A 50-percent increase in alcohol content may knock even the most seasoned drinker off of his (or her) feet, but a 50-percent jump in ethanol won't throw off a car's engine. That's the short version of a new National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) report, and we expect pro-ethanol advocates to use it frequently against Big Oil and its efforts to roll back increased ethanol mandates. The caveat, of course, is that the NREL study was sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), so we und
Following a record-setting year of plug-in electric vehicle sales in the US, the federal government is continuing an "all-of-the-above" alternative energy strategy to ensure folks don't forget about the wonders of hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV). In fact, the US Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is borrowing four FCEVs from Toyota for a couple of years to see just how potentially wonderful they are.
This project is specifically looking at reducing the amount of petroleum used down in Antarctica. Transporting vehicle fuel to Antarctica is costly and resource intensive, and requires great planning as well. Managing energy use very carefully is critical because of potentially harmful effects on the environment.
Battery-powered vehicles haven't exactly taken over the automotive industry here in the States, but that hasn't prevented the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) from compiling enough data to string together a collection of case studies on electric vehicle (EV) deployment. The NREL's collection takes a detailed look at four U.S. locations – Oregon, Raleigh, NC, Los Angeles, CA and Houston, TX – deemed to be on the cutting edge of plug-in driv
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has just completed the first year of a study comparing St. Louis transit buses running on B20 biodiesel and ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD). Surprisingly the B20 buses actually had slightly lower average mileage than the ULSD fleet, 3.52 vs 3.58 mpg. The new study is the first to examine B20 use on buses equipped with exhaust gas recirculation systems. The EGR helps to reduce NOx emissions. Fifteen identical buses were examined in the study with
As part of a $2 million joint project of Xcel Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, researchers will study the idea of using wind power to help produce hydrogen. Only small amounts are expected in the beginning but the team will try to set the stage for large, commercial operations in the future. The project is part of Pres. Bush's $1.2 billion hydrogen fuel initiative.
Here at AutoblogGreen, we spend a lot of time thinking about cars and energy efficiency, so when we come across an automotive accessory like the Cool-or-Heat Seat, the initial reaction is to start weighing energy implications against things like comfort factor and convenience.