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The WSU Energy Program Library prepares this current awareness blog with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. These articles highlight energy-related news, articles, and reports about energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy for energy professionals and interested members of the public.

Category: Alternative Fuels

Alternative Fuels


Taming the Power-Hungry Beast [Motors in Ethanol Operations]

Ethanol Producer Magazine, Mar. 2017, by Ron Kotrba.
http://ethanolproducer.com/articles/14210/

"Updated regulations, motor industry advances promise efficiency improvements in the full range of electrical motors used in ethanol operations."

Ultrasonic Flow Meters Improve Biogas Measurements

Pumps & Systems, Feb. 2017, by Dick Laan and Rick Lowrie.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/instrumentationcontrols/february-2017-ultrasonic-flow-meters-improve-biogas-measurements

"As interest in biogas grows, industry is paying more attention to measuring biogas flow, which has long been a challenge in process measuring technology. While high water and carbon dioxide (CO2) content makes biogas a demanding medium and a difficult measuring task, a new generation of ultrasonic flow meters is helping to make biogas measurements stable and manageable. One type uses the time transit differential method to guarantee flow measurement with a high degree of long-term stability regardless of the gas composition."

5 Common Fuel Cell Myths

U.S. Dept. of  Energy, Mar. 9, 2017, by Mike Mueller.
https://energy.gov/eere/articles/5-common-fuel-cell-myths

"We recently added two fuel cell electric vehicles to our fleet (the first for a government agency) and are using them for public outreach. What we’re finding out is that there’s a lot of interest in these cars – and some misconceptions. So, in order to separate fact from fiction, we decided to tackle the top five fuel cell myths."

What You Need to Know About Renewable Diesel

Government Fleet, Mar. 2017, by Shelley Ernst.
http://www.government-fleet.com/channel/biofuels/article/story/2016/03/what-you-need-to-know-about-renewable-diesel.aspx

"What is renewable diesel? The short answer is it’s a fuel that is chemically similar to petroleum diesel, but is 100% renewable and sustainable. In other words, it’s the latest, greenest diesel on the market. But to really understand it, it’s helpful to back up and understand the difference between it and its predecessors, petroleum diesel and biodiesel."

Creating a Sustainable Commute with Electric Vehicles and Workplace Charging

DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Jan. 12, 2017, by Sarah Olexsak.
https://energy.gov/eere/articles/creating-sustainable-commute-electric-vehicles-and-workplace-charging

"In 2016, the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market exceeded expectations. Despite another year of unusually low gasoline prices averaging $2.24 per gallon, there are now more than half a million PEVs quietly zipping around U.S. streets. While PEVs are on the rise nationally, the Energy Department’s (DOE’s) Workplace Charging Challenge made big strides in 2016 as well."


How City Trucks in Manteca, California Could Run On Food Waste

Treatment Plant Operator, Dec. 2016, by David Steinkraus.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2016/12/how_city_trucks_in_manteca
_california_could_run_on_food_waste


"A California city gears up for a biogas production project that will convert food waste from schools and businesses into clean gas for vehicles."

State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2016

U.S. Department of Energy, Nov. 2016.
https://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/downloads/state-states-fuel-cells-america-2016

"This November 2016 report, the seventh in a series, provides a comprehensive analysis of state activities supporting fuel cell and hydrogen technology, profiles of leading states, and a catalog of recent installations, policies, funding, and deployments around the country."

Tax Credit Tips For Biogas Projects

BioCycle, Nov. 2016, by Kathy Parker.
https://www.biocycle.net/2016/11/10/tax-credit-tips-biogas-projects/

"To tap into available federal tax credits, biogas projects in development should examine steps they might need to take before December 31, 2016."

[U.S.] Dept. of Transportation Unveils National Electric Vehicle Charging Network

Utility Dive, Nov. 4, 2016, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/dept-of-transportation-unveils-national-electric-vehicle-charging-network/429775/

"Moving to support the electrification of the transportation sector and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the federal government this week announced 55 routes that will serve as the basis for a national network of “alternative fuel” corridors spanning 35 states."

Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Five Clean Energy Technologies – 2016 Update

U.S. Dept. of  Energy, Sept. 2016.
http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/09/f33/Revolutiona%CC%82%E2%82%ACNow%202016%20Report_2.pdf

"Decades of investments by the federal government and industry in five key clean energy technologies are making an impact today. The cost of land-based wind power, utility and distributed photovoltaic (PV) solar power, light emitting diodes (LEDs), and electric vehicles (EVs) has fallen by 41% to as high as 94% since 2008. These cost reductions have enabled widespread adoption of these technologies with deployment increasing across the board."
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