The Energy Department on March 27 announced the investment of more than $5 million in two projects—led by 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Eaton Corporation in Southfield, Michigan—that will lower the cost of advanced fuel cell systems by developing and engineering cost-effective, durable, and highly efficient fuel cell components. In support of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy to reduce America's reliance on foreign oil, the 3-year projects were awarded under DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000360 and will focus on meeting specific cost targets and boosting the performance of fuel cell systems for vehicles and stationary applications, such as stand-by power systems. These investments are a part of the Department's commitment to U.S. leadership in innovative fuel cell technologies that give American families and businesses more options that reduce petroleum use. "Advancing hydrogen and fuel cell technology is an important part of the Energy Department's efforts to support the President's all-of-the-above energy strategy, helping to diversify America's energy sector and reduce our dependence on foreign oil," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "These investments will help fuel technology breakthroughs, drive down costs, and bring innovative, job-creating clean energy technologies to market faster."
Today, as President Obama went to Ohio State University to discuss the all-out, all-of-the-above strategy for American energy, the White House announced a new $14.2 million effort at the Department of Energy to accelerate the development and deployment of stronger and lighter materials for advanced vehicles that will help reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, save drivers money, and limit carbon pollution. This funding will support the development of high-strength, lightweight carbon fiber composites and advanced steels and alloys that will help vehicle manufacturers improve the fuel economy of cars and trucks while maintaining and improving safety and performance.
Vehicle technology experts from DOE's Clean Cities initiative will host the Electric Vehicle Quarterly Discussion Webinar on Tuesday, June 14, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will focus on permitting for electric vehicle infrastructure and training for installers. Featured speakers: •Mike Simpson: National Renewable Energy Laboratory •Bernie Kotlier: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program Preparing communities for the widespread use of electric vehicles involves more than just installing infrastructure. Creating permitting processes that enable easy installation of residential chargers, along with providing training for local electricians, will help your city ensure it is getting EV-ready. On the webinar, Mike Simpson will discuss the Model National Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) permit, a template that cities can use to increase the efficiency of their electrical permitting processes. Bernie Kotlier will describe the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program and how communities can work with them to support local green jobs. Audio for the webinar will be available by phone. Please dial 888-324-8502 and use passcode 3354331. To join the online portion, the webinar, log in at the host website. The conference number is PW5291869 and the passcode is 3354331.
The Department of Automotive Technology at New York’s Columbia-Greene Community College (C-GCC) offers several options for the study in the operation, diagnosis, and repair of the complex systems found in today’s automobiles. The department has master certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for its core training program and its Toyota program. ASE master certification verifies that the college's core automotive technology curriculum has met the highest industry standards. The Toyota Technical Education Network (T-TEN) was designed by the college and Toyota. It is intended to provide a highly trained pool of qualified workers able to maintain today’s technology-laden cars and trucks. T-TEN was established in 1986 in collaboration with approximately 50 vocational colleges and Toyota dealers. Applicants have a wide selection of curriculum choices, and through the Advisory council the dealers play a direct role in the administration and ongoing improvement of the program. Since its inception, 100 automotive technology students have obtained/retained employment with Toyota or Lexus dealerships. Many are incumbent workers who have attended for manufacturer specific training. To date, over 312 Columbia-Greene students have participated. Of those students completing the degree, placement is near 100 percent.