Renewable Energy Guide for Highway Maintenance Facilities

In the face of rising energy costs, state departments of transportation (DOTs) are striving to reduce the energy requirements for heating, cooling, and maintaining their facilities. In addition to the customary options of oil, gas, and electrical energy, alternative sources of energy, including wind power, solar power, and ground-source heating and cooling, are being evaluated for their cost effectiveness and reliability. While none of these alternatives to conventional energy sources may be effective alone in all situations, together they may provide appreciable savings in energy use for some facilities. In the future, energy conservation guidance for state agency facilities may mandate increased efficiencies in facility energy consumption. This research will evaluate active energy options including wind power, solar power and ground-source heating and cooling, as well as passive building and site modifications to reduce energy use. The objectives of this research are to identify and evaluate effective, implementable means of energy conservation for maintenance and other state DOT facilities. The following tasks are anticipated to accomplish these objectives: (1) assess alternative energy options currently employed at DOT-managed facilities; (2) assess potential areas/sites where alternative sources of energy such as wind, solar, and ground-source heating/cooling may be effective; (3) assess maintenance area sites where passive site and building modifications have the most probability of reducing energy use; (4) prioritize a short list of sites where alternative energy sources and passive energy reduction measures would have the most potential for being effectively employed in the near-term (within 10 years); (5) using currently available technology for the three alternative energy options and passive site and building measures, develop preliminary, detailed plans for installation of one option at each of four selected sites reflecting differing climatic and physiographic regions within one or more states; (6) develop cost performance measures for evaluation of reduced energy use and related cost effectiveness for each of the four options employed; and (7) in partnership with a DOT, construct and maintain applicable structures and measures for the four options and monitor effectiveness for two years in accordance with the established performance measures.<div></div>

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $499851.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-85

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Harrigan, Edward

  • Performing Organizations:

    Science Applications International Corporation

    1710 SAIC Drive
    McLean, VA  United States  22102
  • Principal Investigators:

    Lorand, Robert

  • Start Date: 20100721
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130731
  • Source Data: RiP Project 22371

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464182
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-85
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:37PM