ExxonMobil Android App
The ‘ExxonMobil Fuel Finder’ app is being launched for Android smartphones. The app will provide drivers with real-time maps, driving directions, and station information for approximately 10,000 Exxon and Mobil gas stations across the continental United States.
"This new app continues our record of delivering what consumers want and need," says Chris Mahoney, U.S. branded wholesale manager for ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing. "Since the iPhone and iPad version of this app was introduced in November 2010, it's had over 26,000 downloads. Our customers have been very interested in when the same technology would be available for their Androids, and now they can more easily and more efficiently find an Exxon or Mobil station no matter where they are."
Since January 2001, ExxonMobil has offered an online station locator. The Android and iPhone apps are simply an updated mobile version of the program. Using GPS technology and Google maps, ExxonMobil’s app will “steer” drivers in the right direction.
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The app has the ability to filter stations by hours open, fuel types sold, convenience stores, pay at the pump, Speedpass, car wash, etc. It even provides an “Our Gasoline” section, in which ExxonMobil explains why its product is second to none.
It seems odd that an app that only locates one brand of gasoline would become popular. Plus, it’s a fair bet that the 26,000 downloads for iPhone is equal to roughly about the number of U.S.-based ExxonMobil employees with an iPhone. But hey, I suppose there may be those people out there who swear by ExxonMobil gasoline and wouldn’t be caught dead at a Chevron or BP station. And all the people that fall under that category and were upset when they opted for an Android over an iPhone simply because they couldn’t download the app before, well guess what… your day has come.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.