Congress required the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) to develop a report identifying potential collaborative research opportunities for heavy truck alternative fuel and dual fuel technologies. The report required both technical and market analysis to answer the Congressional request.
Energetics worked with DOE to conduct an informal workshop with relevant stakeholders to gather technical inputs on the topic of alternative fuel and dual fuel technologies. The discussions focused on technical challenges, costs and benefits, and market acceptance for these technologies, as well as the potential for R&D funding to address these areas. Energetics combined the inputs from the workshop with information from internal technical experts to develop the final report to Congress, which outlined the fuel use landscape for U.S. trucking, covered the current state of the art in the technology areas, explored the current fuel options for trucks, identified DOE activities in these technology areas, and made recommendations on next steps for DOE.
The report analysis highlighted the promising opportunity for natural gas-derived fuels for heavy-duty long haul truck applications, and noted that buyers of such natural gas trucks would have a preference for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products over aftermarket products. The report further observed that the dual fuel technology is technically feasible but has a challenging business proposition. Beyond responding to Congressional requirements, this report brought together several information sources on dual fuel and alternative fuel technologies for long haul trucks, outlining the challenges and benefits in a concise and readable fashion.