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Positive Results for NGV Safety from UNECE Meeting

Under the umbrella of the UNECE’s Group of Experts on General Safety, which met in Geneva on 8-12th October 2018, a busy agenda of natural gas vehicle (NGV) activities across a wide variety of topics has been attended by NGV Global.  The agenda included provisions for the testing of compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders (with mirror provisions for LNG tanks) and several new CNG/LNG technologies introduced to legitimise their use on vehicles.

NGV Global has been participating in an ad hoc task force on compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders led by Germany and involving Italy and a host of CNG cylinder companies and auto manufacturers concerning test procedures for CNG cylinders.

Two meetings held in 2018 in Cologne resulted in new provisions (under UN Regulation No. 110 (CNG and LNG vehicles) in relation to the inspection of CNG cylinders, with points of difference being largely resolved at the Geneva meeting.  The nature and purpose of testing, cylinder certification, and support for in-country procedures was addressed. For the next meeting (GRSG-116), NGV Global will be working with the International Auto Manufacturer’s Association (OICA) to provide clarifying definitions to distinguish between ‘periodic technical inspection’ and ‘requalification.’

New technologies relating to the storage and delivery of gas on board natural gas vehicles (NGVs) were presented for consideration and inclusion. Additionally, appropriate language was approved to include the use of natural gas as a power source for on-board ancillary equipment.

Terminology defining a ‘Gas Injector’ and ‘Gas Flow Adjuster’ was also approved, as was wording to allow for a transitional period for the industry to introduce new technologies.

Source: NGV Global

Natural Gas Utility Purchases GoFlo® CNG80 Mobile Compressor

Onboard Dynamics has successfully delivered their GoFlo® CNG80 mobile compressor unit to NW Natural, the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. The unit is being used to fill tube trailers for bringing compressed natural gas (CNG) to where it is needed throughout the company’s service territory.

The initial GoFlo® mobile compressor was delivered in September to NW Natural’s Sherwood, Oregon service centre. It can also be used to compress renewable natural gas (RNG) into tube trailers at remote locations for injection into distribution systems.

“The GoFlo® has a unique design that we feel will help to expand CNG adoption throughout the Northwest,” says Chris Kroeker, product manager for Natural Gas Vehicles at NW Natural. “We’re excited to test its performance as we incorporate it into our operations.”

Unlike most compressed natural gas (CNG) compressors that rely on electricity for power, the GoFlo® uses natural gas as its power source. This unique feature gives companies the ability to deploy the unit in many different capacities. It can be moved to remote locations to assist with maintenance projects or can be used to quickly establish a CNG refuelling station at locations where infrastructure doesn’t currently exist.

“We’re really enthusiastic to be working with NW Natural as they roll out our GoFlo® compressor into their refuelling network,” said Rita Hansen, CEO of Onboard Dynamics. “Their early adoption of our technology has helped us to successfully bring it to market.”

“There’s a need for cleaner transit in Portland,” added Hansen. “The GoFlo® provides a cost-effective refuelling option for vehicles running on clean burning natural and renewable natural gas.”

Source: Onboard Dynamics

IVECO Debuts Europe’s First Ever CNG Ambulance in Spain

IVECO, aware of the importance of the emergency sector and the transport of patients, recently presented the Daily Blue Power NP van, powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), leading the market in terms of connectivity and sustainability. The Tenorio Group, with extensive experience in the sector and a fleet of 1,000 vehicles, was the first company in Europe to bet on an emergency vehicle powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), thus providing an added service to society.

Cristian Tenorio, General Manager of the Group, said: “Our commitment to natural gas is the first key step to protect the environment and eliminate engine noise, thus achieving greater comfort for the patients we transport. This acquisition is the first from a long list; we want that, in the future, more than 50% of our fleet will feature natural gas vehicles.”

The IVECO Daily Blue Power NP 12 m3 van is part of the greenest family on the market, the Daily Blue Power range. The model is the first light commercial natural gas vehicle with 8-speed automatic transmission. This version improves what was already the best solution for urban transport, offering a perfect combination: the sustainability of natural gas technology, the IVECO Natural Power, and maximum comfort at the wheel, thanks to its exclusive Hi-Matic automatic transmission.

This vehicle meets the well-known robustness, performance and reliability of the Daily, increasing the degree of comfort and reducing fuel consumption, with a very low level of polluting emissions, and with the best manoeuvrability within its category. It has a F1C engine of 3 litres that generates a power of 136 CV, with a maximum pair of 350 Nm, and fulfils with the of the Euro 6/D emission standard, reducing particle emissions by 76% and NOx emissions by 12% compared to its diesel version.

Source: IVECO

SEAT and AFGNV Partner to Promote Natural Gas as a Fuel in France

SEAT President Luca de Meo and the President of the Association Française du Gaz Naturel pour Véhicules (AFGNV), Jean-Claude Girot, have signed a strategic agreement to promote joint innovation projects and expand the use of natural gas in the area of mobility in France. This long-term partnership is a further step in SEAT’s strategy to spearhead growth in the segment of cars fuelled with compressed natural gas (CNG) and consolidates the company as an international benchmark.

SEAT President Luca de Meo emphasised that “with this agreement we reaffirm our commitment to developing compressed natural gas as an alternative fuel. Compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles actively contribute to efficient mobility in cities, reducing emissions and fulfilling new environmental criteria.”

The AFGNV is an organisation which gathers French public, economic and industrial stakeholders, and its goal is to promote the development and use of natural gas and biogas as fuels in France. Its members include the Association Française du Gaz, vehicle manufacturers, businesses in the gas, automotive and mechanical sectors, and natural gas distributors and suppliers.

AFGNV President Jean-Claude Girot explained that “we are pleased that SEAT has joined our association, which rallies and mobilises a sector of the future with a view to sustainable growth. Their expertise will enhance that which is contributed by the 90 current members.”

Source: SEAT

Repsol Advocates Natural Gas a Key Energy Source for Decarbonisation

Repsol Chairman Antonio Brufau opened the fourth edition of the company’s Energy for Europe Conferences in Brussels, attended by European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska and other members of the European Parliament.

During his address, Brufau emphasized the need for regulation that facilitates the energy transition while maintaining the competitiveness of Europe’s energy industry.

Brufau reiterated his advocacy of natural gas as the cornerstone of achieving global CO2 emission reduction goals in the short term, making it a key energy source, along with renewables, for replacing coal in electricity generation.

Brufau also stressed that it is essential to continue innovating and developing new technologies through sustainable funding, to achieve an energy transition that will lead to a more efficient, dynamic, and environmentally-sustainable model.

“We want in Europe a smart, clean and competitive industry, which can deliver sustainable growth and quality jobs”, said Elżbieta Bieńkowska. “Innovation is crucially important in all sectors, also to turn the challenges of reducing emissions into opportunities.”

Source: Repsol

Skoda to Launch CNG Octavia G-TEC at Paris Motor Show

At the 2018 Paris Motor Show from October 2 to 10, 2018; Skoda the Czech brand will be demonstrating how the driver and their environment are becoming ever more closely connected. At its stand, visitors attending the show will be able to experience technologies and services virtually which make easier and more sustainable everyday mobility.

The Czech brand will be presenting its new Octavia G-TEC with more power and greater range when running on compressed natural gas (CNG). The Skoda Octavia G-TEC comes with a new, more powerful 1.5-litre TSI engine (96 kW / 130 PS). Running on compressed natural gas (CNG) reduces CO2 emissions by around 25% compared to petrol. In addition, significantly less NOx is emitted and there are no soot particles.

The Skoda Octavia G-TEC is exclusively available as a COMBI and in the Active, Ambition and Style trim levels. It complies with the currently strictest EU6d-TEMP emissions standard and achieves a range of 480 km when travelling purely on environmentally friendly natural gas. Its three compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks have a combined total capacity of 17.7 kg. An 11.8-litre petrol tank ensures mobility in regions with no natural gas fuelling stations.

Source: Skoda

Skoda Octavia G-TEC Offers Extra Power and Increased CNG Range

In the international market, Skoda has upgraded its range of eco-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. The Skoda Octavia G-TEC is now powered by a new and more powerful 1.5-litre TSI engine that generates 128bhp of power. The vehicle is exclusively available in a Combi body style in Active, Ambition and Style trims. The company claims that it achieves a range of 480-kilometres in the eco-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) mode.

The new 1.5-litre engine in the Skoda Octavia G-TEC has an output of 128bhp of power, about 19bhp more powerful than its predecessor. The vehicle also complies with EU6d-TEMP, the most stringent current emission standard. The car switches to the petrol mode automatically once the compressed natural gas (CNG) supply is run out and uses the 11.8-litre petrol in the additional tank. The new engine comes mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission.

The Skoda Connect online services for the G-TEC also includes the Emergency Call and Care Connect. The app also gives details to the driver about the remaining compressed natural gas (CNG), petrol and overall range.

Source: Skoda

SoCalGas to Offer Renewable Natural Gas at its Fuelling Stations for the First Time

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) will soon begin using renewable natural gas for the first time at the 25 utility-owned natural gas vehicle (NGV) fuelling stations across its service territory, as well as at six sites in the San Diego area. Last month, the utility received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for a pilot program to purchase the renewable fuel and capture the additional environmental credits generated. It expects to complete gas purchase agreements in the near future.

Renewable natural gas is produced from the methane generated in landfills, wastewater treatment plants, food processing and dairies and depending on its source, can be low-carbon or in some cases, even carbon-negative.

“Using renewable natural gas at our stations will help clean the air for Southern California communities and support the state’s clean energy future,” said Sharon Tomkins, SoCalGas’ vice president of customer solutions and strategy.

As California policymakers have sought to expand the production and use of renewable energy, SoCalGas has been working to expand the production and use of renewable natural gas in California.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States.

Source: SoCalGas

Itaipú and CIBiogás Present Audi A5 Sportback G-Tron Fuelled by Natural Gas

Itaipu Binacional and the International Center for Renewable Energies – Biogas (CIBiogás) presented the Audi A5 Sportback G-Tron on September 10, 2018; designed to work with natural gas as the main fuel.

Launched recently in the European market, the vehicle represents an important innovation framework for the exclusive use of renewable resources in its production. In addition, the Audi A5 Sportback G-Tron is designed to work on natural gas as the main fuel guaranteeing the absorption of all the CO2 emissions generated in its production and petrol as a secondary option.

It will be the first tests with a vehicle with this technology covered by the factory conducted by teams of Itaipu and CIBiogás. The guests will be able to know the advantages of this technology tuned with the most modern sustainable mobility trends.

The arrival of the A5 Sportback G-Tron for a test phase is a recognition of Audi’s pioneering action in Brazil conducted by Itaipu and CIBiogás.

Source: Itaipú and CIBiogás

GAIN Clean Fuel Expands to Support Growing Natural Gas Market

GAIN Clean Fuel/U.S. Gain, a division of U.S. Venture, Inc., is pleased to announce two new hires and a promotion as part of a strategic move to support growing demand for natural gas within the transportation sector.

Randy Richards joins GAIN Clean Fuel as a business development manager to promote the adoption of compressed natural gas (CNG) and renewable natural gas (RNG) as an alternative fuel within the areas of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma.

“GAIN Clean Fuel has a broad product and service offering, and I look forward to providing unique and flexible solutions to our customers,” Richards says. “This includes expanding Gain’s established CNG infrastructure, providing RNG to fleets seeking greenhouse gas emission reductions and processing grants to offset incremental vehicle costs, strengthening the economic value proposition for fleets seeking clean fuel solutions.”

It’s exciting to join a company that continually strives to deliver on its vision, invests in its people, and provides their customers with innovative, cutting-edge solutions,” Richards adds. “I intend to bring the company’s core values to an audience of new customers who are looking for a better way to grow and stay relevant in today’s marketplace.”

Marci LaMantia has been hired to focus on market development throughout North America. In her role, LaMantia will identify progressive companies looking to either adopt or expand use of compressed natural gas (CNG), educating them on the benefits of partnering with GAIN Clean Fuel to meet their financial and sustainability goals.

Marci brings more than 20 years of experience within the natural gas vehicle (NGV) market, most recently holding account executive and market development positions with Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). During Marci’s tenure, she was responsible for the dramatic growth of compressed natural gas (CNG) infrastructure and natural gas vehicle (NGV) adoption of leading school districts, transit authorities and municipalities fleets within Southern California.

To continuously provide industry-leading customer support, GAIN Clean Fuel is proud to promote Sara Wiegert to national account manager. She will be responsible for creating outstanding experiences for the company’s customers. Sara will work closely with the business development managers on growth and relationship management within GAIN Clean Fuel’s customer base, further allowing the sales staff to focus on new customer acquisition. Sara brings a strong supply chain, project management and customer service background to the team.

“I’m passionate about the satisfaction of our customers and am excited to find efficiencies throughout their alternative fuel journey, Wiegert says. “Ultimately, I want fleets to be proud of their decision to transition to NGVs, as well as partner with GAIN Clean Fuel.”

“The expansion of our sales team is strategic for us – bringing a broader set of industry knowledge and connections,” says Scott Hanstedt, director of sales for GAIN Clean Fuel. “We’re well-positioned to be the fuel provider of choice for fleets seeking emission reductions and economic savings.”

Source: U.S. Gain