PITTSBURGH, PA -
With several initiatives underway to develop a new generation of "ultra-clean"
transportation fuels, the Department of Energy has issued a document describing
its overall strategy and plans for dramatically reducing pollution from
tomorrow's cars and trucks through advances in technology.
In a related action, the department's National Energy Technology Laboratory,
which is coordinating much of the government's ultra-clean fuels research
program, is planning three public workshops in February to begin identifying
the key fundamental science and technology needs of the fuels industry
and how federal programs can best address them.
The 20-page Ultra-Clean Transportation Fuels Program Plan was
posted today on the Energy Department's fossil energy (www.fossil.energy.gov)
and National Energy Technology Laboratory (www.netl.doe.gov)
It describes a program oriented around three major functions: (1) the
development of technologies that can remove nearly all of the pollutant-forming
impurities in fuels made from fossil feedstocks such as petroleum, coal,
and natural gas; (2) the development of technologies that produce ultra-clean
biofuels - fuels made from agricultural, forest or municipal waste products,
and (3) ways to optimize the combined performance of fuels, advanced high-efficiency
engines and emission control systems.
Specific efforts to develop these new technologies are carried out by
the department's Office of Fossil Energy and the Office of Energy Efficiency
and Renewable Energy. The plan is the joint product of both organizations.
Last year, the department issued its first competitive solicitation for
ultra-clean fuels research and development projects. The initial competition,
which has resulted to date in eight joint government-industry projects,
emphasized larger scale fuels production and engine testing.
This year, the department is planning a second competition. This one
will be focused on developing the underlying scientific and engineering
foundation for the nation's future fuels industry.
To give private companies, universities, and others interested in the
fuel industry's needs an opportunity to help shape the upcoming call for
proposals, the department's National Energy Technology Laboratory will
hold workshops on Supporting Science and Enabling Technologies for
Clean Liquid Fuels on:
- February 6 in San Francisco at the Crown Plaza San Francisco
- February 8 in Houston at the Hilton Houston Southwest, and
- February 13 in Pittsburgh at the National Energy Technology
The planned competition will seek projects in (1) Separation Science
and Technologies, (2) Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, (3) Product
Upgrading, Blending and Evaluation Technologies, (4) Diagnostics and Controls,
(5) Materials, and (6) System Integration.