Photo: Last month I had the honor of being a guest speaker at the Runnels School's AP Science Class. We discussed alternative fuels in transportation and the different ways in which individuals and companies can advocate for sustainability.
Dear Clean Fuel Members, Stakeholders and Enthusiasts:
The Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach is over and wow, what a show! This show, in my opinion, had the best presentation topics and expert speakers yet. But the real news is what was on the show floor. New electric and hybrid offerings from dozens of companies - new and established - got most of the attention this year.
One thing that struck me was the diversification that is happening through out the industry. For example, Trillium CNG is changing their name to just Trillium to reflect their new business venture into EV Charging. Renewable Energy Group has a new product, REG Ultra Clean diesel, a proprietary blend of renewable diesel and biodiesel, and Roush has announced a new Ford 650 electric medium duty truck!
Another hot topic at the show was battery recycling, chemistry and 2nd life. The presentations inspired us to do some more research and write an article about rare earth elements in vehicle batteries and their potential impact on global adoption of EVs. The recycling of batteries and the separation of these elements also has their challenges. We will post the article on our website later this month.
But the one item that can potentially change the industry more than all the others is advancements in telematics and automation. One speaker was noted as saying, "If there isn't a sensor on it now, there will be". Multiple technology companies presented on their approaches to gathering data from your vehicle and delivering it back to the driver, fleet manager and maintenance folks in innovative and meaningful ways. The race is on for a true preventative maintenance system where your vehicle will alert you BEFORE there is a failure.
Want to learn more? Register for our 2018 Clean Fuel Leader Awards and Fall Stakeholder Meeting on October 25, 2018. At this meeting we will not only honor our top fleets and innovators, but we will also tackle tough topics such as safety, telematics, the future of freight, AFV Corridors and innovative products, all with a focus on heavy duty and medium duty fleet applications.
Pictured above: Chris Cassleberry, owner of Corporate Green, stands next to one of his Spring-Green CNG vans while it fuels at his private slow-fill CNG station. Check out the article about them in the Spring 2017 eZine Fuels Fix.
Ben Lambert, a 34-year-old who manages fundraising efforts for a number of nonprofits, lives in one of Denver’s densest residential neighborhoods: Capitol Hill. The area surrounds Colorado’s capitol building and is home to museums, concert venues and restaurants. The housing stock consists mostly of apartment buildings and tightly packed homes.
Lambert’s apartment building has a small off-street parking area in the alley, with four spots for more than 15 units in the building, so most residents park on the street. He doesn’t own a car, but if he needed to buy one, he’d want an electric vehicle (EV). Which raises the question: If Lambert did buy an EV, where could he charge it?
SACRAMENTO, CA – The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) announced the release today of a new map and project database of renewable natural gas (RNG) production facilities in North America. The refreshed database reveals that there are now at least 76 operational RNG facilities in the U.S. and Canada, representing 85% growth from the 41 projects that were built between 1982 and 2014.
“Redeeming our organic waste-streams by converting them to renewable natural gas for productive end-use epitomizes sustainability,” said RNG Coalition CEO Johannes Escudero. “Increased RNG development, deployment and use leads to greater adoption of the renewables we use to drive, heat and power our homes and businesses, while ensuring the reliability of our electric grid and decarbonizing our gas distribution systems.”
The RNG Coalition established a goal in 2015 to double the number of RNG production facilities in North America by 2025. There were 51 RNG facilities at the time. The new database shows that the North American RNG industry is on pace to reach the goal in half that time: an additional 23 RNG production facilities are currently under construction and another 25 have reached stages of substantial development prior to commencing construction.
LCF Memer in the News: Renewable Energy Group Launches REG Ultra Clean™ Diesel
Leading Advanced Biofuel Producer Delivers New Fuel Solution in California
LONG BEACH, Calif. - May 2, 2018 - Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) launched the company’s latest innovation in diesel fuel, REG Ultra Clean™ Diesel, at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, California on Tuesday.
REG Ultra Clean Diesel, among the lowest emission diesel fuels on the market today, is a patent-pending fuel made of a proprietary blend of renewable diesel and biodiesel. REG Ultra Clean Diesel is California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved for year-round use throughout California under the Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation. Versus CARB diesel, REG Ultra Clean Diesel reduces total hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide emissions by 15 percent, particulate matter emissions by 40 percent, and, emits less nitrogen oxides (NOx). The fuel offers even greater emissions reductions when compared to conventional diesel.
“REG Ultra Clean Diesel significantly reduces emissions, blends easily with petroleum diesel and is one of the lowest carbon intensity fuels of any kind on the market today,” said REG’s Gary Haer, Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “REG is uniquely positioned to offer this biodiesel and renewable diesel blended product. We are committed to delivering low-carbon solutions and meeting our customers’ demand for cleaner products.”
CSA Group, a global provider of testing, inspection and certification services, has published a new bi-national standard for compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems for road vehicles.
According to the company, a CNG fuel system standard was included as a priority in the 2016 U.S. Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada’s Natural Gas Vehicle Work Plan, in support of the Regulatory Cooperation Council. To meet this need, CSA Group says it worked with the North American natural gas vehicle (NGV) industry to transition the bi-national recommended practice, CSA/ANSI NGV 6.1 – Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fuel Storage and Delivery Systems for Road Vehicles, to a bi-national standard recognized in the U.S. and Canada by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Standards Council of Canada, respectively.
The new NGV 6.1 standard includes revisions to further harmonize coverage with current industry codes and standards, as well as added performance and verification test requirements for the vehicle fuel system, says CSA Group.
CSA/ANSI NGV 6.1 complements CSA Group’s engagement over the past three decades with the industry on CNG vehicle component issues, including research and
development support, standards development, certification and testing, container inspection, and container end of life. The document provides guidance for the system designer and integrator, such as design requirements and process recommendations.
Roush CleanTech in Livonia today announced it is the first propane auto-gas fuel system manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s and California Air Resources Board’s heavy duty-onboard diagnostics certification for all its engines.
Until the 2018 model year, alternative fuel vehicles had been exempt from the certification. They are now held to the same requirements as gasoline vehicles.
This HD-OBD certification applies to all vehicles over 14,000 lbs. GVWR. The onboard monitors will now track and report out the continuing compliance of the emissions performance of the vehicle, as they have since 2016 for gasoline vehicles. Passenger cars and light-duty vehicles have come equipped with onboard diagnostic systems since the 1990s.
All of Roush CleanTech’s propane auto-gas-fueled vehicles with Ford 6.8L 2V and 3V engines, including medium-duty fleet vehicles and school buses, are covered under the CARB HD-OBD certification. The 3V engine is also the first and only propane auto-gas engine available in class 4-7 vehicles certified to the optional low nitrogen oxide level of 0.05 g/bhp-hr.
ROUSH CleanTech unveils Electric Ford F-650 at ACT Expo
Clean-technology innovator expands its alternative-fuel portfolio with fully electric medium-duty trucks and buses.
LIVONIA, MICH. (May 1, 2018) — ROUSH CleanTech unveiled its newest carbon footprint-friendly vehicle — an all-electric Ford F-650. The company, which includes propane autogas and compressed natural gas in its technology portfolio, expands its alternative fuel market with zero-emission electric vehicles.
“An electric battery option for medium-duty trucks and buses is a great fit as there is increasing demand in this gross vehicle weight range (GVWR) with very few OEM solutions,” said Todd Mouw, president of ROUSH CleanTech. “This builds from our robust foundation already in place at ROUSH CleanTech that supports more than 1,200 customers and 19,000 propane and natural gas units on the road.”
Built on the Ford F-650 chassis, ROUSH CleanTech’s new fully electric vehicles will have a lithium ion battery system of up to 225 kilowatt hours and 700 volts. Depending on the vehicle’s GVWR, the average range will be up to 120 miles with a top speed of 75 miles per hour. The AC permanent magnet motor will have a continuous-rated power of 150 kilowatts (200 horsepower), with a peak-rated power of 250 kilowatts (335 horsepower).
ROUSH CleanTech launched its new electric model at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, California.
The company is currently participating in Ford’s eQVM process to become an Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier for electrified powertrains for commercial vehicles. Learn more at ROUSHcleantech.com or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.
Electrify America unveils map of planned charging stations for its massive network
Electrify America has been making a lot of moves lately to build up its planned electric vehicle charging network in the US.This week, they unveiled a map of their planned charging stations
....Electrify America was created as part of the German automaker’s $2 billion settlements with California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its use of emission test cheating devices in its diesel vehicles.
The new company plans to deploy several charging networks, like the plan for California, which includes installing ultra-fast 320 kW chargers, and the plan for the whole country, which includes a ‘nationwide 150 kW+ fast charging network’. Furthermore, they also announced plans to install ‘2,800 charging stations’ at workplaces and apartments.
After unveiling their charging stations with new suppliers last month, they announced partnerships with Walmart and Target to deploy some of those stations.
The exact locations of most of the stations haven’t been confirmed yet, but they have determined the routes that they plan to cover with their “ultra-fast’ charging stations.
The goal is for all 2,000+ stations to be “operational or under construction at 484 sites in 17 metropolitan areas and on highways in 39 states by the end of 2019 as part of its Cycle One infrastructure investment.”
Based on the stations that they unveiled last month, the charge points will have CHAdeMO (50kW) connectors, plus additional dual-handle chargers with CCS1 (50 to 150kW or 350 kW) connectors, and a 15-inch touchscreen display with the same user interface.The network will be operated on the Greenlots platform.Article via https://electrek.co
LCF Member in the News: CNG fueling provider Trillium expands into EV charging
Trillium CNG, a provider of CNG fueling solutions, is expanding into EV charging, and dropping the “CNG” from its name (but not yet from its service offerings). Trillium has formed a partnership with EV Connect to install EV charging infrastructure at three Love’s Travel Stops stores in California.
The charging sites will feature DC fast charging at rates of 50 or 150 kW, as well as Level 2 charging, with room to charge up to six vehicles at a time. EV Connect will operate the stations, while Trillium will build the sites and provide ongoing management. Construction is expected to be complete this fall.
Alternative Fueling Station Locator Overhaul Boasts Improved User Interface
It’s official—The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) Station Locator has undergone a major makeover. Constant improvement is at the site’s core, which is why the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technology Office is always striving to make the AFDC’s tools easier to use and the data more accessible. The updated Station Locator offers new features and an improved user interface built on the same reliable, comprehensive, and fuel-neutral data that our partners have come to trust.
Some of the notable new features include a sleek look and feel, simplifying the user experience, as well as a bigger map populated with consistent circle icons for each station location and updated colors representing each fuel type. Users will also notice a larger and more detailed view of specific station information.
On the Station Locator home page, there are now two tabs at the top of the map: Find Public Stations and Analyze and Download Data.
The Find Public Stations tab allows users to search for public stations at a specific location, with the option to search for all fuels or just one. The total number of stations that fit the search criteria can be found in the upper right.
Fall Stakeholder Meeting and Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards
October 25, 2018 | 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM | BRCC Automotive Technology Center
Join us for lunch and networking at BRCC's McKay Automotive Technology Center in Baton Rouge to celebrate this year's outstanding projects and individuals who have made significant contributions to alternative fuels in our state at our Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards. At this meeting, we will host presentations by fleet managers and OEMS on heavy-duty vehicles and technologies, discuss updates on coalition activities, state tax credits and clean fuel projects statewide.
Don't miss this great opportunity network with other members and clean fuel stakeholders over lunch!
Vehicle Display: Free (First come- first serve: Space is limited. No more than 4 light duty vehicles allowed on front circle. Medium/Heavy Duty Vehicles must park on the side of the training center)
Lunch Sponsorships: $300 (Unlimited)
Awards Ceremony Sponsorship Levels: $500 & $1,000
Louisiana Clean Fuels is a non-profit, US Department of Energy designated Clean Cities Coalition supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. By providing you with objective data, technical resources and the right connections, we can help your fleet find reliable alternative fuel vehicles that will stabilize or lower your fuel cost.
Deadline for proposals: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is excited to announce the availability of approximately $40 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) funds to support projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of older diesel engines. Under this competition, between 20 and 80 awards are anticipated to be made to eligible applicants.
Details: 4/23/2018. Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Solicitation of Project Proposals for the Low or No Emission Program (Low-No) Program. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $84.45 million of Fiscal Year 2018 funds for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles as well as related equipment or facilities. Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2018-003-LowNo. Proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov website by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on 6/18/2018.
US Department of Energy has announced up to $68.5 million in funding for research focused on advanced vehicle technologies “to enable future private-sector development and commercialization of affordable, energy-efficient transportation technologies that can strengthen our energy security.”
The funding announcement specifically encourages partnerships between researching teams and Clean Cities Coalitions for six of its areas of interest (3a-3f) related to technology implementation, which are:
High Performance Computing for Transportation Hubs;
First/Last Mile for People/Goods Movement;
System-level Data for Energy Efficient Mobility;
Fuel Efficient Platooning;
Multi-Unit Dwelling and Curbside Residential Charging Infrastructure Innovations;
Open Topic (focusing on novel solution to transportation and energy mobility challenges not specified in the other topics).
This funding has been made available via the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The funding was announced on May 1, 2018, and concept papers are due May 29, 2018 with full applications due by July 13, 2018.
Are you thinking about buying new mowers? Well, get started saving today with this propane mower incentive program! Your business could receive $1,000 per qualifying new mower purchase or $500 per qualifying mower conversion while funds last.
Learn more about this incentive program and the benefits of propane mowers here.
TCEQ Announces $15.4M Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program
Posted by Betsy Lillian Via NGT News
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is offering grant funding to repower or replace heavy-duty diesel or gasoline vehicles with natural gas engines or new vehicles.
The $15.4 million Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program will award applicants who operate their repowered or new vehicle in one or more of the Clean Transportation Zone counties in Texas.
To qualify for the program, a vehicle, engine or conversion system must operate solely on natural gas, including compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas (propane), or it must operate on a combination of diesel fuel and natural gas (dual-fuel) and be capable of at least 60% displacement of diesel fuel use in dual-fuel operation.Celebrating the inclusion of propane, Jackie Mason, education and marketing director for the Propane Council of Texas, comments, “The Propane Council of Texas is excited to educate fleets on this new opportunity to add clean-burning propane vehicles on Texas roads.”
Department of Energy Announces $39 million for Innovative Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research and Development
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $39 million in available funding to support early stage research and development (R&D) of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. As one component of DOE’s portfolio, hydrogen and fuel cells can enable affordable and reliable energy that enhances economic growth and energy security. The work supported through this investment will address key early-stage technical challenges for fuel cells and for hydrogen fuel production, delivery, and storage related to hydrogen infrastructure.
Anticipated R&D topics include:
Topic 1: ElectroCat
Platinum group metal-free oxygen reduction electrocatalyst and electrode R&D enabling cost-competitive polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, as part of DOE’s Energy Materials Network.
2a) Integrated Energy Production and Hydrogen Fueling R&D -innovative component and integration R&D enabling cost competitive stations.
2b) Electrolyzer Manufacturing R&D - R&D to enable manufacturing techniques to reduce electrolyzer capital costs.
2c) Breakthrough Infrastructure R&D - materials and component R&D to reduce cost and station footprint.
Topic 3: Innovative Concepts
3a) Innovative Fuel Cell Membrane R&D - non-polyfluorosulfonic acid and high temperature membrane types to address critical barriers and increase performance and durability while meeting cost targets.
3b) Innovative Reversible and Liquid Fuel Cell Component R&D - innovative concepts for reversible fuel cells or direct liquid fuel cells.
Concept papers are due May 7, 2018 and full applications will be due June 12, 2018. More information, application requirements, and instructions can be found on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange website.
More information about DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office can be found HERE.
The mission of Louisiana Clean Fuels, Inc. is to advance the nation’s environmental, economic and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options.
As a member of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program, LCF strives to achieve its goals by employing a variety of strategies which include: promoting and implementing the use of alternative fuel vehicles, fuel blends, increased fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction technologies.