Contact: Kara Villamil, or Mona S. Rowe
FOR RELEASE JUNE 23, 1998
UPTON, NY - Two companies have signed contracts with the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory to develop technologies that will help make natural gas a more efficient, cheaper and more attractive fuel for trucks, and cut environmental pollution.
The contract awards continue a five-year project funded at $1.6 million each year by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
The project aims to develop liquefied natural gas as a feasible fuel for heavy vehicles, from pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles to 18-wheelers. Such vehicles account for more than half of today's oil use, and a large portion of the air pollution emitted by motor vehicles.
"If we can convert ten percent America's heavy-vehicle fleet to natural gas, we'll have a significant impact on our country's dependency on imported oil," said Jim Wegrzyn, project manager at BNL. "These two contracts are a good start toward overcoming fuel-delivery concerns in the use of liquefied natural gas in trucks and buses."
The contracts are part of an Energy Department project sponsored by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which selected BNL to work with industry to develop natural gas fuel systems. The two contracts are the second in a series of awards to be announced throughout the year.
The contracts are:
The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.