Thursday, 28 March 2019

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Bus travelers in Cork were the first passengers to ride a ‘green bus’ in Ireland on March 25. With zero carbon emissions, this biomethane vehicle is a viable alternative for Ireland’s public bus fleet, and the bus has been part of national trials looking at its performance, air quality impacts and CO2 emissions, among other criteria. “Energy Cork has been advocating the benefits of adopting CNG and biomethane for our public bus fleet in Cork for a number of years, so we are delighted to be making a journey on Ireland’s first zero carbon emissions bus,” said Michelle O’Sullivan, Energy Cork spokesperson and Cork Chamber Public Affairs Senior Executive.

“Never has the demand for public transport been greater in Cork with the city centre expecting an additional 10,000 jobs in the next 5 years. We have the opportunity now to shape how we grow and be proactive in adopting technologies that work for the city and which protect our environment and air quality. This technology is tried and tested with examples of biomethane bus fleets in Stockholm, Lille and Nottingham to name just a few cities. We are very keen to see this technology supported by the National Transport Authority and hope to see these buses rolled out in Cork in the not too distant future,” she added.

Faced with EU deadlines to reduce harmful greenhouse gases, and following Budget 2018, Ireland will no longer be able to purchase diesel buses for public transport as of July 1 2019. The Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport has been carrying out technology trials of hybrid diesel, fully electric, electric hybrid, CNG and biomethane buses in Cork and Dublin in recent months to review performance. The buses have been traveling key routes in the urban bus transport network, but have been weighted rather than carrying passengers so this recent operation represents a landmark in Ireland’s move to a greener public transport system.

The first passenger bus journey of its kind in Ireland picks up from Lapps Quay in Cork city and travels to the SFI (Science Foundation Ireland) funded Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI) in Ringaskiddy where passengers have the opportunity to gain insights from leading gas and algal biofuels researcher Professor Jerry D. Murphy on the research and focus of the work ongoing.

Dónal Kissane, Commercial Manager, Gas Networks Ireland said, “We are delighted to welcome members of Cork Chamber, Energy Cork and MaREI/UCC to take part in Ireland’s first carbon neutral bus journey. Unlike the diesel buses currently in operation, this bus runs on renewable gas, and its journey will have a zero carbon emissions footprint. We believe that the future of public transport in Ireland will be based on renewable gas, using waste from the agriculture and food industry.”

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With the installation of the second PSA step, the upgrading plant for landfill biogas at the Herambiente lanfdill in Ravenna has been completed by SOL. Plant operation will produce biomethane for public transport thanks to an agreement with the local public transport company START Romagna.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

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The technology group Wärtsilä has been given Notice to Proceed for a Liquid biogas (bio-LNG) plant to be built in Asker, Norway. The contract for the plant was awarded in April 2018 by VEAS, a Norwegian wastewater treatment and biogas producing company, and the Notice to Proceed was signed in December 2018.

The new facility will comprise a biogas upgrading and liquefaction plant. It will enable VEAS to produce vehicle quality biogas, thereby creating an alternative to fossil fuels and reducing CO2 emissions. The new bio-LNG plant will be incorporated together with the company’s existing biogas plant, which is the biggest sewage sludge treatment plant in Norway serving nearly 750,000 people. The total bio-LNG production capacity will be 20 tons per day.

“Efficiency and environmental sustainability are two of the main pillars of Wärtsilä’s strategy for future energy use. This new plant represents both of these pillars, and we are proud to be partnering VEAS in this carbon reducing project,” said Arne Jakobsen, General Manager Biogas Liquefaction Systems, Wärtsilä

“Wärtsilä has the experience and technical know-how needed to integrate the new bio-LNG facility with our existing plant. Their support throughout the project has been good, and they have shown themselves capable of meeting our demanding time schedule,” commented Ragnhild Borchgrevink, Managing Director of VEAS.

The scope of supply for the bio-LNG plant includes upgrading of the biogas, hot water production, liquefaction, storage and truck loading capability. Wärtsilä is delivering the system on a fast-track basis, and the on-site installation is scheduled to be completed within a 14-month time-frame. The plant is expected to become in commercial operation during 2020.

Source: NGV Journal
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Gas for Climate, a group of seven leading European gas transport companies (Enagás, Fluxys, Gasunie, GRTgaz, Open Grid Europe, Snam and Teréga) and two renewable gas industry associations (European Biogas Association and Consorzio Italiano Biogas) has just released 2019 scenario analysis for net zero emissions energy in Europe by 2050.

Biomethane and power to methane can supply up to 1,170 TWh at strongly reduced costs, consisting of 1,010 TWh of biomethane and 160 TWh of power to methane. Based on the study, production costs can decrease from the current €70–90/MWh to €47–57/MWh in 2050. These costs reflect large-scale biomass to biomethane gasification close to existing gas grids, as well as more local biomethane production in digesters.

Navigant’s analysis shows that by 2050 all biomethane can be zero emissions renewable gas, in the
sense that any remaining lifecycle emissions can be compensated by negative emissions created in
agriculture on farms producing biomethane.

Estimates of biomethane production in Europe show that production can be scaled up from the current 2 billion m3 to 95 billion m3 of natural gas equivalent. Sustainability criteria as defined by current European directives will be crucial to steer the production.

The full report is available here.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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The first supply of cars and trucks in Italy with only biomethane took place in Rapolano, in the province of Siena. The supplies were made as part of the opening ceremony of an IP-branded service station created by Snam. The distributor, located at the Siena-Bettolle junction, is currently the only company in Italy that is able to supply vehicles with 100% biomethane, obtained from the organic fraction of urban waste. The initiative also involves the collaboration of SEAT.

The green fuel was supplied to Piccini Paolo Spa (the owner of the plant) by SESA Spa (Estense Environmental Services Company), a Padua-based company, and will allow for the delivery of over 150 supplies. In the future, the refueling station could be powered by biogas plants that will open in the area. Rapolano is the sixth distributor created by Snam in Italy.

Biomethane sector is rapidly developing. Currently, there are six plants connected to the Snam network in Italy: in Lombardy (Milan, Montello and Sarmato), Calabria (Rende), Emilia-Romagna (Sant’Agata Bolognese) and Lazio (Anzio), with about 30 other producers planning to be connected in the future. According to the estimates of the CIB (Italian Biogas Consortium), the country has a production potential of 8 billion cubic meters per year of biomethane by 2030, a quantity exceeding 10% of the national gas needs.

Using natural and renewable gas for transport combines environmental sustainability with positive economic impact, reducing emissions of particulates and NOx, significantly reducing CO2 emissions and ensuring significant savings for consumers. Italy has the largest number of NGVs in Europe (around 1 million) and the most developed refueling network (1,300 distributors), which is also expanding thanks to Snam’s investments.

Source: NGV Journal

Thursday, 21 February 2019

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Scania, an automaker that is leader in alternative fuels and that has been developing engines designed from factory to operate with natural gas for more than a decade, has noticed the increase in the use of natural gas in road transport during 2018 and offers an analysis of the costs of operation to switch to this fuel.

“Currently, natural gas and biogas are the only fuel option to help decarbonize the heavy transport of goods and passengers. The sale of Scania vehicles powered by natural gas has grown exponentially and has a lot of margin for growth. Looking forward to 2019 we expect to double our sales in alternative fuels. For Scania, this fuel is not much new, we have been developing natural gas engines for more than a decade and working with this fuel since the beginning of the century,” explained Manuel Arias, responsible for sustainability at Scania Ibérica.

According to Scania’s analysis, these are the main advantages offered by natural gas as a transport fuel:

– Profitability, derived mainly from the lower consumption of the vehicle compared to the diesel equivalent and the price of natural gas as fuel.

– Reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15-20% in the case of natural gas and up to 90% in the case of biogas. These emissions are those that produce the greenhouse effect and accelerate the global warming of the earth.

– Extra reduction of emissions regulated by the Euro standards: NO2 by 100%, NOx by 80%, particles by 96% and SO2 by 100%. These emissions are those that accumulate in cities and negatively affect the health of the people.

– Range of up to 1,600km in the current offering of Scania engines ranging from 280 hp to 410 hp.

– Reduction of sound emissions of up to 50%. This factor is important especially in the face of night distribution of goods. Possibility of complying with the demanding PIEK noise level regulation that has become a reference in Europe.

– Reduction of fuel consumption.
– ECO Label and access to cities in scenarios of restrictions due to high pollution.

– Image of a sustainable company committed to the environment through the use of this fuel.

In 2018 natural gas in road transport has consolidated as the best sustainable alternative, with 5,745 new registrations, representing an increase of 146% compared to 2017, according to a study of the Iberian Association of Natural and Renewable Gas for Mobility (Gasnam). Currently, there are more than 144 natural gas stations in Spain: 71 public and 73 private, and the opening of 46 more is foreseen. In Portugal there are 11 operational natural gas stations. These figures are increasing progressively as confirmed by GASNAM.

In this extremely encouraging scenario for sustainable mobility, where more and more heavy duty fleets add vehicles powered by natural gas, AltFuels Iberia 2019 will take place on 11-14 June at IFEMA Trade Center, Madrid. It will be an event consisting of first level conferences and exhibition of vehicles of all kinds, refueling stations, components, plants, road and marine engines, as well as the entire universe of the alternative fuels industry with the latest technological developments, multiple options for networking, business and new advances. For more information, please contact

Source: Scania Ibérica, NGV Journal

Friday, 8 February 2019

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Volkswagen has completely overhauled its natural gas models and is equipping its Polo and Golf TGI with a third natural gas tank. This allows the Polo TGI to now travel up to 60 kilometers further in pure CNG mode than its predecessor. The gain in range in the Golf TGI is up to 80 kilometers. In the Golf, a new 1.5 liter TGI four-cylinder engine with 96 kW/130 PS ensures that none of the driving pleasure is lost. The nw natural gas-powered TGI models are available to order now

Volkswagen has equipped its natural gas models of the Polo TGI and Golf TGI with a third natural gas tank made of specially coated, high-strength steel. The Golf’s tank has a volume of 23 liters and increases the total CNG tank volume to 115 liters, or 17.3 kg respectively, which offers a range of up to 422 kilometers in WLTP.

On the Polo with 1.0 three-cylinder engine (66 kW / 90 PS) the additional tank carries 16.5 litres and extends the natural gas storage to 91.5 liters in total, or 13.8 kg respectively, meaning that the Polo can travel up to 368 kilometers on CNG in WLTP. As a back-up, both models come with a petrol tank – albeit a much smaller version.

For improved driving dynamics and efficiency, the Golf TGI’s new 1.5 liter four-cylinder engine is powerful, efficiency and environmentally friendly. Proof of this comes from its fuel consumption of just 3.6 kg – 3.5 kg natural gas over 100 kilometers, and CO2 emissions of just 98–95 g/km. This engine uses the innovative TGI Miller combustion process with a high compression ratio of 12.5:1, to increase efficiency and decrease CO2 emissions. A turbocharger with variable turbine geometry increases the boost pressure, adding more air into the cylinders. This allows the 1.5-litre TGI engine to accelerate powerfully at any time from low speeds.

News: Volkswagen - NGV Journal