University Research Corridor partners with businesses
to bring $9.7 million to state
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman recently announced 11 research grants to improve the fuel efficiency of light-duty vehicle engines; five involve University Research Corridor participants.
The projects are part of President Bush's 20-in-10 Initiative, which calls for displacing 20 percent of gasoline usage by 2017 through increased use of clean, renewable fuels, and improved vehicle efficiency.
"We expect this research to make significant strides toward maximizing an engine's performance in a cleaner, more economical manner," Bodman says.
The three members of the University Research CorridorU-M, Michigan State University and Wayne State Universityattract more than 94 percent of federal research dollars awarded to Michigan universities each year.
Combined with industry investment, the 11 projects will total nearly $43 million to support improvement of engine and combustion systems for the next generation of efficient vehicles.
The $9.7 million worth of projects involving URC universities:
• U-M will partner with Robert Bosch LLC in Farmington Hills as well as Ricardo Inc., for a $1.5 million project to implement an integrated hardware-software system, yielding gasoline-like fuel economy when operating on E-85.
• Wayne State will partner with Delphi Automotive Systems LLC in Troy, which has been selected for negotiation of an award of up to $2.2 million for a project to demonstrate a vehicle with an E-85 optimized engine, yielding up to 30 percent fuel efficiency improvement.
• MSU will partner with Visteon Corp. in Van Buren Township as well as the Department of Energy's Argone National Laboratory and Mahle Powertrain, for negotiation of an award of up to $2.3 million for a project to achieve gasoline-like fuel economy when using E-85 by minimizing thermal, dynamic, volumetric, and other system efficiency losses.
• Wayne State will partner with Ford Motor Co. as well as ConceptsNREC and FEV Global, for negotiation of an award of up to $1.3 million for a project to use diesel-boosting technologies to improve efficiency and performance of advanced, low-temperature combustion engines.
• MSU has been selected for negotiation of an award of up to $2.4 million for a project to develop advanced, low-temperature combustion designs for diesel engines using biofuel blends optimized for engine performance. MSU will partner with Ford Motor Co. for this effort.
For more on the University Research Corridor, go to www.urcmich.org.