ACT Expo 2018

Biomethane

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

RNG Means Jobs, NGV Groups Say

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, NGVs, policy, Publications, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

130,000 Jobs & a $14-Billion Boost to California
Says Landmark Study Released at ACT Expo 2017

A new employment study indicates that the use of trucks fueled by RNG/renewable natural gas could create up to 130,000 new jobs and add $14 billion to California’s economy. The RNG Jobs Report was released jointly here today by the RNG Coalition/Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas and the CalNGVC/California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition.

A switch to RNG-fueled trucks could quickly help California achieve its air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change-related goals, the groups say. More than 95% of the trucks on California roads use petroleum-based diesel fuel and are a major source of particulate, NOx and GHG/greenhouse gas emissions.


RNG Coalition CEO Johannes Escudero at ACT Expo 2017

In Southern California, they note, the heavy-duty trucking sector is the single largest source of NOx emissions, which combine with other pollutants to form both ground-level ozone and fine particulates.

A Wide Range of Health Impacts’

“Those pollutants are responsible for a wide range of health impacts from exacerbating asthma to premature deaths,” states today’s release, which notes that the ports and related goods-movement activity emit more than 35% of all smog-forming pollutants in the region.

“This study affirms what we have been advocating–increased production, deployment and utilization of RNG not only realizes significant benefits for our environment, but for our economy as well,” said RNG Coalition CEO Johannes Escudero. “Our industry is eager to develop new projects, create additional employment opportunities and supply the heavy-duty truck sector in California with renewable natural gas,” he said.

‘High-Paying Jobs’

The two organizations maintain that for every job created through direct investment in the trucking and goods movement sector powered by California-produced RNG, two more jobs will be created. “These are high-paying jobs, with estimated labor income more than double California’s current median income,” they say.

The jobs and economic activity stem from increased opportunities for skilled workers in construction, fabrication, vehicle manufacturing, engineering services, waste management, and service industries.

“We recognize the importance of ensuring not only that we clean up our air,” said Cal NGVC president Thomas Lawson, “but that when evaluating alternative solutions, we also consider the impact on our economy.

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

Cummins Westport’s New Low-NOx Line

May 5, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Three for 2018: ‘Reductions Similar to Battery-Electric Propulsion’

“Move to Zero,” says Cummins Westport, as the joint venture company is expanding its line of super low-NOx engines for 2018: launching at ACT Expo 2017 this past Monday the 6.7-liter B6.7N, the 8.9-liter L9N (formerly the ISL G Near Zero) and the 11.9-liter ISX12N.
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RNG/Low-NOx Bus Webinar on May 16

April 26, 2017 in Biomethane, Education, NGVs, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Most Important Development for Sustainable Transit Operations in Decades’

Southern California Gas is hosting an educational webinar to promote the economic and environmental benefits of the emerging 0.02 grams per brake-horsepower NOx natural gas engines fueled by RNG/renewable natural gas.
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NZ for Volvo’s New VNR Tractor – Maybe

April 21, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, Game Changer, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Truck is a Diesel, Future Near Zero ‘Based on Market Demand’

Volvo trucks will offer the super low-NOx ISL G Near Zero dedicated-natural gas engine from Cummins Westport in the latest version of its VNR regional haul tractor – “later,” says a spokesman, “based on market demand.”
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Kenworth to Show Its NZ T880S at ACT

April 21, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, Game Changer, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CNG Concrete Mixer with Cummins Westport’s ISL G Near Zero

Kenworth Truck is gearing up to display a two dedicated-natural gas trucks at the upcoming Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, which takes place May 1-4 at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. The ACT Expo 2017 exhibition hall will be open May 2-3.
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FortisBC Funding for Gas: Land and Sea

April 10, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, LNG, Marine, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Some $47 Million in Incentives for Natural Gas Transportation

British Columbia’s FortisBC utility said today that it has some $47 million (Canadian; about $35.2 million U.S. at current rates) available to help reduce the capital costs associated with natural gas-powered road and off-road vehicles, marine vessels, and industrial engines.
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Xebec’s Better PSA: Fast Cycle for RNG

April 4, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, Companies, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Game-Changer’ as a Novel Adsorption/Desorption Cycle Yields
‘Recovery Rates of Up to 98.5% While Operating at Low Pressure’

Xebec Adsorption is promoting an improved pressure swing adsorption architecture for upgrading biogas to biomethane. By optimizing fast-cycle PSA technology process design “and combining it with a novel adsorption/desorption cycle,” states a release, “Xebec can now achieve recovery rates of up to 98.5% while operating at low pressure, allowing operators to maximize revenue, lower operating costs and, consequently, increase profitability.”

The result is more practical RNG – renewable natural gas.

Xebec PSA/pressure swing adsorption equipment at work in France. Installations employing the company’s new fast-cycle designs in Europe are already achieving the new performance levels – stated at 98.5% recovery – for biogas-to-RNG upgrading, the company says.

Xebec notes that it pioneered fast- and rapid-cycle adsorption technology, bringing its proprietary technology to the biogas upgrading market more than 15 years ago. Today the Montreal-based company “is a major player with 27 installations operating globally and a growing number of ongoing projects under planning, procurement and construction.”

‘Flexible, Reliable, and Cost-Effective… a Step Change’

Biogas upgrading, the firm says, is an engineering and process design challenge “because gas compositions constantly vary, flow rates fluctuate, and temperatures change with seasonal and weather conditions.

“Operators need technology solutions that are flexible, reliable, and cost-effective in order to maximize profits,” Xebec says, claiming “a sterling reputation for delivering product gas that meets all of these objectives at a quality that can be injected into the pipeline systems.”

PSA recovery rates typically deliver recoveries in the 94% to 96% range, Xebec says. “With this breakthrough in the PSA process and cycle design, Xebec can offer a step change in achievable recovery rates, up to 98.5%, offering its proven adsorption technology that is cost effective, flexible and highly reliable.”

Kurt Sorschak

‘This Is a Game-Changer… Product Gas that Can Be Sold’

“This is a game-changer for Xebec,” Xebec president and CEO Kurt Sorschak says in a release. “Our customers have always been highly complementary of our robust and flexible systems that can adjust within minutes to changing operating conditions while continuously delivering quality product gas that can be sold.

“With this improvement in recovery to 98.5%,” Sorschak says, “we are now offering clear economic advantages to our customers. Xebec combines high recovery with low operating costs and unrivaled system tolerance and flexibility, resulting in increased profitability for our customers.

Game Changer at ACT Expo Too

“With 21 projects in our current pipeline,” he said, “customers have clearly taken to Xebec’s new biogas upgrading solution.”

Separately, organizers of the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo and conference fast approaching in Long Beach, Calif. will examine the merits of biomethane at the Game Changer 2.0 Summit session on Monday, May 1. ACT Expo itself runs May 1-4, with the exhibit hall open May 2-3.

Xebec Adsorption will be at Booth 553.

Check out the ACT Expo 2017 agenda here.


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Source: Xebec with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

ACT Expo Speakers, Exhibition Hall Peek

March 24, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event, EVs, fuel cells, Game Changer, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, Hydrogen, investments, LNG, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Key Meeting Is Early This Coming May in Long Beach

Organizers of 2017’s Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo have released the speaker line-up for the event, which takes place May 1-4 at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. updated March 27
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TTSI Tests Low-NOx ISX12 G on Redeem

March 24, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, Conference/Meeting, Game Changer, LNG, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘The Trucking Industry Is Facing Hard Choices,’ Says CEO:
New CWI Engine Combined with RNG Seen as Viable Answer

Southern California’s Total Transportation Services, Inc., is testing a low-NOx variant of the 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine from CWI/Cummins Westport, Inc., the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition reports. TTSI, Cal NGVC notes, is one of largest drayage trucking companies in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. updated March 27


TTSI’s re-powered Freightliner Cascadia

The low-NOx ISX12 G is a field test unit, says a CWI spokesman. It has been installed in a Freightliner Cascadia tractor. It is fueled with LNG/liquefied natural gas. TTSI is using “Redeem” brand fuel, made with RNG/renewable natural gas supplied by Clean Energy Fuels, says a Clean Energy source.

Hauler at the Forefront

TTSI has long been an alternative fuel pioneer, committing to LNG/liquefied natural gas trucks for the ports nearly a decade ago (F&F, August 18, 2008) and later testing hydrogen fuel cell trucks for drayage operations (F&F, August 1, 2011).

According the company website, TTSI currently operates 57 LNG tractors.

As Clean as a Battery Truck?

Available for order later this year, the 11.9-liter engine is expected to be certified by the California Air Resources Board to produce 90% less NOx than the current EPA standard for heavy-duty engines – “equivalent,” says Cal NGVC, “to that of a truck powered by electricity from the electrical grid.”

“The trucking industry is facing hard choices on how we are going to reduce our emissions impact, especially here in Southern California,” TTSI president and CEO Vic La Rosa says in the association article.

‘Quickest and Most Affordable Way to Cut Our NOx’

“We believe the quickest and most affordable way to cut our NOx emissions to essentially zero is with the new CWI engine and renewable natural gas (RNG).

Cummins Westport’s 11.9-liter ISX12 G hit the market in 2012/2013 (F&F, December 19, 2012). Production of the low-NOx variant – the ISX12G Near Zero? – is to start early next year.

“We’ve successfully operated natural gas trucks in the San Pedro ports since the last Clean Trucks program in 2008, and it’s great that we now have a dramatically improved engine and an even cleaner fuel with renewable natural gas,” La Rosa said.

Next Year for the Low-NOx ISX12 G

Late last year Cummins Westport began full production of the low-NOx variant of its 8.9-liter engine, offering it as the ISL G Near Zero (F&F, October 18). Engines have been shipped to bus and refuse truck OEMs. The ISX12 G low-NOx engine is based on the 12-liter ISX12 G first introduced in 2012, Cal NGVC says. Production is to start early next year.

“CWI anticipates a large demand for this heavy-duty alternative-fuel truck engine,” the association says.

With Biomethane, It’s a Game-Changer

“We understand the importance of reducing NOx emissions, especially here in California and in the middle of one of the busiest transportation corridors in the nation,” said Cummins Westport president Rob Neitzke.

“This 12-liter engine, designed for heavy-duty trucks, can also reduce GHG methane emissions by 70% or more when run on renewable natural gas,” he said.

“We are also running field tests with other fleets in other applications,” a CWI spokesman told F&F, noting that production is to commence in the first quarter of 2018.

Learn More, Much More, at ACT Expo

Learn much more about the potential for low-NOx engine fueled by RNG at the special Game Changer Summit 2.0 session at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, Calif. on Monday, May 1. CWI and TTSI chiefs Neitzke and La Rosa are among the scheduled speakers.

ACT Expo itself runs May 1-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center.


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Source: Cal NGVC via NGV Global with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Peterbilt NZ Trucks Can Get HVIP Bucks

March 24, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, LNG, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Models 520 & 320 with CWI’s ISL G Near Zero Engine
Eligible for Hybrid & Zero-Emission Incentive Money

Peterbilt Model 520 and 320 trucks powered by Cummins Westport’s 8.9-liter ISL G Near Zero natural gas engine have been granted eligibility for the California Air Resources Board’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project, known as HVIP, the manufacturer reports.
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UPS Spending $90m More on Natural Gas

March 15, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, LNG, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TruStar for Four New CNG Fueling Stations,
Freightliner & Kenworth for 440 New Trucks

UPS said today that it’s investing an additional $90 million in natural gas trucks and fueling infrastructure. The money will pay for 440 new compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas trucks, and six new CNG fueling facilities.
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Clean Energy-BP Ink a $155m RNG Pact

March 1, 2017 in Biofuels, Biomethane, Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

BP Buying Existing Biomethane Production Facilities,
Freeing Clean Energy to Focus on ‘Redeem’ RNG Sales

Clean Energy Fuels said this morning that BP its buying its renewable natural gas production facilities for $155 million, while “Clean Energy will continue to focus on selling its Redeem branded RNG with a secure source of fuel for its nationwide network of stations.”
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Love’s Trillium CNG: Fuel AND Buses for Miami-Dade

February 12, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, Game Changer, Infrastructure, milestones, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Groundbreaking Bus Procurement Task for Fuel Provider:
300 CNG-Fueled New Flyer Xcelsior Vehicles Already on Order,
Two New Public CNG Fueling Stations to Be Miami-Dade’s First
As Fuel Provider Pledges 20% Renewable Natural Gas Content

Love’s Trillium CNG revealed a blockbuster win on Thursday: a ten-year, $330 million-plus contract for two public-access fueling stations each able to support 250 compressed natural gas-powered buses for Florida’s Miami-Dade Transit – and the task of procuring those buses for the agency: 300 of New Flyer vehicles to be delivered through this year and next.
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Clean Energy & MVE: First Near Zero FLs

February 7, 2017 in Biomethane, LNG, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nine M2 Trucks for Mountain Valley Express to Use Redeem RNG:
They Are the First Freightliners to Employ ISL G Near Zero Engine

Nine new tractors with the super low-NOx 8.9-liter ISL G Near Zero engine from Cummins Westport have been purchased by Mountain Valley Express and will be fueled with Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas from Clean Energy Fuels, the fuel provider said this morning.

Mountain Valley Express is buying nine LNG-powered Freightliner M2 trucks with ISL: G Near Zero engines and will fuel them with Redeem brand biomethane from Clean Energy Fuels.

Mountain Valley Express is buying nine LNG-powered Freightliner M2 trucks with ISL: G Near Zero engines and will fuel them with Redeem brand biomethane from Clean Energy Fuels.

“They are buying Freightliner M2s with LNG,” Clean Energy business development manager Jeff Wittenberger told F&F.

‘Revolutionary’

They are the first Freightliner trucks to be fitted with the ISL G Near Zero engine, says Bob Carrick of Freightliner.

“These revolutionary engines reduce smog forming NOx emissions by 90% over the current EPA standard, and when combined with Redeem, have 70% less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than diesel trucks,” states the Clean Energy release.

‘No Better Way’

Redeem RNG, aka biomethane, is available as liquefied natural gas or CNG/compressed natural gas.

“I can think of no better way to demonstrate our commitment to the environment and reducing our footprint, than by having these trucks use Redeem,” MVE president and CEO James Scott Blevins says in the Clean Energy announcement.

‘Go Green’

“At Mountain Valley Express,” he said, “Our motto is ‘Go Green.’”

Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero

Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero

The engine has been certified (F&F, September 17, 2015) by the California Air Resources Board with a NOx emissions level of .02 grams per brake-horsepower-hour, Clean Energy says, noting that the agency “has defined this zero emissions level as equivalent to a 100% battery truck using electricity from a modern combined cycle natural gas power plant.”

And That Ain’t All…

A 12-liter Near Zero engine is expected next year.

Clean Energy also said this morning that it has contracts to build multiple fueling stations in early 2017, as well as new agreements in the trucking, transit and refuse sectors.

Click here for the full Clean Energy release.


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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

SoGalGas and CR&R for RNG Pipeline

February 3, 2017 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Infrastructure, refuse, Rethink Methane 2017 by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s the Utility’s First for Transporting Biomethane

Southern California Gas and CR&R Environmental have broken ground for an eight-inch pipeline that will bring carbon-neutral RNG/renewable natural gas into the SoCalGas distribution system for the first time.
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