HARC is working to help local communities improve air quality and quality of life.
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.
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.
In 2015 HARC completed a project that identified the primary sources of fine particulate matter or PM2.5 pollutants in Harris County as well as the control measures that can be used to reduce them. Each control measure has a unique efficiency and cost.
HARC's Dr. Eduardo (Jay) Olaguer of HARC developed a microscale 3D Eulerian air quality model for the interpretation of real-time monitoring data collected during the Benzene and other Toxics Exposure (BEE-TEX) field study.