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Volkswagen Golf GTD Variant

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Wed, 2015-02-25 17:41
The true advantage of a diesel car is its impressive fuel economy, and VW says that the Golf GTD Variant will use 4.4 liter per 100 km – or about 53.5 ...

Dual-fueled trucks draw positive response in the Bakken

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Wed, 2015-02-25 16:00
“There's degradation in fuel economy. Reliability is not there yet. Going to the older technology engines is positive for the customers up there.”.

newsrel -- California and Quebec release results for second joint cap-and-trade auction

Pipe: Advanced tech - Wed, 2015-02-25 15:04
Please consider the following news release from the California Air Resources Board: http://bit.

After US, European Union diplomats in Delhi to get air purifiers

Pipe: India - Wed, 2015-02-25 14:06
The European Union has directed its diplomats in Delhi to install air purifiers at home and office to reduce exposure to high air pollution levels.

Fiat and VW accused of overstating fuel efficiency

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:56
The case highlights the growing sensitivity of consumer groups and regulators alike to the fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions claims made ...

First direct observation of carbon dioxide's increasing greenhouse effect at Earth's surface

Pipe: Climate and Health - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:21
Scientists have observed an increase in carbon dioxide's greenhouse effect at Earth's surface for the first time. They measured atmospheric carbon dioxide's increasing capacity to absorb thermal radiation emitted from Earth's surface over an 11-year period at two locations in North America. They attributed this upward trend to rising carbon dioxide levels from fossil fuel emissions.

Aventine installs $2.4M corn-oil separation system at ethanol plant

Pipe: Advanced tech - Wed, 2015-02-25 13:13

Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. has installed a $2.4-million Valicor corn-oil separation system (COSS) at its Nebraska Energy LLC plant in Aurora, Nebraska. The system began operations in early January. Since corn oil has a higher market value, removing the oil improves dried distillers grain processing properties.

High production levels and excess inventories nationally have led to tight margins, particularly in Nebraska. Until supply and demand are more in line, we are working to maximize profitability by better aligning our costs with our product mix and output levels. Steps we’re taking include initiating a 20% cost-cutting program and a 20% systemwide reduction in total corn grind.—Mark Beemer, Aventine president and CEO

The grind reduction affects the two plants in Aurora, Nebraska, including a 30% reduction at the NELLC facility and a 50% reduction at the Aurora West facility. No change is in effect at Aventine’s two ethanol plants in Pekin, Illinois.

We expect the grind reduction to be temporary, largely caused by winter storms lowering demand, and it will not affect our employment. A robust ethanol export market continues for US ethanol and with consumers purchasing $2 gasoline, domestic demand is expected to be very strong from April through October.

We are responding aggressively to the market, which is telling the ethanol industry its current supplies are burdensome because of the worldwide glut of oil and reduced oil prices.—Mark Beemer

MEPs vote to impose new limits on food-based biofuels

Pipe: Europe - Wed, 2015-02-25 12:41

MEPs on the European Parliament’s Environment Committee have voted to limit at 6% the use of land-based biofuels that can count toward the 10% renewable energy target in transport by 2020. MEPs also approved the accounting of indirect emissions (ILUC) arising from the production of biofuels under the Fuel Quality Directive, with a review clause to put them in all pieces of legislation after 2020.


Google iLUC alert: EU vote on biofuels undermines food security’ says NFU

ICCT ILUC - Wed, 2015-02-25 12:19
...said.The vote on the Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) proposal will enforce a 6 per cent cap on amount ... society. While the imposition of ILUC factors represents another example of misguided policy making by...

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ICCT ILUC - Wed, 2015-02-25 12:09 - a process known as indirect land use change (ILUC). But deforestation in itself increases greenhouse... Parliament called as long ago as 2008 for the ILUC factor to be taken into account in EU biofuels...

Ecofys report recommends the industry develops a common sustainability standard for aviation biofuels

Pipe: Aviation - Wed, 2015-02-25 11:48
Wed 25 Feb 2015 - The variety of international voluntary certification schemes and the different legislations, notably in the EU and US, in place regarding biofuel sustainability provides the aviation industry with challenging complications for the global adoption of aviation biofuels. Given the importance of a common standard for measuring sustainability, IATA commissioned sustainable energy consultancy Ecofys to generate proposals that the industry could adopt as a first step towards achieving greater harmonisation of differing standards for biofuels applied in jurisdictions across the world. In its report just published, Ecofys recommends encouraging the EU and US authorities to adopt mutual recognition of their RED and RFS2 standards for aviation and the industry should develop a common sustainability standard, or meta-standard.

Auto review: 2015 Volvo V60 blows turbos toward Lamborghinis past

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Wed, 2015-02-25 11:41
Not only does the four-pot produce as much (or more) power, but it also achieves significantly better fuel economy. This is one place where Volvo ...

EU tells its diplomats to install air purifiers at homes, offices in Delhi

Pipe: India - Wed, 2015-02-25 11:06
Concerned over high pollution level in the capital, European Union has directed its diplomats here to soon install air purifiers in their offices and residences.

EU asks its diplomats to install air purifiers at homes, offices in Delhi

Pipe: India - Wed, 2015-02-25 11:06
Concerned over high pollution level in the capital, European Union has directed its diplomats here to soon install air purifiers in their offices and residences.

All Roads Lead to Synthetics on the Global Lubricants Market, Foresees Kline

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Wed, 2015-02-25 10:56
The increasing demand for lower viscosity PCMO is driven by its ability to improve fuel economy; and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) ...

McPhy Energy and De Nora partner on electrolyzers

Pipe: Advanced tech - Wed, 2015-02-25 10:37

The French company McPhy Energy, specializing in hydrogen-based solutions for industrial and energy storage, and the Italian De Nora group, a provider of electrochemical products and services, announced a technology partnership agreement. Under this agreement, De Nora will supply McPhy Energy with activated electrodes for its range of new-generation alkaline water-electrolyzers.

More compact and responsive, with long lifespan, this new equipment will deliver significantly improved technical and economic performance capabilities, the companies said.

De Nora’s proprietary noble metal-coated electrodes are used in a variety of industries and applications such as chlorine, chlorate and hypochlorite production, alkaline water electrolysis, PEM fuel cells and water treatment, surface finishing, electronics, cathodic protection, electrogalvanizing, metal winning and metal recovery.

McPhy Energy was founded in France in 2008. The company manufactures equipment that optimizes electricity resources based on a range of hydrides for solid-state hydrogen storage in association with technology for hydrogen production by water electrolysis.

Google iLUC alert: Energy Union

ICCT ILUC - Wed, 2015-02-25 10:31
co/Gof3oMckTB @DurandEELV @ph_lambe… GreensEP : Crucial EP vote coming up on EU #biofuels rules and indirect land use change #ILUC We want to end bad biofuels GreensEP : RT @MollyMEP...

Unfallstatistik 2014: Wieder mehr Tote bei Verkehrsunfällen

Pipe: Europe - Wed, 2015-02-25 10:30
2014 ist die Zahl der tödlich verunglückten Menschen auf Deutschlands Straßen erstmals seit Jahren wieder gestiegen. Einige Verkehrsteilnehmer sind besonders betroffen - werden aber noch zu wenig geschützt.

Sainsbury's cuts fuel prices to under £1 per litre

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Wed, 2015-02-25 10:22
... models and find out which are the cheapest to fuel. Plus, don't forget to submit your real world fuel economy figures in the Real MPG section.

Mitsubishi Motors to unveil new small crossover PHEV concept at Geneva; headed for production

Pipe: Advanced tech - Wed, 2015-02-25 10:16

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will stage the global debut of the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show. The Concept XR-PHEV II is a small crossover powered by a new plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) system. Mitsubishi said it expects the Concept XR-PHEV II to become MMC’s second production PHEV following the Outlander PHEV launched in January 2013. (Earlier post.) (The Outlander PHEV was Europe’s top-selling plug-in vehicle in 2014, with 19,980 units sold.)

The new PHEV system presented in the Concept XR-PHEV II is a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency front-engine/front-drive system suited for an urban crossover. The system is estimated to achieve very low CO2 emissions of below 40 g/km, while also delivering performance and response with its 120 kW electric motor.

The new PHEV system is designed for use in front-engine/front-drive models and comprises a MIVEC engine; a new electric motor/generator; a new power drive unit all mounted up front; and a 12 kWh battery pack. The new power drive unit comprises a compact and high-efficiency inverter and variable voltage system to achieve high power and high torque.

The PHEV system is designed to operate primarily in all-electric mode with the engine acting as a generator or supplying additional motive power when needed. Depending on driving conditions and remaining battery charge, the system automatically switches between all-electric, series hybrid and parallel hybrid modes.

By selecting Battery Save or Battery Charge mode, the driver can drive in all-electric mode when desired.

MMC said it is currently developing PHEV systems best suited to each model in its lineup with a view to introducing them in the near future.