US provides $20m for green transport and fuel research

The US Department of Energy (DoE) is to provide $20 million (£15.47m) of funding across 10 low carbon transport and fuel projects. The move completes the approval process for awardees selected […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The US Department of Energy (DoE) is to provide $20 million (£15.47m) of funding across 10 low carbon transport and fuel projects.

The move completes the approval process for awardees selected by Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

They form part of the organisation’s Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) and Renewable Energy to Fuels Through Utilisation of Energy-Dense Liquids (REFUEL) programmes.

The NEXTCAR project at the Southwest Research Institute in Texas aims to work towards the department’s goal of reducing individual vehicle energy usage by 20% by modelling controls for efficient vehicles equipped with 12 volt micro-hybrid engines.

It will receive $2.9 million (£2.24m) in funding.

The nine REFUEL projects aim to use water, air and renewable power to produce liquid fuels for transportation and other purposes.

The EU is mobilising €1 billion (£850m) to leverage private investment in green transport infrastructure.