Unlocking the Grid

By Alleyn Harned | January 28, 2010 at 06:40 PM EST

The consensus of many here is that “dumb charging” will be a liability to electric cars and to the electricity grid.

Great presentation from eTec on their massive deployment project. deploying multiple models of electric vehicle infrastructure in five states throughout the country, this program is going to impact 10,000 vehicles, and thousands of level 2 charging stations. Smart grid and demand response will be built in. This is one to ...

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The Smart Grid

By Alleyn Harned | January 27, 2010 at 12:21 PM EST |

There was a great morning session on the technologies and policies needed for effective management of electric power and electric fueling. The panel identified vehicle electrification as the prime appliance driving the smart grid. Again, the panel stressed open standards for charging and information management, and advancing intelligent communication with the grid from square one. As technology advances we can move from a binary smart grid to a granular ...

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Powering the Next Era of Transportation

By Alleyn Harned | January 27, 2010 at 12:15 PM EST |

Senator Orrin Hatched opened today’s activities with a note that costs will downscale over time, and that the mass produced Model T came out at less than half of the cost of early models. EDTA continued a collaborative approach to enhance the electric vehicle industry in the US with a great variety of speakers. Former Governor Patak. Charged the industry with growing jobs in the US, and Theodore Craver ...

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Washington Car Show – Alt Fuel Vehicles

By Alleyn Harned | January 26, 2010 at 07:23 PM EST |

In some down time I visited the show floor for the Washington Auto Show to take a peek at some of their advance technology vehicles. It was a huge carpeted expanse of polished beautiful cars, and a special section showcasing alternative fuel vehicles and advanced vehicle technology. Numerous charge stations and an E85 advanced feedstock group had booths.

As an indication of expected future revenue, Toyota filled up much of ...

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EDTA / SAE Joint Opening Session

By Alleyn Harned | January 26, 2010 at 04:39 PM EST

The Joint Opening Session had an interesting and divergent mix of speakers including Congressman Fred Upton of Michigan, to David McCurdy of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Jack Basso of AASHTO, Roland Hwang, Senior Policy Analyst at NRDC, and Thomas Kuhn, President of the Edison Electric Institute. While this was a widely varied group, it was noteworthy that all speakers linked vehicle efficiency improvements with environmental results and with solutions ...

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Growth Workshop

By Alleyn Harned | January 26, 2010 at 04:06 PM EST |

Frost & Sullivan led a workshop outlining their analysis of the potential market for electric vehicles and how we can identify new market opportunities for these alternate fuel vehicles. Carpooling, carsharing, and mobility service organizations are on the rise and the manner that drivers interact with 21 century environments is changing.

An agreement from the workshop was that utilities, OEMs, and battery/charger companies have a lot to gain from ...

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Funding Opportunities Workshop

By Alleyn Harned | January 26, 2010 at 11:00 AM EST

This morning began with funding opportunities workshop at the DC convention center. We heard from the venture capital investment and the government side of the alternative energy investment coin. The Recovery Act remains the main government funding stream through various sources until further climate or energy legislation is advanced. Private venture capital has additional opportunities with companies like SAIL who focus on cleantech or greentech investments that include alternate fuels. ...

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Green Car Summit 2010

By Alleyn Harned | January 25, 2010 at 04:59 PM EST |
As a prelude to EDTA, on Monday 1/25/2010 Green Car Journal hosted a Green Car Summit on Capitol Hill to discuss realistic strategies to advance commercialization and adoption of next-generation clean fuel vehicles. This policy discussion highlighted and re-emphasized that green vehicles are more important today than ever.

The discussion included several Virginia players, as VW’s CEO Stefan Jacoby was on the panel, and Congressman Wolf attended in the ...

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Virginia, Maryland and D.C.

Grants are still available for retailers interested in providing E85 to the VA-MD-DC public.

E85 station locator brochure now available for download. This brochure details Virginia, Maryland and D.C. E85 stations and groups them by type of access (unrestricted public, restricted public, and private).

A new section titled “Financing Alternative Fuels – Making a Business Case” is now posted to the E85 Infrastructure page. This section contains tools such as a discounted cash flow calculator for E85 investment and a link ...

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February 4, 2008: Fuel Quality, Sustainability and Feedstocks (and Policy, Policy, Policy)

Monday Opening Session

The Monday morning general session began with Joe Jobe addressing the rumored 4,000-member audience (there were a lot of people, but I’m not sure it hit that mark) with a state of biodiesel discussion. Despite the huge industry success of biodiesel’s role in the new Renewable Fuels Standard and large gains in public awareness, he sees fuel quality, feedstock development, and sustainability as the three most pressing issues facing the biodiesel industry.

There was some talk about the Farm ...

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