‘Revolutionary Improvements in Compressor Design,’
BC’s TransLink Agency Purchases Six for Bus Fueling
Clean Energy Fuels has launched “The CleanCNG” as a new ultra-low vibration and noise compressor for natural gas. The unit incorporates “revolutionary improvements in compressor design and intelligent engineering,” Clean Energy says, resulting in a product that’s “unparalleled in scalability, parts commonality and overall performance.”
The CleanCNG compressed natural gas unit was developed by engineers at Clean Energy’s Clean Energy Compression unit in Chilliwack, B.C. (the former IMW). An initial customer is the Vancouver area’s TransLink, which has purchased six, Clean Energy says.
“The CleanCNG is a revolutionary product in the compression industry,” Clean Energy Fuels president and CEO Andrew Littlefair said in a release.
150- to 300-Horsepower
“We went back to the drawing board and re-engineered the product with our customers in mind,” he said. “We were able to deliver a product that can be built more efficiently, and maintain the highest levels of compression performance available anywhere in the industry today.”
The new compressor package is available in 150- to 300-horsepower configurations. CleanCNG compressors are available using a variety of cylinder configurations and inlet pressures. “Multiple compressor systems, using two or three modular compressor packages that can be integrated together on-site, offer higher overall flow rates and system redundancy.”
‘Streamlined Modular Engineering’
“Streamlined modular engineering,” Clean Energy says, improves initial specification and cost-effectiveness, allows for quicker delivery time, and makes for more reliable operation with extended service intervals.
Clean Energy says too that its CleanCNG “is the only natural gas compressor whose control systems, assembly and enclosure are designed and built to be mated together in an expandable manner. Proprietary heat management ensures that heated air is not recirculated between compressors, and performance remains consistent regardless of the number of compressors.”
British Columbia’s TransLink currently operates 50 CNG-fueled, 40-foot New Flyer buses dating from 2006, 45 dating from 2014, and expects to begin receiving 51 more this September. More are expected to be ordered next year.
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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up