The USDA has conditionally guaranteed a $70-million loan for a cellulosic biofuel plant in central Georgia. The biorefinery, to be built by Ensyn, will use non-food feedstocks (specifically woody biomass) to create 20 million gallons of renewable fuel per year. "There is a clear consumer demand for clean, American-made, renewable fuels, which our rural communities stand ready to meet," says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He continues, "This loan commitment is the most recent example of our support for President Obama's 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy, which includes alternative and renewable fuel sources." Read more from the USDA.
General Motors will use wind turbines to power its Arlington Assembly in Texas. It expects about half of its annual energy needs to be fulfilled by the 115 million kilowatt hours received from wind power beginning in late 2016. This is expected to save about 2.8 million dollars in energy costs annually, and more than 1 million metric tons of CO2 over the course of the 14-year deal. Read more from GM.
A 20,000-kilometer (12,400-mile) electric tuk tuk journey has wrapped up in Paris. Coinciding with the COP21 environmental summit, a group of German and French students called The Pilgreens finished their electric, three-wheeled voyage from Bangkok, Thailand to Paris, France on December 5. The goal of the students was to show the capabilities of electric mobility. The eTuk Limousine they used, which boasts a driving range of about 217 miles per charge, was fitted with a solar panel and an oversized lithium-ion battery. Read more in the press release below.
A group of German and French students who call themselves 'the Pilgreens' arrived today in Paris at the Climate Conference, after a 20.000 km journey in an electric Tuk Tuk. To celebrate their arrival they organized an electric vehicle tour through Paris starting from Place de Breteil at 09:00. They will be accompanied by a large number of electric vehicles from various brands as well as a parade of ten electric Tuk Tuks.
DIEMEN, Netherlands, Dec. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of German and French students who call themselves the Pilgreens arrived today in Paris at the Climate Conference, after a 20.000 km journey in an electric Tuk Tuk. To celebrate their arrival they organized a parade through Paris starting from Place de Breteil at 09:00. They will be accompanied by a large number of electric vehicles and a parade of 10 electric Tuk Tuks.
It all started after the Pilgreens got acquainted with the noisy and polluting Tuk Tuk in Bangkok. They started to think about what could possibly ease our burden on the environment. Then they bumped into the team of Tuk Tuk Factory team, a Dutch manufacturer of electric Tuks. A crazy idea was born. The green students decided to take the challenge of driving almost 20.000 kilometers from Bangkok to Toulouse, their home city. They want to show the world that electric power is the way to go.
Earlier this year in Bangkok, the Pilgreens embarked on an epic journey halfway across the globe. Their adventurous route took them through Eurasia's rain forests, deserts and 3800 meter-high mountain passes. Despite the inhospitable terrain the electric Tuk Tuk encountered, no significant technical problems occurred. Karen Koulakian from the Pilgreens says, "We are really happy to see the quality and fun-aspect of the eTuk proven by this fantastic undertaking!"
"We are happy to support the Pilgreens in this great initiative, and we are proud that our eTuk is holding up so well in these extremely harsh conditions. We actually don't make our vehicles for rally purposes!" says Roland Vos, Director of Tuk Tuk Factory. Apart from a bigger lithium battery pack and a solar panel, the eTuk Limo is a standard production vehicle. Where normal gasoline powered Tuk Tuks stay within the city perimeters, this electric eTuk Limo has a huge range of 350 kilometers.
After the parade in Paris, the Pilgreens will continue their journey to their home town Toulouse.