Clean Cities Technical Assistance (Tiger Teams)

Clean Cities offers technical assistance for eligible projects through the Clean Cities Technical Assistance Project, also known as Tiger Teams. This technical assistance helps Clean Cities coordinators, stakeholders, original equipment manufacturers, and fuel providers overcome obstacles to deploying alternative fuels and advanced vehicles.

Projects Eligible for Assistance

Clean Cities accepts technical-assistance applications for the following types of projects:

  • Technical Problem Solving — Vehicle Operations: Issues can pertain to vehicle performance, drivability, safety, maintenance, driver acceptance, training, or best practices for implementation of alternative fuel vehicles at specific sites.

  • Technical Problem Solving — Infrastructure Operations: Issues can pertain to fueling station design, siting, interaction with alternative fuel providers or fire safety code officials, fueling station performance, maintenance requirements, or user and operator training.

  • Evaluation of Project Potential: Complex projects (including transit systems and airports) may qualify for technical assistance if expertise is not available from local or regional resources or stakeholders. When there is demonstrated local interest, a Clean Cities technical expert can evaluate local market conditions, conduct infrastructure assessments, gauge stakeholder capabilities or needs, and determine project feasibility.

Applying for Assistance

To qualify for technical assistance, applicants must demonstrate they have made efforts to solve their problems using their own resources. Applicants can request technical assistance by submitting their contact information and details about the project to John Gonzales at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Requests are forwarded to the Clean CitiesĀ regional managers and the Technical Assistance Review Committee (TARC).

Each request for technical assistance is evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The problem is well described and defined.
  • Stakeholders and contacts have exhausted appropriate efforts to solve the problem.
  • Stakeholders have an ongoing commitment to a successful outcome.
  • The request falls within the scope of the Clean Cities Technical Assistance Project and is substantial enough to warrant assistance.
  • TARC has the expertise to assist with the problem.
  • The applicant has a reasonable estimate of the time required to resolve the problem.
  • The applicant has an appropriate estimate of the funding required to address and resolve the problem.
  • TARC has adequate funding to resolve the problem.
  • The problem's resolution could be applicable at other sites.
  • Partial resolution could be adequate at the time of the request.

TARC notifies the applicant of its decision and provides an estimated start date and allocated hours, if applicable.

Receiving Assistance

Once a project is selected for assistance, a technical expert gathers information from the applicant, stakeholders, and other key contacts. The expert identifies the project requirements, and documented work begins.

Work proceeds through teleconferences and site meetings with the expert and local stakeholders. At the conclusion of the project, the technical expert submits a final report on the resolution and recommended future actions to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the regional managers.