To address this, energy agencies throughout the world have fostered the use of novel engine technologies and fuels, and improved fuel consumption standards.
In addition, with the intention to gain real-world experience to improve transportation efficiency, the Department of Energy announced that Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is among five organizations that received competitively awarded, cost-shared funding as part of a $13.4 million investment in community-based advanced transportation projects.
Rensselaer will receive $2 million--in collaboration with private sector companies and local transportation agencies--to foster changes in freight demand patterns to reduce energy use, enhance quality of life, improve economic productivity, incorporate efficient practices into freight logistics, and publish lessons learned.
"This initiative represents a visionary investment in energy and transportation infrastructure in our region and beyond," said Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20).
The work that emerges from this collaboration will foster groundbreaking developments in advanced freight transportation and advanced manufacturing, enhance resiliency in the face of disaster, strengthen our local and national economic competitiveness, and help us build a 21st-century workforce.
In addition to Rensselaer, other recipients include: Pecan Street Inc. based in Austin, Texas; City of Seattle Department of Transportation; Center for Transportation and the Environment in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Metropolitan Energy Center Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri.