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NETL, SwRI Tout New Methane, GHG Detector (New Prod & Tech)
National Energy Technology LaboratorySouthwest Research Institute,,
Date: 2019-02-18
The U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), along with San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), is touting the Smart Methane Emission Detection System, a next generation of gas leak detection technology that combines remote sensing and artificial intelligence capabilities in a system.

The compact, easily transported new device can detect both above and below ground methane leaks from both above and below-ground from as faraway as 500 feet, process the data it detects rather than simply display information that a human operator has to analyze later. The system can also be programmed to pick up propane, butane, ethanol, heptane, benzene, ethylene and others. (Source: NETL, WVNews, 17 Feb., 2019)Contact: National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov; SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane ,  National Energy Technology Laboratory,  Southwest Research Institute,  ,  


SwRI Granted $2Mn for Innovative Energy Storage R&D (Ind. Report)
Southwest Research Institute
Date: 2018-12-17
In the Lone Star State, the San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) reports receipt of $2 million in grant funding from the US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop an advanced pumped heat electricity storage (PHES) system. This system offers twice the energy density of a lithium ion battery and is based on an innovative thermodynamic cycle to store energy in hot and cold fluids.

In this new system, electric energy from the grid is converted into thermal energy and stored as a thermal potential. At full capacity, the system can store energy for hours or up to several weeks before converting it back to electrical energy. The system can then provide greater than 10 hours of electricity at rated power. Tom adds that the capacity of the system can be easily extended by increasing the volume of the storage tanks. Additionally, this form of storage offers a low-cost solution when compared to the costs of operations like "peaker" plants, which generate and provide electricity during the peak demand hours of the morning, later afternoon and evening. (Source: SwRI, PR, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: SwRI, Danny Deffenbaugh, VP Mechanical Engineering Division, www.swri.org/industries/machinery; DOE ARPA-E, https://arpa-e.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southwest Research Institute,  Energy Storage,  DOE ARPA-E,  


SwRI's "Supercritical" CO2 Pilot Project Breaks Ground (Ind. Report)
SwRI,Gas Technology Institute
Date: 2018-10-17
According to researchers at the not-for-profit San Antonio-headquartered Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), the use of high pressure "supercritical" carbon dioxide in power generation can cut costs, save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As part of a six-year effort to further develop "supercritical" CO2 technology, construction is slated to get underway this month on a 10-MW demonstration power plant at SwRI's West San Antonio campus. The pilot will generate sufficient electric power for an average 10,000 homes.

SwRI is working with the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and General Electric on the pilot project, which engineers hope will show the technology is commercially viable. The $119 million pilot plant, which is receiving up to $84 million in US DOE funding, is slated for completion in April 2020. (Source: SwRI, Rivard, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org; Gas Technology Institute, (847) 768-0500, www.gastechnology.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Technology Institute,  SwRI,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


CPS Energy, SwRI Partner on TX Solar, Storage Project (Ind. Report)
CPS Energy,Southwest Research Institute
Date: 2018-10-10
In the Lone Star State, San Antonio electric and natural gas utility CPS Energy reports it has broken ground on their first solar energy and battery storage project.

For the project, CPS partnered with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) which will provide nearly 50 acres in San Antonio on which the solar facility and battery storage system will be constructed. SwRI aims to gain valuable insight into the efficiencies of both solar production and battery energy storage which it will share with CPS.

The $16.3 million project, which will be constructed by RES Americas, will consist of a 5 MW solar power facility and a 10 MW battery storage system. (Source: CPS Energy, PR, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: CPS Energy, Paula Gold-Williams, Pres., CEO, www.cpsenergy.com; Southwest Research Institute, Klas Brun, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CPS Energy,  Solar,  Battery Energy Storage,  Southwest Research Institute ,  


USAF Awards $49Mn IDIQ Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
Concurrent Technologies,SwRI,USAF
Date: 2018-01-31
The US Defense Department is reporting that Concurrent Technologies Corp., Southwest Research Institute and University of Dayton Research Institute have won a shared $49 million, seven-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to develop tools for the U.S. Air Force to accelerate its adoption of alternative energy technologies and energy efficiency measures.

CTC, SwRI and UDRI will perform work at their respective facilities in Pennsylvania, Texas and Ohio through January 2025. The Air Force Research Laboratory received four offers for the contract through a competitive acquisition process and will obligate $3.2 million in fiscal 2017 research and development funds at the time of award. (Source: Concurrent Technologies, GovCon Wire, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Concurrent Technologies Corp., (800) 282-4392, www.ctc.com; University of Dayton Research Institute, www.udri.udayton.edu; SwRI, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News SwRI,  Energy Efficiency,  Concurrent Technologies,  Enerfgy Efficiency,  

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