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 is developing a detailed particulate matter (PM) 2.5 emissions inventory for Harris County, Texas. PM is a type pollution composed of a complex mixture of extremely small particles. The size of particles is linked to their potential for causing health-related problems.
The electric system is experiencing rapid growth in the adoption of a mix of distributed renewable and fossil fuel sources, along with increasing amounts of off-grid generation.
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.
The phenomenon of wintertime smog at rural oil and gas sites in the Uinta Basin of Utah was the subject of the Uinta Basin Ozone Study (UBOS).