Clean Transportation: Projects

 

Did you know?

 

  • According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, nearly a quarter of middle and high school students have asthma. In the U.S., students with asthma miss over 10 million school days each year.

 

  • While the exact cause of asthma is not fully understood, the American Lung Association points out that air pollution may play a significant role. Motor vehicle exhaust is a significant source of the compounds that create ozone and particulate matter, and nearly 200,000 children in North Carolina have pediatric asthma. In North Carolina’s urban areas vehicle exhaust is the number one source of air pollution.

 

The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center’s Clean Transportation program propels the development, awareness, and use of alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies. In addition to our own projects, we have also been successful at securing funding to pass on to other organizations in the state to purchase clean transportation vehicles, build  alternative fuel infrastructure, and utilize mobile emissions reduction technologies. We also organize and conduct workshops, meetings and conferences   on ethanol, biodiesel, natural gas, propane, fuel economy, idle reduction and related clean transportation topics.  Learn more about our current and completed projects.

 

Current projects:

 

• Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project (CFAT): is funded by the N.C. Department of Transportation, is focused on reducing transportation related emissions in NC counties that do not meet national air quality standards. It covers education/outreach, project funding, and recognition of exemplary activities.

• Alternative Fuel Implementation Team (AFIT): is a two year initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy to enhance implementation of alternative fuel in North Carolina and neighboring states.

 

Completed Projects:

Carolina Blue Skies

CBS was a bi-state effort led by Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG). The overall goal was to reduce depending on imported petroleum, increase fleet fuel economy, reduce emissions, improve air quality and create and retain jobs in North and South Carolina. The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, along with the Centralina Council of Governments, Land of Sky Council of Governments, and South Carolina State Energy Office worked with TJCOG to implement over 50 sub-award projects in North and South Carolina:

• 17 E85 and 10 B20 public fueling stations
• 5 E85 and 14 B20 shared private stations for government and private fleets
• 11 CNG stations accessible to the public and private fleets, 10 new 10 CNG vehicles, 39 CNG conversions on existing vehicles
• 9 LPG stations accessible to the public and private fleets, 355 LPG conversions of existing vehicles
• 112 electric charging stations accessible to public and private fleets, 24 NEV purchases
• 46 hybrid light-duty gasoline vehicles, 10 hybrid heavy-duty diesel vehicles.

 

Petroleum Displacement Plan & Related Clean Transportation Initiatives

A report that covers the progress on the state fleet Petroleum Displacement Plan provision. PDP Reports are available in PDF format below:

2006-2007
2007-2008
2008-2009
2009-2010
2010-2011
2011-2012
 

Plug In Electric Vehicle Planning Project

This project was a one-year project that resulted in a Plug In Electric Vehicle ( PEV) roadmap to facilitate  electric vehicle adoption in North Carolina.

 

Clean Transportation Education project (CTEP)

The Clean Transportation Education ( CTEP)  project  was  a 2-year initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to provide 36 alternative-fuel and advanced-transportation workshops across the United States. The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center  partnered with Wake Technical Community College, Clean Cities Coalitions and industry partners to conduct l ½ day workshops in the following four subject areas: Biodiesel, Ethanol, Compressed Natural Gas / Propane, Fuel Economy / Idle Reduction.

 

Alternative Fuel Incentives Project

This program provided ten awards totaling $98,000 between the fall of 2004 and the spring of 2005 to Universities and Community Colleges, government fleets, public service stations, etc. for projects that included biomass, electric vehicles and charging stations, and compressed natural gas.

 

Mobile Idle Reduction Technology

The Center was awarded funding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to work with a Volvo Trucks, NA  to develop and test the effectiveness of Truck OEM designed mobile idle reduction technology (MIRT) prep kits and auxiliary power units. Soy Biodiesel Marketing and Research project with the N.C. Soybean Producers Association  promoted the use of biodiesel and bioheat as renewable and cleaner fuels for our vehicles and homes, and evaluated the most effective marketing strategies for these products including billboards and brochures.