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National Renewable Energy Laboratory to Host Upcoming NGV Research Workshop

The U.S Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Vehicle Technologies Office is seeking input from NGV stakeholders to understand and prioritize the research needs necessary to increase the efficiency and reduce emissions of medium and heavy duty NGVs.

The DOE and teams at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Argonne National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will be hosting an open meeting at NREL in Golden, Colorado on Tuesday July 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The meeting will be structured around facilitated discussion on several NGV topic areas and will consist of a brief presentation of recent and current research, followed by a discussion by participants on key emerging research needs and priorities. The meeting is intended to inform a DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement that will be issued later this year.

The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill recommends that up to $15 million be appropriated to the Department of energy in FY17 for medium and heavy duty on-road natural gas engine research and development.

Discussion topics will address opportunities for research that can shift the paradigm for NGV technology, such as:

Engine efficiency: Improving efficiency from spark ignition natural gas engines, lean natural gas controls, lubricants, advanced low temperature combustion

Emissions and After-treatment Technologies: Reducing criteria pollutants, low NOx technology, ammonia/unregulated emissions controls, natural gas tailored after-treatment, cold start emission improvements

Fuel System Enhancements and onboard storage: Fuel quality, natural gas composition control, renewable natural gas, right sizing natural gas tanks, injectors and direct injection technology, high pressure fuel delivery to enable advanced combustion.

Please visit the event website for information and to register.