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

Thursday, 7 February 2019

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Renewable gas producers will be able to bring their fuel to the market more economically thanks to the new leasing service developed by Grupo Industrial Calvera, a Spanish company specializing in gas transportation. This company, which has already signed two leases, one with an international industrial gas and hydrogen company and the other with a major Spanish gas supplier, now plans to extend the service to all of Europe.
With this formula, described as “an authentic industry first in the sector”, Calvera offers the possibility of renting its full range of gas transport options, including trailers and mobile refueling units to customers such as suppliers of biomethane, energy services companies and energy facilities. The company indicates that this service will significantly improve the profitability of many biogas producers and renewable hydrogen projects, as well as it will attract companies specialized in gas transportation.
To announce this new service, Calvera has received more than 20 companies -including Gasunie, Honda, Total and Engie- at its Épila plant, near Zaragoza, where they showcased their latest innovations and products, such as mobile gas pipelines for hydrogen and biomethane as well as equipment available for leasing.
Rafael Calvera, General Director of Calvera, said about the service: “Taking the gas to the end user in the most profitable way can be a challenge for the producers of hydrogen, biomethane and CNG. We think that this leasing service makes the supply and distribution of “green” gas more efficient from the economic point of view, simplifying the business model in general. In any new strategy it will reduce the initial capital expenditures and will help the overall financing of the project.”
With this service the entire Calvera range is available, including its mobile refueling equipment and the light modules that can be loaded and unloaded from the tanker trucks with a hydraulic boom crane with hook. All leased vehicles will receive full maintenance by the Calvera team of specialists.
Source: Grupo Calvera - NGV Journal

Monday, 4 February 2019

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Xebec announced the operation of its first ever Italian biogas upgrading plant in Modena. Based on Xebec’s innovative Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) product line, the plant is successfully producing pure biomethane, also known as renewable natural gas, and injecting it into the local gas grid of AS RETIGAS.

Environmental service provider AIMAG had been collecting municipal waste, specifically source-separated organics, to produce biogas through an anaerobic digester (AD). The biogas was purified and used as renewable energy for a combined heat and power (CHP) unit.

AIMAG hired environmental engineering and construction firm Atzwanger AG-SpA to help them maximize their biogas opportunity. Atzwanger chose Xebec as its upgrading supplier after extensive evaluation of various technologies. Xebec’s innovative PSA technology was selected as the most reliable, cost effective and simple solution in this specific setting.

“This brand new dry-digestion-plant of organic waste is one of the first in the country to feed biomethane into a public grid thanks to the vision and determination of our client AIMAG, and one of the fastest ever built thanks to our key partners Xebec and Strabag,” said Dr. C. Atzwanger, Managing Director, Atzwanger AG-SpA.

Dr. Francesco Massari, General Manager, Xebec Europe, also commented: “We’re delighted to have this first Xebec upgrading system operating in Modena, proving our system’s performance and reliability in Italy. Xebec is already a market leader in France with over 20 PSA systems delivering consistent, quality biomethane to customers. Italy is strategically becoming the second key market for Xebec in Europe.”

Source: Xebec

Monday, 21 January 2019

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Cassa depositi e prestiti (CDP), Fincantieri and Snam have signed a preliminary collaboration agreement aimed at identifying, defining and implementing medium-term strategic projects for the innovation and development of port facilities in Italy, as well as for the development of sustainable technologies applied to maritime transport, in line with the provisions of the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan Proposal (PNIEC).

The agreement includes: projects for building infrastructure for the supply, transformation and use of LNG and alternative energy sources in maritime transport within port facilities or coastal areas; and research, development and implementation of maritime transport systems based on new technologies (turbines for LNG modules, containment and management of liquid and gaseous methane systems) and innovative energy sources (LNG, hydrogen, fuel cells).

As part of the agreement, Fincantieri and Snam will share their technical skills by launching dedicated workshops. CDP will support these initiatives from an economic and financial point of view, in line with its institutional mission to support projects that have a positive impact on the country.

CDP CEO Fabrizio Palermo said: “The agreement signed today is part of the path laid out in our new business plan towards a full collaboration between the Group companies to further the country’s growth. Under this CDP agreement, Fincantieri and Snam will share their knowledge and technical expertise to make a concrete contribution to the competitiveness of maritime transport, a key sector for both the Italian and wider European economies.”

Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono also commented: “Environmental sustainability is fast becoming a significant megatrend. This agreement will allow us to enhance our wealth of experience and expertise in such a rapidly growing area. It’s a trend that impacts every industry, including the shipping sector, and as such we welcome this important agreement between three Italian powerhouses, with the aim of increasing the positions of acquired leadership.”

Snam CEO Marco Alverà added: “With this agreement, thanks to the support of CDP, we join forces with Fincantieri to contribute to reducing energy costs and increasing the environmental sustainability of the Italian maritime sector and our cities. LNG and bio-LNG represent the future of sustainable mobility, particularly for the heavy and maritime transport sectors. As such, Snam will share its expansive knowledge and expertise in these areas with the Italian port system.”

Source: Fincantieri

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

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This IEA Bioenergy Task 37 case story concerns upgrading landfill gas to biomethane. By combining membrane filtration and the cryogenic distillation process, the WAGABOX® process developed by the French Waga Energy has proven to be effective (uptime > 95%) in upgrading landfill gas to gas grid standard.

Read more on the IEA Report  describing the plants where the solution has been implemented.

The first Wagabox plant, operational in Saint Florentin, France.