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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.

 

 

 

News Coverage:
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.

UT CEM received ARPA-E Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy (MOVE) Award.

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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.
By Olivia Gordon and Laura Rice, Story courtesy of KUT.

 

For more information please contact
Mike Lewis
512.232.5715
mclewis@cem.utexas.edu

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