ARPA-E Natural Gas Compressor Award
July 12th, 2012: DOE ARPA-E announced today that The University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM) will receive a $4.2M award for the development of new natural gas compressor for home refueling of natural gas powered vehicles. This new technology promises to be a game changing and enabling technology for natural gas vehicles, by offering a cost effective solution for at-home refueling. Current home refueling appliances cost approximately $4,000, while UT-CEM’s linear motor driven compressor will reduce cost by decreasing the number of moving parts. The goal is to develop a compressor with a single moving part that can be purchased for $500.
A new ARPA-E program aims to engineer light-weight, affordable natural gas tanks for vehicles and develop natural gas compressors that can efficiently fuel a natural gas vehicle at home. ARPA-E's new projects are focused on removing technical barriers, which will help encourage the widespread use of natural gas cars and trucks. CEM's project work will result in a more cost-effective at-home natural gas automobile re-fueling system. Press release courtesy of ARPA-E.
Researchers hope to make it easier and more affordable for consumers to own natural gas vehicles. UT’s Center for Electromechanics received more than $4 million to engineer new ways to refuel natural gas cars at home.
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