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    FOTW #1106: In the Last Two Months of 2018, U.S. Monthly Sales of All-Electric Vehicles Outpaced Both Plug-in Hybrids and Conventional Hybrids

    Originally posted by the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | Original Article

    All-electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) sales in the United States have generally increased since their introduction in 2010, and the sales of both vehicle types remained fairly close until 2018. Since May 2018, EV sales have exceeded the sales of PHEVs every month, sometimes by wide margins. In December 2018, EV sales reached 36,961—about three times higher than PHEV sales for that month, and more than 7,000 higher than conventional hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), which have been on the market for about two decades.

    Source: Argonne National Laboratory, Light-Duty Electric Drive Vehicles Monthly Sales Update Program, August 2019.

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    Energy Department Announces Phase 1 Winners of Battery Recycling Prize

    Originally posted by the DOE EERE | September 25, 2019 | Original Article

    Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 15 winners of Phase 1 of the Battery Recycling Prize, a prize that aims to reclaim and recycle critical materials (e.g., cobalt and lithium) from lithium-based battery technology. For a total of $1 million in prizes, these projects focus on cost-effective recycling processes to recover as much economic value as possible from spent lithium-ion batteries.  Lithium-ion batteries power our daily lives, from consumer electronics to electric vehicles, but only five percent of spent lithium-ion batteries in the United States are recycled.

    "This prize encourages American entrepreneurs, like these prize winners, to find innovative solutions to collecting, storing, and transporting discarded lithium-ion batteries for eventual recycling," said Daniel R Simmons, DOE’s Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. "The goal of these efforts is to develop technologies to profitably capture 90% of all lithium based battery technologies in the United States and recover 90% of the key materials from the collected batteries. These efforts will reduce our dependence on foreign sources of critical materials, strengthening America’s economic growth and energy security."

    As demand for consumer products – such as electric vehicles, cell phones, and tablets – rises, the recovery and reuse of critical materials from spent and discarded lithium-ion batteries will be an essential component of any strategy to reduce product costs and reliance on foreign sources.

    The Phase 1 winners will each receive $67,000. 

    Collection:

    • Holman Parts Distribution (Pennsauken, NJ)
    • Powering the Future (Glendale, WI)
    • Store Packs Umicore (Raleigh, NC)
    • LIBIoT - Lithium-Ion Battery collection using the Internet-of-Things (Albany, NY)

    Separation & Sorting:

    • Admiral Instruments (Tempe, AZ)
    • Li Industries (Blacksburg, VA)
    • OnTo Technology (Bend, OR)
    • Titan AES (Somerville, MA)

    Safe Storage & Transport:

    • EEDD (Huntstville, AL)
    • Team RRCO (Madison, AL)

    Reverse Logistics:

    • Renewance (Chicago, IL)
    • Smartville (San Diego, CA)

    Other Innovation Ideas:

    • SNT Laser Focused (Oklahoma City, OK)
    • Team EVBs (Seattle, WA)
    • Team Portables (Seattle, WA)

     

    The Energy Department is leading the charge in reducing U.S. dependence on cobalt and lithium (two critical materials used in lithium-ion battery manufacturing) by reducing the amount of these materials needed for battery production and recycling the materials that are already in use. The Department’s work is described in the Research Plan to Reduce, Recycle, and Recover Critical Materials in Lithium-ion Batteries. The President’s Executive Order 13817 identifies the need for “developing critical minerals recycling and reprocessing technologies” as part of a broader strategy to “ensure secure and reliable supplies of critical minerals.”

    The $5.5-million, three-phased Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize was announced by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in January 2019. The prize is sponsored by the Vehicle Technologies Office and the Advanced Manufacturing Office. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) serves as the administrator of the Prize. To learn more about the Battery Recycling Prize, please visit AmericanMadeChallenges.org/BatteryRecycling.  

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    FOTW #1104: Eighty-Four Million Shared Bike and Scooter Trips in U.S. in 2018

    Originally posted by the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | Original Article

    In recent years, the deployment of micromobility sharing services (bikes and scooters) has expanded rapidly in cities across the United States. According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), the number of shared bike trips in the 100 largest U.S. cities increased from 321,000 in 2010 to 45.5 million in 2018. Shared scooter trips were added to the NACTO study in 2018. There were 38.5 million shared scooter trips in 2018, representing 46% of the 84 million shared micromobility trips taken last year.

    Note: Shared micromobility refers to small fleets of fully or partially human-powered vehicles including bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters. Data includes systems with over 150 bikes or scooters and only includes data reported by the 100 largest cities by population. Data does not include private or closed campus systems like those operating on university campuses. For more detail, see the full report here.

    Source: National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Shared Micromobility in the U.S.: 2018, April 2019.

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    Advancing U.S. Battery Manufacturing and a Domestic Critical Minerals Supply Chains

    Originally posted by Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary for EERE | October 4, 2019 | EERE | Original Article

    Affordable lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized the world by powering our mobile electronics and with the potential of electric vehicles, demand for batteries is expected to rapidly grow. As we look to the opportunity of domestic battery manufacturing as this market grows, one challenge for the United States is that the United States is not a large producer of minerals such as lithium, manganese, cobalt, or graphite—all important components of today’s lithium-ion batteries.  

    The United States is import-reliant (imports are greater than 50 percent of annual consumption) for 31 of the 35 minerals designated as critical by the Department of the Interior.[1] For 14 critical minerals, The U.S. has no domestic production and relies completely on imports.[2] 

    America’s lack of secure critical minerals supply chains is a concern for the administration. This is why President Trump issued Executive Order 13817, “A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals.”

    DOE has an important role to play to help ensure a reliable supply of critical minerals, especially those used in battery manufacturing. One example of the critical minerals work the sponsored by EERE, in the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), an Energy Innovation Hub funded by the Advanced Manufacturing Office at $25 million per year, pursues R&D across the critical mineral supply chain, from separations and processing to reuse and recycling. CMI is a public-private partnership that is led by Ames National Laboratory and includes partners from other national laboratories (partners with Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory), 13 U.S. corporations, and six universities.

    Since its inception in 2013, CMI has issued 120 invention disclosures, filed 56 patent applications, received 10 patents, and licensed 8 technologies to U.S. companies. This includes 3D printing of rare-earth magnets to reduce manufacturing wastes, a cerium-aluminum alloy for use in lightweight automobiles and aircraft, and membrane solvent extraction for rare-earth separations.

    Another example of efforts by DOE to improve access to critical minerals is the establishment of the ReCell Lithium Battery Recycling R&D Center earlier this year. The ReCell Center is focused on cost-effective recycling processes to recover lithium battery critical materials and is led by Argonne National Laboratory, along with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and three universities. The work is focused on four research areas: design for recycling, recovery of other materials, direct recycling or cathode-to-cathode recovery, and reintroduction of recycled materials.

    The goal of the ReCell Center is to develop technologies to profitably capture 90 percent of all lithium based battery technologies in the United States and recover 90 percent of the key materials from the collected batteries.

    To achieve these goals and improve our access to these critical materials, we’ll need to draw on our American innovation. On September 25, we announced the winners of the Phase 1 Battery Recycling Challenge,[3] part of the American Made Grand Challenges program. The prize aims to reclaim and recycle critical materials from lithium-based battery technology. For a total of $1 million in prizes, these projects focus on cost-effective recycling processes to recover as much economic value as possible from spent lithium-ion batteries.

    Over the past 10 years, DOE-funded research has helped reduce the cost of lithium-ion batteries by 80 percent, lowering the cost of electric vehicle battery packs to $185/kWh. While battery materials recycling is improving, battery technology cost and performance needs to be improved. Near-term opportunities exist to develop innovative technologies that have the potential to significantly reduce battery cost and help achieve the operational performance needed for EVs to achieve cost competitiveness with gasoline vehicles.

    Given the importance of domestic manufacturing, DOE is also investigating the manufacturing improvements necessary to enable more battery manufacturing in the United States. With commercial lithium-ion technology, the goal is to maximize active anode and cathode material to increase the overall energy density of the cells.

    For next-generation batteries, DOE is investigating manufacturing improvements to enable solid state electrolytes. Solid electrolyte materials are non-flammable, and they allow more robust cell operation and the integration of metal-based anodes needed to achieve DOE’s aggressive cost, energy density, and cycle life targets. DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office recently announced $15 million for 15 new awards to develop materials for solid state materials, diagnostic and modeling tools to enable solid state batteries.[4]

    Extensive battery research and development is one example of how DOE-funded research is helping address the challenge of battery manufacturing and critical minerals. To continue driving down costs for consumers and businesses, we must ensure that the United States has a sustainable supply chain of materials and the Department of Energy will continue to work to work at all stages of the supply to improve access to cutting-edge energy technologies for all Americans.   

     

    [1] https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/18/2018-10667/final-list-of-critical-minerals-2018

    [2] U.S. Geological Survey, “Mineral Commodity Summaries 2018,” 2018, https://doi.org/10.3133/70194932

    [3] https://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-announces-phase-1-winners-battery-recycling-prize

    [4] https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-announces-59-million-and-43-projects-accelerate-advanced-vehicle-technologies-research

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    Sustainable Transportation Drives Smart Energy Choices

    Originally posted by Michael Berube, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation | Department of Energy EERE | October 7, 2019 | Original Article

    Transportation is a critical part of almost every person’s daily life. We rely on transportation to get us to our jobs, to get family to school, to get the food we eat from farms across the country to local stores, and to supply the businesses that drive our economy. It is easy to take it for granted. But when there are even small hiccups in our complex transportation system, they are felt quickly. Today, transportation is the second highest expense for an American household, after housing itself, and requires almost 30% of all the energy we use as a country.

    This complex system is undergoing fundamental changes that are already being experienced by consumers, businesses, and those that have long provided the cars, trucks and transit services we use. We have many new choices from electric cars to e-scooters to ride-hailing services. In the future, we will likely have a range of automated and connected vehicle technologies as well.

    The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Sustainable Transportation Office is focused on ensuring that as the transportation system transforms, we have affordable, clean, efficient, and domestic energy options that give families and businesses greater choice in how they meet their mobility needs. With three key sustainable transportation offices, EERE funds cutting edge research and development (R&D) at universities, National Labs, entrepreneurs, and industry that will help transform the transportation sector and improve the performance of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. Committed to a comprehensive energy strategy, DOE’s transformation portfolio includes solutions from biofuels and hydrogen to autonomous vehicles and everything in between.

    Our Bioenergy Technologies Office focuses on R&D to enable cost-competitive, renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products, and power from non-food biomass and waste feedstocks. Using new biological and chemical processes, this office is literally transforming waste into fuels that can power our cars, trucks, and planes.

    Fuel cells efficiently convert fuel into electricity, using clean domestic resources that we can produce in abundance – including hydrogen produced from renewables power, bio-based fuels, and natural gas. Our Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technologies Office supports R&D to reduce the cost of producing hydrogen from these diverse domestic resources and of cutting edge fuel cell technologies for both transportation and stationary applications.

    Our Vehicle Technologies Office supports R&D of advanced transportation technologies to provide lower cost and efficient advanced technology options to move people and goods across America. It is inventing the next generation of batteries and leading the charge to recycle those batteries. We are harnessing the fastest super-computers in the world and using artificial intelligence to invent all new, light-weight materials and develop engines that are more efficient than engineers ever dreamed possible.

    Our transportation system is undergoing a period of dramatic change. This disruption is brought about by new technologies and business models, shared mobility, mobility-on-demand, e-commerce, connected and automated vehicles, and new fuels and powertrains. Transportation connects people and transportation connects goods and services. EERE is committed to providing consumers with efficient, effective, clean transportation options that meet all of their mobility needs.

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    U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Army Collaborate to Develop Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Technology for Emergency Disaster Relief

    Source: US Department of Energy EERE Vehicle Technologies Office | October 8, 2019 | Original Article

    In recognition of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announces a collaboration with the Department of Defense's (DOD's) U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop and demonstrate "H2Rescue"—a hydrogen fuel cell-powered emergency relief truck. This collaboration will enable increased resilience and clean energy capability for first responders conducting emergency relief and disaster management efforts. It will include a feasibility study and the development of a joint plan for demonstration to ensure the truck meets the needs of users in the emergency management field.

    Over the last year, fires in California and various hurricanes on the East Coast and in the Caribbean, including the recent Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, have prompted interest in specialty disaster and emergency relief vehicles. The H2Rescue relief truck is a fuel cell/battery hybrid truck that first responders and the military can drive to disaster mitigation sites. It can provide sufficient hydrogen to provide power, heat, and even potable water for up to 24 to 72 hours.

    This announcement supports DOE's [email protected] initiative that enables affordable and reliable hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across multiple sectors. Collaborative opportunities to develop and demonstrate a first-of-its-kind emergency relief truck like the one announced today can help identify technological gaps that feed back to DOE's [email protected] R&D in heavy- and medium-duty transportation applications.

    The Army Corps of Engineers, with contributions from the EERE's Fuel Cell Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office and DOD, will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) on H2Rescue this fall. The RFP will be available on FedBizOpps.com.

    Learn more about EERE's [email protected] initiative and how it’s helping to enable affordable, clean, and resilient hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

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    2019 DERA School Bus Rebates Program Applications Now Open!

    Deadline to Apply - October 30, 2019 (3 p.m. CST)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of approximately $10 million in rebates to public school bus fleet owners to help them replace older school buses. Upgrading buses with older engines reduces diesel emissions and improves air quality. Tomorrow marks the start of Children’s Health Month, and today’s announcement is an important part of the agency’s commitment to protecting children’s health and their future.

    Activity Date
    2019 DERA School Bus Rebate program opens. EPA begins accepting applications with scans of titles and registrations submitted to [email protected]. Monday, September 30, 2019
    Webinar for applicants:
    Monday, October 7, 2019
    3 p.m. ET
    Deadline for emailing applications with scans of bus titles and registrations to [email protected]
    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    4 p.m. ET

    Official selection letters emailed to selectees and list of applicants that were not selected posted online January 2020
    Deadline for submitting copies of purchase orders for replacement buses April 2020 (estimated)
    Deadline for submitting documentation of delivery of replacement buses and scrappage of old buses. EPA will send rebate payment within one month of receipt of complete materials.  September 2020 (estimated)

     

    Eligible Entities

    • Regional, state, or tribal agency that has jurisdiction over transportation and air quality, including school districts and municipalities
    • Private entities that operate school buses under a contract with an entity listed above
    • Fleets with up to 100 school buses may submit one application listing up to 10 buses for scrappage and replacement
    • Fleets with more than 100 school buses may submit up to two rebate applications, each listing up to 10 different buses for scrappage and replacement

     

    This is the seventh rebate program to fund cleaner school buses offered under Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) appropriations. Nearly 30,000 buses across the country have already been made cleaner as a result of DERA funding. 

    To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility, selection process and informational webinar dates, visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates. Questions about applying may be directed to [email protected]. Louisiana school districts seaking assistance with their proposals can reach out to us at Louisiana Clean Fuels. Call 225-342-7972 and leave a message for either Ann or Tyler.

    For more information on this program or other clean fuels funding opportunities, visit LCF's Funding page.

     

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    National Drive Electric Week Recap - It's Electrifying!

    National Drive Electric Week has come and gone once again, and this year’s iteration was, simply put, electrifying! The Louisiana Clean Fuels staff found ourselves at three amazing NDEW events over the course of the week, and we had a fantastic time test driving EVs and speaking with the public about how amazing driving electric can be!

    We kicked off the week on Saturday, September 14th with SWEPCO at their NDEW event in Shreveport. Ann showed off her new Tesla Model S while Tyler showed off his plug-in hybrid electric Honda Clarity, and we had a great time surveying attendees about their thoughts on electric vehicles. Representatives from Audi Shreveport brought along an Audi e-Tron for attendees to view and test drive, and Tyler was even able to take this luxury electric vehicle for a spin. The event also featured a Jaguar I-PACE and a BMW i3, along with a hybrid Ford Fusion that stopped by for a spell. Attendees and participants beat the heat by test driving and riding these amazing EVs, and everyone seemed to have a great time learning about electric vehicles. The SWEPCO team did a fantastic job organizing this event, and it was awesome getting to meet up with them to talk about and promote EVs!

    That same evening, one of our interns, Jacob, attended a NDEW event hosted by the Lafayette Main Public Library. Jeff LeBlanc with Bayou Electric Vehicles, a group of EV enthusiasts who promote the benefits of electric vehicles in Acadiana, organized an impressive showing of cars including several Teslas, a Jaguar I-PACE, a Chevy Volt, and a VW e-Golf. EV owners swapped tips on which wheel covers worked better or how to get those few extra miles out of a single charge. We all listened in awe as one owner told us about his carefully-planned, cross-country trip back home to Louisiana after purchasing his VW e-Golf. Those who experienced the Tesla Model 3 P’s dual-motor 450hp returned with even more questions like, “How does a car go that fast?” or “Where can I buy one?

    For our NDEW finale, we found our way back to the greater Baton Rouge area to host our final event at Tanger Outlet Mall in Gonzales. This event featured an electric vehicle showcase of over 20 vehicles along with representatives from Entergy eTech, the Commuter Krewe, Paretti Jaguar and Land Rover of Baton Rouge, and Tesla who came out to show their support for NDEW. Over 100 people found their way through our showcase, asking questions about EVs and expressing their appreciation for the vehicles on display.

    Eddy and Robert of Paretti Jaguar and Land Rover of Baton Rouge were kind enough to bring out their impressive Jaguar I-PACE – which won 2019 World Car of the Year, 2019 World Car Design of the Year, and 2019 World Green Car at the World Car Awards this year – to show off to attendees and EV owners alike, and Entergy e-Tech brought along their Chevy Volt with its Entergy wrap. The Commuter Krewe brought along a game for the kids to play and did a drawing for a gift card to Main Event in Baton Rouge for attendees who signed up for their ride-share program.

    Attendees were able to walk along the line of EVs, talking to owners and asking questions about the specific vehicles. Tyler was able to sooth some range anxiety for a woman who commutes regularly to Shreveport. After speaking with him at the event, she told us, “I’m going to Shreveport to buy an electric vehicle, and I want them to know you sent me!” The various Teslas on display seemed to be a big hit with some boys who visited the event after a sporting event. “I want one!” one boy said while climbing out of Ann’s Tesla; Tyler echoed, “Me too!”

    We at LCF had a great time spreading the word about electric vehicles during #NDEW2019, and we can’t wait to make next year’s National Drive Electric Week even better! Thanks so much to everyone who helped to put on these events or who came out to show their support!

    This year's National Drive Electric Week events were organized in conjunction with our Louisiana Electric Vehicle Roadshow, which we're hosting in along with the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership.

    If you missed the fun and don’t want to wait until next year’s NDEW, the EV Roadshow continues on October 10th when LCF and SLCFP are coming together for our Clean Fuels Summit at NOLA Motorsports Park! In addition to featuring updates on the latest innovative clean fleet technologies and products from alternative fuel leaders, this event also features an exclusive Ride & Drive on the NOLA Motorsports Track! Learn more and register at www.CleanFuelsSummit.com!

    Check out our photo galleries to see more pictures from our 2019 NDEW events:

    NDEW Gonzales Photos NDEW Shreveport and Lafayette Photos

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    Clean Cities Internship Prepare Students for Careers in Energy & Sustainability

    At Louisiana Clean Fuels, interns can learn to work closely with staff and stakeholders to further LCF’s mission to reduce emissions and petroleum usage.

    LCF’s internship program, funded through Argonne National Laboratory’s Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program, enables college students to gain practical work experience in the alternative fuels and vehicle technology industry. Ann Vail, LCF Executive Director, says that she likes to shape the internship around the skills and interests of each intern. “We want to find the best way for each intern to best work with us, but we also want to set them up for success in whatever field they want to move into in the future, whether that’s alternative fuels, engineering, environmental policy, communications, or something else entirely.” Interns often participate in clean fuel events, research, outreach activities, fleet events, school outreach, along with other transportation and environmental projects.

    LCF Interns like Jacob Holt, an engineering student at Louisiana State University, have the opportunity to see their work make a direct impact on the organization.

    “Sometimes, as an intern, you find yourself at an organization in more of a cog-in-a-wheel capacity. At LCF, I was always in the mix and in a position to see the effects of my work. I was surprised at how much I was able to accomplish over the course of the internship. Ultimately, I think that's the best position an intern can be in,” he said.

    Jacob was able to apply his experience with data analysis in the Navy to several of his projects at LCF, namely the DC Fast Charging Master Plan. This project aims to pinpoint ideal locations for DC Fast Chargers to create electric vehicle charging corridors along Louisiana‘s interstate highways. Jacob analyzed location data LCF gathered to create maps and charts showing the ideal locations for these chargers.

    "The most interesting project I worked on was our Direct Current Fast Charging infrastructure plan for Louisiana,” Jacob said. “I'm a huge data nerd, and it was genuinely exciting for me to be able to suggest areas where Louisiana has the opportunity to improve its electric vehicle infrastructure."

    Jacob also had the opportunity to participate in LCF’s Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Listening Session and the Electric Vehicle (EV) Roundtable event in Shreveport, LA, in addition to working with his fellow interns to create an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) toolkit for organizations and businesses interested in installing EV chargers on their property.

    “I learned more in two months about the sustainability of electric vehicles than I thought I would learn in a lifetime,” Jacob said. “It's surprising how quickly the field is advancing, and it was a lot of fun getting to explain those advances to everyone else."

    “The coolest thing about working for LCF was meeting like-minded people who are committed to reducing petroleum use,” Sean Chung, a student of Indiana University pursuing Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Science in Environmental Science, said. “This internship has opened my eyes to many clean alternative fuel options that are often overlooked, such as renewable natural gas (RNG) and biodiesel."

    During his internship, Sean worked on creating an Idle Reduction and School Outreach program, which involved working with schools and teachers in the greater Baton Rouge area and providing them with resources for teaching about emissions and idle reduction.

    "It was really great to meet teachers and talk to them about what they could do in their classrooms to promote idle reduction. Encouraging students to engage their parents and measure the impact of vehicle idling at their schools will help change behavior and promote fuel conservation,” he said.

    Sean also worked with Jacob on the EVSE toolkit in addition to creating a Workplace Charging toolkit for organizations specifically interested in offering EV charging to employees. Sean worked closely with LCF’s Communications Coordinator, Victoria Herrmann, to organize and publish both of these toolkits as resources on the LCF website.

    "Making the EVSE and Workplace Charging toolkits to educate people about Electric Vehicles and EV Infrastructure has changed my perspective on the viability of EVs,” he said. “EVs can be key to reducing GHG emissions if there is infrastructure to support them."

    Brittny Wilson, a chemical engineering major at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, said that her LCF internship has turned her toward a newfound interest in an environmental career path. “I gained valuable experience with Louisiana Clean Fuels from enhancing my leadership skills and creativity and learning about environmental conservation,” she said. “This internship definitely got me thinking about a possible career path in environmental issues.”

    Throughout her internship, Brittny worked on various projects, including an independent biodiesel research project to gather information about the biodiesel market in Louisiana. She also worked closely with the Communications Coordinator to create a social media plan for the organization and begin implementing that plan to raise awareness and educate a wider audience of stakeholders and the general population. Additionally, she worked on school outreach, focusing on establishing relationships with the sustainability departments of Louisiana colleges and universities so that LCF can better work with these institutions.

    “I loved that I was given free rein to bring all of my ideas to the organization from my biodiesel project to social media enhancement to school outreach in a positive way and that there are results to show from it,” she said. “It was such a great work opportunity, and I got to work with some amazing people who all brought something different to the organization. It couldn’t have been any better.”

    Being an intern for Louisiana Clean Fuels can also mean traveling around Louisiana to speak with stakeholders, conduct outreach, or learn more about alternative fuel usage across the state. During their internship, Jacob, Brittny, and Sean all traveled with LCF Co-Coordinator Tyler Herrmann to visit St. Landry Parish Solid Waste to learn how the solid waste facility processes reclaimed methane into RNG used to fuel CNG-powered waste collection vehicles. During a visit to Shreveport, the interns also were able to take a tour of SporTran’s facilities, during which Dinero Washington, Chief Executive Officer of SporTran and a member of the LCF Board of Directors, showed off SporTran’s electric and CNG buses and explained their refueling procedures. Jacob was also able to join Tyler for a meeting with Bossier City School District to learn about their propane buses. "Traveling to St. Landry to see a fully functioning renewable natural gas facility or to Bossier City to see a fleet of propane-fueled school buses was a huge highlight of my internship," said Jacob.

    One commonality amongst the interns that LCF hires is a care for the environment and a desire to make a difference. Interning with LCF means these students have a chance to see their work being used to promote cleaner transportation alternatives that can spark environmental changes and awareness.

    “I really feel like I made a tangible impact on promoting fuel conservation in Louisiana,” Sean said.

    About Louisiana Clean Fuels & Clean Cities

    Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) was established in 1997 as an affiliate of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities program and received designation April 11, 2000. Formerly the Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition, LCF operates as an independent, non-profit association supported through its partnership with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and its stakeholders.

    LCF is one of two Clean Cities coalitions working in Louisiana to build partnerships to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies. Clean Cities builds partnerships with local and statewide organizations in the public and private sectors to adopt:

    • Alternative and renewable fuels
    • Idle-reduction measures
    • Fuel economy improvements
    • New transportation technologies, as they emerge.

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    FOTW #1098: More Than Half of Transit Buses in the U.S. Were Powered by Alternative Fuels and Advanced Technologies in 2018

    Source: EERE Fact of the Week

    According to the American Public Transit Association (APTA), alternative fuels and advanced hybrid drivetrains powered more than half of all transit buses in 2017 and 2018. In the ten-year period from 2008 to 2018, the share of conventional diesel buses dropped from 70% to 42%. Natural gas and diesel hybrid drivetrains have replaced the greatest share of diesel buses followed by biodiesel and “other” buses, which include hydrogen, electric, and propane.

    Source: American Public Transportation Association, 2019 Public Transportation Fact Book, Washington, DC, April 2019, Figure 14.

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