The Diesel Technology Forum is engaged in events throughout the year ranging from technology displays to speaking engagements to Congressional briefings.
Driving the Future: Technologies are ready to meet future fuel economy and clean air goals; what about policies?
March 11, 2015
"Driving the Future: Technologies are ready to meet future fuel economy and clean air goals; what about policies?" - was hosted by the nonprofit associations Diesel Technology Forum and U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars.
With increasingly stringent fuel economy requirements that will be mandated in the near future, manufacturers from all over the globe are introducing more fuel efficient technology options, including clean diesel choices, into their line-ups. Advanced diesel vehicles are growing in popularity with consumers and manufacturers are planning to meet this demand. 47 diesel cars, pickup trucks, SUVs and passenger vans are currently available and 15 more having been officially announced to be introduced in the next two years. Many analysts predict that diesels will increase to 7 to 10 percent of the total U.S. vehicle market by 2020. While diesels prove popular with drivers they also promote energy independence, fuel efficiency and result in significant emissions reductions.
What’s behind this growth in the light-duty diesel market, its many economic and clean air benefits, and why diesel is important to many auto manufacturers’ vehicle line-up? The briefing provided more details about who is already driving these clean alternative vehicles in districts across the U.S. and those likely to own a clean diesel vehicle. We also provided details on the policy challenges to growing the diesel market including:
Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director - Diesel Technology Forum
Michael J. Ruth, Director - Advanced Systems Integration, Chassis Certified Products - Cummins Inc.
Douglas Skorupski, Powertrain Strategy Manager, Product Strategy - Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Jeffrey Breneman - U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars
Read a summary of the event - Capitol Hill Briefing: Meeting America's Fuel Efficiency & Environmental Goals With Clean Diesel Cars, Trucks & SUVs
Keeping the Lights On and Critical Services Functioning: Technical Options and Policy Solutions for Maintaining Continuous Electrical Power During Loss of Grid Power
September 18, 2014
Emergency backup electrical generators can save lives during an emergency. Interruptions of electrical power, even of short duration, create situations that could imperil public health and safety. Blackouts also wreak havoc for businesses and create significant inconveniences for individuals. Emergency generators must be able to provide reliable, immediate and full strength electric power when there is a failure of the primary power supply system.
From hurricanes, floods, mud slides, to wild fires and tornadoes, frequent weather-related disasters call attention to the vulnerability of the nation's electrical grid and the importance of continuous electrical power. Weather events, both large and small, cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people and businesses for days exposing the importance of emergency backup power as part of local, state and federal emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
This webinar provided a basic understanding of the issues surrounding the use of emergency backup power systems, technology and fuel choices, operating conditions and incentives to provide critical electrical power.
Importance of Emergency Standby Power for Emergency Preparedness and Response & Generator Technology Brief
(Allen Schaeffer, Diesel Technology Forum)
Diesel Technologies Offered in Emergency Standby Applications (Jason Kitchel, Caterpillar)
Overview of State Incentives Provided for Emergency Power Generation (Ezra Finkin, Diesel Technology Forum)
Case Study: Fuel Up Maryland (Mike Jones, Maryland Energy Administration)