According to the Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC), they were recently announced that they have received an award from the U.S. Department of Energy as a team member on two different awards recently issued by the agency. Both projects will focus on increasing infrastructure and demand for biofuels like ethanol.
National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) to win a $1.6 million award from the Department of Energy to develop classroom materials to raise awareness of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. The award was one of 23 projects funded under DOE’s Clean Cities Program with $13.6 million for infrastructure, and was one of only three awards for educational projects.
“CFDC’s expertise with ethanol and its experience with consumer education, workshops, and publications is a perfect complement to a great team assembled by NAFTC,” said Douglas A. Durante, Executive Director, CFDC.
The second award included the Clean Fuels Foundation and the FlexFuel Vehicle Club teaming with the Tennessee Clean Cities program. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) was awarded up to $818,091 to increase the availability of E85 and B20 along I-75. This project will provide E85 and B20 every 200 miles or less, enabling drivers to travel from Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan to Miami, Florida using only one of these alternative fuels. The total project cost is projected to be $1,836,271.
In both of these awards, the actual scope and level of work has yet to be determined. CFDC is one of many groups involved in these efforts but the Coalition will have a significant role as it is very complimentary to current CFDC educational and outreach efforts.