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GasShow 2016 - the premieres
Interestingly, Vialle presented a new system based on injection of vapour state LPG. It was a diesel blending solution named Dual Blue. Dedicated Hana injectors debuted along with it and so did a reducer. The Dual Blue ECU features a radiator on the casing to provide sufficient cooling. A similar system for blending diesel oil with CNG/LNG will also be offered under the name Dual Green.
Rempel Power Systems, the company behind the LPG Startbox presented at the 2015 edition of GasShow, allowing starting the engine directly in autogas mode in ambient temperatures of 5° C and above, brought and presented a product designed for colder conditions – the LPG Power Heater. It acts as an additional vapouriser when the reducer isn't warm enough to supply vapour state fuel to the engine. According to the manufacturer, the heater allows to switch to LPG mode in as little as 30 seconds after start-up in the winter.
EDDC is a new company from Białystok – the Polish Silicon Valley of autogas – offering a range of LPG system ECUs under the 4Save brand. Some of them are 24-pin models (the 4Save Best with OBD compatibility and an OBD scanner, with automatic error deletion feature, and the 4Save Eco), others feature 48-pin connectors (the 4Save Classic is also OBD compatible and has a built-in scanner with automatic error deletion, but on top of that it offers petrol interjections and a built-in fuel pressure emulator). For bigger and more powerful engines the company offers the 56-pin 4Save Max, which offers similar features as those found on the 4Save Classic ECU.
RCS Navigation from Ukraine had a very modest, but interesting product at their stand – an ultrasonic LPG level sensor. It has been designed for systems monitoring the use of vehicles and work of drivers, but it can be just as successfully used on small autogas tanks on individual cars. The sensor is placed on the underside of the tank (without piercing it or contacting the fuel directly) and monitors the level of fuel by measuring the distance from the bottom to the surface and recalculating the amount based on the tank's capacity. The sensor is paired with a display on the dashboard.
Of course there were some tank manufacturers present at the GasShow – Turkish companies Saka and Tugra Makina represented this sector. Speaking of Turkey, there were next to no companies offering other autogas components (apart from Eurojetgas, displaying NLP products), such as ECUs, reducers and injectors. This is quite surprising given how Gas Turkey is doing these days.
Obviously valve saver technology was there in Warsaw, represented by ERC (of Germany) and Flashlube (from Australia). The former company particularly promoted a dedicated solution for direct-injection engines (with the fluid applied with the fuel, not into the intake manifold), while the latter one presented their proven products – the Valve Saver Fluid and two application devices (one electronic and one vacuum-operated).
We did not forget about the CNG/LNG part of the event. EuropeGAS of Białystok, Poland, had a particularly broad range of products on display in this category. There were two heavy-duty commercial vehicles featuring the company's components outside the hall – a MAN bus and a MAN truck tractor, both equipped with CNG-diesel blending Oscar-N Diesel systems capable of replacing up to 50% of diesel with the cleaner and cheaper alternative fuel – and some separate components presented at the booth, including the new Metano reducer, which received a 2016 INPRO Award.
Apart from EuropeGAS' vehicles, there were other cars and trucks running on CNG and LNG parked outside the Expo XXI, too. Iveco brought the monofuel Stralis Natural Power with a range of up to 750 km achieved through combining CNG and LNG tanks. Not far away cryogenic tanker trailers (one by Cryogas and one by Duon) for LNG transport were showcased.
PGNiG's stand was very interesting. It featured a CNG-converted Dodge Challenger (with a 3,6 V6 engine and a EuropeGAS system) and factory converted light-duty commercial vans – Fiat Ducato Natural Power and Iveco Daily Natural Power. The latter two are available for long-term rental from Fraikin Polska.
CNG reducers had quite a representation during the fair. Apart from the aforementioned Metano by EuropeGAS, there were several other devices of this kind, including:
- Digitronic's AT12 HP;
- Romano's RRISM/14;
- Vikars' 700 SGI CNG;
- Vialle's CNG pressure regulator for the Dual Green diesel-CNG blending system.
The exhibition of equipment was augmented by a conference upstairs, during which CNG/LNG-related topics were also discussed. These included:
- transport of LNG by rail (presented by Tomas Hnizdil of Chart Ferox);
- LNG refueling stations (Elżbieta Zeidler, also of Chart Ferox);
- road transport using CNG/LNG (Piotr Księżakowski, PGNiG).
The 2016 GasShow will be remembered as one with a more modest exhibition compared to previous editions. This is because certain companies decided to pass on the event this year. However, the number of premieres was relatively high and visitors were quite many as well (the official number is 6000). What does the future hold for the fair? We are going to have to wait and see, but be sure we will share the information with you as soon as it comes.
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