GREENVILLE — An international conference next week at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) will examine the feasibility of natural gas as an alternative fuel.

The SAE International Natural Gas Symposium Tuesday and Wednesday opens with a high-level overview session providing natural gas production forecasts, infrastructure development, government initiatives and technology trends.

The conference will offer the perspectives of original equipment manufacturers (OEM), fuel system suppliers, infrastructure providers and fleet owners. Topics include development of natural gas fuel systems, engine conversion technologies, home fueling options and fleet business cases.

The symposium is designed for OEM system and product-design engineers; tier 1 and component suppliers; light, medium and heavy-duty vehicle system and product design engineers; consultants, engineering educators and researchers; and government representatives.

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An international lineup of speakers includes representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, Volkswagen AG, General Motors of Canada Ltd., Navistar and primary event sponsor Piedmont Natural Gas.

The program also features Scott Myers, chief executive officer of CU-ICAR’s newest research partner EcoDual Inc. Myers will share his company’s fleet experience developing dual-fuel engine technology.

Earlier this week, CU-ICAR and EcoDual announced a collaboration to research the commercial availability of natural gas engine systems for heavy-duty diesel trucks. 

Initially, the team will focus its combined resources on converting diesel engines already on the road to natural gas and reducing exhaust emissions.

Symposium attendees also will tour CU-ICAR’s research and testing facilities and Piedmont Natural Gas’ fast-fill compressed natural gas refueling station.

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