Oil and Gas Truckers Staying Safe on the Road
Today, 25 percent of auto crashes are caused by distracted driving, claiming nine lives each day. Moreover, each vehicle accident costs an average of $25,000, totaling $43 billion annually. For fleet trucks carrying volatile oil and gasoline products, a minor rear-end crash can have disastrous consequences.
With this in mind, Riggins Oil, a New Jersey-based family owned and operated fuel distribution company, looked for innovative solutions that would reduce the risk of distracted driving to the company, its drivers, and the general public.Riggins turned to Cellcontrol to prevent potential inappropriate mobile device use in its fleet.
Powered by patented non-pairing Bluetooth device policy and data transport technology, Cellcontrol prevents drivers from inappropriately using mobile devices to send and receive calls, text, email, browse the web and use apps when a vehicle is in motion.
In May 2013, Riggins installed the technology in each truck and has already seen an improvement in safe driving. The regional fuel leader was also able to reduce its overall risk profile in advance of its insurance policy renewal, and believes its partnership with Cellcontrol can reduce risk exposure and impact risk financing.
Riggins set a company specific policy for its drivers, requiring them to use hands-free devices for calls and forbidding them from texting, emailing and web surfing on any mobile device while the truck was in motion. The company was able to phase in this policy from its central headquarters so that drivers could get accustomed to the changes. One driver reported that while the use of the phone was restricted, he felt like it helped him focus on the road.
The company’s strategy director, Matt Riggins, said, “There are all sorts of distractions out on the road. Anything we can do to limit those distractions is a benefit for our drivers, our company, and the public.”
Riggins added that productivity of the overall dispatch operation improved because the technology allowed communications to go through to the phones without distracting the driver.
“We could send important information to drivers via email or text without worrying about whether they would glance at it while rolling down the highway,” he said. “Once they stopped, they could see the information we needed them to see.”
Cellcontrol’s fleet solution also provides Riggins with advanced reporting, such as mileage, idle time, hard breaking and rapid acceleration snapshots
“Many Cellcontrol fleet customers see an immediate double digit reduction in rear end crashes after installing our technology,” said Cellcontrol’s CEO Rob Guba. “This makes it the perfect solution for oil and gas distributors like Riggins, where mitigating risk is top priority. We’re proud to call Riggins a customer and help keep their drivers, assets and community safe.”
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.