U.S. Department of Energy invests $300 million in sustainable transport
Posted: 24 January 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The investment is said to support the Department’s goal of ensuring consumers and businesses have access to affordable, clean, efficient, and domestic energy options to meet their mobility needs.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced an investment of approximately $300 million in funding for research and development of sustainable transportation resources and technologies. This investment, split up between three, separate funding opportunity announcements (FOA), is said to support DOE’s goal of ensuring that as the transportation system transforms, consumers have affordable, clean, efficient, and domestic energy options that give families and businesses greater choice in how they meet their urban mobility needs.
“As we enter a new decade, DOE remains diligent in addressing the various challenges and opportunities associated with the dramatic changes occurring within our transportation sector,” said Secretary of Energy, Mark W. Menezes. “Under this announcement, DOE is focusing our efforts on three areas of transportation to further spur innovative breakthroughs in this sector. The Trump Administration is committed to providing new energy and efficiency opportunities for manufacturers and consumers that will continue growing this ever-changing market.”
“As technologies, business models, and consumer demands evolve, our diverse supply of fuels and technologies allows us to approach the future of sustainable transportation from all angles, consistent with our comprehensive energy strategy,” said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Daniel R Simmons. “The products that result from this FOA will significantly impact the sustainable energy market for the better.”
The investment spans across three funding opportunities. Each FOA contains multiple topics that aim to support DOE’s goal of providing consumers and businesses with a range of sustainable technologies and fuels. Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the three FOAs will be issued on behalf of the three transportation offices: Vehicle, Fuel Cells, and Bioenergy Technology Offices. These include:
- FY20 Vehicles Technologies Office (VTO) Multi-Topic FOA ($133 million): Issued on behalf of DOE’s VTO , topic areas within this FOA address priorities in advanced batteries and electrification; advanced engine and fuel technologies, including technologies for off-road applications; lightweight materials; new mobility technologies (energy efficient mobility systems), and alternative fuels technology demonstrations
- [email protected] New Markets FOA ($64 million): Issued on behalf of DOE’s Fuel Cells Technologies Office (FCTO), topic areas within this FOA advance DOE’s [email protected] initiative. This investment will support innovative hydrogen concepts that will encourage market expansion and increase the scale of hydrogen production, storage, transport and use
- FY20 Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Multi-Topic FOA ($100 million): Issued on behalf of DOE’s BETO, topic areas within this FOA support the U.S. bioeconomy by reducing the price of drop-in biofuels, lowering the cost of biopower, and enabling high-value products from biomass or waste resources.