CSA Group, an ANSI accredited standards developer and a solutions provider serving business, industry, government and consumers in the United States and Canada and the global marketplace, is seeking industry experts with a minimum of 3 years industry experience to work on the development of standards for liquefied natural gas components and fueling infrastructure. Read more »
Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has published a safety and reliability standard for hydrogen fuel cell motorcycles, paving the way for mass production and future export. According to a report published by The China Post, a number of manufacturer models already comply with, or exceed, the requirements. The standard was prepared as part of the ongoing cross-strait integration of standards with China, said MOEA Deputy Minister Tu Tzu-chu. 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 »
Israel is making plans to harness the opportunities afforded by its recent discoveries of natural gas, by developing a standard covering the propulsion of vehicles using this fuel, reports The Jerusalem Post. Although there are already a small number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the country, Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau said the standard aims to make possible a more regulated and broader uptake of NGVs. Concurrently, the Ministry is also developing a standard to cover natural gas refuelling stations. Read more »
On January 12, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in New Delhi published a newly approved standard: Composite Cylinders for On-Board Storage of Compressed Natural gas (CNG) as a Fuel for Automotive Vehicle – Specification (IS 15935 : 2011). The Standard was adopted after the draft finalized by the Gas Cylinders Sectional Committee had been approved by the mechanical Engineering Division Council. Read more »
NGV Global Workshop brings stakeholders up to speed
Canadian compressor manufacturer IMW Industries has played host to three days of meetings at the Vancouver Convention Center to progress draft ISO standards for NGV fuelling stations. Members of ISO PC252 convened for two and half days working on the drafts of ISO WD 16923 (CNG) and ISO WD 16924 (LNG) while NGV Global used half a day of the three day program to host a workshop and forum bringing industry members up to speed on the progress of the standards. The workshop also included a preview of an NGV Global Position Paper on CNG Vehicle and Cylinder Verification. Delegates traveled from as far as New Zealand and the Philippines specifically for the workshop while several experts from North America took the opportunity to take an active role in the development of the standards.
From 1 December 2011 all new cars in Germany must be labeled with an energy efficiency label, issued by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – the German Energy Agency. Similar to those used for household appliances such as washing machines, the ‘Eco-label’ will vehicle costs and emissions at a glance. The label exemplifies the benefits of natural gas vehicles (NGVs); no matter whether small car, family van, station wagon or sedan – they are all green in the CO2-efficiency classes classified.
The colour scale gives information about the carbon efficiency of passenger cars, the label shows a scale with colored arrows indicating CO2 efficiency classes. The classification ranges from A (green, very efficient) to G (red, little efficiently). The black arrow shows the respective car belongs to which efficiency class. The efficiency class specifies whether a vehicle emits much or little CO2 in relation to its weight. The label facilitates comparisons with other vehicles by the consumer. Read more »
HOW WILL UPCOMING ISO NGV FUELLING STATION STANDARDS AFFECT YOU?
NGV Industry Workshop and Forum - Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, Canada, November 29th, 1 pm – 5.30 pm
NGV Global invites natural gas vehicle industry members to an international workshop and forum for an update on ISO “Natural Gas Fuelling Stations for Vehicles” standards currently under development for CNG and LNG. The ISO process combines the expertise of experts from throughout the world to create rigorous standards and remove barriers to global trade.
The workshop will present a summary of both sets of draft standards, including unresolved technical issues, and the forum will solicit feedback from industry members on any gaps or issues they see in the standards.
The workshop will emphasize cross cutting issues between ISO PC 252 and other ISO groups, and also other industry stakeholders. These issues are, for example: oil carryover, gas quality, terminology, temperature and pressure levels (CNG & LNG), methane numbers, odorization, on-board detection, and vehicle & cylinder verification at the time of filling. Read more »
On November 3rd, the U.S. EPA will hold a workshop to discuss the recently promulgated greenhouse gas emissions standards and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles, reports NGVAmerica. The standards aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase fuel efficiency for on-road heavy-duty vehicles. This workshop will focus on topics that must be explained in the short term to facilitate manufacturers wishing to certify early. The workshop is applicable to the following industry sectors:
(1) Class 2b & 3 Heavy-duty Pickup Trucks and Vans;
(2) Heavy-duty Engines; and
(3) Class 7 & 8 Combination Tractors and Class 2b-8 Vocational Vehicles. Read more »
Proposed international natural gas fuelling station standards have progressed with participating committee members from around the world meeting in Mumbai this week. The meetings coincided with the NGV India Conference and Exhibition, which co-hosted the gathering along with local and US based supplier Tulsa Gas Technologies and international trade association, NGV Global. The ISO 252 Project Committee held its plenary session along with meetings of two separate working groups covering both compressed and liquefied natural gases (CNG and LNG). Drafts of the standards are now in the advanced stages and committee drafts are expected to be circulated to national standards associations for input sometime in 2011. Read more »
The European Commission proposal to drastically simplify and reduce European legislation will incorporate directly into European law 61 different Regulations of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) for the type-approval of vehicles. It will end the duality between EC Directives and UNECE Regulations. The proposal will now be transmitted to the Member States for approval. Read more »
Efforts to develop international standards for natural gas fuelling stations have moved one step closer with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) Technical Management Board (TMB) deciding earlier this month to establish a new Project Committee. The decision follows recommendations arising from last month’s preliminary meeting of stakeholders held in Zurich, Switzerland, which agreed with the need for separate standards on compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) stations for fuelling vehicles. ISO numbers have yet to be assigned to the standards but drafting is already under way and a first meeting of the Project Committee is planned for the Netherlands on 22nd and 23rd June of 2010.
The NGV industry wasted no time at the beginning of this year, getting down to business in the first week in Zurich, Switzerland for a preliminary meeting on the establishment of ISO standards for natural gas fuelling stations for vehicles (including CNG and LNG). The meeting was the continuation of a process initiated by the IANGV, which submitted a New Work Item Proposal (NWIP) to ISO in 2008. After a successful ISO ballot of member nations last year, the ISO Technical Management Board (TMB) approved the Preliminary Meeting, a precursor to final approval of a full project, which is expected at the next TMB meeting this March. Hosted by the Swiss Gas and Water Industry Association, SVGW, the meeting was attended by representatives from as far afield as Argentina, Thailand and Australia.
Emerson Process Management has obtained an extension to its MID (Measurement Instrument Directive) certificate to include Micro Motion ELITE Coriolis meters for low flow applications. The Micro Motion meters are ideally suited to cryogenic applications for dispensing liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel to motor vehicles, including public transport and trucks. MID certification means that when these new, compact flowmeters are used as a component of a complete measuring system, such as a fuel dispenser, it is not necessary for the dispenser manufacturer to type test and certify the devices – saving both time and money for the dispenser manufacturer. Read more »
EPA and CARB Certified
Baytech Corporation, a high performance engineering OEM, has obtained 2010 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions certifications for Baytech’s dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled 6.0L heavy duty engine that is used in General Motors, Isuzu and Workhorse Custom Chassis heavy duty vehicles. The engine is certified to the 2010 NOx standard of 0.2 g/bhp-hr that now applies to all heavy duty engines, a standard that Baytech’s 6.0L CNG engine has been certified to since 2008. Read more »