Eaton to Develop Affordable Home Refueling Station for Natural Gas Vehicles

| USA, Cleveland OH

Objective: to develop a production prototype for home refueling stations that will retail for about one tenth of the cost of currently available systems.

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is to develop an affordable home refueling station for natural gas vehicles, utilizing existing natural gas sources in the home and innovative compressor technology to deliver the alternative fuel source safely and efficiently to vehicles. The project is funded in part by a $3.4 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), which included several other successful natural gas vehicle applications. Read more »

GE Aims for Quicker Cheaper CNG Home Refueller

| USA, Niskayuna NY

Home refuelling appliance for less than the cost of a dishwasher

In what could help fuel widespread adoption of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the United States and globally, researchers from GE Global Research, in partnership with Chart Industries and scientists at the University of Missouri, have been awarded a program through Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) to develop an affordable at-home refueling station that would meet ARPA-E’s target of $500 per station and reduce re-fueling times from 5-8 hours to less than 1 hour. Read more »

BOC and Hyundai Conduct UK’s First 700 bar Hydrogen Refuelling

| United Kingdom

Hydrogen-based transport took another step forward this week when industrial gases and engineering company BOC undertook the UK’s first-ever refuelling of a 700 bar hydrogen passenger vehicle. The car, a Hyundai ix35 FCEV, was refuelled in compliance with the industry’s international operating standard, the SAE J2601 Protocol, at the UK’s only public-access hydrogen refuelling station in Swindon. Read more »

GE and Chesapeake Energy Initiative Targets Natural Gas Fueling Infrastructure Development

| USA, Houston TX

GE Energy image of CNG filling station

Multinational conglomerate GE and North American natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy Corporation (Chesapeake) are to collaborate in the development of infrastructure solutions that will help accelerate the adoption of natural gas as a transportation fuel. Chesapeake says the technology and services project is a significant milestone toward increasing energy independence in the United States through the increased use of natural gas. Read more »

GE Oil & Gas Launches Micro LNG Integrated Plant

| Italy, Florence

GE Oil & Gas has announced the development of a Micro LNG integrated plant that meets the small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) requirements of powering remote industrial and residential locations and fueling motor vehicles. The product introduction was among the opening day highlights of the 2012 GE Oil & Gas Annual Meeting in Florence. Read more »

H2 Modular Refueller Gains CE Mark

| United Kingdom, Sheffield

ITM Power, a UK-based energy storage and clean fuel company, has achieved CE compliance for a standardised HFuel product, the Company’s transportable hydrogen refueling system. This enables commercial sales of such systems to commence in the EU. Following a competitive tender process, ITM Power won a contract to design and supply a refueling product to The University of Nottingham. This provided the opportunity to CE mark an HFuel generation, storage and dispensing product.

Read more »

RFP Aims for Expanded Use of LNG as Transportation Fuel in California

| USA, California

Growth of the LNG vehicle market would be accelerated if certain technical and economic barriers (…) to expanding LNG fueling infrastructure were removed or reduced. (RFP)

Request For Proposals 500-11-503: Liquefied Natural Gas Vehicle Infrastructure Improvement Research and Development – deadline 17 February 2012

A Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by the California Energy Commission aims to provide research and development that reduces or removes the barriers associated with expanding LNG vehicle fueling infrastructure.  This solicitation seeks projects that address one or more of the following subjects: Read more »

NGV Global Releases Position Paper on Verification at CNG Refuelling – Recommends RFID Systems

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.”

Read more »

Trinidad and Tobago Upgrades to NGV1 Fuelling Coupling

| Trinidad and Tobago

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 »

LNG Bunkering Procedure Study Finalised

| Sweden

LNG Bunker Ship (example, from report)

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 »

NGV Global Industry Workshop – ISO Fuelling Station Standards Update

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 »

Oasis Engineering Delivers Integrated Bus Fill Valve

| New Zealand

NC104 and FV103 Integrated Bus Fill Valve

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.

Home Refueller Commences Field Tests in Australia

| Australia, Melbourne
OES Home-fuelling appliance

6m3/hr CNG@HOME unit with the internal storage (2 x 40 litre cylinders).

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 »

Compac Technology and Havayar Dispensers Combine Successfully

| Iran, Tehran

A Havayar CNG filling station.

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.

Peruvian Chamber GNV Recommends Safe Practices

| Peru

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.

(Este artículo también está disponible en Español)