Projects

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The National Center for Sustainable Transportation funds a variety of research grants, organized by our four research themes (Environmentally Responsible Infrastructure and Operations; Multi-Modal Travel and Sustainable Land Use; Zero-Emission Vehicle and Fuel Technologies; and Institutional Change), and by project type (applied research projects, white papers / research synthesis, seed grants, translational projects, dissertation grants, and graduate student-led research). 

Design the Future with Solar Energy: Solar Curriculum Project

  • Principal Investigator Beth Ferguson
  • University of California, Davis

The project purpose of “Design the Future with Solar Energy: Solar Curriculum Project” is to create solar curriculum for grades 6-12 that includes fun hands-on learning to inspire students

Project Status
In Progress

Life Cycle Modeling for Pathways from Biomass to Transportation Fuels in California

  • Principal Investigator Jin wook Ro
  • University of California, Davis
In this study, a comprehensive model for assessing environmental, economic, and social impacts of biofuels will be developed based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). There will be special focus on both liquid biofuels and biopower (electricity generated from biomass) in California.
Project Status
In Progress

Zero Emission Vehicles and Consumer Preference: Toward an Understanding of Consumer Practices and Valuation Processes in the Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Market

  • Principal Investigator Jennifer TyreeHageman
  • University of California, Davis
This dissertation explores the matrix of political, economic, and cultural elements that combine to create a historically contingent context for the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market, and analyzes consumption within this context to offer a case study of consumer behavior in an emerging market.
Project Status
Complete

Alternative Vehicle Supply and Demand, and the Effects of Government Policy

  • Principal Investigator Yuan Chen
  • University of California, Davis
This dissertation presents an econometric model to measure supply and demand within the Chinese vehicle market. The model will be significant for industry, particularly car manufacturers interested in better targeting cars, including alternative vehicles, for the Chinese market.
Project Status
Complete

Modeling Integrated Bioenergy Supply Chain Systems Under Uncertainty

  • Principal Investigator Yuanzhe Li
  • University of California, Davis
This dissertation develops an integrated modeling framework for advanced biofuel production system from dedicated energy crops under uncertainty. The goal of this framework is to support strategic infrastructure development and policy making for bioenergy production systems.
Project Status
Complete

Incorporating Strategic Business Behaviors in Electric Vehicles (EVs) Charging Infrastructure System Modeling

  • Principal Investigator Zhaomiao Guo
  • University of California, Davis
This dissertation focuses primarily on the system analysis of critical infrastructure systems (CIS), with a particular interest to address the modeling and computational challenges brought by uncertainties, interdependencies and distributed decision making of various components and stakeholders involved in CISs.
Project Status
Complete

Understanding and Advancing THF Co-Solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic Fractionation (CELF) Pretreatment when Integrated with Enzymatic Hydrolysis and Fermentation

  • Principal Investigator Abhishek S. Patri
  • University of California, Riverside
Co-solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic Fractionation (CELF) has been developed as an advanced pretreatment technology to achieve high sugar yields from biomass at low enzyme loadings. In this thesis, the reasons behind increased digestibility of Alamo switchgrass after CELF were investigated in comparison to research benchmark dilute sulfuric acid (DSA) pretreatment.
Project Status
Complete