A working meeting of Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors, Pierre Lahutte, Brand President of IVECO, and Mariarosa Baroni, President of NGV Italy, took place in Turin, Italy.
The parties discussed the current state and prospects of the Italian NGV market, as well as the efficiency of public support measures for converting motor vehicles to natural gas. Extensive attention was paid to the potential of cooperative efforts in expanding the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel.
“The use of natural gas is the most efficient and affordable way of reducing harmful emissions in the transport sector. At the Gazprom Group, we pay great attention to that line of work. We are convinced that methane is the key to eco-friendly transportation on a mass scale,” said Viktor Zubkov.
“Our Italian colleagues share our enthusiasm. Italy is not just Gazprom’s third-largest export market. This country is currently the largest consumer of natural gas as a vehicle fuel in Europe. That can largely be attributed to comprehensive public support measures, including direct subsidies for converting motor vehicles to natural gas, as well as tax and other benefits, right down to free parking. I think that this experience can be put to use in our country,” said Viktor Zubkov.
Denisson Energy, a member of Antares Group, and the Natural Gas Vehicles Association – NGVA Romania presented CNG Romania project at the Bucharest International Motor Show – SIAB 2018. The participation at this event was part of the project’s promotion campaign, presenting optimal solutions for switching from traditional fuels to natural gas fuel highlighting their significant benefits.
Displaying in an exhibition stand of compressed natural gas (CNG) as an alternative fuel option to traditional fuels is a first in Romania. In a friendly set environment, allowed the visitors to get information about the future refuelling stations of the CNG Romania network and an understanding on the project’s objectives, the location of each station, the status of each station, etc.
Inside the stand, as an example of good practice on conversion to the bi-fuel gasoline-CNG system, the audience were able to notice the first car converted in Romania to be fuelled with compressed natural gas.
Also at SIAB 2018, within the conference “National and Local Programs for the Reduction of Pollution”, Mr. Dumitru Becşenescu, the President NGVA Romania, delivered the presentation on compressed natural gas as the viable green mobility solution.
Source: CNG Europe
SEAT is completely committed to its bi-fuel CNG/gasoline technology (TGI) as the best alternative for eco-mobility in the fuel market. This is mainly due to the benefits offered by this technology, compared to petrol, diesel, LPG and even non-plug-in electric hybrids. SEAT’s TGI range begins a clear growth towards its consolidation in the market, with an incredible increase of sales thanks to the confidence of the public.
In the first two months of this year, SEAT already sold 557 units of its TGI range, or what is the same, sales multiplied by ten compared to the same period last year. The cumulative sales of 2018 have already exceeded the registrations made during the first nine months in 2017.
At the end of 2017 SEAT registered a clear increase in the sales of its ECO offer, with an increase of more than 300% compared to 2016.
SEAT continues to strengthen its TGI range, and the recent arrival of the Ibiza 1.0 TGI of 90 HP, was based on the Mii Ecofuel of 68 HP, the best option for urban mobility, and the Leon 1.4 TGI of 110 HP, both in its five-door variant and the ST family, available with manual transmission and DSG.
SEAT has one of the most complete offers of natural gas vehicles (NGV) in the market, covering the urban and compact segments. Also in a few months it will tap into the SUV segment with the launch of the Arona TGI. Arona will be the first SUV in the international market with a natural gas engine. Also, with its launch, SEAT will become the Volkswagen Group’s brand with the widest NGV range.
Most recently, SEAT attended the Geneva Motor Show, where it promoted the Ibiza 1.0 TGI FR, which reaffirmed the brand’s commitment to natural gas.
Source: SEAT Spain
Total Group is in the process of developing its network of natural gas vehicles (NGV) refuelling stations in France and abroad. The main objective is to reach 350 compressed natural gas (CNG) facilities in Europe, including 110 in France by the year 2022.
Benoît Luc, European Director of Total’s Marketing and Services Division has stated that “Priority will be given to accelerating development in the countries where the group is present,” including Germany, Benelux and France.
The French company currently has a network of approximately 500 gas vehicle refuelling stations around the world.
Total Group, which won a tender with the mixed company Sigeif Mobilités, will be responsible for the construction of the station and then benefit from a ten-year operating concession that covers on-site commercialisation and maintenance.
Development work will begin in the fall for a delivery of the site in the spring of 2019.
Source: GNV Magazine
Benefic projects aims to accelerate the deployment of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid natural gas (LNG) stations in Belgium, which will be funded by the CEF program of the European Commission.
This proposal aims to support the cross-border deployment of alternative fuel infrastructure in Belgium (regions of Flanders and Brussels Capital) and in the Netherlands.
With regard to natural gas vehicles, the call for Benefic projects concerns only Belgium and the installation of four service stations is proposed, two of which are in the Brussels Capital Region and two that combine CNG and LNG in Flanders.
In all cases, limited to 20% of the eligible costs, the maximum financial support will depend on the type of station installed. The maximum amount is set at 60.000 euros for a CNG station and 240.000 euros for a LNG refuelling facility.
In terms of time, projects must be submitted before May 14 this year and winners will be announced in June and July this year.
Source: GNV Magazine
British Petroleum expects that natural gas will take over oil as the world’s main fossil fuel energy source by the year 2040, according to a new report by Reuters.
“We see it (gas) take over from coal in the early 2030s. We think there is a very good case for gas actually overtaking oil post 2040 or just before 2040,” Dominic Energy, BP’s VP for strategic planning said during a conference in Vienna on Wednesday.
The demand growth for gas in just China alone will have a rise of 15% year-over-year, while global demand increases by 1.6% annually for a number of years. The oil demand curve, on the other hand, will slow to 0.8% growth in the meantime.
“We do see a very strong chance that (gas) is going to be the largest source of primary energy into the future… By gas we mean natural gas, but also … we mean biogas, we mean biomethane, we mean power-to-gas.”
A previous forecast by the UK based company said oil’s share of global fossil fuel markets would shrink from 33% to 30% by 2035. Most of the gains would go to natural gas, which is considered better to the environment due to lower carbon emissions.
Dutch alternative fuels supplier OrangeGas has set its long-term goals of becoming a major European player in the fuel market with the acquisition of 13 compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations in Germany.
The deal will allow OrangeGas to operate in North-Rhine Westphalia with an opportunity to establish a presence into other German states at a later stage in the future.
According to a report published by Gibgas, a German consulting company for CNG and biomethane driving, discussed the prospects OrangeGas has for the German CNG market.
“We have every confidence that we will be able to grow to 100-150 CNG filling stations in Germany over the next 2-3 years,” said Wijtze Bakker, the new Managing Director Germany. He has specified that 30-50 stations are already in the pipeline.
OrangeGas operates automatic filling stations across the Netherlands and Benelux, where it offers green gas, a combination of natural gas and renewable biomethane harvested from sewage treatment, organic waste and landfill gas. Gibgas has identified that Belgium, Sweden and the United Kingdom are also on the OrangeGas agenda. Additionally, the company is not only focused on compressed natural gas but is also determined to introduce hydrogen fuel.
Source: OrangeGas and Gibgas
In an interview with Efe, Mikel Palomera, the newly appointed global head of the compressed natural gas (CNG) strategy of SEAT, estimated that 1,000 units (1% of its sales) were registered last year in Spain.
At present, the range includes the Mii, Seat Leon and Leon ST (family) models and the new Ibiza. In the future there will be a version of the new Arona and its feasibility will be studied in the Ateca.
The forecast for 2018 is that 3% of the total sales of SEAT will be CNG vehicles, a percentage that in 2020 will rise to 10%, according to Mikel Palomera.
For the Spanish manger, these type of hybrid vehicles contain a petrol tank of 40-50 liters (depending on the model) and 3-15 kilos with the CNG-powered versions. The CNG SEAT vehicles are cheaper and more ecological compared to electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrids because its autonomy is greater, cost per kilometer is lower and carbon dioxide emissions per unit of energy delivered are much lower than traditional fuels.
Source: GNV Magazine
Onboard Dynamics has declared the launch of its GoFlo CNG-80 mobile natural gas compressor for commercial use. The compression capacity of the GoFlo CNG-80 compressor makes it cost effective for smaller fleets of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, and for the initial deployment of CNG vehicles in larger fleets.
Rita Hansen, CEO of Onboard Dynamics believes that the low cost and flexibility associated with the GoFlo product will only lead to an increased attractiveness of operating vehicles. “Because it is self-powered, the GoFlo compressor provides cost saving and new capabilities to the CNG industry,” she added.
The modular design of the GoFlo compressor ensures fleet operators the opportunity to expand their CNG vehicle inventory by increasing GoFlo units as demand increases, without needing costly electrical power upgrades.
The GoFlo compressor is easy to relocate in the event that a CNG fleet needs to be redeployed, and the unit can serve as a backup to dedicated CNG refuelling stations. In addition, freedom from electricity supports the operating reliability of CNG fleets in the event of a natural disaster.
A limited number of GoFlo CNG-80 compressors will be available for delivery the second quarter of 2018 before production increases up the second half of the year.
Source: Onboard Dynamics
During her visit at the FPT Industrial plant, the French Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition in charge of Transport, Elisabeth Borne, reiterated the government’s support for the natural gas sector. The FPT Industrial plant located in Bourbon-Lancy, Saone et Loire, is where compressed natural gas (CNG) engines are manufactured.
“I am very happy to be in this beautiful place anchored in its territory, which shows that the industry has a future in our country, and that the energy transition is an employment opportunity.” I thank Iveco, the French Association of Natural Gas Vehicles (AFGNV) and all the industry players for this day of exchange and their constant participation to advance in the sector,” said Elisabeth Borne in her speech.
“I would like to highlight the specific issue of biogas: CNG allows significant reductions in fine particles and NOx emissions, but it will not allow, without biogas, to comply with our climate objectives. It is necessary to go further, faster, to develop the production of biogas, I believe a lot in the CNG industry and I am sure that together we will achieve our clean mobility goals,” she added.
Source: GNV Magazine