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Kickstarting the Widespread Adoption of Automotive Carbon Fiber Composites: Key Findings and Next Steps

Report or White Paper, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-01_AutocompositesWorkshopReport

This report details the results of RMI's 2012 Autocomposites Workshop. During the course of a three-day workshop, ~40 leading experts from across the automotive carbon fiber composite value chain, industry experts, and government representatives convened to develop approaches to break down the barriers that have stifled advancements in vehicle weight reduction made possible by widespread penetration of carbon fiber composite into mainstream vehicles. This report summarizes the key findings from the workshop.

 

The Atlantic Mann Rebuttal

Journal or Magazine Article, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2013-08_AtlanticMannRebuttal

On April 24, 2013, The Atlantic ran a cover feature by writer Charles C. Mann, “What If We Never Run Out of Oil?” The piece contained a number of inaccuracies, to which Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder and chief scientist Amory B. Lovins responded in a rebuttal the magazine posted on May 13, 2013. One day later, Mann offered a counter of his own, but perpetuated a range of errors. In this definitive reply, Lovins sets the record straight.

 

Autocomposites Commercialization Launchpad Kickoff Meeting: Post Meeting Report

Report or White Paper, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/AutocompositesCommercializationLaunchpadMeetingReport_vFinal_2014-03

• Manufacturing demonstration equipment and standard test rigs
 • A launchpad for competitive, application-specific commercialization projects • 
A clearing house for aligning academic, private, and government R&D with industry needs
 • A center for developing and proving out solutions to collective R&D challenges such as joining • A source for material data • Initial launchpad goals are to • Produce a commercialization 
timeline and plan for a specific high-volume automotive application • Identify means of addressing remaining technological and investment gaps to commercialization • Identify and assign initial team roles and responsibilities

 

Autocomposites Commercialization Launchpad Kickoff Meeting Pre-Read

Report or White Paper, 2013
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/ACLKickoffPreRead_2014-04

Respondents were from across the supply chain: OEMs, Tier 1s, material suppliers, equipment and tooling suppliers, government, universities, national labs, and industry consultants. 18 of 21 respondents indicated they are “very interested” in a carbon fiber composite part commercialization effort Respondents were willing to contribute to the effort: 14 said they could support with in-kind equipment, material, or labor 3 said they could support with a direct financial contribution

 

Autocomposites Workshop Pre-Read

Report or White Paper, 2012
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2012-12_AutocompositesWorkshopPreRead

RMI is committed to reducing U.S. oil dependence and enhancing the competitive positioning of the U.S. automotive sector by catalyzing a shift to ultralight, ultrastrong autobodies made of advanced materials, particularly carbon fiber composites. Light autobodies dramatically improve fuel efficiency and allow powertrains to be smaller, lighter, more efficient, and more cost-effectively electrified. Understanding the barriers, developing consensus on the way forward, and spurring a transition through collaborative risk sharing, policy, and government support of research and development will be critical to success. This pre-read document prepared participants for the 2012 Autocomposites Workshop. It provides an overview of the autocomposites project, an overview of the carbon fiber industry, summary of major barriers to implementation, and possible solutions to overcome those challenges.

 

A Farewell to Fossil Fuels: Answering the Energy Challenge

Journal or Magazine Article, 2012
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2012-01_FarewellToFossilFuels

In this article published in Foreign Affairs, Amory Lovins describes a U.S. transition from fossil fuels--a blueprint detailed in Reinventing Fire-- that requires pursuing three agendas. First, radical automotive efficiency can make electrification affordable and save fuel in heavy vehicles; and all vehicles can be used more productively. Second, new designs can make buildings and factories several times more efficient than they are now. Third, modernizing the electric system to make it diverse, distributed, and renewable can also make it clean, reliable and secure. Getting the U.S. off fossil fuels would transform its foreign policy, and turbocharge global development. He argues that we don't have to wait for congress to seize these opportunities.

This article is also available to read at Foreign Affairs.

 

Reinventing Fire Transportation Sector Methodology

Report or White Paper, 2011
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2011-16_RFtransportationsectormethodology

This document provides RMI's methodology for the analysis of the transportation sector in Reinventing Fire.

 

Federal Freight Efficiency Authority

Report or White Paper, 2010
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2010-28_FederalFreightEfficiencyAuthority
This paper proposes a federal agency to increase heavy-duty vehicle efficiency as a means to reduce U.S. dependence on oil. The paper lays out the structure, costs, benefits, and results of the proposed agency.

 

2010 Micropower Database (May)

Guide, 2010
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2010-06_MicropowerDatabase
2010 (May) Edition: The purpose of the micropower database is to present a clear, rigorous, and independent assessment of the global capacity and electrical output of micropower (all renewables, except large hydro, and cogeneration), showing its development over time and documenting all data and assumptions. With minor exceptions, this information is based on bottom-up, transaction-by-transaction equipment counts reported by the relevant suppliers and operators, cross-checked against assessments by reputable governmental and intergovernmental technical agencies. For most technologies, historic data from 1990 through 2008 or 2009 is available, as well as forecasts through 2013. Available information includes global annual capacity additions and output, global cumulative capacity, and capacity factor. The Micropower Database Methodology is also included here. The 2008 Micropower Database (RMI ID E05-04) is also available.

Note: A more recent version of The Micropower Database from September 2010 (RMI ID 2010-14) is now available. This update to the database incorporates recently released data that change the total installed micropower capacity by 2.9%.

 

2010 Micropower Database (September)

Guide, 2010
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2010-14_MicropowerDatabaseSeptember2010
2010 (September) Edition: The purpose of the micropower database is to present a clear, rigorous, and independent assessment of the global capacity and electrical output of micropower (all renewables, except large hydro, and cogeneration), showing its development over time and documenting all data and assumptions. With minor exceptions, this information is based on bottom-up, transaction-by-transaction equipment counts reported by the relevant suppliers and operators, cross-checked against assessments by reputable governmental and intergovernmental technical agencies. For most technologies, historic data from 1990 through 2008 or 2009 is available, as well as forecasts through 2013. Available information includes global annual capacity additions and output, global cumulative capacity, and capacity factor. The Micropower Database Methodology is also included here. The 2008 Micropower Database (RMI ID E05-04) and the 2010 (May) Edition (RMI ID 2010-06) are also available.

Note: This update to the database incorporates recently released data that change the total installed micropower capacity by 2.9%.

 

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