SOLIDEO, a subsidiary of French domestic road transporter Mory Transport, has signed a contract with GDF SUEZ Energy Services subsidiary GNVERT for natural gas refueling of 7 newly acquired compressed natural gas (CNG) IVECO Daily vans.” Our approach is sustainable development: meet current needs while preserving the environment without compromising the balance of social and economic health of future generations,” said Eric Jacquemetton, CEO of SOLIDEO. Read more »
Development in Italy of a liquified natural gas (LNG) distribution network is taking another step with the addition of a second public L-CNG (liquefied-to-compressed natural gas) station for the refueling of natural gas vehicles, to be located in Poirino (TO) – Strada Statale 29. The station is due to be opened in September. Read more »
Greka China Green Dragon (Greka), a subsidiary of Green Dragon, is a vertically integrated supplier of natural gas from coal seams, commonly known as coal bed methane (CBM). Gas sourced from three projects in Shanxi, Jiangxi and Anhui provinces is distributed in the form of compressed natural gas (CNG) and to a lesser extent via pipeline. Greka currently has four stations operating in Henan province and 28 within niches in Henan and Shanxi provinces in various stages of construction. Read more »
The Public Transport Company of Maputo (TPM), the capital and largest city of Mozambique, has received the first batch of an order for 150 natural gas-powered buses from Tata Motors of India. The buses are part of the country’s plan to improve public transportation in this highly congested city. 32 buses are already in service, 18 are due for immediate delivery, while two batches of 50 are due to arrive in July and August. Read more »
Stadtwerke Marburg, the city of Marburg’s municipal public transportation entity, has increased its fleet by ten new MAN Lion City new natural gas buses and now has a total of 35 buses with environmentally friendly natural gas propulsion. Fourteen natural gas buses have been procured since the start of 2011, including four Bredamenarini Vivacity buses from Italy. The switch to an environmentally-friendly drive concept by the city commenced seven years ago and now, according to Mayor Franz Hahle, the city has the largest natural gas fleet in Hesse, making up around 50% of the total fleet. Read more »
Volkswagen Motorsport entered biomethane-powered 330 hp GT24 Sciroccos into the Nurburgring Nordschleife 24-hour event again this year and came up triumphant, just as it did in 2010, in the alternative fuel class and well as performing well in overall placings. Compared with conventional spark ignition engines the use of biomethane allows CO2 emissions to be reduced by 80 per cent. The drivers of car #117 (Nasser Al-Attiyah, Carlos Sainz, Giniel de Villiers) finished first in the alt-fuel category and 27th overall in a field of more than 200 starters, while car #116 (Vanina Ickx, Wyss, Bernd Ostmann) finished second and 46th respectively. Read more »
The Government and executives of the Confederation of Bolivian Drivers have agreed to accelerate the process of conversion of gasoline-powered vehicles to natural gas at the national level after a slow first stage. In the second stage, the Executive will ensure the processing of 10,000 motor vehicles at the national level, for which will be imported conversion kits from Korea and Japan to facilitate the process. The agreement follows criticism of the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy by Bolivia’s vice-president Alvaro García Linera, describing the conversion of around 7,000 vehicles to date as “shameful”. Read more »
Ryder System, Inc., a provider of commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions, has secured lease agreements for 87 heavy-duty natural gas trucks from customers looking to take advantage of the fuel cost savings and environmental benefits of alternative fuel powered vehicles. 65 of those vehicles are part of Ryder’s natural gas fleet in Southern California, made available through the Ryder/San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Natural Gas Vehicle project. Read more »
Westport Innovations Inc., a provider of alternative fuel, low-emissions transportation technologies, has entered into an agreement with General Motors to help develop advanced natural gas engine technology for light duty vehicles (LDVs). Both General Motors and Westport will bring their extensive expertise to develop natural gas engine controls, emissions and performance strategies. Read more »
Companhia de Gas de Minas Gerais (Gasmig) and the Brazilian Association of Gas Distribution Companies (Abegás) have presented new technology directed toward the use of natural gas as fuel in heavy vehicles, especially in public passenger transport, and discussed programs to encourage conversion of heavy vehicles to use compressed natural gas (CNG) at a recent workshop on a Strategic Vision for Heavy Vehicles in Belo Horizonte, the capital of and largest city in the state of Minas Gerais. A prototype bus and truck were on display. Workshop participants were able to enjoy a bus ride through the region of Savassi, observing no loss of power compared with a similar diesel bus while enjoying a noticeably quieter ride. Read more »
NGV Global, the city of Chuncheon and the Korean Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (KANGV) have launched the website for NGV Global’s 2012 conference and exhibition. Located just north of Seoul, Chuncheon provides an exciting location for a comprehensive three-day conference that will discuss the evolving position of natural gas transportation in the face of uncertainty around traditional energy supply and growing pressure to address climate concerns. Read more »
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Howard Tenens, a logistics provider based in the United Kingdom, has added two more compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling stations in the UK, bringing their total to three so far with others planned across its transport network. Over the past 12 months the company has installed gas refuelling stations at its Andover, Boston and London (Aveley) depots to power its new dual-fuel HGV fleet, which is running on natural gas and diesel. It sees natural gas as a stepping stone to biomethane, which, when used as road transport fuel, will result in a further step change in carbon emissions.
“The future of transportation demands alternative energy sources and NG represents great potential.” Jeffrey Boyce, Sure Energy, Inc.
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) will accelerate its alternative fuel research efforts thanks to a CAD 1.5 million (USD 1.54 million) donation from Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sure Energy Inc. Jeffrey Boyce. The donation, the largest gift UOIT has received from an individual, will fund the Jeffrey S. Boyce research chair in Natural Gas (NG) as an Alternative Transportation Fuel.Sure Energy, Inc. is an Alberta-based domestic natural gas & oil exploration company. Read more »
Georgiy Efremov, Deputy Prime Minister of Stavropol Krai – a federal subject located in Russia’s south-west, and Raphael Batyrshin, General Director of LLC RariTEK met in Stavropol to discuss issues around the purchasing of KAMAZ compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles by the krai. RariTEK is a partner of KAMAZ for production of CNG equipment for KAMAZ trucks and CNG-powered NEFAZ passenger buses, and a service provider of this equipment. Read more »