In 2008 and 2009, the City of Houston published an Emissions Reduction Plan that has driven much of the City’s current energy efficiency and renewable energy activity.
Mobile Monitoring of Volatile Organic Compounds in the Eagle Ford Shale
HARC deployed a mobile laboratory equipped with a Geographical Positioning System (GPS), a portable meteorological station, 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 HARC microscale air quality model was then used to attribute observed peaks in ambient concentration to specific emission points, such as flares and loading/unloading facilities, and to quantify the associated emissions. The air quality impacts of the inferred emissions were also assessed.
E. P. Olaguer, M.H. Erickson, A. Wijesinghe, B.S. Neish, J. Williams, and J. Colvin, 2016; “Updated Methods for Assessing the Impacts of Nearby Gas Drilling and Production on Neighborhood Air Quality and Human Health,” J. Air and Waste Management Assoc., vol. 66, 173-183.
Research Associate, Engine and Emissions Control
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 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 collaborated with GRIDbot, Good Company Associates, and City of Houston to provide technical support for the demonstration of the GRIDbot charging station infrastructure.