Solazyme Successfully Scales Renewable Oil Fermentation to 500,000 Liters at ADM Iowa Facility

Solazyme, Inc. a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced today the successful completion of multiple initial fermentations at ADM’s Clinton, Iowa facility. In these runs, Solazyme achieved commercial scale production metrics, exhibited linear scalability of its process from laboratory scale, and demonstrated the ability to run at this scale without contamination.

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Guest Post: The Eco Car – A Psychological Barrier

Hybrid cars have a great number of advantages over purely fossil-fuelled vehicles, but there is a psychological block that has to be gotten past before the mainstream population will embrace such a technology. This is a block that comes from a few different directions and that makes it hard to tackle with just one approach.

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The Tesla Supercharger Network Revealed

On September 24th, Tesla Motors revealed that it had been hiding a bit of a secret. It seems that the much anticipated network of Tesla electric car charging stations was not only designed and ready for construction, but a mini-network of an initial six stations was already operational in California, having been built in secret.

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UQM PowerPhase Select Drive System Powers EV Engineering All-Electric Passenger Car to an Unofficial World EV Distance Record

Australia-based EV Engineering has set an unofficial world distance record with its all-electric Holden Commodore passenger car propelled by a UQM electric propulsion system. The car was driven a total of 1,172 miles (1,886 kilometers) in 24 hours, traveling back and forth between Port Melbourne and Geelong, Australia.

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Infrastructure Repairs That Cannot Be Overlooked

Not that funding was not planned to prevent such disasters – some of it just got spent in the wrong places, LePlatner writes. “Since its inception, money collected as part of the federal gas tax has been used to build and repair the nation’s roadways. Unfortunately, not all of the tax revenue collected is utilized for the maintenance and care of our infrastructure. A large percentage of the funds are diverted to new construction projects and congressional earmarks. Too often, the less glamorous job of infrastructure maintenance and repair is neglected.”

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Guest Post: Electric Roadways That Power Cars from Tires

In simple words, they aim to eliminate the need for public recharging stations, which aren’t yet that common. Using the vehicle to recharge itself while running is the most amazing addition to the electric vehicle world. The plans to implement this technique were first adopted in Japan at the Toyohashi University of Technology lead by Takashi Ohira, an electrical engineering professor.

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Guest Post: New Proposal by Egyptian College Student Promises Endless Free Energy

The physics behind renewable propulsion systems of the future Grady Winston’s guest post may cause a few to raise their eyebrows, wondering about the reason for speculating on such futuristic concepts as zero-point energy, or energy that comes free to all because it just happens to be there for the taking. This is an informational report, based on work from physicists. So to naysayers, just remember what some of the first startled reactions were to far-out concepts such as wireless telephony. Thanks for the post, Grady.…

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Research Team Works on Converting Carbon Dioxide to Methanol

More encouraging news on creating alternative green fuels like methanol – a subject we have recently written about in considerable detail.  Thanks for this one to Josh at Clean Technica. Turning Carbon Dioxide Into a Green Fuel (via Clean Technica)   A research team is working on turning carbon dioxide into methanol to use later as a green fuel. The researchers from the Freiburg Materials Research Center (FMF), led by the chemist Prof. Dr. Ingo Krossing, have developed a new…

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West Coast Electric Highway Expands

Great news learning that a non-fossil fuel transportation link can now help power EV drivers from the Mexican border to Canada. West Coast Electric Highway Expands to Washington, Now Extends to Canadian Border (via Clean Technica) The future is now looking far brighter for West Coast EV owners. What is known to EV champion as the West Coast Electric Highway, this border-to-border endeavor has moved closer to becoming a reality. Today 10 new EV charging sites opened, extending the highway…

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Four Urban Sustainability Projects You May Not Know About (Yet)

Each city in the piece has a distinctly different approach to their sustainability initiatives, and some of the realities encompassing the cities are quite inspirational. (Medellin, for example, has seen a 90-percent decrease in crime throughout its makeover period. Songdo on the other hand–a state-of-the-art city built from scratch in South Korea swampland–happens to be the country’s first LEED Neighborhood.)

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eHighways: Trucks Borrow Trolley Idea, Link Up With Overhead Power Lines

It’s refreshing to see this post from Gas 2.0 concerning the what types of highway and road infrastructures will be essential when we expand the use of electric vehicles. This idea from Siemens involves the use of electrified trolley lines for trucks – not so pretty to look at, but a breath of fresh air when we start measuring emissions. Trucks Borrow Trolley Idea, Link Up With Overhead Power Lines (via Gas 2.0) A hundred years ago, most major cities…

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The Gasoline-Free Future and How to Get There, If Ever

I posted this yesterday on Clean Technica We must encourage multiple discussions on the questions facing us about the the clean fueling solutions we use to take us into a sustainable future. From such discussions, more research and solutions will follow. Look at the comments and participate! Photo: NCDOTcommunications The Gasoline-Free Future and How to Get There, If Ever (via Clean Technica) Since reporting on acceptable alternative fuels that smartly divert us from global dependence on nothing but fossil fuels,…

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