A landfill is fueling vehicles in the region of Opelousas, Louisiana reports the Daily World. A plant at the landfill converts methane into natural gas that is can be used to power 50 vehicles. The methane is recovered as a natural byproduct of decomposing waste in the landfill. A new fueling station is located beside the landfill and the local police force is taking advantage of it with their duel-fuel vehicles (natural gas and gasoline.)

greener ideal wonders if natural gas will overtake the biofuel car. Right now it looks like natural gas may win the transportation race. “Whilst neither energy source has huge traction at the moment, natural gas seems to be the clear frontrunner in the race to convert the most vehicles. Biofuels such as algae are a way off from becoming commonplace due to the problems in scaling up their production and distribution. Meanwhile, 700 refilling stations are already available across the US for cars running on natural gas.”

redOrbit gives us the results of a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) survey of industrial trucking firms in the US. The survey, by PLS Logistic Services, of 100 large industrial freight carriers found that 22% of respondents thought that LNG is a viable alternative to diesel and 3% were actively adopting LNG into their fleets. 54% cited LNG refueling infrastructure as the largest barrier to conversion to LNG  while 24% cited the  higher cost of LNG vehicles as the largest barrier.  Note: LNG is viewed as a more efficient fuel for long distance hauling than CNG (compressed natural gas).

On the topic of LNG, NGV Global News says that heavy-duty trucks that convert to this fuel can reap significant cost savings.  A study by Canada’s Conference Board estimates that converting fleets to natural gas could generate savings of approximately $150,000 per truck over a 10-year period. This saving is nearly twice the cost of installing a natural gas engine – estimated at $80,000 per vehicle. The study is available here. See also Canadian Transportation & Logistics Natural gas has potential as trucking fuel, according to report and the Globe and Mail Low natural gas price steers fuel to a transportation role. The Globe highlights that “much of the predicted savings in Canada comes from a tax quirk. Because natural gas has not been broadly used as a transportation fuel before, it is not subject to the same excise, or pump, taxes as diesel. The lack of tax is responsible for nearly $70,000 of the savings in the Conference Board scenario. If governments begin to shift their tax codes, the savings diminish substantially.”

Scientific American picks up on the natural gas transportation revolution in Cheap Fracked Gas Could Help Americans Keep on Truckin’ while the New York Times identifies potato chip maker Frito-Lay as the latest to convert its fleet to CNG.

Russia’s natural gas giant, Gazprom, is looking at creating a natural gas vehicle market in that country reports NGV Global News. Company spokesman, Alexey Miller, said: “Gazprom is capable of strongly expanding the existing infrastructure, making it more attractive for car drivers, supplying as much gas as possible and actually creating a new great sales market for the Company’s natural gas. This is a profitable core business for us”. Gazprom already has some natural gas fueling stations in parts of the country and now the goal is to create a comprehensive national strategy.

The Southtown Star notes that compressed natural gas (CNG) is catching on as a vehicle fuel in the Southland area of Chicago.  From garbage trucks to pizza delivery to ready-mix concrete trucks, natural gas is beginning to slowly enter the fuel mix. Currently vehicles using CNG are saving $1.50 to $3 per gallon compared with diesel.

Last week the US state of Colorado made it easier to set up CNG fueling stations in the state we learn from PR*URGENT The Denver Post reports that at the same time the Governor of the state joined with 12 other state governors to prod 19 auto makers to manufacture more natural gas vehicles.

NGV Global News reports that the city of San Diego, California is buying 53 CNG buses.

Fuzhou, the capital and one of the largest cities in Fujian Province in China, is in the process of constructing 60 CNG fueling stations to power city buses, taxis and municipal fleets. 37 stations are expected to be completed by the end of this year. NGV Global News also mentions that Fujian’s only liquefied natural gas supplier, Fujian Fujian Province Gas Company Limited, plans to have 170 LNG filling stations operational across the province by 2015 for trucking fleets.

The same source relays that Kwik Trip, a large convenience store chain in the US upper Midwest, is undertaking to construct a natural gas fueling infrastructure throughout the US states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The stations will serve LNG- and CNG-powered vehicles and vehicles using multiple or other alternative fuels. 5 stations will be open by this fall. The company currently operates over twenty natural gas vehicles, from light to heavy-duty.




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