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3M and Chesapeake Promise New CNG Tanks in 2012

February 25, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

3M, which offered last year to help compressed natural gas fuel cylinder manufacturers turn out better, lighter and cheaper product with a superior composite matrix resin (F&F, March 28, 2011), now says it will make CNG tanks itself, certify them and bring them to market this year.
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Rush Peterbilt CNG Rush for Texas

February 24, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Rush Peterbilt has two new compressed natural gas Class 8 truck deals to crow about: 15 new CNG-fueled Peterbilt 384 tractors for Waco-based Central Freight Lines and 17 CNG-fueled four-wheel drive Peterbilt 365 tractors for Pioneer Natural Resources.
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BRC FuelMaker Is Strengthened for 2012 as FSSI Buys the Dresser Cubogas Line

February 24, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSYS)‎ has made another acquisition, this time from Dresser Italia, augmenting FSSI’s BRC, BRC FuelMaker, Impco Automotive, NaturalDrive, GFI and other brands with Cubogas natural gas vehicle methane compression units.
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Natural Gas for River Traffic

February 23, 2012 in CNG, LNG, Marine by rich  |  No Comments

Clean air proponents in Pittsburgh – who note that “Steel City” is the second-biggest inland port in America – would like to see river traffic begin the transition to clean natural gas fuel, and are taking steps to convince local operators, authorities and fuel providers that such a move would be good business.
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AmericaCNG Would Be Numero Dos

February 21, 2012 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

“Save money and go green,” says AmericaCNG. Starting in Texas and working with a bevy of as-yet-undisclosed partners – with which it may form joint ventures or even buy outright – the Dallas-based firm is laying plans to be a leading purveyor of natural gas vehicle fueling services and vehicles in the United States, second only to Clean Energy Fuels.
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San Francisco: ‘Greenest Taxi City in America,’ with Hybrids Since 2004

February 5, 2012 in CNG, Hybrids by rich  |  No Comments

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and his predecessor Gavin Newsom (now state Lieutenant Governor) will honor local taxi operators Wednesday for being making San Francisco the ‘Greenest Taxi City in America.’

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and his predecessor Gavin Newsom (now state Lieutenant Governor) will honor local taxi operators Wednesday for being making San Francisco the ‘Greenest Taxi City in America.’

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and his predecessor Gavin Newsom (now California Lieutenant Governor) will honor local taxi operators Wednesday for being making San Francisco the “Greenest Taxi City in America’ on the morning of Wednesday, February 8.
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Navistar International and Clean Energy Fuels Team on Natural Gas Trucks

February 2, 2012 in NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Clean Energy Will Front the Incremental Cost of Natural Gas Trucks
As Part of New Pact with Navistar for ‘Commercially Viable Solution’

Navistar and Clean Energy Fuels have launched “a comprehensive natural gas strategy” designed to bring more options to operators who will buy fuel from Clean Energy, including fuel from the firm’s vaunted new network of truck stop outlets. The program “will provide customers with a sustainable, commercially viable solution for adding natural gas powered trucks to their fleets,” Navistar says.
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Agility Opens Santa Ana Headquarters

January 29, 2012 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Agility Fuel Systems, which is moving from vehicle retrofits to the supply of natural gas fuel system modules to OEM customers like Freightliner and Paccar’s Kenworth and Peterbilt, has moved into a new, 29,500-square-foot headquarters facility in Santa Ana, Calif.
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Creative-GAS Buses for Tampa

January 29, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Southern California’s Creative Bus Sales reports a sale of 17 compressed natural gas shuttle buses for the Tampa International Airport.

The Ford E-450 chassis, Starcraft body shuttles were converted to CNG using engine upfit kits from BAF Technologies with lightweight Type IV all-composite fuel cylinders from Lincoln Composites. Per-vehicle capacity is 30 GGE-gasoline gallon equivalents.

Creative Bus Sales reports a sale of 17 CNG-fueled airport shuttle buses for Tampa International by its new Transit Plus unit in Florida, with BAF upfits performed by its Green Alternative Systems unit in Elkhart, Ind.

Creative Bus Sales reports a sale of 17 CNG-fueled airport shuttle buses for Tampa International by its new Transit Plus unit in Florida, with BAF upfits performed by its Green Alternative Systems unit in Elkhart, Ind.

The vehicles were sold though Creative’s new Transit Plus dealership in Tampa, with the conversions of the 6.8-liter gaseous-prep engines performed by Creative’s Green Alternative Systems unit in Elkhart, Ind.


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Omnitek India, Omnitek America

January 29, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Omnitek Engineering (OMTK.OB), which moved last year to bring its heavy duty engine retrofit expertise to the U.S. market, this month publicized further business with India-based Tata Motors “to supply original equipment high-pressure natural gas filters for 2012 passenger vehicles, expanding a supplier agreement for commercial vehicle filter applications that commenced in 2009.”
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Greenkraft Gets CARB Nod for 6.0L GM Engine

January 23, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Greenkraft reports California Air Resources Board certification of its 2012 dedicated-compressed natural gas fuel system for 6.0-liter General Motors engines for 14,000 and above GVRW trucks.
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Compost-Based Biomethane in Canada

January 21, 2012 in Biomethane, CNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

New York City’s Energy Vision is spreading the word about a new compost-to-biomethane program in British Columbia – designed as an efficient way to make renewable gas to offset the fuel burned by garbage trucks in the city of Surrey, south of Vancouver.
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Clean Energy Looks Ahead

January 15, 2012 in CNG, LNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Investment Supports More LNG Fueling Stations
As 2011 Saw 63 CNG & Five LNG Projects Done

A $150 million exercise of warrants by founder Boone Pickens brought 2011’s investments in Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE) to $450 million, and a good bit of the money will go toward establishing ANGH – “America’s Natural Gas Highway” – a network of liquefied natural gas fueling outlets, many at truck stops operated by Pilot Flying J.
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Xebec Trumpets Asia CNG Fueling Contracts

January 10, 2012 in NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Canada’s Xebec Adsorption (Toronto:XBC), which supplies dryers and other upgrading equipment for NGV fueling, says it made “significant commercial progress in the natural gas infrastructure market in Central and South East Asia during the fourth quarter of 2011.”
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Gillig Buses for Colorado’s Roaring Fork May Well Be CNG-Fueled

January 5, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Colorado’s Roaring Fork Transportation Authority has purchased 22 new buses from Gillig Corp, and if the RFTA board gives its approval in March, the agency will exercise an option for Gillig to deliver the first four vehicles with compressed natural gas fuel systems.
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Mansfield CNG for Chrysler

January 2, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Mansfield Gas Equipment Systems (MGES) reports a contract from Chrysler to furnish compressed natural gas fueling installations at two research-proving grounds facilities in Michigan and a third in Arizona.
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RFID for CNG Safety, Says NGV Global

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

NGV Global has issued a 66-page white paper advocating RFID for enhanced CNG vehicle safety

NGV Global has issued a 66-page white paper advocating RFID for enhanced CNG vehicle safety

NGV Global has issued a white paper on natural gas vehicle safety, urging radio frequency identification as a way of quickly and routinely determining the inspection status of key NGV components, especially compressed natural gas cylinders.

The association is recommending RFID systems as a means of verifying CNG vehicles and cylinders at the point of refueling. The 66-page White Paper resulted from NGV Global technical committee, discussions on ways “to reduce the incidence of illegal or accidental tampering of CNG cylinders and installations” and, in the words of executive director Brett Jarman, “reduce preventable incidents and to stimulate discussion and action within the industry and regulators.”

‘A Few Dollars per Vehicle per Annum’

“RFID systems present the simplest and most secure form of verifying a vehicle,” the paper states: “There are fewer means of circumventing the RFID system; it has the highest likelihood of detecting tampering or foul play of a vehicle’s natural gas system while providing the highest degree of verification, ultimately contributing to reduced incidents and increased safety… Electronic verification systems are harder to circumvent than human verification.”

Cost? “On the surface,” states the paper, RFID systems look expensive. “[But] if the costs are correctly amortized, even if they are entirely passed on to the consumer, the end cost is a fraction of a cent per unit of fuel dispensed… or only a few dollars per vehicle per annum.”

NGV Global’s RFID white paper does not address LNG-liquefied natural gas vehicles.



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