HARC scientists are geared up to conduct measurements of emissions from oilfield equipment powered by dual fuel diesel engines.
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.
HARC collaborated with GRIDbot, Good Company Associates, and City of Houston to provide technical support for the demonstration of the GRIDbot charging station infrastructure.
The City of Houston recently announced its Climate Action Plan that will bring together stakeholders from across the community to develop a variety of cost-effective energy efficiency, renewable energy and
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).