Biofuels have the potential to replace petroleum says the Daily Express. Biofuels for transport, including ethanol, biodiesel and several other liquid and gaseous fuels, have the potential to displace a substantial amount of petroleum-based fuels worldwide over the next few decades. Presently the use of biofuels for transport is quite low in nearly every country. Ethanol is the most used biofuel. In the US it represents less than 2% of transport fuel demand while in Brazil it accounts for about 30%. The article notes the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Universiti Malaysia Sabah is organizing the first International Workshop on Advances in Biofuels from Sept 26-27, 2012.

ENERGY.GOV gives us a primer on algae as a transportation fuel (with video).

Gas2 informs us Hydrogen Fuel Cells Could Lead To Cleaner Ships. New CO2 and other emissions laws mean the shipping industry has to adopt clearer fuels and some companies are looking to hydrogen fuel cells to lower their environmental impact. One such vessel is the off-shore supply ship Viking Lady, which has operated with up to 55% electric efficiency for more than 7,000 hours using a hydrogen fuel cell. The post conjectures hydrogen-powered freighters could start hitting the high seas between 2020 and 2030.

A hydrogen fueling station has opened in Millbrook, England we learn from renewable energy focus. The Millbrook Proving Ground has opened a commercially available hydrogen fuelling station, capable of refuelling both buses and cars. The facility is located between London and the Midlands representing the beginning of a hydrogen fueling infrastructure in the UK.

PRWEB says electric vehicle mysteries are on the way. The first electric vehicle novel is out and the detective story “Electrified” by Stephan Schwarz has the potential to create more appeal for EVs.

MSN reveals an app that enables US drivers to find green fueling stations. The free app can be downloaded from both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. Designed by Leonardo Academy, it will find stations selling E85, electricity, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG),  liquefied petroleum gas (LPG or Propane),  biodiesel and hydrogen. In addition to locating stations, the app provides detailed information on fuel blends, type of payments accepted, “practical advice” on station accessibility and Web links when available. The app even includes a crowd-sourcing social-media element: users can add to the database of stations and input information about them.

Clean Technica finds US EV owners drive 1,050 miles per month on $30 based on data supplied by PlugShare. That means a savings of $75 per month ($900 a year) for the average urban driver. The data also reveals the top five EV cities in the US: Porland, Oregon, Dallas, Texas, Nashville, Tennessee, San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington.

The EV future will mean lighter vehicles and greater range reports the San Francisco Chronicle. “…come midcentury we’ll all be driving around in lightweight electric cars that can go hundreds of miles between charges.”

The Guardian writes about the race to make an electric car that charges as quickly as a petrol one. “Researchers are racing to develop a battery that can recharge in 10 minutes and power a car for hundreds of miles.” Meanwhile The Telegraph focuses on EV cost and range. “Should you believe those who claim that electric cars are cost-competitive with their petrol and diesel counterparts?”

In Canada, the provinces of Ontario and Quebec are creating electric vehicle charging stations says CTV.  Hydro-Quebec and Plug’nDrive Ontario are teaming up to develop a network of electric vehicle charging stations in both provinces prior to the advent of electric vehicles in the two provinces. A joint working group will select initial locations and find private and public partners. No timeline has been set for the opening of the first stations. The province of Prince Edward Island is getting ten EV charging stations posts CBC.  All are 220 amp fast chargers and are positioned across the province. The same source reports that the province of British Columbia is installing 450 EV charging stations. The Government of B.C. is partially funding 454 EV charging stations to be built by businesses, community groups and local governments across the province by March 2013. The Surrey Leader reveals that 14 of those stations will be in that lower mainland city.

myfox9 tells us the US city of Minneapolis will have 25 new EV stations.

The city of Bristol, England has its first public solar charging car port notes TheGreenCar.  Anyone with an EV can use the charging point for free.

 

 

 

 

 

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