Rolling Behind Me

Chuck Zimmerman

Rearview MirrorAs is normally the case for me when I’m out and about, I’ve got way more pictures than I can ever post for you. At the conclusion of this 2 week cross country adventure I’m going to post a Flickr photo album for you that will have lots of interesting photos.

Here’s one as we were on the way past Sacramento toward Reno. This is what’s been in my rearview mirror all day. That’s a big motor coach.

Domestic Fuel coverage and participation in the AASHTO Interstate 50th Convoy is sponsored by the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council.

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Head Out On The Highway

Chuck Zimmerman

Head Out On The HighwayThis is what my view was like as we left San Francisco this morning. Looking at the rear end of a vintage Hudson. I’ll have more on it and the driver in a future post.

To help you get a feel for what it was like I had to shoot a video clip. This is definitely not recommended by the state troopers who you will see.

You can watch it here: Watch wmv file Rolling Through Town (3 min WMV)

Domestic Fuel coverage and participation in the AASHTO Interstate 50th Convoy is sponsored by the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council.

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Andrew Firestone At Kickoff

Chuck Zimmerman

Andrew FirestoneOne of the primary sponsors of the cross country interstate celebration is Firestone. They are well represented by the great grandson of Harvey Firestone, Andrew. Andrew made remarks this morning at our kickoff ceremony.

It was a bright morning hence the shades.

Andrew says his family was there from the beginning of the interstate system. In fact, he pointed out that without these great highways, we wouldn’t have been able to get our kicks on Route 66.

Listen to what Andrew had to say here: Listen to MP3 Andrew Firestone Remarks (2 min MP3)

Domestic Fuel coverage and participation in the AASHTO Interstate 50th Convoy is sponsored by the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council.

Audio, Interstate Highway

One of our Convoy Vehicles

Chuck Zimmerman

Firestone/AASHTO TruckI just missed the ribbon cutting ceremony after which we had to start our engines and take off on the highway today. It was held in front of this truck which proudly displays the reason we’re travelling cross country this month.

You can see the name Firestone and I’ll have more about that name in the next post.

Domestic Fuel coverage and participation in the AASHTO Interstate 50th Convoy is sponsored by the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council.

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Transportation Sec. Norman Mineta

Chuck Zimmerman

Norman MinetaKicking things off this morning for the AASHTO cross country convoy was our U. S. Secretary of Transportation, Norman Mineta.

Sec. Mineta is from California so this was a homecoming speech in a way. He spoke about then Lt. Col. Dwight Eisenhower’s historic trip in 1919 which showed the need for a road system in the U.S. and how we now have a system of highways that is the envy of the world.

I recorded Sec. Mineta’s comments which you can listen to here: Listen to MP3 Sec. Norman Mineta Speech (10 min MP3)

Domestic Fuel coverage and participation in the AASHTO Interstate 50th Convoy is sponsored by the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council.

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Stories About The Kickoff

Chuck Zimmerman

San Francisco SkylineThis is the San Francisco skyline behind the staging area for this morning’s convoy kickoff. It was a beautiful sunrise on the bay.

This is a view from Lincoln Park where all the convoy vehicles were on display. Lots of media was in attendance so you may find coverage of the event online. Some I found include this one, this one, this one and this one.

Domestic Fuel coverage and participation in the AASHTO Interstate 50th Convoy is sponsored by the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council.

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Ethanol Truck On Display

Chuck Zimmerman

Ethanol TruckHello from Reno, NV. This is our first stopping point on the road to Washington, DC. It’s been a great day for the kickoff of the AASHTO Celebrate The Interstate Convoy.

Here’s my ride. This truck actually belongs to Ethanol Promotion and Information Council Executive Director, Tom Slunecka. He had it specially wrapped for this trip and it arrived last night. Thank you brother Alan!

Here you see it on display at this morning’s kickoff celebration in Lincoln Park in San Francisco. This was mostly a media event but we did have members of the public attend. Many stopped by the truck for information about ethanol and all were supportive in their comments.

Domestic Fuel coverage and participation in the AASHTO Interstate 50th Convoy is sponsored by the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council.

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Chippewa Valley Celebrates Milestone

Cindy Zimmerman

Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company in Benson, Minnesota is celebrating a decade in the ethanol industry. The plant opened in 1996 and today is a 45 million gallon per year ethanol biorefinery. In addition to producing fuel ethanol and marketing E85, CVEC also produces a top-shelf vodka under the Shakers brand. According to a Renewable Fuels Association press release, CVEC also recently broke ground on a new biomass gasification system that will significantly reduce the biorefinery’s natural gas use by converting biomass material, such as corn stover, distillers dried grains, corn, wheat straw and wood wastes, into energy.

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Test Specifications for B20

Cindy Zimmerman

The Engine Manufacturers Association has released a test specification for biodiesel fuel to facilitate testing and evaluation of how blended biodiesel fuels perform in today’s clean-burning diesel engines. According to a release, the EMA specifications establish technical requirements for blends of petroleum fuel and biodiesel fuel that can be used to assess the effects of such biodiesel fuels on engine performance, durability and emissions.

The National Biodiesel Board has been working cooperatively with EMA on test specifications since last October.

“By approving these specifications, EMA is acknowledging the growing demand and use of B20 by customers all over the country,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of NBB. “While many original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, have taken positive steps toward B20 approval, EMA’s actions are a huge step toward national biodiesel blend fuel standards that will enhance fuel quality measures and increase acceptance of B20.”

Biodiesel

Biogas Grant

Cindy Zimmerman

Intrepid Technology and Resources, Inc., an Idaho-based renewable alternate energy company, has received a $50,000 grant from the Idaho Department of Water Resources to install anaerobic digestion technology to produce useable energy from dairy biogas. According to a company release, the grant will be used to purchase energy measurement equipment at the Whitesides Dairy biogas plant. The equipment will monitor the heating values of the gas, determine its energy content, contaminate levels and flow rates either onsite or offsite locations and will assist in the expansion and remote operation of the Whitesides biogas plant.

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