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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Agility 160-DGE CNG Array at ATA’s TMC

February 29, 2016 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Latest 160-DGE Unit Said to Weigh Less and Fill Faster

Agility Fuel Systems has chosen this week’s American Trucking Associations TMC gathering to unveil a new, 160-diesel gallon equivalent behind-the-cab compressed natural gas fuel cylinder assembly.
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Greenlane Biogas for B.C. Refuse Trucks

February 29, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Orgaworld Upgrading Facility to Support Progressive Waste CNG Vehicles

Greenlane Biogas said today that it’s providing a biogas-to-biomethane upgrading system and a carbon dioxide recovery unit to Orgaworld Canada for the organic biofuel facility operated by the City of Surrey, immediately southeast of Vancouver.
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GM Renames Its Powertrain Unit

February 29, 2016 in Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

8,600-Employee Group is Re-Named GM Global Propulsion Systems:
‘Another Step on Our Journey to Redefine Transportation & Mobility’

General Motors is re-naming its GM Powertrain unit GM Global Propulsion Systems, “collectively the group of more than 8,600 people that design, develop and engineer all propulsion-related products and controls for GM worldwide.”
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CEC NGVs Workshop with NREL March 8

February 29, 2016 in Conference/Meeting, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Organizations Want Feedback on Joint Research Roadmap

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a public workshop with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to solicit public feedback and input on the two organizations’ 2015 Natural Gas Vehicle Research Roadmap.


The California Energy Commission is hosting a natural gas vehicles workshop with the with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Sacramento on March 8.

The California Energy Commission is hosting a natural gas vehicles workshop with the with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Sacramento on March 8.

The draft document, which updates a report dating from 2009, was released at this past fall’s NGV Tech Forum in San Francisco. The CEC-hosted workshop is slated for Tuesday, March 8 at CEC headquarters in Sacramento.

“The roadmap serves as a guiding document to describe the strategic research, development, demonstration, and deployment needed to enhance the viability of the natural gas vehicle market in California,” states a meeting notice.

Huge Potential

“As a transportation fuel, natural gas could offset over 750 million gallons of diesel per year by 2022, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million metric tons per year, and saving the state approximately $1.35 billion in fueling costs annually,” states the draft report.

CEC and NREL will take stakeholder input on three priority areas for future NGVs funding: engine development and vehicle integration, fueling infrastructure and storage, and technical and strategic studies.


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Source: California Energy Commission with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Eaton CNG Hoses for Stations, NGVs

February 29, 2016 in certifications, CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Suitable for Fueling Installations and Onboard Vehicle Use

Eaton has introduced new hoses for CNG, emphasizing that the robust products have been tested by Germany’s TÜV Rheinland, and are among the first to be certified to ANSI NGV 4.2 Class A & D and ANSI NGV 3.1 Class B & C standards.
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McNeilus for 88-DGE BoC CNG Array

February 26, 2016 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Low-Profile Design Uses Luxfer Type IV Cylinders

McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing is promoting a new back-of-cab fuel cylinder assembly for compressed natural gas with capacity for 88 diesel gallon equivalents of fuel, “packaged in a low profile design.”
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Broadwind Safe Refuse CNG Webinar

February 26, 2016 in CNG, NGVs, refuse, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Tackling the Challenges of CNG Adoption for the Waste Industry’
With Presenters from Hexagon Composites & Agility Fuel Systems

Broadwind Energy and its partner Safe North America, which offers compressed natural gas compressions systems, are staging a free webinar on CNG for the waste industry.
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New Flyer Buses and a Hexagon Tank Pact

February 26, 2016 in CNG, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hundreds More CNG Buses for LA Metro with Hexagon Tanks
As Hexagon Discloses Long-Term Supply Pact for Its Type IVs,
New Flyer Reports Up to 90 More BAE Hybrid Buses for Boston Too

New Flyer has reported a spate of alt fuel and advance technology bus orders: LA Metro has exercised options for 350 compressed natural gas-fueled 40-foot buses, the manufacturer says, while Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority has awarded a contract for as many as 90 heavy-duty 60-foot Xcelsior diesel-electric hybrid buses – 44 firm XDE60 vehicles valued at approximately $50 million with options for up to an 46 more valued at approximately $71 million.
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OMB Saleri’s New Hydrogen Valve Line

February 26, 2016 in Hydrogen, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A Complete Range for Both 350- and 700-Bar Applications

Italy’s OMB Saleri is introducing a full range of valves for automotive hydrogen applications, including tank valves, check valves, end plugs with pressure relief devices, and fueling receptacles – suitable for 350- and 700-bar applications (5,000 and 10,000 psi).


OMB Saleri is promoting a new line of hydrogen valves.

OMB Saleri is promoting a new line of hydrogen valves.

The new valves meet major international standards and represent “a tangible and cost-effective contribution to a sustainable mass production of fuel cell hydrogen vehicles,” OMB Saleri says.

Dedicated Production Capacity

The company says it’s built dedicated facilities for assembly and testing of the hydrogen valves in “cleanroom” conditions, and that “investments in specific production machinery make OMB Saleri today the only company capable of offering an in-house service from concept to finished product developed specifically for OEMs.”

The product line could expand from on-road vehicles to the more established material handling telecommunications, energy and storage and transportation hydrogen sectors.

“Experts say that this is the era of hydrogen, now the industry seems to believe it and OMB Saleri is ready for the challenge,” the announcement concludes.


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Source: OMB Saleri with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Hexagon to Move Biomethane in UK

February 23, 2016 in CNG, Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Order for ‘SmartStore’ Modules Is Worth $3.8 Million U.S.,
Separately, Hexagon Acquires Heavy NGV Integrator in Brazil 

Hexagon Composites said today that its Hexagon Lincoln subsidiary in Nebraska has secured an order worth $3.8 million U.S. for its “SmartStore” modules, to be used to transport biomethane in Britain.
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The 2016 Nissan Leaf Fears Not the Ice

February 23, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

EV with 30-Kilowatt-Hour Battery Goes on Sale in Europe

The 2016 Nissan Leaf all-battery car with 30-kilowatt-hour lithium battery has gone on sale in Europe, and the automaker is celebrating with a blockbuster (think block of ice) video filmed in Norefjell, Norway.
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ARPA-E Tech Summit Is Next Week

February 23, 2016 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, event by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Al Gore and REL’s Conformable CNG Tank Among the Highlights

Former VP Al Gore and the conformable compressed natural gas fuel tank developed by Michigan’s REL are among the attractions as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy hosts its annual Energy Innovation Summit next week outside Washington.
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CNG and LNG Tanks in Brussels in April

February 23, 2016 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, LNG, Marine, NGVs, Rail, standards by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Emphasis Is on Cost and Weight Reduction of Fuel Storage Containers,
Agenda Covers Full Range of Natural Gas Transportation Applications

Clean Fuels Consulting is hosting a CNG Cylinders & LNG Tanks: Opportunities, Challenges & Innovations workshop April 13-14 at the Hotel Le Chatelain in Brussels.
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Alliance Autogas Claims Strong 2015

February 22, 2016 in Companies, milestones, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Propane Autogas Conversion Systems Sales Surged 44%

The year 2015 was a good one for Alliance AutoGas, the organization said today, reporting that more than 45 million gallons of gasoline was displaced by propane autogas last year, “producing $54 million in fuel cost savings.”
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Workhorse Pact for Panasonic 18650s

February 22, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cylindrical Lithium Ion Units for Both All-Electric and Hybrid Trucks

Workhorse has disclosed an agreement to use cylindrical 18650 lithium ion batteries from the Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales Company of America for both its 100% all-electric E-100 delivery trucks and its range-extended E-Gen model.
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CNG One Source Offers New Regulator

February 22, 2016 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Pressure Unit Improves 7.6-Liter ESI Phoenix Engine

CNG One Source is promoting a new pressure regulator designed to improve the performance of its compressed natural gas-fueled ESI Phoenix engine.


CNG One Source is offering an improved pressure regulator for its CNG-fueled ESI Phoenix engine.

CNG One Source is offering an improved pressure regulator for its CNG-fueled ESI Phoenix engine.

“If you have experienced natural gas leakage at the regulator, have been forced to ‘bleed off’ the CNG before using your truck, or have noticed inaccurate fuel levels, you most likely need a new regulator,” says a bulletin from CNG One Source president Karen Teslovich.

Better Wires & Pistons Too

“These newly designed regulators have been road tested in several CNG fleets using the ESI Phoenix engine in Navistar trucks over the past year with great success,” she says, noting that the new product is available only through her Erie, Pa.-based company.

CNG One Source acquired the 7.6-liter Phoenix, a spark-ignition, dedicated-natural gas engine based on the popular Navistar DT 466 diesel, from Texas-based Emission Solutions, Inc. nearly three years ago (F&F, April 6, 2013).

Other CNG One Source improvements to the ESI Phoenix engine include more reliable spark plug wires and more robust pistons, Teslovich says.


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Source: CNG One Source with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

UQM and New Eagle for Full Electric Drives

February 22, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Software from New Eagle and Hardware from UQM
For ‘Higher Ease of Integration to the End Customer’

UQM Technologies and New Eagle are collaborating on electric drivelines, promising “total electric drive solutions for vehicle manufacturers which will be available for automotive, light- and medium-duty vehicles, as well as fleet marine applications.”


New Eagle claims a ‘rugged suite of automotive-grade control modules… capable of controlling virtually any combination of powertrain components and electrical subsystems within an hybrid or electric vehicle.’

New Eagle claims a ‘rugged suite of automotive-grade control modules… capable of controlling virtually any combination of powertrain components and electrical subsystems within an hybrid or electric vehicle.’

UQM develops and manufactures power-dense, high-efficiency electric motors, generators, power electronic controllers and fuel cell compressors.

New Eagle applies model-based design to embedded systems, and has progressed from engineering to the supply of controls for production vehicles.

‘Turn-Key Solutions’

Their goal is to provide “turn-key solutions for rapid prototype development that will lead to successful production programs” using UQM’s PowerPhase hardware and New Eagle’s supervisory control software.

“Working with UQM brings a higher ease of integration to the end customer,” New Eagle president Rich Swortzel says in the UQM announcement. “UQM has an impressive record of successful performance at a very competitive price point,” he said.

‘A Growing Need in the Marketplace’

“Our electric commercial drivetrain customers will benefit from this combination.”

“UQM has seen a growing need in the marketplace for integrated drivetrain solutions,” said UQM president and CEO Joe Mitchell. “We see this collaboration as a great step towards providing the end customers with a variety of integrated platforms by vehicle class that will lead to more commercial electric vehicles on the road.”


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Source: UQM release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


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