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Conrad LNG Announces First LNG Bunkering Barge Built in North America

 

 courtesy of GTTNA

LCF Member, Conrad LNG is pleased to announce that the Clean Jacksonville – the first LNG bunkering barge ever built in North America – will be delivered to TOTE Maritime in spring of this year. As the first of its kind, this 2,200m3 capacity LNG barge will operate out of the Port of Jacksonville, Florida, supplying TOTE’s two Marlin-class gas-powered container vessels currently running on clean burning natural gas on its Puerto Rican trade route. Conrad was fortunate to work with multiple esteemed industry leaders on this historic endeavor - including TOTE Maritime, Clean Marine Energy (CME), GTT NA, and Bristol Harbor Group.  For more information on the barge project, please visit:

For questions or inquiries, please contact Beau Berthelot at bjberthelot@conradindustries.com.

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Platooning Trucks to Cut Cost and Improve Efficiency

At first glance, platooning doesn’t look like much – just a few tractor-trailers driving down the highway a bit closer together than we’re used to. But, what is actually happening is much more complex and presents the opportunity for significant safety, energy efficiency, and cost benefits. Early studies have shown that 65% of current long-haul truck miles could potentially be platooned, reducing total truck fuel consumption by 4%.

 

 Photo Credit: Department of Transportation

What is Platooning?

So, what is truck platooning? Platooning involves the use of vehicle-to-vehicle communications and sensors, such as cameras and radar, to virtually connect two or more trucks together in a convoy. The virtual link enables all of the vehicles in the platoon to communicate with each other, allowing them to automatically accelerate together, brake together, and enables them to follow each other at a closer distance than is typically possible with unlinked trucks.

The technology detects and reacts to stopped or slow vehicles ahead of the platoon and adjusts as needed when a vehicle cuts in between the trucks in the platoon. With current platooning technology, each truck in the platoon has a human driver responsible for steering and taking over the speed and braking as needed. The driver of the first truck leads the platoon and navigates the route. As the technology improves, there may only be the need for a lead driver, or no human drivers at all.

Why do it?

Truck platooning could provide many benefits. When implemented, platooning can improve safety, increase energy efficiency, and reduce costs.

Truck platooning technology includes automatic braking. The automatic brakes are able to react much faster than a human, improving safety and reducing the likelihood of collisions. Truck platoons also take up less space on the road, and experience fewer short or sudden acceleration and braking events, than unlinked trucks. The trucks travelling closer together at smoother speeds improves traffic flow and boosts the efficiency of delivering goods.

Platooning is also a cost saver. With the trucks driving close together at a constant speed, the lead vehicle cuts through the air and reduces the amount of air hitting the front of, and flowing between, the following vehicles. This is similar to when race cars or cyclists draft off one another in a race. The reduced aerodynamic drag on all of the vehicles in the platoon means that the trucks use less fuel, which reduces operating costs.

The U.S. Army is interested in platooning technologies for the potential to reduce the number of lives at risk in combat areas. Using platooning technologies in military applications could minimize the number of soldiers needed to man convoy vehicles, resulting in a reduced number of soldiers at risk of encountering roadside bombs.

Coordinated Research

The Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office’s (VTO) Energy Efficient Mobility Systems (EEMS) Program coordinates with the U.S Army and the Department of Transportation (DOT) in this shared space to accelerate research and development. DOT’s mission is to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system. DOT sees platooning as one way to improve the safety of trucking through collision avoidance features. VTO is interested in the potential to improve energy efficiency and cut costs for businesses and consumers through this technology.

VTO’s EEMS Program is investigating the potential impact platooning technology could have on energy use in our transportation system. Recent EEMS research done by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory used telematics, or on-board data logging, to estimate the amount of platoonable miles travelled by trucks and found 65% of the miles could be platooned, resulting in a 4% reduction in total truck fuel consumption. Another recent VTO funded study assessed the energy impact of adaptive cruise control and showed that the middle truck in a platoon saves the most at shorter gaps, while the trailing truck saves the most at longer gaps.

To learn more about the Department's work on connected and automated vehicle technologies, visit the Energy Efficient Mobility Systems page on Vehicle Technologies Office website.

 

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New Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Calculator Launched

Most Complete Online Resource Determines Best Cost-Effective Emissions Reduction
Options for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles Under VW Settlement Funds

Washington, DC – Today Argonne National Laboratory launched the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Calculator (HDVEC) at a presentation at FedFleet 2018 in Washington, DC, the nation’s largest gathering of public fleet managers sponsored by the U.S. General Services Administration.

This online resource was created to provide state officials and fleet managers with an accurate tool to gauge emissions reductions across various medium- and heavy-duty vehicle project options affiliated with the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Settlement. NGVAmerica welcomes the HDVEC tool as reflecting current vehicle availability and emissions performance data and congratulates Argonne on its success.

“As public officials begin to evaluate how best to clean their state’s air with their allotted VW Trust funding, this resource will prove vital in evaluating cost-effectiveness of real world vehicle options,” said Andrew Burnham of Argonne’s Center for Transportation Research. “The Vehicle Emissions Calculator is a valuable tool for policymakers, fleet managers and procurement administrators alike as they look to compare vehicle technologies for emissions reductions associated with fleet operations.”

Available at: http://afleet-web.es.anl.gov/hdv-emissions-calculator and linked at NGVAmerica’s website at: http://www.ngvamerica.org/vwactioncenter/, the HDVEC estimates the vehicle operation nitrogen oxide (NOx) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) as well as the well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) of current commercially-available alternative fuel medium- and heavy-duty vehicles eligible for funding under the VW settlement.

Volkswagen’s $2.9 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust fund provides each state an incredible opportunity to make an immediate and tangible impact on air quality
by targeting medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, the leading source of these toxic air contaminants in almost every metropolitan area.

“Heavy-duty vehicles are the fastest growing segment of U.S. transportation in terms of energy use and emissions, and HDVs are major emitters of NOx, diesel particulate matter, and greenhouse gases,” said NGVAmerica President Daniel Gage. “Mobile sources account for 50 percent of America’s smog-precursor emissions like NOx. This calculator demonstrates that allocating funds to deploy low-NOx natural gas vehicles provides the best way to deliver immediate and cost-effective NOx reductions and air quality benefit.”

The tool can calculate results for three project types allowable under the Trust Settlement:

• Environmental Mitigation with Scrappage – new alternative fuel versus diesel, plus additional benefit from early retirement of the scrapped vehicle.

• Environmental Mitigation with Repower – vehicle after repower versus diesel before repower.

• Clean Vehicle Replacement – new alternative fuel versus diesel.

The HDVEC was developed using Argonne’s Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation Tool (AFLEET) available at: https://greet.es.anl.gov/afleet.

AFLEET Tool 2017 uses emissions data from both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s MOtor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) and Argonne’s Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) models. This week marks the deadline for the VW Trustee to designate or certify Beneficiary Status for the States and the start of when states can begin to file settlement funding spending plans. Funds could be available for distribution as early as March, pending approval of state plans.

For more information on the most cost-effective investment of VW Trust resources for the most NOx emissions reductions attained, visit: http://www.ngvamerica.org/vwactioncenter/.

NGVAmerica is a national organization of over 200 companies, environmental groups, and government organizations dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane and for using more natural gas in on-road and off-road transportation. NGVAmerica member companies produce, distribute, and market natural gas and biomethane across North America, manufacture and service natural gas vehicles, engines, and equipment, and operate fleets powered by clean-burning gaseous fuels. Find out more at: www.ngvamerica.org.

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It's your chance to brag... 2017 Clean Cities Annual Survey

It's time to send us your 2017 Alternative Fuel usage data for your Plug In Hybrid, EV, CNG and Propane vehicles. Also, we can report on your idle reduction and route optimization practices for the year!

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2017 Clean Cities Annual Survey

Each year we ask our stakeholders and area fleets to answer questions about their alternative fuel vehicles and equipment as well as their petroleum reduction activities. I am emailing to encourage your participation in this important program and make myself available for any questions you have regarding the survey. 

Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) is working with the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program to document activities from the 2017 calendar year, and want your organization to be included. By providing this information, you help ensure the effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities program, and highlight the successes of Louisiana fleets in the LCF territory like yours. Example activities include alternative fuel stations, vehicles, idle reduction, biofuels, and other fleet technology.

This year we are also launching our Green Fleets Certification Program. If your organization's data shows that you may qualify for certification, one of us will reach out to you to see if you would like to take part in this exciting new program.

The questionnaire is designed to take less than 10 minutes to complete. You may save your information and resume entering data at any time. BEGIN SURVEY

If you are not the appropriate contact, please forward this email to the best person to complete this survey. Please feel free to also forward this email to other organizations that you may know of who have also taken steps to reduce petroleum consumption. You are more than welcome to contact LCF if you have any questions or need assistance.

If you have any questions, feel free to respond to this email, or call our office us at 225-342-7972 or contact me directly via email.

Deadline: Please complete the survey by Friday, March 9, 2018.

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers—As We Were Inspired

Ten-year-old Leo worked in the Education Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), fitting together snap-on electrical circuits. The boy from a Denver community center was enthralled by the sheer joy of adding buzzers, lights, and switches to the device. Sitting at a desk nearby, Rhielle carefully colored a drawing of a solar panel. “I want to be everything: a singer, waitress, scientist, baker—because baking is a science,” the eight-year-old explained. Everywhere, the room buzzed with energy, as 16 grade schoolers performed experiments and talked to volunteer researchers as part of a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) outreach connecting NREL with our local community.

It reminded me of my own start on the pathway of scientific discovery. As a high school student in Regensburg, Germany, I wondered about this exotic world of test tubes and microscopes—and so visited the office of a distinguished biologist in my hometown university. I asked if he would talk to me—but he was busy at the moment. Instead, this scientist invited me into his laboratory, where I saw first-hand some of his experiments. Later, we chatted and he gave me a basic college text.

He continued to follow me, and mentored me throughout my science studies. I’ve never forgotten that lesson about the importance of sharing science with younger minds. That is why I’m so enthusiastic about STEM learning, and support it passionately at NREL. Whenever we can engage younger students—especially those who may not have had a chance to consider science and engineering as careers—we are building our future.

Throughout the year, NREL actively engages in a range of STEM events. Last May, we held NREL’s 27th annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) Battery Car Competitions on campus, attracting 53 teams from 18 Colorado middle schools. Maybe you’ve been to something like this. Some cars scoot, some fizzle—yet regardless of the finish, everyone gains hands-on experience. Likewise, we co-sponsored the 27th Colorado Science Bowl, giving kids a chance to test their knowledge against other aspiring young researchers. This year the Lambkins from Ft. Collins roared to victory, correctly answering a range of questions across the sciences. We were part of the first Energy Day Colorado this fall, giving academic awards to promising scholars.

Whenever we can, we try to open our doors to prospects. Hannah, a high school sophomore from Boulder, won an NREL-sponsored award at the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair. Sure, she’d already gotten a plaque made from a recycled solar panel and a stipend of $100 for a building cooling project—but we wanted to give her something more. So we arranged a campus tour so that she could talk to researchers in her field. She chatted happily, and afterwards declared, “This place is cool.” Although she has a ways to go, she was clear: because both science and NREL are now positively linked in her mind, she hopes to one day work at the lab. Now that would be cool.

Of course, we won’t know for years whether Hannah will come here, chose another national laboratory, or find a different path. Likewise, we can’t foresee whether Leo will become an electrical engineer or Rhielle seek a career as a chemist. But we do know that 3,688 students who have visited NREL this year, or gone to competitions we’ve run, have all gained exposure to STEM activities. We can’t tell immediately how much impact these encounters have had—although the smiles of students tell us a lot—but speaking from personal experience, we should be confident that this type of inspiration can last a lifetime and will build our future.

Kids enjoying STEM activities at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

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New Initiatives Will Use Supercomputers to Improve Transportation Energy Efficiency

DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office commits $2.5M in FY2018 funds to Big Data and High Performance Computing Initiatives.

Did you know, the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories are home to 32 of the fastest supercomputers on Earth? Scientists and researchers at the national labs use these supercomputers to accelerate research by creating models from complex data sets. Now, two new Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) initiatives - High Performance Computing for Mobility (HPC4Mobility) and Big Data Solutions for Mobility – will utilize the computing capabilities of the national labs to find solutions to real-world transportation energy challenges.

These initiatives are part of VTO’s Energy Efficient Mobility Systems (EEMS) Program. The EEMS Program’s mission is to conduct early-stage research at the vehicle, traveler, and system levels to create knowledge, tools, and solutions that increase mobility for individuals and businesses while improving transportation energy efficiency.

Big Data Solutions for Mobility

VTO’s EEMS program has launched a $2M multi-lab research initiative to develop new algorithms and big data tools that can model urban-scale transportation networks using real-world, near real-time data. The initiative will develop the data science approaches and HPC-supported framework for next-generation mobility systems modeling and operational analytics. This will deliver an understanding of transportation system efficiency opportunities that is not attainable with current approaches. Modeling informed by real-time data will allow transportation systems to respond to events such as accidents, weather, and congestion in such a way that optimizes the overall energy use of the system.

The Big Data initiative includes researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory as well as partners from academia and industry.

HPC4Mobility

HPC4Mobility will provide cities, companies, transportation system operators, and others that qualify, access to national laboratory resources, including supercomputing facilities, data-science expertise, and machine-learning capabilities. These partnerships aim to discover opportunities for energy efficiency increases in mobility systems.

This investment supports innovative and scalable HPC4Mobility projects. These projects will uncover opportunities for energy efficiency gains by applying high-performance computing resources to emerging transportation data sets. Initial VTO funding of $500K has been provided to the participating laboratories. Each selected external partner will provide in-kind cost-share contributions.

The first year “seed” projects for HPC4Mobility include:

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will work with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on HPC-enabled computation of demand models at scale to predict the energy impacts of emerging mobility solutions. Possible applications include modeling the impact of autonomous vehicles on transportation energy use and the hour-by-hour impact of ride hailing services on traffic congestion.
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory will work with GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. on reinforcement learning-based traffic control approaches to optimize energy usage and traffic efficiency.

Sponsored by DOE’s the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the High Performance Computing for Mobility (HPC4Mobility) Program is part of the larger HPC4 Energy Innovation Initiative, a Department-wide effort comprised of, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Office of Fossil Energy, and the Office of Nuclear Energy.

To learn more about the Department's work with industry, academia, and community partners on advanced vehicle technologies, please visit the Vehicle Technologies Office website

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Together we can accomplish more than we ever could apart.

2018 Membership Dues Drive

With the support of our 2017 members, we were able to expand our presence across the state and work on projects that will have far reaching effects on adoption of clean fuels in our 56-parish territory.

For example, here are some of our biggest accomplishments for 2017:

  • Hosted 72+ hours of clean fuel education
  • Reduced Green House Gas emissions by 48,000 tons
  • Conducted outreach in nearly 10 cities across the state
  • Successfully submitted a proposal to the FHWA for Alternative Fuel Corridors signage with our state LDEQ
  • Analyzed the NOx emissions for projects proposed to the LDEQ for VW funding
  • Received funding from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to analyzed a state agency's sedans for potential EV implementation 
  • Supported a new automotive training center to become a NAFTC National AFV Training Center
  • Assisted the East Baton Rouge School system to rebuild their fleet by adding propane buses after the August 2016 flood destroyed 110 of their buses
  • Created 2 Motorweek videos highlighting Louisiana AFV fleets 
  • and more!

In 2018, we have ambitious goals to continue to support the adoption of alternative fuels and fuel reduction practices. With support from valued stakeholders like you, LCF will:

  • Launch a Green Fleets Certification program in January 2018
  • Add new fleet analysis benefits for qualified 2018 members
  • Continue to work closely with the state office of procurement to get more AFVs on the state bid list
  • Continue to work with the state's lead agency for the VW Settlement to facilitate communication by conducting outreach and assisting fleets and applicants with the process
  • Work with LDOT and LDEQ to install signage for any Alternative Fuel CNG and LPG corridors that get approved under the FHWA Alternative Fuel Corridors signage program.
  • Create an RNG curriculum to help landfills learn how they can produce high quality renewable natural gas

There is still a lot more that needs to be done in 2018. Together we can accomplish more than we ever could apart. We invite you to join with us to support the growth of domestically produced, cleaner and affordable alternative fuels in Louisiana by joining our coalition as a 2018 member.

Can we count on you?

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2018 Fuel Economy Guide Helps Consumers Save Money

A photo of a person working at a laptop with the FY18 fuel economy guide showing on the screen.Just in time for the New Year, the 2018 Fuel Economy GuidePDF is now available at FuelEconomy.gov. The guide is published annually by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and offers data on current model year (MY) vehicles.

This year’s guide provides fuel economy ratings for more than 1,000 light-duty vehicles, along with projected annual fuel costs and other information for prospective purchasers. The guide, available in an electronic-only formatPDF this year, is designed to help car buyers choose the most fuel-efficient vehicles that fit their needs.

The MY 2018 Fuel Economy Guide includes fuel economy information for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles and details fuel economy leaders across several vehicle classes. Data is updated regularly as manufacturers provide additional information about MY 2018 vehicles.

 

In addition to the guide, fueleconomy.govfeatures other useful tools and information to help car buyers. The website includes “best-in-class” lists across multiple market categories and provides a Top 10 most fuel-efficient vehicle list for electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and non-plug in vehicles.

For those in the market for a new or used car, the Find-a-Car feature, as well as the Find-a-Car app, allows users to search for and compare fuel efficiency data by class, make model, and year. EPA data on miles per gallon equivalent and estimated annual fuel cost are available for each vehicle. The Fuel Economy Guide provides this information for all vehicles dating back to 1984.

Users can also track their own personal fuel economy through the My MPG tool or calculate the fuel cost for a road trip. Gas Mileage Tips provide specific savings for driving more efficiently and keeping your car in shape.  

The MY 2018 Fuel Economy Guide is only available electronically (PDF). With the MY 2018 Fuel Economy Guide and FuelEconomy.gov, consumers have the tools and data available to save money on fuel, whether they are shopping for a new vehicle or making the most out of their current one. 

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Webinar: Renewable Diesel and Biodiesel Blends for Fleets

Stay inside and avoid the unpredictable winter weather.

Avoid snow, sleet and traffic and just stay in (wear your slippers if you want). We won't judge. 

                        

Free Webinar for Clean Cities Stakeholders

Renewable Diesel and Biodiesel Blends for Fleets

Thu, Feb 8, 2018 
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM CST

What can I do to meet sustainability goals and reduce fuel costs? Louisiana Clean Fuels and the  Center for Sustainable Energy invites you to a webinar where you will learn the secrets behind achieving both utilizing renewable diesel and biodiesel blends. The webinar will cover the fuel efficiency, cost, availability, OEM approval and quality aspects of the fuels. Project implementation will also be covered.

Your Presenter:

Troy Shoen, Sr. Manager of Marketing at REG | https://www.regi.com/

Troy Shoen has been an expert in marketing various aspects of the advanced biofuels industry for the past seven years. For six years he managed marketing efforts for a biofuels feedstock and animal feed ingredient company before joining Renewable Energy Group as Senior Manager, Marketing in July 2015.

He currently leads the efforts to promote the economic and value-added benefits of integrating biodiesel into distributor and retailer fuel programs.  

Troy holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Iowa in addition to Bachelor Degrees in Journalism and Communication Studies.   

 

 

 

This webinar is free to attend for all Clean Cities Stakeholders. No code required.

 

 

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Attend the Energy Independence Summit 2018

Make Plans to Attend the Energy Independence Summit 2018

February 11-14, 2018 | Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel | Washington, DC

The nation's premier clean transportation policy summit provides a critical opportunity to make sure the nation's policymakers understand the importance of maintaining federal support for clean transportation.  It will also be a key venue for the nation's Clean Cities Coalitions and leaders in the clean transportation industry to network and build partnerships with each other, and with key leaders in the Administration and Congress. Please take advantage of our Early Bird registration rates and Register Today.

Considerable registration discounts are available for members of a Clean Cities coalition. Please contact Ann Vail at ann@louisianacleanfuels.org if you intend to register as a member of Louisiana CleanFuels.

Please contact Ken Brown at Transportation Energy Partners at ken@akbstrategies.com or (202) 674-7777 if you have questions or would like additional information about the Summit. We look forward to seeing you in DC!

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