325 New Alt-Fuel Buses for Massachusetts
June 30, 2015 | USA, Boston MA
MassDOT CNG bus in serviceIn the US State of Massachusetts, the Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has decided to purchase 325 alt-fuel buses from New Flyer, Inc. of Winnipeg, Manitoba, for it’s MBTA fleet. The $222.2 million contract calls for delivery of new 40-foot Low Floor Hybrid and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to begin in July 2016, with all buses in service by June 2017.
Previous bidding had elicited a single bidder
The Delhi Government will come out with the re-tendering process for buying 1,380 new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses by end of this month. The previous bidding process was cancelled as the tendering had elicited only a single bidder.
Announcing this on the concluding day of “Smart Transportation Infra Summit and Expo-2015” here on Saturday, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said the details of the re-tendering process were being finalised.
“The new process will have relaxed tendering conditions to attract many more bidders, as Delhi is one of the few metros in which only CNG guzzling buses are permitted to ply,” said Mr. Rai, adding that the re-tendering would fall in public domain by July-end.
Mr. Rai said that Delhi Government was also exploring the scope for introduction of comfort taxis, comfort mini buses and battery-run buses for Delhiites as alternative modes of transport to the existing auto rickshaw system. This will ensure easier access of commuters to convenient and affordable facilities.
“The new arrangement will be known as comfortable mini transport system which would be slightly bigger and heavier than the autos. It will solve problem of lack of last mile connectivity to a significant extent,” said the Minister.
Mr. Rai said the Delhi Government would also buy as many as 3,000 luxury buses equipped with GPS and CCTV facilities for transporting commuters within the National Capital Region from their homes to offices and vice versa.
Many carriers are converting their fleets to CNG to remain competitive but, as a shipper, Unilever’s agreement is a paradigm shift for the CNG industry. “It’s more than just saving money. For Unilever, it’s about being good stewards of the environment,” Renz added.
With the addition of the St. Louis area location, U.S. Gain continues to work towards its goal of having more than 100 GAIN® Clean Fuel stations in operation through North America within the next two years. The Edwardsville location will open in June 2015 and , like other GAIN stations, is designed to facilitate easy access, navigation, and fast fueling times for Class 8 truck fleets that want reliable CNG fueling options 24-7-365.
“This partnership establishes a relationship between GAIN Clean Fuel and Unilever, one of the top consumer packaged goods companies in the world,” said Bill Renz, general manager for U.S. Gain. “We’re excited to be helping such a recognizable brand achieve its sustainability goals.” The agreement calls for Unilever to purchase 800,000 gallons of GAIN Clean Fuel CNG per year.
The Edwardsville station, just east of the St. Louis, Missouri metro area, not only gives Unilever’s carriers a strategic fueling location, but contributes to Unilever’s commitment to reduce its impact on the environment and improve its sustainability efforts. One of the product maker’s goals is to improve the health and well-being of a billion people on the planet by the year 2020 and, for this reason, is beginning to utilize natural gas fuel.
CNG produces less emission than its diesel fuel equivalent. It also provides a cost savings when compared with the diesel fuel equivalent and is domestically produced, which insulates it from the price volatility inherent in other fuel options.
According to U.S. EPA’s most recent analysis of methane emissions, approximately 1.4 percent of the natural gas that is produced is emitted into the atmosphere during the various processes involved in extracting, processing, and distributing the natural gas to end-use customers. This estimate is down from much higher estimates previously made by the EPA. At these revised levels, NGVs provide the 13–21 percent reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions (well-to-wheels) compared to new diesel and gasoline vehicles, as shown in the charts above.
han liquefying it.
In 2007, a study for the California Energy Commission (CEC) found that both CNG and LNG reduce life cycle GHG emissions in both light- and heavy-duty vehicles compared to their gasoline and diesel counterparts. Again, this is primarily due to the low petroleum usage in the production phase and the low-carbon intensity of the fuel during use.
Freightliner Trucks' commitment to green technologies is part of Daimler AG's global Shaping Future
Why Natural Gas?
Improving operating economics vs. diesel: With the rising cost of diesel, the comparatively inexpensive price of natural gas reduces operating costs. Over the past five years, natural gas fuel prices have remained well below that of diesel fuel and have been more consistent, avoiding the fluctuations in prices caused by speculation and the current geopolitical climate.
Cleanest Burning Engine Technology:
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are reduced by up to 20% vs. comparable diesel engines.
Reduced Aftertreatment Complexities:
Cummins Westport's natural gas engine products—the ISL G and the all new ISX12G—feature spark-ignited cooled EGR combustion technology with a maintenance-free aftertreatment system, and a three way passive catalyst. No worries about particulate filters, regenerations or SCR equipment.
The Obama administration’s proposal Friday to slash medium- and heavy-duty vehicle emissions could transform the niche market of low-carbon haulers into a mainstream fleet. The standards, which target 18-wheelers, school buses and garbage trucks, will drive manufacturers to adopt the hybrid-electric systems, natural gas engines and other fuel-efficient technologies already in use on America’s roads.
“The new requirements are just going to make them more attractive. It’s going to drive the market further,” said Anne Tazewell, the transportation program manager at the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, which promotes alternative fuel use in the state.
“Our customers are telling us that big heavy trucks driving in neighborhoods are potentially disruptive, so they’re looking for ways to have a lighter impact,” Adam Burck, Autocar’s head of marketing, said. Autocar’s CNG garbage trucks have 23 percent lower tailpipe emissions compared to its diesel versions, which are equipped with advanced emissions-reduction technologies. The company’s hybrid-electric E3 model has 45 percent lower emissions compared to a standard refuse truck, Burck said.
china ....india...now.. japan
how much more till its the tipping point.......
Jun 18 2015
Japan pushes LNG for transport to help climate, energy security
* Govt aims to end overwhelming reliance on diesel use by trucks
* Govt wants 10 pct of 300,000 trucks to switch to LNG from diesel
* Raising gas vehicles to 500,000 by 2030 possible -industry group
By Osamu Tsukimori
TOKYO, June 18 (Reuters) - Japan, the world's biggest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), is drawing up plans to get trucks and ships to use the fuel, partly to help cut carbon emissions but also to diversify energy sources in the freight sector for security reasons.
A draft report on energy policy discussed at the trade ministry on Thursday stressed the need for a greater variety of fuels to transport cargo and noted the growing international use of LNG and compressed natural gas (CNG) in the sector.
Ryo Minami, the ministry's director of oil and gas, wants 10 percent of the 300,000 trucks used for long-distance transport to be fuelled by LNG soon and a "substantial" part of the fleet to use gas eventually.
"By diversifying fuel in the distribution sector, we aim to improve our ability to respond in the event of an energy crisis," he said. "If oil supplies are halted, distribution will come to a stop."
Gas has taken on added importance since the 2011 Fukushima disaster led to the shutdown of Japan's nuclear power sector. It now accounts for more than 40 percent of electricity generation and LNG imports hit a record high of 89 million tonnes in the year to March.
But gas has less than 1 percent of the mix in transport against an OECD average of about 2 percent.
The Japan Gas Association, grouping city gas suppliers, reckons Japan could have 500,000 vehicles running on LNG or CNG
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority broke ground on Duval County’s first government-fleet-use compressed natural gas station Tuesday afternoon.
The facility is being built through a public-private-partnership with Clean Energy, and is expected to be ready by December.
The authority expects to save $9.2 million over 15 years for converting its fleet from diesel to CNG, JTA Chairman Scott McCaleb said.
The station is another testament to the area’s growing interest in natural gas.
“It helps elevate Jacksonville’s position as a leader in natural gas,” Mayor Alvin Brown said at the groundbreaking.
The hope with the area facility, which will be used by JTA’s bus fleet, is to provide the infrastructure for other businesses to begin converting some of their vehicles.
“It builds the momentum everyone is focused on,” said Brad Thoburn, vice president of long-range planning and system development for JTA.
To build the station, Clean Energy will spend about $8.1 million, he said. In turn, JTA will pay about $2 per diesel equivalent gallon of gas, about 70 cents of which will go to pay back construction costs. JTA also pledged to buy 140,000 gallon equivalents of CNG the first year.
That will be made easier with the 100 buses the JTA had ordered: 20 new CNG buses per year for five years, said Thoburn. Each bus comes fully equipped and costs about $570,000.
VATICAN CITY — He warns of “synthetic agrotoxins” harming birds and insects and “bioaccumulation” from industrial waste. He calls for renewable fuel subsidies and “maximum energy efficiency.” And although he offers prayers at the beginning and end of his heavily anticipated missive on the environment, Pope Francis unmasks himself not only as a very green pontiff, but also as a total policy wonk.
In the 192-page paper released Thursday, Francis lays out the argument for a new partnership between science and religion to combat human-driven climate change — a position bringing him immediately into conflict with skeptics, whom he chides for their “denial.”
Francis urges taking public transit, carpooling, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights, recycling — and boycotting certain products.
He called for an “ecological conversion” for the faithful.
“It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment,” he writes.
By Rupsa.Chakraborty | Jun 18, 2015, 02.00 AM
It might not shock you if told that Delhi is the most polluted city in the world (World Health Organisation report last year). But what if you get to know that the air you are breathing in aapnu Amdavad is more poisonous? Ahmedabad records the highest dangerous concentration of air pollutants in the country on certain days every month, if the data procured from the state's first air quality index station in Maninagar is anything to go by.
But if you think that air pollution is highest in industrial areas, you are mistaken. The air in commercial and residential areas is most poisonous with highest concentration of unhealthy pollutants. Ashram Road and Sabarmati are the most polluted in the city, while air pollution is within limit in Narol and Odhav, data from Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) suggests (see box for pollution levels in different areas).
ASHRAM ROAD MOST POLLUTED
On Ashram Road, the concentration of particulate matter PM 2.5 and PM 10 (particulate matter) is considered most serious and can cause respiratory diseases and other health problems. It has recorded PM 2.5 levels of 504 microgram per metric cube (μg/M3), while the permissible limit was 200 μg/M3. Further, the area records PM 10 which is 97 per cent above the limit level. Closely following in second place is Sabarmati. The permissible level of PM 2.5 is 200 μg/M3 whereas it has gone up to 367 μg/M3, which is 83 per cent higher than the permissible air pollution limit.
Trillium Building Second Station for Huge CNG School Bus Fleet
NGT News on Tuesday June 16, 2015
Trillium CNG, a business unit of Integrys Energy Group Inc., has been selected to design, build, operate and maintain a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
Trillium CNG says this will become the second fueling station the company has built and operated for LAUSD, whose massive fleet includes 530 CNG buses for the 2014-2015 school year.
The new facility, located at the district's San Julian Garage near downtown Los Angeles, will feature 102 time-fill posts and a single fast-fill dispenser, with CNG dispensed overnight using two 150 hp compressors. Trillium expects the site to deliver 500,000 GGE annually.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for late July, and Trillium plans to have the new facility operating by October. The company will maintain the station for the next 15 years.
Over a decade ago, Trillium designed and built a CNG station for the exclusive use of LAUSD. The existing station is located at the school district’s garage in Gardena, Calif, and Trillium leases the premises from LAUSD.
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The largest Gain Clean Fuel public access cng station in the US is open for business in Edwardsville, Ill. just east of St. Louis.
Unilever has contracted to buy 800,000 gallons of fuel per year from the four-lane fueling facility.
how many trucks you reckon ???
Natural Gas Boom Prompts Questions in Congress on the Industry's Future
By Lauren Gardner
Roll Call Staff
June 12, 2015, 6:32 p.m.
The domestic natural-gas boom couldn’t have come at a better time for President Barack Obama. His first term started amid a recession and with a legislative failure to cap U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, but ended with natural gas hitting historically low prices that helped fuel an energy and manufacturing jobs comeback.
The Energy Information Administration — the Energy Department’s statistical arm — in most scenarios projects the United States will balance energy imports and exports between 2020 and 2030, thanks to the boom. And the United States has been the world’s top natural-gas producer since 2012.
But the fortunes brought in by the current glut could evaporate quickly. Increased demand might lead to price spikes, and pipeline constraints may prevent some markets from enjoying the newfound bounty. New scientific research about the amount of climate-warming methane emitted during natural-gas production and transmission also could spell trouble for continued reliance on the fuel as the United States moves to shrink its carbon footprint.
The key to the industry’s future lies partly in how it responds to growing grass-roots movements to mobilize opposition to drilling and pipelines, according to policy advocates and those with a stake in the industry.
“Frankly, I think the biggest threat to the future of unconventional gas development in the United States is sloppy production practices and lax regulation that end up convincing local communities that the risks ... in their communities are unacceptable,” said Mark Brownstein, who manages the Environmental Defense Fund’s work on natural gas issues.
There are at least five big issues that will determine how long the U.S. can sustain its leadership position in natural gas — and whether staying on top makes sense in the context of global