May 202014
 

Onsite Liquefaction Unit from Argentina Fills ‘Huge Gap.’

Got access to a pipeline and need LNG for vehicles? Don’t care to invest in a massive industrial installation?

“This is a huge gap in the market,” says Joseph Shinn of Southern California’s Clean Fuel Connection. His firm represents Argentina’s Galileo, promoting Galileo’s Cryobox, a $4.5 million unit that can produce some 9,000 gallons of LNG onsite using pipeline gas.

Cryobox handles inlet pressures of 160 to 725 psi.

A ‘Compact and Transportable Module’

Galileo, one of the grand names in GNV – gas natural vehicular – in Latin America, offers too a wide range of CNG fueling solutions, like Microbox and Nanobox compressor packages, and modular virtual pipeline units for transporting CNG in quantity
by truck.

Cryobox is said to have all the capabilities of a large scale LNG plant in a “compact and transportable module which shares the off-the-shelf components and main features of Galileo’s compressor packages, namely: modularity, low weight, economies in transport and ease of installation.

Clean Fuel Connection also handles equipment for charging electric vehicles.

Galileo U.S. / Clean Fuel Connection, Joseph Shinn, 626-445-1445, ext 103; mobile 818-209-2771;joseph@cleanfuelconnection.com; www.cleanfuelconnection.com

Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.

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 Posted by at 9:19 pm
Jan 252014
 

Buquebus has been honored with the annual Black Diamond Award. This award is given to the top LNG fuel project to advance technology, open new markets, and achieve the smoothest execution considering the degree of difficulty.

The awarding was held during the last edition of the World LNG Fuels conference, which took place on January 21-23, 2013, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, in Houston, TX, USA. The event is the largest and oldest conference to focus on advancing markets for LNG as transportation fuel and its award is given for achieving the highest standards across four criteria: a) technological innovation, b) project execution, c) market impact and d) risk taken.

“We are very pleased with this reognition given to Buquebus, since we are deeply involved with their project by being the developers of the seven Cryobox® Nano LNG-Stations that will supply the LNG for its Francisco high speed Ro-Ro ship,” says Osvaldo del Campo, Galileo´s CEO.

These Galileo’s state-of-the-art liquefiers will supply the 66 tons per day (ton/day) of LNG required by for the Francisco´s two daily frequencies between Montevideo, Uruguay, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, which involves the transport of up to 1,000 passengers and 150 cars at cruising speeds around 50 knots.

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 Posted by at 7:30 pm
Jan 202014
 

Meet Galileo at the World LNG Fuels 2014 conference! Our CEO, Osvaldo delCampo will speaking during the Breakout Sessions. He will be discussing the paradigm shift in small-scale LNG production and the technology behind this shift.

ABOUT WORLD LNG FUELS 2014

For the first time in a half century, energy suppliers in China, the United States, Canada, Northern Europe, Australia, Africa and parts of Latin America are contemplating displacing their imported crude oil with domestically produced natural gas. 

In this fourth year, the World LNG Fuels Conference creates an environment conducive to business development, market awareness, and cultivation of new relationships. The event attracts key decision-makers, buyers and influencers representing across the LNG fuel spectrum.

CONSIDER THESE FACTS:

  • Gas-bearing shale deposits have now been discovered in more than 47 countries, most of which are dependent on oil imports.
  • Each is initiating efforts to switch transportation, especially heavy-duty trucks, ships and locomotives, to natural gas. These are best suited for LNG.
  • More than a quarter of world energy production, nearly 90 million barrels of petroleum, is consumed every day by transportation.
  • That’s 15 times the energy represented by world LNG trade.
  • In the U.S., heavy duty trucks alone consume some 94 million gallons of diesel daily (110 million metric tons per year).
  • That’s enough diesel to fill Houston’s Reliant Stadium 51 times.
  • Commercial marine vessels consume another 22.1 million gallons per day. U.S. locomotives consume 11.4 million gallons and drilling rigs, 2.1 million gallons per day.
  • If the U.S. were to convert these markets to LNG, it would represent a market about half of world LNG trade.
  • The U.S. represents only 19% of the world petroleum market.
  • If all heavy duty transportation – trucks, commercial vessels, locomotives and drilling rigs – were to convert to LNG, some 600 million tonnes would be needed globally every year.
  • Carbon emissions would fall by almost 0.7 billion tonnes annually.
  • Diesel smoke and diesel sulfur emissions, which contribute to acid rain, would disappear.
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 Posted by at 9:11 pm
Nov 072011
 

Riverside California CNG Station

“CNG station in a Box”

For the past 30 years Galileo has been changing the way people around the world think about CNG refueling. Now, Galileo’s innovative fueling system is available in the United States. The Galileo station at 3096 Cottage Avenue in Riverside, California provides a side by side comparison of old vs. new technology.  The new station provides over 4 times the flow of the old station with the same inlet pressure and power.

Old System New System
Flow: 153 SCFM Flow: 613 SCFM
6 large storage bottles take up space Buffer storage included inside cabinet
No monitoring system Sophisticated remote monitoring alert system
Over 200db Aproximately 75db

Galileo’s Enersave system reduces operating costs by controlling energy use.  The smart software controls the variable speed motor to avoid electrical demand peaks and even “learns” the compressor’s daily duty cycle to anticipate fueling needs.

The natural gas is cooled at each stage of the compression cycle.  The cooled gas goes directly to the dispenser, and provides a full “fill” regardless of ambient temperature.

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Sep 122011
 

Natural Gas for Trucking Building Momentum

Sales of trucks powered by natural gas will grow faster than the rest of the North American Market over the next several years, according to Frost & Sullivan, an industry analysis firm.

A new report predicts that North American sales of Class 6-8 LNG and CNG vehicles will rise to nearly 30,000 by 2017. That’s up from just 1,950 last year, slightly less than 1% of North American sales.

The researchers estimated that the total truck market will grow from 226,400 vehicles last year to 371,700 in 2017, and by that point nearly 8% of sales will be powered by some form of natural gas.

One of the stumbling blocks to fleets using natural gas is the higher up-front cost. The Frost & Sullivan report said while a basic Class 8 diesel tractor costs $100,000 to $150,000, but natural gas engines add $28,000 to $72,500, depending on the type of natural gas ignition technology used.

In some areas, government programs are helping out. For instance, the Ryder/San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Natural Gas Vehicle project has allowed the company to secure lease agreements for 90 natural-gas trucks in its Southern California fleet.

The Ryder/SANBAG project is part of a joint public/private partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, San Bernardino Associated Governments, Southern California Association of Governments, and Ryder.

The $38.7 million project includes:
* 202 natural gas vehicles available for lease or rent
* three strategically located natural gas compliance maintenance shops in Rancho Dominguez, Orange and Fontana
* two fueling stations.

Even without government subsidies, analysts at Frost & Sullivan said fleets can get their money’s worth as long as natural gas prices are $1.50 less per gallon-equivalent than diesel fuel. The researchers said most fleets they have studied pay $1.65 to $1.80 per natural gas gallon equivalent, significantly lower than the $4 a gallon diesel is running at the pump these days.

Read the full Story At Trucking Info

Sep 082011
 

Natural gas-powered Ford taxis start rolling in Orange County

An Orange County taxi company became the first cab business in California to put new compressed natural gas-powered Ford Transit Connect Taxis into service.

California Yellow Cab of Orange County started using the first 10 of 50 Transit Connect Taxis it plans to put into service by 2012.

Yellow Cab of Anaheim also has ordered 69 of the vehicles. That means that soon more than 100 of the distinct, boxy Transit Connects will be plying Orange County streets. The CNG-powered Ford-built taxis are already in use in Chicago, Las Vegas, New York and St. Louis. They cost about $35,000.

The taxis are based on the gasoline-powered version of the Transit Connect, a small van popular as a delivery or commercial vehicle. Dallas-based BAF Technologies is retrofitting the taxis as natural gas vehicles certified by the California Air Resources Board.

The Air Resources Board encourages the use of natural gas-powered vehicles because they are less polluting than autos with standard gasoline engines.

Taxi companies and other businesses like them because natural gas costs less than gasoline.

“We have a situation here in Orange County where the per gallon equivalent of CNG is almost $2 less than the price of a gallon of traditional fuel. Given that, along with the increased infrastructure support, it’s not hard to see why it makes sense for us to go with the CNG-powered Transit Connect Taxi,” said Tim Conlon, president and general manager of California Yellow Cab.

Orange County has 30 compressed natural gas filling stations.

“Our goal is to convert our entire fleet to alternative fuels,” Conlon said.

Read the full Story At Los Angeles Times

Sep 072011
 

Staples to add 10 CNG tractors to California fleet

Ryder System will supply 10 compressed natural gas (CNG) heavy-duty tractors to the dedicate fleet for office products company Staples, the company has announced.

The tractors will be the first of their kind in Staples’ third-party dedicated operations and will replace 10 diesel tractors currently used by Ryder in the fleet. The trucks are part of the $38.7 million Ryder/San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) project.

The project is a public/private partnership between the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the California Energy Commission, the Southern California Assn. of Governments Clean Cities Coalition, and Ryder. It includes the purchase of 202 natural gas vehicles, the upgrades to three Ryder maintenance facilities to support natural gas use, and the construction of two fueling stations.

The CNG tractors will be used to transport inventory to Staples stores in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and the Inland Empire, and will be serviced out of Ryder’s maintenance facilities in Southern California, Ryder said.

Read the full Story At Fleet Owner