HARC Research Associate, Dr. Asanga Wijesinghe, received the Young Scientist Paper Award (Third Place) for his paper entitled “Effects of Nanoparticle Based Fuel Additives on Diesel Engine Performance and Emissions."
Field Testing for Diesel Emissions in Oil & Gas Operations
The oil and gas industry is adopting technologies for cleaner generators and the application of emission controls on diesel engines. Members of the industry are also switching from diesel engines to engines that operate on cleaner natural gas. However, just how these new diesel engines, natural gas powered engines and emissions control technologies perform in day-to-day oil and gas industry operations is not well documented and requires further assessment.
The project is led by Dr. Yiqun Huang, Senior Research Scientist and Program Director of Engine and Emissions Control. The HARC project team will employ a state of the art emission measurement instrument, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), to provide a direct measurement of emissions from the exhaust of natural gas powered engines used in the oil and gas industry. The data generated by this research will be used to develop a more accurate emissions inventory for oil and gas operations.
Research Associate, Engine and Emissions Control
HARC is assisting Purify Fuel Inc.
In the fall of 1998, business leaders of the Greater Houston Partnership was charged with responsibility of addressing the air pollution problem to enhance the quality of life but maintaining Houston's vibrant growth economy.
Continuity and collaboration are two key features of work by HARC toward reducing health-threatening emissions from diesel-powered vehicles such as trucks and off-road equipment.
"The big oil companies told me we shouldn't delay action against manmade climate change."
Some readers of those words, which started Alex Cuclis’s April 28 op-ed column in the Houston Chronicle, may have done a double-take.
HARC collaborated with GRIDbot, Good Company Associates, and City of Houston to provide technical support for the demonstration of the GRIDbot charging station infrastructure.
HARC is working with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to identify inexpensive methane sensors that can be deployed in a variety of oil and gas operations to rapidly identify and facilitate repair of natural gas leaks.
HARC deployed a mobile laboratory equipped with a Geographical Positioning System (GPS) and a Proton Transfer Reaction-Mass Spectrometer (PTR-MS) to perform real time measurements of ambient concentrations of toxic volatile organic compounds in the vicinity of oil and gas sites located on a large private property in the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas.
The Benzene and other Toxics Exposure (BEE‐TEX) Study is a field study of exposure to and source attribution of the air toxics: benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes (BTEX), as well as other hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) such as formaldehyde and 1,3-butadiene.