GE and Peake Fuel Solutions—an affiliate of Chesapeake Energy Corporation—unveiled and launched the CNG In A Box™ system last week at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) 2012 Annual Show.
The system allows easier adoption of compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling options for large- and small-scale retailers. According to Chesapeake, A vehicle fleet operator that uses the CNG In A Box™ system for natural gas fueling instead of traditional gasoline fueling can save about 40 percent in fuel costs. The CNG In A Box™ system is a plug-and-play on-site fueling solution that comes with everything retailers need to add low-cost natural gas fuel to their operations quickly and simply. This GE ecomagination™ qualified refueling option provides an easy, lower-cost fueling experience for consumers and a higher-margin solution for facility operators compared to gasoline or diesel.
“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—Unconventional Resources, GE Oil & 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.”
“After working extensively with GE to develop the CNG In A Box™ system, we are excited to unveil it at NACS and to the fueling industry overall. Combining Peake Fuel Solutions’ natural gas expertise and GE’s breadth of cross-industry technology capabilities will advance the use of abundant and affordable natural gas fueling solutions,” said Kent Wilkinson, vice president—Natural Gas Ventures, Chesapeake.
The CNG In A Box™ system compresses natural gas from a pipeline into CNG on-site at a traditional automotive fueling station or 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.
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.
To learn more about the CNG In A Box system, visit http://www.ge-energy.com/solutions/CNG_in_a_Box.jsp.