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Power generation, engine projects gain PERC funding

November 24, 2020 By    

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) approved the following funding requests during its virtual meeting in November:

  • $1.3 million for phase 2 of the CETP modularization project, which covers the development of several programs that support the suite of new online and classroom training materials.
  • $1.25 million for a propane carbon emissions reduction program for builders, designed to engage builders and marketers, and collect research data from appliance installations for education and messaging. The builder incentive program would begin processing applications in December 2020.
  • $1 million for an emerging technologies research investment, which would provide a mechanism to include propane in funded projects with quick application timelines across multiple markets.
  • $700,000 to help develop a Rinnai micro-combined cooling, heat and power system in three sizes – 5, 10 and 15 kilowatts (kW) – to fit residential and small commercial applications.
  • $580,000 to update the Propane Emergencies training and certification program in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
  • $173,723 to develop the Engine Distributors Inc. (EDI) Ford 3.5-liter V-6 industrial engine on LPG, replacing the 3.7-liter engine. EDI is Ford’s distributor for industrial engines in the U.S.
  • $145,500 for the 2020 sales report, part of a retail propane industry survey that helps to provide a state-by-state assessment of U.S. odorized propane sales by end-use sector. PERC is partnering with Frost & Sullivan on the project.
  • $104,160 to develop the EDI Ford 7.3-liter V-8 engine on LPG, replacing the 6.8-liter engine, for the off-highway industrial market.
  • $64,000 for the demonstration in 2022 of a Brash 1.0-5.0 kW micro-CHP system and a product launch scheduled for 2023.
  • $60,000 for EPA propane certification of an Aisin 1.5 kW CHP system ahead of a full launch scheduled for 2022.

The council is scheduled to meet virtually Dec. 18 to discuss a $12 million funding request that aims to commercialize a Cummins medium-duty propane engine in 2024.

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Brian Richesson is the editor in chief of LP Gas Magazine. Contact him at brichesson@northcoastmedia.net or 216-706-3748.

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