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News Archive - August 2009

California’s GESI to Build More Fuelling Installations
August 27, 2009 - Gas Equipment Systems, Inc. (GESI), based in Rancho Cucamonga, California, has been successful with winning three contracts for private-access compressed natural gas fueling installations, according to a Fleets and Fuels report. The facilities include an Azusa Unified School District time fill for ten school buses, a City of South Pasadena time fill for ten medium duty city fleet vehicles and a Cathedral City time fill for 12 medium duty city fleet vehicles. The contracts expand GESI’s portfolio of refuelling projects, adding to those reported by NGV Global end of 2008. For more information, please click here.

US Department of Energy Allocates $300M for Alternative Fuel Projects
August 26, 2009 - Natural gas vehicle projects feature in 19 of 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The projects accounced by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, will speed the transformation of the nation’s vehicle fleet, putting more than 9,000 alternative fuel and energy efficient vehicles on the road, and establishing 542 refueling locations across the country. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) also estimates they will help displace approximately 38 million gallons of petroleum per year. For more information, please click here.

Congressmen Approved NGV Program of $150 Million
August 17, 2009 - The House of Representatives from the United States of America overwhelmingly approved a USD 150 million for research, development and testing of vehicles powered by natural gas. The initiative was drafted by Republican Congressman from Oklahoma, John Sullivan.

The bill, approved by a 393-35 vote, authorizes the Energy Department to undertake a program of natural gas vehicles (NGV) for five years funded with USD 30 million annually starting in the 2010 budget year. The research program aims to help the continuous improvement and development of new, cleaner and more efficient light, medium and heavy engines. The project also aims to improve the reliability and efficiency of the CNG refueling stations and promote the use of natural gas engines in hybrid vehicles. For more information, please click here.

AT&T Releases Report – Alternative Fuels to Reduce Carbon Footprint
August 12, 2009 - AT&T has released it 2008 Citizenship and Sustainability Report, titled Connecting for a Sustainable Future, announcing that the company has made progress on measuring corporate-wide CO2 emissions and determining base lines. As a result, AT&T plans to disclose its domestic carbon footprint by the end of 2009 (see page 15 of report). The report is for the first time aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G3 Guidelines, which provides a framework for organizations to report on their social, environmental and economic performance. For more information, please click here.

Hythane Calibration for Ford 6.8L V10 Engine Certified by CARB
August 12, 2009 - Australian based energy provider Eden Energy Limited, and US converter BAF Technologies, have developed a Hythane® calibration for Ford 6.8L V10 engines used in E-450 vehicles. The calibration, which demonstrates the dramatic emissions reductions that can be achieved through the use of Hythane® a blend of hydrogen and compressed natural gas (HCNG), has been granted certification by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB certification allows commercial sale and use of the engine, no longer limiting it to use in demonstration projects. For more information, please click here.

Ford Focus CNG Conversion Adds to Dedicated Offering in U.S.
August 9, 2009 - Altech-Eco Corporation, a provider of alternative fuel conversion technologies for automobiles, has obtained a Certificate of Conformity from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its compressed natural gas (CNG) dedicated conversion system for the Ford Focus, for both model years 2008 & 2009 equipped with the 2.0 liter engine. For more information, please click here.

U.S. Improving Safety for CNG Installations
August 5, 2009 - United States Congressman Dan Boren successfully amended the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010 in the U.S. House of Representatives to develop criteria for the safe installation of high-pressure tanks used in alternative fuel buses.
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Power shift? Proponents Again Push for Natural Gas-powered Vehicles
August 5, 2009 - There were high hopes in 1982 at Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp. about the future of using compressed natural gas to fuel vehicles. The Fort Smith-based natural gas utility, which has about 46,000 customers in Arkansas and 14,000 in Oklahoma, invested $70,000 to install a 10-vehicle compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel station in 1982, and by 1986 had installed CNG conversions on 70 of its 120-vehicle fleet. By the end of 1986, the company was using about 400 MCF (one thousand cubic feet) of CNG in the vehicles — an amount equivalent to 3,200 gallons of gasoline. The CNG use would peak at about 500 MCF in the late 1990s. For more information, please click here.

Forum Held to Drive Green Innovation and Commercialization
August 4, 2009 - A two-day Green Tech Connect Forum was held from Monday to Tuesday in Pasadena, California to help drive green innovation and commercialization in the United States. It is the first time the South Coast Air Quality Management District has ever hosted such a forum to help establish a partnership between green tech developers and investors. For more information, please click here.

Omnitrans Rolls Out More CNG Buses
August 2, 2009 - By the end of August, Omnitrans plans to have 27 new CNG buses delivered, and, with that, the San Bernardino Valley (California) public transit agency will be rid of the last of the diesel buses in its fleet. With the arrival of the new buses, the transit agency will complete the transition to a 100 percent natural gas fleet. Omnitrans began converting to natural gas buses in 1997. The new buses cost $525,000 each, and are manufactured by New Flyer and assembled in Crookston, Minnesota. The vehicles were paid for with a combination of federal, state and local transportation funds, along with a grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

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