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Energy Department announces US$11 million for alternative fuel development

World Cement,

On 10 September the Energy Department announced its aim to help reduce US reliance on gasoline, diesel and oil imports by making US$11 million available to support development of innovative alternative technologies.

The funding opportunity focuses on two areas:

  • Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Powertrain Electrification centres on research, development, and demonstration of electric-drive powertrain technologies for medium and heavy-duty vehicles that significantly reduce fuel consumption.
  • Heavy Duty Vehicle Dual Fuel Fleet Demonstration aims to show the performance and reliability of commercially-available dual fuel heavy-duty vehicles equipped with engines capable of operation using a mixture of diesel fuel and gaseous fuels – natural gas, propane- or natural gas-derived fuels such as dimethyl ether – and the associated emissions control systems. 

The Energy Department National Laboratories will analyse the data collected from these activities in order to identify technology barriers and inform future efforts.

Adapted from press release by Rebecca Bowden

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