USA company NRGhybrids Group recently launched its 2012 CNGPUMP 1-1.6 GGE Home Fueling Station. It is a hydraulic compressor appliance that mounts the control panel inside the garage and the compressor outside the garage. Natural gas vehicle cylinders are filled with the same gas as used for home heating. The company says the unit satisfies the needs of US building codes and insurance companies. It come with a 3-year fix or replace warranty. Read more »
The City of Tyler, Texas, unveiled its compressed natural gas (CNG) station for City vehicles. The station is the first step in a pilot project to assess the viability of converting the Tyler fleet to the use of CNG. The effort to convert a portion of the City fleet to CNG was a direct outcome of the Industry Growth Initiative (IGI) adopted by the Tyler community in 2010. By June, 19 of the City’s 600 fleet vehicles will be running on CNG, at an estimated cost per gallon of $1.50 compared to $3.50 to $4.00 for unleaded gasoline.
(This article compiled using information from a City of Tyler press release)
Biomethane, produced from non-food sources for use as a transportation fuel, features in Vereinigte BioEnergie AG (VERBIO)’s 2011 annual report. The German energy company says that when used as a fuel biomethane, branded as Verbiogas, reduces CO2 emissions by 90% compared to petrol and is the most efficient biofuel with the highest energy density. VERBIO has allocated funds for further expansion of biomethane production through 2012-14. Read more »
Venchurs Vehicle Systems (VVS), which offers both compressed natural gas (CNG) conversions for Ford and off road products/specialty vehicle builds through its VWerks division, will combine the two worlds at the upcoming Moab Easter Jeep Safari, showcasing the performance capabilities of both programs. According to PT Muldoon, VP of Engineering for VVS, CNG is currently focused towards the fleet industry and Moab brings about an opportunity to introduce CNG to a new market of dedicated off-road enthusiasts. Read more »
In increasing numbers, major U.S. contract freight carriers are deploying heavy-duty natural gas-powered trucks to support their customers’ supply chain transport requirements, says Clean Energy Fuels Corporation’s Chief Marketing Officer, James Harger. Clean Energy, North American supplier of natural gas fuel for transportation, contracts with carrier fleet operators to provide compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling services at Clean Energy public access stations nationwide. Read more »
Chevron Lubricants has introduced a new oil for use in heavy duty compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) engines. Delo 400 NG SAE 15W-40, available on the North American market June 2012, is formulated to deliver protection and long drain performance in a wide variety of CNG and LNG engines. It has the capability to help customers minimize operating costs in operations such as municipal bus services, linehaul and delivery truck services, waste truck operations, and off-road equipment. Read more »
Wärtsilä Corporation has been contracted to supply a Tier III compliant dual-fuel engine for a Korean government Incheon Port Authority (IPA) Guideship. The Government of the Republic of Korea has specified environmental sustainability as a priority for this ship. The about 200 gross tonnage Guideship is to be designed and coordinated by the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in Korea on behalf of the state-owned Incheon Port Authority (IPA). Read more »
The Dominican Republic’s Director of Non-Conventional Energy, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Engineer Salvador Rivas celebrated his country’s 4,000th vehicle converted to operate using compressed natural gas (CNG), in a special ceremony last week. The milestone vehicle was a Peugeot Clio 2002. “This is a sign that the natural gas program being implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, under the direction of the Minister García Arévalo, is progressing”, stressed Engineer Rivas. Read more »
Local Transport Minister Norman Baker of the United Kingdom’s Department for Transport (DfT) has approved a package of improvements that will see more eco-friendly buses on England’s roads, including buses operating on biomethane. Following a two month bidding process the department has provided funding of more than GBP 22 million (USD 35 million) for 439 new buses for 2012/2013. Passengers will see 128 single-decked and 311 double-decker buses in service from spring 2013, saving over 9,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year. Read more »
Earlier this month Chevrolet and GMC provided details of General Motors’ full-size bi-fuel models — the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD extended cab pickup trucks. The vehicles include a compressed natural gas (CNG) capable Vortec 6.0L V8 engine that seamlessly transitions between CNG and gasoline fuel systems. Combined, the trucks offer a range of more than 650 miles (1,000+ kms). The Silverado and Sierra will be available in standard and long box, with either two- or four-wheel drive. The gaseous option will be available in late 2012. Read more »
Hamburg ship supplier Becker Marine Systems GmbH & Co. has initiated the development of a climate-neutral ferry service for Europe‘s coastal waters. The idea to develop an emission-free ferry with very low draught for the shallow European coastal waters evolved from considering how to reduce environmental impact on the precious and fragile Wadden Sea National Parks, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and located along the German coast of the North Sea. Read more »
Volvo Trucks North America, part of the Volvo Group, will add the Volvo VNL daycab to its range of heavy duty natural gas powered trucks. The Volvo VNL daycab offers customers a larger – 123-inch bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC) and is rated up to 80,000 lbs. GCWR – and more robust spec than the natural-gas powered Volvo VNM daycab. Introduced in 2011, the VNM daycab features a 113-inch BBC and is rated up to 66,000 lbs. GCWR. Read more »
Eidesvik Offshore ASA has entered into an agreement with independent Swedish oil and gas exploration and production company Lundin Norway AS, for chartering of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered supply vessel Viking Prince, due for delivery from Kleven Verft end of March. Viking Prince is the fifth Eidesvik Offshore vessel that is powered by LNG, with dual-fuel engines to ensure low NOx and CO2 emissions. “It is delightful to see another operator on the [Norwegian continental] shelf start using LNG powered supply vessels,” says CEO Jan Fredrik Meling.
(This article compiled using information from an Eidesvik Offshore ASA press release)
The Governing Board of the City of Madrid has authorized the Municipal Transport Company of Madrid (EMT) to enter into a leasing contract worth EUR 25 million (USD 33 million) for the purchase of 81 new ‘green’ buses in 2012. The measure is part of the investment policy of the company, which provides for the renewal of the fleet with the acquisition of a total of 123 new compressed natural gas (CNG) and hybrid-electric natural gas buses to implement the Madrid’s 2011-2015 Air Quality Plan. Read more »
The adoption of a law creating the Energy Security in Oil and Energy Social Inclusion Fund marks the beginning of the massification of gas that will benefit the poorest families in the country and will bring this service to remote areas, says Peru’s Minister of Energy and Mines (MEM), Jorge Merino Tafur. With a grant of $300 per vehicle the law is also expected to stimulate compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle conversions, with up to 40,000 per annum projected.
(This article compiled using information from a Ministry of Energy and Mines press release)