History of NGV Solutions
NGV Solutions, originally a Silicon Valley-based start-up, completed, field-tested, and certified its natural gas fueling system for vehicles in Santa Cruz, California. The station produced Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) using feedstock from existing utility company pipelines and dispensed the finished product on-site. This technology could satisfy the daily requirements for natural gas fuel for vehicles, most particularly fleet vehicles, where and when it is needed and occupied an extremely small footprint. It eliminated costly trucking and environmental damaging leakage during distribution, transferring, and fueling.
NGV Solutions personnel also converted many vehicles from gasoline and some diesel engines to natural gas, making it possible to convert fleet vehicles already in use to this near-zero-emission alternative fuel without replacing the engine. NGV Solutions now has a solution to convert diesel engines without losing horsepower and torque!)Many of these converted vehicles were configured to change on-the-fly from the alternative LNG or CNG fuel to a mixture of gasoline or diesel, or run only on their original gasoline or diesel fuel.
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NGV Solutions faced the perfect storm at the turn of the 21st Century because standard fossil fuels were inexpensive and the business climate for competing technologies was not favorable. Since then, standard fuel prices have climbed, gas and oil drilling technology has virtually guaranteed success for every new well drilled, the price of natural gas has declined, and other alternative power sources for commercial fleets are still many years away from becoming viable.
Some highlights over time include:
Today it is ready to begin the adventure anew, providing clean alternative fuel for commercial fleets and creating a positive contribution to communities locally and across the United States.
The company moved to Dallas, Oregon, in 2016 to take advantage of a more favorable business climate and personnel resources. By the time it rebuilt the station and began preparations for a new launch, the principals had invested more than $45 million in cash, equipment, and labor.
The U.S. Department of Energy commissioned a study through Brookhaven National Labs which confirmed the performance and efficiency of the station. This testing was successfully completed in early 2000.
Additional patents were granted in 2001 for liquefaction techniques and a special vehicle fueling nozzle that captures any excess gasses in the vehicle's fuel tank instead of letting them vent to the environment.
The company filed its first two patents in the mid-90s.
Its fueling stations were approved by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the National Fire Protection Agency and the company continued testing aggressively through 1999.