PICMET '12 Site Visits

Site visits to the following companies are offered during PICMET ’12. Seating is limited, so sign up early. Registration fee is $50 for each site visit. Click here to register.

The times below include travel time. A PICMET volunteer will be in the hotel lobby to guide you to the bus.

WESTPORT INNOVATIONS—The global leader in natural gas engines

Tuesday, July 31, 9:15-12:15

Westport Innovations Inc. is a leading global supplier of proprietary solutions that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels such as landfill gas, which help reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Westport technology offers advanced LNG fuelling systems with direct injection natural gas engine technology for heavy-duty vehicles such as highway trucks and off-road applications such as mining and rail. Cummins Westport, our joint venture with Cummins Inc., designs, engineers and markets spark-ignited natural gas engines for North American transportation applications such as trucks and buses. The Westport LD division is one of the global leaders for natural gas and LPG fuel in passenger cars, light-duty trucks and industrial applications such as forklifts.

The natural gas vehicle (NGV) industry is a large and rapidly growing market. According to NGV America, there are more than 14.8 million natural gas vehicles in use worldwide, including approximately 120,000 operating on U.S. roads. The International Association of Natural Gas Vehicles projects that there will be more than 50 million natural gas vehicles worldwide within the next 10 years, representing approximately nine percent of the world transportation fleet. One of the primary drivers accelerating NGV adoption is the increasing price stability advantage that natural gas has over petroleum. We believe that rising demand for oil will result in price increases and/or fuel shortages, which will continue to create favorable market conditions for adoption of cheaper alternative fuels such as natural gas. As the relative price of diesel compared to natural gas increases, the payback period shortens, and the incentive to switch becomes more attractive

The visit to Westport includes a 30 minute presentation of the company’s business and history, markets, visions, and a tour of its R&D facility.


Tuesday, July 31, 12:30-15:30

Tantalus provides Smart Grid communications technology that enables electric, gas and water utilities to optimize the use resources by automating monitoring and control processes, improving operational efficiency, and delivering the information utilities and consumers need to manage energy intelligently and cost-effectively.

TUNet® – the Tantalus Utility Network – is deployed at utilities throughout North America determined to drive down operational costs, increase reliability and deliver top-tier customer service. TUNet provides the rapid and reliable two-way data communications utilities need today for Advanced Metering (AMI), Demand Response (DR), and Distribution Automation (DA), along with the flexibility and adaptability to scale step-by-step as the Smart Grid evolves.

Tantalus is a private company founded in 1989. Tantalus' technology development and headquarters are located in Vancouver, British Columbia, and its sales offices are located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The visit to Tantalus includes a presentation of the company’s history, markets, visions, and a tour of the R&D facility.

Phone: 1-503-725-3525
Fax: 1-503-725-4667
E-mail: info@picmet.org