TCU Natural Gas Vehicle

Aug 13 2012

Our 1.8 liter Honda Civic GX is a 100% dedicated naturalgas vehicle that has been manufactured by American Honda for 13 years for U.S. Highways. It sells for around $26,000 and gets about 27 mpg city and 38 mpg on the highway with an estimated range of 248 miles. Since it uses only natural gas, that sells for about than $2.00 per gallon, it means it emits 30% less C02 and 70-90% less CO, NOx and VOC emissions than gasoline or diesel engines. You can see our “FrogMobile” at most every football game!

Geothermal Basin Studies

Aug 7 2012

TCU will soon be a new center for a global research network of scholars focused on the basic science and engineering questions that need to be addressed to make large-scale geothermal energy from sedimentary basins a reality. The work and proposals are to be done by individual researchers across the country, sometimes in cooperation with…

NGVs in Texas

Aug 2 2012

Our “Breakout Year” for NGVs in Texas By Ken Morgan, Director, TCU Energy Institute Natural gas has a long history as a reliable fuel source for home heating, industrial manufacturing and electrical generation. However, securing long term supplies has always been tied to the discovery and development of conventional “oil and gas reservoirs” that over…

GIS for Energy Studies

Aug 2 2012

Our modern GIS and Remote Sensing Center houses 28 work stations dedicated to teaching and research in geological and environmental science mapping. Many students use this facility to study energy related problems that lend themselves to GIS solutions such as: Well pad siting, locating new potential locations for NGV refueling stations, wind farm mapping etc….