Natural Gas for Transportationwith Chris Hagen, PhD, assistant professor in the energy systems engineering program at OSU-Cascades
In the future, you may be able to fill-up for your car or truck at home with natural gas. In an energy systems engineering lab at OSU-Cascades in Bend, researchers are experimenting with a system that uses a vehicle’s own engine to compress and store gas from the same network of pipes that feeds your furnace and kitchen stove.
At the April 14 Corvallis Science Pub, Chris Hagen, assistant professor in the Energy Systems Engineering program, will discuss the potential benefits of his research and the role of natural gas in the transportation industry.
“Technologies for compressing natural gas already exist,” says Hagen. “We can buy a natural gas reciprocating compressor that operates separately and can fuel your car in eight hours. The question is whether we can come up with a commercially viable solution.”
“One of the hurdles to using natural gas for transportation is being able to fuel your car,” he adds. “There are just not enough stations, and stations are expensive to construct.”
Hagen’s research is supported by ARPA-E (the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency–Energy) through its new program titled Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy (MOVE).
Before coming to OSU-Cascades, Hagen was an assistant research professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. He had also worked at the Chevron Energy Technology Company where he investigated novel fuels for advanced internal combustion engines. His previous industry experience includes working as an Application Engineer for Woodward, Inc., a global energy system solution provider.
Held on the second Monday of the month, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis, Science Pub is sponsored by OMSI, the Downtown Corvallis Association and Terra magazine at Oregon State University.