Riverside, California is
Clean Air Aware!
The city of Riverside is on the
cutting edge of the clean fuel/clean air movement--and is making it easy
for the public to "Be A Part Of It."
Thursday, January 22, 2004 featured the opening of one of the largest
public access Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fast-fill fueling stations in
the state of California. Dedicated by Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge, this
card swiping fuel station will be open 24 hours a day. With the reduced
cost of CNG, a cleaner burning fuel than gasoline, consumers will
collectively save approximately $413,640 a year when utilizing this
facility. The CNG vehicles using this remodeled fuel station are
expected to reduce pollutants of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter
by 39 tons per year.
The thoughtfulness of this station looks to the future as well. It was
designed to be upgraded with the addition of a Compressed Hydrogen (CH2)
filling nozzle. The city of Riverside looks forward to fueling the five
Hydrogen internal combustion vehicles to be delivered upon completion of
the South Coast Air Quality Management District RFP #2004-001. This
proposal also includes 5 vehicles going to the city fleets of Burbank,
Ontario, Santa Ana, Santa Monica, as well, the SCAQMD receives 5
vehicles to be tested by their employees. Each of the 5 cities will also
get a Hydrogen filling station for these and other Hydrogen powered
automobiles to fill their compressed tanks with the cleanest available
fuel. These are expected to be public fueling stations, which will open
up the metropolitan roads to travel by fuel cell and internal combustion
hydrogen vehicles alike.
Today we have another renewable
fuel that could potentially be dispensed at this station. BioDiesel is a
cleaner fuel that can be produced locally, supporting a healthy economy.
BioDiesel can flow in the existing infrastructure including pumps and
engines with no modifications. Processes have been developed to
eliminate the problem of "gelling" and allow B100, (100% BioDiesel) to
operate without incident to below -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Both soy based
and petroleum based additives exist now to reduce oxides of nitrogen
emissions when added in concentrations of less than 1% to BioDiesel.
With these advancements in BioDiesel on top of all the other benefits it
is hard to exclude this home grown fuel from a diverse group of cleaner,
renewable fuels including Hydrogen and CNG.
Yes, I said renewable CNG. To a certain extent, CNG can be produced in
limited amounts from bio gas such as produced from decomposing matter at
land fills. BioDiesel with some cleaver accounting is the only fuel we
can grow right now with a net gain in energy content compared to how
much energy is expended to produce it. From agricultural crops BioDiesel
is only limited by the farm land available to grow virgin fuel oil on.
BioDiesel produced from recycled oil, has only as much potential as
waste veggie oil (WVO) humans generate. Hydrogen when extracted from
water using solar power creates a water/fuel cycle that can be
Sponsors of the fill station project dedication included American Honda,
Complete Coachworks, Cummins Westport, El Dorado National, Enviromech,
Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Los Angeles Freightliner and
Southern California Gas Company.
Privately owned vehicles including a Crown Vic and the GreenHummer
graciously accepted the complementary CNG provided by the sponsors. Many
of the sponsorís vehicles also test the new pumps by filling their tanks
with the free CNG.
Tai W. Robinson