C.A. T. Inc. has signed an agreement
with U.S. Oil for the construction of five
GAIN Clean Fuel compressed natural
gas (CNG) stations in the United States
and Canada. The new stations will support C.A.T.’s recent acquisition of 100
Ryder CNG sleeper tractors. The stations will be located in Toronto, Ontario,
Canada; Montreal, Quebec, Canada;
Laredo, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; and
Scranton, Pa. Appleton, Wis.-based
U.S. Oil has 38 GAIN stations in operation or under construction.
The U.S. Dept. of Energy launched
a $1 million, two-year competition to
develop affordable systems for small-scale, noncommercial hydrogen fueling. Successful entries in the H2 Refuel
H-Prize competition will install and test
systems that generate hydrogen from
resources available at most homes, like
electricity or natural gas, for refueling
hydrogen vehicles. The H2 Refuel H-Prize will be administered by the Hydrogen Education Foundation.
A second-generation cellulosic ethanol plant capable of producing 25 million gal. per year recently opened in
Hugoton, Kan. The plant is owned and
operated by Abengoa, an international
biotechnology company. The plant utilizes only second-generation biomass
feedstock — nonedible agricultural crop
residues such as stalks and leaves —
for ethanol production.
The Hugoton facility will process 1000
tons per day of biomass. Of that, more
than 80% is expected to consist of irrigated corn stover, with wheat straw,
milo stubble and switchgrass constituting the remainder.
The facility also includes an electricity
cogeneration component with a capac-
ity of 21 MW that will generate enough
electricity to power itself and provide ex-
cess power to the local community.
Love’s Travel Stops plans to open
its first CNG fueling location in Georgia.
Upon completion, Love’s existing travel
stop in Thomson will be the company’s
18th CNG location. It will also be the first
connecting the East Coast with Love’s
Fast-Fill CNG for heavy-duty trucks as
well as a CNG fueling option for passenger vehicles.
The decision to bring Love’s Fast-Fill
CNG to a new part of the country was
made in part because of Werner Enterprises, one of the five largest truckload
carriers in the nation. The transport
company plans to purchase eight CNG
trucks specifically for the Thomson area.
CNG is expected to be available
at Love’s Travel Stop in Thomson by
Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc. opened
what it said was the first merchant liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Canada.
The facility, located in Elmworth, Alberta,
Canada, is strategically located in the
heart of oil and gas activity in northwest
Alberta and northeast British Columbia,
and produces LNG fuel for engines used
in drilling rigs, pressure pumping services, water heating for well fracturing and
heavy-duty highway and off-road trucks.
Other high-horsepower applications for
this LNG are in rail, mining, and remote
power generation. To support the entire
LNG supply chain, Ferus NGF has also
designed and built specialized mobile
storage and dispensing equipment to
provide full-service fueling solutions.
Currently, the facility can produce up
to 50,000 gal. per day of LNG, and has
the capacity to expand up to 250,000
gal. per day.
Spatco Energy Solutions, the North
American distributor for Galileo Tech-
nologies, announced the sale of the first
North American Galileo Cryobox Nano
LNG Station to Terra Energy Group.
Scheduled to be operational in early
2015, the Cryobox is designed to capture
natural gas that would otherwise be flared
off from the oil and gas fields in North Da-
kota, converting the wellhead gas into
more than 8000 gal. of LNG per day.
The Galileo Cryobox is a small-scale,
transportable LNG production plant capable of converting pipeline or well-head
natural gas into LNG. In addition to deployment in oil and gas fields, applications for Cryobox include marine bunkering, rail, mining, heavy-duty trucking
and power generation.
The European Commission adopted
an expanded list of the industry sectors
and subsectors that will be granted relief
from greenhouse gas emissions restrictions. Those on the list were deemed to
be exposed to a significant risk of carbon leakage for the period 2015 to 2019.
The decision was reached following
warnings by industry groups that manufacturers, threatened with having to pay
more for emitting carbon dioxide in Europe and under pressure from global
competition, would shift their most polluting operations elsewhere — an avoidance strategy known as carbon leakage.
The leakage list is revised every five
years. This year’s list expanded the
number of industrial sectors allowed
relief from carbon trading costs from
164 to 175. dp
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