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DOE awarding $10M to 8 transportation technology incubator projects; single-fuel RCCI with reformer

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award $10 million to eight incubator projects to develop innovative solutions for efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicle technologies that will help reduce petroleum use in the United States. Among the projects is a novel implementation of RCCI—Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition, usually investigated with two fuels (earlier post)—using a single fuel with onboard fuel reformation.

Through the incubator activity, the Energy Department supports innovative technologies and solutions that have the potential to help meet program goals but are not substantially represented in its current research portfolio. These projects bring a more diverse group of stakeholders and participants to address technical challenges in the vehicle research priorities. Eventually, successfully demonstrated technologies or approaches from the incubator activity may impact existing long-term technology plans and roadmaps. Awardees include:

Organization Description Funding
Silatronix New Advanced Stable Electrolytes for High Voltage Electrochemical Energy StorageThis project will develop an innovative electrolyte providing stable performance at high voltage (>5V).
University of Texas Austin Statically and Dynamically Stable Lithium-sulfur Batteries
This project will develop an innovative polysulfide blocking layer to develop lithium-sulfur batteries for automotive applications.
Vanderbilt University High-Performance Li-Ion Battery Anodes from Electrospun Nanoparticle/Conducting Polymer Nanofibers
This project will develop a novel electrospun anode material utilizing a conductive polymer binder.
Polymer Plus Multilayered Film Capacitors for Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Motors for Electric Traction Drives
This project will increase the high temperature performance and stability of film capacitors in power electronic systems leading to reductions in component cost and size.
 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Enabling Lean and Stoichiometric Gasoline Direct Injection Engines through Mitigation of Nanoparticle Emissions
This project will reduce particle mass and particle number in combustion of Gasoline Direct Injected engines.
Filter Sensing Technologies Improved Fuel Efficiency through Adaptive Radio Frequency Controls and Diagnostics for Advanced Catalyst Systems
The project will apply radio frequency (RF) sensing to enable advanced emission control systems and improve vehicle efficiency.
Intermolecular Inc. High-Throughput Combinatorial Development of High- Entropy Alloys for Light-Weight Structural Applications
The project will use high-throughput techniques to accelerate the development of a new family of lightweight high strength alloys for vehicle technologies.
State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook University Single Fuel Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI) Combustion Enabled by Onboard Fuel Reformation
This project will demonstrate the efficiency and emissions improvements of RCCI combustion using a single fuel with onboard fuel reformation.



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