Washington’s Peninsula College recently held a propane installation course as part of its alternative fuels certificate program. Peninsula College is a National Training Center member of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, and is located in Port Angeles, Washington, in the state’s Olympian Peninsula.
Mike Stone, senior installer from ICOM North America, instructed the four-day course which took place in July 2012. Students converted a 2003 Ford F-150 4.6L to dual fuel, allowing it to run on propane with a liquid injection propane kit.
Peninsula College students install the liquid propane kit into the back of the Ford F-150.Credit: Peninsula College.
In January of 2012, Peninsula College began offering an alternative fuels certificate, as part of a one-year pilot program made possible by a National Science Foundation Automotive Technology Education grant. Students earn 45 credits and work in five different areas: plug-in hybrid kits, compressed natural gas, hydrogen and fuel cells, biofuels and propane and propane conversions.
The engine conversion process. Source: Peninsula College.
For their next propane course, which will be held in the winter quarter of 2013, Peninsula College is working out an agreement with the city of Port Angeles, to convert some city trucks to propane and/or dual fuel.