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NGVAmerica News Week in Review: August 29, 2016

  • NGVAmerica and SWANA Release White Paper for Natural Gas Fuel in the Waste & Recycling Industry
  • Sessions and Speakers Announced for the 2016 NGVAmerica Annual Meeting & Industry Summit
  • Maryland Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program Now Open
  • ANGP Receives 2016 Frost & Sullivan Award for Innovative Gas Storage for NGVs
  • Westport Fuel Systems Ready for Phase 2 Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards
  • AG&P Invests in Small- and Mid-Scale LNG Infrastructure Company
  • General Dynamics NASSCO to Build Two LNG-Capable Container Ships for Matson
  • Wärtsilä and Gasum Sign Agreement to Develop LNG Markets


NGVAmerica and SWANA Release White Paper for Natural Gas Fuel in the Waste & Recycling Industry

August 26, 2016

This past week, at WASTECON 2016, NGVAmerica and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) released a white paper for natural gas use in the waste and recycling industry, Natural Gas >> A Clean, Safe and Smart Choice for the Waste and Recycling Industry.

The white paper was a collaborative effort between NGVAmerica’s Technology & Development Committee and SWANA members.  The document provides the latest information used by fleets for safely operating and maintaining collection and transfer vehicles that run on clean-burning and affordable natural gas.  The paper also covers recommendations for operating and maintaining refueling equipment and maintenance facilities.

“Natural gas is the clear alternative fuel of choice for waste and recycling fleets across the country,” said Dan Bowerson, NGVAmerica Director of Technology and Development.  “Safety is always the top priority for NGVAmerica members, and we appreciated the opportunity to develop this guide to safety and best practices of natural gas vehicles with our partners at SWANA.”

“We are very pleased to partner with NGVAmerica on this important document.  Waste truck fleet operators in both the private and public sectors need to make sure they operate natural gas fueled vehicles safely,” said David Biderman, SWANA’s Executive Director. “This collaboration is an example of SWANA’s relentless focus on improving the industry’s safety performance in the United States and Canada,” Biderman added.

NGVAmerica’s Technology & Development Committee led the collaborative effort with SWANA.  The committee is comprised of over 70 NGV industry stakeholders who work together to improve safety and maintenance issues, further code and standards development, and promote the latest innovation to improve the NGV experience for fleets and consumers.

The white paper can be found on the NGVAmerica website.  More information about SWANA and its safety resources can be found at www.swana.org/safety.


Sessions and Speakers Announced for the 2016 NGVAmerica Annual Meeting & Industry Summit

August 26, 2016

NGVAmerica is pleased to announce the sessions and speakers for the 2016 NGVAmerica Annual Meeting and Industry Summit that will be held from Wednesday, September 7 through Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

“NGVAmerica is excited to bring together a broad group of industry leaders to share their expertise on the most important issues facing the NGV industry today,” said NGVAmerica President Matthew Godlewski. “Their valuable insights will help shape and inform the continued growth of natural gas as an economical, clean-burning transportation fuel.”

Wednesday, September 7:

  • NGVAmerica Technology & Development Workshop:
    • LNG/High-Horsepower Roundtable Discussion“What is Needed to Move the Market Forward?”
    • NGVA Technology & Development Committee Meeting“Work Group Updates & 2017 Agenda Planning”
  • NGVAmerica State Government Advocacy Workshop:
    • Volkswagen Settlement Workshop“Getting Your State Ready to Promote NGV Projects”
    • NGVA State Government Advocacy Committee Meeting“Planning the 2017 NGV Agenda in the States”

Thursday, September 8:

  • “State of the Trucking Marketplace”
    • Governor Bill Graves, Former President & CEO, American Trucking Associations
  • “Convergence for a Strong NGV Industry”
    • Kathleen Ligocki, Chief Executive Officer, Agility Fuel Systems
    • Nancy Gougarty, Chief Executive Officer, Westport Fuel Systems
    • Matthew Godlewski, President, NGVAmerica
    • Love’s/Trillium CNG – TBD
  • “Innovation in the Automotive Industry & Perspectives on the 2016 Elections”
    • Mitch Bainwol, President & CEO, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
  • “What’s New at the Retail Level Among Transportation Fuels?”
    • John Eichberger, Executive Director, Fuels Institute
  • “Future of America’s Energy Security”
    • Anne Korin, Co-Director, Institute for Analysis of Global Security
    • Dan Simmons, Director, Institute for Energy Research

Friday, September 9:

  • “Market Moving Opportunities for NGVs” — How does the NGV Marketplace Capitalize on the VW Settlement & California State Implementation Plan?”
    • Bill Nowicke, Chief Operating Officer, Agility Fuel Systems
    • Kathryn Clay, Vice President, Policy Planning, American Gas Association
    • Ken Marko, Senior National Fleet Engineer, Frito Lay
    • Erik Neandross, Chief Executive Officer, GNA
    • Todd Campbell, Vice President Public Policy, Clean Energy Fuels
  • “Messaging the Strong Environmental Value of NGVs” — How to talk with Customers, Regulators & Policymakers about the Benefits
    • Grant Zimmerman, Chief Executive Officer, ampCNG
    • Sam Weitz, Director, Transportation Engineering, Anheuser Busch InBev
    • Matthew Krasney, Director Alternative Fuels, Penske Truck Leasing
    • Dan Bowerson, Director Technology & Development, NGVAmerica
  • “Innovation Paving the Way in a Competitive Marketplace” — New Technologies on the Road Ahead for NGVs
    • Johannes Escudero, Executive Director, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas
    • Brad Couch, Ariel Corporation
    • Barry Carr, Landi Renzo USA
    • Brad Douville, Westport Fuel Systems
    • Jerry Johnson, Cummins Westport
    • Sarah Sandberg, Colorado Oil & Gas Association

For more information and to register for this conference, visit the summit website at www.ngvshow.com.


Maryland Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program Now Open

August 26, 2016

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has opened the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program (AFIP), which is intended to aid in the development of public access, alternative fuel refilling infrastructure in the state of Maryland. This competitive grant program provides financial assistance to aid in the development of public access, alternative fuel refilling infrastructure in the state of Maryland.

​This technology neutral grant program is intended to alleviate these range anxiety concerns by increasing the number of alternative fuel refilling stations across the state. These stations will be needed to facilitate travel to and through the state and enable the flow of people and goods throughout the region.

Program guidelines and application forms can be found at the program website. Applications may be submitted to Michael Jones at michael.jones1@maryland.gov. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 10, 2017.


ANGP Receives 2016 Frost & Sullivan Award for Innovative Gas Storage for NGVs

August 25, 2016

Adsorbed Natural Gas Products (ANGP) recently received the 2016 Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award for Gas Storage for NGVs.

Frost & Sullivan says ANGP’s low-pressure adsorbed natural gas (ANG) tank features the right blend of sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and optimized performance, enabling a more rapid adoption of NGVs. The ANG system focuses on the automobile industry and is targeted toward fleet owners, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), infrastructure providers and retrofitters.

“Frost & Sullivan firmly believes that the on- board, low-pressure ANG storage system developed by ANGP and its technology partners is an innovative, game-changing solution in the light duty vehicles’ fueling market,” said Arpita Mukherjee, Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst. “The significant economic benefits of ANGP’s low pressure natural gas storage system will certainly boost the global natural gas vehicles market while also strengthening the North American NG export industry.”

Frost & Sullivan, with 45 offices on six continents and more than 50 years of experience partnering with Global 1,000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community, granted this award as part of its recognition of industry participants demonstrating “best practices” in their field.

“This is a high honor for ANGP and recognition of our years of focus to commercialize low pressure adsorbed natural gas storage technology for motor vehicles,” said Bob Bonelli, co-founder and CEO of ANGP.


Westport Fuel Systems Ready for Phase 2 Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards

August 26, 2016

Westport Fuel Systems commended the joint efforts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that will deliver significant environmental and economic benefits.

“The new EPA/NHTSA rules for GHG emissions and fuel efficiency from medium- and heavy-duty trucks will create a new competitive dynamic in the trucking industry,” said Jim Arthurs, Executive Vice President, Medium- & Heavy-Duty Truck Strategies of Westport Fuel Systems. “Westport Fuel Systems is well-positioned to deliver best-in-class engines and vehicles that meet increasingly stringent regulatory frameworks.”

Next generation natural gas engines and vehicles including Westport High Pressure Direct Injection 2.0 (Westport HPDI 2.0) and Enhanced Spark Ignition (Westport ESI) technologies comply with the new rule and offer significant GHG emission reduction benefits through the combination of low-carbon fuels and high-efficiency engines. In particular, Westport HPDI 2.0 has been proven to deliver diesel-like performance and fuel efficiency while providing a reduction in GHG emissions of 18 to 20 percent compared to current diesel engines.

Westport believes that the cost advantage of natural gas will increase, and Westport says, according to industry estimates, full compliance with the proposed standards will add several thousand dollars to the cost of vehicles running on conventional fuels.

“Fleet owners can focus on the environmental benefits of natural gas vehicles now and reap the economic benefits in the future,” said Arthurs.


AG&P Invests in Small- and Mid-Scale LNG Infrastructure Company

August 21, 2016

Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Company (AG&P), a global leader in infrastructure solutions for energy, natural resources and other industrial companies, has announced a major investment in GAS Entec, Korea-based engineering and design firm dedicated to small- and mid-scale LNG applications.

Together, AG&P and GAS Entec provide onshore and floating products for the distribution and use of LNG, such as LNG storage, regasification, LNG fuel bunkering, LNG power solutions, mooring structures and cold storage applications.

GAS Entec has designed and built a Floating Regasification Unit (FRU) operating successfully in Bali, Indonesia. GAS Entec also engineered critical systems in the first LNG bunker vessel ever built in North America that will serve the port of Jacksonville, Florida.

“The dramatically lower cost of LNG, coupled with the advent of new, affordable technologies such as those developed by GAS Entec have fostered a revolution in LNG applications,” said Jose P Leviste Jr., AG&P’s Chairman. “This equity partnership between AG&P and GAS Entec will contribute strongly to pushing the boundaries of this new, revolutionary industry.”
General Dynamics NASSCO to Build Two LNG-Capable Container Ships for Matson
August 25, 2016

General Dynamics NASSCO has signed a contract with Matson Navigation Company for the design and construction of two Kanaloa Class LNG-capable containerships.

The 870-foot-long containership design provides the capability to transport containers, automobiles and rolling stock. Using proven design standards, the design incorporates LNG-capable main and auxiliary engines, which are compliant with Tier III emission requirements. The design accommodates future installation of a LNG fuel gas system.

“NASSCO has long played a leading role in revolutionizing the future of the American shipping industry,” said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO and Bath Iron Works. “Our partnership with Matson builds upon NASSCO’s successful track record of constructing high-quality, highly efficient and on-time delivery for the Jones Act trade.”

Construction of the first containership will begin in early 2018, with deliveries in 2019 and mid-2020, respectively. The ships will be constructed at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. Once delivered, the Jones Act qualified vessels will serve a trade route between the continental west coast and Hawaii.


Wärtsilä and Gasum Sign Agreement to Develop LNG Markets

August 29, 2016

Wärtsilä and Finland based Gasum have signed a joint cooperation agreement aimed at developing the use, distribution, and service solutions for natural gas in marine and onshore applications. Wärtsilä provides the gas value chain technology know-how, while Gasum has the expertise in distributing and selling natural gas and biogas. The development work regarding LNG for marine applications will also draw on the expertise of Gasum subsidiary Skangas.

The project will be divided into work streams, covering areas such as Smart Power Generation, LNG and liquefied biogas (LBG), gas as a marine fuel, operations & maintenance, and biogas. The work will focus on increasing sales through business development cooperation, and building an LNG infrastructure in places where gas is currently not available. The companies will share know-how, contacts, marketing, and business development activities, and will also work together to develop cost-effective and efficient operation and maintenance activities.