ACT Expo 2018

FUELS

Ryder Renewable Diesel for San Fran

May 19, 2017 in Biofuels, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘There Is No Pricing Difference for Our Customers’

Ryder System is now providing renewable diesel fuel at its facility in industrial San Francisco.
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Motiv Power for Sacramento Schools

May 16, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trans Tech Vehicles Distributed by First Priority GreenFleet

Motiv Power Systems and partners are talking up a project to field 13 battery-electric Type A school buses with two school districts as part of the California Air Resources Board’s Sacramento Regional Zero-Emission School Bus Deployment Project.
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ANGI Energy CNG for the IHB Rail Project

May 16, 2017 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘An Innovative CNG Fueling Station Specifically for Rail’

ANGI Energy is to begin shipping turnkey equipment for the first-ever trackside fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling facility for locomotives. The Chicago-area’s Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad is to begin deployment of the first of as many as 31 converted switcher (short-range) locomotives.
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Hexagon Lincoln Titans for Certarus

May 15, 2017 in CNG, Energy E&P by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Long-Term Agreement’ with Initial $20.6 Million Order

Hexagon Lincoln has entered into a long-term agreement with Certarus for the sale of compressed natural gas mobile pipeline modules “to the resurgent oil and gas exploration and production industry,” parent Hexagon Composites reports.
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TM4 and Cummins Form J.V. for PHEVs

May 15, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘TM4’s Expertise and Real-Road Experience Will Be Instrumental’

Citing its experience in the China market, TM4 announced last week a joint venture with Cummins to develop a PHEV/plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrain for “for Class 7/8 transit buses that can reduce fuel consumption by at least 50% over conventional hybrid buses.
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New Flyer 110 CNG Artics for NYCT/MTA

May 13, 2017 in CNG, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

They Are the Agency’s First CNG-Fueled 60-Foot Artic Buses
Under a Contract Worth $95 Million, the Manufacturer Says

New Flyer Industries disclosed a contract with New York City Transit/MTA Bus for 110 of its CNG-fueled 60-foot articulated Xcelsior buses.

“The state-funded contract is a firm order,” New Flyer said, “valued at $95 million (U.S.).”

“Since 1988, MTA has purchased over 2,200 buses from New Flyer,” executive VP for sales, marketing and customer program management Paul Smith said in a release.

Long Experience

“This will be the first time the MTA is taking delivery of compressed natural gas buses in a 60-foot configuration,” he said.

New Flyer cites “nearly 20 years of experience developing CNG systems and delivering over 8,500 CNG-powered transit buses.” The Winnipeg-based company claims “invaluable experience that benefits our customers with the most advanced CNG bus in the industry… benefits include a 20-year certified CNG tank and a fire- suppression system that comes as a standard feature on all New Flyer CNG buses.”


New Flyer noted too that it’s opened a facility in Jamestown, N.Y. facility to manufacture bus components, and that “components assembled in Jamestown will be integrated into these 110 XN60 Xcelsior CNG buses” for New York City.

Long in Gestation

The company said last year that it was bidding to supply 139 of its 60-foot CNG buses to NYCT (F&F, March 18, 2016).

Also last year, Hexagon Composites reported a long-term supply agreement with New Flyer for all-composite Type IV CNG cylinders from its Hexagon Lincoln subsidiary, now part of Agility Fuel Solutions (F&F, February 26, 2016).


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Source: New Flyer with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Momentum 155-DGE CNG Refuse Tailgate

May 12, 2017 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A New Fuel Cylinder Assembly Holds 115 DGEs,
Drop-In Fuel Management Modules Offered Too

Momentum Fuel Technologies has added a 115-DGE/diesel gallon equivalent tailgate system to its lineup of compressed natural gas fuel system products for Class 6 to Class 8 trucks.
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Pasha Taps Keppel for New LNG Ships

May 12, 2017 in Dual Fuel, Fleet Order, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two New Dual Fuel Vessels with Options for Two More

Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii said yesterday that it’s selected Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, Texas, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, to build two new liquefied natural gas-fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels.
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Karsan Bids to Build ‘American’ CNG Bus

May 12, 2017 in CNG, Companies, Conference/Meeting, manufacturing, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Turkish Company ‘Currently in Discussions with a U.S.-Based Manufacturer’

Turkey’s Karsan is gearing up to display a 42-foot compressed natural gas-fueled transit bus at the UTIP Global Transport Summit next week in Montreal – and says it wants to build the “Sunshine” vehicle in the U.S. to meet federal “Buy America” funding requirements.
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Propane Proven in Cold, Cold Weather

May 12, 2017 in Education, PERC Straight Talk, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Third in the Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Autogas:
Indiana’s Warren Township’s Finds Winter Woes Reduced

“Our story starts with snow,” says Steve Smith, transportation director with the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, east of Indianapolis. “Then it goes to ice.”
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Caterpillar Test Bed for Marine LNG

May 12, 2017 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Mining by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘First of Its Kind’ Unit for Engines in Kiel, Germany

Caterpillar Marine is talking up a “First of Its Kind” testbed for liquefied natural gas-fueled engines, now in place at its facility in Kiel, Germany. The LNG preparation unit includes an LNG tank and a gas preparation unit, both in 40-foot container size. Both were developed and provided by Marine Service GmbH, of Hamburg, Cat says.
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Agility More Propane with CleanFuel Buy

May 12, 2017 in Companies, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Powertrain Systems Unit Acquisition of CleanFuel USA
‘To Immediately Offer Complete Propane Fuel Systems’

Agility Fuel Solutions said yesterday that it’s boosting its nascent propane vehicle business via the acquisition of CleanFuel USA by Agility’s new expands new Powertrain Systems.

Agility’s move into propane autogas was announced less than two weeks ago at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, Calif. (F&F, May 6).

Agility said that its Powertrain Systems unit is hiring key CleanFuel USA employees and will add locations in Wixom, Mich. to focus on fuel systems, and Georgetown, Texas to focus on fueling equipment.

‘A Complete Propane Solution’

The CleanFuel USA buy acquisition will Agility Powertrain Systems “to immediately offer complete propane fuel systems for commercial vehicles based on patented liquid propane injection (LPI) technology.

“Agility will also be able to offer turnkey propane fueling packages for both private fleet and retail locations, enabling a complete propane solution for commercial fleets globally,” states a release.


“This acquisition will enable our Powertrain Systems business unit to accelerate its development and certification of propane fuel systems for OEM engines and vehicles,” Agility CEO Kathleen Ligocki said in the CleanFuel USA acquisition announcement.

‘Cleaner Transportation Options’

“It’s a significant step toward our goal of offering a complete toolkit of solutions to enable the global transition toward cleaner transportation options,” she said.

“CleanFuel USA has assembled a portfolio of reliable products and leading technology in the commercial vehicle market in North America,” said Powertrain Systems president Brad Garner.

“We look forward to combining those products and technology with Agility’s market and geographic reach, financial strength, and aftermarket service capabilities to make it easy for fleets, OEMs, and propane distributors to benefit from propane’s advantages as a clean and affordable transportation fuel,” Garner said.

Previous Relationships

CleanFuel USA offers propane autogas dispensing equipment and vehicle conversion capabilities. It has previously announced agreements with ASV/Allied Specialty Vehicles for vehicle conversions (F&F, April 14, 2015) and with Daimler’s Freightliner Customer Chassis Corp and Thomas Built (F&F, July 16, 2014), and last year filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization (F&F, April 8, 2016).

Terms of the Agility Powertrain Systems acquisition were not disclosed.


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Source: Agility Fuel Solutions with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

US Hybrid for FC Bus Demo in Costa Rica

May 11, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Technology, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ad Astra Coordinating ‘Ecosystem Project’ Including Air Liquide

Busy US Hybrid is completing the conversion of a 35-foot Van Hool bus to hydrogen fuel cell operation at its facility in Connecticut for trials in Costa Rica. The “Hydrogen Ecosystem Project” project is being coordinated by Texas-based Ad Astra Rocket.
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NGVAmerica Seeking a New President

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Clean Energy’s Mitchell Pratt is the New Association Chair
As Matt Godlewski Is Leaving to Work for Ford in Michigan

The NGVAmerica executive committee met at ACT Expo last week following the April 27 announcement by Matt Godlewski that he is stepping down as association president. AGA/American Gas Association policy VP Kathryn Clay has been named interim executive director. An early task: name a new permanent chief – and a new NGVAmerica chair.
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Renewable Natural Gas: What’s the Fuss?

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Q&A with Tyler Henn, VP and General Manager, Clean Energy Renewables

Please tell us a little bit about renewable natural gas and why it’s getting so much attention. Renewable natural gas, or RNG, is biogenic methane that is naturally generated during the decomposition process of organic waste such as food and other waste from sources like dairy farms and landfills.
We capture and purify it, then put it back into the pipeline for our customers under the brand name Redeem. And what makes it so exciting for us and our customers, is that it’s the cleanest transportation fuel available, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70% today over diesel.

New Clean Energy Renewables boss Tyler Henn with TTSI’s super low-NOx Freightliner Cascadia at ACT Expo 2017.

There’s been a lot of discussion about matching RNG with some of the new technologies here. Can you talk about that? Absolutely. Not only is RNG already the cleanest fuel around, but the studies we’re seeing when you combine it with the new Cummins Westport Low-NOx engine are simply astounding.
UC Riverside has tested the technology and found emissions to be .002 g/bhp-hr, 90% below the CARB standard, and 99.8% cleaner than a 2010 diesel truck. And we’re already seeing industry leaders like FedEx, LA Metro, Republic Services and Santa Monica Big Blue Bus transitioning their fleets to the technology.

Obviously electric trucks have caught some of the attention lately, Where do you see RNG fitting in? First I think the market recognizes that it will be quite a while, maybe 10-15 years, until electric trucking comes to the heavy-duty trucking sector. Second, and this is lost on a lot of people, electric vehicles aren’t as green as some claim.
In fact, when you account for the emissions created from producing the electricity that runs those cars, which often comes from coal-burning power plants, our RNG combined with these new engines provides cleaner emissions than electric, based on a well-to-wheels comparison. With electric, people always talk about tailpipe emissions but they choose to ignore the upstream emissions of making that electricity. You can’t have it both ways.


The market for RNG certainly has been growing. Is the industry prepared for the growth? Absolutely, and I expect it to continue. We’ve seen our volumes grow from 20 million GGEs in 2014 to approximately 60 million GGEs in 2016, almost a 200% increase, so we’re certainly enjoying the benefits.
And the industry is prepared to grow along with it. Here in California I know that CARB commissioned a study and validated that there are substantial sources of RNG right here in California.

So you see the RNG industry here in California expanding? The entire RNG industry across the nation is expanding, but especially here in California. If you were here Monday you know that a study by the RNG Coalition was released stating the industry could create up to 130,000 new high-paying jobs, and add $14 billion to California’s economy. So I think the growth will be a benefit to all of us.

This interview submitted by Clean Energy Fuels appeared
in the ‘Powered by Fleets & Fuels’ ShowTimes daily magazine
at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, Calif.

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.


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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach

ChargePoint & Uber: Flying High, Higher

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Aviation, EVs, EVSE, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Deal With Uber Could, As They Say, Change Everything

ChargePoint, the leading supplier of networked chargers for electric vehicles, has teamed with Uber in support of a global vertical takeoff and landing transportation network.
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ANGI Offers App for CNG Fuel Providers

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, New Products, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Status of Your ANGI CNG Sites from Anywhere in the World’

ANGI Energy is promoting a new app for iPhones and other devices allowing CNG fuel providers to remotely monitor the operation of their stations.

Developed for existing customers as well as new ones, the ANGI “CNG Live” application makes checking the status of ANGI CNG equipment “easier than ever,” the company says: the app “provides you with 24/7 remote access to the operating status of your ANGI CNG sites from anywhere in the world.”


ANGI’s ‘CNG Live’ application makes checking the status of ANGI CNG equipment ‘easier than ever,’ the company says, providing ’24/7 remote access to the operating status of your ANGI CNG sites from anywhere in the world.’

The app features an intuitive, user-friendly graphical interface scalable for any site configuration. It handles live operating data on compressors, boosters, dryers, dispensers, and most valve panels, and can provide history reports covering compressor pressure and temperature, run times, dispenser fill totals, and site alarms.

Designed for the CP-400

The app is automatically connected with ANGI systems with CP-400 delivered from the fourth quarter of 2016, and “any site that includes a CP-400 unit with ANGI server connectivity can be set up.

“While the market has been challenging, we are making great progress at ANGI,” sales VP Jared Hightower said on the eve of ACT Expo.

“We have several new products in development, which are following the launch of our class-leading Encore dispenser.”

ANGI Is Nigh-On Ubiquitous

“ANGI is also supporting some of the largest CNG fleet programs in North America,” Hightower said. The firm furnished the fueling infrastructure for “many of Waste Management’s CNG installations,” he noted, and “is working with TruStar and utilities such as Piedmont, FortisBC, and AGL on the UPS program.

“Transit has continued to be a critical sector for us with equipment supply to Trillium CNG for the RTC Las Vegas projects and to Clean Energy Fuels for the NICE and New Jersey transit projects.

“Finally,” Hightower said, “ANGI is pleased with the progress we are making in Latin America, especially Mexico, where the conditions are right for CNG vehicles and virtual pipeline applications.”

ANGI Energy Systems was acquired by Gilbarco Veeder-Root in mid-2014.

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.


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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach


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