DE-FOA-0003186: PROGRESSION TO NET-ZERO EMISSION PROPULSION TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE RAIL SECTOR

Active
No
Status
Posted
Published Date
November 17th, 2023
Close Date
February 12th, 2024
Total Funding
$0.00
Award Ceiling
$1.00
Award Floor
$0.00
Expected No. Awards
0
Opportunity No.
DE-FOA-0003186

Agency

Golden Field Office (DOE-GFO)

Eligible Applicants

Unrestricted

Funding Category

Energy

Funding Instrument

Other

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Golden Field Office of the Department of Energy (DOE-GFO) has posted a federal grant opportunity titled "PROGRESSION TO NET-ZERO EMISSION PROPULSION TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE RAIL SECTOR" (DE-FOA-0003186). This grant aims to support the development, demonstration, and deployment of net-zero emission line-haul locomotives and infrastructure in the domestic rail fleet by 2030. The goal is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in the transportation sector, including rail, by 2050. The grant seeks to foster collaboration between the private sector, research institutes, and regulatory entities to make net-zero propulsion the natural choice for railroads. The grant is specifically interested in alternative propulsion technologies for the rail sector. For transitional and interim use until 2030, the technologies under consideration include biodiesel, renewable diesel, ammonia, methanol, hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engines, and ethanol. For mid- to long-term use, the technologies under consideration are hydrogen fuel cells, batteries (tenders or built-in), and direct electrification (catenary), or a combination of different technologies. The grant aims to gather knowledge from rail stakeholders to inform future propulsion technologies, infrastructure requirements, and coordination among key stakeholders to ensure the rail sector meets or exceeds U.S. decarbonization milestones. The grant does not require cost sharing or matching and is open to unrestricted applicants. The deadline for submission of responses to the Request for Information (RFI) is February 12th, 2024, at 5:00pm (ET). Responses must be submitted electronically to GreenRail@ee.doe.gov as attachments to an email. The maximum length for responses is 15 pages, with a recommended file size of 25MB or less. It is important to note that this is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), and EERE is not accepting applications. For more information and to access the full RFI document, interested parties can visit EERE-Exchange.energy.gov. For any inquiries or submission of responses, contact GreenRail@ee.doe.gov.

Description

Amendment 000001 - The purpose of this modification is to extend the submission deadline to February 12th, 2024. Please see the full Request For Information (RFI) document at EERE-Exchange.energy.gov. The U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization set the goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in the transportation sector – including rail – by 2050. This transformation requires coordination among all aspects of the rail supply chain including feedstock supply, alternative fuel production, locomotive engine manufacturers, safety implementation, customer demand, and government regulation. To set domestic rail on an ambitious net-zero emission trajectory, commercially viable, well-to-wheel net-zero emission line-haul locomotives are needed in the domestic fleet by 2030. Thus, an ambitious alliance is needed between the private sector, research institutes and regulatory entities to develop, demonstrate, and deploy net-zero locomotives and infrastructure together by 2030 to make net-zero propulsion the natural choice for railroads. The propulsion technologies under consideration for this RFI for transitional, interim use until 2030 are: biodiesel, renewable diesel, ammonia, methanol, hydrogen fueled internal combustion engines, and ethanol. The technologies under consideration for this RFI for mid- to long-term use are: hydrogen fuel cells, batteries (tenders or built-in), and direct electrification (catenary), or a combination of different technologies. Each alternative propulsion technology comes with its own set of regionally sensitive advantages and disadvantages. The purpose of this RFI is to aggregate knowledge from rail stakeholders to help direct actions regarding future propulsion technologies, infrastructure requirements, and coordination among key stakeholders to ensure that the rail sector is meeting or exceeding U.S. decarbonization milestones. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is specifically interested in information on the rail sector stakeholder’s current alternative fuels trajectory, the driving forces behind it, and the key barriers to achieving this transition. Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to GreenRail@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on February 12th, 2024. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 15 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted. This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications. Please see the full RFI document at EERE-Exchange.energy.gov.

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