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    Invitation for Public Comment

    May 28-June 28

     


    May 28, 1999

    Addendum

    Under the Propane Education & Research Council's grant review process, the public is invited to comment on funding requests received by the Council.

    The grant review cycles are scheduled in relationship with Council meetings. Funding requests under review during this comment period will be considered by the Council at its September 20-21 meeting in Washington, D.C.

    What follows is a summary of the funding requests. Copies of individual funding requests can be obtained by calling 202-452-8975. Comments (including the docket #) should be submitted in writing no later than June 28, 1999 to:

    Propane Education & Research Council
    Attention: Public Comment
    1776 K Street, N.W., Suite 204
    Washington, D.C. 20006
    202-452-9054 (fax)

    Grant Funding Requests
    For Public Comment
    (Deadline: COB Monday, June 28, 1999)
    (Council Review: September 20-21, 1999 -- Washington, DC)


    Docket: 10088 Grant (Consumer Education)
    Applicant: Blue Sky Energy and Environmental Enterprises
    Short Title: Consumer Outreach: Propane Grilling--A Clean, Safe Way to Prepare Food Outdoors
    Amount Requested: $370,040
    Total Costs: $470,040 over two years
    Summary: The purpose of this proposed project is to use various broad-based point-of-sale, hotline and direct mail outreach techniques to build awareness among consumers that propane grilling is a clean, safe, economical and convenient fuel for outdoor grilling. While research shows the market for propane grills is rapidly growing, issues about safety and environmental effects continue to be important and may have an effect on the upward momentum of sales in this sector. Lack of understanding about safe grilling and propane handling techniques creates a barrier between the industry and consumers. Even though the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Fire Administration have several of these activities in place, a coordinated safety information activity by the propane industry would show good faith to the public and government that the industry places a priority on public safety. A database of those interested in propane as a grilling fuel will be derived from the hotline and Internet site and may be used for promotional purposes by grill manufacturers, retailers and propane suppliers.

     


    Docket: 10090 Grant (Research & Development)
    Applicant: Institute of Gas Technology (IGT)
    Short Title: Prototype Propane Fuel Processor
    Amount Requested: $289,917
    Total Costs: $289,917
    Summary: IGT proposes to adapt its low carbon monoxide fuel processor technology to reform propane into a hydrogen-rich gas for fuel cell power generation systems. An eight-month program is planned to design, fabricate, and test a 5 KW prototype fuel processor in IGT's test facility.


    Docket: 10091 Grant (Research & Development)
    Applicant: Institute of Gas Technology (IGT)
    Short Title: Feasibility of Propane Fueled Desiccant Systems for Animal Farms
    Amount Requested: $75,000
    Total Costs: $75,000
    Summary: The principal objective of the proposed study is to determine the techno-economic feasibility of installing a propane-fired desiccant cooling system for enhancement of pig breeding and to assess the manufacture, installation, and operation of such systems. This system will control humidity and improve the thermal comfort of breeding pigs.


    Docket: 10094 Grant (Research & Development)
    Applicant: Midwest Research Institute (MRI)
    Short Title: Management and Technical Support to the Propane Education & Research Council's (PERC) Research Program
    Amount Requested: $247,567
    Total Costs: $247,567
    Summary: Midwest Research Institute will provide management, administrative support, and technical expertise to guide PERC's research and development program. The management and administrative services will include developing a formal request for proposal (RFP) process, recommending research areas, assisting the Council in obtaining leveraged funds, managing the selection of applicants to perform research, administering the contracts with the researchers, monitoring the progress and assisting with the dissemination of the results and the outreach to the membership. The program will be managed in alignment with PERC's strategic plan and will ensure that funded programs contributed to an increase of the odorized propane market.


    Docket: 10096 Grant (Agriculture)
    Applicant: Institute of Gas Technology (IGT)
    Short Title: Demonstration of Propane Fueled Desiccant Systems of Swine Breeding Facility Amount Requested: $80,000
    Total Costs: $80,000
    Summary: The principal objective of the proposed study is to demonstrate the technical feasibility of installing a propane-fired desiccant cooling system for enhancement of pig breeding. This system will control humidity and improve the thermal comfort of breeding pigs. Relieving heat stress has been shown to significantly enhance animal production levels.


    Docket: 10098 Grant (Consumer Education)
    Applicant: Green Car Institute (GCI)
    Short Title: Environmental Vehicle Display at Children's Museum
    Amount Requested: $27,500
    Total Costs: $97,500
    Summary: These state-of-the-art displays may range from interactive demonstrations of electric or hybrid vehicle propulsion to comparisons of greenhouse gas emissions by various fuels and types of vehicles. All displays will offer hands-on activities to provide a stimulating and educational experience and will be placed at children's museums such as those in Chicago, Chattanooga TN, New York, Los Angeles and others across North America.


    Docket: 10099 Grant (Consumer Education)
    Applicant: Green Car Institute (GCI)
    Short Title: National Clearinghouse for Education Materials and Programs
    Amount Requested: $50,000
    Total Costs: $100,000
    Summary: The Green Car Institute has identified a great many regionally-produced educational programs that cover electric and alternative fuel vehicles, advanced vehicle technologies, automobiles and greenhouse gas emissions, auto recycling, and much more. Materials range from children's books to various curriculum programs for teachers at all levels. The majority of these have been produced with funding from industry associations, health organizations, environmental groups, and private companies.


    Docket: 10100 Grant (Consumer Education/Communications)
    Applicant: Green Car Institute (GCI)
    Short Title: Green Car Institute Web Site
    Amount Requested: $25,000
    Total Costs: $75,000
    Summary: This site will be developed in order to be widely perceived as the definitive source for alternative fuel and environmental vehicle information. Many public and commercial web sites exist which offer some industry news, consortia activities, feature articles, various Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) links, and more. But there is no central clearinghouse for this information. This site will be widely promoted through the media, in the pages of Green Car Journal, within the industry, and through extensive links at public and commercial web sites as the definitive, unbiased resource for information relating to the automobile's interaction with the environment. Extensive consumer and educational sections will be offered. The site will include extensive curriculum for educators at all levels, with lesson plans that can be easily incorporated into the classroom.


    Docket: 10101 Grant (Research & Development)
    Applicant: Green Car Institute (GCI)
    Short Title: Green Car Institute Seed Funding
    Amount Requested: $5,000
    Total Costs: $20,000
    Summary: Funding is requested to develop programs, research educational opportunities, conduct fundraising, and develop GCI infrastructure.


    Docket: 10121 Grant (Research & Development)
    Applicant: James Feuling
    Short Title: Clean Cold-Start Proposal
    Amount Requested: $200,000
    Total Costs: $400,000
    Summary: Develop a 'Clean Cold-Start' system using propane for starting a gasoline/diesel vehicle on, and then switching back to gasoline/diesel after the catalytic converter has reached operating temperature. This 'Clean Cold-Start' system will greatly reduce hydrocarbons (HC) and carbon monoxide (CO) on startup of internal combustion engines, saving an estimated 500 million gallons of gasoline, over 9 billion quarts of engine oil, and almost 2 billion oil filters.


    Docket: 10122 Grant (Research & Development)
    Applicant: Battelle Columbus Operations, Battelle Memorial Institute
    Short Title: Adapting the Marathon Engine to Propane Fuel for Electric Power Generation and other Applications
    Amount Requested: $68,000
    Total Costs: $5,000,000
    Summary: The purpose of this program is to adapt the 'Marathon' gas engine to operate on propane in order to increase opportunities for propane as a preferred fuel source for air conditioning and electric power generation applications where conventional power is costly or is not available. The Marathon is a unique engine originally developed as the prime mover for a residential, natural gas-fired heat pump, but is also well suited for other high-load factor services, such as residential electric power generation. The service life and maintenance interval for this engine is at least 10 times longer than other small engines used for electric power generation. It is currently being considered as the prime mover for at least three electric power generation units being introduced into the marketplace. The objective of this proposed project is to develop, compile and analyze performance data and determine the engine design configuration expected to be most suitable for reliable operation of the Marathon engine on propane fuel.


    Docket: 10123 Grant (Safety & Training)
    Applicant: Wilfred Baker Engineering, Inc. (WBE)
    Short Title: Evaluation of Pressure Relief Valve Performance Degradation Over Time Amount Requested: $133,400
    Total Costs: $183,400
    Summary: A series of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Code-compliant relief valve tests are proposed to determine the relative performance of relief valves for typical consumer use (20lb WC) after 0-10 years. The results of this study will determine the necessity of adopting the periodic replacement/re-qualification included in Compressed Gas Association's Cylinder Specification Committee (CGAS) CGAS-1.1 1994 and, if warranted, how long this period should be.


    Docket: 10124 Grant (Safety & Training)
    Applicant: Wilfred Baker Engineering, Inc. (WBE)
    Short Title: Evaluation of Relief Valve Alternatives for Overpressure Protection of Propane Vessels
    Amount Requested: $265,564
    Total Costs: $315,564
    Summary: A series of fire tests of 20 lb. WC consumer propane tanks is proposed to evaluate the efficacy of four different means (relief valve, fusible plug, rupture disk, or no relief device) of protecting propane vessels under fire engulfment conditions. The testing will provide quantitative data on the relative degrees of protection afforded by these different methods by monitoring the condition of the lading before failure and the energetic results (blast pressure, fireball size and radiant intensity, and fragment masses and ranges) of failure.


    Docket: 10125 Grant (Consumer Education)
    Applicant: National Propane Gas Association and the Ancient Gassers, Inc.
    Short Title: Propane Industry Exhibit at the National Museum of Industrial History
    Amount Requested: $450,000
    Total Costs: $500,000
    Summary: In conjunction with the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, PA, the National Propane Gas Association, working through the Ancient Gassers organization, will develop an exhibition on the propane gas industry as part of the Preview Center's Factory Floor Exhibition, scheduled to open in March 2000. This exhibit will explain the fundamentals of propane gas and its uses, and tell the history of the industry. Once the full museum opens, this exhibit will be incorporated into the museum now being constructed on the site of the original Bethlehem Steel Works, which dates back to the middle of the 19th Century.


    Docket: 10126 Grant (Consumer Education)
    Applicant: National Propane Gas Association (NPGA)
    Short Title: International Builders' Show
    Amount Requested: $216,700
    Total Costs: $391,700
    Summary: The objective of this project is to maximize the highly visible educational forum offered by this key trade show, featuring safety, education, and R&D, while targeting the residential new construction market--to reach prospective customers and influential industry sources. NPGA and the Council will partner with American Gas Association (AGA), Gas Research Institute (GRI), and Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA) to create a cooperative effort for an overall 'gas' message to builders. NPGA will seek guidance from GRI in order to maximize efficiencies in presenting the latest in propane technologies. NPGA has submitted an educational seminar on manufactured housing to National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for their consideration. The yearly Builders' Show CD-Rom serves as an interactive educational tool, showcasing both the Propane Council's and NPGA's web sites. Also, NPGA will work with the Council on a strong media campaign to reach builder trade and consumer home publications, as well as other local media.


    Docket: 10127 (Research & Development--Over-the-road motor fuels)
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Short Title: Ford SULEV-capable Propane Liquid Fuel Injection System
    Amount Requested: $263,500
    Total Costs: $700,000
    Summary: Extension of Ford's Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) liquid fuel injection technology demonstration project to include dedicated propane applications on airport shuttle buses, paratransit, buses, inner-city pickup and delivery vehicles for Clean Air non-attainment areas, and selected service truck applications such as propane tank-setting vehicles and cylinder delivery vehicles.

    Project will demonstrate the superior emissions performance of dedicated propane fueled vehicles, which are fully competitive with gasoline and diesel-powered equivalent products including performance, fuel economy, range and overall capability.


    ADDENDUM

    On May 28, the Propane Education & Research Council issued a notice of public comment, which included 16 funding requests. What follows are descriptions of two additional funding requests that are also subject to public comment during the May 28-June 28 review period.

    Docket: 10128 Grant (Research & Development)
    Applicant: IMPCO Technologies, Inc.
    Short Title: Certification of a Low NOx Propane Medium Duty GM Truck (2001 M.Y. 8.1L)
    Amount Requested: $100,000
    Total Costs: $1,500,000
    Summary: IMPCO received funding from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to develop a Low NOx Certified 7.4L Medium-Duty Truck Engine for sale in GM Trucks. With recently enacted legislation, there are significant government rebates available in California for trucks/engines certified to this level. The funding from SCAQMD covered only the 1999 Model Year.

    IMPCO is in the process of developing a propane system for the new GM 8.1L engine to be released in Medium-Duty Trucks for the 2001 Model Year. IMPCO believes that incentive money will be available to fleets in future years for Low NOx Certified engines. Therefore, IMPCO is requesting PERC funding to develop a Low NOx Certification on the 8.1L engine for 2001.


    Docket: 10129 Grant (Research & Development)
    Applicant: IMPCO Technologies, Inc.
    Short Title: Recertification of the Low NOx Propane Medium Duty GM Truck (2000 M.Y. 7.4L)
    Amount Requested: $20,000
    Total Costs: $350,000 (1999 & 2000)
    Summary: IMPCO received funding from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to develop a Low NOx Certified 7.4L Medium-Duty Truck Engine for sale in GM Trucks. With recently enacted legislation, there are significant government rebates available in California for trucks/engines certified to this level. The funding from SCAQMD covered only the 1999 Model Year. IMPCO is requesting funding to perform a carry-over certification for the 2000 Model Year since the incentive program from the state will carry over to next year.


    Copies of individual funding requests can be obtained by calling 202-452-8975. Comments (including the docket #) should be submitting in writing no later than June 28, 1999 to:


    Propane Education & Research Council
    Attention: Public Comment
    1776 K Street, N.W., Suite 204
    Washington, D.C. 20006
    202-452-9054 (fax)