ACT Expo 2018

Biomethane

Amp Americas Gets $47 Million for CNG

August 11, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, investments, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

EIV Money to Help ‘Scale and Execute Our Aggressive Growth Plans’

Amp Americas said yesterday that it’s secured a $47 million equity commitment from Houston-based EIV Capital, a private equity firm focused on the energy industry.
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Clean Energy Fuels: Mid-Year Roundup

August 3, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs, refuse, transit, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Transit and Refuse and Trucking and the Post Office:
A Rundown of Natural Gas Vehicle Fueling Progress,
Meanwhile Second Quarter Volumes Up But Revenue Down

Transit agencies in Texas and California are among the standouts as Clean Energy Fuels issued a mid-year rundown of recent contracts in the natural gas vehicle fueling business. updated August 4
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Love’s Trillium CNG for Athens Services

July 25, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Los Angeles-Area Station to Support Some 110 Refuse Trucks,
Trillium Pledges to Procure and Provide RNG for the 
Vehicles 

Love’s Trillium CNG said this morning that it was picked to design, build and maintain a compressed natural gas fueling station for Athens Services in Pacoima, Calif., north of Los Angeles.
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Cal NGVC Urges the LA Ports to Use RNG

July 20, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biofuels, Biomethane, NGVs, policy, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Coupled with Low-NOx Engines, Major Gains are Possible:
‘This Technology Is Available Today,’ the Association Says,
‘Can Be Used to Completely Upgrade the Port Truck Fleet’

The California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition is urging the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to step up the role of natural gas vehicles in its 2017 Clean Air Action Plan, a draft of which was released yesterday.

“The draft CAAP,” Cal NGVC says, “is the starting point.”

Click image or here for details on Cal NGVC’s Advanced Clean Trucks Now (ACT Now) plan.

“The draft CAAP can be strengthened with earlier measures,” says the association, “that accomplish immediate reductions of air pollution and greenhouse gases from heavy duty trucks.”

Port Fleet Can Be ‘Completely’ Upgraded by 2023

Cal NGVC wants to see accelerated deployment of low NOx trucks powered by RNG/renewable natural gas “that reduce air pollutants by over 90% and greenhouse gasses by over 70%.

“This technology is available today and can be used to completely upgrade the port truck fleet by 2023…

“Waiting for an unproven, expensive technology will only prolong the damage being done to our air by the tens of thousands of diesel trucks moving in and around the ports every day,” the association says.


More Low-NOx Engines in 2018

Cummins Westport offers the 8.9-liter super low-NOx ISL G Near Zero engine (the L9N for 2018) now, and pledged at early May’s ACT Expo 2017 meeting in Southern California to expand the technology to its 6.7- and 11.9-liter engines for 2018 – the B6.7N and ISX12N (F&F, May 5).

Cal NGVC’s proposal for RNG trucks at the ports is detailed in the Advanced Clean Trucks Now (ACT Now) plan website at www.actnowla.org.

Clean Energy Fuels is a longtime advocate of natural gas trucks for the Ports – this photo dates from 2009. The company has since emerged as a major supplier of ‘Redeem’ brand RNG, with customers including Southern California’s LA Metro and port operator TTSI – Total Transportation Services, Inc. (F&F, March 24).


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Source: Cal NGVC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Greenland Biogas’s High-Capacity Kauri

July 20, 2017 in Biofuels, Biomethane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A New Unit for Upgrading Biogas to Biomethane
Can Handle 3,000 Scfm Daily for Pipeline Injection

Greenlane Biogas is promoting a new high-capacity biogas upgrading system called “Kauri.” Kauri can handle up to 3,000 scfm/standard cubic feet per minute, the company says, producing clean RNG/renewable natural gas, aka biomethane, for pipeline injection.
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Clean Energy RNG for Republic Services

May 30, 2017 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Using Redeem Brand Renewable Natural Gas in 20 States,
Waste Hauler Will Triple Its Use of the Biomethane Product

Republic Services is tripling its use of Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas from Clean Energy Fuels, the companies said today, extending its use “across Republic’s CNG-fleet in 20 states.”
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Clean Energy RNG for LA Metro Buses

May 29, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Contract Kicks Off with a One-Year Pilot,
Could Lead to RNG Supply for 2,200 Buses
With Estimated Annual Use of 38 Million GGEs

Clean Energy Fuels has an agreement with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide its Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas for the LA Metro fleet of CNG/compressed natural gas transit buses.
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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

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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