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CVEF: CNG Cylinder Winter Safety Alert

August 25, 2014 in CNG, Education, NGVs, Safety by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Temperature Compensation Is Critical to CNG Vehicle Safety:’
CVEF Issues Technical Bulletin on Temperature Compensation

The Clean Vehicle Education Foundation and NGVAmerica are warning compressed natural gas providers and operators to make sure their equipment is properly calibrated for winter temperatures.

CVEF Issues 200-Bar Euro-PRD Alert

March 3, 2014 in CNG, Education, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Unintended Activation Releases the Entire Contents of a CNG Cylinder’

NGVAmerica’s Clean Vehicle Education Foundation affiliate has issued a safety alert about the use of European-style 200-bar/3,000-psi-rated “rupture disc style” pressure relief devices on the 250-bar/3,600-psi compressed natural gas cylinders prevalent in the U.S. and Canada. The PRDs in question are marked in accordance with the European requirements for vehicles with 200 bar service pressure, notes the Alert.

CNGtankFEATUREDCVEG cites reports of unintended activation of the PRDs, and says the reports “are alarming because unintended activations had not been reported since development and first adoption of ANSI PRD1 in 1998.

“An unintended activation releases the entire contents of a CNG cylinder within a minute or two with far more severe potential consequences than a smaller leak.

‘High Risk of a Serious Fire’

“Had these vehicles been inside a building at the time of the unintended release,” states the Alert, “a large cloud of natural gas would have formed with high risk of a serious fire.”

European or global CNG components that are not designed and marked for the higher service pressure of 3,600-psi used in the U.S. “should not be used here,” CVEF says, noting that it has received word that some distributors in the U.S. have sold – “and are still selling” – the underrated components.

The Alert includes further information on ANSI PRD1 and the newer NGV3.1 standards, and recommendations on dealing with the Euro-PRD issue.

CVEF,  president Doug Horne, 770-424-8575; [email protected]

CVEF, John Dimmick,  [email protected]; (direct link to CVEF Safety Alert, PDF format)

Source: NGVAmerica/CVEF with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NGVAmerica in Atlanta in November

May 28, 2013 in Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

2013 North American NGV Conference & Expo Website Launched

NGVAmerica is stepping up the promotion of its 2013 North American NGV Conference & Expo, which will be held November 18–21 at the Georgia World Congress in Atlanta.

20th Annual NGV Achievement Awards

October 9, 2012 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

BAF Co-Founder Bill Calvert for Lifetime Achievement

NGVAmerica and its Clean Vehicle Education Foundation affiliate late last week bestowed NGV Achievement Awards on ten individuals and organizations “in recognition of their outstanding contributions in leadership, vision and innovation to the advancement of natural gas as a vehicular fuel.”

CVEF to Propose Formal DGE Standard

June 20, 2012 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Gasoline Equivalent Definition Was Formalized in 1994

The NGVAmerica-affiliated Clean Vehicle Education Foundation will propose pounds of natural gas as the accepted unit of measurement when determining a diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) of natural gas sold to retail customers.

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