Sector: Fleets

Source: Environmental Leader Green Fleets online

Atlas Auto Crushers solved its waste oil problem and became compliant with EPA regulations by installing an oil-recovery system to reduce the amount of oil in its waste water, according to a case study.

Oil Skimmers, the company that produced the oil recovery system, published the case study.

Atlas Auto Crushers says when it crushes junkers and strips them of their parts, despite removing oil from the engine, residual oil use to still leak and spread onto its lot, creating environmental concerns. In auto recycling, collecting and disposing hazardous waste is a major challenge and the EPA closely monitors industrial activity for environmental compliance.
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Source: The New York Times, Energy & Environment.com

THE Environmental Protection Agency’s latest proposed tightening of limits on sulfur in gasoline, and its previous rules, will most likely have the perverse consequence of retarding the development of cars running on batteries, advanced biofuels or hydrogen — all promising but expensive technologies that have not become mass-market products.

At the least, domestically produced gasoline and rapid advances in technology to make the internal combustion engine more efficient are likely to help the conventional automobile survive against competition from vehicles powered by electricity, natural gas and other cleaner alternatives.

The E.P.A. last week announced its proposed new Tier 3 rules sharply reducing allowable amounts of sulfur in gasoline, which would help automobiles’ catalytic converters to capture more pollutants. Tier 1, the E.P.A.’s first set of rules, was established two decades ago, under the Clean Air Act of 1990. Tier 2 was a refinement in 2000.

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Source: Environmental Protection.com

The EPA has proposed new standards for both cars and fuels that will help reduce pollution and improve efficiency in vehicles.

The EPA’s new standard proposal for cars and gasoline will aid in achieving lower pollution at the lowest cost. By decreasing the amount of emissions caused by motor vehicles and their fuel, the standard can help prevent up to 2,400 premature deaths and 23,000 cases of respiratory illnesses in children per year.
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Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels

For a century, almost all light-duty vehicles (LDVs) have been powered by internal combustion engines (ICEs) operating on petroleum fuels. Energy security concerns over petroleum imports and the effect of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions on global climate are driving interest in alternatives. This report assesses the potential for reducing petroleum consumption and GHG emissions by 80% across the U.S. LDV fleet by 2050, relative to 2005. It examines the current capability and estimated future performance and costs for each vehicle type and non-petroleum-based fuel technology as options that could significantly contribute to these goals. By analyzing scenarios that combine various fuel and vehicle pathways, the report also identifies barriers to implementation of these technologies and suggests policies to achieve the desired reductions. Several scenarios are promising, but strong, effective, and sustained but adaptive policies such as research and development (R&D), subsidies, energy taxes, or regulations will be necessary to overcome barriers such as cost and consumer choice.

Source: Reuters.com By John Kemp

(Reuters) – U.S. distributors and freight hauliers have held down diesel consumption even as their business recovers from recession by making thousands of small changes to their operations.

Improved driver training, restrictions on idling and careful route planning to reduce deadheads (where vehicles travel empty) are all reducing consumption of expensive diesel while helping companies promote their green credentials.

“In 2011, we achieved almost 69 percent improvement in fleet efficiency over our 2005 baseline,” Wal-Mart boasted in its 2012 Global Responsibility Report. “We delivered 65 million more cases, while driving 28 million fewer miles, by increasing our pallets per trailer and better managing our routes.”

“Our network efficiency improvement equates to avoiding nearly 41,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent to taking 7,900 cars off the road,” the company wrote.
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Source: Reuters By Nichola Groom

Truckers considering natural gas as an alternative to high-priced diesel say the cost of vehicles that run on the cheap and cleaner-burning fuel is still too high for them to see a timely payback on their investment.

A push to run more of the nation’s truck fleet on cleaner, domestically produced natural gas is rapidly gaining momentum.

Suppliers like T. Boone Pickens’ Clean Energy Fuels, Royal Dutch Shell and China’s private ENN Group are scrambling to build natural gas fueling stations along U.S. highways, while Cummins-Westport Inc will begin later this year selling a 12-liter natural gas engine able to power the biggest trucks on the road.

Truck companies too, are enthusiastic – up to a point.
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Source: Waste & Recycling News.com;  By Jim Johnson

Baltimore – Making vehicle fuel from landfill gas is not just for the big boys anymore.

Disposal sites no longer have to generate thousands, or even several hundred, cubic feet of landfill gas each minute to make a vehicle fueling system economical to operate, attendees at the recent Landfill Methane Outreach Program Conference and Project Expo in Baltimore learned.

Chris Voell is eastern sales manager with BioCNG/Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC, which develops landfill gas-to-vehicle projects. But he once worked at LMOP, part of the U.S. EPA, years ago.

And, back then, he would tell people that vehicle fueling didn’t make sense for a landfill producing less than 1,000 to 1,500 cubic feet of landfill gas per minute.

“I’m going to show you that this technology can work at a tenth that size or even smaller,” he said at the LMOP conference.

Landfill gas development has been incredibly successful over the years in the United States.
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Range is increasingly becoming a non-issue with EVs as this latest story from alternative energy company Silex Power attests. On the tiny island nation of Malta, Silex Power is quietly developing a luxury EV it claims will blow all other EVs out of the water when it comes to miles-per-charge. That includes the Tesla Model S’s incredible 265-mile-per-charge title.

Called the Chreos, Silex is announcing the vehicle will go an unbelievable 621 miles between charges. While you are chewing on that, let me tell you the other astounding claim: it takes only 10 minutes to charge.

This super EV makes use of a proprietary system Silex refers to as hypercharging, and owners will have the chance to plug the Chreos into a high-voltage charging station–you guessed it–developed specifically to accommodate the car’s speedy charge.

Compare the hypercharge to Tesla’s system for the Model S, which the company calls supercharging. The latter takes over an hour to charge, however.