to provide LNG to Hawaii Gas; additional agreements in trucking, transit and refuse markets

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has announced an agreement with Clean Energy calling for up to 500,000 gallons of Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel for their fleet of 40 LNG trucks based out of their Clackamas, Oregon distribution center. Fred Meyer is the first company in the State of Oregon to take advantage of the Oregon Clean Fuel Program, which calls for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the use of cleaner fuels such as natural gas and renewable natural gas.

EPA awards $8M in FY2014 clean diesel grants in 21 states, Puerto Rico

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The grants will fund projects such as retrofitting older school buses to improve air quality for children riding to school, upgrading marine propulsion and agriculture engines, and replacing long haul truck engines. Oregon. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $8 million to communities in 21 states and Puerto Rico to reduce emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of diesel engines through the agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act ( DERA ) program.

EPA Grants California Vehicle GHG Regulations Waiver

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The US Environmental Agency (EPA) has granted California’s waiver request enabling the state to enforce its greenhouse gas emissions standards (Pavley I) for new motor vehicles, beginning with the current model year. In granting the California waiver, EPA found that California continues to have a need for its motor vehicle emissions program, including the greenhouse gas standards.

USDA awards $10M in grants to spur production of biofuels, bioenergy and biobased products

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $10 million in research grants to spur production of biofuels, bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help create jobs. Vilsack highlighted the announcement with a visit to Michigan State University, a grant awardee. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded the grants through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

ZeaChem Signs Cooperative Agreement with US DOE for $25M Grant to Fund Biorefinery Construction

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a developer of biorefineries for the conversion of renewable biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals, has signed a Cooperative Agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE) to receive the $25 million grant awarded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Biomass Program, and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The agreement allows ZeaChem to begin receiving the first phase of funding from the grant. ZeaChem Inc.,

Revolt makes bid for $30million grant

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Switzerland based ReVolt Technology, a spin-off from Norway’s SINTEF, is developing rechargeable zinc-air batteries and wants $30million in grants from the US Department of Energy to accelerate their commercialisation for both energy storage and electric vehicle applications. By locating in the US state it becomes eligible to apply for Business Energy Tax Credits from the Oregon Department of Energy for battery research and production.

Nissan offers support to DOE grant

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The US Department of Energy’s announcement of a grant for the largest deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure every undertaken has been welcomed with open arms by keen electric car supporter, Nissan. The $99.8million grant to eTec, which will be matched by regional projects taking the investment to approximately $199.6million, will help install around 2,500 charging stations in Tennessee, Oregon, Seattle, San Diego and the Phoenix/Tucson region.

Maxwell supplying ultracapacitors for light rail braking energy recuperation system; 2.8% energy savings

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is supplying ultracapacitors for an energy-saving braking energy recuperation system that American Maglev Technology (AMT), is installing on light rail vehicles operated by the Portland, Oregon area’s Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (TriMet).

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More states follow California’s clean car standards

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The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to grant California’s request to carry out its own clean car standards not only clears the way for the Schwarzenegger-led state to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions, but it is likely to effect at least 13 additional states too. The 13 states are: Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

ZeaChem signs contract to develop advanced drop-in biofuels beyond cellulosic ethanol

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a developer of biorefineries for the conversion of renewable biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals ( earlier post ), has successfully completed contract negotiations to receive a portion of a $40-million grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Regional Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) for the development of drop-in renewable fuels (jet, diesel and gasoline). ZeaChem Inc.,

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USDA closes on $105M loan guarantee to Fulcrum for biorefinery converting municipal waste to renewable jet fuel; first USDA loan for biojet

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In 2013, Fulcrum was awarded a $4.7-million grant by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to begin engineering and development on a plant to produce jet fuel. Fulcrum matched this DoD grant with $4.7 USDA is negotiating three additional loans for biorefineries in Iowa, North Carolina and Oregon. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has closed on a $105-million Biorefinery Assistance Program loan guarantee through Bank of America, N.A.

EnerG2 opens new EV battery components plant with support from Recovery Act

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Seattle, Washington-based EnerG2 ( earlier post ) recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new manufacturing facility for electric vehicle battery components in Albany, Oregon. million grant and loan package through the State of Washington’s State Energy Program funding.

Tesla Motors road-tripping it from San Diego to Seattle with Supercharger corridor

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Grants Pass, Oregon (Friday, 1 November, 2pm). Springfield, Oregon (Saturday, 2 November, 9am).

Proterra introduces 35-foot electric bus

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As a result, Washington State transit agencies and members of the Oregon Cooperative Purchasing Program (ORCPP) can now bypass future RFPs to purchase Proterra’s Catalyst through the region’s new innovative Master Contracts Usage Agreement (MCUA). Moreover, the contract seeks to match and qualify contract users with federal grant and/or stimulus funds.

USDA approves conditional $232.5M loan guarantee commitment to ZeaChem cellulosic biorefinery

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ZBB will operate a 25 million gallon per year biorefinery, which will be constructed on an industrial site in Boardman, Oregon. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a conditional loan guarantee commitment in the amount of $232.5 million to ZeaChem Boardman Biorefinery, LLC (ZBB) through the Biorefinery Assistance Program. Under the conditional commitment, ZBB must meet specified conditions before the 60% loan guarantee can be completed.

Kroger division takes delivery of first 11 of 40 Freightliner LNG heavy-duty tucks; replacing diesel

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Oregon-based Fred Meyer Stores, a division of The Kroger Co. Fred Meyer will receive a total of 40 LNG trucks over the next several months, making Fred Meyer the first in Oregon to deploy a fleet of heavy-duty LNG trucks. million in the project and has received a $490,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration via ODOT for the LNG infrastructure. has taken delivery of its first 11 Freightliner heavy-duty trucks that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Cal Energy Commission approves ~$9M for DC fast chargers; $12.6M for NGV incentives

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The California Energy Commission approved nearly $9 million in grants for the installation of DC fast chargers along major state freeways and highways to allow electric vehicle drivers to travel from San Diego to the Oregon border without worrying about running out of energy. The grants went to four companies—Chargepoint Inc.; Grants approved include: Incubating technologies.

$112.5M awarded to research consortia studying effects of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Gulf of Mexico

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The new grant recipients were selected using a competitive merit-review process. Through a series of competitive grant programs, the GRI is investigating the impacts of the oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico and the affected coastal States in a broad context of improving fundamental understanding of the dynamics of such events and their environmental stresses and public health implications.

PNNL licenses three technologies via Startup America; batteries, fuel cells and buildings

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A third option was granted based on PNNL’s millimeter wave technology. The company was started by University of Oregon Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship MBA students participating in PNNL’s University Technology Entrepreneurship Program.

Wood to jet fuel alliance to hold first annual meeting

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NARA is an alliance of researchers, educators and economists from universities, businesses, and non-governmental and governmental institutions dedicated to help create a sustainable residual woody biomass to biojet fuel and value added co-products industry in the Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana region. Additional supply-chain coalition communities will be established in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Consortium to test Carnot isothermal compression technology for CNG refueling

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Northwest Natural Gas Company of Portland, Oregon and Carnot Compression LLC based in Scotts Valley, California have formed a consortium to build and test an innovative CNG refueling unit. Empirical data will be collected and verified by the University of Portland and George Fox universities under a separate grant

USDA and DOE award $8.1M to 7 biomass genomics research projects for biofuel and bioenergy

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million in research grants to 7 projects using genomics to develop non-food feedstocks that can be used for bioenergy. Steven Strauss, Oregon State University. The Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (DOE-BER), and the US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (USDA-NIFA) are jointly awarding $8.1

Velocys raises £52 ($85) million for smaller scale GTL

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A $70-million endorsement of the company’s customer Red Rock Biofuels, received as a grant from the US Department of Defense to construct a 1,100 bpd biomass-to-liquids plant in Oregon using Velocys technology ( earlier post ). On the heels of three new projects announced in the past three months, Velocys has raised approximately $85 million through an oversubscribed equity placing, priced at a premium to the market price.

EPA Awards $20M in Recovery Act Funding for Clean Diesel Finance Program

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three recovery act grants totaling $20 million in funding for the SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program. These recovery act grants will fund the purchase of new, cleaner or retrofitted vehicles and equipment. Overall, the recovery act allotted $300 million for the National Clean Diesel Campaign, $30 million of which will fund SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program grants.

The EV Project Expands to Texas; Overall Value of Charging Infrastructure Project Now at $230M

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announced its second expansion of The EV Project, resulting in a charging infrastructure network in sixteen cities located in six states—Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Tennessee and Texas—as well as the District of Columbia. The EV Project began last year, with grant funding through the US Department of Energy from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A $30-million extension of the grant funding was announced earlier this month. ECOtality, Inc.

EPA announces availability of $26M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleet

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the US’ existing fleet of diesel engines. Grant funds may be used for clean diesel projects that use: EPA-verified retrofit technologies or certified engine configurations. Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington): EPA is requesting proposals between $300,000 and $800,000.

Foss Maritime to Add Second Hybrid Tug to SoCal Fleet; Retrofit Rather Than New Build

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Foss Maritime Company, builder and operator of a hybrid tugboat ( earlier post ), will add a second hybrid tug, a retrofit, to its Southern California fleet with the help of an air quality grant obtained by the Port of Long Beach. Engine room of a Foss hybrid tug. Click to enlarge.

Joule and Red Rock Biofuels intend to merge; solar fuels plus biomass F-T

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The company is poised to begin construction of its first refinery located in Lakeview, Oregon in early 2016. The project is supported by a $70-million grant from the U.S. Red Rock Biofuels LLC will refine waste biomass residues into high value, low carbon renewable jet and diesel fuels, utilizing waste forest residues as a feedstock at its Lakeview, Oregon facility.

Pacific Ethanol Stockton partners with Edeniq to boost corn ethanol yield up to 2-4%

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With four ethanol plants in the Western United States including California, Oregon and Idaho, Pacific Ethanol’s facilities have the combined ethanol production capacity of 200 million gallons per year. million grant from the California Energy Commission as part of California’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

Velocys wins UK patent case against CompactGTL on smaller scale GTL technology

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In the US, Velocys’ customer Red Rock Biofuels, was just awarded a $70-million grant to construct a biomass-to-liquids (BTL) plant incorporating Velocys Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology to produce mil-spec fuels. This new BTL plant in Oregon will convert some 170,000 tons per year of forestry and sawmill waste into approximately 1,100 barrels per day of ultra clean transportation fuels. Velocys plc (VLS.L)

Zinc-Air Battery Company ReVolt Applying for $30M in Recovery Act Funds; Targeting EV Applications

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ReVolt Technology, LLC, a spin-off from Norway’s SINTEF that is developing rechargeable zinc-air batteries ( earlier post ), is applying for $30 million in grants from US Department of Energy (DOE) under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to accelerate the commercialization of large format zinc-air batteries for energy storage and electric vehicle applications.

Photobiological Hydrogen Production from Cyanobacteria Encapsulated in a Solid-State System

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Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) and the University of Oregon have shown photobiological hydrogen production from one type of cyanobacteria ( Synechocystis sp. Based on this and other progress, the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research also recently awarded a grant of $938,000 to OSU, the University of Oregon and Indiana University to continue research.