TechnologyNew York State Alternative Fuel Vehicle Research Lab

New York State : Alternative Fuel Vehicle Research LabNew York State : Alternative Fuel Vehicle Research Lab


AFVRL's programming addressed the need to accommodate the movement of large vehicles through the interior of the building. This included driving, prepping, and testing a 65-foot-long, articulated New York City metro bus through a vehicle soak area, and into the large chassis and the dynamometer test cell. Mechanical systems diagram illustrating tie between conditioning systems and underground open loop and closed loop geo-exchange systems Specific highlights of the LEED Gold certified design include innovative technologies such as electrical power regeneration from process testing, and earth source geo-exchange heating and cooling of core building loads. Photovoltaic cells will be incorporated to enhance electrical usage and fuel cells for back-up power regeneration. Since engine test cells require intense energy use and produce equivalent heat loads, a key environmental design response to AFVRL became a closed and open loop geo-exchange system coupled with technology enhancements to the basic vapor compression cycles of the test cells themselves. This technology increases the efficiency of the basic Carnot cycle and accomplishes energy recovery in a cost-effective manner without compromising reliable, repeatable (and therefore publishable), emissions research data.

Energy engineering

Protecting the environment is a responsibility we all take very seriously. The design for the state-of-the-art Alternative Fuel Vehicle Research Laboratory will bring together scientists in an interdisciplinary setting. Their work will reduce motor vehicle emissions so we can all breathe cleaner air.

The building's design was inspired by the Möbius strip, a mathematical model to describe a myriad of natural and technological phenomena. The structural system is an organizing element for the configuration. In addition to being a green building, a number of sustainable features will be on display throughout the facility, including photovoltaic cells and electrical power regeneration. Inside, scientists and the community will work together to solve our energy challenges.

Location: Malta, New York