This week is National Small Business Week, and CRES is highlighting the efforts that small businesses around the country have contributed to advancing clean energy technology. In the state of Oregon, we were introduced to Onboard Dynamics through our friends at Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) and wanted to share their story. Natural gas
The first Deschutes County vehicle to partially run on compressed natural gas has been a success and could lead the road department to test similar technology in the future. In September, a road department inspector began using a Ford F-250 that partially runs on natural gas as part of a pilot program with Bend-based OnBoard Dynamics. The technology company partnered with the county last year to see how well the system could perform. “We’ve been
A truck that will partially run on compressed natural gas was received by Deschutes County officials Thursday and will soon be on the road for a pilot program with Onboard Dynamics, a Bend-based technology company. The Ford F-250 is outfitted with a natural gas refueling system that allows the driver to travel about 75 miles farther than with just a tank of gas. Chris Doty, the county’s Road Department director, said Thursday the technology has
Bend’s own Rita Hansen, head of OnBoard Dynamics, has been selected to be part of a delegation of U.S. entrepreneurs, investors and more headed to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the en…
OnBoard Dynamics has inked a multimillion-dollar agreement with Canadian manufacturer Linamar, which will produce the mobile compressed natural gas refueling unit that OnBoard developed in Bend.The deal represents a major milestone for OnBoard because Linamar, a $6 billion global company, will provide working capital that OnBoard needed in order to speed up product testing and set up a large-scale assembly process, CEO Rita Hansen said. The mobile unit, GoFlo, allows small fleets of vehicles running
Onboard Dynamics is trying to bring to market an engine that would make it much more convenient to power vehicles on natural gas. The dual-function engine has drawn $6 million in federal energy-innovation grants since it was conceived by OSU-Cascades engineering professor Chris Hagen. The technology wouldn’t exist without the university. And the company wouldn’t exist without Rita Hansen and Jeff Witwer, entrepreneurs who formed the company and brought additional funding.“We used to joke with
Prepares to Deliver 1st CNG-Powered Vehicle At 6pm on July 24, Rita Hansen received a phone call and an invitation to a party. Unlike most invites, this one was from a policy advisor in the White House’s Office of Science & Technology and the party was the inaugural White House Demo Day. Hansen’s Bend-based companyRead More
An OSU-Cascades innovation that could simplify the use of natural gas to power vehicles recently received $3.4 million in grant funding to help bring the product to market. Onboard Dynamics Inc., a spinoff of research conducted by Chris Hagen, assistant professor in the energy systems engineering program at the Bend OSU campus, has developed a means of using natural gas directly out of the gas lines used to heat homes to power vehicles, cutting the
Working with residents, business, and local government of Oregon and Southwest Washington to lead the nation in powering our highly efficient vehicles and equipment with domestically produced, low-carbon, sustainable fuels.
(photo above: Chris Hagen CTO Onboard Dynamics and Assistant Professor OSU-Cascades, Cheryl Martin former ARPA-e Director and Rita Hansen, CEO Onboard Dynamics) Although we have had a recent reprieve from high fuel prices, over the last ten years, fuel costs for Oregonians have nearly doubled, consuming a larger and larger share of household income. InRead More
CTO Chris Hagen Discusses Low-Pressure NG Refueling with myWindowCO
BEND - myWindowCO host Kerri Stewart interviews Chris Hagen about the history, future, and potential of natural gas refueling technology from Onboard Dynamics. Watch the video here.