Competitors in position to win this R&D funding are already in motion, but others who follow the space more generally may not have seen it yet. Most interesting is the provision for tapping the power storage (see: gas tanks & batteries) and power generation (see: engines) capabilities of vehicles to supplement other forms of power, including standard diesel generators, wind, solar, etc. Thanks to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), one thing the DOD knows how to do is get fuel to where it's needed.
The short-term schedule for those seeking the $5.7M in first year funds is:
- Informal Talks: March 5, 2009 thru April 6, 2009
- Proposals Due: April 7, 2009 thru May 7, 2009
- Estimated Award Date: June 22, 2009
From an energy security point of view, this is good stuff; we'll be keeping an eye on it for sure.