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    My company has a local delivery fleet(10-15 trucks) along with many onsite forklifts and diesel stationary power units. We are looking into cng as an alternate fuel source. I know we will have to put in our own fueling station. I'm wondering about the ease/difficulty and benefits or pitfalls of making this station open to the public with auto payment by credit card. This would probably be near Plainfield IL in the SW suburbs. Any input would be appreciated.

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    Re: Illinois cng station

    I live in Homer Glen, IL, just a little north east of Joliet and I would certainly welcome a public CNG station in the Plainfield area. It would be most beneficial if it was close to the new I-355 extension, allowing easy access not only from the Southwest suburbs, but also the Western suburbs.

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    • #3
      Re: Illinois cng station

      Go for it !!! The more public cng refueling stations the better!!!

      Great contact person is owner of Kyler Brothers HVAC (Indianapolis, IN) who installed his own public cng refueling station in 2007 (installed by Tulsa Gas Tech). They are a heating and air conditioning company with fleet of about 25 to 30 trucks and vans that majority now are either dedicated cng or bi-fuel. Phone number is 317-829-1478.

      When I went through town in Dec 2007, price was $1.51 and got great full fill on Honda Civic GX with pump at over 4,000 psi. Now I see on www.cngprices.com that price has gone up to $1.70 but still a bargain.

      I talked to owner about process and he said when new building was built, they rolled in costs of building public cng pump into loan as around $300,000 but then they got Federal & State grants, along with Indiana tax credits which ultimately dropped net cost to around $50K to $60K . . . not much considering they are saving hundreds of dollars a month PER VEHICLE that is running on cng versus petrol!!!

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      • #4
        Re: Illinois cng station

        I'd hit it!

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        • #5
          Re: Illinois cng station

          Hey there Hoytek,

          I'm from West Bend. Where do you fill up there? Just curious. Also hope you are successful putting in a public station in ILL with your company. They really need more fueling options down there. Keep us posted on that.

          Jerry
          Jerry

          2007 Honda Civic GX NGV Owner
          Saving $250/mo in fuel costs vs.
          current gasoline prices :)^:)

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          • #6
            Re: Illinois cng station

            I would use a plainfield, station my trucks are out there 2x aweek.
            i will shortly have to put in a private station. I am in calumet city.
            doreens gourmet frozen pizza. 6 trucks. Nipsco in NWI is too unreliable.

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            • #7
              Re: Illinois cng station

              I have some fast fill equipment available that would work for a private fleet.
              Natural Drive has some New Impala's and Chev Trucks that will be available soon if you are looking for any new vehicles.
              [email protected]
              Dave Clement

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              • #8
                Re: Illinois cng station

                Fuel Maker has a mini-public access system that does 130 gge/day and is modular so it can be expanded without tearing out an inadequate system. The ceramic compression modules eliminate fuel system contamination. Tom Sewel with Tulsa Gas Tech is a FM dealer.

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                • #9
                  Re: Illinois cng station

                  Originally posted by Amfuel View Post
                  Fuel Maker has a mini-public access system that does 130 gge/day and is modular so it can be expanded without tearing out an inadequate system. The ceramic compression modules eliminate fuel system contamination. Tom Sewel with Tulsa Gas Tech is a FM dealer.
                  just my thought I would go with anything but fuel maker everyone I know that has fooled with them was not happy and just think 3600 lb load and no oil it cant live and 130 gge a day aint much with public I take on 52 gge in my pick up so 2 and 1/2 of me and you will not have any left for your trucks good luck

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                  • #10
                    Re: Illinois cng station

                    The FM Mini Public Fast Fill Station actually has 4200 psi compressors to help keep the pressure up at the storage.
                    With a dual set up of the FMQ8-36's you would be pumping 192 gallons per day plus whatever you already had in storage to 3600 psi.
                    Dave Clement

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                    • #11
                      Re: Illinois cng station

                      Hi cngaz:

                      Just FYI.

                      Will you be going to the Sustainable Energy Expo in Tucscon this Friday (3/6). It will have Rich K, the Pres. of NGVA there.

                      Here is the web site: www.TucsonAltEnergyExpo.com. if you do not already have or know about it.

                      I'm plannning on being there.

                      Tom

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                      • #12
                        Re: Illinois cng station

                        I have a BIG question for all the CNG operators in Illinois. Is there enough places to get CNG along I55 toi be able to make it from Chicago to St Louis even munisiple or private where a person could pay to refil. I have a van that is CNG only and can make about 200 miles on a tank...What do I do? Eventually I have to make it down to Tulsa...PLEASE HELP.....
                        Bill

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                        • #13
                          Re: Illinois cng station

                          Welcome to CNGchat fergy1
                          I don't know of any public stations between Chicago and St. Louis. And then there is the long run to Miami Oklahoma. There used to be a private station in Springfield, MO which was available if you called in advance, but the owner passed away and his son is probably not maintaining it.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Illinois cng station

                            That will be tough . . . Chicago to St Louis, then ultimately to Tulsa. Never know til you try and search for ANY cng refueling sites using both cngprices.com and the old US Dept of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center at: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/locator/stations/

                            Couple years ago I made one-way trip from Albany, NY to OKC and ran through Springfield, MO and got David Bowgen (son of station owner who passed away) to fill me up. I have in my phone as contact person is Christina (she's the daughter of former owner . . . David Bowgen's sister) and phone number 417-844-5098. David Bowgen is very cng smart guy - - - he might help you. I made long leg from Indianapolis, IN to STL which is 253 miles in Honda Civic GX without fuel light coming on as used then new pump at Kyler Brothers which had awesome 4,100 psi pressure (this is a public cng refueling facility built by Tulsa Gas Technologies).

                            Best of luck to you . . . let us know how it turns out.

                            P.S. Always a good idea to have AAA membership with up to 100 mile towing . . . just in case!!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Illinois cng station

                              I havn't seen any updates on this and I was wondering if you go everything figured out yet? If not Lubs Technologies would be more than happy to help, 317.357.8721 we are out of Indianapolis and travel all over for public and private fast fill stations. We are also a 24/7 service company so you will know that you will be in good hands. We recently took a big step in expanding the CNG side of the company.

                              Kyler Brothers which had awesome 4,100 psi pressure (this is a public cng refueling facility built by Tulsa Gas Technologies).
                              This was acutally built by Lubs Technologies. We work a lot with Tulsa Gas Technologies and use their dispensers a lot on our installs because they build a good product and have good support when needed.
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                              Daniel Lubs

                              Feel free to send a messgae if you have questions!

                              Lubs Technologies
                              CNG Source

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