Industrial Fuels and Power ponders the future of LNG (liquified natural gas) as a replacement for gasoline and diesel in the US. In a related piece, energybiz discusses the long road ahead for natural gas vehicles in the US.  Both articles look at the hurdles that natural gas will have to overcome if it is to be a major player in the US transportation market. These include issues associated with the supply of shale gas, the need for a comprehensive CNG fueling infrastructure, and its ability to compete with alternative fuels like electric cars, ethanol and hydrogen.

allAfrica reports that compressed natural gas (CNG) demand is growing rapidly in both developed and developing countries as a substitute for gasoline and to reduce CO2 emissions and pollution. Presently some 14 million vehicles run on CNG worldwide and this figure is expected to reach 20 million by the year 2020. In flex fuel vehicles CNG  offers the option of running on either CNG or petrol, simply by flicking a switch installed on the dashboard. The article talks about how Nigeria is increasing the number of CNG fueling stations and and converting buses to a CNG/diesel mix to take advantage of the large price differential between CNG and the crude oil products. Moreover, CNG powered vehicles also have lower maintenance costs due to the absence of any lead in the product, which also eliminats the need for frequent cleaning of spark plugs .

The US Department of Energy has a map that helps people with CNG vehicles in the US to find the nearest fueling station.

Bloomberg reports that General Electric and Chesapeake Energy are partnering to provide products and services to fuel US cars and trucks with domestically-produced natural gas. Chesapeake is the second largest natural gas producer in the US. The purpose of the partnership is to develop innovative fueling solutions to lower the ownership and operational costs of CNG and LNG fueling stations in the US. See also Where CNG meets the road and Out of the shale and into your gas tank.

In Natural gas fuels alternative technologies we learn of CNG developments in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Review-Journal describes the process by which shale gas is transformed into CNG for vehicle power.  In addition it discusses the goal of Clean Energy to build a CNG fueling network from the West coast of the US to the East coast.  It has already put 7 stations in Las Vegas and has built more along the route from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City. Las Vegas destination, MGM Resorts International, is converting its fleet of 26 limousines to CNG for use by its guests. MGM will also convert its limousines at its other hotels, Bellagio and The Mirage

Green Packs informs of the announcements by GM and Chysler this week to convert some pick-up trucks to run on CNG in Canada and the US. The trucks will be flex fuel; ie. have the option to run both on gasoline and compressed natural gas, seamlessly transitioning between the two fuels. These trucks will be available later this year. Ford Motor Co. has offered natural-gas ready pickups and vans since 2009. See also More natural gas vehicles hitting the market.

WNEM in Midland, Michigan tells about a local company that is converting vehicles to run on propane and gasoline.

We learn from Bloomberg that Honda is exploring the idea of adding CNG fueling pumps at its dealerships in the US. Honda currently sells the only CNG powered automobile in the country, the Civic Natural Gas sedan.

This week we find new CNG stations opening or will be opened in Dallas, Texas; Glassboro and Bridgeton, New Jersey; Springfield, Missouri; and Madison, Wisconsin. In Madison the CNG will be produced from a local landfill.

 

 

 

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