No doubt about it, natural gas powered trucks and buses are a proven and reliable alternative to diesel-powered equipment in 2022. With well over 10 years of dependable service, more and more fleets across the U.S. are expanding and investing in sustainable, renewable and near zero-emission transportation solutions powered by natural gas (CNG, LNG and RNG).
As natural gas-powered fleets mature and add more vehicles, recycling the precious metals found in their emission control equipment (three-way catalysts or TWC) should become a priority for fleet maintenance managers, parts managers, and sustainability leaders. Not only is recycling a potential revenue stream, but fleets running natural gas have shown a commitment to sustainability, they should also close that loop with a robust recycling program.
As with any manufacturing facility, entire plants and/or equipment eventually become obsolete requiring replacement or in some cases plant closures. This often means the dismantling or demolition of facilities that include equipment containing high-value platinum group metals (PGM). This case study features an example project where recycled industrial catalyst material recovered significant revenue to the plant owner compared to paying for the disposal of scrap material.
With today’s high prices of Platinum Group Metals (PGM), the business of recycling scrap catalytic converters is thriving across the U.S. That said, catalytic converter recyclers are also facing a variety of challenges when it comes to the smelting/refining aspect of their businesses. This article outlines some great solutions to help catalytic converter recyclers streamline their process while maximizing profits.
Natural gas is one of the largest sources of energy production in the United States. In the U.S. alone, there are just under 500,000 active wells producing natural gas. With over 100 billion cubic feet of natural gas flowing from wells every day, natural gas fired engines play a big role in the compression and transmission process.
Most natural gas-fired reciprocating engines are used in the natural gas industry at pipeline compressor and storage stations and at gas processing plants. These engines are used to provide mechanical shaft power for compressors and pumps. At pipeline compressor stations, engines are used to help move natural gas from station to station. At storage