Hydrogen Ride and Drive Video

Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles are a blast to drive.  Alleyn submitted this video of a recent experience with several full sized hydrogen cars.  These vehicles are sold and leased on a small scale now, and are expected to reach larger deployments in 2015.  ...

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Virginia Get Ready Roundtable

The Virginia Get Ready Roundtable has gathered for an introductory meeting on May 18, 2010 and established an initial plan for deployment of electric vehicles in Virginia. Virginia Utilities have installed and converted Prius vehicles, bucket trucks, and have agreed to purchase test Volt units when available. The Commonwealth has installed free access vehicle charging units at one rest area. Virginia entities are assessing charging capacity, investment needs, and roles in jumpstarting vehicle adoption and infrastructure deployment. ...

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Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program About to Take Off

April 17th marked a milestone moment in the propane corridor project. Over 40 stakeholders, from as far away as Colorado and Texas, convened at VCC’s James Madison University office to participate in a project kickoff meeting.  The event began Thursday evening with a reception at the beautiful JMU Arboretum. Friday’s main topics focused around the current status, what the immediate next steps were, and the big picture view of the implementation of this historic project.  The energy was contagious and ...

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Clean School Bus USA Case Study

From March of 2008 to December of 2010, Virginia Clean Cities provided program management and administrative support for the Clean School Bus USA Middle Peninsula Project. The objective of this project was to promote healthful air, especially for student riders, by reducing diesel exhaust emissions from school buses in Virginia’s Middle Peninsula and Piedmont region through the deployment of alternative fuels and technologies ...

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The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) 2010 Conference and Annual Meeting takes place in Washington, DC this year from January 26-28, 2010. The meeting is co-located with the Washington, DC Auto Show. Alleyn Harned (pictured on right), Virginia Clean Cities’ Program Coordinator, will be at the conference and Washington Auto Show, and will blog about the action. Check back on January 26th ...

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The Path to the Commercialization of Advanced Biofuels

DOE moderated a session on the path for commercialization. The panel consisted of several cellulosic ethanol innovators who outlined business plans, feedstock thoughts, and growth prospects.

Verenium Corporation enzymes for cellulosic biofuels, with two joint partnerships with BP. Working in Florida for a cellulosic pilot. Cannot afford to loose momentum. Infrastructure incompatibility is bogus argument � we�d never have the internet. Lets build something for the next 100 years.

Abengoa Bioenergy in ...

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General Session Oil Companies Investment

Marathon and Murphy Oil outlined some of their activities and investments in ethanol. Marathon has invested in production with two plants and a network spread out across the Midwest and into the southeast with a Virginia impact in the valley. Marathon’s Cliff Cook believes E85 is not the magic bullet, but instead blends over E10 will be more effective in expanding ethanol use as long as there are older traditional vehicles on the road. To ...

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Tom Stephens: General Motors 2/16

Tom Stephens provided an informational tour of General Motor’s restructuring and improvements over this past year. He showcased some of the company’s innovative technology, such as the expected capacity for the Chevy Volt to use E85 after the initial model year.

The review of GM technology was far more informative than the Washington insider panel. The panel served as a showcase for petroleum, automotive, and convenience industry lobbyists to disregard science and good policy to beat each other ...

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International Landscape for Ethanol: 11:15 2/16

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance moderated an international discussion on the international landscape for biofuels. There was a discussion of complex and nuanced protectionism versus free trade market forces for biofuels trade with the reality that nearly all countries have established varying levels of tariffs and market barriers to promote local agriculture. The food for fuels debate has also significantly eroded the political support for biofuels even as conventional oils prices skyrocketed and oil related political conflicts ...

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