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2013 Year in Review

This is the January 2014 issue of the Transportation and Hydrogen Newsletter.

Photo of an iphone app.

The Alternative Fueling Station Locator App makes it easy for iPhone users to find the closest stations. Image by Dean Armstrong/NREL

Fast Fact:
Multiple Strategies Could Deliver More Than 80% Reduction in GHGs

Scenarios show potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 83%, shrinking the share of internal combustion engine vehicles to less than 10%, and producing 60 billion gallons of biofuels per year. Find more details in the Transportation Energy Futures study.

January 27, 2014

Battery Thermal Measurement Tool Wins R&D 100 Award

NREL's Isothermal Battery Calorimeters (IBCs) won an R&D 100 Award, known as "the Oscar of Innovation." IBCs are the only tools capable of performing the precise thermal measurements needed to make safer, longer-lasting, and more cost-effective electric-drive vehicle batteries.

New National Center Advances Fuel Cell Technologies

DOE has launched the National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center (NFCTEC), a unique national secure data evaluation center dedicated to the independent analysis of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Located at NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), NFCTEC will help advance cost-effective fuel cell technologies with performance validation of fuel cell systems and components operating under real-world conditions.

Study Provides First Comprehensive Look at E15 Compatibility

A study conducted by NREL for the Renewable Fuels Association evaluated all available research to date on the effects of E15 on 2001 and newer car models. After examining 43 studies from sources including the Coordinating Research Council, University of Minnesota's Center for Automotive Research, and the U.S. Department of Energy, researchers found no evidence of meaningful differences in engine performance or durability between E15 and E10.

Alternative Fueling Station Locator App Is Ready for Download

iPhone users now have access to a free app that locates fueling stations offering electric charging, natural gas, biodiesel, E85 ethanol, propane, or hydrogen. NREL developed the new app for DOE's Clean Cities program, which supports local stakeholders across the country in their efforts to cut petroleum use. The Alternative Fueling Station Locator App allows users to locate the 20 closest stations for the fuel of their choice.

First Transportation Project Is Conducted at ESIF

NREL engineers performed interconnection compliance evaluation of bi-directional electric vehicle charging equipment at NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility in support of a microgrid demonstration project based at a large Army facility in Fort Carson, Colorado. This demonstration project is a collaborative effort between the U.S. departments of Defense and Energy that integrates photovoltaics, plug-in electric vehicles, and a renewable energy management unit with a microgrid system.