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HHP Summit – Call for Papers

February 25, 2013 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, Dual Fuel, HHP, LNG, Marine, Mining, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Abstracts Due July 19 for September Meeting in Chicago

Organizers of the HHP Summit 2013 gathering of high horsepower natural gas professionals have issued a Call for Papers, with abstracts being accepted until July 19. HHP Summit 2013 will take place September 17-19 at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center in Chicago.
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Axion PbC Batteries for Norfolk Southern

February 25, 2013 in batteries, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Supercapacitive’ Batteries Can Be Made on Lead Acid Lines

New Castle, Pa.-based Axion Power says it’s completed shipping a $475,000 order for its PbC brand lead carbon batteries to the Norfolk Suffolk railroad for trials in a pure battery electric yard switcher locomotive, the line’s first, designated NS-999.
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Second HHP Summit – Chicago

January 18, 2013 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, Dual Fuel, HHP, LNG, Marine, Mining, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

HHP Summit 2013 September 17-19 at McCormick Place Lakeside

The HHP Summit 2013 gathering of high horsepower natural gas professionals will take place September 17-19 at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center in Chicago: “Significant growth is expected as North American momentum builds for the increased use of lower cost and lower emission natural gas in commercial marine, oil and gas exploration and production, locomotive, mining and other in off-road high horsepower applications,” says the organizer.
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Caterpillar Embraces Natural Gas

September 27, 2012 in Companies, HHP, LNG, Marine, Mining, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘New Energy Reality’ – Will Provide Engines for All Its Markets

Caterpillar will provide natural gas fuel as an option for engines across its many high horsepower lines, gas engines strategy director Joel Feucht said at the HHP Summit in Houston today.
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CN Hauls Freight Using LNG

September 19, 2012 in HHP, LNG, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

ECI Upfit of Two SD40-2 Locomotives Marks Historic Shift

CN – the Canadian National Railway Company – has made revenue runs between Edmonton and the tar sands town of Fort McMurray with locomotives converted to LNG-diesel dual fuel operation. The Alberta train uses hydraulic direct injection technology from Energy Conversions, Inc. of Tacoma, Wash.
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Vintage Locomotives Save Money with CNG

September 17, 2012 in CNG, HHP, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California’s Napa Valley Wine Train Runs on Natural Gas

The operator of California’s famed Napa Valley Wine Train saves about $600 per day with locomotive 73, which was converted to dual fuel diesel natural gas in 2001 and switched over entirely to CNG in May 2008. A second of four locomotives, number 71, runs on a diesel-compressed natural gas mix.
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HHP Summit — Next Week!

August 30, 2012 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, HHP, LNG, Marine, Mining, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First-Ever High Horsepower Event Dedicated to Natural Gas

Can marine, locomotive, mining vehicle, construction equipment and energy exploration and production operators save money with natural gas if they’re willing to make the up-front investments? Yes. Must they make those investments wisely? Absolutely yes.
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Linde Launches LNG Website

July 26, 2012 in HHP, LNG, Marine, NGVs, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cryogenics Specialist Wants to Help Fleets ‘Make the Switch’

Linde North America has launched a new website “to help customers make the switch to liquid natural gas.”
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Caterpillar to Help Sponsor HHP Summit

July 6, 2012 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, HHP, LNG, Marine, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Sends a Significant Signal’ on Natural Gas for High Horsepower Use

Caterpillar, the global manufacturer of construction and mining equipment and diesel and natural gas engines, has officially signed on as presenting sponsor of the HHP Summit 2012 conference – Natural Gas for High Horsepower Applications, reports organizer Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.
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More LNG Locomotives in Russia

June 30, 2012 in LNG, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Russian Railways and associated organizations are stepping up their work on liquefied natural gas-fueled trains, planning a new gas turbine locomotive for May 2013 and pledging to deploy 39 more in 2020 if tests go well, according to information furnished by Eugene Pronin of Gazprom (himself citing the Prime-TASS news service).
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Tenders Likely, But Devil’s in the Details

February 25, 2012 in LNG, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

With high fuel use and ample, already industrialized land for siting liquefaction facilities, often located where truck traffic represents a ready additional market (F&F, Jan. 30), railroads are prime candidates for liquefied natural gas.
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JC Carter Prepares Ice Breaker’s Big Brother

February 22, 2012 in LNG, Marine, NGVs, Rail by rich  |  No Comments

Responding to customer demands, Southern California’s JC Carter has designed and commenced testing of a larger variant of its market-leading Ice Breaker brand quick-release fueling nozzle for liquefied natural gas vehicles.

Onward and upwards, bigger and better: JC Carter is preparing a 400-gallon-per-minute variant of its 50-gallon Ice Breaker brand quick-release LNG fueling nozzle. Ice Breaker's big brother is being designed primarily for marine applications -- both LNG cargo loading and LNG-powered ship bunkering/fueling.

Onward and upwards, bigger and better: JC Carter is preparing a 400-gallon-per-minute variant of its 50-gallon Ice Breaker brand quick-release LNG fueling nozzle.

The commercial Ice Breaker opens and closes for LNG fueling and disconnect using a double-handled scissor design, and allows vehicle fueling in about five minutes. Now JC Carter is preparing a 400-gallon-per-minite variant of the popular 50-gallon Ice Breaker nozzle.

Ice Breaker’s big brother is being designed primarily for marine applications – both the on-loading and off-loading of LNG cargo and the bunkering (fueling) of LNG-powered ships. It may also find use for quicker turnaround of LNG tanker trucks.

Sam Safi is nozzles product manager at JC Carter.


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Rail Project Details Emerge

January 28, 2012 in LNG, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Proponents of LNG for railroad applications face the same chicken-and-egg challenges as other sectors, but railroads enjoy the advantages of owning ample land for fueling facility placement (at facilities where truck traffic represents a ready additional market), and ample capability to move fuel where it’s needed.
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EMD for Westport LNG Locomotive

January 2, 2012 in LNG, Rail by rich  |  No Comments

Westport Innovations (NASDAQ:WPRT) is working with Electro-Motive Diesel to apply Westport’s high pressure direct injection technology to a locomotive.

An EMD locomotive is to be fueled by liquefied natural gas as part of a Sustainable Development Technology Canada-supported effort with Montreal-based Gaz Metro. Gas Metro is also working to use LNG for heavy duty trucks in Canada, and for ferries (F&F, Nov. 14).

Canadian National Railway locomotives in the Symington Yard in Winnipeg, Manitoba. CN operates approximately 1,500 locomotives and 61,500 freight cars. Photo courtesy CN.

Canadian National Railway locomotives in the Symington Yard in Winnipeg, Manitoba. CN operates approximately 1,500 locomotives and 61,500 freight cars. Photo courtesy CN.

The EMD locomotive for the project is being provided by CN, Canadian National Railway. As per the parties’ consortium agreement, Westport will provide its core HPDI and related technology for the engine and fuel system. “EMD will contribute its expertise to integrate the natural gas engine, related components and controls to create a working locomotive platform,” Westport says.

“EMD brings a great deal of experience and engineering knowhow in locomotive applications,” Paul Blomerus, senior director for high horsepower with Westport, said in a release. “Westport’s HPDI technology is ideally suited to high-horsepower applications such as locomotives as it retains the diesel engine’s favorable operating characteristics of high torque and power, transient response and efficiency, while reducing carbon emissions,” Blomerus said.

According to the United Nations, railroads around the world burn 9 billion gallons of diesel fuel annually, largely in the transportation of freight, Westport reports. “The development of natural gas-fueled locomotives will dramatically reduce the cost of transporting the world’s primary resources and manufactured goods because of the low cost of LNG compared with diesel fuel,” the company says. “Furthermore, the use of natural gas reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 27%.”

Westport Innovations has partnered with Electro-Motive Diesel to develop a natural gas-fueled locomotive, with EMD tasked 'to integrate the natural gas engine, related components and controls to create a working locomotive platform.'

Westport Innovations has partnered with Electro-Motive Diesel to develop a natural gas-fueled locomotive, with EMD tasked ‘to integrate the natural gas engine, related components and controls to create a working locomotive platform.’

Westport has a funding commitment of $2.3 million Canadian from SDTC to develop its HPDI technology for high-horsepower applications.

Illinois-based EMD has been a unit of Alabama-based Progress Rail since August 2010.

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