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The Future of Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel - Michael Gallagher


The just completed two-year National Petroleum Council's Future Transportation Fuels Study engaged more than 300 organizations and examined the future demand in the United States over the next 40 years for all modes of transportation, from passenger cars, trucks, air, rail and marine. It included a comprehensive assessment of the potential technology contribution for a variety of fuel types and vehicle technologies. This presentation will review the findings of the FTF study with respect to the challenges and opportunities in introducing alternative fuels, specifically natural gas, into the transportation sector and evaluate their potential for successful adoption on the basis of cost effectiveness, fuel efficiency, GHG reductions and market penetration potential. This discussion of the findings will review the advantages and challenges of displacing liquid-fuel-based internal combustion engine (ICE) technologies, and the additional barriers and factors that must be considered in the adoption and integration of new natural gas systems into the future energy transportation mix. Implications for global energy transportation systems will be articulated.

In summary, the presentation will:

  • Highlight the potential role of natural gas in future HD and LD transportation systems over the next 40 years
  • Articulate the key challenges to natural gas expansion including technical and commercial barriers
  • Illustrate the key driving forces for natural gas transportation expansion, as well as possible disadvantages when compared with conventional petroleum- based vehicles, and other alternatives such as biofuels, electric vehicles and hydrogen

About the Speaker

Dr. J. Michael Gallagher is Senior Adviser, and Former President and Chief Operating Officer of Westport Innovations, where he is working to encourage the global adoption of natural gas in clean transportation systems. Dr. Gallagher is currently Chairman of the 60-organization Natural Gas Group of the two-year US national energy study, the DOE NPC Study of Future Transportation Fuels. He also serves as Chairman of the Boards of Agility Fuel Systems, a leading natural gas fuel systems company, and the Southern California Air Quality Management District’s Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, and is Former Chairman of the Board of Cummins Westport Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Vancouver Opera Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy of Canada-British Columbia.

This talk was given on September 11, 2012 as part of the MITEI Seminar Series, sponsored by IHS-CERA.

Comments (1)

wonderful…would it not be cheaper in term of manufacturing cost to convert NG to methanol ;maybe 150 to 200 for manufactures to convert vehicles to run on methanol????

Posted 2 years by Anonymous 00:19:13

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