Driving a Chevy Bolt EV electric car halfway across the U.S.: what it takes

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That's exactly what Bill Massmann, a professional land surveyor in St. Louis, Missouri, did to become the proud owner of a new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car. How badly do you want a new, affordable, long-range electric car? Badly enough to drive it more than 800 miles without a unified fast-charging infrastructure? DON'T MISS: Chevy Bolt EV. road trips Chevy plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Iowa State to manage biorefinery projects for new Manufacturing USA Institute

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Anaerobic digestion of grassy biomass and wet wastes to convert waste biomass into carbon-neutral fuels and chemicals, with $4 million from the energy department and additional support from Earth Energy Renewables of Bryan, Texas; Roeslein Alternative Energy of St. Louis; the State of Iowa; the Iowa Energy Center; and Iowa State. Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute.

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Berkeley study finds clean vehicle rebates have predominantly benefited wealthy, white Californians

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Researchers Dana Rubin and Evelyne St-Louis, two recent graduates of the University of California, Berkeley’s master’s program in city and regional planning, analyzed 98,901 rebates issued to Californians buying or leasing low-emission vehicles from the inception of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project in 2010 through March 2015. —Rubin and St-Louis (2016). —Evelyne St-Louis. —Rubin and St-Louis (2016).

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

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DTA provides approximately 3 million rides per year throughout St. 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.).

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Louis, MO | Tampa, FL | Washington, DC. Spring break and summer vacations are closer than you think, and many families making travel plans now are looking for ways to make their trips a little easier on the environment.

NSF awards UIC $1.44M to discover new 2D materials for better batteries

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During the four year grant cycle, Salehi-Khojin and Klie will be assisted by researchers at Washington University of St. Louis and Argonne National Laboratory, as well as doctoral and undergraduate minority students through UIC’s Minority Engineering Recruitment and Retention Program (MERRP) and select high school students.

AT&T deploys 8,000th CNG vehicle; one of the largest corporate CNG fleets in US

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The 8,000 th CNG vehicle—a 2014 Chevy Express van manufactured in Wentzville, Missouri—was delivered to a work center in St. Louis, Missouri, and will be used to provide entertainment and communications services in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

WUSTL study finds use of air conditioning reduces in-car pollution

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This research was funded by the Lopata Endowment Fund and the McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environmental Partnership (MAGEEP) at Washington University in St. Louis.

DARPA awards WUSTL researcher $860,000 to engineer E. coli to produce gasoline-range molecules

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The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) of the US Department of Defense has awarded Dr. Fuzhong Zhang, assistant professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) a Young Faculty Award worth $860,000 to engineer the bacterium Escherichia coli to produce gasoline-range molecules. Zhang is the first faculty member at Washington University in St. Before taking his faculty position at Washington University in St.

APTA: public transportation ridership up 5% in first quarter 2012

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The ten light rail systems with the highest rates of growth were located in the following cities: Memphis, TN (45.7%); Salt Lake City, UT (34.1%); Seattle, WA – King County DOT (19.4%); Boston, MA (12.6%); Cleveland, OH (10.7%); Houston, TX (10.3%); Seattle, WA – Sound Transit (10.3%); Los Angeles, CA (9.9%); Sacramento, CA (8.5%); and St. Louis, MO (8.2%). Public transportation ridership rose 5% to nearly 2.7

Top 15 Nissan LEAF markets in US in 2013

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Louis, where the reasons for growth in this “New Wave” market include enthusiastic dealer engagement that results in increased community education and awareness, corporate and university outreach and midwestern pragmatism that appreciates the value equation of an EV.

Inorganic mercury converted to more toxic and bio-accumulative monomethylmercury in ocean waters, possibly by microbes

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Louis, Holger Hintelmann, Jane L. A team led by the University of Alberta has confirmed that inorganic mercury (Hg) found worldwide in ocean water is transformed into monomethylmercury (MMHg)—a potent and bio-accumulative neurotoxin—in the seawater.

Ford introduces 2014 Transit Connect Taxi with CNG/LPG capability

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Ford unveiled the redesigned 2014 Transit Connect Taxi at the 2013 International Association of Transportation Regulators Conference in St. Louis.

Full genome map of oil palm indicates a way to raise yields and protect rainforest; single gene controls oil palm yield

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The discovery was made by researchers at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), an agency of the Malaysian federal government, in conjunction with scientists at St. Louis-based Orion Genomics. A multinational team of scientists has identified a single gene, called Shell , that regulates yield of the oil palm tree. The Shell gene is responsible for the oil palm’s three known shell forms: dura (thick); pisifera (shell-less); and tenera (thin), a hybrid of dura and pisifera palms.

ARPA-E awards $43M to 19 energy storage projects to advance electric vehicle and grid technologies

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in St. Louis. Washington University in St. Louis will develop a predictive. The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 19 new projects to receive a total of $43 million to develop breakthrough energy storage technologies and support promising small businesses.

Genencor Launches New, More Efficient Enzyme for Corn Ethanol Production

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Genencor, a division of Danisco A/S, launched SPEZYME Robust Starch Liquefaction (RSL) at the 2010 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo (FEW) in St. Louis, Mo. The latest in the company’s liquefaction product line, the enzyme more efficiently liquefies dry ground corn or milo, reducing costs and increasing yields for ethanol producers.

Biofuel cells could power electrical gadgets

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According to the BBC, scientists at St Louis University in Missouri, US have developed a prototype cell, similar to the ones our own bodies, which can convert almost anything into energy. Scientists are developing a way to use nature’s own power stations, mitochondria, to convert organic matter into energy.

Aventine sends first unit-train shipment of ethanol from Nebraska to Alabama

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With unit-train capacity, Beemer noted, Aventine is looking to open other new 100-car unit train markets, including Watson, California; Chicago and East St. Louis, Illinois; and Dallas, Houston, Deer Park, Fort Worth, Beaumont and Texas City, Texas. Aventine Renewable Energy Inc., a leading producer, marketer and supplier of ethanol, announced its first BNSF unit-train shipment of ethanol produced at its two ethanol facilities in Aurora, Nebraska.

Nissan LEAF passes 25,000 sales mark in US

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We’re seeing the adoption curve for EVs accelerate, and there is tremendous interest not only on the West Coast but in a number of new strongholds like Atlanta, Raleigh, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, St. Louis and many more. The Nissan LEAF has sold more than 25,000 units in the US. The battery-electric car posted its best US sales month yet in March, and a 423.5% year-over-year sales increase in April. Nissan has sold more than 62,000 units worldwide.

US DOE announces 3 consortia for $125M US-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center; solar, second-generation biofuels and buildings

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory will lead the US team that includes Sandia National Laboratories; RAND Corporation; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Arizona State University; Carnegie Mellon University; Colorado School of Mines; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Purdue University; Stanford University; University of Central Florida; University of South Florida; Washington University in St. Louis; Corning Incorporated; General Electric Company; Konarka Technologies, Inc.;

Allison Transmission introduces more fuel-efficient xFE transmission models for buses; up to 7% improvement

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They have been designed to enable 1 st range lock up, deliver significantly more lock up operation and operate at lower engine speeds in higher ranges to further improve fuel economy. While individual fleet results will depend heavily on the duty cycle, testing at customer fleets on four continents and in cities ranging from St. Louis to Seoul and Beijing to Rio de Janeiro, the xFE units have delivered fuel economy improvements of up to 7% when compared to baseline models.

DOE awards $100M in 2nd funding round for 32 Energy Frontier Research Centers

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Washington University, St. Louis. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $100 million in the second round of funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs); research supported by this initiative will enable fundamental advances in energy production, storage, and use. The 32 projects receiving funding were competitively selected from more than 200 proposals.

8 Toyota manufacturing facilities recognized by US EPA for reduction in energy intensity

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and St. Louis, Mo.); The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized eight Toyota manufacturing sites in North America for achieving a 10% reduction in energy intensity through its ENERGY STAR Challenge For Industry program. Collectively, these eight sites have reduced energy intensity by nearly 24% from baseline. Energy intensity is measured relative to efficiency improvements in process and equipment.

DOE awarding $13M to advance fuel cell performance and durability and H2 storage technologies

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University of Missouri, St. Louis: this project will use a novel approach to stabilize unstable metal hydrides with sufficient storage capacities, and render reversible stable high capacity hydrides that are irreversible in the bulk, resulting in a high-capacity material with kinetics suitable for onboard hydrogen storage. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $13 million in funding for the advancement of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

ALTe To Unveil Prototype Range Extended Electric Powertrain for Retrofits at Work Truck Show

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Held in conjunction with the 46 th Annual NTEA convention in St. Louis, MO, the event will run from 9-12 March 2010. Michigan-based ALTe LLC will unveil the prototype for Range Extended Electric Powertrain (REEP) ( earlier post ) at the 2010 National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit. Designed to replace a base V-8 internal combustion engine powertrain, the REEP system’s patented technology improves fuel economy from 80% to 200%.

Chrysler Resumes Production at Seven North American Assembly Plants

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Louis North Assembly Plant (Fenton, MO) – Dodge Ram. Chrysler Group LLC will resume volume production of vehicles with the start up of seven of its North American assembly plants the week of 20 June 2009. The announcement of the restart comes One week after finalizing its global strategic alliance with Fiat Group. Earlier post.).

USDOT awarding $55M to support purchase of Low-No buses; electric buses and infrastructure

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St Louis Metro Transit will receive funds to replace older model diesel buses with battery electric city transit buses in the St Louis region. The goal is to integrate battery electric buses on specific high profile routes in the St Louis downtown and metropolitan area.

CleanFUEL USA Secures $12.9 Million from US DOE for 100+ Propane Refueling Stations

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The second phase will target 14 cities (Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Antonio/Austin, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Phoenix, Seattle, Dallas, Orlando, San Diego and Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and New Orleans—making up the Louisiana I-10 corridor, which runs East-West close to the Gulf of Mexico) with most refueling sites strategically located along major interstate highways and interchanges at existing ConocoPhillips branded retail stations. The US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $12.9

Commercial dewatering enzyme could reduce costs of grain ethanol production

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Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) professor Milorad Dudukovic and graduate student Ana Beatriz Henriques in the WUSTL Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering also were members of the research team. A commercial dewatering enzyme could reduce overall costs linked with producing ethanol from grain, and also reduce associated emissions of greenhouse gases, according to a study by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and colleagues.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Adds 5,000 Hybrids to Nationwide Fleet

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Markets include California (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno); Colorado (Denver); Florida (Orlando, Tampa); New York (Albany, Ithaca, New York City, Rochester); Oregon (Eugene, Portland); Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston); Atlanta; Boston; Detroit; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; St. Louis; Seattle; and Washington, DC.

CleanFUEL USA and Ferrellgas Working Together on Propane Refueling Network in US

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The companies expect to break ground on the first Dallas-Fort Worth station in the third quarter of 2010, which will be followed with projects in Austin, Baton Rouge, Chicago, Indianapolis, Lake Charles, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio and St. Louis. CleanFUEL USA, a leader in alternative fuel dispensing equipment and engine technology, is working with one of the largest distributors of propane, Ferrellgas Partners, L.P.,

ARPA-E awards $37M for IONICS projects; improving solid-state batteries and fuel cells

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Washington University in St. Louis. The Washington University in St. Louis team will use readily available and inexpensive commercial polymers to create a membrane for use in redox flow batteries. The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $37 million in funding for 16 innovative new projects as part of a new ARPA-E program: Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion-Conducting Solids ( IONICS ).

Westinghouse and Ameren Missouri partner in pursuit of DOE funds to develop and license small modular reactor technology

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Its service area covers 63 counties and more than 500 towns, including the greater St. Louis area. Westinghouse Electric Company and utility Ameren Missouri have entered into an agreement to respond collaboratively to the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for developing and licensing the Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor (SMR). Under the terms of the agreement, Ameren Missouri will become part of and.

Boeing Begins Building Phantom Eye Hydrogen-Powered HALE Demonstrator

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The jig load assembly, model of a liquid-hydrogen engine and fuselage skins for Boeing’s Phantom Eye demonstrator in St. Louis are part of the high altitude long endurance aircraft being assembled by teams in Boeing’s Phantom Works division.

US Public Transit Ridership in 2008 At Highest Level in 52 years; 10.7B Trips

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Major increases by large bus agencies occurred in the following cities: Phoenix (11.5%); San Antonio (10.2%); San Diego (10.0%); St. Louis (8.9%); Baltimore (8.7%); and Denver (8.6%). Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2008, the highest level of ridership in 52 years and a modern ridership record, according to a report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This represents a 4.0%

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

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Louis Clean Cities is replacing six school busses. 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.

DOE Investing Up to $78M Investment in Two Consortia Targeting Algae-Based and Biomass-Based Bio-Hydrocarbon Fuels and Infrastructure; $1.6M for Ethanol Blends Fueling Infrastructure

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Led by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (St. Louis, MO), NAABB will develop a systems approach for sustainable commercialization of algal biofuel (such as renewable gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel) and bioproducts. Louis; Washington State University; AXI; Catilin; Diversified Energy; Eldorado Biofuels; Genifuel; HR Biopetroleum; Inventure; Kai BioEnergy; Palmer Labs; Solix Biofuels; Targeted Growth; Terrabon; and UOP.

Association of Independent Plant Research Institutes (AIPI) forms with focus on renewable energy, ecosystem services and sustainable agriculture

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Scientific leaders from the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (Cornell University); The Carnegie Institution for Science;, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (St. Louis, Mo.); The four largest nonprofit plant science research institutions in the US have formed the Association of Independent Plant Research Institutes (AIPI) in an effort to target plant science research to meet the challenges facing society in a more coordinated and rapid fashion.

New JBEI Methodology Speeds Search for Cellulosic Biofuel Microbes

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Working with Keasling on this study were Rajat Sapra, a biochemist with Sandia National Laboratories who directs the enzyme optimization program at JBEI, and Yinjie Tang, a chemical engineer now with Washington University in St. Louis.

DOE reports progress on development of hydrogen storage technologies

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The program made three new awards in FY 2014: HRL Laboratories, with partners SNL and University of Missouri-St.