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Lightning Hydraulic Hybrid #2 for NREL

July 18, 2016 in Fleet Order, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Colorado Lab Is Now Operating Two Lightning Drive Vans

Loveland, Colo.-based Lightning Hybrids said today that technicians at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have installed a hydraulic hybrid driveline from Lightning in a second Ford E-450 van.
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CEC NGVs Workshop with NREL March 8

February 29, 2016 in Conference/Meeting, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Organizations Want Feedback on Joint Research Roadmap

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a public workshop with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to solicit public feedback and input on the two organizations’ 2015 Natural Gas Vehicle Research Roadmap.


The California Energy Commission is hosting a natural gas vehicles workshop with the with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Sacramento on March 8.

The California Energy Commission is hosting a natural gas vehicles workshop with the with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Sacramento on March 8.

The draft document, which updates a report dating from 2009, was released at this past fall’s NGV Tech Forum in San Francisco. The CEC-hosted workshop is slated for Tuesday, March 8 at CEC headquarters in Sacramento.

“The roadmap serves as a guiding document to describe the strategic research, development, demonstration, and deployment needed to enhance the viability of the natural gas vehicle market in California,” states a meeting notice.

Huge Potential

“As a transportation fuel, natural gas could offset over 750 million gallons of diesel per year by 2022, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million metric tons per year, and saving the state approximately $1.35 billion in fueling costs annually,” states the draft report.

CEC and NREL will take stakeholder input on three priority areas for future NGVs funding: engine development and vehicle integration, fueling infrastructure and storage, and technical and strategic studies.


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Source: California Energy Commission with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

CEC Funds eVehicle, Fuel Cell Projects

July 14, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, fuel cells, Hydrogen, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More than $10 Million for Demonstrations in Disadvantaged Areas

The California Energy Commission has approved more than $10 million in grants for four electric-drive vehicle projects including a zero emission fuel-cell truck to transport shipping containers, and battery-electric school buses.
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Rethink Methane Is Set for June 9-10

April 15, 2015 in Biomethane, Conference/Meeting, Rethink Methane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Renewable Methane from Biological & Synthetic Sources Can Help California’
As It Holds the Key to True ‘Baseload’ Market Penetration of Wind & Solar Power

Wondering where biogas and biomethane – renewable methane – is going in this era of cheap fossil natural gas? The short answer: It’s going to go far. Renewable methane, experts believe, will be critical if California and the places that follow California’s lead are going to meet critical greenhouse gas reduction goals. updated April 15 and April 29

This Item Was Initially Posted in Shorter Form on April 8
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CD-adapco Eases Battery Pack Design

July 29, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Advanced Lithium-Ion Battery Simulation Tools Available

Detroit-based CD-adapco is promoting methodology making it easier to design lithium ion battery packs, thereby “enabling faster design and development of advanced electric drive vehicle power systems.”
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Feds for New AFLEET and a Fuel Find App

November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NREL and Argonne Launch Locator App and ROI Tool

The U.S. Department of Energy is promoting an app for smartphones and other mobile devices for finding alternative fuels from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and an Excel tool for figuring alt fuels ROI from the Argonne National Laboratory.
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IPC Introduces 3-Port Hybrid Converter

June 5, 2013 in EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Allows Easier Combination of Electricity Sources for EV Charging

Austin-based Ideal Power Converters is promoting a 3-Port Hybrid Converter that allows electricity from multiple sources, such as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, wind, batteries or the grid, to be converted into power suitable for electric vehicle charging via a single unit.
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NREL & ARPA-E Back Better Batteries

January 17, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Colorado Lab Is Working Three Battery Management Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has begun projects with Utah State University, Washington University, and Eaton Corp, looking to optimize utilization, life, and cost of lithium ion batteries for electric drive vehicles via improved battery management and controls. The three AMPED – Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices – projects have more than $7.4 million in support from DoE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.
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NREL and Johnson Matthey for Biofuels

December 16, 2012 in Biodiesel, Biofuels, Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

DoE Lab and Company Agree to Five-Year, $7 Million Collaboration,
Their Goal Is New Catalysts to Lower the Cost of Producing Biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory said Friday that it will partner with global specialty chemicals specialist Johnson Matthey in a five-year, $7 million effort to economically produce drop-in gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from non-food biomass feedstocks. The project will marry NREL’s biomass processing capabilities and “Johnson Matthey’s understanding of catalysis.”
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Improved Alt Fuel Web Tools from NREL

November 12, 2012 in Biodiesel, Ethanol, EVs, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

DoE Site Aims to Help Fleet Managers Make Decisions

The U.S. Department of Energy is talking up a revamp of its Alternative Fuels Data Center website, including a Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool to help fleet managers, municipalities and consumers evaluate alternative fuel and energy efficiency strategies.
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NREL Confirms Hybrid Truck Savings

September 11, 2012 in Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Eaton-Drive Class 8 Coca-Cola Tractors Were Tested for 13 Months

Class 8 Kenworth hybrid electric tractor trailers with Eaton parallel drivetrains operated by Coca-Cola demonstrated significant improvements in fuel economy as compared with straight diesel trucks, according to an National Renewable Energy Laboratory assessment.
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Hydrogen EVs ‘Make Rapid Progress’

August 17, 2012 in Electric Drive, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cars ‘Have Advanced Rapidly,’ Buses 89% More Efficient than Diesel

Fuel cell vehicles remain hampered by costs – both fuel- and cell-wise, but are improving in range and durability, new DoE assessments indicate. And after 273,000 miles of service, hydrogen for the largest fuel cell bus fleet in the U.S. has been measured at 89% more efficient than diesel.
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