One mcf costs now about $3.70 and that is equivalent to 1 million BTUs. One gallon of diesel is now about $3.57/gallon and that is 139,500 BTUs. So one mcf of natural gas is the energy equivalent of about 7.2 gallons of diesel. Based on current prices, a diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) of natural gas costs about 52 cents. However, the infrastructure costs for getting natural gas into the vehicle is higher than for diesel which is why you see a factor of 2 often cited for the price differential rather than the factor of 7.
In Europe, Italian technology and engineering company CTIP Oil & Gas SRL has presented an investment plan for the development of a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) network in Greece, aimed primarily at the truck and bus sector. The proposal will focus on Attica, the region surrounding the capital city of Athens, and will unfold over five years at a cost of EUR 200 million (USD 250 m).
In the US, Clean Energy completed 69 new natural gas stations in 2014. Clean Energy also reported 5,510 additional natural gas vehicles began fueling throughout Clean Energy’s nationwide network year-to-date in 2014 which is a 23% increase in vehicles fueling compared to the same period in 2013.
China Gas Holding Limited has received $450 million in loans from Asian Development Bank for building infrastructure for natural gas transportation in China. The plans include building and operating 600 CNG stations and 200 LNG stations by 2018.
Lightweight but high quality, CAMC developed LNG truck
CAMC started to develop natural gas heavy trucks since 2005 and use of natural gas heavy trucks has been rather popular and CAMC keeps develop lightweight heavy trucks to reduce the weights and retain quality, said Xia Hong. Due to upgrades of natural gas heavy trucks technology and energy structure adjustment on China, natural gas heavy trucks are more and more popular and there are some old users of CAMC heavy trucks to present and introduce their use of the CAMC trucks. Ningbo Tianyi Logistics Company Xiong Zhenyu said that they started to purchase natural gas heavy trucks for the economic advantages is getting more and more clear and CAMC use engine with large rated power and its power is 20-30km higher than diesel engine trucks.
On December 10, 2014, Shacman natural gas port tractor delivery ceremony was held in Liaoning Yingkou port. Shacman port tractor won the favor of customers in Yingkou port with advantages of energy saving, environmental protection and smart driving.
And the vehicle is designed according to frequent impact the vehicle will be suffered from the load and unload of the containers, and they obey the China Motor vehicle safety technical conditions and current Environmental Regulations, standard of security to make sure the vehicle solid and durable and safe to control. And the vehicle can meet continuous work day and night on the port.
Shacman port tractor power equipped with Weichai natural gas engine which is energy saving and environmental protection, and the transmission is strong power of FAST automatic transmission. The gold powertrain completely meets the high requirements in the terminal operation conditions for the port.
Indiana Harbor Belt: 31 of the railroad's 46 locomotives are funded for conversion to natural gas. "IHB is committed to moving our entire fleet to CNG as the primary fuel source," said Director of Purchasing and Project Manager Michael Nicoletti. "This is not a pilot project—it's the first planned fleet-wide conversion to occur in the nation. Our program begins in 2015 and is projected to end in 2019. We believe we can reduce our annual PM (Particulate Matter) emissions by 97%, and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50%."
They have 50 new EMD 4,300-hp SD70ACes coming in the fourth quarter with dual-fuel natural gas provisioning. It's likely that two will be fully equipped for DGB (Dynamic Gas Blending) in 2015. They have written a specification and issued a request-for-quotes for a prototype CNG tender and compressor system. NS has opted for a CNG-powered mother-slug locomotive set, with a spark-ignited engine, and fuel storage on the slug.
Louisiana-based LEAM Drilling has added several bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to its Pegasus NGV Trucking fleet that delivers oil field equipment to directional and horizontal drilling sites in Oklahoma and Texas.
LEAM added two additional vehicles in September. The fleet has added 18 new bi-fuel CNG trucks in the past year.
LEAM has partnered with CNG fuel system vendor Landi Renzo and vehicle modifier Nat G to add the Ford Super Duty trucks. The trucks use Landi Renzo CNG bi-fuel systems. They were delivered to the fleet by Nat G, which joined Ford's Qualified Vehicle Modifier program in late September. LEAM began transitioning its fleet to bi-fuel CNG vehicles in 2010, according to Landi Renzo.
"Our natural gas vehicles have a higher ROI," said Sonia Bradley, a LEAM project manager. "At the rate we are using them, the conversion cost is paid within six months on each vehicle. Our latest, 2014 models, received early this year, have had no issues at all."
A shortage of locomotives to power intermodal and other rail freight is looming because of restrictions on future production and current constraints stemming from carrier delays, industry experts said....
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You don't know what you are talking about. You THINK you know science but I bet even I know more science than you. And I didn't go past third grade.