Californian Quartet Drafts Dairy Biomethane Solicitation

| USA, Los Angeles CA

Cows walking to the afternoon milkingFour Californian gas suppliers are seeking to promote the State’s renewable natural gas (RNG) industry and clean energy by issuing a draft solicitation for dairy biomethane pilot projects under California Senate Bill (SB) 1383. Proposed projects must demonstrate an ability to capture and process biogas from dairy cows to produce renewable natural gas, which can replace traditionally sourced natural gas for fueling vehicles and other energy requirements. Read more »

Eni and FCA Jointly Target CO2 Emissions Reduction

| Italy, Rome

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Rome-based Italian Energy company Eni S.p.A. will jointly focus on reducing CO2 emissions produced by road transport vehicles under a research agreement signed late November. The agreement, which focuses on new technological applications for sustainable mobility, was signed in the presence of the Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, by the chief executives of the two companies, Claudio Descalzi and Sergio Marchionne. Read more »

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 »