DOE opens discussion on alternative fuels, advanced vehicles

The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) will host a two-day public workshop Sept. 22-23, 2009, to help shape a new alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle strategy for the Clean Cities initiative

The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) will host a two-day public workshop Sept. 22-23, 2009, to help shape a new alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle strategy for the Clean Cities initiative. The workshop will cover all of the Clean Cities focus areas: alternative fuels and vehicles, electric-drive vehicles, idle reduction technologies and fuel economy measures.

Held at DOE offices in Washington, D.C., it will kick off with briefing papers from DOE, Argonne National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Oakridge National Laboratory analyzing a variety of technologies. The papers will also be available online for public comment.

On September 22 ethanol, biodiesel, and propane papers will be presented and discussed, with electric-drive technologies, fuel economy promotion, idle reduction and natural gas/renewable gas following on the next day.

Each paper will describe:

  • State of the technology
  • Current market status (vehicles and engines, infrastructure, supply, available federal and state incentives)
  • Benefits (reductions in petroleum use, criteria emissions, carbon emissions)
  • Current resources, activities, or strategies being implemented
  • Barriers preventing significant deployment in the marketplace (from research to deployment)
  • Opportunities in the marketplace and technology development needs

Space is limited and those interested in registering should contact Linda Bluestein, Clean Cities national co-director, by Sept. 17.

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