First of Its Kind in America to Be Commercialized in January
Linde is talking up a liquefied natural gas fueling station design it says “addresses numerous issues that have previously plagued the LNG fueling area.” Linde has commissioned the first stations incorporating its new design elements in the UK and Australia, and said in Atlanta that it’s now building the first in North America, to be commercialized in January.
That first American station will be at a Linde facility in the U.S. with an air-separation unit and will service Linde’s own growing fleet of LNG-fueled tractors, says LNG business development manager Bryan Luftglass.
The new stations are economical, and are scalable as fleet needs expand, Linde says. Combined with mobile fueling equipment, they “allow you to both try LNG fueling for the first time and commercially deploy LNG trucks whatever your volume requirements.”
Linde’s LNG fueling programs can be tailored to a fleet’s turnover with end-of-lease options, with provisions to allow customers to take advantage of future technical improvements.
‘Remote Monitoring and Maintenance’
“We evaluate site-specific needs and local product requirements and undertake ongoing remote monitoring and maintenance,” states a new promotional flyer. “Relying on Linde personnel allows fleet managers to avoid costly staffing and redundant training,” the company says.
The LNG provider’s supply network, which includes LNG production, distribution and logistics, and mobile and permanent fueling stations, allows the company to address demand variations to maintain low costs.
“Proprietary software enables us to efficiently deliver product when and where it is needed at any time, 365 days a year,” Linde says.
As for its own fleet, “We’ve started converting,” Linde says, “and will have over 40 LNG-fueled tractors operating in 2014.”
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Source: Linde with Fleets & Fuels follow-up