Onboard Dynamics lands major development partner

January 11th, 2017

ONAMI Gap portfolio company Onboard Dynamics, Inc. (ObDi, Bend, OR) announced today it has signed a contract with Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) to fund the demonstration and testing of a new mobile natural gas compressor to be used to re-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles no matter where they are. The mobile natural gas compressor will be manufactured in Oregon and reduces the need for CNG cars and trucks to travel to public CNG stations and instead brings clean-burning natural gas refueling to the vehicles.

SoCalGas and ObDI will begin a demonstration project of the technology in the summer of 2017 with Mountain View School District in El Monte, Calif. and Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency in Lancaster, Calif. SoCalGas has committed funds from its Research, Development and Demonstration program for the demonstration of this project, and ObDI will be responsible for project management, system design, performance monitoring and onsite maintenance of the compressors.

Additional funding and support for the development of the compressor was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, ONAMI, Oregon BEST, Portland Seed Fund, NW Natural and other utilities and private investors.

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