This is the December 2014 issue of the Transportation and Hydrogen Newsletter.
Public-Private Initiative Takes Aim at Electric Vehicle Market Share
The goal of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) cross-agency EV Everywhere Grand Challenge initiative is to make all-electric vehicles competitive with conventional gas-powered vehicles by matching their price and driving range. NREL teams are working closely with industry partners on battery, power electronics, and climate control innovations designed to reach these targets.
December 16, 2014
Fortune 500 Company Uses NREL Tool to Optimize Batteries
NREL's R&D 100 Award-winning Isothermal Battery Calorimeters (IBCs) are nowcommercially available on the international market. The first IBC was recently sold by NREL licensing partner NETZSCH to a Fortune 500 company. IBCs are the only tools capable of performing precise thermal measurements needed to make safer, longer-lasting, and more cost-effective electric-drive vehicle batteries.
Vehicle Performance Evaluations Help Fleets Optimize Energy Efficiency
In the right applications, electric vehicles (EVs) can maintain a strong fuel-cost advantage over their conventional counterparts. As part of its extensive vehicle evaluation efforts, NREL is analyzing on-road performance data from Frito-Lay electric delivery trucks to help the company determine routes and charging schedules that maximize EV fuel-saving potential. This 12-month evaluation, launched in late 2013, was designed to enhance understanding of how to optimize the use of such vehicles in a large-scale commercial operation.
H2FIRST Project Aims to Accelerate Hydrogen Station Technology
In 2014, DOE's Fuel Cell Technologies Office launched the Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H2FIRST) project to tackle the technical challenges related to hydrogen fueling infrastructure. Led by NREL and Sandia National Laboratories, the H2FIRST project aims to reduce the cost and time of fueling station construction, increase station availability, and improve reliability to ensure that fuel cell electric vehicle customers have a positive fueling experience. NREL and Sandia teams are working with public and private partners to develop a hydrogen station equipment performance device, hydrogen contaminant detector specifications, and reference station designs. View a recent webinar to learn more about H2FIRST.
Sustainable Transportation Partnerships Drive Solutions to Market
NREL collaboration with partners including government agencies, research institutions, corporations, and industry associationstackles some of the toughest sustainable transportation challenges. In 2014, researchers joined forces with partners on more than 50 projects to accelerate the trajectory of energy-efficient vehicle, fuel, and transportation deployment strategies from laboratory to marketplace. Across the lab, in a broad spectrum of research areas, NREL has forged approximately 650 partnership agreements to advance scientific innovation and market impact.
Learn more about opportunities to collaborate with NREL on sustainable transportation solutions.