China Adopts Policies to Reduce Growing Oil Use

Unprecedented motorization in China has led to significant increases in oil demand and oil imports. In response to growing oil imports, the Chinese government is adopting a broad range of policies, including improvements in the fuel economy of new vehicles and the promotion of alternative-fuel vehicles. Continue reading China Adopts Policies to Reduce Growing Oil Use

Switch From Ethanol to Gasoline Causes Ozone Levels to Drop 20%

A Northwestern University study by an economist and a chemist reports that when fuel prices drove residents of São Paulo, Brazil, to mostly switch from ethanol to gasoline in their flexible-fuel vehicles, local ozone levels dropped 20 percent. At the same time, nitric oxide and carbon monoxide concentrations tended to go up. Continue reading Switch From Ethanol to Gasoline Causes Ozone Levels to Drop 20%

Toyota Says Its New Gasoline Engines Will Be 10% More Efficient

Toyota Motor Corporation aims to increase the environmental performance of its vehicles with a series of newly-developed fuel-efficient gasoline engines. Continue reading Toyota Says Its New Gasoline Engines Will Be 10% More Efficient

NACS Assesses U.S. Fuels Market Through 2040

Gasoline will remain the dominant fuel powering light duty vehicles through 2040, but consumption will drop 24% and market share will shrink 14% as fuel efficiency improves and alternative fuels—led by diesel fuel—increase their penetration into the market, according to a new report on fuels market released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Continue reading NACS Assesses U.S. Fuels Market Through 2040

Scientists Make Gasoline-Like Fuel From Plant Waste

Gasoline-like fuels can be produced from cellulosic materials such as farm and forestry waste using a new process invented by chemists at the University of California, Davis. The process could open up new markets for plant-based fuels, beyond existing diesel substitutes. Continue reading Scientists Make Gasoline-Like Fuel From Plant Waste

‘Co-Catalyst’ System Makes Synthetic Gasoline Production Cheaper

A chemical system developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago can efficiently perform the first step in the process of producing synthetic gasoline, and other similar fuels out of CO2. Continue reading ‘Co-Catalyst’ System Makes Synthetic Gasoline Production Cheaper

U.S. Light-Duty Vehicles Use 11% Less Fuel Since 2004

In a follow-up to two reports (1, 2) released earlier this year, Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) examined recent trends in fuel consumption by cars, pickup trucks, SUVs and vans in the U.S. fleet from 1984 to 2011. According to his findings, there is an 11% decline in fuel consumption by American drivers of light-duty vehicles. Continue reading U.S. Light-Duty Vehicles Use 11% Less Fuel Since 2004

Study Challenges the Claim that Ethanol Makes Gas Cheaper

Does ethanol make gas cheaper? According to the “2013 Ethanol Industry Outlook” report by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol currently represents nearly 10 percent of the motor fuel supply in the U.S and the ethanol industry saves the average household more than $1200 in gasoline bills. Yet, a paper forthcoming in The Energy Journal, co-authored by an an MIT economist Christopher Knittel, states that the price of gasoline is not substantially affected by the volume of its ethanol content. Continue reading Study Challenges the Claim that Ethanol Makes Gas Cheaper

First Gasoline Produced From Biomass With ‘Bioliq’ Process

For the first time, synthetic gasoline is produced by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The synthesis stage of the “bioliq” pilot plant successfully started operation. Now, all stages of the bioliq process, i.e. flash pyrolysis, high-pressure entrained-flow gasification, and synthesis, have been realized. The project will now be completed by testing the entire process chain and optimizing it for the large industrial scale. Continue reading First Gasoline Produced From Biomass With ‘Bioliq’ Process