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Argonne Evaluates Propane Bus Fleets

November 24, 2014 in Propane, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Finds 50% Cost-per-Mile Reductions for Some, But Challenges Too

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has released a study that examines five school bus fleets that are successfully using propane autogas to fuel buses.

This case study highlights five school districts that used propane-fueled school buses successfully.

The case study highlights five school districts that used propane-fueled school buses successfully.

“The case study describes how some of the school districts saved nearly 50% on a cost per mile basis for fuel and maintenance relative to diesel, in addition to seeing a variety of other environmental and social benefits,” states an Argonne summary.

AFLEET Applied

The study “describes both the benefits and challenges of deploying propane in school bus fleets,” states a release. Argonne used the AFLEET – Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation – tool developed for DoE’s Clean Cities program (F&F, November 7, 2013) to evaluate the vehicles’’ performance.

The fleets examined are

  • Alvin Independent School District in Texas: 28 buses;
  • Dallas County Schools: 10 buses;
  • Northside ISD (Texas): 59 buses;
  • Ysleta ISD (Texas): 8 buses; and
  • Gloucester County Schools (Virginia): 5 buses.

The results showed payback periods ranging from three to eight years. The study also found “that propane school buses exhibited a smaller fuel efficiency penalty relative to diesel buses than typically expected.”

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Source: Argonne National Lab with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Hydrogen Fuel from Water & Sunlight?

August 7, 2014 in Hydrogen, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Argonne Team Examines a PEC/Photoelectrochemical Process

Researchers in Illinois are developing a process using photoelectrochemical cells to split water into hydrogen and oxygen using solar energy.

Feds for New AFLEET and a Fuel Find App

November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NREL and Argonne Launch Locator App and ROI Tool

The U.S. Department of Energy is promoting an app for smartphones and other mobile devices for finding alternative fuels from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and an Excel tool for figuring alt fuels ROI from the Argonne National Laboratory.

Clean Cities Extends to Astana: NGVs

September 14, 2013 in NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Third NGVs Workshop in Kazakhstan on Tuesday

Cummins Westport is among the sponsors as the U.S. DoE’s Clean Cities organization and Brussels-based Clean Fuels Consulting stage the third natural gas vehicles training workshop on Tuesday, September 17, in Astana, Kazakhstan. KazTransGas, the national Kazakhstan natural gas company, is co-host.


Argonne Promotes IdleBox ‘Toolkit’

August 16, 2013 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Modular Package Can Save Fleet Managers Fuel – and Money

The Energy Department’s Argonne National Laboratory and the Clean Cities organization are promoting IdleBox, an electronic, modular toolkit designed to help managers of light- and medium-duty fleets save money on fuel while supporting a cleaner environment.

Obama Wants Oil Alternatives

March 17, 2013 in batteries, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Oil Lease-Backed Energy Security Trust to Pay for R&D

President Obama has proposed to pay for research into alternative fuels and new energy systems out of a new Energy Security Trust, which would itself be funded by about $2 billion over ten years from off shore oil lease revenues. Natural gas for trucks gets specific mention, as does speedier permitting for domestic energy production.

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