The Tampa Bay Region embraces the use of non-petroleum based transportation fuels, which leads to improved health and welfare of its citizens and maintains a level of mobility that contributes to an enhanced quality of life.
The Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition advances the energy, economic, and environmental security of the United States through its efforts to reduce petroleum use in transportation in our six-county region. It is the area’s recognized resource for technical assistance, networking, identification of grant opportunities, and information exchange in the area of advance transportation options, fuels, and technologies.
NREL Report Examines Energy Use in Cities and Proposes Next Steps for Energy Innovation
The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released City-Level Energy Decision Making: Data Use in Energy Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in U.S. Cities, a report that examines what U.S. cities are doing to reduce their energy use.
The report analyzes and presents information learned from a sample of 20 cities across the United States, from Los Angeles to Boston, including a diverse sample of population size, utility type, region, annual greenhouse gas reduction targets, vehicle use, and median household income. Funded by EERE, the report compares climate, sustainability, and energy plans to better understand how cities are taking energy-related actions and measuring their impacts. Some common energy-related goals focus on reducing city-wide carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency across sectors, increasing renewable energy, and increasing biking and walking.
The publication also evaluates the relationship between city goals, actions, metrics, and data and provides suggestions for cities to make the best use of the energy planning tools available. See the Energy Department news release and the report, City-Level Energy Decision Making: Data Use in Energy Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in U.S. Cities PDF.
ARPA-E Announces Five New Projects to Reduce Transportation Energy Use
The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) on July 30 announced $14.5 million in funding for five projects as part of ARPA-E’s newest program: the Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET). TRANSNET project teams will design new software systems that provide travelers information about energy-efficient transportation options to reach their destinations. If widely adopted, TRANSNET projects could facilitate significant reductions in energy use within existing infrastructure and transportation technologies.
Many travelers’ and commuters’ transportation choices waste significant amounts of energy due to traffic complications, convenience, and variability in transportation styles and preferences. TRANSNET systems will identify less energy-intense travel options for users using software accessible on smartphones or other communications devices, and provide the most efficient transportation choices for travelers and commuters.
For example, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will serve as the lead organization with the Connected Traveler project, developing a tool travelers and transportation officials can use in helping guide people through a city in the most energy-efficient way possible. NREL will use real-time traffic and GPS data, along with simulations that take into account demographic information and trips via ride-sharing programs. See the Energy Department news release, the project descriptions PDF, and the NREL news release.
Smith EV Returns with Chinese Funding
Smith Electric Vehicles is returning to the U.S market after it announced an agreement to form a joint venture with FDG Electric Vehicles, a Hong Kong-based electric vehicle and battery manufacturer.
The purpose of the joint venture is to accelerate the electrification of commercial fleets in the U.S. market. The $35 million investment will bring together Smith’s Newton platform configuration and subsystems with the FDG all-electric commercial EV platform.
FDG will supply the lithium-ion batteries and kits ready for assembly, while Smith will be responsible for product development services, vehicle manufacturing, service and support.
Workplace Charging Challenge News
“You can’t manage what you don’t measure” is an old adage, and with more than 200 employers now signed on to the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, there is a lot to manage and measure!
For one, the Energy Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Challenge ambassador Edison Electric Institute (EEI) on June 8 to increase electric vehicle readiness. Workplace charging is a high priority in the agreement and DOE and EEI have committed to coordinate the Workplace Charging Challenge with EEI’s new Employee Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Engagement Initiative. Bob Graham, formerly of Southern California Edison and Electric Power Research Institute, will be leading this effort as the new Director of EV Everywhere. Keep an eye out for more exciting news from this new collaborative effort.
New Analysis Center Releases First Report, Evaluates Opportunities in Electric Vehicle Battery Market
The Energy Department’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC) today announced the release of Automotive Lithium-ion Battery Supply Chain and U.S. Competitiveness Considerations, its first research product. CEMAC’s analysis shows how, with increasing demand for electric and hybrid electric vehicles and with lithium-ion battery (LIB) producers locating in close proximity to automotive manufacturers, the United States has a growing opportunity in automotive LIBs. As companies make further investments in United States-based automotive LIB manufacturing, America has potential to be a leader in the current $9 billion global automotive LIB market, which is expected to reach $14.3 billion by 2020.
Energy Department Awards $18 Million to Develop Algae Bioproducts and Biofuels
The Energy Department on July 9 announced six projects that will receive up to $18 million in research and development funding to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) by 2019.
Algal biomass can be converted to advanced biofuels that offer promising alternatives to petroleum-based diesel and jet fuels. Additionally, algae can be used to make a range of other valuable bioproducts, such as industrial chemicals, bio-based polymers, and proteins. However, barriers related to algae cultivation, harvesting, and conversion to fuels and products need to be overcome to achieve the Department’s target of $3 per gge for advanced algal biofuels by 2030.
To meet its 2030 goal, the Energy Department is investing in applied research and development technologies that can achieve higher yields of targeted bioproducts and biofuels from algae—increasing the overall value for algae biomass.
Among the projects selected is a collaboration among the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado; Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico; and others which will receive up to $9 million to enhance overall algal biofuels sustainability by maximizing carbon dioxide, nutrient, and water recovery and recycling, as well as bio-power co-generation. And Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will receive up to $1 million to protect algal crops by developing “probiotic” bacteria to combat pond infestation and increase ecosystem function and resilience
Watch for announcements soon for the National Drive Electric Week events in the TBCCC region!
We are fortunate to have three location options in our area on September 12. NovaCharge and the City of Oldsmar will team up again with an electric vehicle celebration that includes test-driving the newest electric vehicles on the market. The Sierra Club will also hold an electric vehicle day near the pier in downtown St. Petersburg. And Sarasota’s “Electrify the Island” will be held at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.
For more information, visit the Drive Electric website.
July 28-29, 2015
Green Bus Summit
For more information and to register, visit the website.
August 24-26, 2015
Fleet Technology Expo
Long Beach, California
For more information and to register, visit the website.
September 15-17, 2015
North American Natural Gas Vehicle Conference & Expo
For more information and to register, visit the website.
April 22: “Biofuels for the Environment and Communities” webinar
Time: 1-2pm EDT
Webinar description: During this webinar, Drs. Virginia Dale from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Christina Negri from Argonne National Laboratory will discuss their EERE-sponsored research on how to develop biofuels that positively impact the environmental, socioeconomic, and technoeconomic sustainability of biofuel development in the United States.
May 18: Alternative Fuels Expo 2015
Time: 10am -1pm
Location: Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension Office
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241 - Just off I-75
Event Description: Speakers on alternative fuels. Vehicle expo.
MARCH 3: LIVE WEBINAR ON THE OFFICE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY’S FY2016 BUDGET REQUEST
Webinar Sponsor: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Join Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation Reuben Sarkar for a free interactive webinar on the proposed Sustainable Transportation sector budget on Tuesday, March 3, from 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
This webinar is the first in a series presented by the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on its Fiscal Year 2016 budget request. The webinars will feature deputy assistant secretaries and technology office directors providing in-depth presentations of the budget proposal by sector, including specific technology office requests. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about DOE’s priorities in each of its Sustainable Transportation sector offices.
LIVE WEBCAST ON THE GEOGRAPHY OF ALTERNATIVE FUELS
Offered by DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
FEB. 18, 2015 | 1:00 P.M. ET
Webcast Sponsor: Clean Cities, Vehicle Technologies Office
The Energy Department will present a live webcast titled “Geography of Existing and Potential Alternative Fuel Markets in the United States” on February 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The webcast will provide insight into the regional applicability of various alternative transportation fuels.
Caley Johnson from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will discuss a project that mapped indicators of existing and potential fuel supply and demand to look at the geographically specific potential of different fuels. In any given location, some fuels may be better than others in terms of economic viability, ease of expanding the market, and environmental benefits. This webinar will explain how NREL mapped the different fuel markets and can help stakeholders choose the most appropriate or promising fuel for their area. The webinar complements a white paper on the same topic.
Attend webcast. No advance registration is required.
During the call, dial 888-807-9760, and use audio participant passcode 4990436.
Log into the website, and use conference number PW1383510 and participant passcode 4990436.
Florida’s Natural Gas Fuel Fleet Vehicle Rebate – Public Agency Eligibility and Application Process Webinar
February 12, 2015 from 2 to 3PM (ET)
About the Webinar:
Florida enacted a new rebate program for vehicles purchased or leased that run on, or were converted to run on, Compressed Natural Gas, Liquid Natural Gas or Propane that were placed into service after July 1, 2013. Of the $6 million allocated for 2014, 40% was allocated to public sector entities. The program is being administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Energy Office. The Program Administrator, Mr. Matthew Arsenault, will provide details of the program as well as a step-by-step presentation on completing an accurate application for rebates. Eligible applicants may be entitled to up to $25,000 per vehicle (not to exceed 50% of costs) and up to $250,000 in a single year.
Tad Kledzik, will be the speaker at the February 4th Propane Event. See him speak on Pasco District School’s propane school buses here.
Webinar Series on Natural Gas Vehicles: Role of Government – Policymaking and Strategy Process
Dec. 15, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. ET
Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Seisler
This webinar looks at the policy choices that have led to success (or lack thereof) of natural gas vehicle (NGV) market development in various nations. Examples of infrastructure concepts and strategies to expand the natural gas fueling network (fossil and biogas) are provided. The webinar concludes with strategies that have potential applicability to the future of NGVs in the United States using lessons learned elsewhere.
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Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team Question of the Month: June 2015 What are the latest updates on hydrogen and fuel cell electric vehicle deployment?
Answer: Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) have been around for a while, mostly in limited quantities and locations through demonstration projects. But these vehicles, with their potential to significantly cut petroleum consumption and reduce emissions, are starting to make their way into dealerships and onto roads across the country. Though the market for FCEVs is still in its infancy, many government organizations and private companies are working on research and deployment efforts to make hydrogen a widespread, viable, affordable, and safe alternative vehicle fuel.
Below are some of the recent activities related to FCEV commercialization:
FCEVs are beginning to enter the consumer market in certain regions in the United States and around the world. Hyundai introduced the 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell in California last year for lease, and Toyota Motor Company announced they will release the 2016 Mirai for sale this October at eight California dealerships that were specially selected for their experience with alternative fuels and their proximity to existing hydrogen fueling stations. Vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mercedes/Daimler, Nissan, and Volkswagen are expecting to launch FCEV production vehicles in select regions of the country in the coming years. Other automakers continue to introduce their FCEVs through demonstration projects. The FCEV market is also growing for buses, ground support equipment, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, back-up power, prime power applications, and continues to be strong for forklifts.
While OEMs are offering affordable lease options, some of which include the cost of fuel, FCEVs are still expensive. However, production costs have decreased significantly in recent years and FCEVs are expected to be cost-competitive with conventional vehicles in the coming years.
Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure
As the FCEV market expands, hydrogen fueling infrastructure will need to grow to match demand. Most of the hydrogen stations available today have been built to support OEM FCEV demonstration projects. According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center’s (AFDC) Alternative Fueling Station Locator, there are 12 publicly accessible hydrogen stations in the United States, with many more in the planning stages. According to the California Fuel Cell Partnership, there are 49 more stations in development in California that will be publically available. Development efforts are also underway in Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Like the vehicles, the high cost of fueling equipment remains a key challenge. Hydrogen station costs can vary significantly based on hydrogen feedstock, station capacity, utilization, proximity to production, and available incentives. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Hydrogen Station Cost Calculator estimates that stations can cost between $2 and $5 million. However, like FCEVs, as the demand grows, the cost of hydrogen fueling equipment will decrease and the number of stations will increase.
Codes, Standards, and Incentives
The widespread deployment of FCEVs and the associated network of hydrogen fueling stations requires the development, maintenance, and harmonization of codes, standards, and regulations to keep up with the technology. These efforts are ongoing and are supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as domestic and international organizations.
Incentives will also continue to be important to promote and maintain a market for hydrogen and FCEVs. California is leading in the number of relevant state incentives. For instance, to meet the objectives of California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Program, the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program is allocating $20 million annually for the construction of at least 100 public hydrogen stations in California by January 1, 2024. In addition, California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project offers up to $5,000 for the purchase or lease of approved FCEVs. Nine other states (Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont) have also adopted California’s ZEV mandate to increase the number of ZEVs, including FCEVs, on the roads.
Ongoing Research and Development
Significant research and development efforts by DOE, the national laboratories, and other H2USA partners have brought the hydrogen industry to where it is today. Through their Fuel Cell Technologies Office, DOE continues to support research in the areas of hydrogen production, delivery, and storage, as well as technology validation, manufacturing, and market transformation.
- AFDC’s Hydrogen page provides basic information on hydrogen, FCEVs, and the associated infrastructure.
- AFDC’s Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Search allows users to look for available FCEVs.
- H2USA, a public-private partnership to promote hydrogen and FCEV commercialization and adoption, maintains a FCEV page.
- NREL’s Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology Validation page includes evaluation and performance review data on various FCEVs in a real-world setting, as well as hydrogen station performance, maintenance, cost, and safety data.
- NREL’s report, Hydrogen Station Cost Estimates outlines the costs associated with hydrogen fueling stations.
- Argonne National Laboratory’s Hydrogen Refueling Station Analysis Model (HRSAM) can be used to calculate the cost of hydrogen stations.
- NREL’s Hydrogen Financial Analysis Scenario Tool (H2FAST) can also provide useful information on the cost of hydrogen stations.
- DOE’s website covers relevant safety, codes, and standards.
- AFDC’s Hydrogen Laws and Incentives page is a searchable tool with information on state regulations and incentives pertaining to hydrogen.
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