Alternative Fuels Update: December 5, 2007 (with pics)

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    Alternative Fuels Update: December 5, 2007 (with pics)

    You will recall that camelina is a scrubby plant the grows on crappy land, uses no fertilizer, requires no irrigation, can be rotated and does not compete with food stocks.
    Company announces second Montana camelina biodiesel facility
    camelina sativa



    Make 13 gallons of biodisel per day... in your own garage

    FuelPod2 is a ‘plug and play’ home biofuel processor. Just pour that nasty waste chip fat into one end and out the other comes lovely cheap and ecologically pleasant biodiesel. The makers say that the fuel is good enough to run any standard diesel engined car without modifications, and it won’t affect your performance either. It’s cheaper too, of course, which means that it should pay for itself very quickly, especially with the rocketing price of crude at the moment.


    Greensburg, Kansas was destroyed by a tornado in May 2007

    Company to build biodisel palnt in Greensburg, Kansas
    TOPEKA, Kan. — A biodiesel plant is the latest economic development project announced for Greensburg after a tornado destroyed the town in May.

    Torsten Energy LLC and state officials on Monday announced that the firm will construct a new plant in Kiowa County. The plant will eventually employ 20 to 25 people.

    "This is terrific news for Kiowa County and for Kansas," said House Minority Leader Dennis McKinney, a Greensburg Democrat whose home was lost in the storm. "The more businesses that commit to building in Greensburg, the sooner hardworking families of our community will be back in town and back in the work force."
    Of course, you don't have to make purchasing decisions to help rebuild a Midwestern town.



    Europeans are a bunch of crybabies.




    U.K. company to build 10,000 electric commercial trucks per year in the U.S.

    THE world’s leading manufacturer of commercial electric vehicles is launching its unique zero emission truck in the North American market.

    The robust Smith Newton is the world's largest high performance electric truck, weighing in with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of over 24,000lbs. A rack of suitcase-sized, 278 volt batteries and a 120 kilowatt motor quickly propel the vehicle up to its top speed of 50mph. In fact, Newton can accelerate from 0-30mph faster than the equivalent diesel-powered truck.

    Fully charged, the vehicle has a range of up to 150 miles, while the regenerative braking system returns power to the batteries every time the vehicle slows or stops.

    Kevin Harkin, Sales Director for Smith Electric Vehicles, said: “Automotive manufacturers are telling us that the technology for mass-produced electric cars is some years away.

    “But the larger sized commercial vehicle – and the truck in particular – is perfectly suited to electric technology that is available today.
    ...
    Smith Electric Vehicles has a facility in Fresno, CA which will open next year to manufacture US-specific vehicles for North America. This will be followed by a larger factory capable of 10,000 vehicles a year, expected to open in 2010.


    Last February, the DOE announced funding for 6 cellulosic ethanol plants.
    U.S. DOE announces support for another 4 biofuels projects
    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman today (4th December) announced the selection of four biofuels projects in which DOE plans to invest up to $7.7 million. These projects will demonstrate the thermochemical conversion process of turning grasses, stover, the non-edible portion of crops and other materials into biofuel.
    Last edited by HoosierRon; 12-05-2007 at 02:38 PM.

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