Center for Sustainable Mobility

RIT is helping shape the future of energy technologies applied to transportation. Leading this effort is the Center for Sustainable Mobility, begun in 2006 with a $4M grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to assess the environmental and economic impact of different alternative fuel and propulsion technologies on the U.S. public transportation system. Today, we also examine emerging fuel technologies and their applications – biodiesel, ethanol, fuel cells, hydrogen and combinations of these – to determine their impacts on existing systems and forecast requirements for sustainable future transportation systems and infrastructure. In addition, we develop technologies for optimal life-cycle design, management, and modernization of large equipment systems by maximizing the value of existing systems and designing advanced capabilities in new systems while managing life-cycle costs. We partner with industry, local and state governments, and the Department of Defense to conduct comprehensive research, applied development, testing, and field implementation. RIT's goal is to become a regional center for sustainable transportation and systems modernization, becoming the preferred choice for organizations seeking assistance in these areas.

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CSM in the News

National and international publications and presentations by GIS faculty and staff:

  • Lin, J., Trabold, T.A., Walluk, M.R., and Smith, D.F., “Auto-thermal reforming of biodiesel-ethanol-diesel blends for solid oxide fuel cell applications,” accepted for publication in Energy & Fuels, 2013.
  • Lin, J., Gaustad, G., and Trabold, T.A., “Profit and policy implications of producing biodiesel-ethanol-diesel fuel blends to specification,” Applied Energy, 104, 936-944, 2013.
  • Lin, J., Babbitt, C.W., and Trabold, T.A., “Life cycle assessment integrated with thermodynamic analysis of bio-fuel options for solid oxide fuel cells,” Bioresource Technology, 128, 495-504, 2013.
  • Chan, W.H., Ebner, J., Ramchandra, R., and Trabold, T.A., “Food waste resources for sustainable energy production in the Finger Lakes region of New York State,” submitted for publication in Proceedings of the ASME 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability & 11th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, Paper ESFuelCell2013-18189, Minneapolis, MN, July 14-19, 2013.
  • Rankin, M.J., Trabold, T.A., and Blythe, R., “Environmental impact assessment of an anaerobic codigestion system in western New York State,” submitted for publication in Proceedings of the ASME 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability & 11th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, Paper ESFuelCell2013-18187, Minneapolis, MN, July 14-19, 2013.
  • Waller, M.G., and Trabold, T.A., “Review of microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment: Large-scale applications, future needs and current research gaps,” submitted for publication in Proceedings of the ASME 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability & 11th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, Paper ESFuelCell2013-18185, Minneapolis, MN, July 14-19, 2013.
  • Liu, X., Trabold, T.A., Gagliardo, J.J., Jacobson, D.L., and Hussey, D.S., “Neutron imaging of water accumulation in the active area and channel-to-manifold transitions of a PEMFC,” submitted for publication in Proceedings of the ASME 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability & 11th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, Paper ESFuelCell2013-18183, Minneapolis, MN, July 14-19, 2013.
  • Nasr, N., “Incubators Propel Clean Energy Forward,” Industrial Engineer, June 2012.
  • Bussey, H.E. Nenadic, N.G., Ardis, P.A., Thurston, M.G., "Case study: Models for detecting low oil pressure anomalies on commercial vehicles." Journal of Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 2012 (submitted)
  • Thurston, M., Lee, J., and Jurado, M., "Analysis of FC Equinox and Green Hydrogen," October 2010. (CSM-711-0102-EXTC)
  • Hilton, B., and Duddy, B., "The effect of E20 ethanol fuel on vehicle emissions," Proc. IMechE, Part D: J. Automobile Engineering, 2009, 223 (D12). ( DOI10.1243/09544070JAUTO1188)
  • Rogers, K., Seager, T., and Linkov, I., "Multi-criteria decision analysis and LCA: applications under high uncertainty," Symposium R: Life Cycle Analysis for New Energy Conversion and Storage Systems, Materials Research Society, Boston, MA, November 27, 2007.
  • Coleman, M., "Gaining competitive advantage and new growth from emerging opportunities in alternative & sustainable energy," Meeting of the Upstate Tooling and Machining Association, November 15, 2007.
  • Nasr, N., and Haselkorn, M., "Life cycle engineering for fuel cells," 5th Global Symposium on Sustainable Product Development and Life Cycle Engineering, Rochester, NY, September 21, 2007.
  • Coleman, M., Haselkorn, M., and Nasr, N., "Fostering more sustainable fuel cell technologies," 5th Global Symposium on Sustainable Product Development and Life Cycle Engineering, Rochester, NY, September 21, 2007.
  • Coleman, M., "A Path to Zero Waste: Fostering More Sustainable Fuel Cell Technologies," Fuel Cell 2007, Rochester, NY, June 2007.
  • Haselkorn, M., "Life Cycle Engineering for Fuel Cells," Fuel Cell 2007, Rochester, NY, June, 2007.
  • Nasr, N., et. al., "Opportunities and Challenges in Emerging Energy Technologies," New Energy Symposium, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, University of Albany, Albany, NY, June 2006.
  • Nasr, N., and Coleman, M., "A Proposal to Develop a New Energy Infrastructure from a Local Perspective," Energy, 31(4):23-26, 2006.
  • Nasr, N., et al., "Conversion of Wind Power to Hydrogen Fuel," Report to U.S. EPA, December, 2005.
  • Nasr, N., et al., "Life Cycle Strategies for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells," Report to U.S. Fuel Cell Council, June, 2005.
  • Nasr, N., and Haselkorn, M., "Life Cycle Engineering for Fuel Cells," SME Manufacturing Opportunities & Challenges Conference & Exposition, Livonia, MI, October 2004.
  • Nasr, Berg, Cleveland, Hilton, Roth, Scheldorn and Slocum, "Sustainable Design Tools for Proton Membrane Exchange Fuel Cells," Report to U.S. EPA, September, 2004.
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