Archive for the ‘fuel’ category

You can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 20 Pounds Today

February 27, 2007

26 Feb 2007 – Are YOU personally doing your part?  Forget about pointing fingers at industry for a moment.  What is one simple way you can eliminate production of 20 pounds of greenhouse gases today?

Here’s how.  Prevent just one gallon of gasoline from being burned.  That’s right.  Eliminate a trip.  Combine trips.  Carpool to work.  You figure it out.

Whether businesses or individuals, we don’t ask others to go the extra mile, unless we are willing to do it ourselves!  That’s where it has to start.

-Lars

“Greenest” Vehicle runs on Natural Gas

February 11, 2007

According to www.greenercars.com the greenest vehicle for 2007 is the CNG (compressed natural gas) Honda Civic GX 1.8 liter, 4 cyl.  Edging out the Toyota Prius by two points, the CNG Honda Civic GX surpassed 3 hybrids to earn the top spot.  The new subcompact Toyota Yaris earned the fifth place ranking with 40 mpg highway and 34 mpg in the city.

U.S. Moving Away from Corn-based Ethanol Support

February 8, 2007

7 Feb 2007 – The United States Department of Agriculture is directing more funds instead toward research and development activities  to improve conversion technologies for cellulosic ethanol.

$28 million is slated for research into higher efficiency and conversion of the cell walls of energy crops and crop residues into biofuels.  Another $10 million will support conversion of agricultural and forestry biomass into renewable fuels.  Read the USDA FY 2008 Ag Budget News Release for more info.

Food or Fuel blog entry.

Food or Fuel

February 5, 2007

Missouri River, Feb 4, 2007.  The United States is diverting ever-increasing portions of their foodstocks to motor vehicle fuel production.  Will there be enough food left to feed the rest of the world?

Divide the United States in half along the Missouri River.  If you look east you will see primarily biodiesel plants.  Look west and you see mostly corn-based ethanol facilities.

Current Biodiesel plants:  580 million gallons

According to the U.S. National Biodiesel Board, there are currently 86 biodiesel plants operating in the United States.  Seventy percent of these facilities are east of the Missouri River.  These eighty-six facilities have the capacity to produce 580 million gallons of biodiesel fuel per year.

Under Construction:  1400 million gallons

Interestingly, there are 78 biodiesel plants under construction or expansion, and two-thirds of them will be built east of the Missouri River.  Newer facilities are typically larger than existing facilities.  Annual production capacity for plants under construction or expansion is 1.4 Billion gallons per year, so demand for biodiesel raw materials will triple when these go online.

Raw Materials

Just what do these biodiesel plants use for raw materials?  The larger plants historically have used soybean oil.  But in April 2007 in Velva, ND a large, 85 million gallon plant using canola oil – is slated to go online.  Some biodiesel production facilities can use multiple feedstocks such as soybean or canola oil, recycled cooking oil, poultry fat, trap grease, cottonseed oil, or tallow.

E Diesel

E diesel is similar to biodiesel, in that it is a blended fuel product made from diesel fuel and up to 15% added ethanol.  It has been shown to burn cleaner and reduce particulate emissions.  Check it out for yourself on the E Diesel page of the official Government website for the Nebraska Ethanol Board.

In the United States, ethanol production facilities use enormous amounts of corn as feedstock.  A future article will discuss ethanol production facilities in the United States.

Top 10 Ways to Save Fuel in Your Car

February 4, 2007

Top 10 ways to save fuel while driving your car.

Fuel Savings Tips – by Lars  Feb 3, 2007.

  1. Time the green lights.
  2. Coast up to the Stop sign or red traffic signal as soon as you see it change.
  3. Don’t brake while going down hills.  Take advantage of gravity (free energy) and let your car speed up.
  4. Maintain a steady speed on highways.
  5. Too fast or too slow on a highway – burns more fuel.
  6. Coast around curves.  Don’t accelerate and don’t brake.
  7. Car cold?  Don’t sit there waiting for it to warm up – just go.  You’re the cold one; the car can tolerate it!
  8. Don’t haul stuff around in your car!  Think how much energy it would take you to walk up that hill if you were carrying all that stuff on your back!
  9. While waiting at the drive-up window or for a train, shut off your car!
  10. All those electrical accessories take power.  The power is pulled from the car engine by your alternator.

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