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MEA Road Trip to Aberdeen, MD for Dedication of New Trillium Compressed Natural Gas Station

The Maryland Energy Administration Director Mary Beth Tung opened the new Trillium Compressed Natural Gas station along with Trillium CNG General Manager of Business Development, Bill Zobel and some friends from Aberdeen and Harford County Maryland.

The development of this station was made part by the Maryland Energy Administration’s Alternative Fuel Infrastructure grant for $500,000. The goal of this specific energy transportation grant is to increase the number of alternative fueling stations across Maryland. Access to ample fueling stations is number one concern for drivers when they consider purchasing hybrid vehicles. This station will provide an adequate natural gas refilling outlet to promote the use of natural gas vehicles in Maryland. The State’s grant helps increase energy efficiency by providing incentives for cleaner burning, renewable fuels, like CNG.


Randy Robertson, Aberdeen City Manager welcomes everyone to Aberdeen, MD.


Maryland Energy Administration Director Mary Beth Tung congratulating Trillium CNG and anchor fleet Frito-Lay on the new public compressed natural gas fueling station


“With the help of the Maryland Energy Administration and Frito-Lay, we can continue our mission of providing fleets with clean fueling options,” Bill Zobel, general manager of business development for Trillium CNG said at the ceremony.


Harford County’s Office of Economic Development Deputy Director, Steven Overbay addresses the group


Dave LeKites from Senator Wayne Norman’s office presents a citation commemorating the new station



MEA Director Mary Beth Tung presents Trillium General Manager of Business Development with a check for $500,000 towards the construction of the new station


“We are pleased to welcome this new compressed natural gas fueling station from Trillium to northern Maryland, which will provide companies like Frito-Lay with a sustainable alternative fueling option,” said Mary Beth Tung, MEA Director. “The increase of compressed natural gas stations in the state demonstrates Governor Hogan’s commitment to protect the environment and promote our economy.”


Director Tung and GM of BD Zobel assist with fueling up the truck.


CNG costs about 50% less than gasoline and emits up to 90% fewer emissions than gasoline.


CNG fuel systems are sealed, preventing fuel losses from spills or evaporation.


CNG is less likely to ignite on hot surfaces, since it has a high auto-ignition temperature (540 °C), and a narrow range (5–15 %) of flammability.


Each Frito-Lay CNG truck is equipped with four tanks that hold a total of 160 gallons of fuel


CNG is safer than other fuels in the event of a spill, because natural gas is lighter than air and disperses quickly when released.


Director Tung approves this compressed natural gas truck.