Enbridge to undertake $7B pipeline replacement program; from Alberta to Wisconsin

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and Enbridge Energy Partners have received shipper support for a $7-billion investment in their Canadian and US mainline system running from Edmonton, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. Enbridge Inc.

U Wisconsin team investigates RCCI and GCI in single engine using adaptive dual-fuel injector

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have investigated blending the benefits of reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI) and gasoline compression ignition (GCI) using QuantLogic’s novel adaptive dual-fuel injector which is capable of direct injecting both gasoline and diesel fuel in a single cycle. To perform the optimizations, the team used the University of Wisconsin Engine Research Center KIVA code coupled with a multiobjective genetic algorithm.

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Wisconsin, GLBRC researchers use chemical genomics to engineer IL-resistant yeast to improve biofuel production

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and colleagues have engineered a new strain of the yeast S. cerevisiae that is more resistant to the toxic effects of ionic liquids (ILs) used to generate sugars from lignocellulose. As a result, their xylose-converting strain consumed glucose and xylose faster and produced more ethanol than the wild type strain.

GM and University of Wisconsin investigate diesel engines

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A partnership has been formed between General Motors and the University of Wisconsin looking into high-speed petrol direct injection compression ignition operation in low temperature combustion of a light duty diesel engine. general motors Green cars Latest news compression ignition diesel engines direct injection GM University of Wisconsin

U. Wisconsin team reports gross indicated thermal efficiency of RCCI operation near 60%

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In a paper presented at the 2013 SAE World Congress, a team from the University of Wisconsin reported a gross indicated thermal efficiency of Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI) operation of near 60%, given optimized combustion management and thermodynamic conditions.

Johnson Controls endowing University of Wisconsin System for energy storage research

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is endowing a professorship, research labs and graduate studies in energy storage at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The lab will be housed in the new Wisconsin Energy Institute under construction on the UW-Madison campus. Johnson Controls, Inc. Between our scientists and the talented UW students, we expect groundbreaking projects to develop.

Webchat with Wisconsin and NC State EcoCAR Challenge Teams; 25 Feb at 3pm ET

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Members from two of the EcoCAR Challenge teams —NC State and the University of Wisconsin—will participate in a webchat today at 3pm ET. EcoCAR webchat with Wisconsin and North Carolina State Universities. The EcoCAR Challenge is a college engineering competition sponsored by GM and the US Department of Energy.

Univ. of Wisconsin offering online Master of Engineering in Engine Systems (MEES)

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The University of Wisconsin is offering an Internet-delivered Master of Engineering in Engine Systems (MEES). The MEES program incorporates the latest in research from the UW Engine Research Center. Courses provide skills including: Understanding how legislative drivers for emissions, safety, noise, and more directly impact engine design. Comparatively assessing alternative fuels and engines. Integrating engine design with various manufacturing processes.

Wisconsin: Higher Taxes For Hybrids, Electrics For Not Burning Enough Gas To Fund Road Repairs?

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It''s not news that the roads and bridges in many states are falling into disrepair. Much of the money to fund maintenance of this infrastructure comes from taxes on fuel, but that''s something that doesn''t apply to drivers of electric cars--and hybrid drivers pay less than others. RELATED: Why Electric-Car Owners Should Be Happy For New Colorado

New Univ. of Wisconsin model shows polar ice caps can recover from warmer climate-induced melting

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New University of Washington research indicates that even if Earth warmed enough to melt all polar sea ice, the ice could recover if the planet cooled again. A paper on the work is to be published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

University of Wisconsin Researchers Investigating Dual-Fuel (Gasoline and Diesel) Partially Premixed Combustion for High-Efficiency, Ultra-Low Emission Combustion; 53% Thermal Efficiency

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The University of Wisconsin concept proposes the use of dual fuel tanks, with port fuel injection of gasoline and direct injection of diesel, with the in-cylinder mixing of the fuels. The dual-fuel PCCI strategy showed thermal efficiency of 53%. Source: Rolf Reitz. Click to enlarge.

University of Wisconsin and GM team investigating Gasoline Direct Injection Compression Ignition in light-duty diesel engines

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A team from the University of Wisconsin and General Motors has found that high-speed gasoline direct injection compression ignition (GDICI) operation in the low temperature combustion (LTC) regime in a light-duty diesel engine is feasible. GDICI is one of the approaches under investigation further to reduce NO x and PM emissions from diesel engines.

Univ. of Wisconsin team reports on new process for converting hemicellulose to furfural and levulinic acid as renewable fuel precursors and chemicals

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin led by Dr. Jim Dumesic report the conversion of the hemicellulose fraction of lignocellulosic biomass to furfural and levulinic acid using biphasic reactors with alkylphenol solvents in a new paper in the journal ChemSusChem.

U. of Wisconsin RCCI combustion work progressing; modeled 53% gross indicated efficiency in a light-duty engine could result in 2x fuel savings compared to SI gasoline

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Engine Research Center ( ERC ) led by Dr. Rolf Reitz are developing a dual-fuel compression-ignition engine low-temperature combustion (LTC) strategy called reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI) ( Earlier post.) (Part 2 of a series on low-temperature combustion). In contrast to conventional diesel combustion, the highest temperature for RCCI combustion in center of chamber (adiabatic core).

University of Wisconsin seeking commercial partners for alkylphenol solvent-based method to convert biomass into furan derivatives for fuels and chemicals

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The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is seeking commercial partners for a novel, cost-effective method developed by University of Wisconsin, Madison researchers for producing furan derivatives such as hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), furfural, levulinic acid (LA) or γ-valerolactone (GVL) from biomass using alkylphenols as solvents.

University of Wisconsin Team Develops High-Yielding Chemical Hydrolysis Process to Release Sugars from Biomass for Cellulosic Fuels and Chemicals

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A University of Wisconsin-Madison research team has developed a chemical process for the hydrolysis of biomass into sugars for subsequent processing into fuels and chemicals that delivers sugar yields approaching those of enzymatic hydrolysis. In an open-access paper published in the 9 March issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , they report that the process leads to a nearly 90% yield of glucose from cellulose and 70-80% yield of sugars from untreated corn stover.

Wisconsin Researchers Devise Process to Convert Biomass Intermediate Product into Drop-in Transportation Fuels Without Use of External Hydrogen or Precious Metal Catalysts

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, led by Dr. James Dumesic, have developed a process to convert aqueous solutions of ?-valerolactone

Major department store to offer plug-in vehicle charging

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The store will offer 36 new stations across 18 new locations before the end of the year – including an expansion across the states of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin for the first [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric cars green cars Indiana Kohl's plug-in vehicles Texas USA WisconsinOne of the leading department stores in the USA – Kohl’s (logo, pictured) – is to extend its plug-in vehicle charging station initiative.

Canadian oil sands still needed by the US

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Researchers make emissions breakthrough

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The masterminds at the University of Wisconsin believe they could be on the verge of a significant engine technology breakthrough that could reduce fuel consumption and regulate emissions of both nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Tags: Green cars Latest news emissions engine technology fuel consumption reactivity controlled compression ignition University of Wisconsin

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2019 Honda Insight first drive mpg review: 55 mpg from hybrid sedan

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During our drive around Minneapolis, its exurbs, and into Wisconsin, we wanted to put to the test Honda's claims that its 1.5-liter inline-4 and 96-kw electric motor combination could return an EPA-rated 52 mpg combined (48 mpg Last week, we drove the new 2019 Honda Insight sedan and found Honda's newest compact hybrid roomy and comfortable.

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D3MAX signs contract for the design of its first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant

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Last February, D3MAX, LLC announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology to Ace Ethanol, LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin. D3MAX has signed a contract with AdvanceBio Systems, LLC for a full-scale D3MAX design integrated with the Ace Ethanol plant in Stanley, Wisconsin.

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Dept of Energy announces $36 million for biofuels and bioproducts development

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Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced up to $36 million to fund six small-scale projects in California, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. Yesterday U.S. The new program is meant to advance technology improvements and

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Some of the nations we rely on for oil have unstable governments or fundamental differences with the United States," Bush said in a speech at the start a two-day swing through Wisconsin, Michigan and Colorado.

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UW Madison ERC 2017 Symposium focusing on impact of future regulations on engine technology

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This year’s University of Wisconsin Engine Research Center Symposium will address the impact of future regulations on engine technology. The symposium will focus on technologies in four areas (sessions): Combustion Technology; Fuels Technology; Aftertreatment Technology; and Modeling Technology. These are technologies that the automotive and engine industries will need to implement to meet future vehicle efficiency targets with low emissions.

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EdeniQ licenses yeast technology from USDA for fermentation of C5 sugars to ethanol

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has licensed yeast technology from the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) associated with the fermentation of C5 sugars, such as xylose, to ethanol. The USDA Forest Products Labs operates in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. EdeniQ, Inc.

Could biodiesel and petrol work in diesel engines?

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The University of Wisconsin took the challenge to solve the problem of the higher ignition of petrol fuels: and[.]. Is it possible to have the best of both worlds?

ExxonMobil, UW-Madison partner on biomass-to-transportation fuel research

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil announced a two-year agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels. We are continuously investigating new ideas and technologies and we are looking forward to working with the team at the University of Wisconsin on this project.

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Spirit of DC Visits Citicar Gathering!

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I met Jerry Asher last summer on his trip across America in Madison, Wisconsin. May 15th to 17th, 2009 was a unique experience in Columbia, Maryland. Gathered there were Citicars, the most-produced electric car in American history.

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Johnson Controls partners with UW-Madison on battery lab

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Johnson Controls is partnering with the University of Wisconsin-Madison to establish a new battery laboratory at the Wisconsin Energy Institute on the campus. The company’s donation to the facility includes advanced battery testing technology, which will allow students, faculty and engineers to study and to optimize energy storage systems. The research is intended to enable manufacturers to build systems that utilize battery power more efficiently.

Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX cellulosic ethanol pilot plant; “bolt-on” technology

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The pilot facility will be installed at ACE Ethanol, LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin, in late February. D3MAX announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology.

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DOE awarding $40M in FY 2018 to 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers; plans for 5 years of funding

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The following centers were selected based on an open competition using outside peer review: The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in partnership with Michigan State University; The Center for Bioenergy Innovation, led by DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory; The Joint BioEnergy Institute, led by DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and.

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Wrightspeed partners with AxleTech on heavy-duty electric drive

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The company has manufacturing, distribution, and engineering facilities in Troy, Michigan; Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; Saint-Étienne, France; Osasco, Brazil; and Pune, India. Wrightspeed Inc.,

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Trump Administration approves expansion of Enbridge Alberta Clipper oil sands pipeline across Canadian border

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Enbridge constructed the remainder of the Line 67 Pipeline in the United States to its southern terminus at Superior, Wisconsin, pursuant to other local, state and federal permits. The Trump Administration has issued a Presidential Permit authorizing Enbridge to expand the Alberta Clipper (Line 67) pipeline that crosses the US-Canada border near Neche, ND, to a capacity of up to 888,889 barrels barrels per day. Earlier post.).

Renewable plastic precursor could reduce cost of cellulosic ethanol by >$2/gallon

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The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is in charge of licensing the technology.

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center broadening focus to advanced biofuels

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The US Department of Energy launched three Bioenergy Research Centers just over ten years ago ( earlier post ).

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Delphi targets low emission combustion system

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After receiving a US Department of Energy grant two years ago, Delphi and partners including Hyundai Technical Centre, Wisconsin Engine Research Consultants and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, set about developing a low temperate combustion system using petrol direct-injection compression ignition.

BMW and Nissan partner to deploy dual fast chargers across the US

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The fast chargers are available in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. BMW and Nissan are partnering to offer public DC Fast charging at 120 locations across 19 states in an effort to support Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 customers and to promote increased adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) nationwide.

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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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DOE award to support commercialization of RCCI dual-fuel combustion technology

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Wisconsin Engine Research Consultants (WERC, LLC) last week was awarded $1.5 WERC is a University of Wisconsin spinoff company created by Professors Rolf Reitz and Christopher Rutland to provide analysis and consulting services to the engine industry. Reitz says the grant will help commercialize reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI) technology, for which the UW-Madison Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) has several patent applications pending.