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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Viking Line to Order a Second LNG Ferry

November 30, 2016 in Dual Fuel, Fleet Order, LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Deltamarin, Wärtsilä and ABB Marine Are Partners

Sweden’s Viking Line reported a letter of intent with China’s Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Company for a ferry that will join its pioneering LNG-fueled Viking Grace connecting Turku, Finland and Stockholm. The new 715-foot ship is expected to cost about 190 million euros (approximately $201 million U.S. at current rates).
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Capstone Order for 16 Microturbine Units

November 30, 2016 in Energy E&P, HHP by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Follow-On for Customer in the Mancos and Gallup Shales
Is Said to Be Good News for the Oil & Gas Business Sector

Capstone Turbine has reported its largest oil and gas sector order in nearly a year: 16 gas-fueled microturbines for a repeat customer in the Mancos and Gallup shale areas of the San Juan Basin.
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Neste Talks Turkey: Renewable Diesel

November 23, 2016 in Biofuels, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Why Not Collect that Fat for Transportation?

Neste is spreading the word that the waste fat from roasting a single turkey or baking just one ham “converts to roughly two miles driven in a private car.”
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Cryonorm for LNG Rotterdam Dredger

November 21, 2016 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cryonorm to Supply Marine LNG Fuel System for the ‘Ecodelta’

The Port of Rotterdam is planning to put a liquefied-natural gas-fueled dredger dubbed Ecodelta to work in 2018. The 440-foot (134-meter) ship is being built by the Dutch yard Barkmeijer.
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Opinion: Out with the Cost-Share!

November 18, 2016 in Opinion, Special to Fleets & Fuels, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Match Requirements Are Effectively Crippling Small Business Innovation:
‘The Only Hope of Moving Forward Is More Severe Government Regulations’

Cost-share requirements allowing companies access to advanced vehicle development funding pose a financial burden that make it unlikely for smaller firms to survive, let along bring cleaner and more efficient vehicles to market. So argues advanced heavy duty vehicles veteran Tom Bartley, who has made his opinion known to Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District, which handles much of the state’s funding for low-emission, high-efficiency vehicles, notably from CARB and the CEC: the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission.

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell: $369 Per Month

November 18, 2016 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hydrogen Fuel Is Included Too: Up to $15,000 Worth

American Honda said today that its hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell sedan will be in California dealerships by year-end, and that the zero-emission car will lease for $369 per month.
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More Orange EV Yard Trucks for Nolan

November 18, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, money available, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Indiana Firm Operates Multiple Units, New York Approves Vouchers

Indiana-based Nolan Logistics is taking delivery of its either 100% battery-electric T-Series terminal truck, reports Kansas City-based manufacturer Orange EV.
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Rethink Methane in Just Three Months

November 18, 2016 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Registration Has Opened for February Conclave in Sacramento

Registration has opened for the third edition of Rethink Methane, a conference dedicated to the increased and creative use of natural gas, especially renewable natural gas (RNG), aka biomethane.
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Lincoln Tech for Denver CNG Training

November 18, 2016 in CNG, NGVs, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Goal Is to ‘Open Doors to More Career Paths’

New Jersey-based Lincoln Educational Services Corp is promoting a new compressed natural gas training curriculum to be offered via the Lincoln Tech campus in Denver. “The enhanced curriculum will increase graduates’ skill sets and open doors to more career paths in their job search,” the company says.
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BYD & Wayne Unveil Battery Refuse Truck

November 18, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘The Operating Costs Are Substantially Less’

BYD and Iowa’s Wayne Engineering have unveiled a battery-electric refuse truck they say could be a “game-changer for municipal waste management.”
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Clean Energy RNG: Redeem for Torrance

November 18, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, Infrastructure, Rethink Methane 2017, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Six-Year Deal Calls for Annual 550,000 GGEs for Buses

Southern California’s Torrance Transit will use biomethane to fuel its compressed natural gas buses behind a six-year deal for Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas disclosed Wednesday by Clean Energy Fuels.
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Peloton Platoon to Reduce Fuel Use

November 17, 2016 in fuel efficiency, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$5 Million from ARPA-E Backs Purdue-Led ‘Nextcar’ Project
Aiming for 20% Fuel Savings by Pairing Trucks to Reduce Drag

California’s Peloton Technology is talking up its role in a three-year, ARPA-E backed project to nearly triple the fuel savings of its truck “platooning” technology.
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Impco Adds More Components for H2

November 17, 2016 in fuel cells, Hydrogen, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Controls & Safety Devices ‘From the Cylinder to the Fuel Cell’

Impco has bolstered its line of GFI-branded the line of 350 bar/5000 psi solenoid valves, safety devices, isolation valves and regulators for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
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Alliance AutoGas for Donaldson Filters

November 17, 2016 in New Products, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Consistent Fuel Quality Has Become a Greater Need for Fleet Customers’

Alliance AutoGas is promoting a line of filters for propane autogas (aka LPG, for liquefied petroleum gas). The filters are designed to “remove potentially harmful particulate matter and heavy ends from propane systems.”
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Love’s Trillium CNG: West and East Coasts

November 16, 2016 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Stations in Maryland and in Washington State:
Ariel Compressors from J-W Feed Kraus Dispensers

Love’s Trillium CNG has opened compressed natural gas fueling stations in Aberdeen, Md. and Vancouver, Wash. The new public-access outlets have Ariel compressors via J-W Power with a Trillium hydraulic boost, CP Industries storage and Kraus dispensers.
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AmpCNG in Buda, Texas for US Foods

November 10, 2016 in CNG, Infrastructure, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Station Will be AmpCNG’s Eighth in Texas, 20th Overall

AmpCNG is announcing today a new public-access compressed natural gas fueling agreement with US Foods. “Under the deal, AmpCNG will build a public-access fueling station in Buda, Texas to serve US Foods, the station’s anchor tenant,” states a release.


The station adjacent to the US Foods distribution center on Turnersville Road is to have two dual-hose dispensers serving two lanes. CNG fueling will be powered by twin 200-horsepower GE Gemini compressors, packaged by CDW, yielding about 1,400 scfm/standard cubic feet per minute.

Existing AmpCNG station in Waco, Texas

Existing AmpCNG station in Waco, Texas

Target fill rate is 10 to 12 DGE/diesel gallon equivalents per minute, says AmpCNG CEO Grant Zimmerman.

Summer 2017 to Open

AmpCNG expects to break ground in early 2017 and plans to open the Buda station in summer 2017. Buda is about 15 miles south of Austin.

AmpCNG notes that US Foods recently won a TERP/Texas Emissions Reduction Plan grant for 40 new CNG trucks, “bringing its Buda, Texas-based CNG fleet to a total of fifty.”

“Increasing the number of CNG vehicles in our fleet allows us to continue to reduce our annual fuel costs while reducing the amount of emissions emitted during our daily deliveries to customers,” US Foods transportation VP Dario Skocir says in the AmpCNG announcement.

‘Improvements Across the Company’

“US Foods continues to make improvements across the company to reduce our environmental footprint and allow us to serve our customers in an energy efficient way,” he said.

The new station will be AmpCNG’s eighth in Texas, bringing its total station network to 20. The company’s other Texas stations are in Amarillo, Harrold, Waco, Brock, Rosenberg, Sweetwater and Kerrville.


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EVgo Celebrates 800th DC Charger

November 10, 2016 in event, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

And Will Launch New Northern California Network Next Week
EVgo, which claims the nation’s largest public-access network of fast DC chargers for electric vehicles, says it’s opened its 800th such installation, at a SaveMart store in Madera, Calif.
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