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 »

ISO/DIS 17519.2 Mounted Cylinders Opens for Comment

Hexagon Lincoln Tuffshell (TM) cylinders

Image: Agility Fuel Solutions

ISO has sent out for ballot the 2nd Draft International Standard ISO/DIS 17519.2, Gas cylinders – Refillable permanently mounted composite tubes for transportation. The draft document has been prepared by ISO TC58 SC3. TC 58 focuses on the Standardization of gas cylinders, their fittings and characteristics relating to their manufacture and use, and SC3 looks specifically at cylinder design. Read more »

ISO Publishes Standards for CNG and LNG Fuelling Stations

LNG dispenserIn December 2016, ISO published two international standards that will play an important role in the deployment of the alternative fuels infrastructure. The publication of ISO 16923 and ISO 16924 respectively enables entities to apply broadly supported requirements for the design, construction, operation, maintenance and inspection of CNG and LNG fuelling stations. NGV Global has been a key player in the process for these two Standards. Read more »

Mandatory Safety Code Now Active for Gas-fuelled Vessels

Isla Bella

TOTE introduced the world’s first natural gas-powered containership, the Isla Bella.

A new code for ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels entered into force on 1 January 2017, along with new training requirements for seafarers working on those ships. The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) demands compliance with the requirements of the IGF code, which contains mandatory provisions for the arrangement, installation, control and monitoring of machinery, equipment and systems using gases, focusing initially on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Read more »

ISO PC252 Fueling Stations – An NGV Global Initiative

NGV Global - International Association for Natural Gas VehiclesActive on behalf of the natural gas for transportation industry for 30 years, NGV Global is building a rich history of leadership, collaboration and advocacy. Our Technical Group of Experts is currently focusing on ISO PC252, just one of our many priorities that call for international collaboration and input.  PC252 began with an NGV Global initiative in 2007. Read more »

U.S. Introduces Phase 2 Standards for MDVs and HDVs; Phase 1 Retained for Natural Gas

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have this week jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, add to energy security and stimulate manufacturing innovation. NGVAmerica, the U.S. trade association for natural gas vehicles (NGV), sees positive outcomes for the natural gas for transportation sector. Read more »

SAE J1616 Standard for CNG Vehicle Fuel Updated

In May this year, SAE International’s Fuels And Lubricants Tc 7 Fuels Committee released an updated version of SAE J1616: Standard for Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel (SAE J 1616_201605). The revision reflects the growing maturity of the natural gas fuel for transportation market, particularly in North America but also globally, and pays greater attention to supply chain influences upon fuel quality. Read more »

U.S. Adopts DGE Standard for Natural Gas Motor Fuel Sales

Clean Energy Dispenser LNG-fueling

LNG refueling at Clean Energy Fuels station

The U.S. National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) at its recent annual meeting voted to approve the diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) standard as a legally authorized method of sale for natural gas that is sold as motor fuel. The DGE standard, already adopted as standard practice by twenty eight States for taxing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), allows for the ready comparison of natural gas with diesel fuel, the dominant fuel used in truck applications. Read more »

CNG and LNG Approved as Fuel for Transporting Dangerous Goods (ADR)

ADR PictogramsThe last hurdle towards legalizing Natural Gas as a fuel for trucks transporting dangerous goods was lifted last week in Geneva. NGV Global’s Executive Director, Diego Goldin, says: “This sends a positive signal that using natural gas as a transport fuel is rightly considered safe, even for transporting dangerous products.”  Read more »

US Coast Guard Updates LNG Bunkering Guidance

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico LNG BunkeringThe United States Coast Guard (USCG)’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) has updated its Memorandum on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering procedures, issued in October 2015, following observations of several LNG bunkering operations over the last few months. The revision Memorandum publishes “change one to Reference (a) to differentiate LNG bunkering recommendations specific for U.S. flagged vessels from recommendations for all vessels (U.S. and non-U.S. flagged vessels)”. Read more »