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.”
Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs has moved to adopt NGV1 compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling connectors in the country as part of their renewed natural gas vehicle (NGV) program. The country has had a moderate presence of up to 3,000 NGVs to date but the government is now working towards increasing that to 100,000 within the next five years. Read more »
Conclusion: LNG bunkering ship to ship is … a suitable solution to provide environmentally friendly bunker fuel to larger ships
LNG GOT, a partnership between Gothenburg Energy (GE) and the Swedish Port of Gothenburg, are engaged in an effort to introduce LNG as a fuel in Gothenburg. The goal is to contribute to the sustainable city by providing a shipfuel that is much cleaner than the fuel used today. Together, LNG GOT, Swedish Marine Technology Forum, FKAB Marine Design, Cryo AB, Det Norske Veritas AS and White Smoke AB have been working on a technology development project concerning LNG bunkering ship to ship. Out of this has come a newly released project report entitled LNG ship to ship bunkering procedure. 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 »
New Zealand based Oasis Engineering Ltd, a supplier of specialist flow control equipment for compressed natural gas (CNG) has delivered its latest product offering to the market – the NC104 and FV103 Integrated Bus Fill Valve – displaying the refuelling unit last week at NGV Berlin. Oasis describes the result of three years R&D as taking “all the hassle out of owning a bus filling station”. The NC104 nozzle, combined with the FV103 valve with operating pressure range of 7 PSI to 6000 PSI, is designed to eliminate accidental venting between the “fill” and “vent” positions. It has numerous innovative features including an attachment mechanism that is self aligning, preventing inexperienced operators from jamming the jaws onto the receptacle, and is designing for easy onsite servicing.
This article compiled using information supplied by Oasis Engineering.
OES CNG, based in Melbourne, Australia has designed a range of compressed natural gas (CNG) home refuelling units capable of delivering 3000 or 3600 psi, drawing natural gas from the home supply. First field test units have been installed and the company expects to have the CNG refuelling unit approved as a domestic appliance in the second half of 2011. Read more »
New Zealand-based dispenser manufacturer Compac has cemented its provider status with Tehran-based Havayar Industrial Group, a manufacturer of compressors and CNG filling stations to the local Iranian market, after a successful dispenser trial. Havayar manufacture their own CNG dispensers and made the decision to integrate Compac technology kits into their dispensers for use in the local market. The Compac technology kits use Modbus communication protocol, allowing the kits to connect with a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system Havayar has developed.
This article primarily compiled using information from a Compac Industries Ltd press release.
The Peruvian Chamber for Natural Gas Vehicles (CPGNV) has issued recommendations for the purchase and maintenance of compressed natural gas (CNG) compressors and dispensers for filling stations. Included is advice that according to current regulations and for safety reasons used equipment should not be purchased. Steps are listed to ensure all aspects of the purchase, installation and post-installation support and maintenance are properly considered. The recommendations are available on the CPGNV website.
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Biogasmax has produced a report entitled Report on experiences from Liquefied and Compressed Methane Gas (LCMG) filling station demonstration. It documents the design and construction of a FordonsGas Sverige AB filling station, developed with input from Volvo Trucks and other biomethane suppliers, for the dispensing of liquefied biomethane to heavy duty vehicles. The filling station was opened in October last year. Read more »
Swedish organisations SSPA, FKAB, White Smoke and Swedish Marine Technology Forum have entered into a joint agreement with Korea’s KOGAS to evaluate the possibilities for developing a system in Korea for delivery of LNG to gas-fuelled ships. The group says that the order is an acknowledgement of the West Sweden industry cluster’s competence in developing technologies for, and assessing regulatory aspects associated with, using LNG as a ship fuel. The project will continue until April 2011 and will form a basis for further development of an LNG supply system in Korea. Read more »
Compac Industries, a New Zealand-based manufacturer of fuel pumps, dispensers and unattended fuel management systems, recently implemented the IFSF (International Forecourt Standards Forum) protocol for it’s CNG and LNG dispensers. Having had the circuitry in place for a few years, the protocol implementation provides a standard interface to different POS systems: this standard enables Compac CNG and LNG dispensers to be placed on forecourts alongside equipment from other suppliers. Read more »
At the NGV India 2010 Conference and Exhibition last week, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Jitin Prasad, presided over the opening of the event on Wednesday morning. Prasad addressed concerns of the local industry, giving personal assurances that compressed natural gas (CNG) for transport will maintain its high priority status under the country’s natural gas allocation system. He also expressed interest in exploring the potential for two wheeler motorcycles to operate on CNG saying that the prospect could be a game changer for the Indian motorcycle market. Read more »
EVOL LNG has won the Department of Mines & Petroleum Resources Safety – Dangerous Goods Innovation Company of the Year Award at the Transport Forum WA (Western Australia) 2010 Industry Awards. The award recognises excellence in implementing a creative solution to a dangerous goods transport safety issue. EVOL LNG won the award for its innovative approach to the transport and handling of LNG on Heavy Duty Vehicles (HDV) to remote mine sites and HDV refuellers, and for the use of LNG as a fuel for HDVs. Read more »
Argentine compressor manufacturer, Aspro has begun shipping an updated line of IODM 75 compressors with optional gas engine or electric motor drives. Matias Mangas, Head of Marketing, said the company has already sold more than 30 units of the new model in recent months, with deliveries currently in transit to India and Bangladesh. Mangas says the company is expected high demand from both countries, with Pakistan and parts of Thailand also showing a key interest. Areas with unreliable electricity supplies are proving most popular for the gas drive option. The Aspro IODM 75 line equipment is made up mainly of an horizontal reciprocating compressor, of 2, 3 or 4 compression stages driven by an electric motor or a gas engine with a direct coupling.
Los Angeles-based Station to Re-fuel Honda Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle
Honda began operation of a next generation Solar Hydrogen Station prototype at the Los Angeles Center of Honda R&D Americas, Inc., intended for ultimate use as a home refueling appliance capable of an overnight refill of fuel cell electric vehicles. Designed as a single, integrated unit to fit in the user’s garage, the station reduces the size of the system, while producing enough hydrogen (0.5kg) via an 8-hour overnight fill for daily commuting (10,000 miles per year) for a fuel cell electric vehicle. Read more »