CNG Powers Greener Garbage Trucks in New Jersey

New Jersey Herald – Monday, December 19, 2011

​Blue Diamond Disposal wants to help clear New Jersey’s air.

The Mount Arlington-based garbage and recycling collection company celebrated the introduction of natural gas-powered trucks into its fleet, as well as the opening of its natural gas refueling station, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on company grounds Thursday morning. The ceremony drew more than 100 guests, including dignitaries from municipal governments and state and national agencies.

Since June, Blue Diamond has acquired 14 dump trucks — with three more on the way — that run on tanks of compressed natural gas, an odorless mixture of methane and other hydrocarbons that produces fewer harmful emissions than diesel fuel. The company’s fleet totals 100 trucks at its two sites, in Mount Arlington and Woodbine in Cape May County.

“We’re looking to get off foreign oil dependency,” said John Shortino Jr., president of Blue Diamond. Continue reading

Kenworth Truck Show Features CNG & LNG Trucks

USA-based Kenworth Truck Company hosted a truck show in Indianapolis featuring compressed natural gas (CNG) powered and hybrid Kenworths at the start of December. The company’s dedication to provision of green fleet choices includes compressed and liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks. More than 350 truck and fleet operators learned about new available equipment and the future of natural gas fuel in the trucking industry. Also presented were free training sessions on vehicle maintenance and grant writing.

“Truck operators and their technicians got a lot of great information about spec’ing choices, maintenance and grant assistance to help make the new technology more affordable,” said Jacob Nichols, general manager of Kenworth of Indianapolis. “A seven-person panel discussion provided information and opinions on the growth and future of natural gas in heavy duty trucks and the transportation industry. Participants learned how the rising cost of diesel and the increasing availability of domestic gas reserves is helping to build momentum for the adoption of natural gas-powered vehicles.” Continue reading

F250 Powerstroke Natural Gas Conversion Project Pt. 2

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The selection and mounting of CNG cylinders, or tanks, are among the most critical aspects of any CNG conversion. The array of options can be dizzying to a novice, and improper placement can significantly reduce the usefulness of a vehicle. Not only that, but improper tank installation can be dangerous. In this piece we will discuss the types of tanks and some mounting locations. I will also describe the planned installation on our F250 Powerstroke conversion.

There are four types of CNG cylinders: Types I, II, III, and IV. They are all going to be about the same size for a given gas volume. The main difference is composition and weight.

Type I tanks are made of steel. They are similar in construction to the cylinders used for welding gasses. They are the generally the cheapest option, but they are also the heaviest. A 10.9 gge (gasoline gallon equivalent) cylinder may come in a variety of lengths and diameters, but they’re all going to weigh about 320-350 lbs. Continue reading

TEN REASONS WHY NATURAL GAS WILL FUEL THE FUTURE

Manhattan Institute

In less than five years, the natural gas business has gone from shortage to surfeit. Technological breakthroughs have unlocked massive quantities of natural gas from shale deposits that were previously thought to be uneconomic. The result: the United States no longer needs to import huge quantities of natural gas. Domestic gas resources should easily last many decades.

Relatively inexpensive, abundant supplies of natural gas will affect everything from electricity generation to petrochemical production. And while the effects of what is now known as the shale gas revolution will be felt most quickly in the United States, the technologies behind that revolution are going global. In late January 2011, ONGC, the Indian energy company, announced that it was producing gas from a shale gas well in West Bengal. The well is the first productive shale gas well located outside of the United States or Canada.[1] Other shale deposits, located in Poland, France, Australia, and China, could also yield vast quantities of oil and gas. Continue reading

An Update On the Status of the NatGas Act

Courtesy of Lawrence MacDonald and DC Tripwire

Bottom Line: The NAT GAS Act is expected to easily pass the House, where it has broad support from Members on both sides of the aisle. Challenges remain before the bill becomes law, however, the most significant of which is the determination of an acceptable pay-for, i.e. revenue raiser or spending cut to offset the tax subsidies provided in the bill. But with continued high gasoline prices and the American public demanding action, it may be that the time is finally right to send this legislation to the President’s desk. While its path through the House looks easy though, its prospects in the Senate are murkier, as it has been stymied in the Senate once before. Thus, companies which benefit from the tax benefits that would be derived form the NAT GAS Act — such as makers of fleet-based natural gas vehicles — could continue to ride a wave of high expectations as the bill winds its way through the House, but such expectations could run into a wall in the Senate. Continue reading

Officials report diesel supplies short in Nebraska

From CBS News

(AP)  LINCOLN, Neb. — Gasoline and diesel shortages at fuel terminals in the Upper Midwest have forced fuel truck drivers to sit in line for hours, waiting for fuel to arrive via pipeline.

Other truck drivers have seen diesel prices rise, nearing $4 a gallon in Nebraska and passing that in the Dakotas.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” Dick Salem, president of Lincoln Trucking Lightning, told the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/vaLoDK). “We went through three big-time shortages in the ’70s, and it was never like this.”

One of the two fuel terminals south of Lincoln hasn’t had diesel fuel for at least a month. When a supply comes in to the other, it runs out in a couple of hours.

“It’s as bad as I’ve ever seen it,” said Tom Garner, energy division manager for Farmers Cooperative. Continue reading

F250 Powerstroke Natural Gas Conversion Project Pt. 1

Diesel pickup owners have a natural gas option right now.  You can convert your turbodiesel Ford, Chevy, or Dodge to run on a mixture of between 50% and 75% natural gas.  Your diesel mileage should be 40 mpg or better.  We’re going to walk you step by step through the conversion of a 2002 F250 4×4 Powerstroke over the coming weeks. Continue reading

Has Fracking Delayed Peak Oil?

By Brian Carpenter

Peak Oil Theory relies on the work of the late geologist M. King Hubbert. Hubbert, a geoscientist who worked for Shell, studied the production curve of oil fields in Texas during the 1950’s. He came to the conclusion that every oil field’s production takes the shape of a bell curve, and that data could be extrapolated to predict the production of a whole nation. In 1956 he predicted that oil production would peak in the United States by the early 1970’s. Hubbert’s prophecy came true. U.S. oil production peaked in late 1971 at about 9.5 million barrels per day. Even though many new wells were drilled, the U.S. produced less and less oil each year. Hubbert, who died in 1989, also predicted that world oil production would peak in 1995. Technological developments and changes in use patterns seemed to have shifted that date, but most revised scenarios have world oil production peaking in the first decade of the 21st century.

The concern that oil production will decline while world population and energy demand continue to increase has generated a lot of concern that the world might be headed for a nightmare scenario of resource wars, starvation, and the ultimate collapse of civilization. Food production was predicted to plummet as tractors sat idle for lack of fuel and petroleum-based fertilizers were unavailable. Transportation would be thrown back into the 19th century. Medicines and plastics, which are derived from petroleum, would become unavailable. The whole world economy would have to be dismantled and rebuilt on another basis besides fossil fuels. Peak Oil concerns have been a major driver behind the efforts to develop alternative energy technologies.

However, a quiet revolution has taken place in the energy industry, and it will have a big effect on the Peak Oil discussion. In the early 2000’s, engineers combined two older technologies with dramatic results. Horizontal drilling allowed for fewer wells to be drilled and for each well to produce more oil. It also meant that thin layers of oil and gas bearing shale could be efficiently accessed. Hydraulic fracturing of those horizontal wells greatly increased our ability to unlock more precious oil and gas from these unconventional sources.

This combination of technologies may well have shifted Hubbert’s Peak. This week in a speech at the World Petroleum Congress in Doha, Qatar Antonio Brufau, the CEO of Spanish petrogas giant Repsol, said, “The speed at which technology changes and its consequences have taken us largely by surprise. The peak oil debate, for example, has lost a great deal of its relevance in the past three years,”

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Southwest US – Mexico Border Energy Forum Discusses NGVs

December 5, 2011 | USA & Mexico
Opportunities for investment and for increasing the use of Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) throughout the American Southwest and Mexico were featured at the 18th annual U.S.-Mexico Border Energy Forum, on October 27 and 28 in El Paso, Texas. All 10 U.S. and Mexican states along the border are represented at the forum.

“This Forum was founded by the Texas General Land Office in 1994 to share information about energy and environmental issues on both sides of the border,” said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. “The idea is to provide policy planners with the best information available so they can make wise decisions, forge partnerships and work for the region as a whole.” Continue reading

Steyr Presents Dedicated Natural Gas Tractor

Steyr Profi 4135 operates on CNG or biomethane.

Under the ‘Steyr’ brand, CNH Global N.V., a worldwide manufacturer of agricultural and construction machinery majority-owned by Fiat S.p.A., has presented what they say is the first production tractor powered by natural gas, at the recent Agritechnica 2011 exhibition. Based on the Profi 6125 model, the new Steyr Profi 4135 Natural Power is equipped with a turbocharged dedicated (mono-fuel) compressed natural gas (CNG) engine, made by Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT), another Fiat group company.

The engine is a 3.0 litre, four-cylinder unit, producing 100 kW/136 hp rated – 105 kW/143 hp max power and a maximum torque of 542 Nm at transmission input shaft.

The Profi 4135 Natural Power is equipped with special mono-fuel engine to deliver energy efficiency and clean exhaust emissions. Steyr says there are several arguments in favour of using monovalent natural gas tractors for agricultural purposes. In addition to much lower operating costs, there are also the favourable environmental aspects to take into consideration. Methane has the lowest carbon content of any fuels, it burns odour-free and with far fewer emissions –particulates are as much as 99 % lower. As the tractor can be powered using refined biogas (biomethane), Steyr engineers point out that this kind of drive concept is particularly suited to those farms that have their own biogas plants.

“Natural gas, or biogas, is in many ways the better choice for agricultural applications, as it produces 25 % lower CO2 emissions and 95 % less nitrous oxide when compared with diesel combustion,” explains Global Product Marketing Manager at Steyr for monovalent natural gas concepts.

“We believe there will be a number of potential applications in future for this clean engine technology; in the municipal sector, for example, and for agricultural operations that have a biogas plant and can use ‘fuel from field’ to power a vehicle fleet”.

The storage of gas, divided in nine fuel tanks, has a capacity of 300 liters in total, which are integrated into the tractor’s bodywork.

The tractor is fitted with a 17 x 16 four-range powershift transmission and has a top speed of 50 kph.

Market launch is scheduled for the 2015.

The predecessor to the Profi 4135, the CVT 6195, was developed as a dual-fuel tractor, reducing diesel costs by approximately 40% and CO2 emissions by 20%.

(This article compiled using information from Steyr press releases)