NGV Provisions Discussed at UNECE GRPE Meeting in Geneva

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UNECE GRPE BannerThe UNECE Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) is the subsidiary body of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) that prepares regulatory proposals on pollution and energy efficiency to WP.29.  This group of experts, which includes representation from NGV Global, conducts research and analysis to develop emission and energy requirements for vehicles. NGV Global reports here, on the two provisions related to natural gas vehicles (NGV) that were on last week’s agenda in Geneva. Read more »

Californian Research Team Reassesses SCR Effectiveness for HGVs

USA_UC Riverside Report for CARB re SCR May2017Despite the dramatic progress year on year with reducing emissions in the USA, the U.S. EPA says air pollution continues to threaten Americans’ health and welfare. Furthermore, emissions from the transportation sector are comparatively on the rise, now claiming first position amongst contributing sectors. A new study prepared by UC Riverside’s College of Engineering and published by CARB last week suggests SCR technology is less effective, vocation-specific and requires further research to determine the frequency of good SCR function needed to obtain real-world NOx emissions data. Read more »

NGVA Europe Study Validates Emissions Advantage of Natural Gas Fuel 

NGVA Europe Report - W-t-WGHG Intensity Chart Passenger Vehicles NGVA Europe (the European Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association) has published a study that shows natural gas reduces GHG emissions from passenger cars on a Well-to-Wheel (WtW) basis by 23% compared with petrol and by 7% compared with diesel. The study, entitled Greenhouse Gas Intensity of Natural Gas, also shows that for heavy-duty applications, benefits compared to diesel are of 16% for CNG and up to 15% for LNG. Also in the maritime sector, overall WtW benefits are up to 21% compared to conventional HFO (Heavy-Fuel-Oil) fuels. Read more »

LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax Design Delivered by Green Corridor JIP

Green Corridor LNG fueled NewcastlemaxAt the Nor-Shipping trade fair in Oslo today, partners in the “Green Corridor” Joint Industry Project (JIP) — BHP, Fortescue, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Rio Tinto, SDARI, U-Ming, Woodside, and DNV GL — presented the results from stage one of their “Green Corridor” joint industry project (JIP), delivering a design based on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fuel. Read more »

COGES LNG Boxship Design Validated and Ready

PERFECt II, a (computer-gernerated model) - COGES system

PERFECt II, a (computer-generated model)

The Nor-Shipping event in Oslo this week has highlighted Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)’s continued emergence as a viable, cleaner marine fuel. In this instance, project partners ABB (Switzerland), OMT (Denmark), GTT (France), Caterpillar’s Solar Turbines (USA), CMA CGM (France), its subsidiary CMA Ships, and DNV GL (Norway), presented the results of phase II of the PERFECt joint industry project (JIP). Phase II looked to validate the phase I results and develop the concept to a “ready to order” stage. Read more »

Audi Achieves Best Ever Endurance Test for A3 g-tron

Audi A3 Sportback g-tronThe Audi A3 Sportback g-tron with compressed natural gas (CNG) drive was awarded the first-ever rating of 1+ by the automotive publication Auto Bild after completing 100,000 kilometers of endurance testing. Audi says this ranking confirms the quality of the climate-friendly g-tron technology, which was introduced in 2013. Read more »

Centre for RNG Opened in California

Riverside RNG Symposium & Center for RNG Ribbon CuttingA new Center for Renewable Natural Gas has been formally opened this week at the University of California, Riverside. The Center is the first academic establishment in the United States dedicated to the study and applied research of renewable gas technologies. Research will be conducted that focuses on improving technology and on reducing barriers to achieve widespread commercial production and use of renewable natural gas in California. Read more »

Caterpillar Establishes First Marine LNG Test Bed

Caterpillar Marine LNG Test Facility in Hamburg May2017Caterpillar Marine has unveiled the first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) test bed for gas-fuelled engines at its facility in the port city of Kiel, 90 km north of Hamburg. The LNG preparation unit comprises of an LNG tank and a gas preparation unit, both in 40 ft container size; both developed and provided by Marine Service GmbH. Read more »

Cimarron Composites Type 4 Composite Tube Approved

Cimarron Composites - CNG tubes May2017Cimarron Composites, based in the U.S. state of Alabama, has received a DOT special permit and ADR approval for a large type 4 composite tube. It was developed under the guidelines of UN ISO 11515 without exceptions and has been approved to function stand-alone, or in a tube trailer or in a multi-element gas container.  Read more »

Momentum Fuel Technologies Introduces New CNG Systems

Momentum Fuel Technologies, a Texas-based compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system solutions provider has used Waste Expo 2017 to introduce three products that improve CNG vehicle performance of Class 6-8 vehicles. These include a 115 diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) tailgate system, CNG fuel management drop-in module, and live CNG vehicle data and fuel usage reports using Geotab’s fleet management solution. Read more »