Kathryn Clay Natural Gas Vehicle Research & Development Workshop

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 (dbowerson@ngvamerica.org), Director of Technology & Development, with any questions on the workshop or R&D priorities.

Kathryn Clay

About Kathryn Clay

Dr. Kathryn Clay is the Vice President for Policy Strategy at the American Gas Association. In this role, Kathryn drives thought-leadership on natural gas utility demand growth and engages in stakeholder outreach to achieve the industry’s policy and growth objectives. Previously, Kathryn managed the joint AGA-ANGA Drive Natural Gas Initiative and AGA’s policy and regulatory efforts around natural gas vehicles. She is also the Interim Executive Director for NGVAmerica and has served as Executive Director of the American Gas Foundation since 2011. Previously, Dr. Clay was the Vice President of Research and Technology Policy for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. She served as a member of the professional staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where she worked to develop the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. She was also centrally involved in the development and passage of legislation (the America COMPETES Act of 2007) to promote federal investment in science and the development of innovative technologies. Dr. Clay has also served in positions with the staff of the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, at the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources, and as a research fellow in the Alternate Fuels Vehicle Division of Ford Motor Company. She is an adjunct professor of physics at Georgetown University, as well as the co-founder of the University’s Program on Science in the Public Interest. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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