FTA Ireland (FTAI), the leading body representing the country’s logistics industry, is calling on the Minister of Communications, Climate Action & Environment to prioritise the opening of the country’s compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling sites, if the sector is to be able to achieve its emissions reduction targets by 2025.
In its CNG Now! Paper, recently published, FTAI’s Alternative Technologies Working Group has challenged the Irish government to prioritise urgent support and infrastructure for the freight and logistics sector, so that new cleaner fuel technologies can be adopted nationwide and climate and air quality targets achieved.
“Without sufficient CNG refuelling sites across the country, the logistics sector is simply marking time, rather than achieving the switch to CNG and other alternative fuels which will reduce emissions levels and improve air quality,” says Aidan Flynn, General Manager for FTAI. Without these sites, the campaign by the government to drive operators to the purchase of new CNG vehicles has been nothing more than a costly PR exercise, for which logistics businesses have taken a serious financial hit.
The Causeway project, announced in 2016, was established to form a CNG refuelling network for CNG vehicles nationwide, which was expected to deliver 14 fast fill stations, yet as Mr Flynn continues, to date no stations have been opened.
According to the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure for Transport in Ireland 2017 -2030 it is expected that there will be 19 refuelling sites for compressed natural gas (CNG) in operation by 2020 (currently there is one built and none open). It is essential to build industry trust that new alternative fuels are sustainable and viable options for industry.
Burning natural gas, compared to diesel, results in an approximate 22% climate benefit at combustion due to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Industry will adapt to new technologies if there is business need, it is viable and can deliver to suit the company’s needs.
HAM, Port de Barcelona and GALP have presented the first natural gas station of the state port system, a key facility to promote the use of natural gas as an alternative fuel for road transport. The station is located into the GALP service station on the Y Street in the Port of Barcelona and is the result of the agreement between HAM, in charge of the construction and operation of the LNG station, and GALP, which has carried out the improvement of the facilities.
The construction has been financed by European funds, through the CHAMeleon project, aimed at developing the gas supply infrastructure in the Barcelona-Slovenia land corridor. The new facility has two compressed natural gas (CNG) pumps for cars and trucks, two liquefied natural gas (LNG) pumps for trucks and a cryogenic LNG tank of 60 m3 capacity.
The commissioning of this infrastructure is part of the Port of Barcelona’s Air Quality Improvement Plan, which aims to effectively reduce emissions from port activity. “This gas station is proof of the strong will of the Port of Barcelona to promote the use of an alternative, clean and sustainable fuel such as natural gas, which significantly reduces nitrogen oxide emissions and eliminates completely Fine particles and oxides of sulfur, “said Mercè Conesa, president of the Port of Barcelona.
Likewise, “this gas station is a key element to guarantee the supply of natural gas to the vehicles operating in the Port area, to promote the use of this alternative fuel and, ultimately, to improve the quality of the air we breathe”, stressed Conesa.
The commercial manager of Gas & Power of GALP, Fernando Martín-Nieto Vaquero, explained how the newly inaugurated installation is “one more step” within the GALP transversal sustainability action plan. “GALP’s commitment to combat climate change pivots on three axes: reducing emissions associated with fuels; promote energy efficiency and the incorporation of renewable energies; and actively participate in the development of sustainable mobility solutions”, Martín-Nieto stressed.
Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica), the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition), the American Gas Association (AGA), and the American Public Gas Association (APGA) submitted comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) related to their proposed Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks.
In their submission, the advocates called upon NHTSA and EPA to use this rulemaking opportunity to expand incentives for NGVs in the light-duty sector; particularly for pickup trucks, work vans, and sport utility vehicles; highlighting several key benefits of natural gas use in transportation.
This rulemaking, along with current market dynamics; growing demand for light trucks, a significant increase in the availability of low-cost domestic natural gas, and the expanded availability of renewable natural gas; provides the right circumstances for the light-duty natural gas vehicle market to expand.
NGVs deserve an equal opportunity to compete in the market based on cost and real-world emission benefits, and government regulators should not effectively mandate a specific clean technology at the exclusion of others. NGVAmerica, the RNG Coalition, AGA, and APGA support changes to the current regulatory framework to incorporate provisions that more fully account for all the environmental benefits of natural gas vehicles, give meaning to statutory provisions intended to encourage NGVs, and incorporate meaningful incentives for manufacturers to produce natural gas vehicles.
NGVAmerica, RNG Coalition, AGA, and APGA recommendations include: align the fuel economy and greenhouse gas credit provisions for NGVs; extend the use of the 0.15 factor for dual fuel vehicles; amend the driving range and drive-to-empty requirement for dual-fuel NGVs; provide stronger sales multiplier credits for the production of NGVs; amend the full-sized pickup truck credits; provide incentives for gaseous-prep vehicles; and ensure the resulting rule supports one, unified national program.
NGVAmerica has teamed up with the American Gas Association and the American Public Gas Association to launch the 2018 Drive Nat Gas Coast-to-Coast NGV Road Rally. This four week, 5,000+ mile, 14 stop cross country excursion highlights the benefits of natural gas use in transportation.
“Clean air starts with clean vehicles, and the cleanest heavy-duty engine in the world runs on natural gas,” said Dan Gage, President of NGVAmerica. “We are fortunate to have partners here locally who understand the importance of implementing affordable natural gas solutions in everyday life. And we ask local elected officials and policy makers to join with them to promote and increase natural gas use in transportation that will result in protecting our environment, cleaning our air, and expanding our economy.”
Beginning on the East Coast and concluding at the start of NGVAmerica’s 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Industry Summit in Palm Springs, California, the 2018 NGV Road Rally itinerary includes multiple formal stops:
New character, new technology, new name: with the SKODA SCALA, the Czech brand is extending its offering in the popular compact car segment. The all-new model offers a high level of active and passive safety, full-LED headlights and tail lights, plenty of space for luggage and passengers, as well as numerous Simply Clever features. Five engine variants are available ranging from 66 kW (90 PS) to 110 kW (150 PS). The five-door hatchback combines its emotive design with a high degree of functionality and state-of-the-art connectivity. The new ŠKODA SCALA transmits the emotive design language of the VISION RS study, which impressed at the Paris Motor Show, into a series-production vehicle. It will enter the market as early as in the first half of 2019.
The SKODA SCALA version 1.0 G-TEC is considered the most eco-friendly on the road, for the Czechs the abbreviation for the methane-based version. The 90 hp (66kW) three-cylinder turbo is optimised for operation with compressed natural gas (CNG), producing significantly less CO2 than liquid fuels and low NOx emissions.
With the bivalent design of the engine there is also the possibility to continue with petrol. For this purpose, an emergency tank is available, which can be used if there is no compressed natural gas (CNG) gas a station nearby. Details of the tanks, fuel consumption and range as well as driving performance are not yet known, but the G-Tec version is equipped with a manual 6-speed gearbox.
Source: SKODA and gibgas
Under the umbrella of the UNECE’s Group of Experts on General Safety, which met in Geneva on 8-12th October 2018, a busy agenda of natural gas vehicle (NGV) activities across a wide variety of topics has been attended by NGV Global. The agenda included provisions for the testing of compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders (with mirror provisions for LNG tanks) and several new CNG/LNG technologies introduced to legitimise their use on vehicles.
NGV Global has been participating in an ad hoc task force on compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders led by Germany and involving Italy and a host of CNG cylinder companies and auto manufacturers concerning test procedures for CNG cylinders.
Two meetings held in 2018 in Cologne resulted in new provisions (under UN Regulation No. 110 (CNG and LNG vehicles) in relation to the inspection of CNG cylinders, with points of difference being largely resolved at the Geneva meeting. The nature and purpose of testing, cylinder certification, and support for in-country procedures was addressed. For the next meeting (GRSG-116), NGV Global will be working with the International Auto Manufacturer’s Association (OICA) to provide clarifying definitions to distinguish between ‘periodic technical inspection’ and ‘requalification.’
New technologies relating to the storage and delivery of gas on board natural gas vehicles (NGVs) were presented for consideration and inclusion. Additionally, appropriate language was approved to include the use of natural gas as a power source for on-board ancillary equipment.
Terminology defining a ‘Gas Injector’ and ‘Gas Flow Adjuster’ was also approved, as was wording to allow for a transitional period for the industry to introduce new technologies.
Source: NGV Global
Onboard Dynamics has successfully delivered their GoFlo® CNG80 mobile compressor unit to NW Natural, the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. The unit is being used to fill tube trailers for bringing compressed natural gas (CNG) to where it is needed throughout the company’s service territory.
The initial GoFlo® mobile compressor was delivered in September to NW Natural’s Sherwood, Oregon service centre. It can also be used to compress renewable natural gas (RNG) into tube trailers at remote locations for injection into distribution systems.
“The GoFlo® has a unique design that we feel will help to expand CNG adoption throughout the Northwest,” says Chris Kroeker, product manager for Natural Gas Vehicles at NW Natural. “We’re excited to test its performance as we incorporate it into our operations.”
Unlike most compressed natural gas (CNG) compressors that rely on electricity for power, the GoFlo® uses natural gas as its power source. This unique feature gives companies the ability to deploy the unit in many different capacities. It can be moved to remote locations to assist with maintenance projects or can be used to quickly establish a CNG refuelling station at locations where infrastructure doesn’t currently exist.
“We’re really enthusiastic to be working with NW Natural as they roll out our GoFlo® compressor into their refuelling network,” said Rita Hansen, CEO of Onboard Dynamics. “Their early adoption of our technology has helped us to successfully bring it to market.”
“There’s a need for cleaner transit in Portland,” added Hansen. “The GoFlo® provides a cost-effective refuelling option for vehicles running on clean burning natural and renewable natural gas.”
Source: Onboard Dynamics
IVECO, aware of the importance of the emergency sector and the transport of patients, recently presented the Daily Blue Power NP van, powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), leading the market in terms of connectivity and sustainability. The Tenorio Group, with extensive experience in the sector and a fleet of 1,000 vehicles, was the first company in Europe to bet on an emergency vehicle powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), thus providing an added service to society.
Cristian Tenorio, General Manager of the Group, said: “Our commitment to natural gas is the first key step to protect the environment and eliminate engine noise, thus achieving greater comfort for the patients we transport. This acquisition is the first from a long list; we want that, in the future, more than 50% of our fleet will feature natural gas vehicles.”
The IVECO Daily Blue Power NP 12 m3 van is part of the greenest family on the market, the Daily Blue Power range. The model is the first light commercial natural gas vehicle with 8-speed automatic transmission. This version improves what was already the best solution for urban transport, offering a perfect combination: the sustainability of natural gas technology, the IVECO Natural Power, and maximum comfort at the wheel, thanks to its exclusive Hi-Matic automatic transmission.
This vehicle meets the well-known robustness, performance and reliability of the Daily, increasing the degree of comfort and reducing fuel consumption, with a very low level of polluting emissions, and with the best manoeuvrability within its category. It has a F1C engine of 3 litres that generates a power of 136 CV, with a maximum pair of 350 Nm, and fulfils with the of the Euro 6/D emission standard, reducing particle emissions by 76% and NOx emissions by 12% compared to its diesel version.
SEAT President Luca de Meo and the President of the Association Française du Gaz Naturel pour Véhicules (AFGNV), Jean-Claude Girot, have signed a strategic agreement to promote joint innovation projects and expand the use of natural gas in the area of mobility in France. This long-term partnership is a further step in SEAT’s strategy to spearhead growth in the segment of cars fuelled with compressed natural gas (CNG) and consolidates the company as an international benchmark.
SEAT President Luca de Meo emphasised that “with this agreement we reaffirm our commitment to developing compressed natural gas as an alternative fuel. Compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles actively contribute to efficient mobility in cities, reducing emissions and fulfilling new environmental criteria.”
The AFGNV is an organisation which gathers French public, economic and industrial stakeholders, and its goal is to promote the development and use of natural gas and biogas as fuels in France. Its members include the Association Française du Gaz, vehicle manufacturers, businesses in the gas, automotive and mechanical sectors, and natural gas distributors and suppliers.
AFGNV President Jean-Claude Girot explained that “we are pleased that SEAT has joined our association, which rallies and mobilises a sector of the future with a view to sustainable growth. Their expertise will enhance that which is contributed by the 90 current members.”
Repsol Chairman Antonio Brufau opened the fourth edition of the company’s Energy for Europe Conferences in Brussels, attended by European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska and other members of the European Parliament.
During his address, Brufau emphasized the need for regulation that facilitates the energy transition while maintaining the competitiveness of Europe’s energy industry.
Brufau reiterated his advocacy of natural gas as the cornerstone of achieving global CO2 emission reduction goals in the short term, making it a key energy source, along with renewables, for replacing coal in electricity generation.
Brufau also stressed that it is essential to continue innovating and developing new technologies through sustainable funding, to achieve an energy transition that will lead to a more efficient, dynamic, and environmentally-sustainable model.
“We want in Europe a smart, clean and competitive industry, which can deliver sustainable growth and quality jobs”, said Elżbieta Bieńkowska. “Innovation is crucially important in all sectors, also to turn the challenges of reducing emissions into opportunities.”