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Impacts and Awards

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NREL has an impressive record of breaking down barriers to accelerate the development of new transportation technologies.

NREL provides the scientific building blocks needed to spur innovation through early-stage research and engineering. In turn, this acts as a catalyst to help industry bring affordable, high-performance, energy-efficient passenger and freight vehicles, as well as domestic alternative fuels and related infrastructure, to market. Learn about our electric vehicle technologies and targets.

Success Stories

The following success stories provide a snapshot of NREL's transportation research activities.

NREL's in-depth exploration of the interface of fuel chemistry, ignition kinetics, combustion, and emissions examines ways to maximize the energy delivered by and minimize emissions associated with biofuels, natural gas, propane, and petroleum-based fuel, while ensuring fuels' compatibility with infrastructure.

NREL's Sustainable Mobility Initiative approaches sustainable transportation as a network of travelers, services, and environments—rather than just vehicles and roads—using connectivity and automation to optimize mobility and significantly reduce related energy consumption.

NREL thermal management research focuses on energy storage, power electronic, and climate control system operating temperatures to improve vehicle performance, range, reliability, lifespan, and affordability.

NREL provides the nation's most credible and complete transportation energy-efficiency clearinghouse for validated, up-to-date statistics, data analysis, and tools, pairing information from government and private-sector partners with expertise in analysis and applications.

Awards

NREL's transportation researchers are regularly recognized by scientific and technical societies, government agencies, and other organizations for their achievements.

Colorado Governor's Office

2012 Governor's Award for High-Impact Research—Matt Keyser

2010 Governor's Award High-Impact Research, Energy Efficiency Finalist—John Rugh

Department of Energy (DOE)

2018 DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Distinguished Achievement Award—Gilbert Moreno

2018 DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Team Award—EV Charging Infrastructure Team: Eric Wood, Clement Rames, Matteo Muratori, Sesha Raghavan, and Marc Melaina

2018 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Award—H2@Scale Team: Bryan Pivovar, Mark Ruth, Paige Jadun, Josh Eichman, Wesley Cole, James McCall, Nick Gilroy, and Elizabeth Connelly (plus researchers from Idaho National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

2018 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Award—Chris Ainscough

2018 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Hydrogen Production Award—Huyen Dinh

2018 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Technology Acceleration Award—Bill Buttner

2018 DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Distinguished Achievement Award—Trish Cozart

2017 DOE Assistant Secretary's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Outstanding Impact Award—Ahmad Pesaran

2017 DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Distinguished Achievement Award—Matthew Keyser

2016 DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Special Recognition Award, Motor Thermal Management—Kevin Bennion

2015 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Team Merit Award—Brian Bush, Marc Melaina, and Michael Penev (with Amgad Elgowainy of Argonne National Laboratory)

2014 GreenGov Presidential Award for Partnership between DOE, the Department of Transportation, and the Federal Energy Management Program—Mark Singer, Ryan Daley, and Navid Ahdieh

2014 DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Merit Award—Wendy Dafoe

2014 DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Merit Award—Gi-Heon Kim

2014 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Merit Award—Jennifer Kurtz

2014 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Merit Award—Michael Penev

2012 DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Merit Award—Matt Thornton

Federal Laboratory Consortium

2016 Mid-Continent Regional Award for Notable Technology Development, Battery Internal Short-Circuit Device—National Renewable Energy Laboratory and National Aeronautics and Space Administration

2014 Mid-Continent Regional Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, Isothermal Battery Calorimeters—National Renewable Energy Laboratory

2014 Honorable Mention in Excellence in Technology Transfer, Isothermal Battery Calorimeters—National Renewable Energy Laboratory

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

2017 NASA Government Invention of the Year, First Runner-Up—Battery Internal Short Circuit Device

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

2018 Senior Research Fellow—Bob McCormick

R&D 100 Awards

2016—Battery Internal Short Circuit Device

2016—Wolfspeed Wide Bandgap Automotive Traction Inverter

2013—Isothermal Battery Calorimeters

2001—Current Interrupt Charging Algorithm for Lead-Acid Batteries

1996—Benchmarc Catalytic Converter

American Chemical Society, Fuels and Energy Division

2010 Glenn Award for Best Paper—Casey McAlpin, Teresa Alleman, and Robert McCormick

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

2018 Best Poster for "Quantifying the Mobility and Energy Benefits of Automated Mobility Districts Using Microscope Traffic Simulation"—Lei Zhu, Venu Garikapati, Yi Hou, and Stan Young

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

2018 Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division K16 Clock Award—Sreekant Narumanchi

1992 Best Paper Award for the 1992 Heating and Cooling Sessions of the ASME Solar Energy Division—Ahmad Pesaran

1990 Best Paper Award for the Fundamental Sessions of the ASME Solar Energy Division—Ahmad Pesaran

ASTM International

2016 Award of Excellence for Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants—Bob McCormick

Electrochemical Society

2012 Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award—Bryan Pivovar

Engineer Collaborate-to-Innovate Award

2017 Safety and Security Category—Battery Internal Short Circuit Device

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

2017 Best Paper for "Advanced Cell-Level Control for Extending Electric Vehicle Battery Pack Lifetime"―Muneeb Rehman, Fan Zhang, Michael Evzelman, Regan Zane, Kandler Smith, and Dragan Maksimovic

National Biodiesel Board

2017 Researcher of the Year Award—Earl Christensen

2017 Innovation Award—Earl Christensen

2013 Researcher of the Year Award—Aaron Williams

2008 Researcher of the Year Award—Teresa Alleman

2006 Innovation Award—Bob McCormick

2005 Researcher of the Year Award—Bob McCormick

SAE International

2018 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award for Outstanding Paper, "Evaluation of Fuel-Borne Sodium Effects on a DOC-DPF-SCR Heavy-Duty Engine Emission Control System: Simulation of Full-Useful Life"—Bob McCormick, Petr Sindler, Adam Ragatz, and Aaron Williams

2018 Excellence in Oral Presentation Award for "Analysis of Fast Charging Station Network for Electrified Ride-Hailing Services"—Clement Rames

2018 Fellow—Ahmad Pesaran

2017 Fellow—Robert McCormick

2017 Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award—Jason Lustbader

2013 Forest R. McFarland Award—John Rugh

2011 Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award—John Rugh

2010 Outstanding Oral Presentation Award—John Rugh

2003 Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award—Ahmad Pesaran