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 »

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 »

EMPA Tests Show Natural Gas is a Clean Alternative

Germany_RDE-Test Opel Astra (non-CNG)EMPA, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (an interdisciplinary Swiss research institute for applied materials sciences and technology), has been stringently testing exhaust gases of currently available cars in Europe and says the results are alarming. Using a new test that includes measuring emissions in actual traffic, EMPA has shown natural gas powered vehicles (NGV) stand out as a clean alternative.  Read more »

APG to Produce Low NOx Dual Fuel/Exhaust System

American Power Group Corporation (APG) says it’s Board of Directors has approved funding for the initial production development phase of a first of its kind low NOx (oxides of nitrogen) solution for 13L – 16L Class 8 diesel engines that are model year 2010 and newer. The patent-pending design incorporates APG’s California Air Resources Board (CARB) E.O. Certified dual-fuel natural gas system with APG’s new Exhaust Thermal Management System (ETMS). Read more »

Peterbilt 520 and 320 Models with Cummins Westport ISL-G NZ Join CARB Project

Peterbilt 520 with Near Zero engine

Peterbilt Model 520

Peterbilt Motors Company, which introduced the Cummins Westport ISL-G Near Zero NOx emissions natural gas engine for its Vocational Truck models 567, 520 and 320, has announced Peterbilt Models 520 and 320 equipped with this engine have been granted eligibility for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). Read more »

D-GID Light ECU Converts Diesel Vehicles to Dual Fuel

Ecomotive Solutions - D-GID LIGHT ECUEcomotive Solutions, an engine calibration manufacturer and Holdim group company, has introduced the new d-gid Light ECU that converts diesel cars into dual fuel vehicles. The electronic management system is designed to power diesel engines with a dynamic controlled mix of diesel and gas (natural gas, biomethane or LPG). Read more »