Industry Headlines

New Battery Research

Thanks to the advanced battery research of scientists at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA), a new breakthrough involving magnesium batteries may soon open the doors for smaller, longer-lasting batteries for everything from cars to cell phones.

New Uses for Biomass

Researchers at Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory are researching plants in a $1.8 million, three-year project, in order to develop downstream uses for biomass, which can be made into biodiesel, a much cleaner alternative to conventional diesel.

CNG From Sea to Shining Sea

A cross-country tour to promote natural gas vehicles kicked off on Monday in Long Beach, CA. The CNG From Sea to Shining Sea Road Rally will stop at 13 CNG fuel stations throughout the continental U.S. to raise awareness about gasoline alternatives.

Funding for Renewable Fuels

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $30 million in funding for a new program that aids the development of technologies that use renewable energy to convert air and water into cost-competitive liquid fuels. ARPA-E advanced high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment.

NAFTC Updates

As spring draws to a close the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) has continued to be very busy.

First, the NAFTC announced the date of the next National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey event. Moving the event to odd-numbered years to minimize conflicts with major elections, the event will next be conducted in 2017 and will be held on April 20 of that year. Odyssey is a nationwide event to educate the public on alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Recruitment for event hosts and sponsors is underway!

May 16 - NU 1

The NAFTC attended ACT Expo in Long Beach, CA. In addition to exhibiting, during the event the NAFTC hosted a seminar for U.S. DOE Clean Cities Coalitions entitled “AFV Safety Training: Serving New Audiences beyond First Responders.”

May 16 - NU 2

Members from the NAFTC also attended the FDIC Conference in Indianapolis, IN. During the event, representatives from the NAFTC worked to inform first responders of the need and importance of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle safety training.

May 16 - FDIC 2

The NAFTC was also busy with training this month. The NAFTC traveled to Oklahoma City, OK to conduct the first in a series of FREE Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Trainings funded by the Propane Education and Research Council.

May 16 - Korea 2

Then, members of the Korea Transportation Safety Authority traveled to NAFTC Headquarters in Morgantown, WV for Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle training and Compressed Natural Gas Fuel System Inspector training.

May 16 - Korea 1

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