The Department of Energy (DOE) has recently announced funding for fluid power-related research projects covering off-road vehicle applications that reduce energy consumption, increase power density, and improve performance of additives and coatings. The awards include:
- $1.5 million going to Purdue University to research a new architecture for fluid power systems in off-road vehicles. The new architecture could reduce power losses and lower energy by 70 percent.
- $1.4 million going to the University of Minnesota to research an off-highway market variable displacement motor that would increase power density and reduce fuel consumption by 30 percent.
- $2 million going to Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for early-stage research on mobile fluid power systems, specifically for the development of fluid additives and coatings for better efficiency and durability in off-road hydraulic fluids and components.
The projects are all part of the Energy Efficiency Research and Development for Fluid Power Systems in Off-Road Vehicles Program, which is administered by the Vehicle Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. This government support is a result of the efforts made by fluid power industry supporters and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power.