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August 27, 2014

Energy Department Announces $17 Million to Advance Highway Transportation Technologies

The Energy Department on August 21 announced $17.6 million in funding for 14 cooperative agreements with small businesses and institutions of higher education to develop and deploy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies. The funding will go towards projects that pursue breakthrough approaches to vehicle efficiency, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.

The projects selected today will support innovative technologies and solutions in the areas of energy storage, power electronics and electric motors, advanced combustion engines, materials technologies, and fuels and lubricant technologies. Awardees are in 13 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Some awardees include:

  • The University of Colorado at Boulder will receive $2 million to develop a new 30-kilowatt power converter that utilizes both silicon and wide-bandgap devices to address the fundamental power conversion, loss, and component stress mechanisms.

  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will receive $672,000 to develop and test a micro-jet-enhanced fuel injection and combustion system.

  • The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will receive $874,000 to use alternative fuel ignition to improve engine efficiency.

See the Energy Department news release and the complete list of awardeesPDF.