Monday, April 02, 2012

White House offers $ 14 million for advanced materials

Monday, April 02, 2012

The White House on 22 March announced a 14.2 million $ DOE effort to accelerate the development and deployment of stronger and lighter materials for advanced vehicles. The initiative helps to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil and limiting carbon pollution.

The funding will support that help development of high-strength, lightweight carbon-fiber composite materials and advanced steels and alloys, vehicle manufacturers improve the fuel economy of cars and trucks ensuring and enhancing the security and performance. Replace cast iron and conventional steel parts with lightweight materials offers manufacturers include additional security features, integrated electronic systems, and emissions control equipment for vehicles without increasing its weight. Use lighter materials reduces also the fuel consumption of the vehicle. For example, a total weight of 10% reduction in fuel consumption by 6% - improve 8%.

DOE wants to finance projects in three main areas of materials research and development, including the development of modelling tools delivers higher performance of carbon fiber composite materials, is doing the same for advanced steels and explores new lightweight, high-strength alloys for energy-efficient car and truck engines. The Department accepts applications from industry, laboratories and University led teams to deal with these challenges and technologies that drive innovation in vehicle design. Applications are due May 7, 2012. See DOE press release.

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