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EnergyMakers Show Spotlights William Epling

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Melanie Ziems

The EnergyMakers Show, a web series presented by Comcast Business, sat down with William Epling, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, to discuss the progression of the natural gas industry in the United States.

Natural gas is divided into two categories: LNG (liquefied natural gas) and CNG (compressed natural gas). Epling, who is the president of the Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, said that LNG is more practical for use in vehicles like big rigs, which are constantly on the road, but in traditional cars and trucks that often start and stop, LNG isn’t as efficient because the gas continues to evaporate when the car is stopped.

Additionally, Epling says that CNG is also becoming a more viable alternative to traditional gasoline. While CNG doesn’t last as long in a vehicle as LNG, it could prove to be an effective supplement – or even substitute – for  gasoline in future automobile models.

Watch the full episode here.

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