Alternative Gaseous Energy Technologies Reduce Oil Dependency
At MRIGlobal, scientists are aggressively tackling the goal of reducing reliance on imported oil—by developing alternative fuels from biomass, new techniques for use of natural gas, and new designs for low-pressure storage methods for methane and hydrogen fuels.
MRIGlobal conducts applied research and development, system design, test and evaluation, and demonstration studies to improve safety and reliability of alternative fuels, and to optimize design and compatibility with existing fleets.
- Chemical and net energy analysis of alternative fuels
- Cultivation, harvest, and development of biomass fuel stocks and products
- Fuel optimization, including fuel production, processing, and utilization
- Expertise in fuel storage and transport
- System design, engineering, and integration
- Prototyping, test and validation, field trials
- Enhanced safety and reliability of alternative fuels
- Economic and technical business case analysis
MRIGlobal’s Alternative Gaseous Energy Technology Successes:
- Natural gas-powered vehicles (NGV): MRIGlobal designed a low-pressure fuel tank for optimal storage and mounting in typical commercial vehicles.
- Bi-fuel vehicle tests: MRIGlobal demonstrated a prototype tank design on a bi-fuel truck used by the city of Kansas City, Missouri, for normal city business.
- Hydrogen storage: To optimize hydrogen as a fuel for transportation, MRIGlobal is working with the University of Missouri-Columbia to apply nanocarbon technology to hydrogen storage products.
- Hydrogen storage pressure test chamber: MRIGlobal designed and built a test chamber to allow rapid screening of carbon substrates, and to model storage capacity.