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Department of Transportation Awards $245,000 Grant to Support CCDoTT Research

Published: September 15, 2009

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $245,000 to CSULB to support the Center for Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies (CCDoTT) in its research into magnetic levitation technologies, CSULB President F. King Alexander announced.

Awarded through a grant agreement with the Federal Railroad Administration, the funding will be directed to developing magnetic levitation technologies for goods movement applications.

This successful spinoff project is the result of four years of research funded by the CCDoTT Agile Port and High Speed Ship Technologies program at CSULB. Under this program CCDoTT/CSULB has designed and developed an Electrodynamic Container Conveyor (ECCO) system of levitation and propulsion of cargo containers using linear synchronous motor technology.

This new program will team the CSULB College of Engineering with technology provider Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL) and the first General Atomics to test and demonstrate the versatility of LLNL’s Inductrack guideway technologies to power conventional and electric trucks through a new “Green Mat” system, and move rail cargo through a new “Green Track” system. These systems would eliminate air emissions and noise pollution associated with goods movement utilizing traditional truck and rail.

“This funding supports the research efforts of Cal State Long Beach in addressing the immediate needs of commerce throughout our region and the nation. It also provides real world evidence of the significance of the work that our institution provides to society,” Alexander said. “We appreciate the support of the Department of Transportation through its Federal Railroad Administration, and we will work diligently to keep that confidence and trust.”

Alexander extended special thanks to U.S. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Laura Richardson for their efforts in securing the CCDoTT program funding.

Over the past 14 years, CCDoTT has undertaken a wide range of contractual efforts involving universities and commercial maritime technical organizations. CCDoTT is a partnership of academic institutions, government and commercial entities. It was formed to enable the Department of Defense, the Department of Transportation and other sponsors to leverage advanced technologies in solving defense and commercial transportation infrastructure problems; conduct research and development for commercial and defense related infrastructure issues and provide a technology transfer/dual use bridge between government, military and commercial maritime industry interests.