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NC Clean Transportation Coordinating Committee Announced

Posted on: February 10th, 2015 by shannonhelm

 

Collaboration Aids Air Quality and Economic Enhancement Goals

 

Raleigh, N.C. (February 10, 2015) – The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University today announces the formation of a transportation technology coordinating committee that will facilitate collaboration among industry, academia, state government and advocacy organizations with the goal to enhance adoption of cleaner transportation fuels and efficiency. The North Carolina Clean Transportation Coordinating Committee (NCCTCC) is an outgrowth of the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project, a $6.2 million initiative focused on reducing transportation-related emissions with federal support from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT). While the majority of CFAT funding supports direct adoption of emission reduction technologies through grants to public and private entities, the project also includes recognition of exemplary activities, education and outreach aimed at reducing transportation related emissions. Educational activities encompass organizing state and regional events, a public education media campaign and technical training. More than half of North Carolinians live in counties that have unhealthy air, and transportation-related emissions are a primary contributor to the state’s air quality concerns.

The new committee, which will meet three times a year, will provide a forum to coordinate efforts and address state wide interests. “By fostering improved collaboration and partnership, this new committee will greatly enhance our existing efforts to promote environmental health, support new economic and business opportunities, and improve overall quality of life in North Carolina,” said NC Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata in support of the NCCETC initiative. Triangle J, Centralina, Upper Coastal Plain and Kerr-Tar Councils of Governments, and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council have already partnered with the NCCETC through the CFAT project and can participate in the group as a conduit for local government involvement and a link to U.S. Department of Energy efforts of the Clean Cities program. Piedmont Natural Gas, the NC Propane Gas Association and Piedmont Biofuels are founding business members of the NCCTCC. “We are pleased to provide a platform for technology and policy adoption that accelerates both environmental and economic enhancements,” stated NCCETC’s Executive Director, Steve Kalland. Interested organizations are encouraged to contact the Center for more information about the coordinating committee.

 

About the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center

The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, visit: http://www.nccleantech.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCCleanTech

 
Media Contact: Shannon Helm, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu
 
Contact: Anne Tazewell, 919-513-7831, anne_tazewell@ncsu.edu

Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project Funding Announced

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by shannonhelm

 

Over $1,340,000 awarded for transportation-related emission reductions

 

Raleigh, N.C. (January 13, 2015) – The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University announced the results of a call for projects through the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project. The $6.2 million initiative, focused on reducing transportation-related emissions, is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funding from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT). The CFAT project operates in counties that do not meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards. More than half of North Carolinians live in counties that have unhealthy air, and transportation-related emissions are a primary contributor to the state’s air quality concerns. With this announcement, over $1,340,000 in federal funding is being awarded for fourteen projects to a variety of public and private entities.

The diverse range of awards include four projects that involve the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and purchase of electric vehicles as well as two compressed natural gas (CNG), two propane (LPG), three efficiency and a clean diesel locomotive project. In all, 249 vehicles will be outfitted with alternative fuel or advanced technology for fuel savings and reduced emissions, 8 electric vehicle charging stations will be installed and one existing CNG station will be upgraded to provide liquefied natural gas. Taken as a whole, the projects will remove nearly 8.3 metric tons of pollutants annually. This is reduction in pollutants is approximately equal to removing 108 passage vehicles from North Carolina roads. Funding assistance will be allocated in the form of a reimbursement, which can cover up to 80 percent of the project cost. “These emission reduction technology grants are an important part of the CFAT project which also includes education, outreach and recognition of exemplary efforts at reducing transportation related emissions,” said Anne Tazewell, NCCETC’s Transportation Program Manager.

This is the third round of DOT funding available through the 2013 -2015 CFAT project. To date the three- year project has awarded $4.4 million to a total of 44 projects. The NCCETC anticipates conducting a final request for proposal process for the 2013-2015 phase of the project in the February, 2015 to support additional technology-related emission reduction efforts.

The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center has partnered with Triangle J, Centralina, Upper Coastal Plain and Kerr-Tar Councils of Governments, and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council to conduct education and outreach regarding alternative fuel and fuel conservation technologies and policies. Additional CFAT activities include a public education media campaign and an annual recognition of exemplary efforts to reduce transportation related emissions.

 

Click here for a list of 2015 CFAT award winners.

 

About the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, visit: http://www.nccleantech.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCCleanTech

 

Media Contact: Shannon Helm, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

 

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Alternative Fuel Vehicle First Responder Training Now Online

Posted on: June 4th, 2014 by shannonhelm

 

Provides education on specialized emergency procedures and more

 

With an increase of alternative fuel vehicles on U.S. highways, first responders are in need of learning more about how to react in an emergency situation with these types of vehicles. Due to an overwhelming request for training, the N.C. Solar Center now has alternative fuels first responder training available online. The objective of the training is to give area emergency response personnel the opportunity to familiarize themselves with, understand the potential hazards unique to and learn some of the specialized emergency procedures associated with the growing number of alternative fuel vehicles and stations that they may encounter throughout the area.

The N.C. Department of Insurance Office of the State Fire Marshall will soon have this training on its website as part of its “Pocket Tools Training” section and as instructor resources. The materials are based on a live a two-day training workshop for area first responders conducted as part of the Carolina Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative.

Similar to the live workshop, this online version is broken into three modules–Gaseous Fuels which includes Natural Gas and Propane, Biofuels which includes Ethanol and Biodiesel, and Electric Drive Vehicles which includes Battery Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles. The material is presented in classroom lecture and discussion format with corresponding power point slides, brief subject matter videos and videos of the hands-on static vehicle reviews that were conducted. Each module is broken into 10-30 minute sections for self-paced review online. Click here for links to the materials.

The workshop is led by Rich Cregar, an instructor and vehicle technician with over 25 years of alternative fuels experience. Additional support was provided by Wilson and Nash Community College Fire and Emergency Programs instructors.

The Carolina Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative, funded through the U.S. Department of Energy with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, deployed more than 500 alternative fuel vehicles and commissioned more than 140 alternative fueling sites throughout North and South Carolina. The N.C. Solar Center was a principle partner to the project lead by the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition at Triangle J Council of Governments.

 

About the NC Solar Center

The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

Apex, NC to get first electric car-charging station

Posted on: May 8th, 2014 by shannonhelm No Comments

 

As of May 2nd, downtown Apex will have its first public car-charging station.

There will be three charging spaces in the Saunders Street parking lot, across from the Apex Police Department, that are free of cost and available to the general public.

One is equipped with an Eaton DC Quick Charger that can charge Tesla vehicles, the Nissan LEAF, and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV to about an 80 percent charge in 20 to 30 minutes. The other two spaces have GE Level 2 chargers, which can accommodate all electric vehicles with about 40 miles of charge in three to four hours.

“Wake County is scattered with dozens of similar stations, providing PEV owners with the opportunity to charge while they work, dine, or shop,” said Town Manager Bruce Radford in a release. “We saw the need in Apex to provide this service to our visitors and residents while allowing them to enjoy the amenities of our downtown.”

Funds for the charging station came from grant programs through North Carolina State University, the North Carolina Solar Center and Advanced Energy.

The town of Apex received another grant to buy four electric vehicles and install charging stations at Town Hall. These stations will be for town use only.

 

Triangle Business Journal

N.C. Smart Fleet program announced

Posted on: April 15th, 2014 by shannonhelm No Comments

 

State-wide program aims to recognize fleets for their efficiency efforts

Raleigh, N.C. – With gas prices on the rise, the N.C. Solar Center is announcing the launch of N.C. Smart Fleet, an initiative to recognize North Carolina fleets for efficiency efforts, as well as clean transportation technology and policy adoption. N.C. Smart Fleet provides an opportunity for both public and private sector fleets to quantify, aggregate and celebrate all that they are doing for air quality and fuel efficiency. With an eye towards reducing petroleum fuel use, increasing awareness and implementing cleaner burning alternative transportation fuels and idle reduction technologies, the program will require tracking of the fleet’s annual fuel use, outreach activities and internal fleet procedures.

Benefits of joining N.C. Smart Fleet include statewide recognition by the N.C. Department of Transportation at the Center’s annual Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (CARE) awards event, promotion of technologies and policies that can save fleet’s money and reduce emissions, networking opportunities and technical assistance. “The N.C. Solar Center is pleased to have the City of Charlotte Solid Waste Department, and Waste Industries join N.C. Smart Fleet as inaugural members and look forward to other fleets both large and small joining throughout the year” announced Anne Tazewell, Transportation Program Manager at the N.C. Solar Center. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. No previous experience with alternative fuels or commitment to reduced fuel use is required. N.C. Smart Fleet application and overview information is available at www.cleantransportation.org.

The N.C. Smart Fleet initiative is a statewide effort led by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University. The Center has partnered with regional organizations Centralina Council of Governments, Land of Sky Council of Governments, Kerr Tar Council of Governments, Piedmont Triad Regional Council, Triangle J Council of Governments and Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments to support regional fleet efforts.

 

Click here for more details.

 

About the N.C. Solar Center

The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

Clean Transportation Public Education Campaign Launched

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by shannonhelm No Comments

 

For Immediate Release

December 18th, 2013

 

Program aims to reduce transportation related emissions

 

Raleigh, N.C. – Seven  billboard designs  were unveiled on December 18th  as part of   a two year educational campaign that will include a minimum of 130 outdoor advertising displays to be placed in the 24 North Carolina counties with air pollution concerns  related to  national ambient air quality standards. The N.C. Solar Center, working with the N.C. Outdoor Advertising Association, is conducting the campaign to raise awareness about opportunities to decrease transportation related emissions through alternative fuels, efficiency and conservation.  N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata was a featured speaker along with Representative Nelson Dollar and Senator Josh Stein at the event.
North Carolinians with diabetes, cardio-vascular and lung disease, along with the young and old are especially sensitive to the effects of poor air quality.  Alternative fuels and smart travel options, including bicycle and pedestrian opportunities are transportation technology solutions that reduce emissions and support fuel conservation and diversity. They can also help save drivers money. “Public awareness and education are essential to our efforts to reduce transportation-related emissions across the state,” said Tata. “This billboard campaign helps reach motorists while they are actually driving to encourage them to take steps toward implementing clean transportation.”

The N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University, with support from the N.C. Department of Transportation and partners, is organizing the public education media campaign that includes outdoor advertising and other print and electronic media as part of the $6.2 M Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project. CFAT is focused on reducing transportation related emissions in NC counties that do not meet national air quality standards. The three year project covers education/outreach, sub-award funding to purchase clean transportation technology, and recognition of exemplary activities.

Click here to learn more and review all the billboard designs.

 

About the NC Solar Center

The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

 

 

 Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

Project Contact: Anne Tazewell, N.C. Solar Center, 919-513-7831anne_tazewell@ncsu.edu

Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project Funding Announced

Posted on: November 14th, 2013 by shannon No Comments
Over $1,700,000 awarded for transportation-related emission reductions

 

Raleigh, N.C. – The N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University has announced the results of its 2013 call for projects under the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project. This $6.2 million initiative is supported through federal funding from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT).  The N.C. Solar Center anticipates conducting another request for proposal process in early 2014.

Over 30 technology project proposals, requesting over $3.75 million, were submitted to the N.C. Solar Center for consideration. With this announcement, over $1.725 million in federal funding is being awarded for eighteen projects to a variety of public and private organizations. The diverse range of awards include seven projects that involve electric vehicle charging stations, four compressed natural gas (CNG) and four propane (LPG) projects, two projects involving on-board vehicle idle reduction and telematics technology,  one project with three biodiesel refueling infrastructure sites, and a clean diesel locomotive project. In all, over 275 vehicles will be outfitted with alternative fuel or advanced technology for fuel savings and reduced emissions, and 21 electric vehicle recharging stations will be installed along with six alternative fuel refueling stations including stations dispensing biodiesel, CNG, and LPG. Taken as a whole, the projects will remove nearly 60 metric tons of pollutants annually from the air in counties not meeting air quality standards.

This is the fourth round of DOT funding available through the CFAT project. From 2006-2012 nearly $2.2 million was distributed for 47 projects to a variety of entities. The CFAT project, funded by federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds, operates in counties that do not meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards. More than half of North Carolinians live in counties that have unhealthy air, and transportation related emissions are a primary contributor to the state’s air quality problem.

Funding assistance will be allocated in the form of a reimbursement, which can cover up to 80% of the project cost. “We are pleased that the eighteen awardees are collectively providing almost 60% of total project costs, thereby helping stretch federal dollars to provide more air quality benefits,”  said Anne Tazewell, Transportation Program Manager at the N.C. Solar Center. The projects will reduce transportation-related emissions within 15 of the 24 eligible NC counties. For education and outreach regarding alternative fuel and fuel conservation technologies and policies, the N.C. Solar Center has partnered with Triangle J, Centralina, Upper Coastal Plain and Kerr-Tar Councils of Governments, and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council. 

A full list of awardees can be found by clicking here.

 

About the N.C. Solar Center

The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference & Expo

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by shannon

 

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Save the Date!
October 22-24, 2014
Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, NC

 

The Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo will provide the opportunity for education and networking among fleet managers, industry experts and other decision makers. Presentations and breakout sessions will focus on alternative fuels and fleet efficiency options covering technical details, policies and programs as well as successful fleet implementation stories. Attendees will also gain hands-on experience with the technologies and one-on-one discussion with the nation’s leading technology providers at the Exposition and Ride-and-Drive events. The NC Clean Energy Technology Center will be hosting the Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo with support from the NC Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Energy and in partnership with the three North Carolina Clean Cities Coalitions and five neighboring state Clean Cities Coalitions.

 

Join us October 22-24, 2014 at the Raleigh Convention Center to learn how clean transportation is…
Driving the New Economy!

 

 

For more information:
www.altfuelsconference.org
cleantransportation@ncsu.edu
(919) 513?7831

 

Emergency Preparedness Meets Alternative Fuels in First Responder Training

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

The N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University hosted a two-day training workshop for area first responders as part of the Carolina Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative.  The workshop was held September 17th and 18th on the N.C. State University campus.  The objective was to give area emergency response personnel the opportunity to familiarize themselves with, understand the potential hazards unique to, and learn some of the specialized emergency procedures associated with the growing number of alternative fuel vehicles and stations that they may encounter throughout the area. Attendance each day exceeded 50 participants with emergency response personnel coming from as far away as the Piedmont Triad area and the North Carolina coast. In attendance was Robert Shuler Engineering Liaison for the N.C. Department of Insurance and State Fire Marshalls office who noted, “The information presented was excellent.  A lot of the facts were clearly presented and myths dispelled.”

Led by Rich Cregar, an instructor and vehicle technician with over 25 years of  alternative fuels experience,  the workshop was a combination of classroom and hands-on learning with a static vehicle review each day that included propane, natural gas, biodiesel, electric hybrid, plug-in electric hybrid, hydraulic hybrid and electric vehicles. Additional support was provided by Wilson and Nash Community College Fire and Emergency Programs instructors. Both the classroom and vehicle review portions were filmed for future use. “ We intend to work with the State Fire Marshall’s office and N.C. State’s Distance Education Learning Technologies program to package the two-day training  in modular sections  to be posted online, so that emergency personnel can benefit from the training from their desk,”  said Rick Sapienza, workshop lead for the N.C. Solar Center.

The Carolina Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative, funded through the U.S. Department of Energy with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, deployed more than 500 alternative fuel vehicles and commissioned more than 140 alternative fueling sites throughout North and South Carolina. The N.C. Solar Center was a principle partner to the project lead by the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition at Triangle J Council of Governments.

 

About the North Carolina Solar Center:

The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

Media Contact:

Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

Raleigh to convert more police cars to propane

Posted on: September 5th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

RALEIGH — The city will more than double the number of police vehicles that run on propane, after a two-year test of the cleaner, less-expensive fuel proved successful.

The City Council voted this week to spend $195,000 to convert 30 police vehicles to propane, on top of the 20 patrol cars that already use the fuel.

Those 20 cars are used in the police department’s North District, based on Six Forks Road, where officers have found that the propane performs just as well as gasoline, said Capt. Doug Brugger, district commander.

“It has become so commonplace here, it’s not even an issue,” Brugger said. “The guys don’t even give it any thought.”

But with propane costing less than half as much as gasoline per gallon, the cars have made a difference in the city’s fuel bill. The Raleigh Police Department has used about 92,000 gallons of propane since the test program began in 2011, Brugger said, saving about $126,000 in fuel.

In addition, the city has received a 50-cent-per-gallon federal incentive that has added up to an additional $46,000 windfall for the city, he said.

The city converted the first 10 Ford Crown Victoria patrol cars to propane starting in May 2011 and added 10 a year later. Federal grants paid the $117,000 cost of those conversions, according to the city.

Clean, cheap and U.S.-made

The federal government encourages propane in part because of the pollution benefits. Propane releases 20 to 40 percent less carbon monoxide and about 80 percent less particulate matter than gasoline, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Energy.

In addition, the vast majority of propane is produced domestically, reducing reliance on imported fuel.

The converted Raleigh police cars are capable of burning both gasoline and propane. The propane tanks are made of quarter-inch steel, Brugger said, making them less vulnerable to puncture than gasoline tanks.

Officers start a cold car with gasoline but switch to propane when the engine warms up and run with propane for the rest of their shift, Brugger said. In emergencies, such as a hurricane, the cars can use both fuel tanks and run for 36 to 40 hours without refueling, according to the city.

The $195,000 approved by the council is already included in the police department budget. It will cover not only the conversion of the vehicles but also installation of storage and maintenance equipment.

 

Raleigh News & Observer