ARPA-E increases funding for Czero R&D partner Onboard Dynamics, to advance high-potential natural gas compression technologies
Our long-term R&D partner Onboard Dynamics has secured $3 million from ARPA-E and other funders for next-stage development of the natural gas vehicle (NGV) engine with onboard compressor we’re developing for refueling from low-pressure lines.
ARPA-E previously awarded $4 million for earlier stages of R&D, also through its Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy (MOVE) program. To help lower barriers to NGV adoption, MOVE supports development of new, cost-effective natural gas technologies for passenger cars, light-duty vehicles and refueling.
Expanding applications of Onboard Dynamics technology
Onboard Dynamics has also begun development of a mobile, off-grid natural gas compression system that can serve as an on-demand or back-up fueling system for NGV fleets. Powered by the gas it compresses, the stand-alone system would lower fuel station costs by eliminating the need for infrastructure installation and electricity access. Onboard Dynamics has an initial product planned for 2017.
Featured by ARPA-E at this year’s Clean Energy Ministerial
ARPA-E chose Onboard Dynamics for its exhibit at the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco earlier this summer. The annual conference brings together energy ministers, delegates, business leaders and researchers from the world’s major economies to collaborate in advancing clean energy solutions.
Onboard Dynamics was among 100 global innovators highlighted in the Startups & Solutions Showcase for developing new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to clean energy. The ARPA-E exhibit included a 3D-printed model (designed and produced by Czero) of the gas-compressing NGV engine.