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EVgo Fields High- Power ABB Charger

March 1, 2017 in EVs, EVSE, milestones, Research, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

At 150 Kilowatts, It’s Triple the Standard DC Fast Charger
With the Potential for a Super-Fast 350-Kilowatt Upgrade

EVgo, which claims the nation’s largest network of high-speed electric vehicle chargers, reported an EVSE/electric vehicle support equipment milestone with the deployment of a 150-kilowatt research unit from ABB in Fremont, Calif. – “providing a charge which is three times faster than what is available today.” updated March 3
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CHAMP Hydrogen from Natural Gas

February 20, 2017 in Hydrogen, Research, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Modular Georgia Tech Process Could Make Point-of-Use Fuel

Special to Fleets & Fuels by John Toon of the Georgia Institute of Technology

Four-Stroke Engine Cycle Produces Hydrogen
from Methane and Captures CO2/Carbon Dioxide

When is an internal combustion engine not an internal combustion engine? When it’s been transformed into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells wherever there’s a natural gas supply available.
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EDI Now Gives PG&E More Export Power

February 15, 2017 in Fleet Order, Hybrids, Technology, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Latest Truck, a Class 6 Peterbilt, Provides 160 Kilowatts

Pacific Gas and Electric and its partner Efficient Drivetrains Inc. have unveiled a new plug-in hybrid electric truck providing as much as 160 kilowatts of export power – enough to support as many as 125 homes: “potentially eliminating planned outages while shortening unplanned outages.”
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SoCalGas Funds Onboard Dynamics

January 23, 2017 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Utility Is to Test Self-Powered Mobile Natural Gas Compressor

Southern California Gas reported a contract with Onboard Dynamics to fund the demonstration and testing of the Oregon start-up’s mobile natural gas compressor that can be used to fuel compressed natural gas vehicles “no matter where they are.”

Onboard Dynamics has developed a design that lets a portion of a natural gas-fueled engine serve as a compressor for natural gas. In addition to self-powered compressors, the scheme holds potential for natural gas vehicles that can compress their own fuel (F&F, April 26, 2016).

Onboard Dynamics’ natural gas-powered ‘Mobile-60’ compressor.

Onboard Dynamics’ natural gas-powered ‘Mobile-60’ compressor.

The concept “reduces the need for CNG cars and trucks to travel to public CNG stations and instead brings clean-burning natural gas refueling to the vehicles.”

‘Cost-Effective and Convenient’

“This mobile technology provides a cost-effective and convenient refueling solution for smaller CNG operators,” SoCalGas customer solutions and communications VP Lisa Alexander said in a release.

“This, in turn, may lead to an accelerated adoption of CNG, which would contribute to improved air quality and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, compared to petroleum-based fuels,” she said.

Capacity Boost, or Backup

Because it is self-powered, the Onboard Dynamics compressor can act as a capacity boost for existing CNG compressor stations or as a reliable backup source during emergency events in which electrical generators are offline.

“Our technology can potentially reduce CNG production costs, increase efficiency, improve reliability and lower criteria emissions compared to previous engine-driven products,” Onboard Dynamics CEO Rita Hansen says in the SoCalGas funding announcement.

SoCalGas and Onboard Dynamics are to begin a demonstration project of the technology in the summer of 2017 with Mountain View School District in El Monte, Calif. and the Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency in Lancaster, Calif.


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Source: SoCalGas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Dresser-Rand Touts LNGo Installation

January 19, 2017 in Energy E&P, LNG, milestones, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Micro-Scale Liquefaction for Tenaska-Frontier in the Marcellus

Dresser-Rand is talking up the commissioning of its first micro-scale installation for liquefied natural gas production. The modular, portable “LNGo” unit is being operated by Frontier Natural Resources to monetize stranded gas assets at Tenaska Resources’ Mainesburg field in the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania.
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Fuels from Sewage in Northern California

January 9, 2017 in Biofuels, Biomethane, money awarded, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. DoE Backs Project for ‘Biocrude’ and Biomethane

The Alexandria, Va.-based Water Environment & Reuse Foundation is publicizing its role in a project to produce gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and renewable natural gas from wastewater solids. A pilot plant will be hosted by the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District outside San Francisco, WE&RF reports.
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Schaeffler Group for e-Mobility Drives

January 9, 2017 in Companies, Conference/Meeting, EVs, Hybrids, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Standout 48-Volt Axle Technology at NAIAS in Detroit
As German Manufacturer SeeBig Potential Promise in U.S.

Germany’s Schaeffler AG and its U.S. affiliates are promoting driveline equipment to reduce fuel consumption “while increasing comfort and driving dynamics,” emphasizing in particular a 48-volt system with an electric rear axle to aid the internal combustion engine that drives a hybrid vehicle’s front wheels at NAIAS, this month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit..
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Peloton Platoon to Reduce Fuel Use

November 17, 2016 in fuel efficiency, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$5 Million from ARPA-E Backs Purdue-Led ‘Nextcar’ Project
Aiming for 20% Fuel Savings by Pairing Trucks to Reduce Drag

California’s Peloton Technology is talking up its role in a three-year, ARPA-E backed project to nearly triple the fuel savings of its truck “platooning” technology.
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Canada’s Elix Claims Safer WEV Charging

October 13, 2016 in EVs, EVSE, New Products, Technology, WEVC by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Rotating Permanent Magnets to Reduce Radiation
As Vancouver Company Gets China Investment Boost

Vancouver-based Elix Wireless is promoting a method of electrical wireless power transfer – MDC, for magneto-dynamic coupling – it says is safer for electric vehicle charging in that it emits far lower levels of potentially hazardous electromagnetic radiation than competing inductive charging technologies.
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$6.25 Million for ‘Near Zero’ ISX12 G

September 23, 2016 in money awarded, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More CEC Money via South Coast Air Quality Management District

The California Energy Commission is adding $1 million from the state’s Clean Fuels Fund to help Cummins Westport develop a “Near Zero” version of its 11.9-lter, natural gas-fueled ISX12 G engine.
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TransPower’s New ElecTruck Catalog

September 13, 2016 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

San Diego Company Emphasizes Battery Electric ‘Trucks that Work:’
Emission-Free Class 8 Road and Drayage Vehicles, and School Buses
As Cylindrical Geometry Battery Cells Boost Efficiency & Range by 60%

San Diego-based TransPower is advising customers about its augmented “ElecTruck” line of heavy duty fully battery electric trucks and related equipment – available too with hydrogen fuel cell and hybrid power. TransPower products – in real-world service since late 2013 – range from individual components to full blown kits for the conversion of new of existing trucks.
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Next-Gen Transit Gas Webinar Sept 21

September 9, 2016 in Biomethane, Game Changer, Technology, transit, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ultra-Low NOx & Renewable Natural Gas Combination Makes for
‘Most Important Development for Sustainable Transit in Decades’

Southern California Gas is hosting a free webinar detailing how the combination of ultra-low NOx natural gas engines and renewable natural gas can help meet state emission targets and in fact together constitute “the most important development for sustainable transit operations in decades.”
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Hexagon H2 Tanks for Mercedes F-Cell

August 22, 2016 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hybrids, Hydrogen, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Type IV Cylinders for Fuel Cell/Plug-In-‘Hybrid’

Hexagon Lincoln is supplying its all-composite Type IV cylinders for the new hydrogen-fueled Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell vehicle. Each car will have two of the lightweight tanks: one in the transmission tunnel and one below the rear seats.
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New Flyer for ISL G Near Zero Option

August 17, 2016 in CNG, Game Changer, NGVs, Technology, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Manufacturer Says It Will Be First with a Bus to LA Metro

New Flyer Industries vowed this morning to be the first to the transit bus market with the new “Near Zero” version of the dominant 8.9-liter ISL G engine from Cummins Westport for natural gas-fueled transit vehicles.
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Quantum Is Back from Bankruptcy

July 19, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Acquired by Billion-Dollar Investment Firm
And Vows to Pursue ANG Along with CNG

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies, said this morning that it’s been bought by Douglas Acquisitions LLC, “a family-owned $1 billion private equity firm based in Northern California.”
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Evatran Plugless JV for WEVC in China

July 15, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Wireless EV Charging Could Be OEM-Available There Next Year

Virginia-based Evatran said yesterday that a new joint venture could make its “Plugless” wireless electric vehicle charging available from a China-based OEM in 2017. Evatran’s new JV is with Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology, a Tier 1 supplier of brake and other components in China.
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Vote of Confidence for ‘LNOx+RNG’

July 5, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, Studies, Technology, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Combination of RNG/Renewable Natural Gas and NZ Engine
To Meet Goals Faster and Cheaper than Batteries or Hydrogen

The super low-NOX engine from Cummins Westport, powered by RNG/renewable natural gas, will allow California to meet its goal of zero-emission transmit buses more quickly and for less money that it will with battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell buses, says a new analysis.
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