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HHP: Natural Gas at Seaports and Beyond

November 3, 2017 in CNG, HHP Summit 2017, LNG, Marine, Publications, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

GNA Report on the Eve of HHP Summit in Florida

A new report authored by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates and released by the California Energy Commission assesses the feasibility, issues, and potential benefits associated with expanded use of natural gas in California high horsepower (HHP) seaport applications.

The sixth edition of GNA’s Natural Gas for High Horsepower (HHP) Summit takes place this coming week: November 6-9 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

Click image or here for the full GNA/CEC report (registration required).

The HHP Summit 2017 exposition will be open this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, November 7-8.

Strong Societal Benefits

The new report, The Feasibility, Issues, and Benefits of Expanded Use of Natural Gas at Seaports and Other High Horsepower Applications by GNA senior VP Jon Leonard finds that using natural gas in HHP seaport applications can provide strong societal benefits, especially in high-impact sectors like marine vessels and locomotives. The use of natural gas can significantly reduce key harmful air pollutants, thereby improving ambient air quality.

“By switching to natural gas,” states a report summary, “HHP end users have opportunity to simultaneously comply with challenging regulatory requirements, while potentially reducing life-cycle costs.

RNG? Even Better

“Moreover, if these fleets can gain affordable access to growing volumes of RNG [renewable natural gas] in California, they will be able to realize deep reductions of GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions.”

The GNA report for CEC report focuses on of natural gas in California’s three major ports: Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland, facilities that “act as the anchors of California’s world-class goods movement system.

“To date,” GNA notes, “actual use of natural gas to power HHP vehicles, vessels and equipment at these and other North American ports has essentially been limited to proof-of-concept tests and a few early market commercial deployments. In addition, low oil prices over the last several years have inhibited further growth of demonstrations and deployments.

If the Price of Petroleum Rises…

“However, the predicted return of higher oil prices, combined with recent phasing-in of stricter emission regulations, has stimulated new interest in switching to clean-burning natural gas engines.

LNG/liquefied natural gas fuel systems are receiving the most interest for these large HHP applications, but CNG/compressed natural gas fuel systems may also play a role, the report notes. “Gradually, RNG can be phased in to displace fossil-based natural gas, to sharply reduce GHG emissions and maximize the climate change benefits.”

As summarized in the report, there are important technical, policy, institutional, and economic challenges that must be addressed before California can realize the major benefits of using natural gas in seaport HHP applications. Recommendations are provided for actions that can be helpful to enable fuel switching in marine and locomotive applications serving California seaports.

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Source: GNA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

StratosFuel for H2 Mirai Car-Sharing

October 23, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, fuel cells, Hydrogen, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pioneering Program with a Fleet of 15 Toyota FCVs

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CSE to Help CEC Further EV Charging

April 22, 2017 in EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

ARFVTP Award to Help Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Network
‘Changes the Landscape of Electric Vehicle Charging in California’

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$6.25 Million for ‘Near Zero’ ISX12 G

September 23, 2016 in money awarded, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More CEC Money via South Coast Air Quality Management District

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CEC Backs SoCal CNG Public Access Upfit

September 16, 2016 in CNG, Infrastructure, money awarded, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$500,000 Grant for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District
Will Add Public CNG Fueling in La Habra, Southeast of Los Angeles

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Near Zero Engine Coming for Refuse

August 23, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, Game Changer, money awarded, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fleet Operators to Be Able to Order This Year
As Peterbilt and Autocar Are First to the Fore

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