U.S. LPG industry participates in clean energy research projects to reach net zero

The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) has announced its engagement with nearly a dozen universities, national and private laboratories, and businesses to drive clean energy innovation. These institutions and companies are engaged in projects that include high efficiency and ultra-low emission vehicle and engine technologies, and renewable fuels production and testing.

Some of the institutions are the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Central Florida, Colorado State University, and the University of Michigan. PERC also partners with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Southwest Research Institute, GTI Energy, and the Clean Cities Coalition. Business partnerships include Wisconsin Engine Research Consultants, WMI Engineering International, and Low Carbon Fuel Systems.

Since 2020, PERC has served as a technical advisor and assisted with more than 40 concept papers and proposal submissions that support energy conversion technologies, mostly in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE). These activities set an aggressive agenda for innovation and demonstrate LPG commitment to being an important player in the clean energy transition.

“The industry’s research and roadmap make it clear that LPG is paving a wider path toward a net zero future today,” said PERC’s President and CEO, Tucker Perkins. “These investments address both efficiency and emissions challenges, a combination we don’t always see in other energy solutions being discussed. The journey to net zero is going to take an all of the above approach, and our industry, along with an amazing network of partners, is going to make a clean energy future possible.”

PERC’s research roadmap also includes energy efficiency projects with DoE’s Vehicle Technologies Office for direct liquid injection engines, among other technologies.

“We’re constantly scouting for new opportunities to take advantage of propane environmental benefits –– its low carbon intensity, its low criteria emissions profile, its portability, and more –– and apply them to critical areas of the clean energy transition,” said Dr. Gokul Vishwanathan, PERC’s director of Research and Sustainability.

Source: PERC

15 March 2023