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HARC Newsletter | February 2017


2017 People & Nature Speaker Series:
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

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On March 8, 2017, HARC will continue its People & Nature Speaker Series with an event at Museum Fine Arts, Houston Brown Auditorium featuring an evening with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Dr. Hayhoe is a nationally renowned climate scientist who works to bridge the gap between the complex science and public misconceptions about climate change. She has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers, and has been featured on the National Geographic television series, Years of Living Dangerously. Dr. Hayhoe exemplifies the goal of HARC’s People & Nature Speaker Series: to illuminate and facilitate discussions on regional sustainability issues, ranging from climate mitigation and adaptation, sustainable water use, and the energy.

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Coastal Impacts Technology Program: Improving Site Restoration Practices for Oil and Gas Infrastructure Development
In a four-year, $4 million effort, The Coastal Impacts Technology Program (CITP), a research initiative of the HARC Environmentally Friendly Drilling Program (EFD) engaged a diverse group of stakeholders to implement a research program to benefit the Texas Coastal Zone. The program focused on addressing environmental aspects of oil and gas operations, including site restoration, air emissions, water resources, and workforce development.
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EFD Team Charts Course for the Future
Since 2005 the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) program, managed by HARC, has been providing unbiased science to address the environmental footprint of all oil and gas activities. Recently the EFD Team held their annual sponsors/advisors meeting to reflect on the past and set the course for the future.
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Featured Project
DOE Southwest Combined Heat and Power TAP: Cost Savings and Resilience through Improved Efficiency
The HARC Clean Energy program leads the Southwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (SW CHP TAP), sponsored by the US Department of Energy as part of a nationwide CHP TAPS program. CHP is an advanced and highly- efficient approach to generating electric power and useful thermal energy from a single fuel right at the point of use.
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Featured Researcher
Fanxu Meng, PhD, CLAD
Research Associate, Energy Production and Clean Energy Technology
Dr. Fanxu Meng is a Research Associate in Energy Production and Clean Energy Technology programs at HARC. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, where he studied real-time monitoring and characterization of nanoparticles and chemicals via microfluidics. He also fabricated and tested heterogeneous catalysts for fuel catalytic cracking.
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Announcements & Upcoming Events
March 8, 2017 - People & Nature Speaker Series: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
On March 8, 2017, HARC will continue its People & Nature Speaker Series with an event at Museum Fine Arts, Houston Brown Auditorium featuring an evening with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University.
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March 14, 2017 - Webinar: Reducing Energy Costs with Waste-Heat-to-Power
Many industrial facilities in Colorado have high-temperature waste streams that could be used to generate electricity through waste-heat-to-power, also known as recycled energy. In this free webinar, we will discuss:
  • Recycled energy technologies, applications, and challenges
  • Financing, leasing, and ownership options
  • Free technical assistance available to evaluate the opportunity at your facility
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February 15, 2017 - Public invited to Lone Star Lionfish Forum
As part of the 2nd Lone Star Lionfish Symposium, HARC will host a public forum on February 15, 2017, 7 - 8 pm in the Moody Gardens IMAX, with a pre-forum social beginning at 6 pm. Please join experts from Texas and around the Gulf of Mexico as they discuss the threats these spiky venomous fish are causing to our marine ecosystem.
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Celebrate World Wetlands Day all year long
HARC recognizes World Wetlands Day on February 2, 2017. Wetlands are a valuable and beautiful part of our Texas landscape. On HARC’s blog, we have written about the benefits that wetlands provide to our water quality, our habitat diversity and our flood risk and why wetlands are important to the Houston-Galveston region and the state. We also touched on what we can do to protect and conserve our wetlands, but you can experience them first hand?
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2017 SAE World Congress to publish HARC's technical paper
HARC’s technical paper entitled "Conversion of Exhaust Emissions of a Dual Fuel Engine by Co-Ni-Cu/Zeolite Catalysts” has been approved for publication by the 2017 SAE World Congress. The authors are Fanxu Meng, Asanga Wijesinghe, John Colvin, Carolyn LaFleur, and Richard Haut. On behalf of the HARC Team, Fanxu will present this paper in the Exhaust Emissions Control - New Developments session at the Congress.
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HARC in the news
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Editor's Choice: Technology Development Key To Creating Value, Solving Technical Challenges
HARC's Environmentally Friendly Drilling Program participates in the backbone of the shale R & D program that addresses air quality, water, seismicity, and land use.
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