To Provide Fuel in Houston for 64 New Freightliner Trucks
Clean Energy Fuels is to build a compressed natural gas fueling station in Houston for Dean Foods for start-up in the second half of 2015, supporting 64 new Freightliner trucks for Dean’s Oak Farms Dairy. The private station will have two fueling lanes. CNG will be produced by two 300-horsepower IMW compressors.
This Item Was Initially Posted in Shorter Form on March 25
“Over the next several months, Dean Foods will introduce 57 CNG Freightliner M2-112 straight trucks and seven Freightliner Cascadia over-the-road tractors,” Clean Energy says. They’ll be powered by the 8.9-liter ISL G and 11.9-liter ISX12 G engines by Cummins Westport, with CNG cylinder assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems.
The new CNG station “will be engineered with the ability to expand to accommodate fueling a fleet of 120 CNG commercial vehicles,” Clean Energy said.
The 57 Freightliner M2 112 bobtail/straight trucks will be powered by 350-horsepower/1,000 foot-pounds torque, 8.9-liter ISL G engines by Cummins Westport, with fuel stored in twin 30-diesel-gallon-equivalents tail-mounted CNG tank assemblies for a total of 60 DGEs.
The Agility design allows fueling of both Hexagon Lincoln cylinders from either side of the Freightliner M2 truck, says Ken Dunnam of Around the Clock Freightliner (South Dallas).
The seven new Freightliner Cascadia 113 day cab tractors for Dean Foods also have Agility fuel systems using Hexagon Lincoln tanks: 116 DGE, all back-of-cab. The Cascadia trucks have the 11.9-liter Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine: 400-horsepower/1,450 foot-pounds torque.
“We see the value a cleaner and more cost-effective fuel can provide to our company, our stakeholders and our community,” Dean Food VP Mike Ahart says in a Clean Energy release. The firm set a goal in 2008 to reduce its distribution fleet’s carbon dioxide emissions by 50,000 metric tons by 2013 – a goal surpassed by the end of 2010. The goal was revised in 2012 to reduce distribution emissions 95,000 metric tons by 2020.
As of the end of March, Dean had two of the seven new Freightliner Cascadia tractors and five of the 57 new Freightliner straight trucks in hand, Ahart told F&F.
Clean Energy has further reported that $18 million from the state of Texas has helped it contribute to the fueling infrastructure supporting a growing number of natural gas vehicles there.
Clean Energy says that its grants team has actively worked with TCEQ, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, “to help fund and open stations while helping customers secure grants for their growing natural gas fleets.
“In fact, Clean Energy helped secure one-third of all grants awarded from 2012-2014. Moreover, roughly 45% of the NGVs funded by the grants during this time were funded by grants Clean Energy helped secure for its customers.”
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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up