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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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JC Carter Prepares Ice Breaker’s Big Brother

February 22, 2012 in LNG, Marine, NGVs, Rail by rich  |  No Comments

Responding to customer demands, Southern California’s JC Carter has designed and commenced testing of a larger variant of its market-leading Ice Breaker brand quick-release fueling nozzle for liquefied natural gas vehicles.

Onward and upwards, bigger and better: JC Carter is preparing a 400-gallon-per-minute variant of its 50-gallon Ice Breaker brand quick-release LNG fueling nozzle. Ice Breaker's big brother is being designed primarily for marine applications -- both LNG cargo loading and LNG-powered ship bunkering/fueling.

Onward and upwards, bigger and better: JC Carter is preparing a 400-gallon-per-minute variant of its 50-gallon Ice Breaker brand quick-release LNG fueling nozzle.

The commercial Ice Breaker opens and closes for LNG fueling and disconnect using a double-handled scissor design, and allows vehicle fueling in about five minutes. Now JC Carter is preparing a 400-gallon-per-minite variant of the popular 50-gallon Ice Breaker nozzle.

Ice Breaker’s big brother is being designed primarily for marine applications – both the on-loading and off-loading of LNG cargo and the bunkering (fueling) of LNG-powered ships. It may also find use for quicker turnaround of LNG tanker trucks.

Sam Safi is nozzles product manager at JC Carter.


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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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An NGV Push from the Tippity Top

January 29, 2012 in NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Natural Gas Trucks’ State of Union Mention Trumped in Las Vegas
As Obama Extols Clean Energy Fuels and UPS, Calls for Tax Breaks

There, in shirtsleeves in front of a Clean Energy Fuels LNG trailer, Obama said that the U.S. has 100 years’ worth of natural gas that could support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade.
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Rolls Rejects Dual Fuel for Ships

January 29, 2012 in HHP, LNG, Marine by rich  |  No Comments

If you’re going gas, dedicated LNG spark-ignition engines are best, says Rolls-Royce. Want dual fuel? It’s best to add another engine. And rig it as a genset for an electric drive.
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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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C.R. England Eyes LNG Fleet Expansion

January 28, 2012 in Fleet Order, LNG, NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

Kenworth and its parent Paccar, and Paccar’s PacLease unit, reminded the world about C.R. England’s fleet of LNG-fueled Kenworth T800 trucks in the wake of President Obama’s visit to UPS in Las Vegas last week.

“As the LNG infrastructure grows, C.R. England plans to expand its current California fleet and introduce these power units in other areas of the country,” PacLease said.

‘As the LNG infrastructure grows, C.R. England plans to expand its current California fleet and introduce these power units in other areas of the country,’ says Kenworth-PacLease, supplier of Westport Innovations-powered T800 tractors.

‘As the LNG infrastructure grows, C.R. England plans to expand its current California fleet and introduce these power units in other areas of the country,’ says Kenworth-PacLease, supplier of Westport Innovations-powered T800 tractors.

C.R. England deployed five of the liquefied natural gas trucks last year (F&F, May 30). They were supplied by Inland Kenworth, are based out of Ontario, Calif., and ply routes similar to those used by UPS: Los Angeles to Salt Lake City.

The deal with PacLease preserves operator capital and eliminates maintenance and re-sale concerns, PacLease sales director Olen Hunter told F&F.


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Fossil Fuels Still Rule, Says BP

January 22, 2012 in LNG by rich  |  No Comments

Fossil fuels will continue to dominate the world energy picture through the next two decades, with renewables the big winner among the alternatives, and technological advances curbing the energy thirst of the transportation sector, says BP’s just-published Energy Outlook 2030.
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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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Congressman Concerned About LNG Exports

January 14, 2012 in LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey wants the U.S. Department of Energy to justify liquefied natural gas exports, citing data that one already approved and seven pending LNG business schemes could result in exports equaling 18% of current U.S. usage.
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Rolls-Royce for Dedicated LNG Tugs

January 14, 2012 in LNG, Marine by rich  |  No Comments

“We don’t do dual fuel,” says a spokesman as Rolls-Royce late last week reported a contract to deliver engines and azimuth propulsion systems for two liquefied natural gas-fueled tugboats, said to be the world’s first.
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Dillon Fielding Ten More LNG Peterbilts

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

Dillon Transport is placing ten more LNG-fueled Peterbilt 384 tractors in Owens Corning service, this time in Lodi, Ohio (west of Akron) and is looking at 20 more natiral gas trucks for Tampa, possibly to be fueled by CNG.

Dillon Transport is placing ten more LNG-fueled Peterbilt 384 tractors in Owens Corning service, this time in Lodi, Ohio (west of Akron) and is looking at 20 more natiral gas trucks for Tampa, possibly to be fueled by CNG.

Chicago-based Dillon Transport has taken delivery of ten more liquefied natural gas-fueled Peterbilt 384 tractors and will place them in service for Owens Corning in Lodi, Ohio next month.

Dillon earlier this year deployed 14 LNG Peterbilt 384s, with partner Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE), for hauling raw materials to an Owens Corning shingle production plant in Irving, Texas.

The Ohio trucks are identical, says Dillon marketing and business development manager Phil Crofts: spec’d via Rush Truck Centers in Los Angeles and upfitted for LNG in Irving, Texas, they have 8.9-liter ISL G engines by Cummins Westport and liquefied natural gas tank assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems using a single HLNG-150 fuel tank by Chart (F&F, March 28).

CNG for Tampa?

“They will be working hard,” Crofts says. “The formula is to put as many miles as we can on them to get the payback on fuel.”

For Clean Energy, the formula is to enlist big-name companies like Owens Corning to get logistical providers like Dillon to use natural gas.

Dillon’s next natural gas deployment is likely to be 20 trucks for Tampa. There, however, the firm may opt for compressed natural gas, Crofts told F&F.

Dillon’s fleet of some 280 tractors and more than 400 trailers serves 25 states and Canada.

500 LNG Ships, Then Thousands

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

‘Years of Innovation and Concept Development Now Are Leading to Real Change’

Expect an onslaught of liquefied natural gas-fueled ships of all kinds in the coming years, says Oslo-based maritime specialist DNV (Det Norske Veritas).
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Methane for the S.S. Badger?

January 2, 2012 in LNG, Marine, Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

The S.S. Badger may be converted from coal to LNG

The S.S. Badger may be converted from coal to LNG

The last coal-fired steamship in U.S. operation may be converted to natural gas, says the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute, part of an initiative with the U.S. DoT’s Maritime Administration unit.

GLMRI has a new five-year pact with MARAD to address environmental issues facing shipping. MARAD wants attention paid the first year to the conversion of steam ships to liquefied natural gas or compressed natural gas fuel, GLMRI says. Both vessel conversion and infrastructure issues will be examined, notably “the LNG supply chain needed to support the fuel demand for the fleet with the potential for this fuel to be used by other modes of transportation.”

February Conference in Cleveland

The lead candidate for conversion is the S.S. Badger. The 410-foot ferry entered service in 1953, GLMRI says, “designed specifically to handle the rough conditions that it would likely encounter during year-round sailing on Lake Michigan.” It is the only coal-fired steamship in operation in the U.S., sailing daily between Manitowoc, Wisc. and Ludington, Mich. from mid-May through mid-October. GLMRI is working with the Lake Michigan Carferry Service and marine engineers to gauge the feasibility of converting the S.S. Badger to CNG or LNG, examining fuel consumption, routes, and shore fueling infrastructure issues.

The demonstration project will also consider training needs and shipyard implications of the power conversions, GLMRI says, noting that “Converting the vessel to natural gas as a primary fuel could have the potential to make the S.S. Badger one of the greenest vessels operating on the Great Lakes.”

GLMRI and the Great Lakes and Rivers Section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers are planning multi-day education and information transfer sessions in Cleveland in February, bringing in academic, industry and government expertise from the U.S., Europe and Canada to discuss natural gas fueling for Great Lakes ships. Sessions are being planned in conjunction with the Great Lakes Waterways Conference being held February 22-23 at Cleveland’s Hyatt Regency at the Arcade.

EMD for Westport LNG Locomotive

January 2, 2012 in LNG, Rail by rich  |  No Comments

Westport Innovations (NASDAQ:WPRT) is working with Electro-Motive Diesel to apply Westport’s high pressure direct injection technology to a locomotive.

An EMD locomotive is to be fueled by liquefied natural gas as part of a Sustainable Development Technology Canada-supported effort with Montreal-based Gaz Metro. Gas Metro is also working to use LNG for heavy duty trucks in Canada, and for ferries (F&F, Nov. 14).

Canadian National Railway locomotives in the Symington Yard in Winnipeg, Manitoba. CN operates approximately 1,500 locomotives and 61,500 freight cars. Photo courtesy CN.

Canadian National Railway locomotives in the Symington Yard in Winnipeg, Manitoba. CN operates approximately 1,500 locomotives and 61,500 freight cars. Photo courtesy CN.

The EMD locomotive for the project is being provided by CN, Canadian National Railway. As per the parties’ consortium agreement, Westport will provide its core HPDI and related technology for the engine and fuel system. “EMD will contribute its expertise to integrate the natural gas engine, related components and controls to create a working locomotive platform,” Westport says.

“EMD brings a great deal of experience and engineering knowhow in locomotive applications,” Paul Blomerus, senior director for high horsepower with Westport, said in a release. “Westport’s HPDI technology is ideally suited to high-horsepower applications such as locomotives as it retains the diesel engine’s favorable operating characteristics of high torque and power, transient response and efficiency, while reducing carbon emissions,” Blomerus said.

According to the United Nations, railroads around the world burn 9 billion gallons of diesel fuel annually, largely in the transportation of freight, Westport reports. “The development of natural gas-fueled locomotives will dramatically reduce the cost of transporting the world’s primary resources and manufactured goods because of the low cost of LNG compared with diesel fuel,” the company says. “Furthermore, the use of natural gas reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 27%.”

Westport Innovations has partnered with Electro-Motive Diesel to develop a natural gas-fueled locomotive, with EMD tasked 'to integrate the natural gas engine, related components and controls to create a working locomotive platform.'

Westport Innovations has partnered with Electro-Motive Diesel to develop a natural gas-fueled locomotive, with EMD tasked ‘to integrate the natural gas engine, related components and controls to create a working locomotive platform.’

Westport has a funding commitment of $2.3 million Canadian from SDTC to develop its HPDI technology for high-horsepower applications.

Illinois-based EMD has been a unit of Alabama-based Progress Rail since August 2010.

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1,000 LNG Ships by 2015?

January 2, 2012 in LNG, Marine by rich  |  No Comments

A thousand ships could be fueled by liquefied natural gas by 2015 and perhaps 10,000 by 2020, says a new report, citing a combination of regulatory pressures and increasingly available and cheap fuel.
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More LNG Ships Ordered in Europe

January 2, 2012 in LNG, Marine by rich  |  No Comments

Singapore- and Norway-based STX OSV reports a contract worth approximately $33 million to build an LNG-fueled forage carrier, of Rolls-Royce NVC-401 design, for Norway’s Eidsvaag AS.
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