DOE Funds Nine Natural Gas Vehicle Technologies

 

USA_DoE-Logo-2018-600-250x63.jpgThe U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected nine projects as part of a multimillion-dollar effort funded jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) to advance the state of technology for natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

http://www.ngvglobal.com/blog/nrel-funds-nine-natural-gas-vehicle-technologies-projects-0306

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Market share is far larger than electric vehicles worldwide and is growing. It makes more sense for anyone who drives long range. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_gas_vehicle

I have thousands of links on natural gas and vehicles (after the flag) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ipd1YlcDaA_E9QtLhUXJBPiobFcRx1Rgipny9rOPJZE/edit

http://www.ngvglobal.com/ The best site for news on natural gas in trucking, cars, ships, etc. 

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I would mention that the Polish shipyard Remontowa Gdansk has just completed the conversion of a British Columbia ferryboat from diesel to nat.gas.  the ferry went from Vancouver via the Panama Canal to the Baltic Sea, underwent mid-life upgrade and the conversion, and then went all the way back (!).  Rather a long haul for an inter-island ferryboat.  Incidentally, I think that the shipyard is owned by the Dutch, with Dutch design work coming out of Head Office, the steel-cutting and fitting labor being done in Poland as Poland has a surplus of experienced workers and relatively lower wages.  Europe is heading in the direction of multi-site fabrication, a bit like Boeing assembling their fuselages in Kansas and hauling them to Seattle for final assembly.  http://www.polandatsea.com/spirit-of-vancouver-island-converted-to-lng-on-the-way-to-canada/

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the natural gas is converted to a liquid and stored in a cyrogenic tank (above)   rather impressive, all things considered.

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