Using Alternative Energy to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Production in the Transportation Sector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5715C10021
Agency Tracking Number: 142OS1036
Amount: $99,662.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 142OS1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5714RSBIR2
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-02-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-08-24
Small Business Information
2560 North Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY, 14850
DUNS: 152761375
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Willems
 Project Manager
 (607) 257-0533
Business Contact
 Kumar Seetharam
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (607) 257-0533
Research Institution
IDI is proposing an electrically assisted e-bike system, designed to increase the usage of bicycles for daily commute, specifically targeting areas and demographics with below average bicycle usage, and adverse weather conditions. This design is intended for usage alongside traditional bikes in bike share programs across the country. The primary benefit is attract those otherwise unwilling or unable to use bicycles to commute, either due to personal reservation, perceived terrain difficulties or inclement weather. This is accomplished through unique technical features. The first is an energy exchange functionality, wherein users are able to generate power through their usage. Users may return bicycles with more charge than they left with, earning rental credits, and allowing their energy to charge other e-bikes at that rental station. Other key features are intelligent power delivery system and all weather designs. The proposed system is designed for easy use for beginning bicyclists, and to “train” more advanced users to use the system primarily in cases of extreme gradients. These functionalities play a social engineering role, encouraging users to only take advantage of the electric functionality when necessary, as well as encouraging the transition to traditional bicycles..

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