SunLine Staff Present at Global Conferences

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from SunLine Transit Agency

    THOUSAND PALMS, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Last April, SunLine became
 the first transit agency in the world to open a hydrogen
 generation/storage/dispensing and education facility.  Since then, visitors
 and media from 14 countries have flocked to the agency's headquarters to
 witness the progress of efforts to commercialize this zero-emission fuel of
 the future.
     "As a result of our experience with compressed natural gas (CNG) and in
 generating and using hydrogen," explains General Manager/CEO Richard Cromwell
 III, "this spring, we've been asked to participate in conferences being held
 around the world."
     In March, William J. Clapper, Jr., executive director of SunLine Services
 Group and manager of the agency's hydrogen projects, was invited by the
 Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to give a presentation
 in Tokyo to 300 participants at the Fuel Cell Vehicle International Symposium.
 One week later, Clapper and Cromwell co-presented a similar paper, 'Lessons
 Learned from a Fuel Cell Vehicle Demonstration Project," to attendees of the
 National Hydrogen Association conference in Washington, D.C.
     Then in April, Cromwell, SunLine's Director of Maintenance George Earl and
 College of the Desert's (COD) Jack Dempsey and Colin Messer will travel to
 Beijing at the same time SunLine's Maintenance Training Supervisor Tommy
 Edwards will be in New Dehli, India.  Cummins Engine Company is sponsoring the
 China trip, which includes a CNG training class for Chinese mechanics and an
 analysis of Beijing Transit Agency's planned conversion to CNG.
     Edwards, who represented SunLine and the U.S. at a CNG conference in
 Santiago, Chile last year, will again fill the bill at an International
 Conference on Alternative Fuels in New Dehli, India.  His topic is SunLine's
 experience and alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) incentives in California; his
 participation is being sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.  The
 subject is of extreme timeliness as India is in the throes of coping with an
 order to replace 10,000 diesel buses with cleaner-burning natural gas
 vehicles.
     "The problem is called 'global warming' for a reason!" Cromwell points
 out.  "If our expertise can help others make easier transitions to clean
 fuels, that's a win for everyone."
 
     SunLine Transit Agency, which services Southern California's Coachella
 Valley, made history in 1994 by becoming the first public transit agency to
 park its diesel buses and switch overnight to a fleet powered 100% by
 compressed natural gas.  Today, the agency operates all natural gas,
 Hythane(R) (a combination of hydrogen and natural gas) and zero-emission
 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
 
 

SOURCE SunLine Transit Agency
    THOUSAND PALMS, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Last April, SunLine became
 the first transit agency in the world to open a hydrogen
 generation/storage/dispensing and education facility.  Since then, visitors
 and media from 14 countries have flocked to the agency's headquarters to
 witness the progress of efforts to commercialize this zero-emission fuel of
 the future.
     "As a result of our experience with compressed natural gas (CNG) and in
 generating and using hydrogen," explains General Manager/CEO Richard Cromwell
 III, "this spring, we've been asked to participate in conferences being held
 around the world."
     In March, William J. Clapper, Jr., executive director of SunLine Services
 Group and manager of the agency's hydrogen projects, was invited by the
 Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to give a presentation
 in Tokyo to 300 participants at the Fuel Cell Vehicle International Symposium.
 One week later, Clapper and Cromwell co-presented a similar paper, 'Lessons
 Learned from a Fuel Cell Vehicle Demonstration Project," to attendees of the
 National Hydrogen Association conference in Washington, D.C.
     Then in April, Cromwell, SunLine's Director of Maintenance George Earl and
 College of the Desert's (COD) Jack Dempsey and Colin Messer will travel to
 Beijing at the same time SunLine's Maintenance Training Supervisor Tommy
 Edwards will be in New Dehli, India.  Cummins Engine Company is sponsoring the
 China trip, which includes a CNG training class for Chinese mechanics and an
 analysis of Beijing Transit Agency's planned conversion to CNG.
     Edwards, who represented SunLine and the U.S. at a CNG conference in
 Santiago, Chile last year, will again fill the bill at an International
 Conference on Alternative Fuels in New Dehli, India.  His topic is SunLine's
 experience and alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) incentives in California; his
 participation is being sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.  The
 subject is of extreme timeliness as India is in the throes of coping with an
 order to replace 10,000 diesel buses with cleaner-burning natural gas
 vehicles.
     "The problem is called 'global warming' for a reason!" Cromwell points
 out.  "If our expertise can help others make easier transitions to clean
 fuels, that's a win for everyone."
 
     SunLine Transit Agency, which services Southern California's Coachella
 Valley, made history in 1994 by becoming the first public transit agency to
 park its diesel buses and switch overnight to a fleet powered 100% by
 compressed natural gas.  Today, the agency operates all natural gas,
 Hythane(R) (a combination of hydrogen and natural gas) and zero-emission
 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
 
 SOURCE  SunLine Transit Agency