Woodstock, Ontario played host to Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show (COFS) in early September—an annual event that reigns as the country’s largest agricultural trade show. More than 750 exhibitors and 49,000 visitors attended, many of whom flocked to the New Fuels/New Trucks Expo, an exhibit that featured natural gas-powered light and heavy trucks from Peterbilt and Volvo.
“Interest is really growing in compressed natural gas,” said Murray Logan, the event’s manager of renewable energy development. “It’s an emerging technology and was a highlight.”
Though hybrid and electric vehicles were also featured, the stars of the show were compressed and liquid natural gas vehicles. And how couldn’t they be? Fuel expenses can be reduced by up to half when using natural gas over diesel.
Faromor Energy Solutions (mentioned previously in this blog) was a presenting sponsor, and has installed CNG fueling stations in various locations in rural Ontario to make refueling more accessible to farmers hauling grain, livestock or milk. Moreover, CNG equipment can be adapted to run on biomethane created right on the farm using an anaerobic digester. Needless to mention, when businesses have the ability to create their own fuel, you really get their attention.
“Farmers are always interested in ways to cut their energy costs. Feedback was very positive with quite a number of attendees seeking follow-up information,” said Logan. “CNG and LNG fueling will gain greater popularity as the infrastructure to support it grows.”
Chrysler, GM and Ford were also on hand with dual-fuel capable vehicles that can run on natural gas when it’s available and diesel or gasoline when it’s not.
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