In the National Capital Territory (NCT) of India, which includes New Delhi (the capital of India), Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and other cities and towns, drivers of natural gas vehicles have until June 1st to meet new compliance requirements. If vehicles do not display authorised compliance plates, no fuel will be dispensed. Delhi gas distributor Indraprastha Gas Limited has issued notices reminding people of the impending compliance date. Read more »
Revisions to the 2013 version of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 52 Vehicular Gaseous Fuel Systems Code will impact upon the design of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling station in the United States, according to a newsletter item published by Las Vegas-based Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi). NGVi draws attention to a new chapter titled General Fueling Station Requirements, subsection 4.4 Installation Validation, which imposes a Hazard and Operability Analysis (HAZOP). Read more »
The U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)’s Clean Cities program has published a summary of its 2012 Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum (NGVTF) held a meeting for stakeholders on October, in California. The meeting focused on research and development needs within the natural gas vehicle industry, for both compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), and in both heavy-duty and light-duty applications. Read more »
The inaugural meeting of the Natural Gas Marine Fuel Safety Advisory Group, as organised by industry association Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO), was held in London on 10th July 2012. The cross-industry group has been established by the liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping industry to advise on the design, operation, maintenance and training for natural gas marine fuel systems. Read more »
In the Canadian province of British Columbia, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (TranBC)’s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) branch has issued a Circular to advise industry, staff, and the general public of an approved additional weight tolerance to compensate for the heavier fuel tanks used by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled trucks and buses. Read more »
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Office of Air and Radiation has issued a letter to Manufacturers providing revised EPA assigned deterioration factors (ADFs) for determining compliance with certain chassis-based exhaust and evaporative emission standards (Ref. CD-12-07, March 20 2012). Assigned emissions deterioration factors (ADFs) are used by small volume manufacturers in lieu of emissions durability testing to calculate the useful life emissions of a vehicle necessary to demonstrate compliance with the EPA’s useful life emissions standards. Read more »
Colombia’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism issued by Resolution 0957 on March 21, 2012, installing a new technical regulation that establishes minimum requirements to be met by compressed natural gas (CNG) conversion workshops and the manufacture, importation and marketing of converting equipment for vehicle use. To become effective 29 December 2012, the regulation’s primary objective is to improve safety provisions associated with natural gas vehicles. Read more »
Tokyo-based Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, known as ClassNK or NK, a ship classification society, has issued engineering “Guidelines for the issuance of ship fuel gas”. The draft guidelines were compiled based on the IGF Code of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) — International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases and or Other Low Flash-Point Fuels. The publication would appear to be in response to increasingly stringent IMO emissions controls and recognises the rapidly expanding adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative maritime fuel. Currently only in Japanese, the English version is expected to be published in March.
(This article compiled using information from ClassNK)
NGV Global is recommending RFID systems as a means of verifying CNG vehicles and cylinders at the point of refuelling. The recommendations follow more than 12 months of study on the subject and are outlined in a 66 page Position Paper released by the association this week. The paper arose as a result of discussions with NGV Global’s Technical Committee on means to reduce the incidence of illegal or accidental tampering of CNG cylinders and installations. Executive director, Brett Jarman, says the intent of the paper is to reduce preventable incidents and to stimulate discussion and action within the industry and regulators. ”Our observations of industry incidents causing harm or damage indicated that most were the result of human negligence or interference and could be prevented if sufficient controls were put in place at the point where high pressure CNG fuel is delivered to a vehicle,” said Mr Jarman. “This is the point where a non-compliant vehicle potentially becomes dangerous.”
Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism had indicated its intention to develop safety standards for vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) which it expects will largely supersede oil-fueled marine transportation, reports LNews. JPY 647 million (USD 8.3 million) has been set aside in the 2012 budget for the creation of comprehensive safety measures pertaining to marine renewable energy. Japan is apparently planning to establish an environment for the promotion of natural gas fueled vessels as it addresses environmental issues. Read more »
On Tuesday, the U.S. EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finalized fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. NGVAmerica, the Natural Gas Vehicles for America association, has provided a summary of the outcomes for the US natural gas vehicle industry, noting this is the first time that such rules have been imposed on this class of vehicles and engines. The regulations start to take effect in 2014 and will be fully phased-in by 2018. The fuel efficiency regulations actually lag the GHG rules by two years, not taking effect until 2016.
On-board compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders are a central component of a CNG vehicle’s gas system in terms of their function, space, weight, cost and very importantly, safety. Fortunately, the safety record of CNG vehicles is very good relative to other fuel types, with the majority of incidents attributed to causes other than CNG component failure. Of the few that are, the majority could have been prevented by effective enforcement of safety protocols. Read more »
“It is a matter of when, not if, LNG will be a commonly-selected fuel source” – Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS CEO
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has released its Guide for Propulsion and Auxiliary Systems for Gas Fuelled Ships. The new ABS Guide has been issued in response to the industry’s need for technical guidance for new construction and existing vessel conversion. Considered to be the most comprehensive available to the industry, it provides criteria for the arrangements, construction, installation and operation of machinery components and systems for vessels fueled by natural gas. The objective of the guidance is to minimize operating risks and promote the protection of the vessel, its crew and the environment. Read more »
For many fleet operators, the introduction of natural gas vehicles brings with it new safety considerations. Dr Hien Ly, an independent consultant in the natural gas vehicle arena, outlines some of these considerations, and the value of using qualified experts to fill important knowledge gaps.
“The sooner the safety program starts the more assured fleet safety will be.”
For some time now, the international natural gas vehicle industry has had in place active programs aimed at maintaining and improving CNG vehicle safety. Safety implementation is a necessary adjunct to vehicle acquisition and asset management policies for every fleet manager. It includes projects to produce technical standards and codes of practice, formal training courses for technical personnel, safety workshops at conferences and CNG cylinder safety workshops. Read more »
200 new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled buses for deployment in 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting a Clean Cities Transportation Workshop for Almaty, to be held 30-31st March 2011 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The event is a first step in introducing an implementation ‘roadmap’ to support a newly developing Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) strategy for Almaty City and Kazakhstan. It also will be used to introduce a wide range of information about NGVs, including global NGV development, vehicles and fueling segments, and standards and regulations. Read more »