Shorepower Truck Electrification Project and Rebate Program
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the U. S. Department of Energy is funding a project with Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS) to install electrified truck parking at fifty truck stop locations along the nation's busiest freight movement corridors. To accelerate the use of truck stop electrification, the project also includes over $10 million in idle reduction equipment rebates for devices on medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks that incorporate electric standby operation or run on battery power to eliminate engine idling during mandated rest periods. The STEP Rebate program will offer incentives up to 20% of the installed equipment price or a maximum amount by category for equipment that can hook up to the power grid or operate on battery power to eliminate engine idling. Applications due 3/31/13. For more info click here.
National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program
EPA's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program awards competitive grants to fund projects that reduce emissions from existing diesel engines through a variety of strategies. These strategies include, but are not limited to, emission control and idle reduction technologies; cleaner fuels; engine upgrades or replacements; and/or vehicle or equipment replacements. Under this grant program, funding is restricted to the use of technologies, fuels, and engines that have been verified or certified by EPA or California Air Resources Board (CARB). Applications due 6/4/12. For more info contact John Rogan or click here.
Fuel Cell Powered Airport Ground Support Equipment Deployment
With this FOA, DOE's Fuel Cell Technologies Program seeks applications for projects to demonstrate and deploy fuel cell hybrid ground support equipment (GSE) vehicles at airport and/or air freight distribution center sites. Packaged solutions for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems (5 to 20 kW) fueled by hydrogen with the ability to power a baggage tow tractor with 3,000 to 6,000 pounds (1,362 to 2,722 kg) towing capability for a minimum of 10 hours of continuous operation and 5000 total hours are sought. Applications must focus on developing, deploying, and validating systems in the field under real world operating conditions. The target market is commercial airports and air freight distribution centers used by passenger airlines and air freight industries. Approximately $2,500,000 in FY 2012 DOE funding is expected to be available for new awards under this announcement. DOE anticipates making 1-3 awards under this announcement depending on the size of the awards. Applications due 6/11/12. For more info contact Scott Schmitz or click here.
Clean Cities - Implementation Initiatives to Advance Alternative Fuel Markets
The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is seeking applications that address and assist in reducing multiple barriers to alternative fuel vehicle adoption and use. Overall, this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued on behalf of EERE by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), aims to decrease the nation's dependence on petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating the deployment of alternative fuels. The Clean Cities program has identified the following four critical areas that provide significant obstacles to alternative fuel vehicle use: 1) Policies, 2) Barrier Reduction, 3) Safety and Training, and 4) Market Development/Outreach. The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program wishes to fund projects that target and remedy these specific obstacles to alternative fuel vehicle adoption and use in local, regional and/or statewide sectors and niche markets. Applications due 6/18/12. For more info contact Kellyn L. Cassell or click here.