June 20, 2014

Westport Speakers Sought Out for Natural Gas Transportation Conferences

Westport's Scott Winton presents at NGV USA in Houston, June 13, 2014.
As natural gas applications for transportation become increasingly pervasive, Westport’s executives are sought after for their expertise in industry-wide conferences.

Scott Winton, Westport’s Senior Director, OEM Development and Sales, presented to a crowd of around 70 at the Natural Gas Vehicles USA conference in Houston, Texas last week. Scott’s presentation, Natural Gas for Trucking Applications, was featured in the June 13 session, Heavy Duty Natural Gas Vehicle Overview.

His presentation included a wide range of subjects around natural gas for transportation and reviewed topics like why go with natural gas, compressed natural gas (CNG) vs. liquefied natural gas (LNG), the differences between spark-ignited and high pressure direct injection combustion technologies and how to make the switch to natural gas based on fleet size and needs. 
Scott also discussed a case study from Kroger who announced in May that it will deploy a fleet of heavy-duty trucks that run on LNG using the Westport iCE PACK™ LNG Tank System.

Scott also spoke to the growth of LNG infrastructure and the opportunity for fleets to take advantage of the range and hold times of LNG.
Westport Analysis, 2013.
Bruce Hodgins, Vice President of Off-Road and New Markets, presented on June 17 at the sister conference, Natural Gas for Off Road Applications USA in a session titled: Mining Applications powered by LNG: Discover the Latest Technology. He presented on high horsepower solutions for natural gas for mining and rail.

“There’s an acceptance of LNG for many organizations in the HHP sector and a desire to see units on trial,” Bruce says. “The mood was optimistic.”

Bruce talked about the performance, emissions, and economic characteristics of the different combustion technologies for natural gas, which technologies are most applicable to mining operations, and why mining companies are interested in LNG for their operations. The presentation highlighted the high-substitution (greater than 90 per cent displacement of diesel fuel), high-efficiency, and low methane emissions of HPDI, which gives significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions (over 20 per cent) and economic advantages over diesel and other natural gas technologies.

He also reviewed Westport’s HHP LNG pump technology – the P200 ­­– which is in development for both mining and rail applications. Attendees asked about refueling time, to which he responded that LNG tanks in development are designed to provide adequate range in a majority of mine operations. Another question addressed the possibility of re-using components of a dual-fuel trial when they switch to HPDI technology – Bruce says mine site fuel infrastructure will be re-usable regardless of whether the trucks run on dual fuel or HPDI.

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