Virtual Pipelines are substitute to physical pipelines that distribute gas via land or sea transport. They replicate the continuous flow of energy via transportation logistics using trucks or ships.
Distributed gas is made possible through a series of components GE integrates into a full delivery system.
Virtual pipelines enable you to start small and then scale up for a relatively modest trade off on cost per unit output. Scalability can help reduce investment risks and shorten development timelines. Virtual pipelines are flexible to serve shifting demand points. Multiple transport options (rail, road, port) and end points of fuel delivery are within an economically competitive radius from the gas source
Problems We Solve
Distributed gas technologies bring together next-generation, smaller, modular gas systems.
Natural gas system development is often highly regional and project specific. GE’s emerging small scale systems are no different, but have standardized elements. The three important aspects for you to consider when developing distributed gas networks are segments, scale, and solutions.
By segments, we mean end-use or industry that defines fuel and power requirement that influence economics.
By scale we mean energy requirements along with gas cost and accessibility that will shape technology options.
Our solutions in this space combine technology, network logistics and commercial structures that address risk and regulatory aspects.
GE’s second-generation, optimized CNG In A Box technology is a modular ‘plug and play’ system that makes it easier to build CNG fueling stations to keep pace with demand. This scalable solution helps expand fueling networks by removing the financial risk that has previously limited market development, enabling more CNG station entrepreneurs to build their own stations. The CNG In A Box system from GE makes it faster, easier, and cheaper for natural gas vehicle fleet owners to fuel their NGVs, improving their bottom line.
Moving beyond the physical pipeline network
In addition to on-road transportation fueling, the CNG In A Box system is suited for other applications, including heavy-duty trucking, monetizing flare gas, and onsite power generation. Available in both high compression ratio, for NGV fueling, and high flow compression for virtual pipeline applications.
CNG In A Box system evolution offers:
Virtual Pipeline and NGV Fueling Configurations
Supports Redundant and Expansion Options
Advanced Controls and RM&D
Handles Range of Suction Pressures
Internal Power Panel & 120V Power Options
Winterization Options (-20°F & -40°F)
Reduced Soft Cost Baseplate (Non-Grout)
External Cooler Location
CNG In A Box systems have been designed with expansion and redundancy in mind. Each unit can connect to a second unit sharing common utilities for a cost effective solution for expansion or redundancy. The systems are scalable support a range of compressors including the M, H, and CFA frames as is required to meet the customers needs. They have, also, passed GE’s strict ecomagination® qualification process meaning it delivers both business and environmental benefits. The much cleaner-burning fuel reduces CO₂ emissions by 24% (2.2 metric tons per vehicle, per year as compared with gasoline*) – and its CO, NOx, PM and VOC reduction benefits are even greater.
*Assuming average light-duty vehicles travel 27,400 miles/year.
Virtual Natural Gas Pipeline
The virtual natural gas pipeline replicates the continuous flow of a static physical pipeline, working where physical pipelines cannot to monetize gas where there are moving and changing supply and demand centers.
Monetize Gas with Alternative Transportation Between the Source and the User
Development within natural gas is often varied from project to project. Using a flexible and diverse approach, a virtual pipeline system will allow for gas transport where the physical pipeline network is immature or nonexistent. Gas is processed and compressed at its source location, and made readily available for diesel replacement and other fueling needs. The compressed or liquefied gas can be transported to another location for use, in applications ranging from industrial power generation to NGV fueling.
Scalable and modular, virtual pipelines utilize rail, road or port shipment to provide the reliable, unique and flexible augmentation of the physical pipeline network that is necessary to monetize natural gas for diesel replacement or any other fueling need.