State With Dirtiest Power Grid Has Highest Electric-Car Incentive

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West Virginia, for instance, turns out to offer a remarkably high income-tax credit of up to $7,500 for citizens (who can take advantage of it) who buy a. Carbon Footprint carbon dioxide plug-in cars renewable energy energy West VirginiaLife is full of little ironies. And life in the 50 states that make up the United States of America is full of inconsistencies, including those among electric-car incentives from state to state.

These engineers uncovered the VW diesel emission scandal

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It was discovered by independent researchers from West Virginia University (WVU), working with the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Green TDI VW Volkswagen diesel scandal West Virginia emissionsVolkswagen's use of illegal "defeat device" software in its TDI diesel cars wasn't uncovered by the Environmental Protection Agency—or by any other regulatory agency.

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Carmakers Lobby To Keep Software Secret, Despite VW Emission Scandal

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Instead, its effects were discovered by researchers at West Virginia University, working with the International Council on Clean Transportation. The software that allowed Volkswagen diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests was not found by government regulators. Confronted with on-road emission levels far higher than its test results, VW finally. emissions EPA VW software Volkswagen diesel scandal

CARB Shows Test Equipment That Found VW Diesel Defeat Device (Video)

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It wasn't until researchers from West Virginia University and the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) decided to confirm laboratory results with on-road emissions testing that the.

West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd: Coal Must Embrace The Future

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Writing in last Thursday’s West Virginia Metro News that “ the time has come to have an open and honest dialogue about coal’s future in West Virginia ”, US Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) issued a stinging rebuke of the coal industry’s recent political tactics, challenging the industry to transition away from mountaintop mining, currently practiced in three US states, and towards low-carbon coal production processes.

WVU study fully characterizes pump-to-wheels methane emissions from HD natural gas vehicles and fueling stations

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Researchers at West Virginia University have characterized pump-to-wheels methane emissions from heavy-duty (HD) natural-gas-fueled vehicles and the compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling stations that serve them.

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New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production

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And the only commercially available hybrid pine trees, he added, are crosses between loblolly and pitch pines, which are really best suited to grow in the mountains of West Virginia. Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) have crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives, and can produce fiber year-round.

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Maxwell supplying ultracaps to ABB for hybrid version of Philadelphia rail energy recuperation system

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In addition to reducing SEPTA rail vehicles’ consumption of grid-supplied electrical energy by 10 to 20%, the system enables SEPTA to provide frequency regulation services on the PJM Interconnection Network, a regional transmission organization (RTO) that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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

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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.

UCLA, ARB, WVU measure on-road particle numbers for heavy-duty diesel and CNG trucks in California

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All test vehicles pulled the West Virginia University’s Transportation Emissions Measurement System (TEMS), which was affixed to a flatbed trailer along with an on-board power generator.

WVU NAFTC partners with Tesla Motors for professional development and electric drive vehicle first responder safety training

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The NAFTC, a program of West Virginia University, has produced the Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training, a curriculum developed under the NAFTC’s Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program, funded by the US Department of Energy. The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) will hold its upcoming Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training at the Tesla Motors headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Scheduled for 6-7 Dec.,

US vehicle miles travelled up 3% in first 9 months of 2016 to 2.4 trillion miles

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billion miles of 19 states—Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming – and Washington, D.C. US driving topped 2.4

Novel opposed-piston free-piston linear generator for hybrids seeks to overcome drawbacks of earlier designs

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A number of research groups have explored the development of a free-piston linear generator, including work at West Virginia University (WVU), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), Chalmers University of Technology ( earlier post ), and Shanghai Jiaotong University ( earlier post ), among others.

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

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West Virginia University Research Corporation. The US Department of Energy (DOE) will invest up to $137 million in two programs, subject to appropriations, to develop next-generation technologies that will support industry in going beyond the newly announced Phase II standard for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles ( earlier post ) and also accelerating technology advances for passenger cars and light trucks.

Lux: VW “actually in a strong position to innovate their way out of this mess”

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It’s striking, Lux said, that the US EPA, with its $8-billion budget and workforce of 15,000 staff, couldn’t catch VW, but a small team of researchers from West Virginia University could.

Lightning Hybrids releases initial emissions testing results for medium-duty hydraulic hybrids

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Published drive cycles tested—and the results—included: Orange County Bus: Developed by West Virginia University to replicate suburban transit bus drive cycles, one of two drive cycles used by CARB for hybrid certification. The Lightning Hybrid system. Click to enlarge.

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ICCT study finds real-world NOx emissions from Euro 6 diesels ~7x higher than Euro 6 regulatory levels

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The testing of the US-spec vehicles certified to the US Tier 2 Bin 5/California LEV II standard was commissioned to West Virginia University (WVU) by the ICCT.).

Toyota investing $1B in new TNGA plant in Mexico, realigning North American manufacturing; expansion in Guangzhou

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90-million investment at Buffalo, West Virginia plant. Toyota is embarking on a multi-year plan to realign its manufacturing operations in North America in support of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) ( earlier post ), a comprehensive approach to achieving sustainable growth by making ever-better vehicles more efficiently. Toyota also announced an expansion of its joint venture plant, Guangzhou Toyota Motor Co.,

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OnStar and Google demonstrate concept service for managing charging Chevrolet Volts with renewable energy

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Concept of the service and mobile app for renewable charging. Click to enlarge.

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13 governors send letter to automakers encouraging natural gas vehicle development

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The states participating in the letter with Colorado and Oklahoma are: Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced that he and 12 other governors sent a letter to the CEOs of 19 auto companies encouraging them to manufacture vehicles that use natural gas. This letter is part of a multi-state agreement initiated last fall by Hickenlooper and Oklahoma Gov.

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Libertine LPE free piston technology targeting power generation, waste-heat recovery and range-extended EV applications; feasibility study with PETRONAS

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UK startup Libertine LPE has developed a free piston linear power generator technology that it says overcomes the key challenges faced by earlier free piston engine schemes of motion control, emissions and power conversion efficiency.

Tour Engine has Prototype II split-cycle engine running

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Dr. Chris Atkinson, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University and an advisor to Tour Engine, concurs that over the last three to four years, “ a remarkable openness to contemplating such new engine architectures ” has emerged among the major OEMs.

Researchers find Nissan LEAF creates less CO2 than Toyota Prius hybrid in west US and Texas, but more in N. Midwest

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For example, the state with the largest state subsidies ($7500) for BEVs is West Virginia, which is under the RFC region, where the Nissan LEAF and the Chevy Volt are likely higher emitting than the Toyota Prius.

USGS’ first assessment of shale gas resources in the Utica Shale: 38 trillion cubic feet

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The Utica Shale assessment covered areas in Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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Parker Hannifin gaining traction with RunWise HD hydraulic hybrid; developing CNG-based HD system, next-gen MD system

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Standard speed from a West Virginia University study (a special route cycle developed to compare performance).

Study finds high exhaust temperatures within NTE operation for heavy-duty diesels with aftertreatment systems contribute to high nanoparticle concentrations

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Results of a new study led by a team from West Virginia University suggest that urea-based selective catalytic reduction (SCR)-equipped heavy-duty diesel engines operating within the Not-To-Exceed (NTE) operating zone over a critical exhaust temperature (about 380 °C) and under favorable ambient dilution conditions could contribute to high nanoparticle concentrations to the environment. Transient particle size distribution variation over the PA3 in-use NTE cycle.

EQT launches pilot program to convert Marcellus drilling rigs to LNG

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EQT’s initial rig conversion is now operating in Northern West Virginia; pending evaluation of the pilot program, the company hopes to convert additional rigs in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Appalachian area natural gas producer EQT Corporation launched a pilot program to begin converting drilling rigs to liquefied natural gas (LNG), displacing the diesel used to power equipment at the well site.

DOE: US average EV CO2e/year is 4,815 lbs, vs. 11,435 lbs for average gasoline car

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West Virginia’s electricity production is 95.7% Although all-electric vehicles (EVs) produce zero tailpipe emissions, there are upstream emissions of greenhouse gases from electricity production.

Study provides new evidence for carbon nanotube-induced carcinogenesis

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A new study by researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and West Virginia University found that chronic exposure to single-walled carbon nanotubes causes malignant transformation of human lung epithelial cells.

Raw video of explosion after W Va. oil train derailment and fire

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Monday afternoon, a CSX oil train (109 cars, two locomotives, carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota) derailed in West Virginia, resulting in a fire, with an as yet unspecified number of cars rupturing and exploding. West Virginia Gov. WVNS earlier reported that firefighters with the Boomer Fire Department said that there have been at least six explosions in connection with the fire.

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Renewable Energy Generation: Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy, a lesson exported from Detroit

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cents/kWh in West Virginia—a 23.59 Even with the implementation of the smart grid it seems unlikely that we will all be able to buy our power from West Virginia. in West Virginia to $6.12 Perspective by The Townsend Company. RPS policies as of March 2011.

DOE to award up $2.4M to four new solid oxide fuel cell projects

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Scalable Nano-Scaffold Architecture on the Internal Surface of SOFC Anode for Direct Hydrocarbon Utilization — West Virginia University’s research aims to design a SOFC that is compatible with hydrocarbon use. The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) will award $15.9 million for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) research and development. Four projects have been selected to receive up to $2.4 million for phase 2 research, while an additional $13.5

ARPA-E awards $35M to 16 REFUEL projects for energy-dense carbon-neutral liquid fuels; leveraging ammonia

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West Virginia University Research Corporation. Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Plasma Catalytic Synthesis of Ammonia (Category 1) The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) team will develop a method to produce ammonia from hydrogen and nitrogen using a microwave plasma.

Four major US energy companies form JV for $4.5-$5B natural gas Atlantic Coast pipeline

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southeast through Virginia with an extension to Chesapeake, Va., It is designed in part to meet the needs identified in requests for proposals last April by Duke Energy and Piedmont, and in June by Virginia Power Services Energy. Four major U.S.

3 More Reasons I’m Happy I Dumped the Democrats

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And what a surprise, one of them, Congressman Nick Rahall, is from the Black Lung state of West Virginia. When I quit the Democratic party last summer the last straw for me was their total FAIL to take a stand and do anything about climate change.

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EPA and California ARB charge Volkswagen with using software defeat device to circumvent NOx testing in 4-cylinder 2.0L diesels

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ARB and the EPA were alerted to emissions problems with these vehicles in May 2014 when the West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines & Emissions published results of a study commissioned by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) that found significantly higher in-use emissions from a 2012 Jetta and a 2013 Passat.


DOE to Award $25M to Two Consortia for US-China Clean Energy Research with Combined Funding of $100M; Focus on EVs and Carbon Capture and Sequestration

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award two consortia—one led by the University of Michigan and one led by the West Virginia University—a total of $25 million over the next five years under the US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). The University of Michigan’s award will advance technologies for clean vehicles, while West Virginia University will use its funding to focus on the next generation of coal technologies, including carbon capture and storage.

NETL-RUA team using CT scanner to improve enhanced oil recovery techniques

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NETL-RUA was formed in 2010 as a partnership among NETL; a consortium of universities, located in the energy-rich region of the mid-Atlantic, comprising West Virginia University, Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, and Virginia Tech; and URS, one of the nation’s largest engineering, design, and construction firms.

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USDA: $210M to be invested in renewable fuel pump infrastructure through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

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The 21 states participating in the BIP include Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

EIA: US proved oil reserves up for 5th year in a row; N Dakota proved oil reserves surpass Gulf of Mexico

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Pennsylvania and West Virginia reported the largest net increases in natural gas proved reserves in 2013, driven by continued development of the Marcellus Shale play, the largest US shale gas play based on proved reserves. Tcf in West Virginia) and were 70% of the net increase in proved natural gas reserves in 2013. US crude oil proved reserves increased for the fifth year in a row in 2013, a net addition of 3.1