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Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles Gaining Steam

Compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vehicles provide significant cost savings for consumers and businesses.

Worldwide Energy recently converted our company car to natural gas, and we’re not the only ones who can see the benefits.

Compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vehicles provide significant cost savings for consumers and businesses, but the environmental benefits are undeniable. Recent news article say CNG-related benefits include savings, fewer emissions, less expensive, and cleaner.

“The development of natural gas will create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cleaner and cheaper, proving that we don’t have to choose between our environment and our economy,” President Obama was quoted as saying.

With the steady rise of natural gas, and the fall of its price, it’s no surprise that there are more efficient CNG vehicles and filling stations popping up.

But converting a car to natural gas is not the only way to take advantage of this clean energy. In fact, many businesses are looking to fuel their buildings and factories with natural gas.

Source: NorthcentralPA.com

Powered by Clean Natural Gas

Each month, Worldwide Energy Vice President and COO Gaylen Davenport will publish his thoughts on the latest energy-efficient news, products, and trends.

A few weeks ago, Worldwide Energy converted our company vehicle to natural gas. We didn’t just want to talk the talk; we wanted to prove how efficient our solutions are.

Compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vehicles are a great way to provide significant fuel cost savings, fuel efficiency, and are environmentally friendly. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy says natural gas burns much cleaner than oil– producing about 70 percent less carbon emissions.

A converted car will feature a few new additions to the vehicle. This includes cylinders that store the natural gas compressed to 3,000-3,600 pounds per square inch. These high-pressure cylinders are available in steel (typically lower cost) or high tech composites (less weight).  Modifications are made to the engine compartment to allow direct injection for gasoline engines and a computer is added to control the engine and switching between gasoline and natural gas operation.

As more cities look to install natural gas pumps, it’s getting easier to find a pump in your city. In Kansas City, the average cost per gallon of gasoline is about $3.40, compared to the average cost per gallon of CNG of $1.69.

CNG powered vehicles are widespread in other parts of the world, including China and India. As of 2010, countries in Asia and the Pacific have increased the use of natural gas vehicles (NGV) by 42 percent since 2000.

Of course, natural gas is not just used for vehicles. Many industries now rely on natural gas to become more energy efficient, and to save on utilities including transportation companies, municipalities, and even residential consumers.

And according to the International Energy Agency, the demand for natural gas is expected to increase by 50 percent over the next 20 years.

New drilling techniques have created an abundance of cheap natural gas and the infrastructure to transport and support natural gas is developing rapidly, and companies should start thinking about its benefits soon.

Be sure to wave when you see the Worldwide Energy vehicle, powered by clean natural gas.


Push for Exporting Natural Gas

The United States has gone from a buyer of natural gas to a potential seller after recent natural gas discoveries.

With so much natural gas available in the United States, it’s no wonder companies are making a big push to export the alternative fuel around the world.

“Once dependent on natural gas imports, the United States has gone from a buyer to a potential seller after a flurry of recent natural gas discoveries across the country accessible with new extraction technology.”

Because of shale gas deposits, the price of American natural gas is down to as little as a fifth of the price in other countries, making export an ideal opportunity.

And according to the International Energy Agency, the demand for natural gas is expected to increase by 50 percent over the next 20 years.

Source: New York Times

Filling Up with Natural Gas

With natural gas booming, more municipalities and cities are looking to install natural gas filling stations.

“The concept of adding liquefied natural gas stations is built on the shale gas boom,” said Jack Christensen, the director of facilities and energy management for the turnpike commission.

“It’s a high-quality fuel; it helps with pollution, it helps with national security on some levels, and we wanted to see if it would be a good fit for the turnpike.”

The use of alternative fuels can be essential to the future of clean transportation.

Source: Times Online

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