NGVAmerica News Week in Review: July 5, 2016
- Clean Energy Opens Public CNG Station Houston to Serve Trucking Fleets
- Rebates for Alternative Fuel Vehicles Still Available in Pennsylvania
- Gain and Export Fuel Co. Open CNG Station in Pennsylvania
- IGS CNG Services Opens CNG Station with Montgomery County in Ohio
- Hexagon Composites Receives US DOT Permit for TITAN XL
- Canadian Company Launches New Line of PRD Valves
- Iveco and Uniper Open First LNG Station for Trucks in Germany
Clean Energy Opens Public CNG Station Houston to Serve Trucking Fleets
June 30, 2016
Clean Energy celebrated the opening of its newest CNG station with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Houston, Texas. The ceremony was attended by representatives from Clean Energy, Dillon Transport, JRayl Transport and Silver Eagle Distributors.
“This station is key to our commitment to sustainability and the environment,” said Jeff Dillon, President of Dillon Transport. “Our ability to utilize this station, along with Clean Energy’s entire network of stations, allows us the opportunity to grow as our customers demand cleaner transportation solutions.” Over half of Dillon Transport’s annual fuel consumption is natural gas.
The fast-fill CNG station, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the public, will support the fueling needs of over 100 heavy duty trucks.The Houston station is now the 65th Clean Energy natural gas fueling station located in Texas, and one of over 550 stations throughout the US and Canada.
“We were an early adopter of natural gas and will continue to grow our use of natural gas as the fueling network expands,” said Ed Prichard, Vice President of Transportation for Silver Eagle Distributors, the second largest beer distributor in the nation. “The stability of the lower prices and cleaner attributes make it a no-brainer to continue to make the switch and utilize Clean Energy expanding network of stations.”
Rebates for Alternative Fuel Vehicles Still Available in Pennsylvania
June 27, 2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is reminding car buyers of rebates to assist with the cost of purchasing a new alternative fuel vehicle. These rebates are funded by the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, which is supported by a gross receipts tax on utilities. To qualify, the vehicle must be registered in Pennsylvania, operated primarily in-state, and be purchased no more than six months before the rebate application is submitted. Rebates are available for new cars only.
“These vehicles are helping to reduce climate change causing emissions and are a part of a sustainable Pennsylvania,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
In addition to rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, rebates of $1,000 are being offered for natural gas and other gaseous fueled vehicles. OEM retrofits or certified conversions to CNG or propane are also eligible for the $1,000 rebate.
There are only a limited number of rebates still available, and the rebate program will be reassessed December 31, 2016 if rebates remain unclaimed.
For more information on the types of eligible vehicles and to apply for a rebate, click here.
U.S. Gain and Export Fuel Co. Open CNG Station in Pennsylvania
June 28, 2016
U.S. Gain announced the opening of a new CNG station in partnership with Export Fuel Co., a fuel retailer serving western Pennsylvania and parts of Ohio and West Virginia. The GAIN Clean Fuel – Export Fuel CNG station is located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
“In today’s competitive business climate, fleet truck operators are demanding that they be able to operate at peak efficiency,” said Kristen Zawoyski, operations manager at Export Fuel. “Many carriers are converting to CNG to get that competitive edge and we want to be part of that equation.”
Similar to other GAIN Clean Fuel stations, the GAIN – Export Fuel co-branded station in Greensburg will feature easy-access, fast-fill capabilities. The public-access station also accepts fleet cards and was designed to ensure fleets have a reliable, consistent fuel source.
IGS CNG Services Opens CNG Station with Montgomery County in Ohio
June 29, 2016
IGS CNG Services announced the opening of its CNG fueling station in partnership with Montgomery County in Moraine, Ohio, just outside of Dayton. The station is located at the Montgomery County Environmental Services facility and is accessible by both fleets and the public.
The station, which features its own canopy, has three lanes with six CNG pumps. The station is designed to serve refuse trucks from Montgomery County and surrounding Ohio municipalities, as well as the growing number of regional fleets converting to natural gas fuel.
“The Montgomery County Commissioners are thrilled to have the new CNG fueling station up and running, which will help power our fleet with cleaner fuel, and provide high-quality CNG services to other businesses in the region,” said Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge.
The Moraine location is the 12th in the IGS CNG Services family of stations that service the public. Of the 12 stations, IGS CNG Services has seven active stations in Ohio, three in West Virginia, and one in Indiana.
Hexagon Composites Receives US DOT Permit for TITAN XL
June 30, 2016
Following a recently announced purchase agreement for Hexagon Lincoln’s new TITAN XL tank, Hexagon Lincoln announced the US Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted the tank manufacturer a permit for the TITAN XL.
The TITAN XL was first introduced in Latin America in 2015, and Hexagon says it represents the highest-capacity road trailer in the world in a 40-foot container, which is capable of transporting 525,000 scf of CNG with less than 35 tons including trailer weight. The ultra-light carbon fiber Type 4 cylinders are key to it meeting Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) limitations of several US states.
“TITAN XL transports 44 percent more gas than TITAN 4,” said Frank Häberli, Vice President Mobile Pipeline Division. “Companies will benefit from fewer trips, reduced operating costs and increased competitiveness.”
Canadian Company Launches New Line of PRD Valves
July 1, 2016
Emcara Gas Development announced it has launched the Cobra Pressure Relief Device for the CNG industry. The Cobra PRD is designed with a thermally activated long trigger that covers tanks that range from 5 ft. to 9 ft. long. The Cobra PRD is certified to PRD-1 standards, and the long trigger is a patent protected technology that was the developed by Emcara.
“Tanks and configurations were growing in size and so to was the demand for increased safety protection,” said Erick Girouard, President of Emcara Gas Development. “Our long trigger PRD offers increased safety features.”
In addition, Emcara launched a new balanced actuator valve called the Badger, which is a complementary product to Emcara’s long trigger PRD’s. The Badger increases the flow rate to ~450 scf per minute, reducing the time it takes to vent down a tanks.
Iveco and Uniper Open First LNG Station for Trucks in Germany
June 28, 2016
Commercial vehicle manufacturer Iveco and the energy company Uniper celebrated the opening of Germany’s first LNG fueling station for over-the-road trucks in Ulm. The fueling station will be used, in particular, for endurance tests in trials of innovative engine concepts for long-haul transportation.
By joining forces, Iveco and Uniper are positioned to advance the use of LNG in heavy duty transportation in Europe. Iveco now offers an LNG commercial vehicle, the new Stralis NP, and Uniper, which operates in the international LNG business, has a substantial amount of LNG at its disposal and the requisite capacity at LNG terminals. Uniper sells LNG fuel under the LIQVIS brand.
“We are pleased to join forces with Uniper in taking the first step toward a true alternative to diesel in Germany at the Ulm development site,” said Sascha Kaehne, Business Director at Iveco Magirus AG. “The Stralis is now the first LNG vehicle in Europe that is fully capable of long-haul transportation from the perspective of drivers and business owners.”