Clean Energy Fuels has met its goal of completing 70 liquefied natural gas truck fueling stations this year, finishing the first stage of a network to support long-haul, heavy-duty trucks moving goods along major interstate corridors throughout the United States.
The company, one of the largest providers of natural gas fuel for transportation in the US, previously completed six LNG fueling stations in Southern California. Of the 76 LNG truck fueling stations now completed (see map, above), only 10 are open and operating. The six in Southern California are open as well as fueling stations in Las Vegas; Dallas; Baytown, Texas; and Seville, Ohio.
Clean Energy Fuels will open more stations once there’s demand, spokesman Bruce Russell said. The company is in contact with major trucking companies and as new natural gas truck engines roll out, demand for the fueling stations will rise, he said.
Meanwhile, the company plans next year to build another 70 to 80 additional LNG fueling stations adjacent to long-haul trucking routes and around major warehouse distribution centers in the US.
Last month, Clean Energy Fuels announced it would work with GE to expand LNG infrastructure as part of its plan to enable trucks to operate on the fuel across the United States. Clean Energy said it will buy two MicroLNG plants from GE Oil & Gas as part of the deal. Each plant, which will support fueling stations along critical transportation corridors, has the capacity to produce 250,000 gallons of LNG per day, GE said.
The plant is designed to expand to up to 1 million gallons per day as adoption and demand increases. The LNG produced by the MicroLNG plants will be used primarily at Pilot-Flying J truck stops.
A report released last month by Carbon War Room and Trimble said the trucking sector could save 624 million metric tons of CO2e by 2022 if US tractor-trailer fleet operators adopted seven currently available efficiency technologies.
More than 26 million trucks of all classes in the United States hauled more than nine billion tons of freight in 2010, consuming nearly 50 billion gallons of fuel and producing more than 402 million tons of CO2e emissions in the process, Carbon War Room said.