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 »

EMPA Tests Show Natural Gas is a Clean Alternative

| Switzerland, Dübendorf

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

| USA, Lynnfield MA

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

| USA, Denton TX
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

| Italy, Alessandria

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 »

Agility’s Blue iQ Optimises Natural Gas Cummins-Powered Trucks

| USA, Costa Mesa CA

Agility BlueIQVector LogoAgility Fuel Solutions is introducing Blue iQ, its newest natural gas fuel product this week at the American Trucking Association’s TMC Transportation Technology Exhibition. Blue iQ uses proprietary technology developed through Agility’s partnership with Cummins to give natural gas vehicles the same tools diesel trucks use to optimize fuel consumption and maximize uptime. Read more »

Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Engine Unmatched in Comparative California Emissions Testing

| USA, Riverside CA
Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero

Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero natural gas engine

The University of California Riverside’s College of Engineering – Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) has released a report that summarises clear benefits should California promote the uptake of heavy duty natural gas trucks to meet its objective of reducing transport-related emissions, particularly when compared to equivalent diesel-operated HDVs. It sees natural gas powered vehicles as significant contributors that will assist the South Coast Air Basin and California to reach federal air quality attainment standards. Read more »

Diesel Dual-Fuel Gains Foothold in Italy

| Italy, Serralunga di Crea

Ecomotive Solutions Conversion HD Diesel vehicle Euro6 Approval

Ecomotive Solutions is the first company in Italy to be certified according to EURO VI standards by the Ministero delle Infrastutture e dei Trasporti (Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport) for the transformation of heavy-duty vehicles from vehicles dual fuel. Thanks to its d-gid platform, Ecomotive Solutions is capable of fuelling a diesel engine simultaneously with a mixture of natural gas (CNG/LNG) and diesel, without compromising the engine’s performance. Read more »

UK-Funded Projects to Advance HDV Gas Technologies

| United Kingdom, London
CNG Fuels Truck

CNG Fuels will trial 43 dedicated gas HGVs

Funding from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK (agencies of the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) has been awarded to several natural gas for transportation projects, announced this week by Transport Minister John Hayes. The funding is provided to successful applicants who entered the government sponsored competition to stimulate the development of ultra low emission vehicle (ULEV) technologies. Read more »

New Study Outlines Pump-to-Wheel Emissions for Natural Gas HDVs

| USA, Morgantown WV
Methane study WVU chart

Figure 5: Methane emissions by component (see endnote)

A West Virginia University (WVU) pump-to-wheels study is the first end-use paper to quantify and discuss the sources and amount of greenhouse-gas methane that is emitted across the natural gas supply chain. The collaborative study was carried out at the WVU Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions (CAFEE) and was recently published by Environmental Science & Technology. Read more »