ACT News 2017

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Fleets & Fuels Transition: ACT News

November 20, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, ACT Expo 2018, Advanced Clean Transportation, CEVS/Commercial Electric Vehicle Summit, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Site Focused on Advanced Clean Transportation News for the Commercial Vehicle Sector

Fleets & Fuels is ceasing publication in its present form as publisher GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates – launches ACT News, an industry-wide collaboration to showcase the trends driving the future of transportation, including connected technologies, efficiency, electrification, clean fuels and more.

The item was initially posted on November 15
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Siemens eHighway Runs for SoCal Ports

November 17, 2017 in CNG, Electric Drive, Hybrids, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

One-Mile Demo Line with Three Heavy Trucks in Carson,
TransPower and Volvo-Mack for the Electric-Drive Vehicles

A diesel-hybrid truck by developed Volvo-Mack, and a battery-electric truck and CNG-fueled hybrid-electric truck developed by TransPower are taking part in the Siemens-led, SCAQMD-backed eHighway project.



A long-discussed idea to use overhead catenary lines to power trucks exiting Southern California’s big ports is moving closer to fruition: Siemens reports that America’s first “eHighway” demonstration is running, with three different heavy duty, electric-drive trucks “hauling freight.”
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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.

Click here for the full GNA-CEC California seaports
HHP report (registration required)

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Full Roster of GNA Contacts for HHP Summit 2017


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Source: GNA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Rethink Methane: Feb. in Sacramento

September 12, 2017 in Biomethane, Hydrogen, Rethink Methane 2018 by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Biomethane and Renewable Hydrogen
Can Directly Displace Today’s Fossil Fuels
And Give a Boost to Solar and Wind As Well

Registration is open for the third edition of Rethink Methane 2018, a conference dedicated to biomethane and renewable hydrogen as gaseous fuels that can displace fossil fuels either directly in natural gas vehicles or as the enabler for zero emission fuel cell vehicles.
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ACT Expo to Feature Comm’l EVs Summit

September 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2018, CEVS/Commercial Electric Vehicle Summit, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event, EVs, EVSE, Hybrids, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Organizers Add CEVS/Commercial Electric Vehicle Summit
To Spring’s 2018 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo

Organizers of the 2018 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo announced this morning that the gathering will include CEVS, the new Commercial Electric Vehicle Summit, to showcase the latest advances in battery-electric and fuel cell vehicle technologies for the medium- and heavy-duty market.
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‘Cool’ HHP Summit in Marine LNG Hotspot

August 15, 2017 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, Energy E&P, event, HHP Summit 2017, industrial, Infrastructure, LNG, Marine, Mining, ports, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Jacksonville Emerging as North America’s Marine LNG Capital

The 2017 Natural Gas for High Horsepower (HHP) Summit is gathering steam as organizers have released the Expo Hall floorplan and a list of key speakers.
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HHP Summit JaxPort: Registration Is Open

July 17, 2017 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, Energy E&P, event, HHP Summit 2017, industrial, LNG, Marine, Mining, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Early Bird Registration Has Opened for HHPs 2017:
Natural Gas Fuel for High Horsepower Applications

Like the idea of running large, powerful engines on natural gas instead of diesel? Of all but eliminating the heavy pollution from ships? Driving the engines on frack spreads and oil production rigs on the gas that’s right there, rather than trucking in dirtier diesel?

LNG-fueled locomotives?

Mine trucks?
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RNG/Low-NOx Bus Webinar on May 16

April 26, 2017 in Biomethane, Education, NGVs, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Most Important Development for Sustainable Transit Operations in Decades’

Southern California Gas is hosting an educational webinar to promote the economic and environmental benefits of the emerging 0.02 grams per brake-horsepower NOx natural gas engines fueled by RNG/renewable natural gas.
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ACT Expo for Fleets Just Can’t Be Beat

April 14, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Progressive Fleet Operators, Advanced Vehicle OEMs, Clean Fuel Suppliers’

“Fleet-focused educational sessions” are a prime emphasis as organizers gear up for the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – fast approaching at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. ACT Expo 2017 takes place May 1-4.
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ACT Expo 2017: Electric Programming

March 16, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Incredible Public- and Private-Sector Investments’

“Across North America, fleet operators are deploying electric drive technologies at a steadily increasing pace.” That’s the word from the organizers of the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, which takes place May 1-4, 2017 in Long Beach, Calif.
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Renewable Diesel Webinar January 25

January 19, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Renewable Diesel, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Online ACT Expo Event Is Aimed at Interested Fleets

Organizers of the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo are holding a free webinar on renewable diesel on Wednesday, January 25, at 10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern time.
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Act Expo 2017 Registration Opens

December 16, 2016 in ACT Expo 2017, Conference/Meeting, event by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Organizer GNA Is Joined by Daimler Trucks N.A. & Penton Trucking,
$375 Fleet Savings Until Feb. 24 as Registration Opens for May Event

Organizers of this May’s Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo have signed Penton Trucking as a partner and Daimler Trucks North America as a presenting sponsor of the 2017 edition of “the largest clean fleet event.”
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Sacramento CCC Forum Next Month

September 21, 2016 in Conference/Meeting, event, Rethink Methane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Clean Tech Forum & Equipment Expo October 19-20

The Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition is gearing up for the Northern California Clean Technology Forum & Equipment Expo, the seventh annual, which it is hosting October 19-21 at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento.
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Next-Gen Transit Gas Webinar Sept 21

September 9, 2016 in Biomethane, Game Changer, Technology, transit, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ultra-Low NOx & Renewable Natural Gas Combination Makes for
‘Most Important Development for Sustainable Transit in Decades’

Southern California Gas is hosting a free webinar detailing how the combination of ultra-low NOx natural gas engines and renewable natural gas can help meet state emission targets and in fact together constitute “the most important development for sustainable transit operations in decades.”
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Kore Biomethane: $25.5mm for RNG

September 2, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, Game Changer, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Wastewater Feed for Fuel for Near Zero Engine Vehicles

California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District has moved closer to supporting a $25.5 million Kore Infrastructure project to produce RNG/renewable natural gas from municipal waste-derived biomethane – and use it to power vehicles with the new Near Zero variant of the 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL G engine.

KoreInfrastructure-logoSCAQMD proposes to ante $1 million, plus $1.5 million from the BP Arco Settlement Projects Fund, in support of the project in Rialto, immediately west of San Bernardino. Kore’s share is $23 million.

“Kore Infrastructure is proposing to construct a new full-scale modular biomethane production facility in Rialto, using a proprietary process developed and demonstrated over a six-year period at a local wastewater plant,” AQMD says.


‘A Fully Integrated System’ for RNG Production

“The proposed facility will utilize a fully integrated system to process biosolids into RNG, utilizing biosolids from local wastewater agencies and converting the energy into RNG that can be used locally as transportation fuel in the next generation natural gas engines that are certified to achieve 90% lower NOx emissions than the existing 2010 heavy-duty engine exhaust emissions standard.”

Kore has a patented five-state process, the agency notes, consisting of material handling, drying, pyrolysis, pyrolysis gas conversion to RNG, and compression.

Cummins Westport ISL G NZ

Cummins Westport ISL G NZ

Game Changer

SCAQMD and partner agencies are already backing the placement of transit and refuse vehicles with the Cummins Westport ISL G NZ (F&F, May 13), and shortly after the engine’s certification was announced last year moved to support development of a Near Zero variant of the 11.9-liter ISX12 G (F&F, October 13, 2015).

Advantages of the Near Zero-biomethane combination of combination have been detailed by Fleets & Fuels publisher Gladstein, Neandross & Associates in a 192-page white paper dubbed Game Changer (F&F, May 10). SCAQMD helped fund GNA’s Game Changer initiative, as did the Southern California Gas and Pacific Gas and Electric utilities, the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, the American Gas Association, Agility Fuel Systems and Clean Energy Fuels.

GNA president Cliff Gladstein and SCAQMD deputy executive officer for science & technology Matt Miyasato at the special Game Changer session at ACT Expo 2016 this past May (F&F, May 10).

GNA president Cliff Gladstein and SCAQMD deputy executive officer for science & technology Matt Miyasato at the special Game Changer session at ACT Expo 2016 this past May (F&F, May 10).


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Source: SCAQMD with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Rethink Methane 2017 in February

August 23, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs, Rethink Methane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Examine How Renewable Methane Can Help California’

The 2017 Rethink Methane Symposium, the third in the series will take place February 21-22 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.
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