BMW Manufacturing’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has more than doubled its fleet of hydrogen-powered material handling equipment, using systems supplied by Linde North America. The 4.0 million square foot production facility now powers its entire hydrogen-fuel cell fleet of more than 230 units to service the plant’s production and logistics functions, making it one of the largest fuel cell forklift sites in the world. Read more »
Valtra, Inc., manufacturer and developer of Valtra tractors and Sweden’s Ministry for Rural Affairs are launching a joint research project called MEKA, short for Metandiesel Efter Konvertering av Arbetsmaskiner (methane/diesel after machinery conversion). The project’s objective is to develop the use of biomethane in tractors and other implements. Read more »
Florida-based Gaseous Fuel Systems Corp. (GFS), manufacturer of high horsepower alt-fuel solutions, has developed a dual-fuel conversion system for the open-pit mining sector. Its first offering is the EVO–MT 7930 System, specifically designed for the Caterpillar 793 series of mine haul trucks. The EVO-MT System allows mining companies to substantially reduce operating costs, by replacing diesel fuel with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and without major modification of either the chassis or drive engine of the Caterpillar 793 haul truck. Read more »
The U.S. District of Columbia (DC) has added two compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered sweepers and two CNG refuse trucks to its maintenance fleet. The alternative-fueled, single-engine Elgin Pelican Sweeper is powered by the ultra-low emissions Cummins B5.9-195G engine that is certified to U.S. EPA and CARB standards and Euro V and EEV. The engine offers low emissions without sacrificing performance and efficiency. Read more »
Venchurs Vehicle Systems (VVS), which offers both compressed natural gas (CNG) conversions for Ford and off road products/specialty vehicle builds through its VWerks division, will combine the two worlds at the upcoming Moab Easter Jeep Safari, showcasing the performance capabilities of both programs. According to PT Muldoon, VP of Engineering for VVS, CNG is currently focused towards the fleet industry and Moab brings about an opportunity to introduce CNG to a new market of dedicated off-road enthusiasts. Read more »
The R&D Department of Sinotruk Qingdao Heavy Industry Co., Ltd has recently developed a new type of compressed natural gas (CNG) engine for wide-body dump trucks used by the mining industry. The engine has been built for the HOVA60 model truck, up to now only available as diesel-powered. Four CNG cylinders are placed to the right of the left-mounted cab, overcoming any need to lengthen the vehicle.
Under the ‘Steyr’ brand, CNH Global N.V., a worldwide manufacturer of agricultural and construction machinery majority-owned by Fiat S.p.A., has presented what they say is the first production tractor powered by natural gas, at the recent Agritechnica 2011 exhibition. Based on the Profi 6125 model, the new Steyr Profi 4135 Natural Power is equipped with a turbocharged dedicated (mono-fuel) compressed natural gas (CNG) engine, made by Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT), another Fiat group company. Read more »
GFS Corp., an alternative fuel solutions provider for heavy-duty diesel engines, has entered into an agreement with Alpha Coal West, Inc., a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., to convert three Caterpillar 793 (240 MT) mine haul trucks to liquid natural gas (LNG) operation. The converted trucks will be operated at Alpha’s Belle Ayr Coal Mine outside Gillette, Wyoming and will be utilized in both overburden and coal haul service. GFS will be converting the trucks onsite using a proprietary and fully integrated solution that includes on-board LNG storage and engine controls. Read more »
Swedavia AB, owner and operator of major airports in Sweden, has begun a field test in partnership with the Volvo Group and the Schmidt Group to test what they say is the world’s first snow removal vehicle powered by biomethane. The vehicle is equipped with Volvo engines that run on biomethane combined with conventional diesel, which in the long term can be replaced by biodiesel, enabling completely carbon-neutral operation. 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 »
CNG and bio-diesel dual-fuel engines will be introduced onto railways in India after a successful laboratory trial, according to a Press Trust of India (PTI) report. Minister of State for Railways, K H Muniyappa, said trials have been completed on trains and one power car of a DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) train. An earlier trial run has also been carried out successfully by Northern Railway on engines hauling local trains.