Toyota West Virginia rolls its first hybrid transaxle off production line; $226M investment

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After more than two years of preparation, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) produced Toyota’s first hybrid transaxle in North America this previous week. An initial $113-million investment was announced in late 2017 for TMMWV to yearly produce 120,000 hybrid transaxles, which replaces the conventional transmission in hybrid vehicles.

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.

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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.

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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.

TransGas and SK EC team on West Virginia coal-to-gasoline project

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Ltd (SKE&C) leading to engineering, procurement and construction of its first US coal-to-gasoline plant—Adams Fork Energy—to be located in Mingo County, West Virginia. The project team has been issued a permit to construct by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and plans to begin work on the site during the second quarter of 2011. TransGas Development Systems, LLC announced an agreement with SK Engineering & Construction Co.,

West Virginia Univ. receives $1.15M grant for second hydrogen production-fueling station in state; focus on fossil-fuel-to-hydrogen

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The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at West Virginia University (WVU) has received a $1.15-million grant to develop the state’s second hydrogen production-fueling station. By building and operating a new hydrogen fueling station in Morgantown, West Virginia University will demonstrate running automobiles on hydrogen fuel made from coal-powered electricity.

DOE to Build Hydrogen Fuel Test Facility at West Virginia Airport

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The fuel will be used by the airport’s operations and the 130 th Air Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard. Two similar facilities are being planned for West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) plans to construct and operate a hydrogen fuel production plant and vehicle fueling station at the Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va.

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. Volkswagen's diesel-emissions cheating went on for more than six years in part because the company's use of "defeat device" software was hard to detect.

Study finds propane school buses significantly decrease NOx emissions compared to diesel

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The study was conducted in 2018 by West Virginia University’s Center of Alternatives Fuels, Engines, and Emissions (CAFEE). West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels Engines and Emissions (CAFEE) completed two types of tests at different times of the year during 2018 on four Blue Bird school buses.

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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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Constellium signs multi-year contract with Airbus to supply aerospace aluminum products and solutions

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Constellium will supply Airbus with products from its plants in Issoire and Montreuil-Juigné, France, and Ravenswood, West Virginia, USA. Constellium SE signed a multi-year contract with Airbus. The new 10-year agreement supports all Airbus programs.

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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 awards $1.95M for conceptual designs that extract critical minerals and rare earth elements from coal sources

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West Virginia University Research Corporation (Morgantown, WV). The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy selected 13 projects to receive approximately $1.95 million in federal funding to develop conceptual designs of commercially viable technologies that will extract rare earth elements (REEs) from US coal and coal by-product sources. Each project will receive up to $150,000 in DOE funding.

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Toyota to begin hybrid powertrain production in US; $374M investment in 5 plants

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The investments will include adding new production of hybrid transaxles (hybrid vehicle transmissions) at the Buffalo, West Virginia, manufacturing facility; expanding 2.5-liter engine capacity at the Georgetown, Kentucky, plant; increasing production of 2.5-liter cylinder heads at Bodine Aluminum’s Troy, Missouri, plant; and modifying the Bodine Jackson, Tennessee, plant to accommodate production of hybrid transaxle cases and housings and 2.5-liter engine blocks.

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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. Using electricity production data by source and state, the DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center has estimated the annual carbon dioxide (CO 2 e)-equivalent emissions of a typical EV.

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Ohio State takes first place in DOE/GM EcoCAR 3 competition

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West Virginia University and University of Alabama teams finished second and third place, respectively. The Ohio State University has taken first place in the final year of EcoCAR 3, an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors Co. NYSE:GM). This is OSU’s fourth consecutive win. The team earned 895 out of 1000 overall points. Ohio State EcoCAR built a series-parallel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powered by E85.

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SoCalGas, partners developing technology to make carbon fiber during hydrogen production from methane; reducing the cost of H2 and cutting GHG

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The technology commercialization team includes SoCalGas, C4, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and West Virginia University (WVU). The new catalyst and technique will be further developed and evaluated at both West Virginia University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Southern California Gas Co. SoCalGas) is partnering with a development team to advance a new process that converts natural gas to hydrogen, carbon fiber, and carbon nanotubes.

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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.

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. It would deliver natural gas supplies to growing markets for additional customers in Virginia and North Carolina. The main pipeline would have a 42-inch diameter in West Virginia and Virginia, reducing to 36 inches in diameter in North Carolina.

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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.

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WVU opens new research facility to extract valuable rare earth elements from acid mine drainage

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West Virginia University (WVU) researchers are opening a new facility to capture rare earth elements (REEs) from acid mine drainage (AMD) from coal mining. Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute and principal investigator on the project, is an expert in acid mine drainage. Chris Vass, a WVU graduate student and Summersville, West Virginia, native is the operator of the new facility.

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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

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DOE, General Motors and MathWorks launch EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

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Virginia Tech. West Virginia University. The US Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and MathWorks launched the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, the latest DOE-sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition ( AVTC ), revealed the 12 competing universities and named the Chevrolet Blazer as the vehicle platform selected for the competition.

Boeing to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences to advance autonomous technology capabilities

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Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, Aurora has more than 550 employees and operates in six states in the U.S. including a research and development center located near MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, manufacturing facilities in Bridgeport, West Virginia and Columbus, Mississippi with offices in Dayton, Ohio, Mountain View, California and Luzern, Switzerland.

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US Coal companies merge: Murray Energy acquires controlling interest in Foresight Energy GP LLC for $1.395B

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Murray Energy Corporation and its subsidiary companies currently operate 13 active coal mines, consisting of 13 underground longwall mining systems and 46 continuous mining units in Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Utah, and West Virginia.

2015 73

DOE invests $17.4M in projects to advance recovery of rare earth elements from coal and coal byproducts

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West Virginia University Research Corporation will use acid mine drainage solids as a feedstock for recovery of REEs and other useful materials. The solids are from Northern Appalachian and Central Appalachian bituminous coal seams in West Virginia. The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected four projects to move on to a second phase of research in their efforts to advance recovery of rare earth elements (REE) from coal and coal byproducts. Earlier post.)

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DOE announces $16M for 17 Phase 1 projects in ultra-high temperature materials program; ARPA-E ULTIMATE

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University of Virginia. The University of Virginia will develop a novel coating for high-temperature alloys that achieves these goals via a mixture of oxides of rare earth metals with different mass, ionic size, and charge. West Virginia University.

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DOE awarding up to $3.5M to 3 projects for nuclear-compatible high-temperature electrolysis for H2 production

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West Virginia University will receive up to $1 million to develop new HTE materials capable of durable and efficient operation at temperatures compatible with nuclear energy heat sources. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding up to $3.5 million to three hydrogen production research and development (R&D) projects that are compatible with nuclear energy sources.

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USDA announces state finalists for $100M Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership for pumps with higher ethanol blends

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Virginia-Maryland. West Virginia. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 21 states will receive $100 million in grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to drivers in the US. Since announcing the program in May 2015, the US. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) received applications requesting more than $130 million, outpacing the $100 million that is available.

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New Illinois law raises speed limit to 70 mph on rural highways

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The 36 other states with speed limits of 70 mph or higher, are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Toyota bumping US investments up to nearly $13B over 5 years; focus on advancing electrification

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The $111-million West Virginia investment includes a building expansion and equipment to double capacity of hybrid transaxles from 120,000 units (Start of Production-2020) to 240,000 units annually in 2021. Toyota announced it will exceed its 2017 pledge to invest $10 billion in the US over five years with a new commitment to reach nearly $13 billion over the same period. Of that, Toyota announced nearly $750 million in five different states, with more to come.

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EPA announces ~$44M in DERA funding to reduce emissions from diesel engines

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Region 3 (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia) will accept proposals requesting up to $2,500,000 in grant funds. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of grant funding to implement projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines.

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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 trillion miles in the first nine months of 2016, an increase of 3.0%

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Toyota to increase V6 engine production in Alabama

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Toyota also builds engines in Kentucky and West Virginia. Toyota will invest approximately $80 million its Huntsville, Ala. engine facility to increase North American production of V6 engines. The investment will bring total plant investment to more than $700 million. The expansion will allow Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc. TMMAL) to build an additional 216,000 engines each year, boosting total V6 annual capacity to 362,000. A new 300,000 sq. building will be constructed.

NETL says rare earth recovery projects meeting and exceeding expectations

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West Virginia University (WVU) (bench-scale project) achieved 5% REE concentration at greater than 90% REE recovery using acid mine drainage solids from the Northern Appalachian and Central Appalachian Basins.

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Orbital ATK successfully tests hypersonic engine combustor produced through additive manufacturing

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Final assembly of the test combustor was completed at the company’s facilities in Ronkonkoma, New York, and Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center, West Virginia. Orbital ATK successfully tested a 3D-printed hypersonic engine combustor at NASA Langley Research Center.

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EcoCAR 3 competition to use Chevy Camaro as base vehicle

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Virginia Tech. West Virginia University. General Motors is continuing its partnership with the US Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory for the EcoCAR 3 collegiate advanced vehicle technology competition. and will donate a Chevrolet Camaro to each one of the 16 universities that were recently selected for the exclusive competition.

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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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DOE Awards Cooperative Agreement for $668M Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Project

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The system will employ Alstom Power’s chilled ammonia process (CAP) ( earlier post ) to capture at least 90% of the CO 2 from a 235 megawatt slipstream of the 1,300 MW Mountaineer power plant near New Haven, West Virginia.

UPS to invest $100M more in compressed natural gas, CNG vehicles and related infrastructure

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This investment builds on the company’s existing 18 CNG fueling stations in Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia and operates CNG vehicles in Germany, the Netherlands and Thailand. UPS plans to build an additional 12 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 380 new CNG tractors to its growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.

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WVU, OSU create partnership for shale energy research, outreach and education

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Officials at The Ohio State University and West Virginia University have signed a memorandum of understanding creating a shale energy partnership between the two schools, agreeing to work collaboratively to develop a joint program of research in the Appalachian Region’s developing shale energy industry.

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Battelle team developing new hybrid direct coal-to-liquids process to produce jet fuel; lower costs and GHGs

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Chauhan’s team has successfully tested numerous, novel bio-solvents with bituminous coal from West Virginia and Ohio, as well as a sub-bituminous coal.

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Toyota to increase 4-cylinder engine capacity in Kentucky

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Toyota also has engine plants in Alabama and West Virginia.The approximately $30-million project will create about 80 new jobs. This is the latest in a string of production increase announcements since February including Toyota plants in Indiana, West Virginia and Canada. Toyota will increase annual engine assembly capacity of 4-cylinder engines by more than 100,000 at its plant in Georgetown, Ky. The increase will begin August 2013.