Pilot Co. CNG Platform: Aiming for a Greener Future
Pilot Co., a leading supplier of fuel and the largest operator of travel centers in North America, is developing a compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen delivery platform. This expansion includes a partnership with VoltaGrid LLC to develop a low-carbon fuels network that contributes to reduced emissions and de-carbonization for third-party customers in industries like water disposal, dual-fuel applications, water heating operations, and natural disaster response.
Pilot Co.’s Investment in CNG and Hydrogen Infrastructure
Pilot Co.’s recent investment in a large-scale fleet of CNG and hydrogen trailers and in VoltaGrid’s low-carbon oil-field and mining services is estimated to bring 350,000 gallons of low carbon fuel to the market daily. This partnership will advance VoltaGrid’s power generation venture for electric completions and look at further growth through the joint development of large-scale low-carbon fuel terminals in 2022 and early 2023, according to the company.
Customer Benefits with VoltaGrid and Pilot Co. Partnership
VoltaGrid and Pilot Co. will provide customers the ability to:
- Increase resources and streamline operations through seamless transitions between field gas and CNG supply for electric power generation without having to manage multiple suppliers.
- Access a reliable network of CNG, renewable natural gas, diesel, and hydrogen fuel supply paired with VoltaGrid’s turnkey power generation package.
- Access Pilot Co.’s infrastructure base to supply low carbon fuels for grid reinforcement projects.
Experienced Leadership for the Expansion
Pilot Co. hired industry veteran Joshua Edge, with more than 20 years of experience in fuel distribution and terminal management, to lead the expansion. “Pilot Co. is a leader in fuel supply and distribution in North America, and we are eager to further diversify our business footprint in the alternative fuels space and scale our capabilities to serve the energy, fuel and mobility industries,” said Joshua Edge, Pilot Co.’s senior director of compressed gas operations. “VoltaGrid’s approach to safety, efficiency, cutting-edge technology, and innovative solutions aligns with our corporate goals to help customers lower their carbon footprint and benefits our team members, stakeholders, and customers.”
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VoltaGrid’s Growth Plan and Vision
VoltaGrid, founded in 2020, is currently executing a significant growth plan across North America with a focus on reducing emissions and operating cost reductions while increasing the reliability of portable power generation. “The company continues to foster long-term partnerships with key organizations focused on reducing their carbon footprint and future capital requirements,’’ VoltaGrid said.
Nathan Ough, chief executive of VoltaGrid, said: “With Pilot’s expansive network and our joint efforts to produce and provide cleaner and more efficient power, we are excited to bring even more resources and value to our customers. The alternative fuel space is ripe with innovation, and this is just one of many steps both companies are taking in reducing emissions and providing clean energy.”
About Pilot Co.
Pilot Travel Centers LLC is a leading suppliers of fuel and the largest operator of travel centers. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Pilot Co. has grown its network to more than 800 retail and fueling locations and operates the third largest tanker fleet in North America. The company’s Pilot Flying J Travel Center network includes more than 750 locations in 44 states and five Canadian provinces. Further information is available at www.pilotcompany.com.
The Future of Alternative Fuels
The Pilot Co. CNG platform and partnership with VoltaGrid mark a significant shift towards the utilization of alternative fuels in various industries. As companies and governments worldwide continue to emphasize the importance of reducing emissions and moving towards more sustainable energy sources, the development of CNG, hydrogen, and other low-carbon fuels is becoming increasingly crucial.
The partnership between Pilot Co. and VoltaGrid represents a substantial step forward in the development and distribution of alternative fuels. By providing a reliable network of CNG, hydrogen, and other low-carbon fuels, the two companies are making a significant contribution to the reduction of emissions and the de-carbonization of industries such as water disposal, dual-fuel applications, water heating operations, and natural disaster response. As the demand for cleaner energy sources continues to grow, Pilot Co.’s CNG platform and its collaboration with VoltaGrid are poised to play a critical role in the transition towards a more sustainable future.
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