Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CleanFUEL USA showcases propane autogas refueling technology at Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo

GEORGETOWN, Texas –– October 21, 2014 ––

Who: CleanFUEL USA, an industry leader in propane autogas technology (Booth #106)

When: October 22-24, 2014

Where: Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC

What: CleanFUEL USA, in booth #106, will showcase its PRO 6100 refueling dispenser featuring eCONNECT, the propane industry’s first fully integrated fuel management system. eCONNECT allows fleet managers to economically monitor and control fuel inventories faster and easier than ever before with real-time data insight, flexible report storage and remote access capabilities.

Thomas Built Buses, in booth #209, will showcase its Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus featuring a Liquid Propane Injection (LPI) fuel system from CleanFUEL USA in the Ride and Drive portion of the show. The C2 offers school districts numerous benefits, including a reduction in emissions, lower fuel prices and exceptional power. The Ride and Drive will be held on Wednesday, October 22 from 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Brooke McWhirter, channel manager, School Bus Market with CleanFUEL USA will speak at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, during a breakout session entitled, “Passionate About Propane” in room 306A.

About CleanFUEL USA:
CleanFUEL USA, the nation’s first developer of liquid propane fuel injection systems, is a leading manufacturer of propane autogas dispensers and refueling infrastructure. Headquartered in Georgetown, Texas, with an engineering division in Wixom, Mich., CleanFUEL USA celebrates more than 20 years of innovation. Setting industry standards with a complete alternative fuel solution, CleanFUEL USA products offer unsurpassed economic and environmental advantages. Learn more at www.cleanfuelusa.com.

Connect on Twitter (@CleanFUELUSA), Facebook (facebook.com/CleanFUELUSA) and YouTube (youtube.com/CleanFuelUSA1).


Media Contacts:

Gina Manassero
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Crystelle Markley

Monday, October 20, 2014

A World Stage for Propane Technology

Partnering with world-class manufacturers, the Propane Education & Research Council has helped commercialize an impressive portfolio of clean and efficient propane products that includes vehicles, commercial mowers, industrial and irrigation engines, business scale water heaters, combined heat and power units, and a variety of mobile and stationary generators, to name a few.
These investments in innovation are focused on meeting consumer desires for affordable equipment, appliances, and vehicles that deliver performance with a reduced environmental footprint. Of course, for the companies that fund PERC, these innovations also grow demand for propane and bring new customers to their businesses. Everyone wins.
At the World LP Gas Forum, meeting in Miami Oct. 28-30, PERC and our manufacturing partners will showcase these new products to a global audience with the goal of opening opportunities to expand the customer base and ultimately create economies of scale that promise to lower production costs to benefit consumers here and abroad.
During the forum, PERC’s new video series, Clean American Innovation, will present testimony from several PERC manufacturing partners: Exmark, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., Generac, Kohler, Marathon, Origin Engines, Power Solutions International (PSI), and Roush CleanTech.
Of course, not every exciting new propane product is made in America. Creativity knows no boundaries. Because propane is used on every continent except Antarctica, at the gathering in Miami, I expect to see innovations and to learn from entrepreneurs from around the planet. They’ll be there. That’s been my experience since PERC hosted the WLPGA’s first Global Technology Conference in Chicago nearly a decade ago.
This forum deserves our attention for many reasons. The opportunity to showcase propane technology on a global scale is just one of them. And so is the chance to learn from others.

Watch the archived Third Thursday webinar featuring Thomas Built Buses

Come hear more about why the propane autogas C2 is an excellent choice for your fleet!
As district budgets are tightened and environmental standards become as much of a public mandate as they are governmental, fleets are switching to alternative-fueled school buses to improve their image and their transportation budget. Thomas Built Buses is excited to expand their alternative fuel offering with its propane-fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus, now in full production.

Built upon the popular Saf-T-Liner C2 model, the propane-fueled C2 provides outstanding maneuverability, state-of-the-art driver ergonomics and the greatest visibility among all Type C buses - with zero sacrifices in style, performance, safety or comfort. Under the hood, the propane-fueled C2 comes complete with an Allison 2300 PTS Series transmission, an 8.0 liter engine provided by Powertrain Integration and a fully-integrated CleanFUEL USA Liquid Propane Injection fuel system.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Outlook on Energy Is Better Infrastructure

This week I joined state energy officials at their annual Winter Energy Outlook Conferenceto talk about our nation’s energy environment.
EIA Winter Energy OutlookAs we know, propane production is skyrocketing. The U.S. Energy Information Administration and the pipeline operator Enterprise agree that propane will experience significant production growth over the next five years. Because propane is made right here in the U.S., it can help make us more energy secure and independent than we have been for generations. Propane also helps provide Americans with a cleaner environment to live and work in by producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels in most applications.
The consequence of having this abundant supply of propane and other renewable resources is a strain on our nation’s energy infrastructure, which is old, inadequate, and congested. The expanding natural gas supply and crude oil transportation from the Bakken formation are straining both our railroad service and pipeline system while disrupting the reliability of services of other key commodities like propane and grain. Another consequence is a doubling of our country’s export capacity for propane and other NGLs to take advantage of the plentiful supplies.
Investments are being made to modernize our nation’s energy infrastructure, with plans that include building a new smart grid and putting more pipelines into large consumer areas. As for exports, it’s important that Americans continue to have the propane they need, so that future generations can continue to enjoy energy independence and a clean environment.

Come visit us at the Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Calcasieu school board pursuing alternative fuels

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -Gas prices have dropped but still average over $3.00 per gallon. Now, the City of Lake Charles hopes a new partnership will propel alternative fuel as a more viable option.

The city is pursuing options like propane and natural gas, but they need more partners in terms of volume to make it worthwhile. 

That changed at Tuesday's Calcasieu Parish School Board meeting, when board members approved a resolution to pursue alternative fuel options like propane and natural gas. 

"The action of the school board last night was merely a statement that yes we're willing to participate," said Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach. 

Roach says the primary reason the city reached out to the school board was because of the number of school buses they have.

"Having the school board involved and working with us to develop an alternative fuel program and being able to look at their fleet of school buses as a potential fleet of vehicles that could be used for alternative fuel purposes certainly makes it a little bit more cost-efficient," explained Roach.

School board officials say they have about 400 buses in their fleet. Most of them use diesel fuel or regular gasoline.

But whether the fleet will be converted to propane or natural gas is yet to be determined.

"Both of them are being considered," said Roach.

However those buses won't be guinea pigs. The city has already adopted a few propane-run pickup trucks as well as lawnmowers.

While the city has their own propane fueling site, it's not open to the public. In fact, Mayor Roach says there's a big void in Southwest Louisiana, which has to change.

"In order for the private sector or the public sector to effectively use alternative fuels, they have to be able to get it. And the only place they can get it is at a fueling station," added Roach.

For now, Roach says they're in the early stages of planning, "What that program is going to be, how it's going to be set up, where the fueling stations are actually going to be located all of that still has to be determined."

While details are forthcoming, Mayor Roach says what is known at this point are the groups that have agreed to work together, which includes the City of Lake Charles, City of Sulphur, Calcasieu Parish, and now, the Calcasieu Parish School Board. See original article and video here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Can propane school buses save money and provide other benefits?

School districts across the country are looking for ways to save money and be more environmentally sustainable. A new case study from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory that examines five school bus fleets that are successfully using propane school buses provides one promising option. The case study describes how some of the school districts saved nearly 50% on a cost per mile basis for fuel and maintenance relative to diesel, in addition to seeing a variety of other environmental and social benefits.
The case study describes both the benefits and challenges of deploying propane in school bus fleets. Using Argonne National Laboratory's Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) Tool developed for the DOE’s Clean Cities program, the results showed payback periods over which the fleet recouped the incremental costs of vehicles and infrastructure ranging from three to eight years. Overall, fuel economy for these propane vehicles is close to that of the diesel vehicles they replaced, on an energy-equivalent basis. In addition, the 110 propane buses described in the study eliminated the use of 212,000 diesel gallon equivalents per year of petroleum, and 770 tons per year of greenhouse gases. The study is available for download on the Alternative Fuels Data Center.
DOE’s Clean Cities program supported the development of the case study and AFLEET tool. Clean Cities works with a network of nearly 100 coalitions to advance the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions that reduce transportation-sector petroleum consumption. Clean Cities is an initiative of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
For more information about the study or the AFLEET tool, please contact Andrew Burnham, aburnham@anl.gov.