Food & Flora Waste to Fleet Fuel (F4) Framework: Reaching the Next Technology Readiness Levels

The Food & Flora Waste to Fleet Fuel (F4) Framework helps evaluate the economic feasibility of creating renewable fleet fuel using existing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) digester infrastructure. At WWTPs, food and flora (yard) waste, as well as wastewater sludge, can be used to produce biogas, which can be cleaned for use in natural gas vehicles, or burned to generate electricity for electric vehicles. The project aims to accomplish the following objectives: (1) Form and solicit input from a multi-disciplinary Advisory Group of state/regional government officials and industry representatives in transportation, solid waste management, wastewater, and agriculture (farm digesters), to guide advancement of the F4 Framework from TRL 5 to 8. (2) Upgrade F4 to Version 2.0 via improvements arising from the previous project, Advisory Group recommendations, and case studies to be conducted in Obj. 3. (3) Conduct case studies for two additional communities for conversion of food/yard waste to fleet fuel, and showcase the use of F4 Version 2.0 to estimate costs, fuel produced, and emission benefits.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $219271
    • Contract Numbers:

      CTEDD 021-02

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions, & Dollars

      University of Texas at Arlington
      Arlington, TX  United States  76019

      University of Texas at Arlington

      Box 19308
      Arlington, TX  United States  76019-0308

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions, & Dollars

      University of Texas at Arlington
      Arlington, TX  United States  76019

      University of Texas at Arlington

      Box 19308
      Arlington, TX  United States  76019-0308
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Texas at Arlington

      Department of Civil Engineering
      Box 19308
      Arlington, TX  United States  76019
    • Principal Investigators:

      Sattler, Melanie

      Hyun, Kate

      Bhatt, Arpita

      Anjomani, Ardeshir

      Chen, Victoria

    • Start Date: 20210101
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220331
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01759651
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Transportation, Equity, Decisions & Dollars (CTEDD)
    • Contract Numbers: CTEDD 021-02
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Dec 4 2020 4:51PM