Learn about the latest developments for heavy-duty natural gas vehicle engines.
Securing California’s Clean Energy Future with Renewable Natural Gas
On November 20, 2013, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) and the Coalition for Clean Air hosted a webinar exploring renewable natural gas (RNG) development projects in California and how they could be used to meet on-site energy needs for transportation and electricity generation. Tom Hintz, Senior Managing Partner at SeaHold, LLC gave an overview of RNG and highlighted strategies for successful project development. Jim Lucas, Market Development Manager for the Biofuels Market Development group at Southern California Gas Company discussed the market drivers and challenges to produce RNG and highlighted current waste-to-energy plant projects in California. Wayne Bishop, Senior Project Developer at Harvest Power provided a case-study of the company's 660,000 DGE/year biofuels project at an existing compost facility in Tulare, California. Cliff Gladstein, President, Gladstein, Neandross and Associates served as moderator.
- Developing RNG Efforts (PDF) - Tom Hintz
- Securing California's Clean Energy Future (PDF) - Jim Lucas
- Tulare RNG Station (PDF) - Wayne Bishop
New Engine Technology for Natural Gas Trucks
On June 12, 2013, Southern California Gas Company and Cummins Westport co-hosted a webinar titled “New Engine Technology for Natural Gas Trucks.” This webinar showcased the latest developments for heavy-duty natural gas vehicle engines and provided a glimpse in to the future of R&D to make these engines even cleaner and more efficient. Scott Baker, Director of Product and Market Planning for Cummins Westport, presented on Cummins Westport's newest natural gas engine, the ISX12 G, which is proving to be a game-changer for the trucking industry, with high demand for the engine seen across the country. Cherif Youssef, Technology Development Manager for Southern California Gas Company, presented on the future of natural gas engine technology advancements and provided an overview of current and planned demonstration projects with these next-generation engines powered by natural gas for heavy-duty vehicles.
Presentations and speakers
- George Minter, Director of Policy and Environment, Southern California Gas Company
- New Natural Gas Engine Technology: SX12 G (PDF) - Scott Baker
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- On-road Heavy-Duty Engine Technologies (PDF) - Cherif Youssef
- Q&A Session - Moderated by Cliff Gladstein, President, Gladstein, Neandross and Associates
Due to technical difficulties with the audio, Scott Baker was unable to respond to questions during the moderated Q&A portion of the webinar. Scott has provided written responses to the questions submitted by webinar participants.
Cleaner Goods Movement for Tomorrow: Natural Gas to Power Ships, Trains and Trucks
On December 11, 2012, Southern California Gas Company partnered with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to host a free webinar titled “Cleaner Goods Movement for Tomorrow: Natural Gas to Power Ships, Trains and Trucks.” This webinar highlighted the burgeoning opportunity for natural gas as a cleaner alternative fuel to power ships, trains and heavy-duty trucks associated with goods movement activities.
Goods movement is integral to Southern California’s economy and this sector is expected to continue to grow. It is critical that cleaner fuels and technologies be used by the ships, trains and trucks in the future to reduce the emissions generated by this sector. The ships, trains and trucks that move these goods typically rely on large, high horsepower engines that burn diesel or similar fuels but they can be powered by cleaner natural gas.
The webinar presenters included Normand Pellerin, assistant vice president for environment and sustainability at Canadian National Railway; Cliff Hill, Director of Marine Operations for Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE); and Cliff Gladstein, President of Gladstein, Neandross and Associates. Mr. Gladstein provided an overview of the emerging opportunity to use natural gas to power a variety of high horsepower sectors including rail, marine and trucking. Mr. Hill presented on his company’s efforts and plans to add marine vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) to its fleet, and Mr. Pellerin spoke of his company’s recent experience deploying a pilot test with locomotives fueled by natural gas in Canada.
- Natural Gas for Ships, Trains and Trucks (PDF) - Cliff Gladstein
- TOTE LNG Conversion and Construction (PDF) - Cliff Hill
- Natural Gas for High Horsepower Engine (PDF) - Normand Pellerin