As we move into the future, the need for transportation is merging with society’s concerns about pollution, climate change, depletion of natural resources and the long-term sustainability of our planet — driving the adoption of alternative fuels and technologies.
In 2017, thousands from across the transportation industry attended the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, California on May 1-4 to learn about the latest alternative fuel technologies, policies, and the leading organizations driving innovation and sustainability.
Parker’s engineering experts were on-site to meet with visitors and talk about Parker’s proven multi-technology systems and components for compressed natural gas (CNG), liquid natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
Parker’s unmatched offering of natural gas vehicle and fueling system products are certified to industry standards and organizational approvals, including:
“Certification marks offer peace of mind to retailers, regulators, consumers and end users the world over by indicating that your products have been independently tested and have met the required standards for safety
– CSA Group, www.csagroup.org
Here’s a review of some of the products we featured at the show:
Available with multiple options, the FM80 integrated gas regulator system provides advanced fuel handling performance. The piston regulator design delivers better control, fewer connections, reduced risk of leaks, and longer range. Features include:
Proper filtration is instrumental in preventing contaminants from ruining a fuel system. Installing a high-pressure particulate filter upstream of the pressure regulator removes damaging particulate matter, and installing a low-pressure coalescing filter downstream of the regulator removes unwanted oil aerosols. This two-stage system will protect engine components, reduce the risk of injector malfunction, and extend the life of the system.
Single ferrule tube fittings are designed to effectively seal and resist vibration and thermo-cycling conditions in process, and instrumentation system connections. These tube fittings utilize a single ferrule for easy make-up and excellent performance in vibration applications. The “spring loaded” effect of the single ferrule creates a constant tension between the fitting body and fitting nut. Manufactured from heat code traceable 316 stainless steel.
Parker’s custom tube assemblies are designed to match system specifications and eliminate warranty issues, provide increased durability and reliability, and reduce overall operating costs.
The CNGRP low pressure CNG hose is a flexible, lightweight hose that serves as primary conveyance of CNG downstream of the pressure regulator. Rated to 248°F(120°C) at 500 psi (34.5 bar).
Designed for extreme chemical and temperature applications, Parker’s metal hose offers excellent chemical resistance with zero permeation. Hydroformed design yields a uniform wall thickness, promoting even distribution of stress during flexing and reduces concentrated residual stress.
Specifically designed for CNG applications and pressures to 3,600 psi (248 bar), the NGVBCN2-P50 breakaway allows the hose to safely disconnect, preventing damage to the dispenser in the event of a “drive off".
Parker’s Kodiak Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Coupling was designed for fueling LNG vehicles. It offers easy single action connection with integral shut-off valves and hose swivel. Its design provides a thermal break to reduce freezing of the locking mechanism. The rugged Kodiak nozzle and receptacle wear surfaces are manufactured from hardened stainless steel for maximum resistance to wear and damage.
LPG control valves are used on-board propane powered vehicles including school buses, transit vehicles, delivery trucks, and a growing number of propane autogas applications.
Located between the pressure regulator and fuel injection system, Parker high-pressure, high-flow, two-way normally closed valves offer the highest burst pressure available. These valves can be combined with a coalescing filter, lowering the amount of contaminated natural gas within a system.
This post was contributed by Steve Duricky, business development manager, Parker Hannifin