FY2012 Alternative Fuels R&D
|Program Activity||FY 2010 Actual||FY 2012 Request||Change FY 2010-2012|
|Alternative Fuels R&D||500||500||0|
The request continues the base program at prior levels and continues its mandate to include all alternative fuels.
Key Actions: Activities described below are consistent with RITA's mission to coordinate cross-modal research. Funding supports stakeholder needs in alternative fuels and the USDOT's environmental sustainability strategic goal:
Key Outputs: Multi-modal focused alternative fuels research and education products examining safety, logistical and distribution issues of alternative fuels approaching market level production. Standards, first responder training and safety handling products will assist in developing a responsive transportation system for these new fuels.
Key Outcomes: Safe and efficient transportation system components that accommodate alternative fuels through multi-modal absorption of the increased shipping/transport requirements of new fuels and feedstocks. Improved integration of Administration biofuel investments, especially with the Departments of Energy and Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, and the Administration's Biomass R&D Board.
Strategic Goals: Environmental Sustainability.
Purpose/Beneficiaries: This program convenes the U.S. DOT alternative fuels program managers and researchers to select projects that leverage and improve the current state of knowledge.
Partners: FHWA, FAA, PHMSA, MARAD, FMCSA, FTA, FRA, NHTSA, OST
Description: Funding allows the modal administrations to bring together partners within the USDOT, from other federal agencies and external stakeholders to pursue activities with broad appeal and need. The program's competitive review process will allow the program to support initiatives that best support the collective transportation missions and objectives.
Prior Year Accomplishments:
The Alternative Fuels program funds research and education aimed at reducing our reliance on petroleum as the primary transportation energy source. Alternative fuels research supports the establishment of safety standards for the use and conveyance of alternative fuels that are currently under development.
The program encourages and supports cooperation and leverages investments across the federal government to maximize the benefits of alternative fuels on our nation's transportation system Alternative fuel program managers and researchers cooperate across the USDOT and with stakeholders on topics such as the development of codes and standards and emergency response training. The program also supports the USDOT environmental sustainability strategic goal, and aims to expand the safe and efficient deployment of alternative fuels.
Without this funding, RITA's ability to support the deployment of alternative fuels and the opportunity for the public to choose between energy sources would be lost.
Effective: The USDOT modal administrations and their stakeholders continue to develop proposals for consideration by the Alternative Fuels Working Group. The resulting research and education products continue to be well received and widely disseminated. In addition to information sharing and development of best practices, the results of this research will be measured in:
Research: Research to advance safe and efficient shipment of alternative fuels in a multi-modal system is needed to transport newly developing fuels from source to user. Current systems are structured for the chemical composition of petrochemical fuels, which present different corrosive, safety and flammability properties from alternative fuels and from feedstock used to create them. Standards, regulations, handling and training information is needed from research results.
Efficient: RITA's Office of RD&T plays a coordinating role, leveraging limited funds to pursue research that has multimodal relevance, particularly in the identification of safety issues that cross transportation modes, appropriate responses, corrosive properties and materials impacts.
Funding Options: The funding request is the minimum level needed to facilitate cooperation and leverage investment across the USDOT to address the impacts of alternative fuels on the transportation systems and to advance their safe and efficient deployment.
History/Outyear Needs: Funding has been consistent at $.500M since inception of the program. FY 2012 funds are requested at the same level with broadened research focus to include transportation issues for multiple alternative fuels.