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Boston area ranks high for 'cleantech' startups

Posted on 21 March 2007 | 0 Comments

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Greater Boston has been ranked fifth on a list of the cities that will be most likely to be host to a "cleantech economic revolution," according to SustainLane Government, a sustainability knowledge base for state and local government. The term cleantech refers to venture capital-funded technology startups in everything from biofuels to solar energy. San Francisco-based SustainLane focused on cities with the most promising cleantech incubation clusters, which are seen as a driving force of economic growth. [The Scuderi Engine is designed to run on a variety of fuels, including biofuels.] Read more in The Boston Business Journal.

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U.S. automakers pledge to cooperate on climate

Posted on 16 March 2007 | 0 Comments

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By the Associated Press, 3/15/2007 WASHINGTON - U.S. automakers and a top union official have pledged to work with Congress to find new ways of dealing with global warming, but declared that their industry could not bear the burden alone. The leaders of General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Chrysler, along with the head of the United Auto Workers union, made a rare joint appearance before a House subcommittee Wednesday. They stressed that proposed increases in gas mileage standards for new vehicles would be extremely expensive and could have calamitous results. "This could include the closing of additional facilities and the loss of tens of thousand of automotive jobs," Ron Gettelfinger, president of the union, said. But all of the industry leaders, under questioning from the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, John Dingell, Democrat of Michigan, vowed to work with the committee to produce regulations to address climate change and consider "new regulatory regimes" beyond the fuel economy program. Read more in the International Herald Tribune.

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EU Leaders Agree to Cut Greenhouse Gases

Posted on 9 March 2007 | 0 Comments

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EU leaders agreed Friday on a bold set of measures to fight global warming, pledging that a fifth of the bloc's energy will come from green power sources such as wind turbines and solar panels by 2020 and 10 percent of European cars will run on biofuels. At French insistence, the deal - which does not yet include an enforcement mechanism - noted the role atomic energy could play in replacing coal- or oil-fired power plants blamed for pumping out greenhouse gases. The inclusion caused unease for non-nuclear states such as Austria and Ireland and triggered complaints from environmental groups. European leaders said the agreement, the first to go beyond the 35-nation Kyoto Protocol in its targets for greenhouse gas emissions cuts, marked a turning point in the fight against global warming. German Chancellor Angela Merkel challenged other nations to follow suit, saying the world still had time to "avoid what could well be a human calamity" caused by climate change. Read more on Forbes.com.

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Scuderi Group introduces first hybrid power generator

Posted on 7 March 2007 | 0 Comments

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The Scuderi Group today announced the first ever hybrid power generator technology that it will begin licensing for generator applications ranging from backyard power backups to more industrial power-plant environments. Recent studies show that its break-through air-hybrid internal combustion engine technology can provide significantly increased efficiently levels while dramatically decreasing the level of toxic emissions. Sophisticated computer modeling at a world renowned independent research and testing laboratory, previously done on mobile applications, revealed that in relatively constant load and speed applications - such as a generator - using the Scuderi Split-Cycle Engine Technology in a generator application could dramatically increase efficiency and decrease emissions. Further, a Scuderi Air-Hybrid Generator would have the additional capability of recapturing energy normally lost through waste heat, increasing efficiency by up to 25 to 50 percent and decreasing toxic emissions by up to 80 percent. Read more on forbes.com. In the following podcast, Scuderi Group vice-president Steven Scuderi discusses the application of the Scuderi technology in power generators, and how it differs from mobile applications:

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Survey: Over two thirds Michigan auto workers support 40 mpg fuel efficiency rule, more climate curbs

Posted on 1 March 2007 | 0 Comments

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Survey Finds 31 Percent of Households in State Tied to Auto Industry, 84 Percent Say Auto Industry is in "Major Trouble" Today; Autoworker, Other Views Track With Rest of U.S. Michigan residents are not cutting Detroit any slack when it comes to increasing fuel efficiency and decreasing global warming pollution. More than two thirds of Michigan autoworker households (67 percent) and a slightly higher level of all households in the state (72 percent) say that Washington could "help U.S. automakers be more competitive by increasing the federal fuel-efficiency standard to 40 miles per gallon," according to a new Civil Society Institute (CSI)/40MPG.org national opinion poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation (ORC). More than four out of five Michigan residents (84 percent) agree that "the U.S. auto industry is in major trouble and Michigan's economy will suffer seriously if the situation of the Big Three automakers gets even worse." Those in Michigan households linked a "great deal/somewhat" to the health of the auto industry are even more likely (89 percent) to see the industry as being in serious trouble today. A slim 11 percent of all state residents think that "despite current problems in the U.S. auto industry, Michigan's economy is unlikely to suffer very much since the Big Three automakers have a good plan for moving ahead." Read more from www.40mpg.org.

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Scuderi Group holds semi-annual member’s meeting

Posted on 1 March 2007 | 0 Comments

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Sal Scuderi speaking at the Basketball Hall of Fame The Scuderi Group gathered once again on center court at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Held for the second time since last June, the meeting on February 27 provided members with a full update on the development of the Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine and the general direction of the Scuderi Group, LLC. Sal Scuderi, president of the Scuderi Group (at right), gave progress reports on the key areas of the business, including updates on the developments of the prototypes, licensee talks, technology advances, and financial points. He reviewed ongoing licensee negotiations in Europe, India, Asia, and the U.S. with automotive and non-automotive OEMs that have shown interest in the Scuderi engine technology. Sal also walked the crowd through the important technological components of the air-hybrid engine prototypes as well as presenting some of the new technology advances. Following the presentations, Sal led an informative Q&A session where audience members had the chance to ask specific questions and get further details. "With all the great progress we’ve been making – in all areas – it was exciting to finally report the enormous momentum we have gained," commented Sal. "We received great feedback and many thoughtful comments on what an active and busy year this is turning out to be." With a busy marketing and engineering schedule mapped out, the Scuderi Group will be exhibiting in April at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit and then moving on to Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany, where the recent advances of the air-hybrid engine will be presented to the European market. A number of announcements from the Scuderi Group will be released in the upcoming months. If you would like to receive our monthly email newsletter and stay abreast of the developments, click here.

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Hybrid sales still growing, but pace slows

Posted on 27 February 2007 | 0 Comments

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U.S. sales of gas-electric hybrid vehicles rose 28 percent from 2005 to 2006, but the rate of growth is starting to slow, according to a company that analyzes automotive-industry data. Consumers bought 254,545 hybrids last year as gasoline prices hit $3 a gallon or more for much of the year, up from 199,148 in 2005, according to nationwide auto-registration data compiled by R.L. Polk and released Monday. The rate of growth was the second-slowest since 2000, due in large part to car buyers having more environmentally friendly options, plus expiration of some tax credits on Toyota hybrids, said Lonnie Miller, director of industry analysis for R.L. Polk. Miller expects the growth to continue, though, because demand is still strong and three new hybrid models are in the works this year. Read more of the AP article on The Seattle Times website.

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Report: Electric hybrids don't save as much fuel at thought

Posted on 23 February 2007 | 0 Comments

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Fuel-saving gasoline-electric hybrid cars don't save as much fuel as thought, according to new government fuel-economy ratings available to the public for the first time. The new ratings go into effect beginning with 2008 models, a few of which will soon be on sale. But now it's possible to tell what rating 2007 and older models would get using the 2008 standards. Toyota's Prius, the best-known and best-selling gas-electric car in the United States, drops from a 60 mpg rating under the current system to 48 miles per gallon in the city under the 2008 testing procedure -- a 20 percent decline. Its highway mileage rating falls about 12 percent, to 45 mpg. The Ford Escape hybrid, which uses a gasoline-electric drive system similar to Toyota's, goes down about 12 percent. "What the cars get hasn't changed. It's just the numbers on the sticker," says Toyota spokesman Mike Michels. The lowered Prius rating is "probably more reflective of real-world experience," he says. Read more from USA Today.

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Scuderi Group participates in SAE’s Hybrid Symposium

Posted on 13 February 2007 | 0 Comments

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Vice president of Sales and Marketing Nick Scuderi just returned from the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Hybrid Symposium held Feb. 7 - 8 in San Diego . Many of the world’s top automakers were on hand to hear presentations and discussions around the latest trends and technology in the hybrid auto industry. Organized by representatives of Honda, Toyota, the California Air Resources Board, and Argonne National Laboratory, the conference covered the latest developments in hybrid technology relating to powertrain and vehicle design, controls and energy management strategies, the environment, and government regulations. The Scuderi Group sponsored an exhibit table at the symposium featuring a DVD presentation along with technical and marketing materials. Nick reports having several fruitful and interesting conversations with some of the attendees as well as a few members of the auto press and analyst community. "This was a very focused event given that everyone there is interested in hybrid technology," says Nick. “So the backgrounds of attendees on hand gave us a great opportunity to reach the caliber of engineers we want to educate about the air-hybrid approach."

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EU govts urged to follow German CO2 cuts

Posted on 13 February 2007 | 0 Comments

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Associated Press, Feb. 13, 2007 STRASBOURG, France - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday urged EU governments to follow Berlin's example and accept the European Commission's demands for a cut in carbon dioxide emissions. "Germany is going to have to accept compromises which won't be easy for us. Each member state must put in its own contribution. It would be an error if we pursued only our own interests, and we're not going to make that error," she told the European Parliament. The EU executive office said last month Europe must embrace a low-carbon economy and cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 to limit global warming and prevent serious damage caused by climate change. The Commission also proposed binding rules to force carmakers to cut carbon dioxide emissions from all new cars sold in the EU by 2012, arguing the tough measure was needed to fight global warming. Read the rest of the story on BusinessWeek Online.

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