The Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), a research division of the US Department of Energy, has developed a spreadsheet model designed to help measure the potential economic impact of the construction and operation of the natural gas fuelling stations.
The tool, JOBS NG (also available as JOBS H2 for assessing hydrogen stations), allows user to consider different scenarios by defining a range of parameters covering station development and/or operation. It also includes variations based on US state or geographical census divisions.
Supply chains considered in the scenarios include the construction, station planning, fuel supply operations and maintenance.
Outputs delivered by the tool include jobs (direct, indirect and induced), earnings and economic growth over a ten year life cycle of a station.
The tool is available publicly and can be downloaded here (registration required).
(Source: ANL and Phys.org)