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UC Berkeley TSRC 

The UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) has been involved in alternative fuels and advanced technologies as a central theme since established in 2006 as part of the Institute of Transportation studies. Led by ITS, TSRC was formed as a joint campus center partnership with the Energy and Resources Group, the College of Engineering, the Department of City and Regional Planning, and the University of California Transportation Center.

TSRC has been engaged in a variety of advanced vehciles and fuels research, demonstration, and education program areas over the past seven years, including those related to: 1) advanced use of conventional fuels; 2) expanded use of biofuels, electricity, and hydrogen; 3) innovative “intelligent transportation system” and “shared use vehicle” applications related to AFVs and advanced technologies; and 4) policy related research associated with the California Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate, AB32 cap and trade program, and low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). TSRC’s research output and expertise is becoming widely recognized on these topics, and the center is a growing hub of research, demonstration, and outreach activities. Much of TSRC’s research is focused on the San Francisco Bay Area region and it’s over 7 million inhabitants, but the center also engages in statewide, national, and international activities.

A key element of TSRC’s research is related to electric-drive vehicles, and associated technologies of various types including the latest battery technology and economics research and the evolution of electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE) standards and providers. Since it’s inception, TSRC has been actively engaged in plug-in electric vehicle research, including:

  1. real-world trials of pre-commercial Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrids in San Francisco;

  2. analyzing key PEV grid-integration issues;

  3. exploring the “secondary life” of PEV batteries for grid support applications;

  4. examining the use of Nissan LEAF BEVs for the “early elderly” in the Rossmoor retirement community;

  5. exploring the use of PEVs in carsharing organizations; and

  6. collaborating with BAAQMD on Bay Area PEV readiness planning.

With regard to hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles, TSRC has been conducting research and real-world testing of fuel cell vehicles with Toyota and Daimler (originally as DaimlerChrysler), starting from 2006-2010 with vehicles operating at 350-bar of pressure. Since 2011, TSRC has been operating a fleet of 700-bar vehicles, supported by a 700-bar hydrogen dispensing station at the campus Richmond Field Station in Richmond, California. This station was built with support from Toyota and commissioned in May of 2011 as the first 700-bar station to become operational in Northern California. The station has been in continuous operation since that time, dispensing over 1,500 kilograms of fuel, and is maintained primarily by TSRC research staff.

 


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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Energy Technologies Area

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Energy Technologies Area (ETA) is home to the nation’s top automotive battery scientists. Further, LBNL is a leader in developing technology and software for smart grids, including the integration of electric vehicles into the grid. LBNL’s researchers help accelerate electric vehicles to commercialization through strong programs in electricity markets, policy and urban systems. LBNL will bring skills in all of these areas to the NorthCAT center to substantially enhance the Center’s capabilities in technology deployment of PEV technologies.

In summary LBNL researchers develop, demonstrate and deploy:

• Advanced battery and fuel cell technologies for both transportation and stationary applications;

• Real-time smart grid/demand response technologies to allow energy users, suppliers and grid operators to run efficiently; and

• Software and hardware technologies to improve the reliability of the grid

• Very low-emissions combustion technologies;

• Innovative design of business models, markets, and policies in the PEV-grid space in California.

LBNL is a leading partner in the CalCharge Consortium and Battery University efforts, and brings an extensive battery technical and grid-integration suite of capabilities to the NorthCAT effort. These include hardware/test-bed, software and controls, and institutional support activities.

 

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Schatz Energy Research Center 

The Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) is a research center located at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.  Founded in 1989, SERC’s mission is to promote the use of clean and renewable energy. To further its mission SERC conducts research, analysis, policy and planning studies; designs, builds, tests, and demonstrates clean and renewable energy technologies; develops curriculum and provides training; and educates key decision makers and the general public about the advantages of clean and renewable energy technologies. This work includes promotion of sustainable transportation strategies, including hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles. SERC holds two U.S. patents on fuel cell technology and has commercialized its intellectual property via four license agreements with U.S. corporations.

In the sustainable transportation sector SERC’s projects have involved design, permitting, installation, and operation of hydrogen fueling stations and electric vehicle charging stations; emergency first responder trainings for hydrogen vehicles and fueling stations; operation, testing and demonstration of fuel cell vehicles; and outreach and education efforts targeted to both key decision makers and the general public. SERC supported the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) in the deployment of their world-renowned hydrogen fuel cell bus program. In 2008 SERC built its own hydrogen fueling station at Humboldt State University, the northern most station on California’s hydrogen highway.  SERC also built California’s first hydrogen fueling station at SunLine Transit Agency and provided training, education and outreach services. SERC personnel continue to work with safety professionals, fire marshals, and code officials, and are experts in codes, standards, and safe practices.

SERC continues to promote sustainable energy and transportation initiatives, including the following:

Development of a fuel cell vehicle readiness project for the North State region (funded by CEC PON-14-607).



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Center for Transportation and the Environment

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, member-based organization with offices in Atlanta, GA and Berkeley, CA that obtains and manages federal and state grant funding to develop, demonstrate, and commercialize advanced transportation technologies and alternative fuels to achieve energy and environmental sustainability.

Founded in 1993 as the Southern Coalition for Advanced Transportation, CTE was one of the original regional consortia organizations formed under the DARPA Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Program. Over the past 20 years, CTE has managed a $260 million portfolio of cost-shared development, demonstration, and commercialization projects focused on a broad range of advanced transportation and clean energy technologies in partnership with more than 100 businesses, universities, and governmental entities. These projects have addressed a wide spectrum of activities through technology research, development, demonstration, testing, public awareness campaigns, educational programming, marketing research, and commuter behavior studies.  CTE has facilitated funding for these projects from the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Interior, and Department of Transportation, as well as from the Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Federal Railroad Administration among others.

CTE uses a collaborative project management approach based on key principles that have emerged from our experience with large, technical, multi-partner grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. These principles include:

  • Establishing and maintaining a high degree of client-staff involvement.

  • Installation of controls to ensure proper tracking of information flow, timely completion of tasks and milestones, and excellent quality assurance of products developed.

  • Ensuring access to the most highly qualified and internationally recognized experts as team principals and supporting partners.

Jaimie Levin, CTE’s Director of West Coast Operations in Berkeley, California, and a Sr. Project Manager, will be the project lead for CTE’s activities associated with the NorthCAT effort. Prior to joining CTE, Mr. Levin was the Director of Environmental Technology at AC Transit, where he was responsible for the Bay Area’s advanced fuel cell bus demonstration program (ZEBA – Zero Emission Bay Area). In that capacity, he raised $88 million in grant funds and private contributions to build and manage a fleet of 12 energy-efficient, zero-emission fuel cell buses, five hydrogen fueling stations, three solar-powered stations, and a highly efficient stationary fuel cell power system fueled with biogas.

 

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Prospect Silicon Valley 

Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in San Jose, California, builds unique resources and platforms for innovations in transportation and mobility, building technology, energy systems, and the environment. The Demonstration Center in San Jose, California is a hub for our programs with unique lab facilities, data platforms, collaboration and development space, a training and conference center, and links to live demonstration sites that we develop or access through partnerships with other organizations.

ProspectSV was created to support high-growth entrepreneurs who are developing new technology solutions that lead to a Clean and Connected environment – including information-enabled technology for an environment that requires less energy, emits less CO2, produces less waste, and delivers a safer and higher quality of life for people residing and working in urban centers such as San Jose. The San Jose Demonstration Center will be located in a city-owned building undergoing renovation by the City of San Jose at a cost of approximately $12 million and will be operated by the non-profit ProspectSV. The construction funding included a $2.5 million EDA grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, which was awarded based upon the project’s new business formation and job creation potential. The support we provide to entrepreneurs is a critical element in ensuring that ProspectSV has the strongest possible impact in bringing innovations to a difficult market sector.

 


BKi

BKi has provided management and staffing for the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) since its inception in 1999 and currently fills 12 full-time positions in communications, technical programs, administration and project management. BKi staff facilitate CaFCP members’ working groups and to define actions that will advance commercialization. Staff implement and execute the actions that include:

  • Planning and coordinating the roll out of hydrogen stations and fuel cell vehicles in California

  • Creating and providing training and workshops for first responders and permitting agencies

  • Leading committees for setting hydrogen and fuel cell standards within ASTM, SAE, NIST and ISO

  • Creating education and outreach materials for a variety of audiences, from students to senators (Our 2012 “Go” campaign won a PRSA Crystal Award.)

  • Coordinating and participating in events, including ride & drives, auto shows, trade conferences and community festivals

  • Coordinating and conducting events for President George W. Bush, Governor Grey Davis, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, and several U.S. Congress members

  • Planning and executing two cross-country road trips with fuel cell vehicles, including setting up temporary fueling stations across the U.S.

  • Coordinating with other countries’ and states’ fuel cell and hydrogen programs, ensuring that information is shared across groups and efforts are not duplicative

  • Facilitating the International Fuel Cell Bus Program

CaFCP is a public-private collaborative that works together to bring hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen fuel to the commercial market as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and end dependence on oil. It is recognized as the premier organization in the world for hydrogen and fuel cell vehicle commercialization.

 

CalCharge

CalCharge is a groundbreaking public-private partnership working to accelerate the development, commercialization, and adoption of new energy storage technologies for the consumer, transportation, and grid markets.  CalCharge brings together emerging and established companies, academic and research institutions, government agencies, and other key stakeholders to spur advanced manufacturing and increase the growth of the energy storage sector.

CalCharge provides the California cluster with the institutional framework, resources, and information it needs to address the critical gaps impairing its growth and position as a global driver of the industry. Through its programs and services, CalCharge creates a “center of gravity” for the California energy storage cluster that enables these diverse stakeholders to collaborate, identify barriers to emerging technology success, develop solutions, and help provide access to resources that clear the path to commercialization.  The goal – a thriving California energy storage cluster that is a key driver of industry and market growth globally.

CalCharge offers a comprehensive suite of member programs in four key areas: Technology Assessment and Acceleration; Professional Development; Pre-Commercialization Support; and Ecosystem Facilitation.  This includes identifying and providing:

  • Education and applied research in energy storage technologies and advanced manufacturing processes
  • Professional training and industry opportunities for technical professionals entering the energy storage sector
  • System performance and positioning feedback to guide technology development strategy
  • Market and regulatory insight that can guide the path to commercialization and deployment
  • Connections to potential funding sources and collaborative grant opportunities to support pre-competitive technology research
  • Opportunities to better connect market supply and demand to facilitate “demand driven innovation”