The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $4 million for research projects on medium- and heavy-duty natural gas engine technologies. As the department explains, its Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) funds early-stage, high-risk research to generate knowledge upon which industry can develop and deploy innovative transportation energy technologies that improve efficiency, lower costs for families and businesses, and increase the use of secure, domestic energy sources.
The DOE says opportunities exist to improve performance, reliability, durability, cost effectiveness, and efficiency of natural gas vehicles through research. Cost-effectively achieving diesel-like efficiency in natural gas engines while meeting current and future emissions standards will improve the viability of natural gas-fueled medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, the department adds.
A public workshop on natural gas vehicles was held at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on July 25 to identify early-stage research needs for natural gas engines. A summary of the key observations can be found here. VTO is seeking projects to address barriers to the adoption of natural gas vehicles through early-stage research. Projects competitively selected through this funding opportunity will complement additional early-stage research on medium- and heavy-duty natural gas engine technologies at DOE national laboratories.
Source: NGT News
Not long after announcing funding for natural gas engine research, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $15 million for research projects on batteries and vehicle electrification technologies to enable extreme fast charging. As the DOE explains, its Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) funds early-stage, high-risk research to generate knowledge upon which industry can develop and deploy innovative transportation energy technologies that improve efficiency, lower costs, and increase use of secure, domestic energy sources.
VTO is seeking research projects to develop plug-in electric vehicle systems that can recharge rapidly at high power levels, decreasing charge time to 15 minutes or less. Advanced battery projects will focus on early-stage research of battery cells that can enable extreme fast charging, while electrification projects will support the development and verification of electric drive systems and infrastructure for extreme fast charging (400 kW).
In a new VTO-funded report, researchers at Idaho National Laboratory teamed with Argonne National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to identify technical gaps to implementing an extreme fast charging network in the U.S. The report, available here, highlights technical gaps at the battery, vehicle, and infrastructure levels.
In 2017, VTO developed and verified innovative lithium-ion technology with the potential to reduce battery pack cost to $219/kWh of usable energy, an approximately 80% reduction since 2008, according to the DOE. This funding opportunity aims to continue building on this progress to decrease the time needed to charge an electric vehicle and drive down battery costs to save consumers and businesses money.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced today that up to $6 million dollars in grants is being made available to eligible individuals, businesses, and governmental entities to continue the development of a network of natural gas and/or other alternative fuel fueling stations to serve as a foundation for a self-sustaining market for alternative fuel vehicles in Texas.
The Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP) grants are part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, and are offered to eligible entities that intend to build, own, and operate alternative fuel and/or natural gas fueling stations in the Clean Transportation Zone. Effective September 1, 2017, the Texas Health and Safety Code (THSC) Chapters 393 and 394 were amended to combine the AFFP and the Clean Transportation Triangle (CTT) programs.
AFFP grants offset a portion of the cost of either the construction of new facilities dispensing natural gas and/or alternative fuels, or the expansion of existing facilities to provide new services or capabilities. Eligible fuels for the AFFP include compressed natural gas (CNG) and/or liquefied natural gas (LNG); biodiesel; hydrogen; methanol; propane (LPG); and electricity.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
The TCEQ has scheduled eight AFFP grant application workshops to review the grant requirements and the application process. Please RSVP to Camen Gupta, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com.
• CORPUS CHRISTI:
• SAN ANTONIO:
TUESDAY, NOV. 28, 2017
Houston-Galveston Area Council, Conference Room A
3555 Timmons, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77027
For more information on the grant programs and to access up-to-date information on the application criteria and process, specific geographic eligibility requirements, and copies of the application form, visit www.terpgrants.org or call 800-919-TERP (8377).
Grants are now available to be combined with Drayage Loans.
According to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the more than 3,000 diesel-powered port (drayage) trucks that move shipping containers at the Port of Houston account for 35% of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions at the Port. NOx is a primary precursor to ground-level ozone, which can cause asthma attacks, lung inflammation, and other respiratory illnesses.
The Drayage Loan Program helps reduce NOx emissions from drayage trucks by replacing older, dirtier trucks with newer, cleaner models. Independent truck owners and trucking companies can apply for an emissions reduction incentive grant through the H-GAC Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program to partially offset the cost of a new truck. Qualifying applicants may receive low-interest loans to finance the remaining balance between the cost of the new vehicle and the emissions reduction incentive grant.
Created as a joint effort between H-GAC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EDF, and Port of Houston Authority, this program has replaced over 200 trucks and reduced Houston-area NOx pollution by over 150 tons since 2010.
Get started by filling out our Pre-Qualification Form. If you have questions on the Drayage Loan Program, please contact H-GAC staff as follows:
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has opened the Alternative Fueling Facilities Program ($7.9 million) and the Clean Transportation Triangle Program ($9.8 million) to build out alternative fuels infrastructure in Texas. If you are interested in applying for either program, visit TXNG for an overview of program requirements..
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is still accepting applications for funding consideration under the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program. Individuals, businesses, and governmental entities that own and operate a heavy-duty or medium-duty vehicle may qualify to replace the vehicle with a natural gas vehicle or repower the vehicle with a natural gas engine. Interested parties should contact a Participating Dealer under contract with the TCEQ to determine eligibility. Program staff at the TCEQ are always available to answer questions. Applications will be accepted throughMay 26, 2017.
For more information on the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program, Participating Dealers, application process, and eligibility requirements, visit www.terpgrants.org or call 800-919-TERP (8377).