Venerable Giant Makes Commitment to NGVs,
Teams with Chesapeake for Both CNG and LNG
GE is weighing into natural gas vehicles, teaming with Chesapeake Energy for both compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas fueling.
GE – General Electric – is augmenting its high-volume natural gas products oriented to power generation with new products aimed at fueling NGVs.
Chesapeake, the leading independent natural gas E&P (exploration and production) company, is helping GE place its Micro LNG and CNG In A Box products through a new affiliate called Peake Fuel Solutions. (Chesapeake is backing Clean Energy to establish truck stop LNG fueling, and is helping 3M develop lighter and cheaper CNG fuel cylinders.)
“Over the years, we have developed complex, large-scale turbocompression machinery required for LNG applications,” GE Oil & Gas global services VP Andrew Way said at GE’s Micro LNG was unveiled in Italy.
“By leveraging our proven expertise, we now have developed a specific solution to address smaller-scale requirements.”
The GE-Peake partnership, Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon said as CNG In A Box was announced this month, “combines Chesapeake’s natural gas expertise with GE’s extensive global manufacturing capabilities and will bring transformative products to industries and individual consumers across the U.S.”
Beginning thus autumn, the companies said, GE will provide more than 250 of the modular and standardized CNG compression stations.
The compact CNG units will be unveiled at the NACS 2012 meeting in Las Vegas early the coming October, says Norman Herrera, a Chesapeake market development director. NACS stands for National Association of Convenience Stores.
An initial CNG In A Box is to support Chesapeake NGVs by August, GE says.
CNG In A Box units feature Gemini compressors (acquired by GE in 1999) and Wayne dispensers (acquired in 2011), including Wayne point-of-sale knowhow. Optimum integration of in-house equipment will make for superior fuel delivery with lower-horsepower compression, even with low inlet pressures, GE says, promising pricing, across a six-box line, that’s more attractive than “than all the other major competitors in the market.” CNG will be available at rate up to 7.5 GGE – gasoline gallon equivalents – per minute.
The new skid-mounted Micro LNG stations are likewise highly integrated, GE says, and are engineered for minimal methane consumption per ton of LNG produced.
The new NGV fueling products fall under GE’s Ecomagination brand, which also encompasses electric vehicle chargers, smart grid products, and dozens of energy-saving technologies, up to and including locomotives and jet engines.
Likewise, beyond road NGVs, Chesapeake Energy’s new Peake Fuel Solutions unit is eyeing marine and rail applications for natural gas fuel.
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