This October, General Electric (GE) and Peake Fuel Solutions, an affiliate of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, launched the CNG In A Box system, which allows for easier adoption of compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling options by large- and small-scale retailers. The solution was unveiled at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) 2012 Annual Show.

CNG In A Box is a portable or “plug and play” fueling system. It can compress natural gas from a pipeline into CNG on-site, either at a traditional filling station or at an industrial location.

CNG-powered vehicles such as taxis, buses, or small trucks, as well as individual consumer vehicles, can then refill their tanks using a dispenser with the same look and feel as a traditional diesel or gasoline dispenser.

General Electric and Chesapeake Energy’s CNG In A Box is a “plug and play” fueling system that can be set up at a traditional filling station or at an industrial location and compress natural gas into CNG on site. Credit: General Electric.

“Natural gas is produced at a relatively lower cost and is cleaner burning than gasoline or diesel fuel—natural gas vehicles can show an emissions reduction of up to 80 percent compared to gasoline vehicles,” GE ecomagination Vice President Mark Vachon said. “We’ll continue to deliver to the industry innovative solutions that deliver both great economics and environmental performance, and the CNG In A Box system exemplifies this commitment.”

A compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station. Compared to traditional gasoline fueling, natural gas fueling can save about 40 percent in fuel costs. Credit: NAFTC.

“In collaboration with Peake Fuel Solutions, GE is developing infrastructure solutions to accelerate the adoption of natural gas as a transportation fuel,” said Mike Hosford, General Manager of Unconventional Resources at GE Oil and Gas. “The CNG In A Box system is a unique fueling solution that brings together some of the best innovation from across GE to help fleet owners and everyday drivers realize the benefits of cleaner burning, abundant, more affordable natural gas.”

As part of this collaboration between GE and Peake Fuel Solutions, beginning in the fall of 2012 GE will provide more than 250 CNG In A Box systems for natural gas vehicle infrastructure.

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