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GTA Member Profile - April 2013

GTA Member Profile - April 2013

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 275-3000

www.nrel.gov

Contact
Wendy Dafoe
RSF 403
(303) 275-4470

wendy.dafoe@nrel.gov

The following information was provided by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Overview
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL develops renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering, and transfers knowledge and innovations to address the nation's energy and environmental goals.

NREL's emphasis is on a comprehensive energy approach that encompasses the relationship among key systems, such as fuel production, transportation, the built environment, and electricity generation and delivery. This systems integration approach will accelerate the transformation of our nation's energy use and delivery systems.

Photo (right): One of NREL’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Executive Summary
As one focus within the spectrum of renewable energy, NREL works with vehicle fleets, fuel providers, policymakers, and other transportation stakeholders to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, fuel economy improvements, and fleet-level efficiencies that reduce U.S. reliance on petroleum-based transportation fuels. Researchers, analysts, and engineers at NREL help transportation decision makers identify complex energy issues and develop innovative solutions.

Experts in fuels, vehicles, and transportation deployment work in several key areas to identify and overcome market barriers to the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency in transportation:

  • Facilitating collaboration among fleets, vehicle manufacturers, fuel providers, technical experts, policymakers, and other transportation stakeholders in the public and private sectors.
  • Providing technical expertise related to alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure, including those utilizing biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.
  • Publishing unbiased, accurate information about the wide variety of alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and fueling infrastructure.
  • Developing convenient online tools that assist stakeholders in evaluating market-ready fuels and technologies, selecting the appropriate fuels and technologies for their needs and goals, and implementing them into their operations.
  • Collecting, validating, and publishing comprehensive data related to vehicle availability, vehicle emissions, fuel economy, fueling station locations, fuel production, and policy incentives.
  • Developing fuel quality standards and demonstrating compatibility with engines and emission control systems.
  • Developing experimental and simulation research platforms to enable efficient combustion and diversification of fuel options.

Photo (right): A truck being tested on the chassis dynamometer at NREL’s ReFUEL Laboratory.

To help transform the U.S. transportation market, NREL provides technical and programmatic support for DOE's Clean Cities program, which facilitates local actions to reduce petroleum use. A national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, fuel economy improvements, and idle-reduction measures. NREL provides technical assistance for deployment projects, produces an extensive library of educational publications, offers training for coalition coordinators, and builds partnerships among key transportation stakeholders.

NREL also manages the Alternative Fuels Data Center, a comprehensive clearinghouse of information, data, and tools related to the deployment of fuels, technologies, and practices that reduce petroleum use in transportation. The site receives more than 1.3 million visits annually and has served as an indispensable resource for fleets, fuel providers, and policymakers for more than two decades.

To facilitate collaboration between industry and government, NREL coordinates the Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum (NGVTF). Through the forum, NREL helps identify research and development priorities, provides market analysis, develops policy recommendations, and builds partnerships that accelerate the deployment of natural gas engines, vehicles, and infrastructure.

NREL also aims to accelerate the deployment of advanced vehicles through the Fleet DNA project. At the heart of the project is a clearinghouse of transportation data on medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to help commercial fleet managers analyze drive cycles and make informed decisions about technology investments. Designed in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the online tool helps vehicle manufacturers and fleet managers understand the broad operational range for many of today's commercial vehicles.

Learn more about NREL's work with technology deployment.

Visit www.nrel.gov to learn more about the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.