There’s a new revolution going on that’s redefining what coolness is. No longer is clean energy just for those who wear socks and sandals (which is very comfortable, by the way). It’s a growing lifestyle that even hipsters can’t hate on. From electric cars to algae surfboards, there’s a ton of low-carbon swag out there to elevate your status in becoming a clean energy baller.
As we bid farewell to summer and transition to fall, there are many things to look forward to, such as kids in school, cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and National Drive Electric Week. This year’s celebration spans eight days from Sept. 10-18, with nearly 200 events across the country to familiarize people with the power, convenience, and widespread availability of electric vehicles.
Although cars have been around for more than a century, the material making them up has mostly stayed the same — steel. It’s only been in the last 25 years or so that advanced materials, ranging from aluminum and magnesium alloys to carbon fiber composites, have made their way into mass-produced passenger cars. These lightweight materials can cut a vehicle’s body and chassis weight in half, helping to increase fuel economy as well as the overall range of hybrids, plug-ins and all-electric cars.
Today, the Energy Department announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. With vouchers in hand, these businesses can better leverage the world-class capabilities of the department's national laboratories and bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster.
The Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative aims to simultaneously transform both transportation fuels and vehicles in order to maximize performance and energy efficiency, minimize environmental impact, and accelerate widespread adoption of innovative combustion strategies.
The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), which partners with the Vehicle Technologies Office to support battery research and development projects, recently reissued a request for proposal information (RFPI) for developing better thermal management systems for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used in vehicles. Proposed thermal management system technologies should offer a significant improvement over current technologies while still meeting the USABC goals. USABC reopened the RFPI to prompt more submissions, especially from candidates new to USABC programs. The deadline for submission is October 7, 2016.
The inaugural 2016 Sustainable Transportation Summit will serve as a forum to share ideas and perspectives on opportunities to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of advanced transportation technologies and smart mobility systems over the next decade.
The Energy Department’s Clean Cities program has welcomed the Northern Florida Clean Fuels Coalition in Jacksonville into its network of nearly 100 coalitions across the country. As part of Clean Cities, this group will continue to minimize the use of petroleum in transportation throughout their area.