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In April 2013, Nuovo was able to gain the exclusive dealership in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia for the complete line of CNG compressors manufactured by world renowned Bauer Compressors. Bauer is a German company with generations of experience and expertise in the manufacturing of all types of compressors. Over the last twelve months they have spent approximately 75% of their research and development budget on furthering the range and quality of CNG compressors. Nuovo services the Bauer compressors in their market area with the exception of Virginia where the service will be provided directly from the Bauer manufacturing facility located in Norfolk. There is virtually no CNG production challenge that can’t be addressed with the complete line of Bauer CNG compressors. All Bauer CNG compressors meet the “Made in America” standards. Nuovo also has two other sources for home compressors which can be quoted upon request. These compressors have a through put of approximately 5 gasoline gallons equivalents (GGE) per hour. Our staff is able to make recommendations on which size CNG compressor best suits your requirements.
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a fossil fuel substitute for gasoline (petrol), diesel fuel, or propane/LPG. Although its combustion does produce greenhouse gases, it is a more environmentally clean alternative to those fuels, and it is much safer than other fuels in the event of a spill (natural gas is lighter than air, and disperses quickly when released). CNG may also be mixed with biogas, produced from landfills or waste water, which doesn’t increase the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere.
CNG is made by compressing natural gas (which is mainly composed of methane [CH4]), to less than 1% of the volume it occupies at standard atmospheric pressure. It is stored and distributed in hard containers at a pressure of 200–248 bar (2900–3600 psi), usually in cylindrical or spherical shapes. CNG’s volumetric energy density is estimated to be 25% that of Diesel fuel.
CNG is used in traditional gasoline internal combustion engine cars that have been converted into bi-fuel vehicles (gasoline/CNG). Natural gas vehicles are increasingly used in the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, Europe, and North America due to rising gasoline prices. In response to high fuel prices and environmental concerns, CNG is starting to be used also in pickup trucks, transit and school buses, and trains.
The cost of this conversion is not a barrier for CNG use as a fuel and explains why public transportation vehicles are early adopters, as they can amortize more quickly the money invested in the new (and usually less expensive) fuel. The number of vehicles in the world that use CNG has grown steadily at a 30 percent annual rate.
Through Nuovo’s affiliated partners we are now able to offer EPA Approved engine conversions on many gas fueled vehicles at very competitive pricing. Additionally, we are able to offer assistance with the conversion of these vehicles as we also provide the fueling stations and the natural gas required to operate the newly converted vehicles. Nuovo will provide an in-depth study taking into consideration a clients fuels consumption, miles traveled, and several other factors which allow us to present a comprehensive savings program.
In 1985, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) deregulated natural gas which had the net effect of lowering prices and making natural gas more available to the general public.
FERC Order No. 436 had a number of immediate effects, including:
Pipelines began offering transportation service to all customers
Pipeline customers realized cost savings, in that the spot market prices of natural gas were much lower than the prices offered for natural gas by the pipelines (due to the long term ‘take-or-pay’ contracts that the pipelines were bound under)
The payments necessary under these ‘take-or-pay’ contracts increased for pipelines, as few customers were willing to purchase higher priced gas from the pipelines
Pipelines and producers were often forced into litigation to resolve issues surrounding ‘take-or-pay’ contracts
FERC Order No. 436 also had a number of longer term effects, including:
The transportation function became the primary function of pipelines, as opposed to offering the bundled merchant service
A wide variety of natural gas purchasing and transportation patterns and practices emerged due to the availability of choices to the end user
New pricing patterns emerged, known as ‘netback’ pricing, in which a reasonable price was set at the point of consumption, and that minus the cost of distribution, minus the cost of transportation, gave the ‘netback’ price to the producer at the wellhead.
The movement towards allowing pipeline customers the choice in the purchase of their natural gas and their transportation arrangements became known ‘open access’. Order No. 436 thus became generally known as the Open Access Order.
Today, competitive forces are being relied upon more heavily to determine market structure and operation. Deregulation has opened the door for companies such as Nuovo Energy to offer solutions for the transportation industry with regard to engine conversions and the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as the fuel source.