Besides Diego Goldin, the panel featured Dick Kauling, General Motors (Canada); Brenda Smith, from Gas Advisers (Hong Kong) and Alex Lawson, NGV Global’s Technical Chair.
Including a review of CNG quality issues searching for common elements and opportunities for resolution, the forum focused on the availability of market fuel specification for CNG around the world, the technical capability for NG powertrains to adapt to different gas qualities/compositions, and biogas fuel quality for grid injection.
Dick Kauling put in context the developments in gas use both in the United States and also in Europe since 2006, which showed a clear progress in environmental matters in relation to the use and impact of new technologies based on compressed natural gas.
“NGV has allowed a significant reduction in the emission of harmful gases, so it is essential that vehicles have a quality fuel to provide security, economy and efficiency. In this regard, he stressed the importance to know in detail the fuel composition: “This way, we can create a sustainable market, full of potential,” he said.
In turn, Brenda Smith focused his presentation on gas quality in Asia and expressed concern about the pollution generated in the conversion processes and the need to specify the levels of methane for small-scale distribution. “If we can establish a clean market, the hundreds of plants that currently exist in China, will benefit the market, giving it a quality fuel,” she stressed.
Alex Lawson highlighted the importance of discussing about the transportation market thinking of it as an indispensable element in the business chain. “Although it may be more expensive, it is necessary to develop a pipeline network that can be used both for household use and also for vehicles”, he said.
After every panel, a general discussion took place and speakers interacted enthusiastically between them and with the audience. Moreover, people could ask questions to the panel experts.
Moderated by Brenda Smith, this panel consisted of Jaime del Alamo, NGVA Europe, Spain; Fred Zweep, Vedder Transportation Group (Canada); and Diego Goldin.
Since LNG is emerging as a major player in the mobile alternative fuels market but with many issues still unsolved, the panel discussed several topics including the nature of LNG as a time sensitive fuel, fuel quality and composition issues and its effect on storage and vehicle performance, LNG station design and filling performance of vehicle tanks, update on LNG standards including tank mounting requirements, parking of LNG-fueled vehicles in enclosed areas, and the possibility that RFID systems can identify different pressure storage systems for on board LNG tanks.
Jaime del Alamo said that in Europe there is no standard rule to regulate the market and that is why a year and a half ago it was launched a program to achieve a standard rule that allows commercializing NGV. “The European Commission is interested in investing a significant amount of money for the promotion and financing of this technology”, he said and added that there are currently about 20 companies which offer the service of LNG distribution in Europe.
According to Fred Zweep, “LNG transportation is a major opportunity in Canada because there is a great plant to supply other parts of the country.” In his presentation, Zweep introduced Canada as a successful model for growth, a good place to invest in the development of new technologies, where the challenge is to create an efficient network of refueling points.
In turn, Diego Goldin presented the characteristics and effects on safety and engineering on vehicle conversion, and he also explained the development and implementation of new technologies.
Photo 2: Brenda Smith
Photo 3: Diego Goldin