Cellulosic Biofuel to Boost Production in 2013
According to data compiled by the U.S. Energy Information, production of fuel made from household trash, crop waste and other non-food organic sources will reach 9.6 million gallons in 2013, up from less than 500,000 gallons this year. That gain will leave the industry short of the government’s target for 1 billion gallons that gasoline and diesel producers are expected to blend into their products next year under a federal energy regulation. Though, four more companies are expected to open refineries by the end of next year and two additional plants are scheduled to begin production the following year, it is slated that the industry may not meet the specific targets for another five years.
Wind Sells at World’s Lowest Rate in Brazil Auction
Four energy developers agreed to sell power from 10 proposed wind farms in Brazil at the lowest rates ever. Enerfin Sociedad de Energia SA, Renova Energia SA, EGP- Serra Azul and Bioenergy Geradora de Energia Ltda. won contracts to sell electricity for an average price of $42.16 per megawatt-hour. In Brazil’s power auctions, developers bid down the price they will accept to sell power, and the lowest offer wins. Renova Energia, Enerfin and EGP may have agreed to low prices because they can attach the additional capacity to existing projects, a strategy that requires less capital than developing a new wind farm.
National Coal Mining Museum Installs Solar Panels
Wales’ National Coal Mining Museum located at Big Pit, South Wales, now has 200 photovoltaic solar panels on the Big Pit museum’s roof with another 200 solar panels installed on the National Collection Centre in Nantgarw. The Big Pit was one of several collieries in the area providing employment for hundreds of locals. Big Pit closed in February 1980 and re-opened in 1983 as a museum. Since that time, the National Coal Mining Museum has seen over 3 million visitors and is now a World Heritage site. It is estimated that the solar panels will offset about £400,000 during the next 25 years. The £70,000 cost to install the panels was funded by the museum. The electricity generated will be used on site with any surplus being sold to the National Grid, which can produce additional income for the museum.
Clean Diesel Technology Advances Toward Clean Air Goal for Soot
The advancements in clean diesel technology in conjunction with new research and development in diesel engines will play a major role in helping meet the updated Clean Air Act particulate matter (soot) standards announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For the last ten years, diesel technology has undergone dramatic transformations to near zero emissions. These advancements have occurred across the board – from the smallest industrial engine to the increasingly-popular clean diesel cars, commercial trucks, off-road machines and equipment. This is a major accomplishment, considering that it now takes 60 of today’s clean diesel heavy-duty trucks to equal the particulate emissions of one 1988 truck.