DOE’s ARPA-E Program Announces NGV R&D Awards

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPE-E) Program announced the winners of its $30.2 million effort to accelerate developments in the use of NGVs. The initial solicitation was first announced in February and closed in late May. In announcing the solicitation, President Obama stated that the effort would “bring together the nation’s best scientists and engineers and entrepreneurs to figure out how more cars can be powered by natural gas, a fuel that’s cleaner and cheaper and more abundant than oil.” This new funding effort is intended to promote transformational breakthroughs in the development of CNG cylinders and also in home refueling devices. This week’s announcement identifies the awards for the following 12 lead research organizations and their 13 projects:

  • Colorado State University, $700K, Engine-Integrated Natural Gas Compressor
  • Eaton Corporation, $3.4M, Liquid-Piston Isothermal Home Natural Gas Compressor
  • Ford Motor Co., $5.5M, Adsorbed Natural gas System for Vehicles,
  • Gas Technology Institute, $1.5M, Engineered Adsorbed Materials for Gas Storage
  • Gas Technology Institute, $875K, Nano-Valved Materials for Natural Gas Storage
  • General Electric Global Research, $1.8M, Chilled Natural Gas for At-Home Refueling
  • OtherLab, Inc., $250K, Safe, Conformal, Gas Intestine Storage
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, $600K, Superplastic-Formed Gas StorageTanks
  •  REL, Inc. $3M, Shape Conformable Foam Core Gas Tanks
  • SRI International, $875K, Container-less Natural Gas Storage
  • Texas A&M, $3M, Advanced Porous Materials for Natural Gas Storage
  • United Technologies Research Center, $4.4M, Low Cost Modular Natural Gas Tanks
  • University of Texas’ Center for Electromechanics, $4.3 M, Single-Piston Four-StageLinear Home Natural Gas Compressor


    To view more details on the awarded projects, go to: http://arpa- iptions_7_11_12.pdf.