Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Stations

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While you might not have heard much about Compressed Natural Gas stations if your fleet is still operating on traditional fuels, the U.S. Department of Energy reports through its alternative fuels data that more than 900 Compressed Natural Gas stations are currently up and running in the U.S.

Though engines that run on CNG carry a slightly higher sticker price, they require less maintenance, experience less wear and tear and, as a result, have a longer life. In addition, the price of CNG is less prone to market volatilities and is more affordable than gasoline or diesel by a sizable amount.

Of all Compressed Natural Gas companies in the Mid-Atlantic region, Shipley Energy is the one leading the way. Putting our commitment to clean alternative fuels into practice, we’re the first Pennsylvania energy company to deploy CNG-powered fuel trucks. Moreover, to assist others in their CNG journeys, we also recently opened our first CNG fuel delivery station.

Read on to see how Shipley Energy and CNG are out to help save you money while going green!

Shipley Energy Compressed Natural Gas… Energy for the Long Run

York County's only Compressed Natural Gas Station is conveniently located at the cross roads of I83 and Route 30. Our Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is the clean, powerful, cost-effective fuel alternative for all your local or long-haul trucking and fleet needs. Shipley Energy is investing in tomorrow by bringing a Clean Energy fueling station to York. More than ever before, we are your company's energy partner for your business, the environment, and the future.

Shipley Energy's CNG Station was also featured in an article by the Central Penn Business Journal,  which describes how assorted vehicles — from humble street sweepers to leading national food distribution and delivery trucks — are already operating cleaner and more efficiently thanks to natural gas engines. Click here to read the article.

What Is Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)?

Compressed natural gas is a readily available alternative to gasoline for powering vehicle engines. CNG comes from the compression of natural gas, which consists primarily of methane, to less than 1% of its original volume at standard atmospheric pressure. The two primary methods for sourcing CNG are:

  • Traditional: The earth contains large quantities of animal and plant material that has been buried under sediment for millions of years. The pressure generated by the sediment and heat produced by the earth's core has transformed this waste into natural gas found in underground wells.
  • Renewable: CNG can also come from the organic waste found at locations such as landfills and wastewater treatment plants. As this waste breaks down over time, it produces methane. It's possible to capture and purify this methane gas and convert it into renewable energy gas.

You can purchase CNG for your vehicles at compressed natural gas stations. Installers typically place them where there is access to an underground natural gas piping system. They contain a compressor, dispensers, storage vessels, and a gas dryer.

The two types of CNG fuel stations are:

  • Fast-fill: These stations can typically fill a standard car or light-duty vehicle such as a van or pickup truck in five minutes or less. They receive natural gas from a pipeline at low pressure, then compress it at the site and move it to storage vessels. Consumers use a specially designed dispenser to fill their vehicles with CNG.
  • Time-fill: A time-fill CNG fuel station is ideal for overnight fueling of commercial vehicle fleets (or passenger vehicles stored in residential garages). They deliver the CNG at a lower pressure than a fast-fill setup. They also do not have storage vessels. Instead, they use large compressors to fuel the vehicles. Because time-fill stations require less equipment, they are typically less expensive to install than their fast-fill counterparts.

 

Why Should You Consider Switching to Compressed Natural Gas?

CNG can provide a host of benefits, including that it's:

  • Eco-friendly: CNG-fueled engines burn cleaner than those that run on gasoline or diesel. They produce considerably lower levels of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and non-methane organic gas emissions. While they do generate methane (a greenhouse gas), the reduced CO2 production offsets this effect.
  • Efficient: The high methane content found in compressed natural gas results in a significantly higher octane rating compared to gasoline, which makes engines run more efficiently. It also reduces wear and tear, which can increase an engine's lifespan.
  • Low-cost: You can typically purchase CNG at about a third of the cost of diesel fuel or gasoline. The price of CNG is also more stable and less susceptible to volatile swings.
  • Available: There's an abundant supply of natural gas in the U.S., and you can find a network of pipelines throughout much of the country. The number of CNG fuel stations is also increasing rapidly.
  • Safer: CNG poses a much lower fire hazard than gasoline. It's also non-toxic and non-corrosive and won't contaminate groundwater.

Why is CNG the “smart” fuel alternative?

Compressed Natural Gas is the fuel for tomorrow for many reasons. Not only does it allow you to add a diverse energy source to your fleet but it’s:

  • Clean
  • Cost effective
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Easy to maintain
  • Quiet running
  • Made in USA
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Shipley Energy is proud to have joined this movement and currently has added 5 new CNG trucks to our fleet and are on the road today! If you currently operate CNG vehicles, come see us at the Pacific Pride location where we can fill your entire fleet. Its quick, convenient and always…. at your service!

714 Loucks Mill Road, York, PA 17403
Pac Pride Location - 714 Loucks Mill Road York PA 17403

Your business, on the road to the future

CNG is Clean, Lean and Meaningful to the environment!

When is it a good time to add CNG trucks to your fleet?

  • If you have an aging fleet
  • If you are looking to add additional trucks or vans to your fleet
  • If you are looking at add a diverse energy source to your fleet

“Commercial fleets are rapidly expanding their use of CNG as technology improves since it offers a clean, cost-efficient alternative to diesel and gasoline,” said Matt Sommer, Shipley Energy Group’s President. “Shipley Energy prides itself on being at the forefront of fuel advances, and providing new technology for our customers.”

More than ever, clean fuel alternatives are the smart and responsible choice for companies who need to deliver. And with so many growing industries in York County, Shipley Energy is working to make it easy to move to CNG. Compressed Natural Gas is inexpensive to produce and store, making it ideal for numerous fleet sizes: refuse trucks, buses, taxis and heavy-duty trucks.

In addition, once your vehicle is at our CNG fueling station, filling up is clean, quick and easy. All you have to do is attach the CNG nozzle to your vehicle’s tank and start fueling. CNG flows at roughly 3,600 PSI, which means you’ll be filled up and ready to go in no time at all.

And if you’re concerned about mileage, don’t be. Shipley Energy’s CNG-powered trucks have been averaging more than 350 miles per fill-up!

Get In Touch about Compressed Natural Gas

With over 90 years in the fuel business, we know a thing or two about innovation and the development of alternative fuels. From biodiesel to CNG, we have the know-how and experience to make your switch to cleaner energy sources a viable, easy and, most importantly, cost-effective one.

Want to find out more? It’s easy. Just call Cole Wagner, our CNG expert at (717)-334-8134 and let him show you how transitioning to CNG can be the best move your company has ever made. Or fill out the form below and he will reach out.

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