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February 20, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

DoE Pledges $30 Million for NGVs and $14 Million for Algae Fuels

The Obama administration is targeting better compressed natural gas vehicle fuel tanks and home fill units as the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E unit (for Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy) prepares a new competition for $30 million in funding for NGVs.

The federal government wants to help make NGVs even better than they are today -- dedicated-CNG Honda Civic operated by PG&E shown here in San Ramon, Calif. Joe Pulichino photo

The president also last week announced a $14 initiative for algae-derived transportation fuels.

Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy – MOVE

“We can help revolutionize the way Americans fuel their cars,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in the administration announcement.

Under an initiative dubbed MOVE, for Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy, ARPA-E “seeks to fund projects that will develop lightweight tanks for cars that can run on natural gas and fit into modern passenger vehicles.”

The agency specifically mentions “absorbing materials that are able to hold gas, similar to how a sponge holds water” to lower pressure requirements.

MOVE concept papers are due March 26.

Algae-based fuels, DoE says, “have the potential to replace up to 17% of the United States’ imported oil for transportation.” Algae fuel production may “feed off the carbon emissions from power plants or digest nitrogen and phosphorous from municipal waste water.”

DoE noted last week that eleven ARPA-E projects announced last year “secured more than $200 million in outside private capital investment after initial funding” by the government.

ARPA-E funding opportunity website

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