CNG for Trash Hauling in California and Transit in Virginia
Trillium CNG has reported two new compressed natural gas fueling installations, supporting refuse trucks with a slow-fill station in San Jose, Calif. and transit buses and paratransit vehicles with an HY-C fast-fill station in Richmond, Va.
Trillium has a single compressor so far in place for GreenTeam of San Jose. The Waste Connections subsidiary has 18 Peterbilt-chassis haulers and will add 19 more by year-end.
The slow-fill station, designed to be expanded as the fleet grows, allows for an efficient and complete nightly fill-up, says GreenTeam’s Glen Long.
GreenTeam Investing $15 Million in CNG
“Our investment in CNG infrastructure and the conversion of our entire fleet to a cleaner burning fuel, which is estimated at $15 million, is intended to reduce our carbon footprint and improve local air quality,” GreenTeam San Jose division VP Paul Nelson says in a Trillium release.
GreenTeam plans to have 48 CNG refuse trucks within four years, Long told F&F.
The firms collaborated on the phased approach to designing and building the CNG station, Trillium says. “This approach strikes a balance between equipment capacity, performance and reliability needed today without incurring capital and electrical costs until demand warrants them,” Trillium CNG president Mary Boettcher said in her company’s San Jose announcement.
Fast-Fill in Richmond
In Richmond, Va., Trillium CNG has broken ground, and will operate, a fast-fill CNG station for GRTC Transit. GRTC, Trillium reports, is converting 152 diesel buses and 78 gasoline-fueled paratransit vehicles to natural gas as vehicles are retired from the fleet.
The agency has eight CNG-fueled 40-foot city buses now and will add 21 more in January.
The GRTC station design “is focused on high performance fueling and energy efficient operations,” Trillium says, featuring patented HY-C technology “which dispenses CNG at a rate similar to diesel using a hydraulic compressor.
“Trillium’s smart control system will manage the CNG station to ensure optimal and efficient use of the compression equipment. The smart control system can result in savings up to 30% on power costs while maintaining fast fuel rates.”
Trillium Emphasizes Economical Fueling
“We specialize in fueling public transit bus fleets economically, quickly and efficiently, Boettcher said, claiming “technologically superior and patented equipment.”
Engineering and permitting for the Richmond station is under way now, Trillium said Friday. Construction is to begin in late September and be completed by early spring. The station will be built using American-made equipment in compliance with U.S. DoT Buy America provisions.
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Source: Trillium CNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up