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HARC Newsletter | February 2016

Flare Gas Reduction:
A Cost Effective Solution from HARC
HARC’s Environmental Friendly Drilling (EFD) Systems recently demonstrated a cost effective flare gas reduction solution in the Bakken Shale, North Dakota. The 90 day pilot trial project integrated a system that provides attractive economics while providing environmental benefits associated with reduced flare emissions and on site power. HARC’s Satish Ravindran discusses the challenges in the Bakken and how the waste heat to power solution helped address the issue.
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HARC featured in Buildings Day: 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) with City of Houston
In October of 2014, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development held an Energy Efficient Building (EEB) Lab in Houston. The intent of the EEB Lab was to stimulate investment in energy efficiency in the Houston market by identifying barriers to energy efficiency and implementing the appropriate solutions.

The video features speakers that have participated in the EEB initiative, and includes EEB Houston members, Marina Badoian-Kriticos, Senior Advisor to the City of Houston, David Murrah with United Technologies Corporation, and Gavin Dillingham, PhD, Program Director, Clean Energy Policy at HARC.
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Galveston Bay Report Card
HARC is partnering with the Galveston Bay Foundation to provide citizens with the Galveston Bay Report Card. The Report Card features critical information on the health of Galveston Bay, one of the most important and productive bays in the country.

Through a grant from Houston Endowment, the Galveston Bay Report Card provides the public with citizen-driven, science-based measures to assess the health of the bay. The Report Card discusses topics such as the status of key habitats, fish and wildlife populations, trends in water quality of local bayous and the bay, and impacts of coastal change and sea level rise.
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Featured researcher
Alex Cuclis
Research Scientist, Air Quality and Emissions
Alex began working at HARC in April 2004 as a Research Scientist. Alex has managed numerous projects that involve measurements of air pollutants and improvement of emissions inventories and has been quoted in national radio and newspaper publications on these topics.

Alex works closely with the technical support staff at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and nationally recognized air quality researchers at universities, environmental firms, and government laboratories when working on air quality and climate change issues.
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HARC in the news
Scientists discover pipelines belching benzene in east Houston
According to HARC's Jay Olaguer, the study conducted using real time testing of toxic vapors revealed pipelines sporadically belching benzene vapors in communities along the Houston Ship Channel.
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Houston, a crude oil hub with more storage tanks and caverns
Jay Olaguer discusses the environmental impact of oil flowing through and being stored around the Houston area. “These are not obvious events. They’re basically invisible vapors,” says Olaguer.
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HARC's Jay Olaguer on finding toxic vapors in Houston communities
“It turned out when we superimposed a graphics based on the existing pipeline database over our findings, oh, we see these huge spikes right on top of the pipeline system,” said Jay Olaguer on the findings in three Houston communities.
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As climate changes in the Lone Star State, cities may be left high and dry
"People have this idea that every time they turn on the faucet, water ought to come out of the tap, and they have an idea that that will happen the rest of their life," says Jim Lester, HARC's President and Chief Executive Officer.
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Announcements & upcoming events
HTC North and HARC co-sponsors event: Cyber Attacks...Is Your Business At Risk? April 7
The Houston Technology Center | North and HARC will co-sponsor a luncheon event, Cyber Attacks...Is Your Business At Risk? on Thursday, April 7, 2016. The luncheon will be held at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. Come and meet Walter O'Brien, Executive Producer of the CBS Series Scorpion.
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HTC North partners with HARC to host Innovators In The Woods bi-monthly startup event March 9 8-12
The Houston Technology Center | North in partnership with HARC is hosting a bi-monthly startup event to highlight companies in The Woodlands on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The event will be held at Lonestar College System Training and Development Center, 5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, Texas.
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Gavin Dillingham on World Affairs Council Energy Forum Panel March 9
HARC's Gavin Dillingham, Program Director, Clean Energy Policy, will serve on the energy policy panel, "Policy Side of Implementing New Practices", at the World Affairs Council Energy Forum on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at United Way in Houston.
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Gavin Dillingham at Texas State Agency Energy Advisory Group Webinar March 7
HARC's Gavin Dillingham, Program Director, Clean Energy Policy, will speak at the Texas State Agency Energy Advisory Group Webinar on "Combined Heat and Power - Opportunities for Public Critical Infrastructure" on March 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
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Jennifer Ronk at Rotary Club of University Area Houston March 2
HARC's Jennifer Ronk, Program Director, Environmental Science and Energy Efficiency, will present "How Houston is Preparing for Climate Change" to the Rotary Club of University Area Houston at Hungry's Cafe & Bistro in Houston on Tuesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:15 a.m.
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