Residents and business people in and around El Dorado will have the opportunity to learn more about using natural gas as a fuel for vehicles during a city of El Dorado education forum to be presented Thursday.
The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the El Dorado Civic Center, 201 E. Central, specifically targeting businesses with fleets, although it is open to anyone interested.
The event will be put on by Mid-American CNG and will look at the future of natural gas fleets and infrastructure in Butler County.
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is an alternative to gasoline that is made by compressing natural gas to less than 1 percent of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. It consists mostly of methane and is odorless, colorless and tasteless. In addition, it costs about 50 percent less than gasoline or diesel and emits up to 30 percent fewer emissions than gasoline and 90 percent less than diesel engines.
Dave Johnson, with Mid-American CNG, said CNG powers more than 12 million vehicles today, but only about 250,000 of those are in the United States.
“Worldwide 16 percent of vehicles are on compressed natural gas and in the United States it is 1 percent,” Johnson said.
He hopes to help spread information about CNG and its benefits.
During the forum, the events will begin with an introduction by Johnson, followed by a presentation by Nathan Neises on the natural gas vehicle market (NGV) and how Kansas Gas Service is assisting that expansion. After a short break, Cam Eisman, director of engine marketing from Cummins Central Power out of Kansas City, Mo., will make a presentation regarding class 8 and natural gas applications, then Lanny Wagoner, vice president of Fuel Systems Conversions, will talk on aftermarket vehicle conversions to CNG.
Lunch will be sponsored by Tran Systems, during which time there will be announcements by Doonan Peterbilt of Wichita and Kay Johnson from the city of Wichita regarding air quality improvement efforts.
The afternoon will kick off with Sam Sweargin, with KC Mo Public Works Fleet, talking about his experience of running a diverse fleet of light duty and heavy duty vehicles, most of which run on CNG; followed by Bruce Hultman, with Shawnee Mission School District, on their fleet.
After the afternoon coffee break, Kelly Gilbert, director of KC Regional Clean Cities Coalition, will speak on their charter and resources available to transitioning fleets, followed by Johnson talking about CNG filling infrastructure and stations, as well as a presentaotions on American Power Group and their non-invasive, aftermarket HD vehicle conversion system. It will conclude with a panel question and answer, then a vehicle display tour. Mid-American CNG works to educate people and answer questions, as well as consult, assess, develop and present custom cost savings scenarios, as well as develop transition maps for a specific fleet.
Page 2 of 2 - They also will analyze local markets for additional transient, co-op or government consumption, as well as design, engineer, permit, procure and install all filling station components.