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DOE to Award $14.55 Million for Advanced Vehicle Technologies

December 3, 2008

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced its selection of six companies to receive up to $14.55 million over the next three years for the research, development, and demonstration of advanced vehicle technologies. One of the companies selected, the Ford Motor Company, will be working with NREL on developing a thermoelectric heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system for light-duty vehicles.

Thermoelectric HVAC systems use solid-state devices that can heat or cool a vehicle's occupants without heating or cooling the entire passenger compartment. Therefore, the HVAC systems can be more energy efficient.

Other partners on Ford's project team include Visteon, BSST, and Ohio University.

For more information, read the DOE press release.