Representatives from the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) recently attended the U.S. Department of Energy’s Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting to discuss the accomplishments of two major awards.

Held May 14-18 in Washington, D.C., the 2012 event highlighted hydrogen, fuel cell and advanced technology vehicle projects that are reviewed for their merit. The NAFTC presented posters on two of its DOE grants — the Advanced Electric Drive (AED) Vehicle Education Program and the Clean Cities Learning Program (CCLP).

NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron and assistant director of communications and outreach Judy Moore participated in the meeting, which was hosted by the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Program.

“Our merit review presentations give us the opportunity to showcase what we’ve achieved through the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program and the Clean Cities Learning Program – two of our biggest initiatives,” Ebron said.

“They also serve as a chance to emphasize the mission at the heart of these two programs,” he added. “That’s to provide workforce training to researchers, technicians, first responders and service providers; to conduct consumer education on advanced technology vehicles and batteries; and to raise public awareness of alternative fuel options.”

Both NAFTC presentations were delivered in conjunction with other American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) education grant recipients, and Clean Cities grant awardees.

DOE Merit Review

Utah Clean Cities Executive Director Robin Erickson makes a presentation during the DOE’s Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting. Credit: NAFTC

The 2012 Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report as well as the 2012 Vehicle Technologies Program Annual Merit Review Results Report will be published by October 1st.




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