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NTRD FY 2005 Projects Selected for Funding (RFGA #582-5-70807)

The NTRD Program provides incentives to encourage and support research, development and commercialization of technologies that reduce pollution in Texas.


FY 2005 Funding Period

Request for Grant Applications
Solicitation No. 582-5-70807
Issued May 26, 2004—Closed July 7, 2004

Projects Selected for Funding

 

Application Number

Entity Name

Entity Contact

Grant Project Description

Grant Amount

Project Reports
(PDF)

2004-1-034N

Gas Technology Institute

Fred M. Vitalo

One program objective is the development and demonstration of onsite hydrogen fueling stations in Texas using practical and cost-effective natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas as primary fuel choices. The second program objective is the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. GTI will work with BAF Technologies of Dallas, Texas.

$1,164,707.55

Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006
Oct 2006
Nov 2006
Final Report

2004-1-039N

County of El Paso

Dolores Briones

The El Paso County Hybrid (Hydraulic Launch Assist / Liquefied Natural Gas) Transit Bus Project proposes the integration of one new and one existing technology onto a new low-floor Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant transit bus that can be used throughout El Paso County. As part of the project, the bus with the HLA/LNG equipment will be placed in service in El Paso County for a year to test the durability of the systems, establish a drive cycle, and accumulate in use fuel and emissions data.

$986,604.17

April - July 2005
Aug 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Oct 2006
Nov 2006
Task 2
Task 3
Task 4
Task 5, 6, 7, Final Report

2004-1-044N

Railway Equipment Corporation

Brian T. Williams

New industrial locomotive: battery powered; radio remote controlled; can be equipped with On-Board Charging if so desired, in order to operate without the need to charge at a stationary charging location. Railway Equipment Corporation proposes to assemble a 40 ton fully battery-electric locomotive for demonstration and additional R&D as required to service the Texas switching rail market.

$452,700.00

2004-1-047N

Baytech Corporation

Rebecca Royer

This project will develop, emissions test, and certify a Low NOx Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) and a Low NOx Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling system for General Motors heavy duty 8.1L and 6.0L engines.

$212,422.80

Jan - May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
Aug 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006
Oct 2006
Nov 2006
Task 1
Task 2
Task 3
Task 4

2004-1-069N

Teledyne Energy Systems, Inc.

Gilbert S. Bass

Teledyne Energy Systems has developed a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell stack that, combined with a Clean Fuel Generation propane reformer, is designed to withstand the rigors of 18-wheeler diesel trucks and produce equivalent cab comfort to drivers. This grant is for system optimization and prototype development. Teledyne proposes the optimization of the propane reformer [bulk sulphur removal system, propane delivery system (steam generator and delivery device) and the purification component] to deliver hydrogen for Teledyne’s 5 kilowatt fuel cell stack.

$407,385.74

Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006
Oct 2006
Nov 2006
Task 1
Task 2

2004-1-070N

Railroad Commission of Texas

Kathy Pyka

One key strategy in the Railroad Commission of Texas’ proposed Forklift Rebate program is to retrofit these lifts with an electronic control system and exhaust system catalyst. To date, there is only one Carl Moyer–approved retrofit system, applicable to a small number of the existing forklift engines. This project will expand the number of engines eligible for retrofit.

$124,954.00

Aug 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006
Oct 2006
Nov 2006
Task 3
Final Report

2005-1-001N

Lamar University

Mike Ferguson Jr.

The proposed project is to develop a cost-effective microwave-assisted cyclone-adsorption-destruction technology for the simultaneous control of NOx, VOC and soot emissions from such emission sources. The ojectives for this work are: The construction of adsorptive filter prototypes for demonstrating simultaneous NOx, VOC and soot emissions control from stationary diesel generators; The experimental evaluation of adsorption efficiency of NOx/VOC and filtration efficiency of soot for the constructed units; The corresponding evaluation of destruction efficiency of NOx/VOC and soot upon microwave irradiation.

$127,040.00

June 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006
Oct 2006
Task 1
Task 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Final Report

2005-1-008N

Clean Air Worldwide GP, Inc.

Tom C. Barra

Clean Air Group is seeking verification of the Dragon Fire 2010 (DF2010). The DF2010 is a computer-controlled diesel fuel injection system designed as a “bolt on” kit for application to medium and heavy-duty trucks, urban buses, marine and power generation markets.

$229,800.00

Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Oct 2006
Task 2
Task 3

2005-1-011N

The University of Texas, Center for Space Research

Bobby C. McQuiston

New methodologies will be developed to allow the direct incorporation of measurements made by satellite remote sensing technologies into the biogenic emissions and photochemical grid models currently used by TCEQ.

$414,056.57

Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006

2005-1-012N

WOW Energy, Inc.

Daniel H. Stinger

Project consists of building a pilot plant that will be used to demonstrate the technology to reduce/eliminate vaporized heavy metal pollutants and removal of SOx, NOx, PM2.5 and PM10 from the flue gas streams at the AES co-generation plant and the Holcim cement plant.

$1,379,714.48

Jan.–June 2005
July 2005
Aug 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006
Oct 2006
Nov 2006
Task 1
Task 2
Task 3
Task 4 - Manual
Task 4 - Test Plan
Final Report

2005-1-018N

Rolling Frito-Lay Sales, LP

Pete Silva

Conduct emissions and fuel efficiency testing to determine the most cost effective solution to deliver a significant reduction in emissions. Trucks will be tested on a fixed route as well as a variety of actual routes delivering products to market. In addition to conventional and durability testing, data recorders will be placed on the vehicles to measure various emissions and fuel efficiency under these “real-time” scenarios.

$1,215,486.00

June 2005
July 2005
Aug 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Oct 2006
Nov 2006
Task 1
Final Report

2005-1-021N

Railpower Hybrid Technologies Corporation

Gary Eelman

This project will extend the application of the Green Goat diesel-battery-electric hybrid switch locomotive technology to include “road-switching” applications such as local and branch line service. This project includes EPA certification of the new hybrid locomotive.

$1,411,000.00

Dec 2004 - July 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
May 2006
Task 1
Task 3
Task 4

2005-1-022N

Biofriendly Corporation

Robert W. Carroll

Biofriendly wishes to undertake full EPA verification of its product, Green Plus, in both on-road and non-road diesel engines. Green Plus is a fuel additive that reduces NOx emission from diesel engines.

$518,990.00

May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006
Oct 2006
Nov 2006

2005-1-033N

Texas A&M Research Foundation, John W. Nielson-Gammon

Jane Zuber

This project will install and instrument a 66' tower in a protected oak woodland approximately 80 mi northwest of Houston. The site is along the Houston-Dallas transport corridor and is far from local NOx sources. Texas A&M University is providing the tower itself. Overall project costs include site preparation, preliminary site testing, infrastructure, and basic meteorological and chemical instrumentation. The tower will be available for use by any interested scientists during the TexAQS II field program in 2005–2006, and is part of a planned three-tower rural network surrounding Houston (this site, the UH Coastal site, and a proposed site in the Sam Houston National Forest).

$81,284.10

Aug 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Task 1
Task 2, 3, 4,Final Report

2005-1-034N

Valparaiso University

Charley Gillispie

Valparaiso will launch ozonesondes from the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas, and other sites in East Texas. The ozonesondes will provide measurements of temperature, pressure, relative humidity, and ozone from the surface to about 130,000 ft with 1 Hz sampling. The important meteorological information will be invaluable to modelers. This project will complement activities of TexAQS 2000 and will be of value to participants in TexAQS 2005.

$107,436.75

June 2005
July 2005
Aug 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006
Oct 2006
Nov 2006
Final Report

2005-1-039N

GE Rail of General Electric Company

Leonard Hill

The final development and certification of a low NOx retrofit system to be deployed on switcher and road locomotives equipped with EMD 645 and EMD 710 turbo-charged engines will be performed.

$997,840.00

Aug 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Oct 2006
Nov 2006
Task 1
Task 2
Task 3 Final Report

2005-1-043N

Gas Technology Institute

Fred M. Vitalo

This project will develop a small scale natural gas liquefaction facility that can be replicated for use in transportation fleets across Texas.

$346,670.83

Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006
Nov 2006
Task 1
Task 2
Task 3, 4, 5, 6, Final Report

2005-1-046N

Sonoma Technology, Inc.

Paul T. Roberts, Ph.D.

STI will provide, install, and operate a radar wind profiler (RWP), a Radio Acoustic Sounding System (RASS), a mini-Sodar, and a surface meteorological station at one offshore oil platform site in the Gulf of Mexico from April 1 through August 21, 2005. The objective of the project is to obtain hourly boundary layer wind data (from near the platform surface to about 4000 m), virtual temperature data (Tv) (from near the platform surface to about 2000 m), and reflectivity (turbulence) data over the Gulf of Mexico offshore of Houston-Galveston.

$251,261.38

Feb.–April 2005
June 2005
July 2005
Aug 2005
Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Tasks 3, 4, and 6

2005-1-053N

OceanAir Environmental, LLC

Mahesh Talwar

OceanAir Environmental (OAE) and Rail Systems, Inc. (RSI) has developed a commercial retrofit package to bring switcher locomotive in compliance with Tier II standards. This project will seek verification on this retrofit package.

$450,000.00

Dec 2005
April 2006
May-Sept 2006

2005-1-055N

Clean Air Power

Frits Tan

This project will seek EPA ETV verification and demonstrate that the SCR/DPX system will achieve 85 percent reduction of PM and a minimum of 80 percent reduction of NOx simultaneously.

$441,863.64

Sept 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
Dec 2005

2005-1-058N

Combustion Components Associates

R. Gifford Broderick

To obtain EPA Environmental Technology Verification Program (ETV) verification of its Mobile Diesel SCR System (ELIM-NOx) and commercialize the technology heavy-duty, Class 8 diesel vehicles.

$174,200.00

June 2005
July 2005
Oct 2005
Nov 2005
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Sept 2006
Oct 2006
Final Report

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NTRD Program Disclaimers

1. Disclaimer of Endorsement:

The posting herein of progress reports and final reports provided to the TCEQ by its NTRD Grant Agreement recipients does not necessarily constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the TCEQ or the State of Texas. The views and opinions expressed in said reports do not necessarily state or reflect those of the TCEQ or the State of Texas, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

2. Disclaimer of Liability:

The posting herein of progress reports and final reports provided to the TCEQ by its NTRD Grant Agreement recipients does not constitute by the TCEQ or the State of Texas the making of any warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, and such entities do not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represent that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.