The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office is hosting a workshop for natural gas vehicle (NGV) stakeholders on July 25 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. The purpose of the workshop is to understand and prioritize the research needs necessary to increase the efficiency and reduce emissions of medium- and heavy-duty NGVs.
The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill recommended that up to $15 million be appropriated to DOE in FY17 for medium- and heavy-duty on-road natural gas engine research and development. One of the goals of this workshop is to inform DOE about a Funding Opportunity Announcement that is expected later this year.
NGVAmerica has been working closely with DOE on organizing the workshop and has provided detail of its members’ top research and development (R&D) priorities. The top R&D priorities as agreed to by the NGVAmerica Technology & Development Committee are as follows:
- Improve natural gas engine efficiency
- Increase the development of 0.02 g/b-hp NOx certified engines
- Develop lower emission engines and after-treatment systems
- Develop and/or integrate smart mobility technologies for communication between CNG fueling stations and onboard vehicle fuel systems
- Develop technologies for cost reduction of mid-scale CNG fueling compression equipment
- Develop small scale liquefied natural gas production
- Develop advanced methods of delivering consistent natural gas quality
NGVAmerica will be participating in the workshop at NREL and will share the results with its membership and the American Gas Association. Please feel free to contact Dan Bowerson (email@example.com), Director of Technology & Development, with any questions on the workshop or R&D priorities.