Washington to Build Nation’s First ‘Electric Highway’

With the help of $1.32 million in federal Recovery Act funding, the State of Washington will build an “electric highway,” a network of public access electric vehicle recharging locations along Interstate 5, the first in the nation.

Supercritical Ethanol Liquefaction of Swine Manure to Produce Bio-oils

Researchers from North Carolina A and T State University have converted swine manure to bio-oils by using ethanol as a solvent in an autoclave in the reaction temperature range of 240-360 °C without any catalyst. Bio-oils can be upgraded to transporta…

US DOE Offers Abengoa Solar a Conditional Commitment for $1.45B Loan Guarantee for Concentrating Solar Power Plant

President Obama announced in his weekly video address on 3 July that DOE has offered a conditional commitment for a $1.45 billion loan guarantee to Abengoa Solar, Inc. The loan will support the construction and start-up of Solana, a 250 net megawatt (M…

South African Cellulosic Biofuels Company With Rights to Mascoma Technology Launches

A new biofuels technology company, Stellenbosch Biomass Technologies (SBMT) was launched on 2 July in Sandton, South Africa. SBMT, which is associated with Stellenbosch University as a research partner, holds the rights to commercialize and adapt the l…

GM Sets New June, First Half Sales Records in China; China First Half Sales Outpace US

General Motors and its joint ventures set new marks for unit sales in China in the month of June and for the first half of the year. Sales in June rose 23.2% on an annual basis to 176,486 units. For the first half, sales were up 48.5% from the same p…

Univ. of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Team Up On Li-Air Batteries, 5 Other Renewable Energy and Biomedical Technology Projects

The University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University are awarding a joint research team $200,000 to support a project investigating high-capacity Li-air batteries for electric vehicle applications. The award was one of six to teams awarded …