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Kathryn Clay Natural Gas Vehicle Research & Development Workshop

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office is hosting a workshop for natural gas vehicle (NGV) stakeholders on July 25 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO.  The purpose of the workshop is to understand and prioritize the research needs necessary to increase the efficiency and reduce emissions of medium- and heavy-duty NGVs.

The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill recommended that up to $15 million be appropriated to DOE in FY17 for medium- and heavy-duty on-road natural gas engine research and development.  One of the goals of this workshop is to inform DOE about a Funding Opportunity Announcement that is expected later this year.

NGVAmerica has been working closely with DOE on organizing the workshop and has provided detail of its members’ top research and development (R&D) priorities. The top R&D priorities as agreed to by the NGVAmerica Technology & Development Committee are as follows:

  • Improve natural gas engine efficiency
  • Increase the development of 0.02 g/b-hp NOx  certified engines
  • Develop lower emission engines and after-treatment systems
  • Develop and/or integrate smart mobility technologies for communication between CNG fueling stations and onboard vehicle fuel systems
  • Develop technologies for cost reduction of mid-scale CNG fueling compression equipment
  • Develop small scale liquefied natural gas production
  • Develop advanced methods of delivering consistent natural gas quality

NGVAmerica will be participating in the workshop at NREL and will share the results with its membership and the American Gas Association. Please feel free to contact Dan Bowerson (dbowerson@ngvamerica.org), Director of Technology & Development, with any questions on the workshop or R&D priorities.

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Tracy Burleson 2014 New American Home Showcases Emerging Energy Efficiency Technology

The abundance and affordability of natural gas provides many new opportunities to expand its use throughout different sectors of the economy, including increased numbers of uses in the residential sector. The use of natural gas appliances in the home can not only help improve total energy efficiency, but can also help lower your energy bills and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.

Image Courtesy of www.tnah.com

Image Courtesy of www.tnah.com

Visitors to the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, NV next week will have the opportunity to experience these emerging energy-efficient technologies and products first-hand inside the 2014 New American Home. The stunning, 7,400-square-foot home integrates an array of natural gas appliances and features, including a compressed natural gas (CNG) home fueling station supplied by Southwest Gas, which delivers a convenient, on-site way to refuel CNG vehicles using the home’s existing natural gas supply line.The efficiency created by using natural gas is just one of the many ways this home reduces its carbon footprint.

The New American Home was constructed to the highest level of the National Green Building Standard by custom builder Element Building Company with state-of the-art technology, including a solar water heater, photovoltaic panels, closed-cell spray-foam insulation and a weather-sensitive irrigation system that automatically adjusts usage relative to the immediate climate. The house, dubbed the greenest New American Home in the program’s 31-year-history, also features tankless water heaters, hydronic air handlers, intelligent fireplaces and sustainable building materials.

Image Courtesy of www.tnah.com

Image Courtesy of www.tnah.com

Natural gas plays an important role in increasing household energy efficiency while also being extremely cost effective. Appliances using this fuel help consumers save money and increase comfort while improving the environment. According the American Gas Foundation’s new study “Fueling the Future with Nature Gas: Bringing it Home,” households with natural gas heating, cooking and clothes drying spend an average of $654 less annually than households using electricity for the same appliances.

The American Gas Association (AGA) is proud to once again partner with utility member Southwest Gas to deliver clean and efficient natural gas to the New American Home. Utility member Questar will be providing a CNG pickup outside the home, specifically a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4WD Crew Cab 153.7.

This dynamic home will be open for free daily tours from February 4-6 via free shuttle buses (ticket required) departing every half hour from the Las Vegas Convention Center. For a sneak peak of the New American Home, watch this video below:

Reminder: AGA will also be participating in IBS on February 4-6. Stop by booth C2615 to meet with leading manufactures and learn about the latest industry innovations and technology. You can also follow AGA’s livetweet on Twitter using @AGA_naturalgas and #IBSVegas.

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Tracy Burleson World CNG Revved Up to Spotlight NGV Pickup at International Builders’ Show

Guest Blogger: John Hodgkinson on behalf of World CNG

As thousands of construction professionals from across the country arrive at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) Opening Ceremony, a 2013 Ford F150 bi-fuel truck will be on display at the entrance of the Las Vegas Convention Center. World CNG, with the American Gas Association and Southwest Gas, is excited to display the truck at IBS held February 4 – 6, 2014. The Seattle-based company, with additional conversion facilities in Chicago and Las Vegas, specializes in compressed natural gas (CNG) upfits of small and medium-duty passenger and cargo vehicles.

WorldCNG_Passengerside2The 2013 5.0 L Ford F150 is a bi-fuel CNG conversion with 21 Gasoline Gallon Equivalent Cylinder providing an overall range of approximately 750 miles.  With a technical and sales staff that includes some of the industry’s leading experts in CNG vehicle technology, World CNG develops custom CNG conversion packages for pickup truck applications designed to meet the requirements of fleet operations.

According to the new “Fueling the Future of Natural Gas: Bringing it Home” study by the American Gas Foundation and IHS CERA, a natural gas vehicle can save consumers an average of $4,500 in fuel costs over five years compared to a gasoline vehicle.  IHS CERA reports that natural gas prices will remain in the $4-5 per mmBtu range (in constant 2012$) on an annual average through 2035. In contrast, the price of crude oil is projected to be $90 per barrel, or almost $16 per mmBtu. This translates to projected retail costs for gasoline and diesel fuel that are approximately twice the natural gas price. IHS CERA reports that the volume of natural gas used as a transportation fuel in the U.S. will triple by 2020.

In addition to World CNG, AGA will also partner with appliance manufacturers to feature the latest in natural gas technology in booth C2615 located in the Central Concourse of the Convention Center. AGA will be livetweeting throughout IBS and encourages you to join the conversation on Twitter using @aga_naturalgas and #IBSVegas. For more information, contact Tracy Burleson at tburleson@aga.org.

*Statements of fact or opinion in this blog post are the responsibility of World CNG alone and do not imply an opinion or endorsement on the part of the American Gas Association.*

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Lisa O'Leary Universities Making the Grade with Natural Gas

Communications & Marketing Department Intern Terence Edelman contributed to this story.

Universities around the country are looking for ways to reduce their carbon emissions and be more environmentally friendly.  To achieve this, many institutions are moving away from other fuels in favor of efficient, cleaner burning natural gas.

Oberlin College in Ohio has a plan to eliminate their carbon emissions by 2025. In order to achieve this goal the campus is transitioning to gas boilers for the next 12 years, at which point the college plans to switch to electric compressor technology. Their old coal burners, installed in the 1940s, will be taken offline next March and replaced with cleaner burning natural gas. Once the electric compressor technology is utilized, the natural gas plant will serve as a back-up system in the event of an electrical outage, unusually high needs and during maintenance periods.

Lock Haven University (LHU) in Pennsylvania has also found a good use for natural gas.  A university trolley used to transport students around campus was recently converted to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). LHU has other trolleys which burn diesel fuel and are much louder. University spokesperson Keith Roush said the college made the switch to clean, green CNG as a way to cut down on emissions. LHU officials have also stated that they are paying less for the CNG trolley and get comparable miles per gallon as the diesel fuel alternatives.

LHU CNG trolley

Photo Courtesy: Lock Haven University

The University of Colorado (CU) is taking advantage of low and stable natural gas prices and will use natural gas powered turbines to generate electricity and heat for the campus.  CU is developing a $91 million “campus utility system” project to renovate their existing power plant, enabling them to generate steam and electricity from natural gas, all while reducing carbon emissions.

“These enhancements to our power plants so that we can burn natural gas to create electricity will lower our carbon footprint significantly,” said Dave Newport, director of the university’s Environmental Center.

After analyzing a range of alternatives, Pennsylvania State University is converting its coal-powered steam plant to natural gas to upgrade and improve efficiency.  The steam plant, which was built in 1929, consumes 70,000 tons of coal each year. The university expects to recover the investment in the mechanical upgrades through the savings achieved from purchasing lower cost natural gas. To accommodate the increase in natural gas demand, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania will upgrade its natural gas service to the plant by installing a new gas line across campus.

Universities across the country are taking advantage of affordable, clean and reliable natural gas to reduce their carbon footprints and improve the energy efficiency of their institutions. Let us know in the comments section below what you or your school is doing to embrace our nation’s clean, abundant supply of natural gas.

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