When building a CNG fueling station, four easy steps can help you to improve your fleet, save money, and play a part in saving the environment.
1. Have a Game Plan.
The first thing to consider is if you have the proper utility services. Check to see if gas and electric services are available to you or if you need them upgraded. Next, contemplate your needs: Do you require a time-fill or fast-fill fueling station? Is the station just for your fleet or other fleets as well? Is the location of your station accessible to large vehicles? Having a plan before finding a provider will facilitate communication, avoid miscommunication, and help you to have a seamless building experience.
2. Find the Right Provider.
Your building partner defines your experience. Make sure whoever you chose has experience in building different types of stations and can properly assess your needs and game plan. A provider that caters to you and your team with regular training is also essential, as technology is always changing and improving. Your partner should provide timely maintenance, respond to service calls, and replace equipment as needed so that your experience is as easy as possible.
3. Get the Right Systems.
If you have the right plan and provider, next you’ll need the right systems. No two CNG fueling stations are alike and every fleet has different needs. The right systems and equipment will help to optimize your fueling station and seamlessly serve your fleet and others. Important systems include compressor systems, storage systems for compressed natural gas, time-fill or fast-fill dispensing systems, monitoring systems, and point of sale systems to make your station convenient and accessible.
4. Practice Safety.
Even though CNG is safer than traditional fuels because it has a lower chance of combustion, don’t forget to practice safety on the job. When constructing your CNG fueling station, make sure your provider understands building codes and safety requirements.
Once your fueling station is built and ready to operate, don’t forget about your own safety. Pay attention and listen to the instructions your provider presents. When filling up your vehicle, turn off the engine and don’t smoke by the fueling station. Familiarize yourself with the location of fire extinguishers and emergency shutoffs at your location, in case of emergency.
Following these four easy steps will help you to streamline your CNG fueling station construction experience and allow you to fully enjoy your green, money-saving, efficient fleet.