Government can Save Billions with NGVs in USA – Clean Skies Report

The American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF) issued a new report that urges the federal government to switch its transportation contractors to carriers that fuel on domestic fuels such as natural gas.  By switching just 20% of its business to carriers who fuel on domestic alternative fuels, the federal government can save up to $7 billion annually on transportation services.

Follow the link for further details about the American Clean Skies Foundation report.

40% Renewable Methane Target for Finland’s Transport Sector

Roadmap to renewable methane economy -FinlandRoadmap Report Summary now available in English

Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications set up a “Future motive powers in transport” task force in January 2012 define targets and plans for achieving them, for different transport sectors including road, rail, water and air transport in 2020 and 2050.

A sector report covering renewable methane (see endnote) was prepared by the Finnish Biogas Association and North Karelian Traffic Biogas Network Development Programme. A 31 page summary in English of the full interim 133 page Finnish report has recently been published – “Roadmap to renewable methane economy.”

The report outlines a target of 40% use of renewable methane in the transport sector by 2050. This includes the road transport sector, with an interim goal of 2% use by 2020, and the marine sector, which will see at least 20 vessels running on biomethane by 2020.

The final report of the task force will be published in spring 2013.

Endnote: Renewable methane means biomethane, wind methane, solar methane and other methane fuels produced by renewable energy sources.

More information – NGV Global News item: Finnish Transport Sector Sets 40% Renewable Methane Target.

“Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future” – US National Petroleum Council Report Released

A two year study by the National Petroleum Council concludes that natural gas is a promising alternative fuel for on-road transportation from both an economic and technology perspective. The study looked at both light and heavy duty applications.

“There are competing priorities in the pursuit of new fuel and vehicle technologies that are reliable, affordable and environmentally advanced and natural gas is well-positioned within the study,” said Karen Hamberg, Vice President of Sustainable Energy Futures at Westport.

The study also analyzed four other fuel pathways, including hydrocarbon liquids, biofuels, electricity, and hydrogen, as well as the fuel-vehicle systems that may develop over the next several decades.

Included in the report summary are the following natural gas insights (abbreviated):

  • Increased long-term low-cost supply can drive increased use of natural gas for transportation
  • There is opportunity for LD and HD natural gas vehicles to become attractive to both retail and fleet consumers
  • Few technological barriers exist
  • ICE enhancements can translate to NG engines
  • Build-out of infrastructure is critical

The Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future Final Report is available by clicking here.

More information – NGV Global News item, U.S. Transportation Sector Report Acknowledges Importance of Natural Gas as Transportation Fuel.

US State Governments Set NGV Fleet Acquisitions in Motion

The Department of Central Services from the U.S. State of Oklahoma has issued a request for proposals (RFP) that could eventually lead to the purchase of thousands of compressed natural gas powered vehicles.  NGVAmerica says 21 states have joined the initiative, including the thirteen states that previously signed onto the NGV MOU (Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming), plus eight more states (Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia). Other states are invited to participate as well.

See NGV Global News for more details about the US state government NGV acquisition program.

NGV Global 2011 Statistics Show Irrepressible Growth of NGVs

The 2011 list of the top 10 countries with the most number of NGVs globally remains the same but in different order. Iran tops the list with 2.859 million followed by Pakistan with 2.85 million while China has moved from 7th place last year to 6th, with 1 million vehicles.  The overall total sums to more than 15 million natural gas vehicles recorded across 84 countries at the end of 2011, rising from the end 2010 figure of 12,674,402. That represents growth of 19.9% over 2010, 33.7% since 2009.

Follow this link to our NGV statistics and this one to an NGV Global news item on the same subject.

Gazprom Coordinates Meeting to Boost Natural Gas Fuel Uptake in Russia

Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, moderated an inter-disciplinary meeting on boosting the use of natural gas vehicle (NGV) fuel.  The meeting participants such as the senior officials from specialized Russian ministries, leading oil companies (Rosneft and LUKOIL), large producers of motor vehicles (KAMAZ, GAZ Group, Machinery & Industrial Group, Yo-AUTO and Russian Railways), executive authorities of Russian constituents as well as the structural units and subsidiaries of Gazprom, addressed the key aspects of the NGV fuel market advancement in Russia.  Gazprom challenged the meeting participants to significantly expand the NGV business in Russia and create a huge gas sales market on its basis to be fed with Gazprom’s gas.

See NGV Global News for more details about the natural gas vehicle in Russia meeting.

US MOVE Program to Advance Innovative Natural Gas Vehicle Technologies

Last February 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy launched a new $30 million program, titled Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy (MOVE).  Currently, there are now 13 projects that have been selected in total to be funded under this program, with each project aiming to find new ways of harnessing America’s abundant natural gas supplies for cars and trucks and expand the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel.  The projects will also focus on developing natural gas compressors that make it easier for consumers to re-fuel at home.

See NGV Global News for more information about the Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy program.

Germanischer Lloyd Report on costs and benefits of LNG as ship fuel for container vessels

Report by Germanischer Lloyd on Costs and benefits of LNG as ship fuel for container vessels states:

Using LNG as ship fuel promises less emissions and, given the right circumstances, less fuel costs. The attractiveness of LNG as ship fuel compared to scrubber systems is dominated by three parameters:

  • Investment costs for LNG tank system
  • Price difference between LNG and HFO
  • Share of operation inside ECA

With 65% ECA exposure, LNG system payback time below two years is predicted for the smaller vessel sizes (using the standard fuel price scenario).

For the 2,500 TEU vessel, a comparison of payback times for the scrubber and for the LNG system, and varying LNG prices, shows that the LNG system is attractive as long as LNG (delivered to the ship) is as expensive as or cheaper than HFO, when the fuels are compared on their energy content. Read more »

UK Biomethane Day 2012

The first UK Biomethane Day 2012 was held June 26, 2012 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.  The event was staged as part of the Green Gas Grids Project, which is a pan European collaboration aimed at promoting the benefits of biomethane injection and its purpose was to give the audience a detailed briefing in relation to biomethane injection.

The success of this first event ensured continuity through 2017. The event is run by REA and CNG Services and it is the largest gathering in the gas-to-grid industry. With 84 plants having injected biomethane by the end of 2016, “Green Gas” is starting to make a material contribution on the UK’s path to lower carbon.

More information on the UK Biomethane Day can be found on the CNG Services website.