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Project Title:

Review of the U.S. DRIVE Research Program, Phase 4
PIN: DEPS-BEES-11-01        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Board on Energy & Environmental Systems DEPS

RSO: Zucchetto, James

Subject/Focus Area: Energy and Energy Conservation; Engineering and Technology

Project Scope
The NRC will appoint a committee that will address the following tasks:

(1)       Review the challenging high-level technical goals and timetables for government and industry R&D efforts, which address such areas as (a) integrated systems analysis; (b) fuel cell power systems; (c) hydrogen storage systems; (d) hydrogen production and distribution technologies necessary for the viability for hydrogen-fueled vehicles; (e) the technical basis for codes and standards; (f) electric propulsion systems; (g) lightweight materials; (h) electric energy storage technologies; (i) vehicle-to-grid interaction; and (j) advanced combustion and emission control systems for internal combustion engines (ICEs).

(2)       Review and evaluate progress and program directions since the NRC's Phase 1, 2 and 3 reviews towards meeting the Partnership's technical goals, and examine on-going research activities and their relevance to meeting the goals of the Partnership.

(3)       Examine and comment on the overall balance and adequacy of the research and development effort, and the rate of progress, in light of the technical objectives and schedules for each of the major technology areas.

(4)       Examine and comment, as necessary, on the appropriate role for federal involvement in the various technical areas under development, especially in light of activities ongoing in the private sector or in the states.

(5)       Examine and comment on the Partnership's strategy for accomplishing its goals, especially in the context of ongoing developments across the portfolio of advanced vehicle technologies (e.g., biofuels, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, electric vehicles), the recent enactment of legislation on corporate average fuel economy standards for light-duty vehicles, and possible legislation on carbon emissions. Other issues that the committee might address include: (a) program management and organization; (b) the process for setting milestones, research directions, and making Go/No Go decisions; (c) collaborative activities needed to meet the program's goals (e.g., among the various offices and programs in DOE, the U.S. Department of Transportation, USCAR, the fuels industry, electric power sector, universities, other parts of the private sector [such as venture capitalists], and others); and (d) other topics that the committee finds important to comment on related to the success of the program to meet its technical goals.

(6)       Review and assess the actions that have been taken in response to recommendations from previous NRC reviews of the Partnership

(7)       Write a report documenting its conclusions and recommendations.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The approximate start date for the project is April 2011.
A report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 15 months.
Note (01-11-2012): The Project Scope has been revised for added clarification and the updated version is as shown above

Project Duration: 15 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 11/29/2011
 Meeting 2 - 12/05/2011
 Meeting 3 - 01/26/2012
 Meeting 4 - 02/23/2012
 Meeting 5 - 03/12/2012
 Meeting 6 - 06/04/2012


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Review of the Research Program of the U.S. DRIVE Partnership: Fourth Report