48C Phase II (Advanced Energy Manufacturing) Tax Credit Announced; Webinar Scheduled for February 12, 2013

he Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits (commonly referred to as 48C) was established by the Recovery Act to support investment in domestic clean energy and energy efficiency manufacturing facilities through a competitively-awarded 30% investment tax credit. I wanted to make sure that you saw yesterday's announcement (below) about the availability of $150 million in a …

Scientists turn toxic byproduct into biofuel booster

Read the full story in Biomass Magazine. Scientists studying an enzyme that naturally produces alkanes—long carbon-chain molecules that could be a direct replacement for the hydrocarbons in gasoline—have figured out why the natural reaction typically stops after three to five cycles. Armed with that knowledge, they’ve devised a strategy to keep the reaction going. The …

Smart Handling of Marine Debris

Read the full post on the Marine Debris Blog. Marine debris, the perennial, insidious, problem that affects oceans and coasts worldwide, has been impacting US beaches for many years. After the massive tsunami struck the north eastern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, inflicting tragic loss of human life and massive damage, a variety …

Visualizing How Poorly Amtrak’s Route Network Serves Most of the U.S.

Read the full story from the Atlantic. Like the classic electoral college map filled in each Election Night, train maps don't tell you much about the stuff that counts: people. For Amtrak, the route map can be particularly unhelpful. Not only are the longest lines the least popular, their train frequency can be one-sixtieth that …