The Fillback Family of Dealerships and mechanical contractor Dave Jones Inc. have joined Alliance AutoGas. Both Wisconsin-based firms have experience in converting Ford Motor vehicles to run on propane autogas.
Wisconsin-based Didion Milling secured from the Cambria Village Board an extension of its conditional-use permit to ship ethanol and ethanol ingredients, but it also received a warning about potential fire hazards at its corn processing and ethanol plants. To improve safety, Didion has appointed a new person in charge of plant safety and required that safety issues be taken up as a regular part of worker meetings.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office in Oregon has converted 10 patrol cars to run on propane autogas. The department has partnered with Blue Star Gas for the conversion. Blue Star Gas is a member of Alliance AutoGas.
Companies in the U.S. and Europe are making advances in the development of next-generation biofuels, writes Sean Ottewell. Among the firms is Florida-based direct-to-ethanol developer Algenol Biofuels, which has achieved a production milestone that compares favorably with current corn ethanol yield-per-acre rates. And Wisconsin-based Virent has sent a batch of its renewable jet fuel to the Air Force for validation.
Wisconsin-based Helical Robotics has unveiled a series of remote-controlled, camera-equipped robots designed to inspect wind turbines. The robots have powerful magnets that allow them to stick to and climb metallic towers.
U.S. lawmakers shouldn't cite an ExxonMobil oil spill in Arkansas and other accidents as reasons to block new oil and natural gas development projects or the approval of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, said John Felmy, the American Petroleum Institute's chief economist. Lapses in safety occur, he said, but the industry is doing its best to avoid accidents. "No energy source is without potential problem," Felmy said.