New York adds electric-car purchase incentives, Minnesota may follow

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New York has just added budget provisions for an electric-car incentive program during the upcoming fiscal year, and Minnesota is close to passing similar measures as. New York Minnesota incentives plug-in cars state laws transportation policyPurchase incentives have proven to be a powerful tool for electric-car adoption in those states that offer them. And now it seems two more states may be ready to join that group.

Another study confirms electric cars have lower carbon emissions, in Minnesota this time

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Carbon Footprint emissions Minnesota greenhouse gas electric utilities plug-in carsIt's a very reasonable question: electric cars themselves have no tailpipe emissions, but what about the power plants used to recharge them? After more than a dozen studies and five-plus years of plug-in car sales, we know the answer. In North America, an electric car charged on even the dirtiest, most coal-intensive electric grid in the nation.

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Minnesota Energy Coop Offers Renewable Power To Electric-Car Owners, At No Extra Cost

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Now a Minnesota energy cooperative is offering all-renewable. Minnesota electric utilities plug-in cars renewable energy wind energyMany electric-car owners start to think more seriously about the source of their electricity when they plug their cars in to recharge. And at least in California, data show that owners of plug-in electric cars have far higher interest in photovoltaic solar panels than drivers at large.

Minnesota Tesla Owners Show Banned Model S To Iowa Electric-Car Shoppers

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If you were you a group of Tesla owners in Minnesota, you might just take matters into your own hands. Suppose auto dealers in a neighboring state pressured their DoT to make Tesla Motors stop giving test drives of its Model S electric car--the same kind it now offers in more than a dozen other states. What would you do? You might, in fact, drive

Utah, Minnesota team discover highly conductive oxide-based materials; STO/NTO offer “different road to power electronics”

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In this discovery made by the Utah and Minnesota team, the interface between STO and NTO can be at the very least as conductive as gallium nitride and likely will be much more in the future.

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University of Minnesota, Morris and partners develop diesel genset fueled by biomass

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The University of Minnesota, Morris, in partnership with Cummins Power Generation and the University of Minnesota Center for Diesel Research, has developed a transportable diesel engine generator (genset) that can be powered by biomass, called the PowerTrainer.

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Rice, Minnesota scientists use predictive modeling to identify optimized zeolites to aid ethanol, petroleum production

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Scientists at Rice University and the University of Minnesota have identified , through a large-scale, multi-step computational screening process, promising zeolite structures for two energy-related applications: the purification of ?ethanol Deem is co-author of the new study led by University of Minnesota chemist Ilja Siepmann. Siepmann is director of the Minnesota-based Nanoporous Materials Genome Center, of which Deem is a member.

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GE Opens Electric & Plug-In Test Center In Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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The most effective way of getting regular consumers to warm to electric vehicles, hybrids and other alternative fuel vehicles is to get them behind the wheel. The same applies to business customers, who may be in a position to buy a fleet of green vehicles to replacing ageing current fleets. That's why GE has opened an electric and plug-in test

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New Study Doesn't Say 'Electric Cars Aren't Green' (Headlines To The Contrary)

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Yesterday afternoon, the Associated Press covered a new study put out by the University of Minnesota that calculates the environmental impact of manufacturing and refueling vehicles with various powerplants. Brace yourself, electric-car fans and advocates.

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R epresentative Frank Hornstein reports that House File 3718 has passed, and that Minnesota is the first state to join the push for plug-in hybrids. A task force has been created from business, government and utility representatives to develop a plan to build the cars in Minnesota.

U of Minnesota team develops zeolite nanosheets; resulting molecular sieve membranes could make fuel and plastics production more energy-efficient and cost-effective

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After more than a decade of research, a University of Minnesota team of researchers has devised a means for developing free-standing, highly crystalline zeolite nanosheets that could make the production of gasoline, plastics and various chemicals more cost-effective and energy-efficient.

Minnesota moving to B10 biodiesel mandate

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The Minnesota Departments of Agriculture, Commerce and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced the move to a B10 biodiesel mandate for the state for warm-weather months (April-October) in a letter published in the Minnesota State Register. State legislation ( Minnesota Statutes § 239.77, Subd.

Argonne supercomputer helped Rice/Minnesota team identify materials to improve fuel production

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—Ilja Siepmann, a University of Minnesota chemistry professor and director of the DOE-funded Nanoporous Materials Genome Center. Siepmann, University of Minnesota.

U. Minnesota team develops Lagrangian technique to identify NOx hotspots; opportunity for connected vehicles and big data

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have introduced a new method for identifying NO x emissions hotspots using high-fidelity Lagrangian vehicle data to explore spatial interactions that may influence emissions production.

U Minnesota researchers create synthetic biopathway to turn biomass into green products; “bio-spandex” and more

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste such corn stover and orange peels into a variety of useful products ranging from spandex to chicken feed.

Minnesota RFS Now Requires 5% Biodiesel

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Minnesota’s state Renewable Fuel Standard now requires that diesel fuel contain a 5% blend of biodiesel, up from its previous 2% (B2) requirement. According to analysis from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the state’s B2 Fuel Standard added an average of just 4/10 of a penny to the cost of a gallon of diesel during the last three years.

Best Car To Buy 2015 Nominees, Iowa Tesla Rally, 2016 Mazda CX-3 LA Debut: Today's Car News

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We kick off the week with the nominees for our 2015 Best Car To Buy award, followed by Minnesota Tesla owners'' creative workaround of an Iowa test-drive ban, and a report that the 2016 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover will debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

2016 Nissan Leaf, Frankfurt Motor Show, Tesla Owners Thank Salespeople: Today's Car News

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Tesla owners in Minnesota. Today, we have details on the 2017 Nissan Leaf, a green-car preview of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and a party thrown by appreciative Tesla owners for sales and service staff. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The 2016 Nissan Leaf now offers 107 miles of range with a new optional 30-kilowatt-hour batter pack. Today in Car News

2016 Mazda CX-5, 2016 Chevy Cruze Tease, MN Renewable Energy: Today's Car News

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Today, read our gas mileage review of the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring, see the first teaser image of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, and check out the Minnesota coop that's offering renewable power to electric-car drivers. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We've got one last update to our monthly plug-in electric car sales report. Meanwhile in. Today in Car News

U. of Minnesota researchers demonstrate new method for direct conversion of heat to electricity

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have demonstrated a new method for the direct conversion of heat to electricity using a multiferroic alloy, Ni 45 Co 5 Mn 40 Sn 10 , which they had discovered earlier (Srivastava 2010).

Researchers develop new process to make p-xylene from biomass with 97% yield

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A team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Minnesota, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware has developed a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an important ingredient of common plastics.

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Researchers say fuel market rebound effect can result in increased GHG emissions under RFS2; suggest taxes over mandates

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However, argues a team from the University of Minnesota in an open-access paper published in the journal Energy Policy , once the “fuel market rebound effect” is factored in, RFS2 actually increases GHG emissions when all fuel GHG intensity targets specified under the act are met.

12% of Fuel Consumed by Minnesota State LDV Fleet in 1Q2009 Was E85; 37% Increase Year-on-Year

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The state of Minnesota’s fleet of vehicles is increasing its consumptioon of E85 ethanol, according to a new quarterly report from the Minnesota SmartFleet Committee, a group tasked with helping to reduce the state’s use of petroleum fuels in favor of fuels such as E85 and biodiesel. The American Lung Association in Minnesota issued a press release with the figures. Minnesota has more than 360 E85 outlets, more than any other state.

ISE Heavy-Duty Gasoline Hybrid-Electric Drive Systems Available to Any US Transit Agency Through Minnesota DOT Contract

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The State of Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN-DOT) has approved two ISE bus manufacturer partners—New Flyer and ElDorado—to supply their chassis together with ISE’s gasoline series hybrid-electric drive system as a qualified option under the terms of the recently released contract. Each OEM could sell up to 500 hybrid buses under the Minnesota DOT Contract, assuming Minnesota DOT exercises the bus options or transfers the options to another agency.

ORNL team develops laser process for lower cost, more robust joining of carbon fiber and aluminum

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Study: What affect will ethanol have on emissions?

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A study by researchers from the University of Colorado, the University of Minnesota, NASA Ames Research Centre and the National Centre for Atmospheric Research has revealed their impact. Ever wondered about the long term effects of increased ethanol use on emissions? The study, published as part of the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, highlights [.]. Biofuels Green cars Latest news biofuels emissions Environmental Science and Technology ethanol green cars

University of Minnesota Study Finds Cellulosic Ethanol Carries Lower Human Health Economic Costs Than Gasoline or Corn Ethanol

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A new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota finds that cellulosic ethanol has fewer negative effects on human health because it emits smaller amounts of fine particulate matter. Jason Hill, lead author, resident fellow in the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Research funding was provided in part by the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment, a signature program of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment

Researchers engineer E. coli for direct production of isobutyric acid

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota led by Prof. The researchers have filed for a patent on the technology, and the University of Minnesota is seeking commercialization partners. Kechun Zhang have engineered a synthetic metabolic pathway using fungal and bacterial enzymes in E. coli to enable the direct biosynthesis of isobutyric acid from glucose. Direct biosynthesis of isobutyric acid. Credit: Zhang et al. Click to enlarge.

AmeriPride adds 21 Ford Super Duty service trucks with XL Hybrids electrification solution

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AmeriPride will use the hybrid-electric F-59 trucks for uniform rental and linen supply delivery in North American metropolitan markets including Arizona and Minnesota. AmeriPride Services is taking delivery of 21 Ford F-59 trucks featuring XL Hybrids’ XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System by the end of this year.

7-state Midwest EVOLVE project to promote electric vehicles; Ford, GM, Nissan initial automotive partners

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The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest announced the launch of Midwest EVOLVE , a three-year project to promote electric vehicles in seven Midwestern states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

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Researchers identify new pathways in low-temp oxidation of hydrocarbons; important to fuel combustion, atmospheric chemistry and biochemistry

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Researchers at MIT, with colleagues at the University of Minnesota, have provided evidence and theoretical rate coefficients for new pathways in the low-temperature oxidation of hydrocarbons.

MIT/CalTrans study finds pavement-vehicle interaction accounts for 1% of overall fuel consumption on California highways

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The CSHub has also conducted life cycle assessment and life cycle cost analysis studies for numerous locations including Virginia, Colorado, Arizona, Florida, Missouri, and Minnesota.

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Highwater Ethanol has begun Phase 1 operation in partnership with Butamax; agreement on bio-butanol production to come

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Highwater Ethanol, which is retrofitting its corn ethanol plant in Lamberton, Minnesota in partnership with Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC (the joint venture between DuPont and BP for the production of bio-isobutanol, earlier post ) began operation of the Butamax corn oil separation system as Phase 1 of the Butamax partnership in mid-April.

FTA awarding $55M to 10 projects deploying battery-electric and fuel-cell buses

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Louis County in northeast Minnesota. The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has selected 10 projects that will receive a share of $55 million in competitive grants that will help put a new generation of zero-emission buses on the road. Funding is provided through FTA’s Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo). Earlier post.).

DOE to award up to $137M for SuperTruck II, Vehicle Technology Office programs

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Demonstrate plug‐in electric vehicles through local showcases in key markets throughout major metropolitan areas in seven Midwest states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

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EIA: E85 increasingly price-competitive with gasoline on energy content basis in parts of the Midwest; mileage per dollar

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Prices represent daily average observed E85 and regular gasoline prices at the same stations in the states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio.

CMU county-level study shows plug-ins have larger or smaller lifecycle GHG than gasoline ICE depending on regional factors

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All vehicles have higher emissions in Minnesota, a colder state, compared to California.

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Gevo signs definitive supply agreement with HCS Holding for commercial supply of renewable isooctane

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The supply agreement contains a selling price that is expected to allow for an appropriate level of return on the capital required to build out Gevo’s existing production facility in Luverne, Minnesota. Gevo would supply this isooctane from its first commercial hydrocarbon facility, which is expected to be built at Gevo’s existing isobutanol production facility located in Luverne, Minnesota (the “Expanded Luverne Plant”). Gevo, Inc.

10-year study shows how air pollution fosters heart disease; accelerated plaque build-up in arteries

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The authors come from institutions that include the University of Washington, Columbia University, University of California, Los Angeles; Wake Forest University, Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Michigan, University of Vermont, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin, among others. Long-term exposure to particulate air pollution has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, but the biological process has not been understood.

U Minn researchers develop bio-based elastomers from recoverable methyl valerolactone; tires, gaskets, seals, etc.

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed and demonstrated at laboratory scale a novel process to synthesize low-cost, polymeric valerolactones with tunable mechanical properties and low glass transition temperatures. The University of Minnesota method overcomes these obstacles by combining a MVL monomer and crosslinking methods.