Vehicles powered by natural gas sound attractive for a variety of reasons: they burn cleaner than petroleum, the fuel costs less, and vast reserves exist right here in the United States. So why don’t we see more natural gas cars and trucks on the road? A major reason is that the cost of the vehicles,…Read More
A previous blog post discussed the growth of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a substitute for diesel fuel for use in trucks that travel long distances. The costly hurdle is establishing the infrastructure along U.S. highways so that long-haul trucks can refuel – even in remote locations. There are a few private firms in the U.S. that are undertaking this effort, most notably Clean Energy Fuels, but now there is a new player in the game. China.
One of the largest private firms in China, ENN Group Co Ltd (ENN), has quickly jumped into the abundant U.S. natural gas market with ambitions to build 50 natural gas stations across the country just this year, amounting to an investment of approximately $50Read More
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has an interesting chart that shows the gross yearly shale gas production on a state-by-state basis.
The majority of the growth in shale gas production in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other neighboring states is due to extraction from the Marcellus Shale formation but recently, the Utica Shale formation, which is located a few thousand feet below Marcellus, has become an important topic of conversation. Utica has the potential to become a massive natural gas resource, as it has thicker rock than the Marcellus shale and is much larger geographically. Part of the Utica Shale stretches into Ohio, which has seen most of the drilling activity during 2011 and 2012, since the shale is closer to the surface (only a few thousand feet) than in any other region, making it easier to drill.Read More
Clean Energy Corp. has agreed to buy two production facilities from General Electric that liquefies natural gas to create fuel for long-haul trucks. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) can be used as an alternative to diesel fuel and has the potential to be cost efficient to transport over long distances where pipelines do not exist — provided LNG filling stations can be placed strategically along routes. LNG has a higher energy density – 60% more dense than diesel fuel – and it also has 25% lower combustion emissions than diesel or other fuel oils. GE estimates that switching to natural gas could cut fuel costs for long-haul trucks by 25 percent. A major logistical challenge is that the fuel must be stored in super cooled (-260 degrees Fahrenheit) containers limiting travel range. The good news is that trucking companies and engine makers seem to be more confident that the lower price of natural gas will continue to last long enough to moreRead More