Transportation technologies and fuels forum

Transportation Technologies and Fuels Forum

STATUS: Completed

I. Overview

The Transportation Technologies and Fuels Forum (TTFF), descendant of the Windsor Workshop, is a well-established Canadian-U.S. government platform that brings together leading minds from industry, government and academia to address issues surrounding transportation technologies and fuels. The TTFF serves as an important mechanism to exchange transportation energy research in the U.S. and Canada that supports both governments' goals for the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions.

For over twenty years, this event has been co-hosted by Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technology Office. The forum covers policies, programs, and technical implementation issues related to fuels combustion, production, storage and infrastructure. The main objective of the workshop is to promote coordination and collaboration of research activities related to sustainable transportation between Canada and the United States.

This information exchange platform represents a significant opportunity for advancing government commitments to lowering air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; to increase involvement and collaboration of the research community and key stakeholders; and to increase awareness and understanding of technologies and processes associated with reducing air emissions. Given that Canada and the United States are harmonizing vehicle GHG standards as a result of our deeply integrated automotive industry, this exchange ensures authorities are informed of developments on both sides of the border. Additionally, it provides a privileged opportunity to seek out common endeavours that would allow access to U.S. R&D resources and to leverage the Canadian R&D funds with resources provided by leading U.S. establishments.

Additionally, the TTFF allows for U.S. and Canadian expertise to be showcased to our North American partners, therefore allowing key partnerships to be undertaken and providing the transportation R&D community with access to additional markets. This allows jobs to be created in the Canadian transportation technology industry, and helps move Canada towards a knowledge-based economy.

Finally, this area has been specifically called for in Action Plan II of the Clean Energy Dialogue (CED), which highlighted the need for “Conducting one or more workshops to address shared and emerging priorities related to the Transportation Technologies and Fuels Forum (covering topics such as biofuels, electric and natural gas vehicles)”.

II. Project Description

With funding from CED, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) coordinated and hosted the annual joint NRCan/U.S. DOE Transportation Technology and Fuels Forum in Ottawa, Ontario, on February 5 and 6, 2013. NRCan collaborated with the U.S. DOE to develop the technical program and invited relevant speakers and participants, and was also responsible for all event logistics including the dissemination of all the presented information. The workshop will improve coordination and collaboration between governments, academia and industry in Canada and the United States. Information exchange occurred through formal presentations and panel discussions, a scheduled poster session and a networking event. As industry, government and academia were all represented at the workshop, this information was then re-distributed by participants in all the key spheres of influence. Direct receptors are key researchers, engineers, managers and policy makers from governments, academia, and industry representing both Canada and the U.S. who are active in the transportation technologies and fuels fields. The participants in the workshop are directly involved in supporting policy and regulatory development, as well as in bringing innovative technologies to market. Program session topics included policy and programs, modal challenges and opportunities, fuel supply, engine performance and emissions, and a half day focused on natural gas.

III. Project Duration

The planning of the workshop occurred between September 2012 and February 2013. The workshop was 1.5 days in duration, held on February 5 and 6, 2013. The TTFF debrief and reporting occurred in February and March 2013. The project was completed by March 31, 2013.

IV. Partners / Participants

Government

  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • CanmetENERGY
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