Ventilation, Electrical Systems, Heating, Methane Detection
Clean Energy Fuels, purveyor of pretty much everything to do with natural gas vehicle fueling, has formed a business unit dedicated to helping operators convert their facilities for NGV operation, making sure they comply with regulations – federal, state and local – governing ventilation, electrical systems, appropriate heating, and methane detection. updated February 24
“Our company has evolved in many ways in response to the needs of our customers,” says Tim Newman, who formerly specialized in grant-writing for Clean Energy and now heads the new facilities unit as general manager.
When customers commit to natural gas fuel – because it’s clean, because it’s cheap, because it’s domestic – “they don’t know what they need to do,” he says, to modify their garages and loading installations.
‘A Niche in a Niche’
“We’re kind of a niche market in a niche market,” Newman says, with about six facilities specialists backed by a “stable of engineers.”
Clean Energy stands ready to design full facility conversions or to suggest ways to isolate a limited number of repair bays for NGVs.
“We can do any vehicle, any fleet, any facility,” Newman says.
As it does with vehicle purchases, Clean Energy offers full financing packages for facility upgrades, and has developed an array of lower cost options. Companies may opt to go with temporary tension fabric structures or industrial curtains, Newman says by way of example, especially when they know a given facility’s days are numbered anyway, and don’t want to make a large investment.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels interview