Audi Moves to Improve EV Owner Experience

Joanna Schroeder

Audi of America has announced the launch of a new program: Audi energy. The program is designed to improve the electric vehicle ownership experience as well as reduce the carbon footprint that comes with vehicle production, distribution and driving. Ultimately, the program will produce a new plug in hybrid vehicle – the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron – estimated to be …

Alternative energy, Alternative Vehicles, automotive, Electric Vehicles, Solar

SG Preston Announces Renewable Diesel Project

Joanna Schroeder

SG Preston (SGP) has announced the planned development of a 120 million gallon renewable diesel facility in Lawrence County, Ohio. The $400 million bioenergy facility will be the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel when finished in 2017 according to SGP. The company said a key component of the facility’s development is the licensing of their advanced process technology that …

advance biofuels, Alternative energy, biochemicals, Biodiesel, biomass

UIC Researchers Convert Waste Carbon to Fuel

Joanna Schroeder

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) scientists, under the lead of Amin Salehi-Khojin, UIC professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, have synthesized a catalyst that improves their system for converting waste carbon dioxide into syngas. The syngas is a percursor of gasoline and other energy-rich products and this recent achievement in the the research team’s process has brought the production …

Alternative energy, biogas, Carbon Dioxide, Research

New Jersey Home to First Energy Resilience Bank

Joanna Schroeder

New Jersey has created what they term the first of its kind in the U.S. “Energy Resilience Bank” (ERB) to focus on energy resilience. The bank was created in response to the impacts of SuperStorm Sandy where over 8 million people lost electric power in the region – many for several days. The ERB will provide $200 million for municipalities …

Alternative energy, Clean Energy, Electricity

Panasonic Corp Installs Power Supply Container

Joanna Schroeder

Panasonic Corporation has developed an interesting offshoot of solar energy: Power Supply Container. The stand-alone photovoltaic power package was installed for the National Elementary School Karimunjawa 01 in Karimunjawa Island, Jepara District, Central Jawa Province, Indonesia. The Power Supply Container is equipped with 12 Panasonic “HIT(R)240” solar modules that the company said has high conversion efficiency and can generate approximately …

Alternative energy, Education, Electricity, International, Solar

Himark BioGas to Build 3 Anaerobic Digestion Plants

Joanna Schroeder

Himark BioGas International is building three integrated anaerobic digestion (AD) and fertilizer plants for NEO Energy in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The AD plants will be designed and constructed by Himark and will recycle food waste to produce renewable electricity and organic-based fertilizer. As part of the agreement, Himark BioGas will act as a technology licensor and owner’s representative on …

advance biofuels, Alternative energy, biodigester, bioenergy, Electricity

City of Columbus Dedicates CNG Station

Joanna Schroeder

Columbus, Ohio is now home to its second compressed natural gas (CNG) station. The station was made possible in part from funds provided by Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO). CFO provides technical support for transportation professionals, advocates for sustainable transportation energy policies and serves as a resource clearinghouse for fleets, policy makers and the public. “We have been so fortunate to …

Alternative energy, Alternative Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Electric Vehicles

Renewable Energy Provides 56% of Electrical Generation

Joanna Schroeder

According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7% (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed) of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014. Solar provided 32.1% (1,131 MW) Wind provided 19.8% (699 MW) Biomass provided 2.5% …

Alternative energy, bioenergy, biomass, Geothermal, Hydro, Solar, Wind

Wind Energy Faces Challenges

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new paper, “Challenges for Wind Energy’s Future,” although a negligible player in electricity generation, wind energy comes at an exorbitant taxpayer expense. In addition, the report finds that the wind industry faces several likely “insurmountable” challenges to becoming a dependable part of America’s energy portfolio. Author Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., discusses in the paper that while wind itself …

Alternative energy, Opinion, Wind

Cali Can Broaden Hydrogen Fueling Network

Joanna Schroeder

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have published a study that found a number of existing gas stations in California can safely store and dispense hydrogen. This, the researchers suggest, a broader network of hydrogen fueling stations may be within reach. The report examined 70 commercial gasoline stations throughout California and sought to determine which, if any, could integrate hydrogen fuel, …

Alternative energy, Hydrogen