Alternative Fuel Training Network Offers Fleet-Focused Education

Torrance Shell hydrogen station

A train­ing con­sor­tium has been launched this month to assist fleets to learn how to effec­tive­ly imple­ment alter­na­tive fuels such as hydro­gen, nat­ur­al gas, propane auto­gas, and biodiesel. Alter­na­tive Fuel Train­ing Net­work fea­tures nation­al­ly rec­og­nized experts in their fields. Train­ing ses­sions are designed for mechan­ics, dri­vers, and sta­tion oper­a­tors in one place, at a rea­son­able cost.

“For the first time, Amer­i­ca is expe­ri­enc­ing a mean­ing­ful shift in our ener­gy sup­ply,” said Greg Zil­ber­farb, a nation­al­ly rec­og­nized alter­na­tive fuels expert who led the for­ma­tion of the con­sor­tium. “We’re on the cusp of a quan­tum leap as a nation, which cre­ates a need for fleets to learn how to effec­tive­ly imple­ment alter­na­tive fuels.”

Alter­na­tive Fuel Train­ing Net­work train­ers go to a fleet’s facil­i­ties for the train­ing. Train­ers include:

  • Rob Adams is a licensed pro­fes­sion­al engi­neer and cer­ti­fied man­age­ment accoun­tant. Since 1984, Adams has been involved with the design and instal­la­tion of near­ly 200 hun­dred com­pressed nat­ur­al gas sta­tions.
  • Franz Hof­mann has worked in the trans­porta­tion indus­try for more than four decades in capac­i­ties includ­ing diag­nos­tics and repair, train­ing, ser­vice and fleet man­age­ment, as well as all areas of alter­na­tive fuels.
  • Bill McGlinchey has more than 30 years of tech­ni­cal auto­mo­tive expe­ri­ence, with the last 20 ded­i­cat­ed to alter­na­tive fuels. He spe­cial­izes in alter­na­tive fuels train­ing, cur­ricu­lum devel­op­ment and project man­age­ment. McGlinchey authored the test used in the nat­ur­al gas cylin­der inspec­tion cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.
  • Richard Nel­son has more than 24 years of exper­tise in the biodiesel and bioen­er­gy field and has served as a con­sul­tant to Mon­san­to, the Nation­al Renew­able Ener­gy Lab­o­ra­to­ry, Oak Ridge Nation­al Lab­o­ra­to­ry and the Nation­al Biodiesel Board, among oth­ers.
  • Jen­na Hig­gins Rose will lead media train­ing for fleets want­i­ng to max­i­mize their alter­na­tive fuel expo­sure. A for­mer tele­vi­sion jour­nal­ist, she served as Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Nation­al Biodiesel Board for almost 10 years.


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