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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

$50 Million SCAQMD Webinar June 23

June 10, 2016 in event, money available, trucking, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Free Session on Money for Trucks and TRUs Replacement

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is presenting a complimentary one-hour webinar to help applicants learn about the $50 million in new Proposition 1B funding for the replacement of heavy-duty goods movement trucks and transport refrigeration units. The webinar takes place on Thursday, June 23 at 2:00pm Pacific time.
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AQMD: $52 Million for 100s of Trucks

May 16, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, money awarded, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Most Are to Be Natural Gas-Fueled ‘Near Zero’ Vehicles,
But Program Backs Electric Drive Deployments as Well
And 97 Conventional Natural Gas Trucks Are Funded Too

The South Coast Air Quality Management District board has approved outlays of nearly $52 million for the agency’s Goods Movement Program under California’s Proposition 1B statute. Prop 1B funding is provided by the California Air Resources Board.

The big winner...

The big winner…

Upwards of $26 million of the CARB money will support the deployment of several hundred natural gas-fueled trucks – 263 of them with the super-low NOx ISL G Near Zero engine from Cummins Westport. It will also support the purchase of more than 60 hybrid replacement and zero emission replacement trucks, as well as charging infrastructure and electric TRUs – transport refrigeration units.

$15 Million for Near Zero Mixers

Irvine, Calif.-based CalPortland/Catalina Pacific is to be the standout recipient, as the firm has been designated to receive $100,000 for each of 150 trucks with the 8.9-liter ISL G NZ.


The engine was certified last year to the optional California Air Resources Board’s options NOx emissions standard of 0.02 grams per brake-horsepower hour — 90% lower than the current EPA heavy-duty engine standards (F&F, September 17).

Other designated double-digit recipients include

  • Superior Ready Mix Concrete for 38 ISL G NZ trucks;
  • Penske Truck Leasing for 30 ISL G NZ trucks;
  • Anthony H. Ostercamp for 38 vehicles: ten ISL G NZ trucks, ten hybrid replacement trucks, ten hybrid replacement trucks capable of zero-emission miles, and eight zero-emission replacement trucks;
  • PTI Sand & Gravel for 11 ISL G NZ trucks;
  • Mountain Valley Express for ten ISL G NZ trucks; and
  • Overseas Freight, Inc. for 29 zero-emission replacement trucks.

SCAQMD is also making 97 awards of $65,000 each – totaling $6.28 million – for natural gas-fueled replacement trucks powered by standard 0.20-gram-per-brake-horsepower hour engines.

The lion’s share of the CARB money via SCAQMD is for trucks with the new low-NOx engine.

The lion’s share of the CARB money via SCAQMD is for trucks with the new low-NOx engine.


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RNG + Near Zero = ‘Game Changer’

May 10, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Biofuels, Biomethane, certifications, Conference/Meeting, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Strategy Details Are Released at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach:
‘A Clear, Cost-Effective Strategy to Achieve Our Air Quality Goals’
As Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus Outlines Near Zero Purchase Plans

Heavy duty vehicles with well-to-wheel emissions levels approaching nil are possible today given the combination of new “Near Zero” engine technology from Cummins Westport and the use of RNG – renewable natural gas.
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CARB $23.6 Million for Port e-Trucks

May 9, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Electric Drive, money awarded, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Statewide Project for Cleaner Trucks at Ports & Railyards

The California Air Resources Board has awarded $23.6 million to the South Coast Air Quality Management District for electric-powered port trucks, doing so at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach this past Wednesday.
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Back to the Future with Biomethane

October 21, 2015 in Biofuels, Biomethane, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments
Mr. Fusion Energy Compactor

Mr. Fusion Energy Compactor

CR&R Gets Funded for Garbage into Energy

October 21, 2015 was the day targeted in the iconic 1985 fantasy film Back to the Future with its celebration of the “Mr. Fusion Energy Compactor” for turning garbage into energy.

Indeed Mr. Fusion is with us now, although we call it the anaerobic digester. All manner of organic waste is processed into biogas, and upgraded into biomethane, suitably for fueling vehicles or for injection into the pipeline grid.

Appropriately, California’s CR&R Waste & Recycling, which expects by this coming fourth quarter to be producing organic refuse-derived biomethane to fuel its natural gas truck fleet (F&F, September 21) has just been awarded $900,000 by California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District to help see it though.

Meanwhile, anyone have a flux capacitor? We’d like to take a peek at 2045.

Hard at work at CR&R's biomethane facility at Perris, Calif., southeast of Los Angeles. Cliff Gladsetin photo

Hard at work at CR&R’s biomethane facility at Perris, Calif., southeast of Los Angeles. Cliff Gladsetin photo

CR&R would like to have all of its trucks fueled by biomethane by year-end. Cliff Gladstein photo

CR&R would like to have all of its trucks fueled by biomethane by year-end. Cliff Gladstein photo


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Source: SCAQMD with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Siemens Starts eHighway Building

March 31, 2015 in Electric Drive, Infrastructure, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Overhead Electrical Power to Slash Pollution Near the Ports

Siemens reports the start of construction on an “eHighway” project in Carson, Calif. serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The goal is for electric drive trucks to run (and in some cases charge) on grid power in the traffic- and population-dense harbor area, before splitting off to their destinations.
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Volvo Group Preps e-Mack for Ports

August 26, 2014 in Electric Drive, Hybrids, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pinnacle Truck with Smaller Engine for Catenary Trials

The Volvo Group is preparing a modified Mack Pinnacle tractor with a smaller diesel engine and a battery pack affording all-electric range of five to ten miles for the government-sponsored overhead catenary power truck project that’s gathering steam in Southern California.
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Peco Receives 22 Odyne Plug-Ins

June 9, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Utility Receives 22 Trucks with Terex XT55 Lifts
As the First Under EPRI-DoE-SCAQMD Initiative

Philadelphia’s Peco utility is talking up receipt of 22 Ford chassis bucket trucks with Odyne plug-in hybrid electric drivetrains – the first to be deployed under a joint U.S. Department of Energy, Electric Power Research Institute, and South Coast Air Quality Management District program.
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ACT Expo: Less Than One Week Away

April 29, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting, DME, EVs, Hybrids, Hydrogen, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More than 70 Alt Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles on Show

ACT Expo 2014, this year’s Alternative Clean Technology Expo & Conference is less than two weeks away. Organizer (and Fleets & Fuels publisher) Gladstein, Neandross & Associates said this week that there will be upwards of 70 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, across all alternative fuels and weight classes, on display or in the event ride-and-drive. this item was originally posted on April 22
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Moving Heavy NGVs Closer to Zero

March 11, 2014 in Education, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

In California, Even Existing Emissions and Greenhouse Goals
Will Require Heavy Vehicle Advances, Likely Using Natural Gas

Existing clean air and greenhouse gas goals in California won’t be met without a new generation of technologies for heavy duty vehicles. The likelihood is that the same aggressive designs now being applied to make diesel acceptably clean will be applied to natural gas-fueled buses and trucks to make them even cleaner than they are today.
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Via Sets Plant in Potosi, Mexico

November 8, 2013 in Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Facility is Close to the General Motors Factory in Silao

Plug-in hybrid electric (range-extended battery) truck manufacturer Via Motors says it’s inaugurated its first high volume electric vehicle assembly line, in a free trade zone in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, approximately 175 miles north of Mexico City.
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Catenary Pantograph for Zero Emissions

June 18, 2013 in Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Siemens-TransPower Project Backed by a Bevy of Agencies

A key part of the funding equation fell into place last week as the California Energy Commission said it’s awarding $1.6 million to retrofit five heavy duty trucks to run on power from an overhead catenary wire using the Siemens pantograph system – part of a $13.5 million program.
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Odyne for DoE-EPRI Plug-In Trucks

June 18, 2013 in Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More than 120 Trucks as Part of a $45.4 Million Initiative

Wisconsin’s Odyne Systems is participating in a $45.4 million U.S. DoE ARRA-backed initiative with the Electric Power Research Institute and Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District. updated June 19
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Are You Interested in $38.5 Million?

June 10, 2013 in money available, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

South Coast Affiliate Launches ‘Unprecedented’ Two-Year Program:
‘New Funding to Improve Southern California’s Air Quality and Health’

The MSRC affiliate of California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District is readying a two-year program backed by “an unprecedented $38.5 million for innovative projects and programs in the South Coast region to help reduce harmful emissions from vehicles.”
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GNA Completes AQMD Zetech Study

April 22, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s got an exotic name but it’s a simple concept: operate regular-route port-serving trucks on electricity in high-traffic, population-dense areas, solving the battery problem plaguing modern electric vehicles by using century-old overhead catenary technology for power. The exotic name is Zetech, for Zero Emission Truck and Electric Catenary Highway. Gladstein, Neandross & Associates has completed an analysis of Zetech’s potential for SCAQMD, the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
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