Count Pearson Fuels, and the state of California for that matter, is among proponents of boosting ethanol content in light-duty vehicle fuel. San Diego-based Person received a $1.35-million grant to add pumps that distribute fuel with an 85-percent ethanol mix – i.e. E85 – at 19 new gas stations throughout the Golden State.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has launched Drive – a website designed to educate industry professionals, fleet managers and consumers about greener transportation choices for the 21st century.
The California Energy Commission has just approved grants to provide investment for eight recipients that should result in both greener transport and job creation. The $9.6 million disbursement is to be matched with $11,969,855 in private funds and hope abounds for hundreds of job to result. Some of the companies listed will be familiar to ABG readers; same goes for some of the technologies involved. Here is a quick summary of the projects:
The University of California - Davis has been at the forefront of a lot of alternative fuel research in recent years, including hydrogen generation, producing fuels from biomass by various biological methods and hybrids. The California Energy Commission has now awarded another $3 million to UC-Davis for work on plug-in hybrids. The school will establish a plug-in hybrid research center at the UCD Institute of Transportation Studies. The center will try to enhance the commercial viability of PHEV
If you're doing research on producing biofuels from cellulosic biomass, the California Energy Commission has some money for you! They have $3 million to give out to three or four projects. The Commission has put a solicitation for competitive grants for research, development and demonstration of conversion technologies to make fuel from materials like agricultural and forest residues, food waste, beverages or other materials.