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Ohio opens first LNG station deployed through the Recovery Act

The US Energy Department (DOE) announced the recent opening of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station in Ohio. The station will be an important stop along a new series of corridors now being equipped with LNG infrastructure that will enable trucks to ship goods across the country using this alternative fuel.

The new station, which celebrated its official grand opening yesterday in Seville, Ohio, was constructed by Clean Energy Fuels. It will support an initial fleet of 10 LNG trucks that are partnering with the station, and is open to any carrier using LNG-powered trucks.

The LNG station and vehicles are part of the Ohio Advanced Transportation Partnership project, which received an $11 million Energy Department investment under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The federal funding will be leveraged with more than $18 million in funding from the private sector and other sources. When the project is complete, DOE estimates it will support another 284 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and 39 alternative fuel and charging stations, displacing more than 875,000 gallons of petroleum annually.

The Ohio Advanced Transportation Partnership project is one of 25 alternative fuel and advanced vehicle projects that received nearly $300 million in Recovery Act funds through the DOE Clean Cities initiative. Once completed, these projects will deploy more than 8,000 alternative fuel vehicles and more than 1,500 fueling and charging stations.

In addition to natural gas, these Recovery Act projects will expand the use of a broad range of fuel-efficient vehicle technologies, including biodiesel, electric vehicles, ethanol, and propane-fueled vehicles.

Comments

Engineer-Poet

There goes the market for GTL diesel!

SJC

Clean Energy Fuels...

This is Pickens idea he has had since June 2008. Big rigs use 20,000 gallons per year and there are millions of them. This is a good alternative and NO, it it not an end to GTL diesel, don't delude yourself...but you will anyway.

Engineer-Poet

You're claiming that GTL diesel, made at 33% efficiency (your figure), can compete with its own feedstock (natural gas).  That's patently ridiculous.

You yourself posted that the Honda Civic GX was the cleanest car on the market, better even than the Prius.  LNG is preferable to GTL for air quality also.

Last, as the market for gasoil fractions shrinks, petroleum diesel will get cheaper.  This will eliminate the profit margin of potential GTL producers.  This leaves two situations in which GTL might still be economic:

  • When stranded gas is available (e.g. Alaska's north slope, Nigeria).
  • Speciality fuels, such as military stockpiles requiring very long shelf-life.
If you think there are others, list them.

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