DME is a compression combustive methane-based biofuel with high horsepower capabilities for heavy-duty commercial trucks. It is a second generation biofuel produced from woody biomass or by-products and waste from agricultural production that is presently often used as a propane-hybrid cooking fuel in Asia, as a propellent in bug sprays, deodorant and other products and even as a refrigerantDME is a clean-burning, non-toxic fuel that can be derived from renewable sources. Its high cetane number and quiet combustion, as well as its inexpensive propane-like fueling system, make it an excellent, inexpensive diesel alternative.
In August, 2014, the EPA approved biogas-based DME for inclusion under the Renewable Fuel Standard and made it eligible for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) credits based on EPA findings that the fuel achieves a 68 pct reduction in greenhouse gases. In February 2014, ASTM International released a specification for DME as a fuel. ASTM D7901 provides guidance for fuel producers, engine and component suppliers, and infrastructure developers on DME purity, testing, safety, and handling.
California-based Oberon Fuels monetizes biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams by converting such feedstock into higher valued commodities. Using its proprietary small-scale process, Oberon makes DME and methanol from methane and carbon dioxide. In 2013, Oberon Fuels' pilot plant in Brawley, California produced the first fuel-grade DME in North America, which is currently being used by Volvo Trucks in commercial demonstrations of DME-powered, heavy-duty trucks. (Source: Oberon Fuels, Feb., 2015) Contact: Oberon Fuels, Ori Jepsen, Media, (619) 255-9361, email@example.com, www.oberonfuels.com
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But unless they speed up, Fiat and BMW will not hit the EU's controversial carbon benchmark until 2022 and 2024 respectively. Failures to comply could result in a €95 per-gram of carbon emitted corporate fine.
The figures, which are based on a trajectory measuring emission-cutting performances over the last six years, show that CO2 emissions from Fiat's fleet actually rose last year, Transport & Environment says.
By comparison, non-European auto makers that are on the road to missing the 2021 target include Suzuki, General Motors, Hyundai, Mazda, and Honda. (Source: EurActive, May 26, 2014)
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In 2012, Volvo's New River Valley facility was one of the first facilities in the U.S. to be certified under the DOE's Superior Energy Performance program which helps facilities establish energy baselines and savings goals, and provides certifications when facilities achieve significant savings.
The "Better Buildings, Better Plants Program" is a national partnership initiative to drive significant improvements in energy efficiency in U.S. manufacturing plants. Through Better Plants, manufacturers partner with the DOE to reduce their energy intensity by 25 percent over ten years, develop energy management plans, and track and report their annual progress. The DOE works with each partner to establish key energy performance metrics, evaluate energy-saving opportunities, and organize plant-level training events. (Source: Volvo, DOE, 3 April, 2014) Contact: DOE Better Buildings Initiative,
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Volvo's new energy storage material is composed of carbon fiber, polymer resins and nanostructured supercapacitors. Until now, the composition was modeled as a hood and spare wheel housing. Volvo claims that a car hood of this type can store enough energy to replace a vehicles batteries. The mass would be lower and the available space should increase.
After three years of research and experimentation, the revolutionary material was used by Volvo on its peak range, S80. The prototype has shown that it is possible to use this component in production. The total weight decreased from 1585 kg to 1348 kg. Furthermore, the Swedish say that the material could reduce the total weight of the electric vehicle by 15 percent. It would be conventionally charged from any electrical outlet. (Source: Volvo, Auto-Types, 18 Oct., 2013) Contact: Volvo, www.volvo.com
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Volvo's planned market launch of DME fueled commercial trucks is slated for and 2015 will include a 500 horsepower unit as well as daycab versions of DME-powered VNs with a 600 mile rule range. (Source: Volvo, Commercial Carrier, 8 June, 2013)
Contact: Volvo Commercial Trucks, Ed Saxman, marketing manager, www.volvo.com
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"In addition, ethanol, which is manufactured from grain such as corn, produces questionable, if any, fuel economy benefits. Moreover, the government subsidies and mandates that pave the way for its entry into the market appear to benefit corn growers and ethanol manufacturers more than consumers and the environment.
"As with other government intrusions into the free market, the EPA's ethanol love affair distorts supply and demand. If the fuel were beneficial enough on its own, the market would respond. But even in the Midwest, where E15 is more available, sales have not taken off, according to industry observer Dennis Simanaitis, a former Road and Track editor. Gasoline with a 10 percent mixture of ethanol already constitutes 90 percent of the U.S. market, following government approval decades ago. But in June, the EPA approved the sale of the higher percentage mixture, despite cautions from automakers who cited potential damage to vehicles.
"Private sector resistance has not dissuaded the EPA, which also doesn't appear to be acting on behalf of motorists, as is the AAA, a federation of 51 independently operated motor clubs. Ethanol was advanced ostensibly as a more environmentally friendly option to 100 percent gasoline. Even that claim by the government has been challenged.
"In 2006, John A. Baden, chairman of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, argued that ethanol consumes more resources than it saves. That year, Consumer Reports tests using a Chevrolet Tahoe found that an 85-15 blend of gasoline and ethanol decreased, rather than increased, mileage from 21 mpg highway to 15, and from 9 mpg to 7 in city driving. A later University of Minnesota study found that corn ethanol may be as harmful as gasoline, and an even worse health threat.
"BMW, Chrysler, Nissan Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Volkswagen say their warranties will not cover fuel-related claims caused by the use of E15. Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp., Mazda Motor Corp., Mercedes-Benz and Volvo said E15 may void their warranties. Perhaps most troubling is that AAA says 95 percent of U.S. consumers have not even heard of E15, and only 5 percent of cars on the road can use it without risk of damage. The possibility of E15 use in older cars, more likely to be harmed, is an unnecessary risk, not in the public's interest.
"We agree with the AAA's call for pulling E15 off the market until its consequences are better understood. In the meantime, the EPA also should reassess the entire ethanol fuel issue, which likely would not be viable without government mandates for increasing use of so-called renewable fuels and manufacturing subsidies." (Source: Orange County Register, Jan. 9, 2013)
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Overall annual progress in reducing CO2 emissions from cars over the past four years was 4 per cent. On the basis of those recent improvements and current positions, the report estimates that Europe's automakers will only need to improve fuel efficiency by an annual rate of 3.8 percent to meet the 95 g/km CO2 target for 2020. (Source: Green Car UK, 6 Dec, 2012)
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The field tests, which are being conducted in collaboration with companies including Swedish oil firm Preem and Chemrec, another Swedish company which is responsible for fuel production.
Chemrec's process takes part of the black liquor, gasifies it -- using a gasifier developed at the Energy Technology Centre in Pitea, Sweden -- and turns it into usable fuel which the company said could be obtained at four Swedish filling stations during the on-going field tests.
According to Chermac managing director Max Jonnson, the project has proven the technology, and the company is now focusing on industrializing the product together with the pulp industry both in Sweden and abroad
(Source: Volvo, Waste Management World, 4 Sept., 2012)
Contact: Volvo, www.volvo.com
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The company's first order from Volvo for its C30 EV was secured in September 2009.EnerDel will begin executing the current order this month. Final delivery is slated for 2013. (Source: EnerDel, CBTR, 28 Aug., 2012) Contact: EnerDel, Charles Gassenheimer, CEO, (317) 585-3456, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.enerdel.com
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ECS PowerPay! participants are paid for agreeing to voluntarily reduce electric consumption for a short period of time during critical periods of demand. Participants are typically asked to decrease their electricity usage only when the electric grid is strained and in need of help to avoid brownouts or blackouts.
(Source: Energy Curtailment Specialists, Aug. 15, 2012) Contact: Energy Curtailment Specialists, (877) 711-5453, www.ecsgrid.com
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Currently, General Motors accounts for 50 percent of LG's battery sales, followed by Renault with 20 percent, Hyundai-Kia with 20 percent and others including Volvo of Sweden, 10 percent, according to LG Chem officials. A spokesman declined to give more details about the ongoing negotiations. (Source: LG Chem, 2 Aug., 2012) Contact: Terry Lee, Public Relations, LG Chem, +82 (2) 3773-6951, email@example.com, www.lgchem.com; Renault, www.renault.com
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For the 2013 model year, the Swedish automaker will debut a five-cylinder 2.0-liter, 136-horsepower turbodiesel engine – called the D3 – for its S60, V60, XC60, V70 and S80 models. All but the automatic-transmission XC60 crossover will have start-stop functionality. Additionally, Volvo will also introduce a 115-horsepower diesel engine – the D2 – that will have the same emissions with both an automatic and manual transmissions, which Volvo says is a first.
Volvo is looking to use a combination of diesel technology and electric-drive powertrains to meet progressively more stringent European greenhouse-gas emissions. The company said in 2010 that, for the eight years ending in 2014, it will have sunk more than $2 billion in research and development specifically towards boosting fuel economy and reducing emissions. (Source: Volvo. 14 April, 2012)
Additionally, and announced on March 23, 2012, commuters and bus passengers across England will see more eco-friendly buses on the roads, congestion reduced and services upgraded, thanks to a new GBP 101 million package of improvements approved by Local Transport Minister Norman Baker. Five bus manufacturers will benefit from orders for their eco-friendly hybrid, electric and gas buses. They comprise: Volvo, Wrightbus, Optare, MAN and Alexander Dennis Limited, all of which are based in, or partly in, the UK.
Based on the award-winning Solo low-floor bus, of which over 4,000 are in service worldwide, the Solo EV produces zero tailpipe emissions. The model is based on a standard 27-seat 8.8 meter Solo, but the technology can be used on other models in the Optare range with higher passenger capacities.
Optare recently announced a refinancing agreement with Ashok Leyland which increased its holding in Optare to 75.1% allowing Optare to become fully integrated in Ashok's ambitious global bus strategy which seeks to maintain and improve on its top fifth place amongst the world's bus makers. Ashok Leyland is the flagship of the Hinduja Group and a leading Indian commercial vehicle manufacturing company based in Chennai, selling approximately 94,000 vehicles and about 17,000 engines annually and is the second largest commercial vehicle company in India in the medium and heavy commercial vehicle segment, with a market share of about 25.7% in 2010/2011. Ashok is a market leader in the Indian bus market selling over 23,000 buses annually. The sales turnover of Ashok in 2010-11 was US $ 2.5 billion. Ashok has seven plants in India, one in the Czech Republic and one in the Middle East with a current global capacity of over 150,000 buses and trucks. (Source: Enova, April, 9, 2012) Contact: Enova Systems, Jarrett Fenton, CFO & Investor Relations, (310) 527-2800, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.enovasystems.com; Optare, Jim Sumner, CEO, +44(0) 845 838 9901, www.optare.com
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