System Using an NGV’s Own Engine to Make CNG Fuel
Shown at White House-Hosted Technology Event Today
Oregon’s Onboard Dynamics showed its technology for onboard compressed natural gas compression at a technology demonstration event today at the White House.
“With Onboard Dynamics’ unique natural gas compression technologies, vehicle owners can save money and significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by refueling with natural gas or renewable natural gas instead of traditional fuels,” Onboard Dynamics CEO Rita Hansen said in a release prior to the Washington event.
Onboard Dynamics earlier this year selected Ford’s 6.2-liter V-8 engine as the platform for its first full-fledged vehicle demonstrator (F&F, April 10). During fill mode, four of the cylinders fire, driving three cylinders that compress fuel rather than burn it. When fueling is completed, all eight cylinders return to normal operation.
The development effort has been awarded nearly $3.9 million under the federal ARPA-E program, which anticipates an ultimate cost of about $400 with fuel savings payback in less than six months.
“We are making our milestones,” Hansen told F&F from Washington on Monday. The latest-generation test engine has been assembled and will be run, compressing air rather than natural gas, by the end of next month.
Natural gas compression will be undertaken later in the fall.
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Source: Onboard Dynamics with Fleets & Fuels follow-up