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Removing barriers to refueling NGVs at home

GTI, with support from the natural gas industry, is working with other developmental and emerging home fueling product manufacturers to assess product development and readiness for commercial introduction. This work includes collaborative testing at GTI’s facilities and interactions with manufacturers regarding product specifications and codes and standards requirements.

GTI is partnering with the Center for Electromechanics at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-CEM) to engineer new ways to refuel natural gas cars at home, making it easier and more affordable for consumers to own natural gas vehicles.

More than $4 million in funding was granted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), to develop a cost-effective compressor for at-home natural gas vehicle refueling systems. The team will develop a compressor that will use fewer moving parts, leading to a more reliable, lighter, and cost-effective system. The goal is to achieve a $500 compressor, resulting in a refueling appliance with a price point of less than $2,000.