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Clean Energy Introduces New CleanCNG Compressor

Clean Energy Fuels has introduced a heavy duty non-lubricated compressor for the natural gas fueling market. The CleanCNG, developed by engineers at Clean Energy’s subsidiary Clean Energy Compression in Chilliwack, British Columbia, incorporates improvements in compressor design and engineering, resulting in ultra-low vibration and noise in a high-performance, scalable compressor.

The CleanCNG is the result of a complete ground-up re-engineering of the CleanCNG Standard. The new compressor features standardized and modular construction, which improves initial specification and cost-effectiveness, quicker delivery time and more reliable operation with extended service intervals. The CleanCNG is available in 150 HP – 300 HP configurations.

The low operating noise is a standard feature of the CleanCNG, making it suitable for even residential neighborhood installations. Vibration measurements exceed API 618 and recommended industry guidelines.

The CleanCNG control system, assembly and enclosure are designed and built to be mated together in an expandable manner. Proprietary heat management ensures that heated air is not recirculated between compressors, and performance remains consistent regardless of the number of compressors. Clean Energy compressors also avoid the contamination resulting from injected oil in competitive lubricated designs and the CleanCNG delivers clean oil carry over of less than 5 parts per million.

TransLink, the regional transit authority to Metro Vancouver, B.C., and the first Canadian transportation provider to achieve Platinum sustainability status from the American Transportation Association, recently purchased six of the new CleanCNG units.

“We were impressed with the CleanCNG™ because it offers us the low oil carry-over we count on but also a significant opportunity to decrease capital and operating costs because of simpler deployment and improved serviceability,” said Joe Buck, Senior VP of Acquisition at TransLink. “Longer-term, the CleanCNG™ offers the most scalable platform available, which will allow us to expand as needed to meet our growing fleet fueling requirements.”

Clean Energy Compression facilities meets all ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System requirements. CleanCNG compressors are available using a variety of cylinder configurations and inlet pressures. Multiple compressor systems, using two or three modular compressor packages that can be integrated together on-site, offer higher overall flow rates and system redundancy.

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