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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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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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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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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

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

Bauer for Quiet & Remote Monitoring

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

‘We Are Always Adding Additional Intelligence Technology in Our Systems’

Among its ACT Expo 2017 displays, Bauer Compressors is highlighting two new features on its C-23 compressor. The unit is designed to meet the needs of medium to large vehicle fleets.
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Love’s Trillium CNG: More Than You Think

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

178 Fueling Outlets in 27 States – with More Planned

The acquisition of Trillium by Love’s Travel, which was already building a national CNG fueling network at its truck stops, was announced last year. Love’s customers gained access to 37 existing Trillium stations for a combined total of 65 public-access CNG facilities.
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Cobham Has New Type IV CNG Tanks

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘More Options’ for Customers with 17-Inch Cylinders

New 17-inch-diameter CNG cylinders from Cobham “offer customers more options,” says the manufacturer, which is introduce its new family of Type IV tanks at ACT Expo 2017 last week.

The all-composite Cobham cylinders for light and medium duty natural gas vehicles are available in 60- and 83-inch lengths.

Multinational Cobham manufactures CNG cylinders in Westminster, Md.

“The new family of 17-inch-diameter cylinders further compliments our current 21-inch-diameter offerings, enabling us to serve a wider range of medium and light duty customer needs,” said Cobham outside sales manager Art Holbert.

They Fit Below the Bedrail

“The 17-inch size was developed in response to customers needing more supplier options in sourcing cylinders that sit below the bedrail to give pickup-truck owners the ability to use a cover across the entire length of the truck bed,” he says.

Cobham’s current 17-inch and 21-inch-diameter families are available with both strap and boss mounts. Cobham pledges to “begin developing larger diameter sizes in various lengths planned for release later in 2017.


“We also produce customized sizes as needed,” the company says. “As part of our commitment to offer superior products, additional load-testing is performed to validate the mounts and composite interface will withstand long term vehicle usage. For added safety, Cobham cylinders are significantly more resistant to permeation.”

Big Backing

The firm’s UK-based parent employs some 11,000 people primarily in the U.S., UK, Europe and Australia, and has customers and partners in more than 100 countries for high-performance composite pressure vessels “and hybrid integrated structures for alternative energy, life support, military and commercial aircraft, and spacecraft applications.

“The NGV market is a strategic fit,” the company says, “that leverages our gas management core capability and composites technology to offer the best value to end users.”

Cobham just last month said that Colorado’s Redmark CNG slecxted it as a preferred supplier of Type IV compressed natural gas fuel cylinders (F&F, April 6), after making a similar announcement last year about the North Carolina upfitter Altech-Eco (F&F, November 8).

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

Kenworth Shoots for Zero Port Emissions

May 6, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CNG to Power an ISL G Near Zero Hybrid Drive in One T680,
A Second Class 8 Vehicle Is to Have Ballard Fuel Cell Power

Kenworth said at ACT Expo on May 2 that it’s continuing to advance its low- and even zero-emission T680 day cabs for drayage tractor operation in Southern California ports, designing hydrogen- and CNG/compressed natural gas-fueled versions of the Class 8 truck, backed by some $9 million in government grants awarded last August.
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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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Kraus Global Optima for CNG Fueling

April 26, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, CNG, Infrastructure, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Next Generation’ of Dispensers Features New ‘Pulse’ Display

Canada’s Kraus Global is introducing Optima for compressed natural gas fueling, stating that it represents the “next generation” of natural gas vehicle fueling dispensers.

Optima, to be announced today, will be Kraus Global’s emphasis at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo 2017, which takes place next week at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. the ACT Expo 2017 conference and workshops run May 1-4, and the exhibit hall is open May 2-3.

‘Optima’ fueling dispensers by Kraus Global at a Nopetro outlet in Orlando, Fla.

With a proprietary new companion display tradenamed Pulse, and powerful new Micon Nextgen 1.0 electronics, “Optima enables enhanced station control and performance,” the company says, with “unmatched data and communication capabilities.”

“Optima is the result of three decades of CNG focused dispenser experience and feedback from the field,” the company says. It provides “full access to error codes, software upgrades, and fill parameter set points either locally or remotely” from smartphones, tablets, or laptops.

‘Functionality Beyond Current Standards’

“The new Micon NextGen 1.0,” Kraus Global says, “builds upon proven Micon 500 technology elevating functionality beyond current standards with data capabilities and configuration tools delivering smarter control, increased efficiency, and higher profitability.

“Real time data is visible on the Pulse display, allowing users to follow fill progression as it communicates the starting and ending parameters of their filling process, reassuring that a target was established and then safely met.”


18 Months of Experience

“We have been beta testing Optima for approximately 18 months and have received positive feedback from our customers,” Kraus Global CEO Ossama AbouZeid says in a release. “Their support has been tremendous and we appreciate their loyalty,” AbouZeid said.

AbouZeid names AVSG/Alternative Vehicle Services Group, Independent Fueling Systems, Love’s Trillium CNG, Nopetro, Pacific Gas & Electric, Timco, and U.S. Gain as Optima customers.


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Source: Kraus Global with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

OptiFuel for IHB’s CNG Locomotives

April 25, 2017 in CNG, Companies, milestones, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hexagon for Type IVs, ANGI for Fueling Stations
Among the Key Partners for a Pioneering Project
For Natural Gas-Powered Rail in the Chicago Area

OptiFuel Systems is this week publicizing its role in a pioneering project for compressed natural gas-fueled switcher locomotives operated in and around Chicago by the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad.
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Freedom CNG Trains First Responders

April 21, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, CNG, Education, LNG, NGVs, training by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Free NGV and Station Awareness Training in Texas

Freedom CNG, which operates three Houston-area compressed natural gas fueling stations and one in the Permian Basin, recently hosted a series of free natural gas vehicle and fueling station awareness training sessions for area first responders.
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Trillium for PennDot, Earth Day CNG 99¢

April 20, 2017 in CNG, Infrastructure, milestones, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First of 29, in Johnstown, Will Support CamTran CNG Buses
As Trillium CNG Offers 99¢ Fuel at Ten Stations for Earth Day

Love’s Trillium CNG has opened the first of 29 compressed natural gas fueling stations it’s building for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The company also said today that it will serve up CNG fuel for just 99¢ per gasoline gallon equivalent at ten of its outlets this Saturday, April 22.
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