Renfe Commences LNG Passenger Train Trials in Spain

| Spain, Madrid

Renfe Prototype LNG passenger trainThe first traction tests in Europe of a train powered by liquefied natural gas are underway in Spain. The tests, conducted on the line between Mieres and Figaredo, will analyze the potential environmental and economic advantages that natural gas can provide in rail transport using non-electrified lines. in atendance for the launch were Spain’s Minister of Development, Íñigo de la Serna, and Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, Álvaro Nadal. Read more »

Tata Motors and Westport Fuel Systems Aim for Bharat Stage VI

| Canada and India

Westport Fuel Systems Inc. entered into a development and supply agreement last week with India’s Tata Motors Limited for their 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder natural gas spark-ignited commercial vehicle engine family to meet the Indian Government’s new Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) emission standards, scheduled to take effect in April of 2020. Read more »

Renewable Methane – Clean Fuel for Today and Tomorrow

| USA, Santa Monica CA

Arthur Daniels Midland - wastewater ponds generate methaneRenewable Natural Gas (RNG), also known as biogas, biomethane and bio-CNG, with various identifying brand names such as Redeem used by Clean Energy Fuels Corporation, is undoubtedly a fuel with high quality environmental characteristics.  But just how clean is methane as a fuel for transportation? Where does RNG come from? And should policymakers focus on it or leave it out of the evolving energy matrix? California-based clean transportation and energy consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) argues for inclusion, and with good reason. Read more »

LR-classed Hydroville Prepares Way for H2-Powered Vessels

| United Kingdom, London

Hydroville - H2-poweredAntwerp maritime group Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) has launched its new hydrogen-powered passenger vessel, Hydroville, classed by LR. The catamaran crew boat is the first LR-classed vessel to use hydrogen to power a diesel engine. The advantage of hydrogen is that no CO2, particulate matter or sulphur oxides are released during combustion. Read more »

IGU Forum Concludes Natural Gas Integral to Future Sustainability

| Spain, Barcelona | Source: IGU

IGU Logo (full)The 5th IGU Diplomatic Gas Forum in Madrid (22 November) included presentations and debate that point to natural gas’ key role in improving urban air quality and combating climate change. The conclusion drawn from this discussion:”Natural Gas to have a Fundamental Role in the Future Sustainable Energy Mix”. About 70 delegates from embassies of 30 countries and all regions attended the event. Read more »

SoCalGas Supports Policy to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants

| USA, Los Angeles CA

California RNG signThe California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) last week issued details of its plan to implement Senate Bill 1383, the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants bill, which aims to reduce emissions of potent greenhouse gasses. The bill requires state agencies to adopt policies and incentives to significantly increase the sustainable production and use of renewable gas. Read more »

Carrier Transicold CNG-Powered Supra® Wins at Stratégie Logistique

| France, Rueil Malmaison

Carrier Supra Refrigerant SystemThree weeks after its world premiere at Solutrans 2017, Carrier Transicold’s new compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Supra® multi-temperature truck refrigeration prototype unit has won the Sustainable Innovation award from Stratégie Logistique. The prototype unit also received the bronze Innovation award at Solutrans. The new unit is a high performance, sustainable solution that helps significantly reduce emissions and increase operator efficiencies. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.  Read more »

NEDO and Japanese Consortium Start CNG-NGV Demo Project in Indonesia

| Indonesia and Japan
NEDO Diagram demo project

Project overview: proposed CNG Stations

Japanese research and development government agency New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), together with Toyota Motor Corporation, Hino Motors Corp., Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Toho Gas Engineering Co., Ltd., with assistance from Nippon Automobile Research Institute, aim to expand the presence of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles in Indonesia. 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 »

Galileo Opens New Frontiers for Natural Gas

| Argentina, Buenos Aires
Galileo - Cryobox trailer on site to receive liquefied gas

Galileo – Cryobox trailer on site to receive liquefied gas

Natural gas supply is undergoing a revolution thanks to cutting edge systems being deployed by Argentine company Galileo Technologies. CEO Osvaldo del Campo and his team have developed virtual pipeline equipment that enables the transport of gas directly from the well to main gas pipelines or to those who, due to lack of infrastructure, have thus far been denied the benefits of this cleaner burning fuel. Read more »