North East Ohio Clean Transportation Program
Attention Fleets and Vendors:
Ohio CNG Consortium
Stimulus Application Meeting and Vendor Expo
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Presented by Clean Fuels Ohio, SWACO and MORPC
This is the second meeting of the Ohio CNG Consortium designed to help fleets identify essential infrastructure components and survey the range of available vendor options. The goal of the meeting is to firm up explicit components needed to create a strong collaborative grant proposal.
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Waste to Energy Workshop: Advances and Opportunities in Ohio’s Livestock and Food Processing Industries
Mark your calendars to attend a workshop focused on the advances and opportunities to convert waste to energy. Read more »
The near future for Natural Gas (methane), which at present is a clean-burning domestic fuel, promises a solidly sustainable fuel.
Well, in metropolitan areas, organic matter such
as food & fecal waste is concentrated, due to population density. Both of these waste
streams, when decomposed without oxygen (anaerobic digestion), produce methane. This idea of
waste equals food/fuel is a premise of sustainability, astutely
outlined in William McDonough's classic, 'Cradle to Cradle'.
Currently, natural gas is quite popular in the transit and refuse sectors, due to a variety of factors, including lower cost of fuel, reduced need for engine maintenance, and drastically reduced emissions. In the light-duty sector, the Honda Civic GX (the only OEM NatGas vehicle for purchase in the US) has been named the greenest car in America for five years running! If the GX does not meet your needs, know that Baytech Corporation and BAF Technologies are certified by the US EPA to perform warranted retrofits on General Motors and Ford vehicles. Whether, OEM or retrofitted, Natural Gas Vehicles (and fuel) are currently eligible for large tax credit. The only current issue is lack of refueling options, although for personal use, that can be remedied with the purchase of a Phil home refueling appliance, which connects into your existing natural gas line.
However, with the coming realization that we in Ohio, home of 3 major metro areas, can produce our own fuel from our own waste; plentiful refueling options are destined to be on the way!
Natural Gas Vehicle update via Green Car Congress:
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified NaturalDrive Partners, LLC’s dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) retrofit of 2008 Chevrolet Impala sedans powered by 3.5-liter and 3.9-liter V6 engines in models LS, LT, LTZ, as well as law enforcement packages 9C1 and 9C3.
The retrofitted CNG Impala reduces NOx and CO emissions more than 50% compared to gasoline the gasoline versions, and offers about a 15% reduction in CO2 compared to gasoline. With the 3.5L engine, fuel economy is 19 mpgge city and 30 mpgge highway. The retrofit on the LTZ model also leverages GM’s Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) for superior fuel economy.
From politicians to budget conscious fleet operators, there’s a
renewed buzz around natural gas for transportation. You are invited to
take part in an exciting four part webinar series on the fuel, designed
to separate fact from fiction and provide a roadmap for fleets
interested in natural gas. For those who have pondered the benefits,
but just need more information, this is for you. This series is
presented by Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) and Alternative Fuel
Vehicle Institute (AFVi).
You can sign up for four
webinars chock full of invaluable information from how to convert
vehicles to taking advantage of available tax credits and incentives.
This first webinar will be FREE, but you must register to participate.
presented by the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute
'Real Solutions for Real Problems' The Must-Attend Fleet Event of 2009!
-pinpoint your solutions among the often confusing options
-Jumpstart your AFV program with incentives
-Learn proven strategies from colleagues and experts
-Test drive light-,medium-, and heavy-duty AFV's available for purchase TODAY Read more »
presented by the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVi)
Fueling costs got you down? Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute
(AFVi) knows how to get your fueling costs down and all it will cost is
90 minutes of your time. “Cheaper by the Gallon: Natural Gas Fueling
Needs” is a webinar designed for fleets looking for clean, affordable,
alternatively fueled medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Read more »
This 8th annual conference coordinated by BioCycle Magazine presents a comprehensive agenda on current research and case studies which explore the use of creating energy through the recycling of organic waste.
More info will be posted here soon.
CALStart has announced the formation of a Natural Gas Vehicles Purchasing Cooperative (NGV Co-op). With prices for natural gas hovering in the range of $2 /gallon equivalent, this development is indeed a welcome one for fleets and drivers alike.
The purpose of the NGV co-op is to provide fleet managers with the information necessary to identify, locate, and purchase a wide range of light, medium, and select heavy-duty natural gas vehicles. Currently, the NGV Co-Op is available only in Arizona, Nevada, and California but may expand at a later date.
Many Northeast Ohio communities are rich in natural gas wells. Though sometimes unsightly, these wells could prove to be a boon to both transportation economics and dramatic improvements in air quality, especially in regards to fine particle pollution, for which our region is non-attainment as defined by the US EPA. In addition, natural gas (methane) is now considered a renewable fuel by the US EPA as it can be produced through anaerobic digestion of organic waste, which includes food, animal, and human wastes. The largest methane recapture project in Ohio is taking place at the SWACO landfill near Columbus where landfill gas is being cleaned, with technology provided by Cleveland based Acrion, to provide cleanly powered electrictiy production as well as CNG to power on site refuse trucks.
In short, an NGV co-op in Ohio would provide fleet managers with the information to accelerate the use of this clean burning fuel in the transportation sector.
For more information on the CALSTART NGV Co-op, please download the two page (55K pdf) press release.
The Michigan Clean Transportation Expo & Awards (MCT) brings together Michigan's public and private sectors in support of the state's burgeoning clean transportation industry. The event is held in the prestigious 20,000 square foot Diamond Ballroom of the Rock Financial Showcase in Novi on Wednesday, September 24th, 2008. MCT is the place where key decision-makers will meet to look for the answers to both today's and tomorrow's pressing clean transportation questions. Read more »