New Compressors, Dispensers and a Canopy at Nine-Year-Old Facility
TruStar Energy reports a contract to upgrade a compressed natural gas fueling station, dating from 2005, for the Kern County schools in Bakersfield, Calif. updated August 19
TruStar will remove older compressors and associated infrastructure at the public access facility and replace the dated gear with “new state-of-the art compressors, fueling hoses, new fueling dispensers, and a canopy.”
“Since the original station’s construction in 2005, we’ve gone from ten buses to 60,” Kern County Superintendent of Schools energy conservation supervisor Scott Fieber says in the TruStar announcement. Most of Kern County’s CNG-fueled school buses were manufactured by Thomas Built. Five CNG-fueled Blue Bird buses were added in 2010.
“We’ve just outgrown the existing station by all shapes and forms,” he said.
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Also according to TruStar, Fieber said that public demand for CNG has risen dramatically – both in terms of the number of vehicles he’s seeing and the types of vehicles fueling. “We’re seeing new garbage trucks show up almost every week as well as one of our corporate clients with over 100 trucks,” he said.
“We’re going from one dispenser to two – as well as adding a modern illuminated canopy to provide cover from both the sun and the rain. It will also make it easier for the public to find,” Fieber said.
Compression capability will be effectively doubled, supporting a fueling strategy calling for the school buses to be fueled at night, during off-peak hours when electricity is cheapest.
“Time filling the bus fleet at night will also be done without a fuel attendant, which also reduces labor; thus, saving the county more money,” Fieber said.
Crews will break ground next month. The station is scheduled for completion near the end of December.
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Source: TruStar Energy with Fleets & Fuels follow-up