The California Air Resources Board has approved $700,000 in grants for three projects aimed at cutting engine emissions, including one that could directly affect over-the-road drivers.
Through CARB’s Innovative Clean Air Technologies program, the agency will fund $700,000 in grants to develop an aerodynamic device for diesel truck trailers, a specialized drivetrain for commercial vehicles, and a stationary biogas engine.
The projects include:
- San Francisco-based Advanced Transit Dynamics, Inc., will receive $249,194 to demonstrate its active flow control aerodynamic technology to improve diesel economy for Class 8 tractor trailers by 6 to 10 percent.
- Eaton Corporation of Eden Prairie, MN, will receive $214,401 to demonstrate its series hybrid hydraulic drivetrain for package delivery vehicles to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
- The Sacramento Municipal Utility District will receive $246,309 to demonstrate the use of a system that will use dairy digester gases to cut emissions from stationary biogas engines.
The projects were selected using the following criteria: the potential for air quality benefit, readiness for commercialization in California, project quality and synchronicity with CARB’s existing programs.
Each project requires a commitment of 10 percent funding by the grant awardee, and at least 50 percent must be matched with funds by investors.
Gennet Paauwe, CARB spokeswoman, told Land Line the funds are paid quarterly and weren’t affected by the state’s freeze on Proposition 1B spending during the current state budget crisis.
The project approval “is a promise,” Paauwe said.
Past Innovative Clean Air Technologies projects that made it to the marketplace include $140,000 in grants for an electric school bus with integrated fast-charge capability in 2001 and $71,400 granted to Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls in 2004 to develop an electric diesel particulate filter.
“Taking an entrepreneurial idea to commercial success is often the most challenging part of business,” said CARB Chairman Mary Nichols. “These grants are the seed money that will bring California new, green technologies that will enliven our economy and clean our air.”
– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer