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
Fiat Professional launches the BE-FREE PRO campaign within the framework of the Movalt Plan – the program that solely encourages the purchase of ecological vehicles in Spain.
This new campaign of the Italian company offers customers a rental system with a long-term plan for its range of CNG vehicles, without entrance payment and with a fixed fee that includes the main expenses of the vehicle.
Compressed natural gas (CNG) ensures savings of up to 50% in fuel, autonomy of up to 1.200 km, an 85% reduction in NOx emissions and 50% of noise generated. However the main attraction for transport professionals could be that it is exempt from the restrictions on access and circulation in cities when there are episodes of high pollution.
The Movalt Plan has a budget of 35 million euros and will be in force until June 30 if the funds do not end before. It is available for electric, plug-in hybrids and natural gas vehicles.
Fiat Professional’s range of CNG vehicles consists of Fiat Panda Van, Fiorino Cargo, Fiorino Combi, Doblò Cargo, Doblò Cargo Maxi, Doblò Panorama, Ducato Furgón and Ducato Furgón Maxi.
Source: GNV Magazine
IVECO has supplied three Daily Natural Power vans to Veolia, the UK’s largest waste management company. The compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vans are specifically selected to carry specialist equipment for the removal of graffiti, as part of its new contract to serve and help the London Borough of Camden.
Supplied by IVECO dealer, Northern Commercials, the Daily Natural Power light vehicles feature purpose-built spark ignition engines, delivering greater performance compared to a diesel in terms of power, torque and response. Running on compressed natural gas (CNG) means that the vehicles produce 12% fewer NOx emissions, 76% less particulate matter and up to 95% less CO2 emissions using bio-methane.
The vehicles will be operate whenever required and are approximately 50% quieter when compared with their diesel equivalents. The vehicles will refuel from Veolia’s new CNG refuelling station situated at its Alperton depot, specifically built to service all the CNG vehicles in the Camden fleet.
Andrew Hope, Fleet Development Manager at Veolia, said: “Emissions reduction was a critical factor in Veolia’s decision making for this vehicle so the availability of a cost-effective CNG engine made the Daily our first choice when specifying the panel van. The team at Northern Commercials were great to work with and IVECO built the vehicles within the required time frame.”
Italian gas grid operator Snam has launched a 33 million euro tender to convert its car fleet to natural gas as a sign of dedication to develop and increase gas fuelling stations in the country.
This move happens as utilities throughout Europe compete to embrace the fast-growing business of rolling out charging stations to fulfil carmaker agreements to move fleets to electric drives.
Snam acknowledged in a tender of setting a deadline of 16th February 2018 for bids to commence from European companies of converting its 1,500 vehicle fleet to natural gas. The supply contracts will be for three years.
Being Europe’s major pipeline gas operator, Snam has agreed to spend 150 million euros to build 300 new compressed natural gas (CNG) stations which adds up to the Italy’s existing 1,100 points.
Italy is the market leader in Europe for the manufacture and sales of natural gas cars, with motorists consuming more than 1 billion cubic meters in 2015 and approximately 1 million vehicles in circulation.
Speaking to Reuters, Snam CEO Marco Alvera stated that by adding more stations the market could expand to 2-3 million vehicles and would be able to complement electric cars. “I think the future will be natural gas and electricity,” he added.
Snam is committed to play a key role in helping develop new gas infrastructure and technology for Italy’s transport sector including the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to drive ships.
It has already signed deals with oil major Eni and leading petrol pump network API as well as carmaker Fiat Chrysler. These deals will compliment and aid with achieving the overall aim of making natural gas a primary fuel.
Source: Thomson Reuters
NUI Galway and Gas Networks Ireland will work together to lead a brand new transportation revolution by introducing compressed natural gas (CNG) and renewable gas for vans, buses and trucks.
The Causeway project will see the growth of a natural gas transport refuelling network in Ireland. The mission will guide a universal national roll-out of 70 CNG filling stations. Further to this, a renewable gas injection facility will be constructed in 2018.
The delivery of 14 fast-fill natural gas stations within the first roll-out will be the main important deployment of CNG refuelling infrastructure in Ireland.
This will introduce renewable gas into the natural gas network for the first time. The work that is undertaken in Ireland will be monitored and documented by NUI Galway. This study will then be reported back to gas operators throughout Europe and will support in the development of similar projects across the continent.
Causeway additionally marks a first for NUI Galway, as this is the primary time that the University has been a success in securing a funding application from the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility. The Causeway project acquired approval for €6.5 million co-funding from the European Commission.
“The development of a natural gas transport network will significantly decarbonize Ireland’s commercial fleet. CNG, and the soon to be introduced renewable gas, will play a major role in making transport in Ireland cleaner,” stated Denis O’Sullivan, Head of Commercial at Gas Networks Ireland.
Source: Gas Networks Ireland
With the delivery of the first cars in Turin, the company’s whole Italgas fleet is undergoing renovation with natural gas powered vehicles by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. In the forthcoming days similar deliveries will be made in Rome and Naples, both being the main cities where Italgas Group currently operates.
Italgas being a major operator in Italy in the natural gas distribution and the third largest in Europe understands the importance of this step taken and how it will create an improved environment. This righteous path will lead to a substantial reduction in harmful emissions into the atmosphere, contributing to making the air in the cities where it operates more breathable.
The conversion of the company’s fleet – the first in Italy to run completely on compressed natural gas (CNG) – is one of the initiatives launched under Italgas 2017-2023 Industrial Plan, which also included the construction of over 120 self-consumption CNG filling stations within the 40 fitting technical areas.
At present, the Italgas Group’s fleet is composed by 2,500 vehicles and over the next 12 months will be replaced with the latest “natural power” models of FCA: Panda, Panda Van, Fiorino, 500L, Doblò, Qubo and Ducato, all of them fuelled by CNG, accordingly with Italgas’ demands and the key of its development to be sustainable and efficient.
Orders can now be placed for the new SEAT Ibiza, with a 1.0 TGI bi-fuel (natural gas/petrol) engine, which has the ECO label of the General Directorate of Transport and its subsequent advantages.
This model has a consumption of 3.3 kg/100 km in compressed natural gas (CNG) mode or, which is the same, needs an investment of only 2.81 euros to travel 100 km (average CNG price: €0.85/kg); while the 1.0 TSI petrol Ibiza counterpart needs an investment of 6.46 euros per 100 km, with its average low consumption of 4.7 l/100 km (average petrol price: €1.37/litre).
The TGI version of the Ibiza fifth generation is equipped with two tanks, one of CNG (13 kg) and another of petrol (40 litres), identical to the one in petrol versions. The total drive range, combining both tanks, is 1,320 kilometres without refuelling.
The SEAT Ibiza TGI always uses CNG as the main and preferred fuel. Once it is exhausted, it switches to petrol as an alternative fuel source: the switch takes place in an automated way and the driver does not notice any difference in the performance or dynamic driving of the vehicle.
Its 1.0 TGI three-cylinder and 12-valve engine features a 5-speed manual transmission. It offers a maximum power of 90 HP between 4,500 and 5,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 160 Nm between a regime of 1,900 and 3,500 rpm.
In terms of performance, the Ibiza TGI reaches a maximum speed of 180 km/h, with an average consumption of 5 lt/100 km in petrol mode and 4, 9 m3/100 km in CNG mode and emits 114 g/km of CO2 when using petrol and only 88 g/km of CO2 with CNG.
Source: NGV Journal and SEAT
gasfill seeks partner to take unique HRA to market
The UK-based firm behind gasfill HOME – a domestic refuelling unit for CNG vehicles – is looking for a manufacturing company to help it enter volume production and engage with global energy suppliers.
The gasfill compressed natural gas (CNG) home refuelling appliance (HRA) features a patented, three stage, oil free compressor technology that only requires a domestic gas and electricity supply to be used. By removing reliance on the development of a nationwide network of refuelling stations, the concept offers a strong proposition for investment in the worldwide natural gas vehicle (NGV) market – currently estimated to be growing at 15% per year, with around 15 million CNG vehicles on the road today.
gasfill is one of only a very few manufacturers in the world to offer HRA technology on this platform and the only one to combine three important benefits; a 12,000 hour design life, low through-life cost of ownership and market readiness compared to other developing technologies. “With the right partner, we are confident of capturing an early and leading share of this exciting market,” said Norman Leece, managing director at gasfill.
gasfill, which describes itself as “an alternative fuel technology developer” had always believed that the commercialisation of its unique HRA technology required a forward-thinking engineering manufacturer. “We are looking for a company with the capacity to assemble high volume compressed gas appliances and the ability to open up routes to market in target regions,” said Leece.
Europe and the USA have been identified as priority markets, with Asia and other global regions to follow in the future. With its flexible technology platform, gasfill HOME can be adapted to meet specific performance and operational demands between countries.
“The increasing abundance of gas and its significantly lower CO2 and vehicle emissions are driving the CNG refuelling market, with countries like the US just starting to open up due to increased reliance on shale gas. gasfill HOME is ideally positioned to take advantage of this opportunity; designed and engineered as a cost-effective, convenient, mass market product. While we know there is genuine interest in our product, we are keen to find an established company able to handle the next stage in its commercial development,” added Leece.
The company estimates the global market opportunity for HRAs could be over one million units per year based on an expectation that NGV will ultimately represent 5% of the global vehicle park by 2025.
With around 38,000 people working within the transport industry in the East Midlands, it is a key regional employer and a significant driver for economic growth. John Frodsham, Director of the Transport iNet, looks at how innovation is playing a vital part in creating a sustainable and competitive environment for future development.
“The East Midlands is home to some of the finest research and development facilities in world for transport and boasts some of the biggest international names across a spectrum covering car manufacture to aerospace engineering. In order for this sector to grow in a sustainable way, specialists within the region increasingly need to share their knowledge, working together to access the right support to realise their ambitions.
“There is a real appetite for innovation and the development of novel ideas, particularly amongst the more ambitious small and medium sized businesses. We are not yet at the end of our first year and the Transport iNet has already worked with over 300 businesses across the automotive, rail, aerospace, motorsport and marine sectors providing advice, consultancy, supply chain support and access to funding for innovation projects.
The recent announcement by Lord Mandelson to create a Low Carbon Economic Area for Advanced Automotive Engineering in the East Midlands is a further boost to the work of the Transport iNet and demonstrates the importance of this sector in leading research, development and economic growth. It is encouraging to see the commitment from Government connecting national schemes with regional initiatives.
“The need to innovate is constant and can take several forms. It is inherent in giving businesses competitive advantage and driving growth. Businesses need consider how to develop a culture of innovation that is relevant to their context. Nurturing these things will help secure the future of the transport sector in the East Midlands and the UK as a whole.
“To date, Innovation Support Grants worth over £400,000 have been issued and collaborative research projects between small businesses and the regions universities have been supported, totalling more than £500,000. Projects have included the development of electric motorbikes, new precision tooling techniques enabling supply to new customers, a tracking device for mobility scooters and research into low cost, lightweight carbon composite materials for potential applications across all sectors.
“Given the scope of the sector there is no shortage of businesses looking for help with market analysis, research and development support, access to funding advice and grant support, as well as those who are motorsport specialists for example, but are looking to diversify into other areas such as rail or marine. It is essential that business support continues to help exploit the application of innovative technology and retain high value employment and high level skills within the region.”
Leicester- based manufacturer gasfill Ltd is a prime example of a business who sought advice and support from the Transport iNet to take its home re-fuelling system from prototype to full manufacture.
gasfill, formed in January 2004, manufactures the gasfill 2000 a home re-fuelling system for cars and vans which uses compressed natural gas (CNG) rather than petrol as their energy source. It was developed to bring cleaner, greener vehicles to the roads, see www.gasfill.com.
The gasfill 2000 is a low cost, slow-fill re-fuelling unit that can be used with parked cars or vans anywhere where there is access to a standard natural gas supply and electricity from a standard 13 amp socket. It is simple to install, easy to use and has low maintenance costs, but most importantly it offers drivers up to 60% fuel cost savings, lower emissions and less CO2 impact. It is one of only two home CNG re-fuelling devices for vehicles available in the world.
CNG is one of a number of alternative fuels that is increasingly being used to fuel road vehicles, but it is a market place in which is difficult for small businesses to become established. Over nine million vehicles worldwide already run on CNG and the market is growing rapidly, gasfill wanted to exploit this market within the UK and overseas.
Through self funded research and development of over £1million, gasfill had developed the product and produced market ready units. Initial discussions with car conversion companies, car manufacturers, utility companies and distributors have taken place but gasfill needed additional industry connections to develop a sales network, promote the energy efficient re-fuelling system to domestic and commercial vehicle users and encourage potential investors to finance the next phase of growth.
gasfill approached the Transport iNet with a view to finding ways of increasing its visibility in the marketplace. The company also wanted to benefit from the extensive automotive industry contacts the iNet could provide within the UK and overseas and find out what funding was available to them.
Following an initial consultation, the company was supported to attend the CENEX national Low Carbon Vehicle 2009 two day exhibition in Milton Keynes. This offered exposure to and enabled demonstrations of gasfill 2000.
The business returned to the iNet for advice and support on strategic planning and market research. A market evaluation report provided a high level market overview highlighting key barriers and challenges, as well as opportunities. It showed the structure of the UK market would offer limited potential for sales. However, it did identify previously unconsidered European and global opportunities such as the Middle East and Brazil. This offered a potential route to sell, manufacture and produce the unit locally.
Norman Leece, Managing Director, gasfill, said: “The event was a great opportunity for us to gain exposure as this type of event often excludes small businesses due to budget limitations. More importantly, the market research has been invaluable in our strategic planning, helping us to focus our efforts on a number of key markets and develop a strategy for entering these markets.
“We believe that innovation and new products in the transport area are key to introducing changes to consumers’ views on alternative fuels and such developments link well to the manufacturing skills that already exist in the Midlands.”
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