Franklin-based ethanol marketers Eco-Energy have signed a contract with the backers of an under-construction corn-ethanol plant in North Dakota to take to market their 65 million gallons per year. Dakota Spirit AgEnergy expects to bring its plant online early next year. The facility will process 23 million bushels of corn annually.
Trillium CNG officials announced today the company has opened its first public access fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling station in Nashville.
Located at the Pacific Pride station at 402 N. First St., north of LP Field, the station will serve as the primary Southeast fueling location for Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Paper Transport's 100 vehicle natural gas powered fleet.
The facility is the third CNG station in Nashville, joining those of Piedmont and Waste Management.
"We recognized the need to offer customers a cleaner, more cost-effective fuel alternative and are pleased to partner with Trillium CNG on the opening," Rob Jewell, vice president for Tri Star Energy, which owns the Pacific Pride station, said in a release. "CNG fleets travelling these corridors — as well as local fleets — now have a conveniently located option open 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
Trillium CNG is headquartered in Chicago.
The environmental benefits* of natural gas fuel are myriad, including approximately 20-25 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, up to 50 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, 70-90 percent reductions in carbon monoxide emissions and 67-94 percent lower in particulate-matter emissions.
According to Citi Research** the natural gas adoption rates by commercial trucks will be constrained by the lack of infrastructure and are estimated to be in the 5-15 percent range over the next five years. Much of the growth will come from dense freight corridors near major population centers. In the next two years, it is estimated that 150 – 200 public access CNG stations will open nationally, with as many as 400 stations per year opening from 2016 – 2020.
Nissan executives this spring made a big splash with their ZEOD electric race car, which the company rolled out after splitting from the innovative DeltaWing project. Now the DeltaWing group — newly led by former Firestone racing point man Al Speyer — is suing the car maker, saying it and designer Ben Bowlby have, among other things, misappropriated confidential information and breached their contracts. Racer's Marshall Pruett has the lowdown, including a short response from Nissan.
Nissan executives have unveiled their vision for where electric cars might go in the future. Building on the technology they've brought to market with the Leaf, they are promising "a fresh electric vehicle driving experience based on peerless technology and exotic styling" with the BladeGlider concept.
With its narrow, 1.0 meter lightweight front track and wide, stable rear track, BladeGlider looks as if it could have sprung from a "skunk works" project. But the radical architecture all boils down to aerodynamics and balance. Having the front wheels close together reduces drag and enhances maneuverability for high G cornering power, assisted by its 30/70 front/rear weight distribution ratio.
Franklin-based biofuel supply manager Eco-Energy has signed a new marketing agreement with Heron Lake BioEnergy in Minnesota. In addition to the multiyear deal, the company also has renewed its contracts with Granite Falls Energy, also in Minnesota, and Central Iowa Renewable Energy. Eco-Energy now handles the ethanol marketing for 18 plants around the country.
Nashville-based Caterpillar Financial Services has committed to lending almost $18 million to a joint venture between Germany Biogas Nord and Israel's Blue Sphere that is working to buy a 5.2 megawatt power plant in Charlotte. The unusual part about the power plant: It will convert organic biomass into biogas that will then be used to generate electricity.
Nissan will between now and next April install quick chargers for its Leaf electric car at more than 100 dealerships in 21 cities around the country. The units will be able to charge an empty battery to 80 percent capacity in half an hour. A company spokesman said the list of dealerships that will get quick chargers hasn't been finalized, but Nashville is set to get some. Middle Tennessee is the No. 7 market in the country in Leaf sales. Through the first half of this year, Nissan sold 9,839 models in the U.S., more than in all of 2012.
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