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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    2011 The Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition TC4 coordinated by the American Lung Association in Minnesota is seeking an intern for a paid position this summer Among the many opportunities this position will provide the intern will work to educate and engage users of alternative fueled vehicles E85 biodiesel and others through events communications initiatives and other forms of outreach Applicants will be considered from a wide variety of backgrounds in natural or social sciences including but not limited to areas such as environmental studies communications marketing sociology and political science This internship will be one of 27 occurring across the country as part of the Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program Clean Cities is a government industry partnership sponsored by the U S Department of Energy s Vehicle Technologies Program that strives to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector in nearly 90 communities across the country Specific Details Position is full time for 10 weeks from approximately June 6 August 12 2011 exact dates to be determined with intern The intern will receive a 6 000 stipend from Clean Cities Open to undergraduates in their Junior or Senior year and graduate students The intern may be asked to

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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    increase demand for biodiesel used for Bioheat took place for the first time as more states and cities such as New York City require the use of Bioheat blends with heating oil The USB partnership with Clean Cities shows how U S soybean production proves to be environmentally sustainable says Russ Carpenter soybean farmer from Trumansburg N Y and USB Communications program chair Each project is very unique to their geographic region and the proposals this year have been very innovative The 10 Clean Cities participating coalitions include Alabama Clean Cities Iowa Clean Cities Lake Michigan Clean Cities Consortium in Wisconsin Indiana and Chicago New York City and Lower Hudson Valley Clean Cities Philadelphia Clean Cities Triangle Clean Cities and Centralina Clean Cities in North Carolina Twin Cities and Red River Valley Clean Cities in Minnesota and North Dakota Virginia Clean Cities and Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Yellowstone Teton Clean Energy in Wyoming Montana and Idaho The New York City and Lower Hudson Valley Clean Cities is one of two participants that will focus on Bioheat with their USB reimbursement project I m proud that our nation s biggest city in my state has been a leader in Bioheat

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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    that is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline were sold That was up from about 250 000 gallons in the same period the previous year Dalrymple says nearly 120 blender pumps have been installed in 27 communities through the program set up by the Legislature two years ago The communities range from Fargo the state s largest city to Fairmount a town of just a few hundred people The

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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    extra charge when you park downtown Minnesota s first public charging station for plug in electric hybrid vehicles opened Tuesday in Rochester The station on the ground level of the First Street parking ramp across the street from the public library belongs to Rochester Public Utilities A plug in Prius belonging to Olmsted County was the first to connect Obviously we won t need this much right away said RPU spokesman Tony Benson It s just being pro active he said The change in transportation means people are going to be looking at electric vehicles For now plug in electric vehicles seem as hard to find as four leaf clovers Local dealerships told RPU they face six to nine months wait for newly developed cars such as the Chevy Volt or the Nissan LEAF But someday these charging stations might be as common a street feature as parking meters Read about it in Wednesday s print edition Posted Jan 12 2011 8 47 am By Jeffrey Pieters The Post Bulletin Rochester MN jpieters postbulletin com There s an app for zap Your smartphone can guide you to the nearest plug in vehicle charging station Download the Chargepoint application which will

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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    home of Minnesota s first public charging station for the generation of electric vehicles coming over the next year officials said Monday The First National Bank Building has installed a station that can handle two cars at a time using either a 110 volt or a 208 volt outlet The station was installed by ElectriCharge Mobility of Bloomington and Weber Electric of Shoreview Paul Axt a partner in ElectriCharge said his company is the state s exclusive distributor of charging stations developed by Coulomb Technologies of Campbell Calif ElectriCharge plans to begin installing up to 20 more stations in Minnesota this winter The more the merrier Axt said The station is part of First National Bank Building s ongoing efforts to go green said Tanya Hemphill general manager for Cushman Wakefield which manages the property The station which is on the P 1 level will be available on a first come first served basis The station costs 3 for unlimited daily use and requires a smart chip credit card ElectriCharge is one of four vendors that will be providing public charging stations to the city of St Paul in its municipal parking lots starting next year said Anne Hunt the

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=63 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    As a DOHC design the 2 0 liter I 4 uses two camshafts one to open the intake valves and one to open the exhaust valves Traditionally camshafts have only been able to open the valves at a fixed point defined during engine design and manufacture But with modern variable cam timing systems the camshafts can be rotated slightly relative to their initial position allowing the cam timing to be advanced or retarded Ti VCT takes this technology and applies it to both the intake and exhaust camshafts of its DOHC design using electronic solenoid valves to direct high pressure oil to control vanes in each of the camshaft sprocket housings By using one oil control solenoid per camshaft controlled by the electronic control module each intake and exhaust cam can be advanced or retarded independently of the other as engine operating conditions change providing an exceptional degree of valve timing control The overlap control via Ti VCT helps us eliminate compromises in the induction and exhaust systems said Jamie Hanshaw Ford VCT technical specialist Drivers will notice improved low end power and better fuel economy And there are benefits they won t notice too like reduced emissions overall especially at part throttle Fuel metering duties on the 2 0 liter I 4 are handled by an injection system that precisely delivers a fine mist of fuel directly into each cylinder for optimal performance economy and emissions Unlike port fuel injection PFI engines that spray fuel into the intake system the direct injection system puts the fuel in the combustion chamber exactly where it needs to be for combustion Thanks to DI the engine can safely operate at a high 12 1 compression ratio compared with the 2011 Focus PFI engine s 10 1 ratio further enhancing power and efficiency And unlike most competitive direct injection systems the engine will be E85 flex fuel capable The high pressure fuel injectors are positioned to the side of each cylinder aiming the fuel directly into the cylinder adjacent to a high intensity spark plug and alongside the intake and exhaust valves Fuel is sprayed into the cylinders at pressures of up to 2 150 pounds per square inch which is about 35 times more intense than PFI injection The DI system creates an incredibly fine spray of gasoline that s injected directly into the combustion chamber at the precise moment it s needed eliminating a lot of the compromises of traditional fuel systems explains Scott Makowski I 4 engine manager It sounds simple but months of testing and computer simulation went into finding the exact injector spray pattern where in the cylinder to aim the spray and even the piston dome design The Denso high pressure fuel injectors use internal solenoids to precisely switch the flow of fuel on and off Fuel flows through six tiny outlets like pinholes in each injector and each spray is positioned to provide benefits in fuel economy and emissions A sophisticated electronic control system varies the

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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    amount used during the same period in 2009 according to Tim Morse chair of the SmartFleet Committee a group tasked with helping agencies comply with Executive Order 04 10 issued by Gov Tim Pawlenty The Faribault Academies a campus of educational facilities serving deaf and blind Minnesotans topped all others in the SmartFleet quarterly report using E85 75 percent of the time they bought fuel Another standout was the Minnesota Office of Higher Education which reported 73 percent E85 use during the first half of the calendar year In terms of sheer volume of E85 used the state Department of Transportation used 170 617 gallons of cleaner burning E85 in six months compared to 376 312 gallons of gasoline and 690 798 gallons of B5 biodiesel blend fuel This continued progress shows that the State of Minnesota is serious about its stated goal to reduce its petroleum consumption said Kelly Marczak director for the American Lung Association in Minnesota s clean fuel and vehicle technologies program and a member of the SmartFleet Committee In just six months the state s use of E85 in 2010 prevented more than 1 745 tons of lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions and harmful pollutants from

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=59 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    in Burnsville is now offering the cleaner burning fuel which is currently priced about 20 percent less than regular unleaded gasoline Flex fuel vehicles also known as FFVs are factory built to run on either E85 or gasoline or any mixture of the two fuels There are more than 225 000 FFVs registered in Minnesota Once scarce finding E85 in the Twin Cities has become relatively easy The Burnsville station is the 80th public E85 outlet in the seven county Twin Cities metro area Located in the city s new Heart of the City development and adjacent to the Metro Transit Park Ride the site is a convenient stop for motorists looking for E85 Holiday has long been a leader in E85 and I m one of many FFV owners who appreciate a clean air choice at the pump said Kelly Marczak director for the American Lung Association in Minnesota s clean fuel and vehicle technologies program Motorized vehicles are the single largest source of air pollutants in Minnesota Using E85 provides motorists with an easy way to reduce their impact on the environment and lung health The American Lung Association in Minnesota supports the use of E85 and biodiesel

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