Japan Update 2017

Isuzu GIGA CNG truck

Isuzu GIGA CNG truck

Number of NGVs as at 30 September 2017: 46,316.

NGVs include 2,412 forklifts, more than 10,000 small cars and almost 20,000 trucks.

Filling Stations: 693 – 270 rapid refueling stations; 423 booster fueling device – slow fill Read more »

CNG Standard Published by Mexican Government

Mexico’s National Agency of Industrial Safety and Protection of the Environment of the Hydrocarbons Sector has published a new CNG standard for the country that sets out the requirements for Compressed Natural Gas filling stations and much more. It is referred to as the Official Mexican Standard NOM-010-ASEA-2016 (Standard), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Read more »

NGV Standards – USA

In the United States, two entities are responsible for the development of standards pertaining to vehicles that use, and filling stations that dispense, natural gas fuel.

CSA Group, a not-for-profit standards organization, is responsible for vehicle and station standards for compressed and liquefied natural gas vehicles. (www.csagroup.org)

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a United States trade association, also has some jurisdiction. (www.nfpa.org) Read more »

US DOE Reports CNG Price Varies Little Over 16 Years

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) reported in January 2017 that based on data from selected dates between 2000 and 2016, two fuels stand out for their low price variability – Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and electricity.

The DOE states: “Retail prices for most transportation fuels have been highly volatile over the past 16 years. The prices are displayed in gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGE) which equate the energy content of any motor fuel to that of a gallon of gasoline. The prices are collected in gallons (except for CNG and electricity) and are converted to GGE. In this figure, the prices were also adjusted for inflation to 2016 dollars.” Read more »

NGV Statistics Updated

NGV Global has updated it’s report on the number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and refuelling stations, country by country. According to the information we have to hand, there are now more than 23 million NGVs in the world. Growth is forecast to exceed 30 million by 2024. Read more »

Renewable Natural Gas for Transportation (Paper)

On August 1, 2012, The National Petroleum Council (NPC) in approving its report, Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future, also approved the making available of certain materials used in the study process, including detailed, specific subject matter papers prepared or used by the study’s Task Groups and/or Subgroups. NPC has kindly agreed that one of those reports: Topic Paper #22 — Renewable Natural Gas for Transportation: An Overview of the Feedstock Capacity, Economics, and GHG Emission Reduction Benefits of RNG as a Low-Carbon Fuel — also be made available from the IANGV Knowledgebase website. Read more »

NGV Inspections in USA

In the U.S.A., the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has jurisdiction concerning vehicle safety It requires that all CNG fuel storage cylinders have a label that (1) states the date of manufacture and the date that the cylinder is required to be removed from service (typically 15-20 years), and (2) instructs the vehicle owner/operator to have a qualified visual inspection of the tank every 36,000 miles or every 3 years (whichever occurs first) and/or after an accident or fire. Converters and vehicle owners should have documentation that this safety inspection has been done. Inspections are performed to look for tank and bracket damage (e.g., gouges, cuts, abrasions, dents, corrosion, rust, general wear, etc.). Qualified cylinder inspectors are located throughout the US and Canada. The cost/time associated with a cylinder inspection is minimal.

European Clean Fleets Project 2012-2015

Commencing 1st August 2012, the European Commission Intelligent Energy Initiative (IEE) implemented up a three-year Clean Fleets project, providing forms of assistance to vehicle procurers in Europe to meet obligations under EC Clean Vehicles Directive (CVD) , which has now been integrated into national law in all EU Member States. The directive — 2009/33/EC — presently supports three main alternative types of fuels and propulsion technologies which are being developed within the time horizon of 2020. Natural gas and biomethane fuels are included. The Clean Fleets project is set to conclude in September 2015. Read more »

U.S. Alt-Fuels Data Center — Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool

The U.S. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Agency, part of the federal Department of Energy, has introduced a Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool to help vehicle fleet operators reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Owners and Operators can create a comprehensive plan for their fleet by using several savings methods. The tool caters for multiple vehicle types.

Available here: afdc.energy.gov/prep/