The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $50 million for new and innovative research of technologies for trucks, off-road vehicles, and the fuels that power them. Funded through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), these selections highlight the DOE’s priorities in gaseous fuels research, including natural gas, biopower, and hydrogen; heavy-duty freight electrification; hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell technologies for heavy-duty applications; and energy efficient off-road vehicles.
“As the fastest growing fuel users in the United States, it is important our trucking industry has access to advanced technologies as a way to move goods efficiently and economically,” said Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes. “EERE has a strong track record of successful investment in the research and development of a broad portfolio of technologies, including electrification, advanced combustion engines, and fuels such as natural gas, hydrogen, and biofuels, that can significantly improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of transportation energy. These selections reinforce DOE’s commitment to sustainable transportation options.”
Some of the projects selected are:
– Optimal Adsorbents for Low-Cost Storage of Natural Gas: Computational Identification, Experimental Demonstration, and System-Level Projection (University of Michigan – $1,000,000).
– Renewable Natural Gas from Carbonaceous Wastes via Phase Transition CO2/O2 Sorbent Enhanced Chemical Looping Gasification (North Carolina State University – $2,499,461).
– NGV U.P.-T.I.M.E. Analysis: Updated Performance Tracking Integrating Maintenance Expenses (Clean Fuels Ohio – $500,000).
– Smart CNG Station Deployment (Gas Technology Institute – $1,999,789).
– Next-Generation NGV Driver Information System (Gas Technology Institute – $1,000,000).
– Ultra-Cryopump for High-Demand Transportation Hydrogen Fueling (Air Products $1,674,100).
– High-Speed and Dynamic Diaphragm Compressor for High-Capacity Fueling (NEL Hydrogen Inc. – $2,000,000).
– High-Pressure, High-Flow Rate Dispenser and Nozzle Assembly for Hydrogen Heavy-Duty Vehicles (Electricore, Inc. – $2,999,037).
Source: Department of Energy