Natural Gas Energy Companies Clamp Down on Emissions

| Germany, Kassel
Gas Energy Wintershall

Image courtesy of Wintershall

BP, Eni, ExxonMobil, Repsol, Shell, Statoil, Total and Wintershall this week committed to further reduce methane emissions from the natural gas assets they operate around the world. The energy companies also agreed to encourage others across the natural gas value chain – from production to the final consumer – to do the same. Read more »

Shell Starts Continuous Methane Detection Pilot

| Canada

Shell Caroline Complex in AlbertaShell has stepped up efforts to reduce methane slippage by launching a methane detector pilot at one of its shale gas sites near Rocky Mountain House in Alberta, Canada. If successful, the technology could be deployed wherever natural gas is captured, transported or utilised to contribute to emissions reduction. Read more »

Metro Buses with CWI Near-Zero NG Engine are Super Clean – UCR Study

| USA, Riverside CA
UCR Center for Environmental Research and Technology

Kent Johnson (UCR Center for Environmental Research & Technology) led the study.

Study shows natural gas engine in LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus is well below federal and state certification standards

The University of California, Riverside College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) and SoCalGas have announced the results of a new study on ultra-low emission natural gas heavy-duty engines. Read more »

UK Study Shows Huge Drop in CO2 Emissions from HGVs

| United Kingdom, Hinckley

Leyland CNG Station - Waitrose refuelA new UK study reveals an 84% drop in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from lorries using that country’s first gas filling station connected to a high-pressure pipeline. Cadent, the UK’s biggest gas network, says this is evidence that gas can be the fuel of choice for HGVs, and supports ‘clean air’ policies. Compressed natural gas (CNG) dispensed at the Lancashire station is 100% renewable, fuelling HGVs for big companies. Read more »

NGV Provisions Discussed at UNECE GRPE Meeting in Geneva

| Switzerland, Geneva

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

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 

| Belgium, Brussels

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

| Norway, Lillestrøm
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

| Germany, Ingolstadt

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

| USA, Riverside CA

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 »