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PhD thesis proposes use of ethanol and heterogeneous catalysts for biodiesel production

by Elhuyar Fundazioa - Basque Research  (Nov. 10, 2014)

For her PhD thesis, chemical engineer Inés Reyero Zaragoza proposed the substitution of methanol by ethanol for the production of biodiesel and the use of a heterogeneous catalyst, which will “result in a reduction of costs and in the environmental impact associated with the production of this biofuel”. One of the novel ...

Iberdrola USA to convert vehicle fleet to alternative fuel

by IberdrolaUSA, Inc.  (Sep. 16, 2014)

Iberdrola USA recently signed a commitment agreement with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) to spend at least five percent of its annual fleet acquisition budget on plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and equipment. This commitment is the latest step in Iberdrola USA’s ongoing strategy to utilize and support alternative-fuel vehicle ...

Waste, an alternative source of energy to petroleum

by Elhuyar Fundazioa - Basque Research  (Oct. 21, 2014)

The group led by Martín Olazar, researcher in the UPV/EHU’s Department of Chemical Engineering, is studying the development of sustainable refineries where it is possible to produce fuels and raw materials providing an alternative to petroleum by using biomass and other waste materials like plastics, tyres, etc. Conical spouted beds ...

EU law to boost alternative fuels infrastructure is ‘dead letter’, NGO says

by Transport and Environment (T&E)  (Sep. 29, 2014)

The Council of the EU today passed the infrastructure for alternative fuels law, failing to boost the development of a low-carbon European transport network. The enacted law drops all binding targets for electric charging points or hydrogen. Transport & Environment has said the law is a ‘dead letter’ because it will do nothing to ...

DOE Announces Webinars on Alternative Fuel Online Tools and Resources, Plug-In Electric Vehicle Standards and Market Development, and More

by US Department of Energy  (Sep. 24, 2014)

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and ...

U.S. Fuel Economy Reaches All-Time High/Fuel economy gains for new vehicles continue under President Obama’s Clean Car Program

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Oct. 8, 2014)

New vehicles achieved an all-time-high fuel economy in 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today. Model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon (mpg) --- a 0.5 mpg increase over the previous year and an increase of nearly 5 mpg since 2004. Fuel economy has now increased in eight of the last nine years. The ...

DOE Announces Webinars on Zero Energy Ready Homes, Wide Bandgap Semiconductors for Fuel Cell Applications, and More

by US Department of Energy  (Oct. 16, 2014)

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and ...

EPA honors Calif. companies Amyris and Solazyme for using green chemistry to create renewable and sustainable plant-based fuels

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Oct. 16, 2014)

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Amyris Inc. in Emeryville and Solazyme, Inc., in South San Francisco, Calif. with Presidential Green Chemistry Awards for creating renewable and sustainable plant-based fuels and other products. The Calif. companies are among five organizations nationwide honored for developing safer ...

Energy Department Announces $4.5 Million to Expand Usage of Alternative Fuels

by US Department of Energy  (Jul. 16, 2014)

In support of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced up to $4.5 million in funding to expand the use of alternative fuels through the Clean Cities program, which works with nearly 100 local coalitions and thousands of stakeholders across the country to decrease the use of petroleum in ...

Canada, US and Big Oil bullying dilutes EU dirty fuel law

by Transport and Environment (T&E)  (Oct. 7, 2014)

After five years of heavy-handed lobbying by Canada, the US and oil majors [1], the European Commission today published fuel ...

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