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March 10, 2011  
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Biofuels
  
RESEARCHERS DEVELOP MORE POWERFUL BIOFUEL ALTERNATIVE TO UBIQUITOUS ETHANOL
Source: Network World

Researchers say they have developed a method of using bacteria to convert decaying grass directly into a compound known as  isobutanol, which can be burned in regular car engines with a heat value higher than ethanol but similar to gasoline. The research could mean great savings in processing costs and time, plus isobutanol is a higher grade of alcohol than ethanol....


WSJ PICKS SAPPHIRE ENERGY AS 'NEXT BIG THING'

Source: Ethanol Market
During the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics Conference last week, algal biofuel company Sapphire Energy was selected as one of the top 10 venture-backed cleantech companies. Unveiling its second annual “Next Big Thing,” the Journal chose Sapphire for its experience, capital and potential for producing green crude from algae as a method to wean consumption of....

ETHANOL PRODUCTION HITS RECORD; HAS DEMAND PLATEAUED?

Source: Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

Production for U.S. ethanol hit a record in 2010, according to an industry report. But more growth may have to wait for demand to catch up. Ethanol producers generated 13.23 billion gallons last year, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. That's up 23 percent from 10.75 billion gallons produced in 2009. That represents about 10 percent of all gasoline production, which matches....


Propane
  
COPS USE PROPANE AS FUEL
Source: ABC 6

You’re not the only one unhappy when it’s time to fill up your car or S-U-V. The rising price of gas is painful- and bound to get worse. The average Carroll County Sheriff’s deputy patrols about 2600 miles a month, so gas is a big part of the budget.Chief Deputy Brad Robinson says, "We were spending in the neighborhood of probably $300,000 a year in fuel, gasoline." Which is why....


PROPANE AUTOGAS FUELED VEHICLES
Source: Penn Energy
There are 15 million vehicles fueled by propane autogas on the road today worldwide, 270,000 of which are in the U.S., according to the Energy Department. As more fleet managers become aware of the environmental and economic advantages of propane autogas, the U.S. market for vehicles fueled by propane autogas is gaining momentum. Companies such as Alliance AutoGas....

PROPANE SYSTEM FOR FORD V-10S OFFERED BY ROUSH
Source: Trucking Info
Roush Clean Tech has added a propane injection system for the V-10 engine used in Ford's F-450 and F-550 cab-chassis. It joins five other propane products for Ford F- and E-series trucks that come standard with V-8 and V-10 gasoline engines. The system cuts fuel costs by 40 percent and reduces pollutants by 20 to 60 percent while delivering performance as good as with....

Naturaln Gas
  
AIRPORT TESTS CNG-POWERED BUS
Source: The Burbank Leader
Testing is underway at Bob Hope Airport that could spell the end of the facility’s diesel-powered bus fleet. The test involves a bus that is fueled by compressed natural gas. If the test is successful, airport commissioners could decide to convert the rest of its fleet to CNG-power. The CNG-powered bus, which has been in operation for a month, was shown to Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena....

FULL HARVEST OF FORD GREENER FUEL SOLUTIONS FOR COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS SHOWCASED AT NTEA WORK TRUCK SHOW
Source: PR Newswire

Ford Motor Company's ever-growing portfolio of fuel-efficient products extends to commercial customers, including those interested in alternative-fuel vehicles to "green" their fleets.

Visitors to the annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) show can see firsthand how Ford delivers the most comprehensive alternative-fuel solutions for commercial customers....


UPS CLEARING THE AIR WITH NEW LNG TRACTORS
Source: Pollution Online
UPS recently announced it has purchased another 48 heavy tractor trucks equipped to run on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), bolstering its continuing effort to reduce the emissions of its truck fleet while taking a step toward energy security. The vehicles, to be deployed this year in the western United States, will replace older generation diesel vehicles. These LNGs are expected to....

Hybrid & Electric
  
FILL YOUR CART AND YOUR CAR: SUPERMARKET CHARGES ELECTRIC CARS
Source: All Cars Electric
In the past few years we’ve seen electric charge stations pop up everywhere from gas stations to electronics stores and banks. But now electric car owners in the Pacific Northwest have a new place to charge: the grocery store. Enter Fred Meyer Store. Based in Portland Oregon, the firm has around 130 department stores throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho.

WATTS UP: A STAMPEDE OF NEW ELECTRIC CARS
Source: Auto Week

You can count the number of electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid models being sold to consumers today on two hands--and have several fingers left over. But that's about to change. Competitors are lining up to take on the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Roadster, Chevrolet Volt and other pioneering vehicles. Most major automakers will bring out at least one battery-powered EV or plug-in hybrid in....


ECOTALITY STARTS INSTALLING BLINK ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGERS IN WASHINGTON
Source: iStock Analyist
ECOtality, a developer of clean electric transportation and storage technologies, has commenced the installation of the company's Blink Level 2 residential charging stations in the state of Washington. The company will install Blink electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in homes throughout EV Project regions nationwide to support the launch of more than 8,300 EVs....

Diesel Cleanup
  
CLEAN DIESEL ENGINES SITED IN AAA'S NEW LIST OF MOST INNOVATIVE AUTO TECHNOLOGIES
Source: PR Newswire
New clean diesel engines, electric vehicles and hybrid cars were among the new innovations named today by AAA on its biennial list of the top new vehicle technologies designed to increase performance, reduce environmental impacts and improve safety. According to today's AAA announcement:  "While diesel engines have been around for decades, the days of....

CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT FOR DIESEL EMISSIONS REDUCTION ACT HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUED FUNDING FOR SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM
Source: PR Newswire
The strong public support voiced by U.S. Senate and House leaders to restore funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) at Congressional hearings highlights the bipartisan and bicameral support for the successful clean air program, said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum. "The strong statements of support for DERA's funding....

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