24 December 2016 2016 12:30 PM GMT

DOE Announces $19.7m to Accelerate Energy-Efficient Transportation and Systems

The US Energy Department has announced a funding injection of $19.7 million, subject to appropriations, to support research and development of advanced vehicle technologies, including batteries, lightweight materials, and advanced combustion engines, as well as innovative technologies for energy-efficient transportation, mobility and systems.

It sees these investments in advanced, energy efficient transportation technologies and systems to improve national energy security and to support energy independence, reduce transportation emissions, and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness.

The funding opportunity seeks projects in four areas of interest that apply to light, medium, and heavy-duty on-road vehicles, energy efficient mobility, and transportation infrastructure system.

Battery500 Seedling Projects: this topic seeks proof-of-concept or seedling projects that complement the VTO Battery500 Consortium’s research to more than double the specific energy (to 500 watt-hours per kilogramme) of lithium battery technologies which will result in smaller, lighter weight, less expensive battery packs, and more affordable electric vehicles.

Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) Development of Low-Cost Carbon Fiber for Lightweight Materials: this topic seeks to develop low-cost carbon fibre while advancing ICME techniques to accelerate the development-to-deployment lead time in all lightweight materials systems.

Emission Control Strategies for Advanced Combustion Engines: this topic aims to develop and demonstrate catalyst materials and after-treatment strategies that enable vehicles with advanced combustion engines to significantly improve fuel economy while meeting near-zero emissions standards.

Energy Efficient Mobility Systems Research and Development: this topic seeks to support proof-of-concept research to develop concepts that support future transportation scenarios that maximise the energy efficiency of people and/or goods movement.

The Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, economic vitality, and quality of life. The mission of EERE is to create and sustain American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. Its vision is a strong and prosperous America powered by clean, affordable, and secure energy.

December 7th 2017
Google Leads The Way In Purchasing Clean Energy; Signs 196 MW PPA With Avangrid

Google has reached power purchasing agreements with Avangrid Renewables for 196 MW of wind power. The agreements cover two wind farms, producing enough energy each year to power 50,000 households. The additional capacity helps Google reach its goal of purchasing enough renewable energy to match its energy use in global operations. Gary Demasi, Google’s director of global infrastructure stated: “with solar and wind declining dramatically in cost and propelling significant employment growth, the transition to clean energy is driving unprecedented economic opportunity and doing so faster than we ever anticipated.”

December 12th 2017
Renewable Future Challenges UK And Germany To Build Flexibility In Power Systems

A new economic study highlights that future energy systems in the UK and Germany, with very high levels of variable renewable generation, must be complemented by flexible resources, including energy storage. The study was released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). “This study highlights a seismic shift in how power systems will operate in the future. As wind and solar become the cheapest options for power generation, the race is on to develop and deploy the flexible resources that will complement them,” said Albert Cheung, head of global analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.


 

   

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