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Cyclox. A cleaner diesel fuel using papermill waste

 An article in AutoblogGreen highlighted some positive research on developing a greener diesel fuel.or really an additive that improves petroleum diesel fuel. According to the article, Michael Boot, a doctoral student and researcher from Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) in the Netherlands, calls this new fuel Cyclox. It’s actually a blend of petroleum diesel and 10% cyclohexanone (CH2)5CO which reduces soot emissions by 50 percent. If fuel to air mixtures are adjusted to a 50/50 air to fuel ratio, Boot is able to achieve zero soot .

The additive being used isn’t all that exotic either; it can be made from lignin which is part of the cell walls from plants and trees. The blog post points to all the wasted ‘lignin’ produced during paper manufacturing as a readily available source of waste material that can be utilized to produce the additive.

Rocketchip Tuning session in Marysville Ohio on April 17th

Posting from the group list ...

Greetings Fellow TDI Enthusiasts:

Jon's Auto LLC is proud to present the return of Jeff from "Rocketchip" (www.rocketchip.com) to our shop. The event will be held on Saturday April 17, 2010 @ 8 AM. We will be doing chip tuning, injector installs, FREE VAG-COM computer diagnostics, and other minor work if necessary.

This will be first come first serve event or you may drop off your car Friday evening or Saturday morning and avoid the wait. Please e-mail us with confirmation so we can provide Jeff with an estimated tune count.

Tuning session location is:

Jon's Auto LLC
22291 Route 4
Marysville, Ohio 43040

Volkswagen to push "Think Blue" to the automotive forefront

Starting February 27th, Volkswagen will be implementing a "Think Blue" marketing campaign stressing the company's focus on "sustainable mobility" which to many CinciTDI members highlights the fuel efficiency of VW TDI diesel vehicles and the environmental awareness of new "clean diesel" TDIs and biodiesel fuel options. Volkswagen is building on the "BlueMotion" label and bringing back the successful 1960's "Think Small" slogan which with the diminutive VW Beetle put Volkswagen on the map here in North America.

The Diesel engine was patented today in 1893

Celebrate with a good puff of 'soot' (or 'not' if your driving the VW TDI clean diesel) ... or if your running biodiesel just the scent of 'French Fries.' Nevertheless back in 1893 the diesel engine was patented.

Feb 20th GTG @ Dubwerx

Its official, Dubwerx is hosting our GTG on Feb 20th, TDIClub memebers reynolcj, cojones, and Algirdas just got done working out the initial details.

Dubwerks is all in allowing us to use their space and even a lift if we have the need.

Current plan is to start at 8am, CinciTDI will provide lunch (burgers, dogs, etc) at noonish and go on through the day as long as we need to.

Right now we are looking at any topside work that needs to be done, anything else needs to be done by request.

Check out the thread on the tdiclub.com forums for more info and to add your requests

A Case for a Small Car

Nice plug for 2010 Volkswagen Golf models in WSJ article: "Volkswagen offers the only diesel in this economy-car category. For $22,155 it can go 30 miles per gallon in the city and 42 on the highway. I think this is the most desirable of the compact cars. Its fuel economy approaches the Prius level, yet it has a lot of power and feels especially zippy around town. It is also the cheapest diesel on the market (most cost more than $40,000)."

LINK

Biodiesel production at 15% and could "cease altogether"

In a December 8th Wall Street Journal Article, the National Biodiesel Board indicated that "The ailing U.S. biodiesel industry is producing at 15% of its potential capacity and that output could "cease altogether" if the federal government does not extend a tax credit set to expire on December 31, 2009." READ

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI Road Trip

2010 VW Sportwagen TDI InteriorJohn Matras, Auto Review Examiner, posted a great write up on his Road Test of a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI. It's an enjoyable and informative read highlighting a few lessor known features on Volkswagen vehicles. Here's an example: "The Jetta SportWagen's front seats must be moved forward to lower the rear seats but then can be moved back into the regular driving position. The front seats, however, have an odd semi-power operation. The seats slide forward and aft manually but have power tilting seatbacks. It's a theme reprised in the heating/air conditioning controls. Unlike fully automatic temperature controls which regulate temperature and fan speed, only the temperature can be maintained automatically on the Jetta's HVAC system. The fan speed is set manually.