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Argonne Receives Funding for Two Projects to Improve Fuel Eciency

Argonne will work with Navistar, Inc., to develop and demonstrate technologies to improve the combustion efficiency and waste heat recovery for Class 8, long-haul trucks. Mechanical engineer Thomas Wallner will head Argonne’s participation in the project. Navistar was awarded more than $37.2 million; Argonne expects to receive $1 million per year for four years for the project work.

DOE stated that the overall goal of the work with Chrysler is to “develop a flexible combustion system for their minivan platform based on a downsized, turbocharged engine that uses direct gasoline injection, recirculation of exhaust gases, and flexible intake air control to reduce emissions.”

Nine Total Projects Announced

According to the DOE announcement, this collaborative effort aims to create a “super truck” by developing and demonstrating “technologies to improve truck and trailer aerodynamics, combustion efficiency, waste heat recovery, hybridization, idle reduction, and reduced rolling resistance tires.”

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu made the funding announcement, which included nine projects totaling more than $187 million. The funding includes more than $100 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and with a private cost share of 50 percent will support nearly $375 million in total research, development and demonstration projects across the country.

“Improving the efficiency of our vehicles is critical to reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and addressing climate change,” said Secretary Chu. “Today’s awards will help demonstrate the potential benefits for long-haul trucks and passenger vehicles and will play an important role in building a more sustainable transportation system for the country.”

Argonne is receiving funding for two of the nine projects recently announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) aimed at improving fuel efficiency in heavy-duty trucks and passenger vehicles.

The Lab will receive more than $5 million for its two efforts, which include the Navistar heavy-duty truck project and a passenger vehicle research project for Chrysler.

Navistar Project

Chrysler Project

Argonne will also conduct combustion and fuel spray research on an advanced engine for Chrysler Group, LLC. When implemented on a large scale, improved combustion can significantly reduce fuel consumption and thereby reduce emissions. Engine research engineer Steve McConnell will head the combustion and spray project work for Argonne. Chrysler was awarded nearly $14.5 million, of which McConnell said the lab expects to receive $1.4 million for the combustion study this year.

For more information, contact Steve McConnell mcconnell@anl.gov

Steve McConnell

Thomas Wallner

Thomas Wallner twallner@anl.gov



Summer 2010


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