Let’s Clear the AirNatural Gas Vehicles for America
In the coming months, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) will highlight resources from alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle industry organizations in the Let’s Clear the Air column.
These resources provide fuel-specific information that may be useful to automotive technicians, automotive students, and others who are interested in the technical aspects of these vehicles.
This month, we highlight Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVA), an organization dedicated to creating a profitable, sustainable, and growing market for compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas-powered vehicles.
The NGVA website features a “Technical and Safety Documents” section that includes reports and white papers, a technical bulletin, incident investigations and root cause analyses, and safety advice.
Included in this section is a Guideline for Determining the Modifications Required for Adding Compressed Natural Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas Vehicles To Existing Maintenance Facilities, which should be of interest to technicians who are considering work on natural gas vehicles.
This comprehensive document walks readers through the considerations and process of converting an existing automotive repair or maintenance facility to one that is able to safely service natural gas vehicles. The report includes existing code requirements (from 2012), an explanation of methods to research code requirements, guidelines for modifications of both major and minor facilities, plans for coordinating with authorities having jurisdiction, training considerations, and fuel properties and hazards of natural gas.
The Guideline for Determining the Modifications Required for Adding Compressed Natural Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas Vehicles To Existing Maintenance Facilities includes this Flow Chart for Modification Analysis to indicate the basic decisions that need to be made in order to determine what modifications may be required to add CNG and/or LNG vehicles to an existing maintenance facility. The decision points are discussed in more detail in the balance of the document. Credit: Natural Gas Vehicles for America.
The U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center also has a wealth of information about natural gas vehicles, including availability and emissions information.
The NAFTC has materials and training about natural gas vehicles, including the Petroleum Reduction Technologies: Natural Gas video, Petroleum Reduction Technologies: Natural Gas workshop, Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel System Inspector, and Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles courses.
Contact Micheal Smyth at Micheal.Smyth@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-7882 for information about these classes or other NAFTC training.