* UK - ITM Power and HARDSTAFF Group to develop hydrogen-CNG fuel system
(Photo: A bus fuels up with a blend of hydrogen and CNG at the Port Coquitlam Transit Centre)
Sheffield,UK -Busworld -25 May 2012: -- UK clean fuel and energy storage company ITM Power and The Hardstaff Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop and market a Hydrogen Compressed Natural Gas (HCNG) fuel system... Natural Gas or Bio Methane may be combined at various ratios with hydrogen to produce HCNG, which, when burned, offers benefits in the
emissions performance and efficiency of engines. These improvements in combustion not only reduce the tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide, NOx, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons but also allow for increased engine speed operation, enabling the downsizing of engines. Engine downsizing results in improved operational efficiency and reduced weight...
* China - Beijing and Petrochina to promote LNG for City Transport
(Photo: China CNG bus)
Beijing,China -Busworld (Belgium) -18 May 2012: -- Beijing Municipal People’s Government and Petrochina, part of state-owned oil and gas giant China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) have jointly signed a strategic agreement to promote the use of LNG in the city’s public transport sector, reports China News. Under the agreement CNPC will provide 100 LNG-powered public transport vehicles to get the project underway, with the first lot expected to be in operation before end of February. Petrochina will build a skid-mounted LNG filling stations along major urban route across Beijing... According to the report, replacing the city’s 15,000 diesel buses with LNG vehicles is equivalent to the transformation of the 750 000 cars, a significant step toward improvement of the capital’s atmospheric environment.
* China - Beijing Public Transport switches to natural gas buses
(Photo: Foton AUX LNG bus)
Beijing,China -Busworld (Belgium)-15 April 2012: -- Foton Bus has developed an 18 meter articulated LNG bus for Beijing Public Transport Holdings, Ltd. (BPT). She indicates that she will be switching from diesel buses to natural gas buses for future bus purchases, according to reports in the Chinese press. This year, BPT will purchase 280 units of the new Foton 18m sized LNG articulated buses...
* India - Jathropa biofuel proyect may end
(Photo: Jathropa plant)
New Delhi,India -Busworld -14 May 2012: -- Was Jatropha planting on wasteland simply a waste? That’s what a tangle of central government and special committees must soon decide, and the quicker the better. The story goes back almost a decade to 2003, when Jatropha was being promoted as an ideal biofuel crop for wasteland cultivation. Ten years and volumes of plant physiology and genetics research later, we know the answer, at least from the economic standpoint, was “yes”...
* Germany - GAZPROM and SOLBUS testing LNG as bus fuel
(Photo: Solbus Gazprom LNG 2012)
Berlin,Germany -Busworld -11 May 2012: -- Gazprom Germania together with the Polish bus manufacturer Solbus and local municipal transport companies have been organizing a series of demo-runs of LNG-fuelled buses during April and May 2012. Two Solbus Solcity buses will be servicing regular lines in several cities, available for the use of the general public... Liquefied natural gas at temperatures of between -161 °C and -139 °C can be used as an internal combustion engine fuel and is as environmentally friendly as the established CNG (compressed natural gas), which already today is one of the most promising alternative motor fuels, offering savings on ever increasing petrol and diesel prices and 25 % lower CO2 emissions...
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