Linde North America took the occasion of ACT Expo 2012 to “pre-announce” new technology, slated for availability in early 2013, for compact liquefied natural gas fueling stations with better control of LNG boil-off.
“ACT Expo provides the ideal opportunity” for Linde to promote its expertise, says Bryan Luftglass, head of strategic marketing and business development for Linde Energy Solutions.
Linde is making an exception in discussing the new product early.
“We recognize the market needs solutions that can address boil-off challenges as well as streamline the installation and operation of stations,” says Luftglass, citing a 100-year Linde legacy in industrial gases.
“We are fully leveraging this capability in the area of LNG,” he told F&F. “We’re currently deploying the system in other geographies and are excited to bring it to North America in the coming months.
“Linde’s decision to make this announcement now is a reflection of our view about its importance and our excitement about its potential to be a game-changer.
“Normally, we’d wait until a technology is 100% ready, but we recognize that fleets can take a long time to evaluate and decide on significant shifts in fueling,” Luftglass says.
Given the burgeoning interest in natural gas as a vehicle fuel, “We want to get information out there now to help prospective natural gas fuel customers make those decisions.” Linde’s new compact permanent LNG fueling station design “minimizes installation time and cost, [and] scales as fleets’ needs expand,” the company says.
Linde LNG for Oil & Gas Production, Too
Linde builds, owns and operates natural gas liquefiers “at any scale,” using natural gas from pipelines, landfill and stranded gas sources as feeds. The company owns and operates more than 1,000 cryogenic plants worldwide.
In conjunction with its Cryostar subsidiary, Linde designs, builds and operates LNG and LCNG mobile and permanent fueling stations.
Linde also this month announced a joint marketing agreement with American Power Group for LNG for oil and gas exploration and production.
The firms “will work together to offer customers a com- prehensive solution for the safe, economic and efficient use of LNG in retrofitted dual-fuel diesel engines,” Linde said.
In January, Linde announced plans for 20 new LNG trucks in California, and it has placed an order for LNG-fueled Kenworth T440s with Inland Kenworth.
Linde is fast gaining experience in hydrogen, too, having recently been proposed for nearly $3 million in California Energy Commission funding for fueling stations in Mountain View and Cupertino.
And, on May 4, a pressure relief valve malfunctioned at a new Linde installation for fuel cell transit buses operated by AC Transit in Emeryville, Calif. The station, which formally opened April 10 but has been operating since August, has been shut down pending investigation by Linde and other experts. The AC fleet of a dozen zero-emission buses has been idled.
“All things considered, the station’s emergency systems worked as they were supposed to,” AC said. “All equipment and fuel supplies were completely isolated, and all storage vessels were well within acceptable and safe pressure and temperature limits.”
“Based on the information currently available, it appears that all safety devices operated as designed,” Linde said on the day of the venting incident.
“There were no injuries and no property damage.”
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