ReFuels has commenced construction of a new refueling facility at Doncaster in South Yorkshire, one of the UK’s largest logistic hubs. The public access bio-CNG station operated by ReFuels under the CNG Fuels brand puts 90% of the UK’s population and four of the country’s largest ports within a 4-5-hour reach of the station.
Brazil: L’Oréal announces the construction of the first dedicated biomethane station in Latin America
The L’Oréal Group in Brazil signed a contract with Gás Verde for the delivery of 3.6 million cubic meters of biomethane, which will be used to supply 100% of the company’s dedicated fleet. The new facility will be located next to the Gaia Distribution Center, the second largest of the Group in Latin America.
United States: Clean Energy’s new facility will supply renewable natural gas to heavy trucks in Baltimore
The new facility is strategically located near the Pulaski Industrial Area and provides heavy-duty truck fleets access to a low carbon, sustainable fuel in the busy east coast trucking corridor. It includes four fast-fill dispensers for easy in-and-out fueling of biomethane; private time-fill hoses for up to 156 trucks,
The dispenser can refuel a truck with 400m3 cylinders in an average record time of 8 minutes, depending on the capacity of the compressor. It is equipped with four hoses, two with “high flow valve and NGV1 nozzle” and two with low flow, which makes it an efficient resource for refueling both private cars and heavy transport.
Gas Networks Ireland and Virginia International Logistics have taken another step forward in reducing emissions from local transport industry – one of the most difficult sectors to decarbonize – with the opening of Ireland’s eighth CNG and bio-CNG station. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by the Minister Heather Humphreys.
This is the 13th public access bio-CNG station operated by ReFuels in the UK under the CNG Fuels brand. It features 12 fuel pump islands, allowing more than 500 trucks to be refueled per day with a total capacity of 25 million kilograms of bio-CNG annually. It is located in Parc Bryn Cegin, just off Junction 11, North Wales Expressway
The Urban Logistics Operational Management of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires carried out a study to evaluate the operation of a CNG-powered public waste collection service truck, with the objective of move towards a sustainable and environmentally friendly freight transportation.
The company has received 25 units and expects to get the rest during the next year. These LNG-powered trucks offer the same performance and drivability as their diesel models. They can be used in regional and long-haul heavy transport operations. With the new 225 kg tank and the new 500 HP engine, autonomy is increased by between 10%-14%.
Under the brand “Master Gas”, the project was carried out by TAQA Dalbit, a joint venture between TAQA Arabia and JCG Oil & Gas, with the focus of investing, developing, building and operating service stations and workshops to convert and refuel cars with natural gas. The new facility will be able to serve up to 800 vehicles daily.
“With this acquisition, we continue to add actions to improve the quality of the air we breathe by reducing CO2 emissions into the environment, it reduces its carbon footprint and also generates savings of more than 52% for the company in fuel costs,” Surtigas said in a statement.
With the aim of reducing times and costs for companies, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism reported that the import procedures for cylinders for the storage of CNG were incorporated into the Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE as its Spanish acronym), a ministry’s foreign trade facilitation tool.
With this milestone, Ashok Leyland becomes the first Indian OEM to unveil an in-house LNG engine compliant with BSVI Stage II emission standards. It also further strengthens its extensive product portfolio by venturing into the alternative fuel segment, setting new standards in the Indian commercial vehicle industry.
The biomethane from Del Rio Dairy in Texas, which start flowing in June to the transportation market, now is generating D3 renewable identification numbers (RINs) credits under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard, as well as credits through Oregon’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program.
Belonging to Cummins’ Near Zero line, this engine is “a super powerful model and the most eco-friendly natural gas engine in Peru”, and a solution for the truck and bus market that seeks to reduce emissions without sacrificing the performance of its vehicle, the company explained on its social media.
Gasum has opened it newest natural gas station in Keminmaa, Finland. Located in the new Rajakangas industrial park that’s under construction, this is also the first NGV station in Finnish Lapland and Gasum’s second northernmost filling station. In addition to LNG, it offers renewable CNG.
IVECO Bus announced in 2022 the production of the 17-210G chassis at its factory in Córdoba. It is the first CNG bus manufactured in Argentina. Now, the first units of this chassis arrived at Andes Motor Peru to be bodyworked and subsequently carry out the tests in view of a potential demand in local urban transport.
Vontier and ANGI Energy Systems announced a major milestone in the evolution of sustainable transportation as ANGI prepares to supply its first full hydrogen refueling station to Trillium to be installed at Santa Clarita Transit. The bus agency will take advantage of the new facility as part of its continued efforts to cut its CO2 emissions.
Two years ago, Lipigas began its plans to build the first green LNG corridor for heavy cargo transportation in the country, and now announced that two new service stations will join the project. The facilities will be located in Paine, Metropolitan Region, and in Puerto Montt, Los Lagos.
MSC Cruises and Shell Western LNG have entered into an agreement for the fuel supplier to provide LNG for the shipping operator’s flagship MSC Euribia. The first bunkering operation recently took place in Rotterdam. MSC Cruises has invested EUR 3 billion in three LNG-powered cruise ships.
With financing from the Energy Social Inclusion Fund (FISE), the NGV Savings program, which is present in nine regions of Peru, “has allowed many small business owners in the transportation sector to be financed, generating a direct benefit for them and their families,” according to the ministry.
Food Express has begun operating a Class-8 truck fitted with a Cummins X15N, which will be commercially available in 2024. Clean Energy Fuels is providing renewable natural gas for the new Kenworth vehicle at its fueling station in Fontana, California. The carrier currently runs a fleet of 88 heavy-duty trucks that operate on biomethane.
Gasum is building a filling station offering renewable CNG and LNG in Södertälje. The new facility is located near the Södertälje Syd road junction right next to Scania’s production plant and will open in the first half of 2024. This partnership marks a significant development in promoting a more sustainable transport system in the region.
Westport Fuel Systems completed a heavy transport demonstration with its H2 HPDI fuel system equipped prototype truck hauling a refrigerated trailer in Madrid. The trial, which also included Disfrimur, Scale Gas and Versallis, marks the first of its kind in Spain and an important step forward in the decarbonization of Spanish mobility.
According to Vanti, installations of natural gas equipment increased by 268%, especially in the last four months of 2023. The departments where conversions have grown the most are Cundinamarca, Boyacá, Santander and Cesar. So far this year, a total of 6,273 installations have been carried out compared to the 3,598 performed in 2022.
The X15N is the first natural gas engine to be designed specifically for heavy-duty and on-highway truck applications, with 400 to 500 hp and 1,450 to 1,850 lb-ft of torque. Freightliner will offer the new engine in the Cascadia 126″ BBC, in both sleeper and day cab configurations. Production is targeted to begin in 2025.
The facility is operated by BTSG Company Limited, a joint venture between Bangchak Corporation (51%) and Thai Special Gas Company Limited (TSG) (49%). The company aims to develop and provide LNG-related services by capitalizing the strength of Bangchak’s extensive network of over 2,200 service stations nationwide.
In the run-up to Paris 2024, Toyota is announcing the supply of 500 fuel cell Mirai vehicles as part of its official fleet for this major sporting event. The cars will be refuelled with hydrogen from renewable sources provided by Air Liquide, official hydrogen supporter of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.
Manure produced by the 500 cattle kept at the farm is harvested and upgraded on site, producing fugitive biomethane. This not only fuels machinery, but significantly reduces the carbon footprint. A pioneering facility has been built to provide sustainable fuel which will help cut down up to 1,300 tons of carbon per year.
Knight Transportation has been successfully testing Cummins’ new X15N natural gas engine in Southern California – realizing NOx and greenhouse gas reductions without compromise to performance. The truck is fueled exclusively with Clean Energy Fuels’ ultra-low carbon renewable natural gas, anchored by Clean Energy’s station in Carson.
This significant collaboration marks a pivotal milestone in accelerating the decarbonization of the transportation sector while bolstering the hydrogen mobility market. The partners aim to accelerate the heavy-duty hydrogen transportation ecosystem by focusing on both hydrogen supply and refueling infrastructure.
With a flow rate of up to 546 m3/h, ARTIKA 400 is the latest addition to the range of cryogenic submersible pumps for LNG designed by the Italian multinational firm. Its seamless design, with motor bearings permanently lubricated by LNG, means this type of pump maintains cold conditions for fast and efficient start-stop operations and very low maintenance.
The Municipality of Quilino and Villa Quilino announced the opening of the first high-flow CNG dispenser for buses and trucks in the north of Córdoba. The equipment is located at the Quilino CNG Service Station. To date, the province of Córdoba had this type of service in places such as Balnearia and Morteros, and from now on, Quilino joins this list.
It features two LNG pumps and is located on the Autobahn 2, in Ziesar near Berlin, a strategically important transport corridor for east-west and north-south goods traffic, covering the North Sea and Baltic Sea regions. This facility is Rolande’s seventh German LNG station and reinforces the company’s public refueling network in this country.
The first natural gas-powered bus for the Ica region was presented in Pisco by Contugas and the Camisea Consortium (operated by Pluspetrol), as part of the incentive program for the acquisition of new vehicles for cargo and passenger transportation companies. The program finances 30% to 50% of the value of the new buses or trucks.
The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Mining of the province of Córdoba, Eduardo Accastello, visited the Iveco plant in the city of Córdoba, where the new Euro 6 natural gas urban and interurban bus is being produced. With the six-cylinder option, the vehicle offers a range of 250 km, while with the nine-cylinder version it reaches 300 km.
DHL Supply Chain announced plans to begin operating bio-CNG trucks with an investment worth EUR 80 million into a dedicated biomethane production plant in Cork. The new facility will provide fuel for up to 150 trucks, resulting in an annual carbon reduction of 15,000 tons. DHL plans to run 92 locally fueled trucks across Tesco’s country-wide network.
The Spanish gas association launched an information campaign that advocates promoting the transition of vehicles towards CNG as an efficient, profitable and sustainable mobility alternative. This initiative aims to contribute to the decarbonization of transportation. At the end of 2022, there were around 35,000 vehicles powered by CNG in Spain
The two companies see this cooperation as an opportunity to accelerate the green transition in mobility by developing new solutions and influencing the design of the needed infrastructure. As a first objective, they plan to equip up to 50 coaches with bio-LNG by 2025, to be run by Flix’s bus partners across the FlixBus network
Naturgy has already signed the first long-term purchase contract for liquid biomethane. The agreement will entail the purchase of an annual production of 25 GWh of bio-LNG obtained at the Sologas waste recovery plant in As Somozas (La Coruña), whose entry into operation is scheduled for the end of 2023.
Ecogas and Andesmar have joined forces to launch the first CNG station for buses in Argentina. With an approximate investment of 300 million pesos made entirely by the companies and in a record time of 10 months, the refueling facility is located in the department of Guaymallén. It will be used by the Mendoza Transportation Society (STM) NGV fleet.
Since 2012, UNICON, a company dedicated to the production of ready-mix concrete, responsible mining and other construction services, began the transition to CNG. Recently, it has decided to expand its fleet of green mixing vehicles with the purchase of new NGVs, increasing its total fleet to more than 150 units that run on clean energy.
The tour will start at the Mittenwalde Shell station in Berlin and will stop at five landmarks of the bio-LNG ecosystem on the route that will touch Germany, the Netherlands and Italy. The Iveco S-Way’s goal is to complete the tour achieving net-zero emissions while delivering an efficient performance.
The company is exhibiting its Green Efficiency line model, a G 410 A6x2 powered by CNG, has 8 118-liter natural gas tanks, which guarantees excellent autonomy. It also stands out for having a robust front and steel bumper with tow hook included. Visitors can also see on display the 450 kVA OC16 natural gas power generation engine.
Flogas Enterprise signed a contract with Circle K to supply biomethane at its fueling stations across the country. Bio-CNG is currently available in Ballysimon Road, Limerick, Cashel Co. Tipperary, Clonshaugh and Dublin Port. The move is another step forward in reducing emissions from Ireland’s transport industry.
The ground-breaking pick-up was revealed at Toyota Manufacturing UK’s (TMUK) vehicle plant in Derby, England, where it has been developed in a joint project with consortium partners (Ricardo, ETL, D2H Advanced Technologies, Thatcham Research and additional support from Toyota Motor Corporation), supported by UK Government funding.
Brightmark RNG Holdings announced the delivery of the first renewable natural gas from its Larson Project in Okeechobee County, Florida. This marks the joint venture’s inaugural biomethane project in the state and builds on its extensive network of projects across the U.S. to produce dairy biomethane for lower carbon intensity transportation fuel.
The Minister of Transport and Telecommunications Juan Carlos Muñoz Abogabír announced a new decree that modifies the current regulations and allows vehicles that can be converted to CNG to be extended up to 15 years old in Chile. The ministry carried out a pilot plan and observed that these adapted vehicles generated much less emissions.
The Mayor of the city of Neuquén Mariano Gaido, together with the Governor Omar Gutiérrez, presented two new buses that join “COLE”, the city’s public transport system. These are two CNG-powered vehicles, from IVECO and Scania, which will complement the 180 units already circulating in the city.
Starting in Temple, TX, the vehicle completed deliveries to eight PFG customers near Dallas, travelling over 540 miles on a 16-hour continuous run including over 100-degree Fahrenheit temperatures. The run demonstrates the viability of on-board liquid hydrogen to fuel long-distance, zero-emission transport.
The four newly arrived standard vehicles are part of the largest CNG bus tender carried out to date by the municipal company, which has incorporated 520 vehicles of this type in 2021, 2022 and 2023. The NGVs that have arrived in Madrid in recent weeks are from the manufacturer Solaris, a modern standard bus with a maximum power of 320 CV and 2,000 rpm.
12 new CNG-powered trucks will serve Chevron’s operations in San Joaquin Valley, California, carrying salt used to process water for steam generation. The new vehicles are owned and operated by Mashburn Transportation. This family- and woman-owned company has provided hauling services for Chevron for at least a decade.
Blue Energy Motors announced that Container Corporation of India Ltd. has placed the country’s largest green truck order. Under this agreement, Blue Energy Motors will supply 100 LNG trucks. “This groundbreaking partnership symbolizes the pivotal role that Blue Energy Motors will play in propelling the Green Trucking Movement across the nation,” they said.
The motto of the 31st Aapresid (Argentine Association of Direct Seed Producers) Congress was “C, element of life”, in reference to Carbon and the keys to improve soils and fight climate change. For this reason, New Holland saw the great opportunity to present the T6 Methane Power tractor, which “has been generating a furor in the country” for its benefits.
The high-flow service station in Famaillá (Route 38, km 779), province of Tucumán, was the first to launch the YPF Green Corridor, a strategic project that promotes a more sustainable fuel. The initiative will allow heavy CNG vehicles to refuel much more efficiently, favoring development and production in the north of the country.
Biokraft’s new liquefaction plant, connected to its biogas plant in Södertörn, has delivered its first batch of bio-LNG. The shipment consisted of 34 tons of bio-LNG to be used by trucks in northern Europe. A filled container holds 17 tons of biofuel, enough for fossil-free driving with a fully loaded long-haul truck for approximately 50,000 kilometers.
Serving major UK haulage routes, including the M20 and M2, the site is located in Aylesford, Kent, and is being built on land acquired from the John Lewis Partnership adjacent to Waitrose’s southeast distribution center, enabling the retail giant to rapidly grow its fleet of biomethane-powered heavy goods vehicles, which is already the largest such fleet in the UK.
Volvo Trucks North America is working with Linde Canada in an exclusive, one-time pilot, importing five Volvo FH LNG powered trucks to Canada. By integrating these trucks into its operations, Linde aims to capture the performance, CO2 emission reductions, and other operational benefits of LNG in its long-haul operations.
Bola Tinubu has approved the establishment of the Presidential Compressed Natural Gas Initiative (PCNGI). This project is poised to revolutionize the transportation landscape in the country, targeting over 11,500 new naural gas vehicles and 55,000 CNG conversion kits for existing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)-dependent vehicles.
4Refuel has recently undergone a company rebrand to represent further its dedication to sustainable fuel management solutions and an agnostic approach to energy delivery and mobile on-site refueling services. Their full spectrum of energy choices includes: CNG, biomethane, hydrogen, biodiesel and hydrogenation-derived renewable diesel.
Due to the shortage of LPG, recorded in recent days at the national level and which is mainly affecting the pockets of users, Cálidda suggested drivers to convert their vehicles to the natural gas “because it is cheaper and abundant.” There are 300 CNG stations throughout Peru, in addition to 150 authorized conversion workshops.
The recycling company REMONDIS and the Westfalen Group are continuing to push climate protection in municipalities with the opening of a bio-CNG station in Coesfeld, where REMONDIS’ waste collection trucks will refuel. Both companies are working together to use renewable natural gas and make waste logistics in inner-city transport more environmentally friendly.
Mack Trucks, one of North America’s largest producers of heavy-duty trucks, has selected the Allison 4500 Rugged Duty Series (RDS) as the exclusive transmission currently offered for its new CNG Mack Granite model. It is paired with a 320-horsepower Cummins L9N engine, and will enable refuse customers to reduce emissions and noise levels.
The company announced the opening of an LNG filling station for trucks in Jažlovice. The new facility is open 24/7 and available for all types of trucks and buses. It offers flexible payment options. In addition to Jažlovice, GasNet offers LNG refueling in Nýřany (D5 highway), Mladá Boleslav (D10 highway), Klecany (D8 highway) and Kaplice (future D3 highway).
LADWP has acquired eight new natural gas-powered aerial boom trucks to aid in tree trimming operations. The purchase was made possible through a $240,000 state grant from the MSRC. By replacing older diesel trucks with alternative fuel vehicles, LADWP aims to reduce air emissions and improve the quality of life for citizens of Los Angeles.
According to a new report from NATURGAS, between January and July 2023, 10,304 vehicle conversions were achieved in Colombia, 31% more than in the same period in 2022. CNG has already surpassed two decades of development since its arrival in 2000 and, to date, has reached more than 645,000 conversions and more than 4,500 new dedicated NGVs.
The company announced its operating results for the second quarter of 2023, when it registered a revenue of $90.5 million. In addition, 58.6 million gallons of biomethane were sold in this period, a 17.2% increase compared to Q2 2022.“Demand for renewable natural gas by our fleet customers remains strong,” said the CEO of Clean Energy.
Frode Laursen, international transport and logistics company focused on FMCG, building materials, recycling and dangerous goods, and Ragn-Sells, expert in sustainable waste management, have together managed to reduce their respective carbon footprints by introducing biomethane-powered trucks on a regular route.
The companies signed a memorandum of understanding to leverage complementary positioning in hydrogen, natural gas, and other lower carbon fuel value chains. The announcement expands the two companies’ previous strategic collaboration on hydrogen and renewable natural gas and is expected to encompass other liquid renewable fuels.
The company trialed the use of biomethane in a heavy goods vehicle as part of its ongoing drive to reach net zero by 2050. The three week-long trial was carried out in June and July this year at Tarmac’s Tunstead site in partnership with CNG Fuels, and tested the range of a 44 ton truck hauling a bulk cement tanker.
Together with the agency VMLY&R COMMERCE | Geometry, Vanti launched a new ad titled “Conviértete” (become a believer). They used the most representative image of “Día de la Virgen del Carmen” to give the message of NGV “evangelization”, with a series of prints showing various vehicles wrapped in a mist of pollution, accompanied by the effective call to action.
MSC is committed to maintaining a modern fleet that will advance progress towards net zero decarbonization by replacing conventional fuel vessels with dual-fuel capable vessels in the short term, including those fueled by LNG. In the cruise sector, the company has launched MSC World Europa and MSC Euribia, whose maiden voyage was powered by bio-LNG.
The project will be rolled out in phases. The first phase, comprising 21 CNG stations, will support intra-city transportation and be ready by the first quarter of 2024; while the second phase, with 35 facilities, will support inter-city transportation and will be ready by late 2024. This will be further complemented by an additional 56 points to be deployed by NNPC Retail.
Tata Motors has not only refreshed its existing CNG line up with the upgraded Tiago and Tigor iCNG but also launched the brand new Punch iCNG with this revolutionary technology. The twin-cylinder technology that debuted with the Altroz iCNG in May this year, has received an astounding response for the disruption it has created in the segment.
The three CNG-powered vans will work as support vehicles for the waste collection trucks, which are used to collect bags or items left outside the containers or notify streets blocked by improperly parked cars, according to a press release from Emulsa. The operator has a fleet of 291 vehicles, including 32 electric and 19 powered by natural gas.
The conversion and assembly work at Germany’s largest integrated bio-LNG plant with bio-CO2 liquefaction has just been completed. Once in operation, due late summer this year, the plant will produce 25,000 kg of bio-LNG daily for heavy-duty transport vehicles. This will provide green fuel for more than 50,000,000 truck kilometers (31,068,550 miles) per year.
The action in Ponta Grossa is the fourth carried out by the project coordinated by Compagas and Scania. The first tests were held in the Metropolitan Region of Curitiba, together with the Government of Paraná, and in the State Capital, together with the Curitiba City Council. In addition, throughout June, the same bus circulated in Londrina, fueled by bio-CNG.
The current global fleet of 355 LNG-fueled vessels, excluding LNG carriers, are all capable of using bio-LNG as drop-in fuel without any modification. Bio-LNG can also be transported, stored and bunkered in ports using the existing LNG infrastructure, which provides a route to further expansion of its availability in coming years, according to SEA-LNG.
The key modules that will allow the construction of the first bio-LNG production plant in Chile are already being manufactured in Europe, a real contribution to the decarbonization of cargo transport. With an investment of more than USD8 million, the facility will be located in the Ñuble Region with capacity to process between 7,500 and 16,500 m3 of biogas per day.
Coregas announced the opening of Australia’s first hydrogen refueling station for heavy transport. Construction of the $2 million facility has been assisted by a $500,000 NSW Government grant. It is located alongside Coregas’ existing hydrogen production plant and transport hub for bulk hydrogen in Port Kembla.
For the new agreement, which will serve 74,000 homes and more than 200,000 people, there will be an investment of USD 20 million and FCC Environmental Services will incorporate a fleet of 38 latest-generation CNG waste collection vehicles and develop a natural gas refueling station in its facilities.
This is a mobile refueling unit that features one dispenser, with an LNG hose for trucks and heavy vehicles, with 24/7 service, where drivers can refuel “quickly and safely with any credit or debit card or with the HAM Card for professional use, only for companies and freelancers,” noted HAM. It is located in Chauchina, Granada.
The company reported the highest demand for biomethane in its history, with volumes reaching an all-time high in June 2023 – and set to continue rising thanks to pending orders from fleets for new natural gas-powered trucks. June’s biomethane sales represented a 250% increase versus March 2020, when demand had been soaring prior to the pandemic.
Ricova announced the opening of a new CNG station in Châteauguay, in the province of Quebec. The company was able to count on the expertise of EBI Energie to support it in the construction of the facility, which will supply its almost 50 CNG-powered trucks to date, representing over 30% of the waste collection operator’s total fleet.
The companies have signed a non-binding letter of intent to establish a joint venture to accelerate the commercialization and global adoption of Westport’s HPDI™ fuel system technology for long-haul and off-road applications. Volvo believes that the future will demand diverse propulsion solutions, including internal combustion engines, to meet customers’ needs.
CNH Industrial’s brand partnered with leading companies in the biomethane sector in Brazil, which will aid in creating an innovative ecosystem for gas production, generated from the decomposition of organic waste. The launch of this project is owing to the successful collaboration between New Holland, Iveco Group, Sebigás Cótica and Air Liquide.
The new renewable natural gas station at Corby is owned by a joint venture with Foresight Group. It comprises 12 fuel pump islands, allowing more than 60 trucks to be refueled per hour with a total capacity of more than 25 million kg of bio-CNG annually. It will serve local and passing fleets using the A43 road.
Air Products has been selected by Edmonton International Airport as the hydrogen and technology provider for Alberta’s first hydrogen fuel cell passenger vehicle fleet. The company will install a mobile refueler at the airport to supply hydrogen to the Toyota Mirai fleet. The airport will begin with five H2 vehicles and plans to expand the fleet to as many as 100 cars.
The new Scania X-gas is a G 410 8×2 model, with a rigid chassis. Its engine has 410 horsepower and develops a torque of 2,000Nm. The wheelbase is 6,950 mm, which makes it possible to accommodate 16 CNG tanks on the sides of the spar, eight on each side. It has eight cylinders with a capacity of 118 liters and another eight of 95 liters.
COPISO and the other six partners that make up the consortium that implemented the LIFE Smart Agromobility project, developed on the Sauquillo de Boñices farm (with 3,500 pigs), demonstrated the tractor on July 14 before the Soria media and a group of farmers. This project is aimed at studying the profitability of biomethane production.
The conversion of vehicles to natural gas during 2022, 73,563 units in total, exceeded by more than 350% compared to the figures in 2019, a pre-pandemic year, according to the latest report from the Road Observatory of the Automotive Association of Peru (AAP). Last year, the country also reached the record number of 394,048 vehicles converted to CNG.
Powered by the Advanced 1.2L K-Series DualJet, Dual VVT engine, the new-age sporty SUV develops a peak power output of 57kW@6000rpm / 77.5PS@6000rpm and max torque of 98.5Nm@4300rpm in CNG mode. The latest addition to Maruti Suzuki’s vast NGV portfolio delivers a segment-best fuel-efficiency of 28.51 km/kg.
The Spanish Confederation of Service Station Employers (CEEES) and the Spanish Gas Association (Sedigas) will cooperate with the aim of carrying out promotional and awareness actions related to the decarbonization of mobility through the use of renewable gases. The first result of this alliance is the adhesion of the CEEES to the Alliance for Biomethane.
The change was made possible through an agreement signed by Pensacola Energy to purchase biomethane for use in the city’s vehicles that previously used CNG. The city has 87 natural gas powered vehicles in its fleet, including garbage trucks, recycling trucks, and Pensacola Energy crew service vehicles.
Cummins Darlington Engine Plant has celebrated the production of its first L9N engine, the first natural gas engine manufactured at the UK plant in its 58-year history. Designed to meet Euro VI Phase E emissions regulations, the L9N is in high demand from the European bus market, particularly in cities with low emission zones.
President Alberto Fernández led the official launch of the President Néstor Kirchner Gas Pipeline (GPNK), the most important infrastructure work of the last 40 years planned by the national State to achieve the energy self-sufficiency of the country and the change of its productive matrix. The first section extends over 573 kilometers from Neuquén to Buenos Aires.
In Chile, Andes Motor joined as a new strategic partner of IVECO in 2022. Through them, 15 S-Way LNG trucks were delivered to Grupo San Gabriel, a carrier that has the largest IVECO LNG fleet in Latin America. These vehicles, which will transport Nestlé products, joined the 35 LNG-powered Stralis that the company has owned since 2022.
The new Volvo FH 460 Globetrotter LNG tractor units will directly replace eight diesel trucks in the Aston Martin operation, supporting both DHL’s GoGreen plan and Aston Martin’s Racing. Green. sustainability strategy. The bio-LNG trucks are 78% less polluting than their diesel counterparts and are currently operating out of DHL’s Wellesbourne and St Athan sites.
Innovative Fuel Systems Limited (IFS), an Edmonton-based cleantech company that provides products that generate fuel savings and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in heavy-duty trucks, announced an initial $1 million purchase order from KAG Canada (KAG) for IFS’ patent-pending retrofit technology, Multi-Fuel Technology Platform.
Scania Argentina organized the test of a CNG-powered bus with the El Cacique passenger transport company in the province of Mendoza, from which great benefits were corroborated in the intensive use of the vehicle for urban routes. The demo unit of the Green Efficiency line was provided by the Scania dealer in Mendoza.
The Commonwealth of Pamplona (MCP) announced that the Regional Urban Transport added six new hybrid buses with CNG-electric engine, which will use gas with a Guarantee of Renewable Origin (GdO). The buses are MAN Lion’s City 19G Efficient Hybrid model, with 18 meters long and capacity for 180 passengers (35 seated).
The new LNG station is located in Växjö, in south central Sweden. It is the company’s 22nd natural gas station in this country, bringing the total number across the Nordics to over 50, some of which are operated by Gasum’s partners. Alwex Transport, a carrier with an ambitious goal of contributing to a cleaner environment, has been instrumental in this opening.
Renewable natural gas results in significant reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when compared to other clean energy solutions available today. In North America, this biofuel is supported by abundant natural gas pipeline infrastructure which allows for its immediate use today, and for decades to come.
With a carrying capacity of 100 passengers – 55 seated and 45 standing, this bus is designed to handle the hustle and bustle of city commuting while providing the utmost comfort to its passengers, according to Innoson. At the heart of the IVM 6110A lies the 8.3L Cummins Engine EQC300, a dual fuel engine that can run on both diesel and CNG.
Spain and Portugal cut 500,000 tons of CO2 thanks to the use of (renewable) natural gas and H2 in transport
Biomethane (bioCNG and bioLNG) represents an immediate opportunity to decarbonize the growing fleet of heavy-duty vehicles and ships powered by natural gas, supported by the advanced development of the supply infrastructure. An exponential increase in biomethane production is expected to multiply by 10 in the next 2 years in Spain.
With the opening of Air Liquide’s high-pressure hydrogen station in Fos-sur-Mer (Marseille) and Iveco Group’s readiness to deliver hydrogen trucks starting from late 2023, the two companies are paving the way for hydrogen long-haulage mobility in Europe. The large-capacity high-pressure station (1 ton/day) is supplied with low-carbon hydrogen via pipeline.
NGVAmerica announced that over $233.76 million has been awarded by the Biden administration to natural gas transit projects across the US. Another $44.37 million went to transit agencies where at least a portion will be spent on CNG buses and infrastructure. This is part of a larger announcement made by the FTA’s Low- and No-Emission Grant Award program.
The new facility is the company’s 52th natural gas station in the Czech Republic. According to statistics from the Czech Gas Association, a total of 30,085 CNG-powered vehicles drove on the country’s roads last year, of which 27,895 were passenger cars and vans (especially popular with delivery services). The rest are buses.
According to a study carried out by Osinergmin regarding the effects of the use of natural gas on CO2 mitigation in the sectors of electricity generation, industry and transportation in Peru, the entry into operation of the Camisea Project resulted in an important energy substitution in various economic sectors.
By providing marine LNG in remote locations where cruise vessels operate, Gasum supports the ambition of its customers to reduce the impact on visited ecosystems. In addition to the almost complete elimination of local pollutant emissions that are already achieved by using LNG, the use of bio-LNG reduces the CO2 footprint of cruising significantly.
The G410 A6x2 model was the option chosen, and it will be used to carry the fuels from refineries to Shell service stations. For the approval that made it possible to complete this type of operation, an authorization process was developed in conjunction with Raízen, resulting in this Scania truck being the first CNG vehicle authorized to transport Shell fuels.
The new facility is located in the north of the country and is part of the Green Corridor that will serve heavy-duty vehicles. The opening was attended by the Minister of Energy Óscar Vera. This station and the one in Chiclayo will be integrated into the Green Corridor, together with the one installed by Cálidda in Lima, to ensure the supply on the Peruvian coast.
One of the cooperation deals aims at expanding the lineup of domestically produced NGVs and was signed by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee; Denis Manturov, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade; Anton Alikhanov, Governor of the Kaliningrad Region; and Valery Gorbunov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AVTOTOR.
Both companies have among their main lines of action the promotion of net zero emission technologies to contribute to the decarbonisation of society. That shared ambition led both companies to sign a collaboration agreement to promote the use of renewable hydrogen to decarbonize transportation for the next few years.
Both companies signed a long-term agreement for the supply of LNG to the new MSC Euribia, as well as a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the goal of cooperating on the supply of synthetic e-LNG made with renewable energy. This is part of MSC Cruise Division’s strategy to achieve net zero GHG emissions from its marine operations by 2050.
Since 2021, the company has expanded from the Community of Madrid to six other regions throughout the entire Peninsula: Castilla y León, the Valencian Community, La Rioja, the Basque Country, Castilla La Mancha and Extremadura. Noriega Grupo Logístico has added 78 LNG trucks to its fleet and has closed a supply agreement with Aliara Energía.
With this opening, under the CNG Fuels brand, ReFuels expands its UK-wide network of public-access stations to include major trucking routes in Northeast England, providing customers such as Lidl, DHL, and GBA Services access to low carbon biomethane to minimize the GHG footprint of their logistics operations.
National Fuel announced the launch of an alternative fuel vehicle pilot program that uses an adsorbed natural gas (ANG) platform developed by Ingevity, called NeuFuel. National Fuel’s decision to purchase and pilot NeuFuel vehicles is consistent with its overall focus on environmental stewardship and innovations relating to natural gas.
The Ministry of Petroleum announced the conversion of about 17,000 vehicles from gasoline to bi-fuel operation from July to October. For this, the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (MSMEDA) has signed two contracts at EGP 200 million with Egyptian International Gas Technology (GASTEC) and CARGAS.
The fund, which will be opened to other institutional investors and private banking clients, aims to raise up to 100 million euros, in a first phase, for the construction and development of between 20 and 25 plants in Spain over a five-year period. In turn, this will generate a total of 70 permanent jobs and 240 indirect jobs.
The company has launched a standardized range of hydrogen filling stations in three formats, compatible with different hydrogen supply sources (electrolyzer or tube trailer): portable station, compact-modular station and high-capacity station. This milestone will allow to reduce costs, optimize resources and be more competitive.
Marcotran Logistics has added three new IVECO S-Way tractors that run on LNG, which offer up to 800 kilometers of range and numerous advantages in terms of sustainability and efficiency. The trucks will be used locally, including the province of Zaragoza, where they will be in charge of carrying waste containers from the collection points to the recycling plant.
This collaboration combines Blue Grid’s expertise in downstream LNG supply and distribution with the geographical footprint of Elin’s network, and will accelerate the promotion and adoption of alternative fuels in Greece. The new facility, to be located in Attica (Thriassio area), is expected to be operational within the first quarter of 2024 and will also offer CNG.
El Musel LNG terminal has received a favorable resolution from the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge – in accordance with the provisions of the first additional provision of Royal Decree 335/2018 of May 25 – for the Administrative Authorization of El Musel LNG terminal in Gijón.
Liberty Coca-Cola, one of the country’s largest bottlers and distributors of Coke and other brands and serving the Northeast U.S., has signed a fueling contract with Clean Energy to power trucks in New York and Philadelphia with renewable natural gas. These are its first trucks to operate on biomethane.
This new generation of buses features the new K-series chassis and is available in various configurations, for urban routes as well as for medium and long distances. It offers the possibility of using alternative fuels -such as CNG and biomethane-, which amplifies energy efficiency and profitability. It also achieves 92% technological innovation of its components.
The Supro CNG Duo is the company’s first bi-fuel model in the small commercial vehicle segment. It can run on both CNG and petrol, giving operators class leading fuel economy. It also offers a range of 325km with a large CNG tank capacity of 75 liters and freedom from range anxiety resulting in more business opportunities and greater earnings.
These vehicles, which can accommodate 5 passengers including one in a wheelchair, or 6 passengers without a wheelchair, have been specially adapted from the passenger versions of the Peugeot e-Expert and Citroën ë-Jumpy vehicles, manufactured at Stellantis’ Hordain site, in the Hauts-de-France region of France.
ICTSI’s Mexican business unit operating the Specialized Container Terminal 2 at the Port of Manzanillo recorded another milestone receiving the CMA CGM Liberty – the first LNG-powered containership to arrive in Mexico. The arrival of the 14,806-TEU vessel represents a key step in reducing GHG emissions and promoting sustainable maritime transport in the country.
NGVAmerica and the RNG Coalition, with partners California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership and California Renewable Transportation Alliance, announced that California fleets fueled with biomethane achieved carbon-negativity in their transportation operations last calendar year for the third straight year.
Long-time customer and an early adopter of renewable natural gas, the Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica, CA has signed a maintenance agreement for its fleet of 195 transit buses that fuels with an anticipated 7.5 million gallons of biomethane. In 2015, Big Blue Bus became one of the country’s first municipal transit agencies to convert its entire fleet to this renewable fuel.
The facility, which is co-financed by the European Commission through the CEF Program, involved an investment of 16 million euros and adds to the set of actions carried out or currently underway at the port facility. It has a cryogenic tank with a storage capacity of 1,000 cubic meters and joins the terminal that Repsol has in the port of Bilbao.
From June 7 to 10, the brand is participating in Agroactiva, in the province of Santa Fe, one of the most important rural fairs in the country. It will be part of this expo through the Beta dealer, which will exhibit the wide range of nationally produced vehicles such as the CNG Tector. IVECO also exhibited this truck in a fair in Otamendi, province of Buenos Aires.
This agreement will allow APG to market their next generation of low carbon V6000 Dual Fuel diesel engine conversion solutions for existing heavy-duty Class 8 trucks through Nat G network. Nat G is a provider of alternative fuel systems serving public and private fleet operators with a wide range of vehicle sizes, which covers Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana.
The FCH2Rail project, which includes the development of a hydrogen-powered bimode demonstrator train, has reached an important milestone in the phase of track tests that it is carrying out by having completed the first of the planned routes with the arrival of the unit at the Canfranc station, in Aragon.
The Ministry of Planning, Economy and Infrastructure is advancing on strategic investment projects for the connection of natural gas in industrial parks. Pipes have already arrived for the start of the installation works of the supply branch to the Sáenz Peña industrial park. This installation will make it possible to provide a connection to YPF and Shell stations.
As Official Partner of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship for the 2023 season, IVECO is supporting the European Truck Racing Association (ETRA) for the third year in a row on its path to net zero target by 2038 with its IVECO S-Way LNG, the first ever Pace Truck with alternative traction in the FIA-ETRC.
The Camisea Consortium, operated by Pluspetrol, announced the execution of the “Corredor Camisea GNL,” a new project that seeks to contribute to the efforts of widespread adoption of natural gas in Peru, this time in the transport of heavy cargo that circulates in the south of the country. The initiative will be carried out through an agreement with Limagas Natural.
In addition to celebrating the production of the 2.5 millionth engine at its Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP), the company announced the investment of $452 million into the JEP facility, to produce the industry’s first fuel-agnostic internal combustion engine platform that leverages a range of lower carbon fuel types, including natural gas.
Natural gas motor fuel is once again equitably taxed in the State of Indiana relative to traditional motor fuels. Passage of House Bill 23-1454 ensures that state taxes on natural gas motor fuel will be calculated based on the diesel gallon equivalent actually sold at the fueling dispenser. The discrepancy first arose in 2015.
The Mayor of Olavarría Ezequiel Galli visited the YPF San Jacinto service station, where the construction of the first public service station that will allow fast refueling of CNG to trucks in Argentina is underway. The work will result in significant benefits not only for carriers, but will also speed up the refueling time for private vehicles.
Gasum has begun work on building a new biomethane station in the municipality of Keminmaa in northern Finland. Construction work will take around six months and the goal is to open the service station to the public by the end of this year. It will provide both bio-LNG and bio-CNG, thereby serving heavy-duty transport and passenger car drivers.
The presentation takes place within the framework of the adaptation that is being carried out at the YPF service station in Justiniano Posse, which includes the addition of exclusive islands for the high-flow supply of CNG for heavy trucks. This work marks a national milestone, since it is one of the first stations in the country to be reformed to offer this service
This is a provincial project through which the government subsidizes drivers up to 50% of the value of the brand-new car, with the aim of helping renew the local taxi fleet. The vehicles delivered to the first beneficiaries of the program are Fiat Cronos. The delivery includes the installation of the CNG equipment and the corresponding identifying paint.
SIAD Macchine Impianti (SIAD MI) was selected to build a small scale LNG (SSLNG) plant for the production of biomethane near Röthenbach an der Pegnitz, in the Bavarian region of Germany. The client is bioplus LNG, a German company founded by VGT. The new plant, expected to be commissioned in October 2024, will produce 140 tons of bio-LNG per day.
Funding comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program. The $400 million grant opportunity will fund CNG, LPG, and electric buses that will produce either zero or low tailpipe emissions compared to their older diesel predecessors. These emission reductions will result in cleaner air for students, drivers, and the community.
The new ship, the 22nd vessel to join MSC Cruises’ fleet, will sail for four days from Saint-Nazaire to Copenhagen and achieve net zero GHG emissions using biomethane to demonstrate that net zero cruising is possible today. MSC Euribia will depart the French port on 3 June and is scheduled to arrive in the Danish city on 7 June.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) are working towards the creation of a class for hydrogen-powered prototypes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the next few years. MissionH24, a joint venture between the ACO and GreenGT, is conducting R+D in areas such as safety, performance and refueling.
The new Irizar’s i8 coach will be commercially introduced later this year. Irizar made its debut in the LNG Class II and coach segment in 2021 with the i4, built on a Scania chassis and incorporating Chart twin cylindrical horizontally mounted cryogenic fuel tanks. The same product then appeared on the larger i6 introduced for medium and longer distances.
This new equipment, which runs on CNG or its renewable version, and which is already marketed in Europe and Brazil, opens a new segment of sustainable agricultural machines due to its innovation in the use of alternative fuels, delivering the same energy and operational efficiency as a conventional tractor.
The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Mipymes Víctor -Ito- Bisonó led an act in which the Martí group, which represents the IVECO brand in the Dominican Republic, delivered 13 IVECO X-Way natural gas trucks to TotalEnergies. This fleet is expected to support the multinational’ goal to be the leading player in responsible energy and achieve CO2 neutrality by 2050.
Through an alliance between Coflonorte Libertadores, Flota Sugamuxi, Autoboy, Ruta INnova, Ecopetrol, Vanti, Transportadora de Gas Internacional (TGI), Scania and Naturgás, the first CNG bus for long distance public transportation was launched in the Department of Boyacá. It will cover the route between Boyacá and Bogotá.
Rå Biopark, the largest environment project in Northern Norway, and Barents NaturGass have signed a Letter Of Intent for the sale and distribution of biogas. The agreement has a duration of 10 years with options for renewal. Through closed systems Rå Biopark will produce bio-LNG equal to more than 5 million liters of diesel per annum.
The university’s hydrogen program Hycel and PACCAR Australia will develop zero-emissions solutions for the domestic heavy haulage market using the first hydrogen prime mover in Australia. The truck is one of 10 prototype Kenworth T680 fuel cell vehicles in existence and was included in world-first operational trials in the Port of Los Angeles in 2022.
The company has developed an industry-first NGV technology, the Altroz iCNG, which offers no compromise on boot space and comes with best-in-class features that ensure customers enjoy all the comfort and luxury of a premium hatchback. Making this fuel a cool proposition for young car buyers, the company has also rolled out the “OMG! It’s CNG” campaign.
As the exclusive biomethane fueling supplier for Werner during trials to validate commercial production of the engine, Trillium will fuel Werner’s Peterbilt Model 579 field trial truck powered by the Cummins X15N natural gas engine with biomethane from its Omaha, Nebraska and Rockford, Illinois CNG stations.
The Optimus, a long-term chartered LNG bunker vessel by Titan and owned by Elengir, has completed the first LNG bunkering operation of AIDANova, AIDA Cruises’ eco-friendly cruise ship. The operation was successfully carried out and it ran smoothly as planned. This was the first LNG bunker supply ever performed in the Port of Kiel.
In line with the values of a sustainable sport such as cycling, the IVECO S-Way LNG truck carries out various steps towards decarbonization also during the Giro d’Italia, thanks to a mature and available technology such as biomethane, which allows achieve a reduction of emissions of up to 121%, as demonstrated by the study prepared by the CNR.
The newly launched mobile application allows users of four-wheeler natural gas vehicles to book time slots for refueling at a dedicated CNG dispenser at BEST bus depots. Currently, this service is available at Goregaon – Oshiwara and Ghatkopar bus depots, with plans to have similar facilities in other 13 bus depots across Mumbai that are managed by BEST.
Europe reached a total of 1,322 biomethane-producing facilities by April 2023. These 299 new plants represent nearly 30% more than the ones reported in the previous edition of this map in 2021. Compared to the previous editions of the map, the number of plants in Europe has steeply increased: 483 plants in the 2018 edition, 729 in 2020 and 1,023 in 2021.
The supply of goods needed by the Costa Firenze, such as some types of food, beverages, and technical supplies, will be transported from Costa Cruises’ warehouses in Genoa to Kiel using LC3 Trasporti trucks powered by bio-LNG. The use of this alternative fuel for the road transport of goods will cut CO2 emissions by almost 90%.
Mi Bus announced the start-up of a six-month pilot project to test two CNG buses, which will begin to provide service on May 22. The initiative, which included the development of the natural gas refueling station, is carried out together with Colon LNG Marketing, with the companies AES Panama and TotalEnergies as partners.
Hicid, the operator of the Vila-real urban transport service added two Scania CNG buses built by Castrosúa at the end of last year. The bus operator and its drivers speak highly of the vehicles: they are new, comfortable and very spacious. The response from the citizens of Vila-real was also positive: the number of passengers has multiplied almost 20 times.
Rolande has opened a new bio-LNG filling station at the Poort van Midden Gelderland business park, a strategic location situated on the A50 near Heteren, Arnhem and Wageningen. The construction of the new facility, which features two LNG pumps, is part of the BioLNG4EU project, subsidized by the European Union from the CEF program.
Orange Grove Charter School is piloting the first school bus in South Carolina to run on renewable natural gas, setting a new standard in sustainability for buses across the state.The vehicle is named the Cow Fart Bus to highlight how biomethane can come from a variety of natural sources, including cow manure.
The project, partially funded by the UK Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), will establish if hydrogen fuel cell technology can deliver more zero-emission range to E-Transit customers traveling high mileages, with maximum loads, ancillary equipment such as chillers and with limited charging opportunities in the working shift.
On its path to a sustainable supply chain, EDEKA Minden-Hannover has already placed orders for the first 275 IVECO S-WAY LNG trucks in 2022 and 2023, which will join the 80 LNG-powered IVECO vehicles operating in its fleet leveraging its first bio-LNG station on the premises of the EDEKA logistics center in Lauenau, Germany.
The Consortium will launch a new incentive plan, through which carriers will get four-year interest-free financing for an amount of up to US$ 45,000, for switching diesel engines to natural gas. They also informed the addition of 40 CNG buses and the construction of a fourth CNG station in Cusco, and the development of an LNG Corridor in central and southern Peru.
Both Vox Ariane and Vox Apolonia are running on LNG during the project execution, a more sustainable alternative for Marine Gas Oil (MGO), free of sulfur and particulates. “Switching to this kind of alternative sources of fuel for our fleet will help us to achieve our net-zero emissions targets by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement,” said the company in a statement.
Hillwood announced recent lease renewal and expansion with Cummins Clean Fuel Technologies, further expanding their alternative fuel technology footprint in AllianceTexas. The company manufactures Cummins-branded natural gas fuel systems at their facility in AllianceTexas for the North American commercial vehicle market.
Like the first two versions, the new initiative will capitalize on some of the latest available technology, including by biomethane. “Shell Starship 3.0 will feature some of the best-in-class technologies which are leading the way forward in helping decarbonize the heavy transport sector,” said Selda Gunsel, President of Shell Global Solutions.
LR Indústria e Comércio Ltda (Brazilian branch of Landi Renzo Spa) started an alliance with Uber to offer driver partners the chance of switching their cars to natural gas by renting a dedicated kit. The conversion must be carried out at Gas Specialist workshops that participate in the initiative. The monthly kit rental will be deducted directly from the driver’s earnings.
Europe has proven resilient in a turbulent period of multiple crises, which have each pushed the region to reimagine itself. Spurred by the invasion of Ukraine and the climate emergency, EU policy must evolve without neglecting climate ambitions. Meeting energy needs in this context will involve a mixture of new and existing technologies.
The company presented the complete cycle of biomethane in agriculture at Agrishow 2023. During the trade fair, held in Ribeirão Preto (São Paulo, Brazil), it also showed off a full range of technologies and solutions to implement independent energy production and a carbon-neutral virtuous cycle in agriculture.
The company displayed its HPDI™ fuel system on trucks equipped with its commercially available LNG and bio-LNG and its hydrogen capable and proven variant H₂ HPDI. The HPDI system enables existing IC engine architecture to run on a variety of clean fuels (natural gas, biomethane, syngas, hydrogen), as increasingly popular alternatives to diesel engines.
TotalEnergies Marine Fuels’ chartered LNG bunker barge, the Gas Vitality, refueled MSC Cruises’ vessel via a ship-to-ship transfer of 2,500 m3 of LNG in the Port of Marseille Fos, Southern France. MSC World Europa is 333 meters long and the best performing large cruise ship operating in the world in terms of CO2eq emissions per passenger.
Gas Networks Ireland and Circle K have taken another step forward in reducing emissions from Ireland’s heavy transport industry, one of the most difficult industries to decarbonize. The companies are offering biomethane at Circle K’s forecourts in Ballysimon Road, Limerick; Cashel, Clonshaugh and Dublin Port.
These trucks have been tested on public roads for the first time. To make it extra-challenging, the tests have been conducted above the Arctic Circle in the north of Sweden – in an extremely cold climate. The vehicles will be available in the second half of this decade. Tests with haulers will start a few years before the commercial launch.
Amid increases in gasoline, natural gas continues to position itself as the cheapest alternative. So far in 2023, the purchase of CNG dedicated vehicles has increased by 12% compared to the same period of the previous year. There are currently several fleets of corporate vehicles that run on CNG in Cartagena, including Mercado Libre, Bimbo and Aguas de Cartagena.
Cummins, CNGVP showcase X15N 15-liter CNG engine in Class 8 truck for the first time in North America
The California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership collaborated with Cummins to host a media event showcasing the Cummins X15N 15-liter natural gas engine in a Class 8 truck chassis for the first time in North America. Cummins anticipates that starting in 2024, fleets will have the opportunity to order factory-built Class 8 trucks with the X15N engine.
Developed for waste customers that want an alternative-fuel solution or that generate their own fuel (renewable natural gas), the Mack Granite CNG model features a 320-horsepower Cummins L9N engine matched with an Allison 4500 fully automatic 6-speed transmission. It is available as an axle-back model.
Aimed at professionals from all over the world with the social and strategic objective of advancing in the decarbonization of transport, as well as in the networking of the sector, the event was a success and the final balance extremely positive, according to the organizers, with more than 1,750 participants.
CNH Industrial’s brand has been awarded a 2023 Green Good Design Award for its T7 Methane Power LNG prototype tractor. The unit furthers the company’s position in the quest for viable alternative fuels. It features an LNG system that provides four times the fuel storage of the T6 model, the world’s first commercialized CNG tractor.
The company launched an initiative that enables operators of diesel-powered Class 7/8 trucks to reduce their carbon footprint by reducing the consumption of diesel fuel — displacing it (up to 60%) with CNG or biomethane. The initiative includes converting existing diesel fleet trucks and installing fueling systems.
This is one more milestone in the roadmap with which the Port Authority of Valencia (APV) is working to achieve zero emissions targets for 2030 and a historic event for the entire port community of Valencia and the world port system. The RORO 4×4 tractor, part of the European project H2PORTS, has already undergone the first operational test.
The new series of back of cab (BOC) natural gas fuel systems, available in 135 and 175 diesel gallon equivalent capacities, is now in production. With an enhanced design and paired with a Cummins X15N™ engine, the new systems receive the same base warranty coverage as the engine: two years/250,000 miles.
Aspro was one of the exhibiting companies at AltFuels 2023 Peru, which brought together the most prominent leaders and brands of the natural gas industry in the region. Its stand featured the characteristic virtual tour of the company’s production plant. A large number of people approached both to ask about the products and services and to virtually tour the facilities.
As an expansion of the scope of the Natural Gas Vehicle Institute, AFVi will offer training courses to drivers, vehicle technicians, and fueling station personnel involved with light-, medium-, and heavy-duty fleets that operate not only natural gas, but also hydrogen, LPG, and EVs. “Many fleets are embracing other fuels in an effort to diversify,” said NGVi’s vice president.
Mercuria Clean Energy Investments and Pretoria Energy Group confirmed the purchase of the 100% shareholding of Nottingham-based Roadgas Limited, which owns and operates several bio-CNG and bio-LNG stations in the UK. This new acquisition will offer a new natural gas fueling partner to fleet managers working to decarbonize operations.
The industrial biomethane production plant in La Galera (Tarragona) has successfully completed the first tests to inject this renewable gas into the gas grid. This facility, led by Enagás together with Infraestructura Biometagás and Biometagás, is the first private connection to the gas transmission network in Spain.
Through its partnership with Foton, Allison Transmission is providing the propulsion solution for 400 Foton AUV CNG buses being exported to Nuevo Leon to aid in the state’s plan to modernize its bus fleet. This combination will improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions and engine noise levels, while maximizing vehicle uptime and cutting maintenance costs.
The AG050 and AG100 stations process the biogas derived from the decomposition of organic waste and transform it into renewable natural gas, which can be used in NGVs. The solution has the capacity to process up to 50-100 cubic meters of biogas per hour, generating about 30-60 cubic meters of biomethane, which can supply between 3 and 10 tractors per day.
The logistics provider is testing and validating the 2023 X15N Cummins natural gas engine in its truck fleet and is one of the few carriers that have started testing the technology with renewable natural gas. The engine will be tested in the market through the Peterbilt Model 579. Cummins anticipates production of the X15N in 2024.
The new filling station is connected to the Redexis distribution network, which means 100% compatibility with the injection of biomethane, thus having the possibility of supplying this renewable and carbon-neutral energy in the future. It will serve the CNG urban bus fleet of the transport company Belizón y Rodríguez.
Tata Motors will soon launch the Altroz iCNG, India’s first twin cylinder CNG technology, and that it is already open for bookings. With this vehicle, the automaker aims at increasing the acceptance of natural gas-powered cars in India. With deliveries starting in May 2023, the Altroz iCNG is a strong testament to Tata Motors’ successful multi-powertrain strategy.
Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana (OPC), the Honduran business unit of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) that operates in Puerto Cortés, recently welcomed the inaugural call for Seaboard Blue, the first container ship in the world to be converted from conventional diesel to run on LNG.
IVM presented its new range of LNG and CNG trucks, buses and cars at its factory in Nnewi, Anambra state. The launch of the vehicles was attended by the President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) Otunba Francis Meshioye. For him, the new NGVs represent great advancement in the manufacturing industry and indeed the pride of Nigeria and Africa.
The Ministry of Energy and Mines will reactivate the Southwest natural gas distribution concession, which includes the regions of Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna, with the aim of connecting new users in 2023. In addition to connecting thousands of homes, the construction of networks will allow the conversion of 1,100 vehicles to CNG in each of these three regions.
The new refueling station is located in Novara and is accesible to both trucks and passenger cars. With another second facility set to open in Verona later this year, OG Clean Fuels has ambitions to put into service even more bio-CNG and bio-LNG stations in Italy, which is the fourth country in which the company operates.
Rebus Regionalbus Rostock, responsible for the management of the public transport service in the region of Rostock in northern Germany, has concluded an agreement with Solaris Bus & Coach for the supply of 52 Solaris Urbino hydrogen buses, five of which are 18-meter articulated units. This is the largest contract obtained by Solaris for hydrogen vehicles.
Allison Transmission announced that, for the first time, Organización SUMA S.A.S. and Consorcio Express S.A.S., among the largest transit operators in Colombia, are receiving 263 new Scania F280 buses powered by CNG with Hexagon Agility fuel systems and equipped with Allison Torqmatic® Series fully automatic transmissions.
According to the plan, at full speed the new facility will employ 100 highly specialized people working lines equipped with the most advanced Industry 4.0 technologies. The production volume will be 1,000 vehicles per year: high-tech buses with zero-emission propulsion (including hydrogen fuel cells) and low-emission propulsion (including CNG and biomethane).
Walmart will debut the first North American—and the first of five— 15-liter CNG engine that will be incorporated into its private fleet. The X15N™ engine is supplied by Cummins and fueled by Chevron with CNG linked to renewable natural gas. The Walmart truck will make its inaugural trip from Indiana to California, making stops to refuel at Chevron stations.
There is a strong expansion in the use of alternative fuels -CNG, LNG, biogas/biomethane and hydrogen- where Peru is positioned as the fastest growing market in Latin America and one of the Top 3 in the world. Hand in hand with this trend, Lima will be the capital of clean fuels and the venue for AltFuels Peru 2023, on 20-22 April at Villa Complejo Ferial.
Tourmaline Oil Corp. and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced a $70 million Joint Development Agreement to build and operate a network of natural gas stations along key highway corridors across Western Canada. Through their 50-50 shared investment, Tourmaline and Clean Energy expect to construct and commission up to 20 CNG truck stations over the next five years.
The new facility, which has been modernized in accordance with Shell’s quality and safety standards applied throughout Europe, will supply trucks with LNG, and in the future with bio-LNG, as well as support to other countries, e.g. freight traffic to Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Romania, Slovenia or Slovakia.
Liberty launched Liberty Power Innovations (LPI), an integrated alternative fuel and power solutions provider for remote applications. LPI’s initial focus is on CNG supply, field gas processing and treating, and well site fueling and logistics. Liberty was an early driver in the industry shift from diesel to natural gas, deploying their first dual fuel fleet 10 years ago.
Maruti Suzuki presented its upgraded light commercial vehicle, Super Carry, which is now powered by its 1.2L Advanced K-Series Dual Jet, Dual VVT engine. With this launch, Maruti Suzuki has also introduced a new natural gas-powered Cab Chassis variant. The mini-truck is also still available in CNG Deck, Gasoline Deck and Gasoline Cab Chassis variants.
NGVAmerica and the CoRNG Coalition announced that 69% of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year 2022 was renewable natural gas, surpassing the previous year’s record-breaking level. Biomethane use as a transportation fuel grew 17% over 2021 volumes, up 218% from 2018 levels.
Delivered in October 2022 by French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique, MSC World Europa is MSC Cruises’ largest vessel and the first to be powered by LNG, the cleanest marine fuel currently available at scale. It is also the best performing large cruise ship operating in the world in terms of CO2eq emissions per passenger.
Expreso Brasilia, in collaboration with Gases del Caribe, Ecopetrol, Promigas and Gazel (Terpel), put into service the first interdepartmental bus operated 100% by natural gas, a commitment to sustainability and the country’s energy transition. The Euro 6 CNG vehicle has a Scania chassis and Marcopolo bodywork.
Île-de-France Mobilités is rolling out a new bus service in Val Maubuée and Bassin Chellois, in particular to serve a new district in the municipality of Torcy. This new offer results in the evolution of the route of line 211 and the creation of line 311, operated by the RATP, from April 3, 2023. Travelers will benefit from a fully equipped fleet of CNG-powered buses.
The activity was successfully executed on April 8 in the Port of Antwerp-Bruges in Belgium. The LNG bunkering vessel, Optimus, operated by Titan, completed the ship-to-ship fuel supply on the Jasmine Leader, a pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) owned by the Japanese shipping company NYK Line.
Taxis Libres, the app that connects taxi drivers and passengers who want to travel safely in the Colombian territory, wants to convert 100% of its fleet (more than 18,000 vehicles) to CNG. For this, it signed a strategic alliance with Vanti, which consists of granting up to USD 290 in benefits to drivers who decide to transition to this clean fuel.
Most Recology collection trucks now operate on renewable natural gas and renewable diesel. By shifting to cleaner fuels and optimizing collection routes, the company reduced fleet emissions by 44% in three years (2019-2022). Its transition away from conventional fossil fuels began in the early 1990s, when the company started using CNG and LNG in its vehicles.
The Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM) reported that, through Bill 4482/2022-PE, the government is considering allocating, via supplementary credit, S/ 350 million (USD 92 million) to finance the execution of programs that encourage the widespread use of natural gas both in homes and in economic activities and social support institutions.
UltraTech is making strides in its commitment to decarbonization of its operations with this second deployment of GreenLine’s LNG vehicles, after the first deployment at its Awarpur Cement Works near Nagpur. The use of these LNG trucks, manufactured by Blue Energy Motors, is a significant step towards achieving the company’s sustainability targets.
Scania Argentina delivered a vehicle of the Green Efficiency Line to Logística Urbana SA to be tested for a month in waste collection in the city of Córdoba. With great results, the urban cleaning provider tested a CNG-powered rear-loading P280 4×2 truck, which allowed to verify an excellent driving autonomy.
Through the acquisition of Renewable Transport Fuel Services Limited, the company established a new holding company, ReFuels. It will combine CNG Fuels’ rapidly growing UK network of public bio-CNG stations with RTFS’s upstream biomethane sourcing activities to create one of Europe’s largest fully integrated renewable biomethane suppliers for heavy transport.
IVECO has delivered 10 natural gas trucks to Tservice SPA through Socom Nuova, its dealer in Naples. The IVECO S-Way, model AS440S46T/P LNG, will run on biomethane for a reduction of emissions of up to 121% and will be used for connections between the hubs located on national and international territory.
With 124 existing CNG trucks from Scania, Reiter Log ordered an additional 124 of the same kind. It all started in 2021, when the carrier purchased the first batch of vehicles powered by CNG and bio-CNG. In 2022, the company took another step in their sustainability journey by increasing the fleet of NGVs by 100%.
The company will supply its Mobile Pipeline® X-STORE® modules to Manaseer Oil and Gas, a business of the Manaseer Group and the owner/operator of a chain of fuel stations in Jordan. The X-STORE modules will transport CNG to industrial customers lacking pipeline access, who want to lower their carbon footprint.
Los Ángeles Gas (LAG) launched the first multi-fuel station in the province of A Coruña. The refueling point, which supplies CNG and LNG, is located at the company’s facilities in A Sionlla, a high strategic value for transport on the Northern highway. It also offers diesel, gasoline, LAG Blue, LPG and electric charging.
The new Renewable Natural Gas Incentive Act of 2023 (H.R. 2448) would create a $1.00 per gallon tax credit for sellers of biomethane used for transportation for 10 years, allowing businesses to maximize the credit’s effectiveness to reduce their emissions while investing in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure.
These buses are part of a much bigger and more ambitious project that, starting from the beginning of 2022, has seen the gradual introduction into Arriva Italia’s fleet of about 50 new natural gas vehicles, with the aim of reaching 200 by the beginning of 2024, according to the company, which also plans to use biomethane to power its fleet.
The companies signed a strategic collaboration agreement including liquid hydrogen storage tanks, transport trailers, and the development of new mobile and modular hydrogen refueling stations for quick deployment. This agreement includes additional collaboration on the advancement of hydrogen technology for infrastructure and truck on-board fuel systems.
The tractor is currently still in Customs, complying with the rigorous procedures. Upon arrival at Las Chilcas (Córdoba), it will be subjected to exhaustive performance tests with the biomethane produced in the farm. Las Chilcas hopes to obtain a positive balance in reducing emissions and improving the impact of agricultural production on the environment.
Coca-Cola Kwanza, a Tanzanian subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, received its first CNG truck from Scania Tanzania to help it transition to a more economical, low-emission transport system. Coca-Cola Kwanza already completed a pilot project to test the truck and, according to this study, it is expected to reduce 27% of their operational costs on every trip.
Gasnam organized a webinar, in which the Zaragoza Area Transport Consortium, EMT Madrid, the Commonwealth of the Pamplona Region, Naturgy and HAVI Spain agreed that the high biomethane production potential, the existence of a station network and the offer of vehicles make this renewable fuel a cost-effective solution to decarbonize heavy transport.
The company announced a significant expansion of its organics recycling operations in California with the acquisition of North State Bioenergy, an anaerobic digestion facility north of Sacramento that will break down the organic material and create biogas, which can be converted into renewable natural gas to fuel Republic’s truck fleet.
The consortium of the European LIFE NIMBUS project opened a biomethane production plant from sewage sludge, which will supply a public bus in the Barcelona metropolitan area. LIFE NIMBUS aims to promote more sustainable transport through the circular economy and is aligned with the Biogas Roadmap, approved in Spain in 2022.
Hexagon Agility recently hosted Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen, who toured their composite-tank manufacturing plant at the Lincoln Airport’s industrial park. “It really inspires me, being a lifelong Nebraskan, spending our lives as farmers and ranchers and producers caring about our environment. Seeing Hexagon and what they are doing is really exciting,” said Pillen.
This truck features six CNG tanks, each with a capacity of 80 liters, which give it an approximate autonomy between 300 and 400 kilometers depending on the load, the mission and the driving mode. It offers power and a low level of gaseous and sound emissions, in addition to a reduction in operating costs of around 20%.
This confirms the success of the Port’s strategy of bringing the most environmentally friendly vessels to the Catalan capital. The LNG-powered cruise ships belong to the companies Aida, Costa, P&O and MSC. Almost a decade ago, the Port of Barcelona opted for LNG due to its benefits compared to traditional fuels.
The initiative is part of the city’s commitment to the energy transition and the decarbonization of public transport. The bus will contribute to the reduction of 1,083 tons of CO2 in Bogotá. This is a comprehensive project that, in addition to the bus, includes the production of low-emission hydrogen, a compression and storage system and a service station.
Global demand for CNG-powered vehicles is forecasted to register an increase at a stellar 10.9% CAGR from 2023 and 2033 while currently enjoying a revenue of US$ 110.5 billion. The global NGV market is thus expected to secure a valuation of US$ 312 billion by 2033-end, according to data provided by Fact.MR.
The successful bunkering of the ZIM SAMMY OFER container vessel with LNG took place at Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) on March 26. With this milestone, Kingston is now a new LNG bunkering location for Shell, expanding its global LNG network to 16 locations in 11 countries. To date, Shell has already achieved +1,000 safe ship-to-ship bunkering operations.
The “Zero Emission Groupage” is an innovative and scalable transport service that will start between Milan and Rome. It is the first complete groupage line, from the first to the last mile, to be structured with a view to zeroing emissions. This is made possible by the use of vehicles powered by clean energy, including biomethane.
Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Sergey Kogogin, Director General of KAMAZ, signed an agreement, under which KAMAZ will build natural gas intercity buses and off-road vehicles for Gazprom. The buses will be used to carry employees to the working places that are located away from the available public transport network.
The Nordic energy company has put into operation a new bio-LNG filling station in northern Sweden. It is located in Luleå and will enable the company to meet growing customer demand for environmentally friendly biomethane, even in the northernmost parts of Sweden. The new facility is a result of cooperation with Sandahls Logistik.
Over a period of three years, the company will be acquiring a total of 540 NGVs, to be delivered in batches of 180 units per year. This is a major step in the International Breweries’ commitment to reducing their carbon footprint, improving their environmental sustainability, and contributing to the development of Nigeria to reach net zero emissions by 2060.
SEA-LNG recognizes the importance of continuing to drive global infrastructure build-out to improve availability of LNG bunkering to the rapidly growing global LNG-fueled fleet. The recent addition of Énestas to its membership supports this drive. In January 2023, LNG was available at 185 ports worldwide with a further 50 facilities planned by 2025.
Over 10 years, Russian NGV refueling network expanded threefold, comprising 728 service stations as of early 2023. CNG total sales have increased fourfold across the country since 2012, amounting to about 1.5 billion cubic meters last year. The NGV fleet is also being consistently expanded: there are about 285,000 natural gas vehicles in Russia today.
The new facility is located at the Repsol service station in Ojáiz (Santander) and will contribute to the decarbonization of mobility in the region. It can refuel both passenger cars and short and medium-distance distribution vehicles, and joins the seven CNG stations that Repsol and Nortegas have already opened in Vizcaya, Guipúzcoa, Asturias, Madrid, Álava, and La Rioja.
FirstElement Fuel and Hyundai Motor have partnered to fuel and test Hyundai Motor’s XCIENT fuel cell trucks in California. Through this alliance, FirstElement is leveraging its True Zero network of hydrogen stations to fuel three XCIENT prototypes at full 700 bar pressure. In addition, FirstElement is deploying its first-of-its-kind high capacity mobile refueler.
The Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El-Molla has opened a conversion mobile center as part of the country’s efforts to expand reliance on clean and cheap energy. The facility, owned by GasTech, includes all CNG components and kits and can convert 20 cars daily. It is the first of its kind in Egypt and the Middle East.
All New Brezza S-CNG is designed to offer an eco-friendly driving experience to customers while being loaded with features such as an Electric Sunroof, Cruise Control, SmartPlay Pro Infotainment System with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Keyless Push Start and more. With this launch, Maruti Suzuki now has 14 NGV offerings.
The new three green hydrogen buses, which are part of five acquired by EMT, are another step in Palma’s commitment to sustainable mobility and new fuels. This makes Palma the second Spanish city, after Barcelona, to have a fleet of vehicles powered by green hydrogen fuel cells. The five 12-meter buses were manufactured by Solaris.
GENSA (Gasoductos y Estaciones del Norte), a 100% Mexican company created more than 35 years ago, has 15 business lines in which they provide design, manufacturing, operation, maintenance, upgrading and technical advice services in Regulation Stations, City Gate, interconnections, pipelines and turnkey projects of natural gas.
The group is expanding its alternative fuel capabilities by taking a majority stake in the UK-based expert in solutions to capture, repurpose and store fugitive methane emissions for energy use. In conjunction with CNH Industrial equipment, Bennamann’s infrastructure delivers a carbon negative system that fully supports a circular economy in farming.
Scania Argentina completed the test of one of its CNG vehicles in Mar del Plata, together with the bus company Peralta Ramos and the Municipality of General Pueyrredón. Peralta Ramos, which operates part of the local urban transport lines, trialed for a month the K280 of the Green Efficiency Line, with results extremely satisfactory for all parties.
Galileo Technologies celebrates a new anniversary of the development of ‘Galileo Global Link – Scada System’: a real-time monitoring system with advanced technology. It processes information of the equipment throughout the world, and is operated by specialized technicians providing remote assistance for predictive and preventative operations 24/7.
The M/V Seaboard Blue became the first cargo vessel to be bunkered at PortMiami using LNG as a fuel. With its Q4000 bunker barge, Shell filled Seaboard Marine’s vessel with LNG prior to its inaugural southbound sailing to Honduras and Guatemala. It was retrofitted in 2017 and was the world’s first container ship converted from conventional diesel propulsion to LNG.
The new filling station, designed and built by HAM Criogénica, has two LNG dispensers (three hoses) to refuel trucks and heavy vehicles, and two CNG dispensers (three hoses) to refuel cars, light vehicles, and trucks. It is located at Cañada Berciana 9A, next to the A-6 (Northwest highway) and the N-630, in Benavente, Province of Zamora.
The arrival of this model in Chile, through Andes Motor, will allow Transportes San Gabriel to increase its natural gas fleet with 15 new vehicles. The S-WAY is an LNG truck specifically designed for long-distance transport, with best-in-class autonomy thanks to ranges of up to 1,600 kilometers, and state-of-the-art tanks for a maximum of 1,080 liters.
The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT), in cooperation with Blue Eyes (Omani company specialized in research and development), has unveiled the first truck that operates with a combined combustion technology of diesel and hydrogen within the Sultanate of Oman.
The 175,500-ton Sun Princess is the largest ship built so far in Italy, as well as the first LNG-fueled cruise ship ever built by Fincantieri, and the first dual-fuel vessel powered primarily by LNG to enter Princess’ fleet. It will be delivered in Q1 2024 starting the Sphere class, which includes a sister-ship to be delivered in 2025, and will accommodate 4,300 guests.
The natural gas vehicle brands with the highest number of registrations in January 2023 were: Scania, FAW, Shacman, Sinotruk and Dongfeng, with market shares in the order of 42.9%, 32.3%, 15.0%, 6.0% and 3.0% representing 90.2% of the total number of dedicated CNG vehicles registered in the first month of the year.
The first two Scania biogas engines mean a huge commitment to the circular economy. It begins with the sowing of the seed to convert it into food for the animals, then it works with the manure, which is introduced into one of the biodigesters. At the end of the process, the biogas obtained is transformed into electricity through generator sets with Scania engines.
The new facility will cover the entire hydrogen cycle: production, storage and distribution of green hydrogen in a totally innovative comprehensive engineering commitment that has an investment of 10.86 million euros co-financed by the ERDF. 10 hydrogen buses, the first in the municipal fleet, will start refueling at this station in the first months of 2024.
Mobilizing the expertise of its founding members (CEVA Logistics, ENGIE and SANEF), the European Clean Transport Network Alliance envisions building and operating a network of strategically located truck terminals offering low-carbon refueling solutions, including biomethane and hydrogen, for the transportation of merchandise along Europe’s motorways.
The Vice Minister of Hydrocarbons met with the Regional Governor of Ayacuchano and ratified the ministry’s commitment to make the Integrated Gas Transportation System – Southern Zone of Peru a reality. Work is being done to advance the project for the construction of natural gas networks for Huamanga, intended for vehicular, residential and commercial use.
During the 2023 edition of Expoagro, Scania Argentina presented the new back-of-cab natural gas storage system, from Hexagon Agility, which will allow to double the autonomy in the CNG vehicles of the Green Efficiency line. With this addition, a 6×2 truck can reach a range of 790 km, while a 4×2 can travel 900 km.
Despite their large dimensions (6.36 m long, 2.15 wide and 3.26 high), the two new CNG vehicles have high mobility and great performance in the task of mechanical sweeping. They are also equipped with a water application system to reduce the dust that is generated and humidify the sweeping brushes.
Ohra Energie has placed a new order for which Lower Saxony-based EnviTec Biogas will implement its innovative gas upgrading technology as a single-stage process for the first time. The initiative encompasses a single-stage gas upgrading plant that is operated with only five SEPURAN® Green Membranes. The purified methane is then fed directly to the CNG station.
The mega order consists of 800 buses in total, including 300 Yuwei E12 (ZK6126BEVG) buses and 500 CNG buses (ZK6116HG and ZK6126HG), setting a new record for China’s export of buses to Uzbekistan. The vehicles will be delivered to Tashkent, the country’s capital, to help Uzbekistan lead the low-carbon transformation of public transport in Central Asia.
Periféricas Lazcano received a fleet of 33 C12 Foton natural gas buses. The new vehicles will be used to operate the two tenders that the transit operator obtained in the Metrorrey Massive Transportation System for the next 10 years on the TransMetro lines. Each unit has a capacity for 100 passengers, Cummins CNG engine and Allison transmission.
This new facility, located in Avilés (Asturias), has the capacity to serve all types of vehicles -buses, delivery vans, cars and short and medium distance trucks- and will allow the expansion of public-access NGV refueling infrastructure. The choice of this location responds to a strategic position in relation to the traffic density of the area and its proximity to logistics centers.
Spezzano Trasporti’s new vehicles, equipped with a 460 HP Cursor 13 engine, will be used for the transport of food at controlled temperatures throughout the Italian and European territory. Biomethane is the only technology capable of achieving carbon negativity with a range of 1,600 km, a refueling capacity comparable to diesel and a higher payload.
After four years of work, the BMW iX5 Hydrogen and development project is entering its critical next phase. The fleet of under 100 cars will then be employed internationally for demonstration and trial purposes for various target groups. The pilot vehicles in real-world use will deliver valuable knowledge, paving the way for potential series production.
This new facility, located in Visalia, is a collaboration with Valley Pacific, one of California’s largest fuel marketers. Chevron’s CNG efforts complement the strength of its traditional products business with new offerings that help customers support a lower carbon future. CNG and biomethane are essential technologies in this portfolio of solutions.
To continue promoting sustainable mobility, Scania will announce some news regarding the autonomy of its Green Efficiency range, its family of trucks and buses that use alternative fuels such as CNG and biomethane, and will exhibit trucks and engines powered by natural gas, along with a portfolio of products designed for the agricultural sector.
Shell Western LNG B.V will supply LNG to Hapag-Lloyd’s ultra large dual-fuel container vessels. Bunkering for these 12 new vessels is expected to start in the second half of 2023 and LNG will be supplied in the Port of Rotterdam. This is another important step for Hapag-Lloyd to decarbonize its fleet in line with its goal of becoming net zero carbon by 2045.
Enagás Renovable and Genia Bioenergy announced the creation of a joint venture to create ‘The Green Vector’ (TGV), a platform to promote the development of biomethane from organic waste in Spain. The initiative integrates all the actors in the waste recovery chain, including the production, distribution and final consumption of biomethane.
revis bioenergy will supply Liqvis with bio-LNG from mid-2023, produced exclusively from advanced waste and residual agricultural materials in accordance with EU regulation RED II. Liqvis plans to offer bio-LNG for heavy duty transport at its LNG stations in Germany and to gradually convert its entire supply portfolio to 100% biomethane.
Coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Green Ray project has secured European Union funding (around €7 million from Horizon Europe) to develop solutions minimizing methane slip from LNG-fueled marine engines. The initiative will develop technologies for low-pressure dual-fuel engines as well as a novel aftertreatment concept.
The initiative is the result of a collaboration with The Alexander Group and Linde Forklifts, and another significant step on Tobermore’s decarbonization journey, which includes the replacement of 60 diesel forklifts. The new truck will undertake work on site while gathering essential data associated with carbon reduction and fuel efficiency.
When complete in Q3 of 2023 (anticipated), the new facility will deliver CNG linked to renewable natural gas to Detmar’s new CNG-powered fleet of 60 trucks on the east side of Midland, just off I-20. It will also accommodate public vehicle fueling and bulk-fills for mobile pipeline operators. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. acquired full ownership of Beyond6 last year.
As an LNG-powered ship, MSC Euribia marks another step forward for MSC Cruises in substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions. LNG plays a key role in the journey towards climate change mitigation and will reduce CO emissions by up to 25% on MSC Euribia compared to standard fuels while also virtually eliminating other air emissions.
China’s first integrated methanol-to-hydrogen and hydrogen service station is located in Dalian and can produce 1,000 kilograms of hydrogen per day, with a purity of 99.999%. It can also save costs on hydrogen production, storage and transportation by more than 20% compared to traditional filling stations.
The Ministry of Energy announced that a discount voucher of S/ 2,000 (U$S 530) is now available for owners of cars that use LPG interested in switching to natural gas with the NGV Savings Program. With the application of this mechanism, the number of conversions financed by the program is expected to increase by 50% in the next three months.
The joint study will be conducted as part of a bio-LNG technology research and development program approved by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and promoted by Air Water. The goal is to use this renewable fuel, derived from cattle manure, on the MOL Group’s coastal LNG-powered vessel in the first half of FY2023.
Galileo Technologies has installed nine Cryobox to produce 120 tons of LNG per day and supply a thermal power plant located in the province of Mendoza. With the implementation of this new Virtual Pipeline™, Galileo offers a modular and micro-scale solution for LNG production, which is a great alternative for the companies’ needs.
Forty-four new buses were added to the Victoria Regional Transit System in the last quarter of 2022, helping secure safe and efficient transportation for transit riders. The new arrivals include 15 medium-duty and 21 heavy-duty natural gas buses to replace diesel buses at the end of their service life. This brings the total number of NGVs operating in Victoria to 101.
Hexagon Agility has received new 2023 orders from UPS, totaling USD 19 million, to deliver its CNG fuel systems for the shipping & logistics company’s trucks, which will power these vehicles with biomethane. Hexagon Agility is enabling the adoption of this renewable fuel to cost effectively combat climate change.
ULEMCo has been awarded a major fleet-wide contract by Aberdeen City Council for its hydrogen dual-fuel utility vehicle conversions. The agreement, initially for 35 vehicles, shows Aberdeen’s commitment to a hydrogen-based strategy. ULEMCo has supplied heavy duty vehicles to the city previously, and these have been running successfully on the roads for over a year.
It is the P280 model of the Scania Green Efficiency line, distinguished not only for being agile and operational but also for being the first of its kind in Mendoza to run on CNG. With this, Guaymallén becomes the first city in the province to carry out this experience, which means another contribution to its commitment to protect the environment.
Methane from dairy cow manure will become sustainable renewable natural gas at a new DTE Vantage biomass facility that begins operations this month in Birnamwood, Wisconsin. DTE Vantage is working with U.S. Gain, which will bring the fuel to the transportation market in California where it will help reduce the GHG emissions of its customers’ fleets.
Anaerobic digestion could deliver an additional benefit of 84-175 €/MWh of biomethane produced, while thermal gasification could deliver an additional 80-162 €/MWh. These benefits outweigh the current cost of producing biomethane through these technologies, according to a new report from the European Biogas Association (EBA).
Under this agreement, Cepsa will provide refueling facilities and green hydrogen, and Damas will add up to 10 buses powered by this energy to its fleet in the initial phase. Some of the routes will be Huelva-Seville, Seville Chipiona, Seville-Camas, Seville-Tomares, Huelva-Punta Umbria, and Huelva-Puerto de Santa Maria.
Trayecto has ordered additional KenMex CNG powered trucks with Hexagon Agility’s ProCab® 175 diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) and ProRail® 30 DGE fuel systems, which provide a driving range on par with counterpart diesel trucks, enabling Trayecto to utilize natural gas, and obtain its environmental benefits, without sacrificing performance.
Gruppo Brescia Mobilitá presented 30 IVECO Urbanway natural gas buses to the city. Eight additional NGVs will be added shortly and another 23 in January 2024, for a total of 61 new vehicles. Thanks to this latest purchase, Brescia Transporti now has 189 CNG-powered vehicles and has lowered the fleet’s average age.
Both the range of Renault utility vehicles made up of the Kangoo, Oroch, Trafic and Master, as well as the range of passenger cars with the Kwid, Sandero, Logan, Stepway, Duster and Captur, offer the possibility of being converted to natural gas, with direct injection technology, without losing their warranty.
The DOE has awarded $7.4 million to seven projects to develop medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle charging and hydrogen corridor infrastructure plans that will benefit millions of drivers across 23 states. One of the selected initiatives is headed by the Gas Technology Institute: Houston to Los Angeles (H2LA)–I-10 Hydrogen Corridor Project.
The tractor is powered by biomethane and electric drives, and is able to operate for up to 12 hours. Compared to diesel analogues, it can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 100 tons a year. The first production batch consists of three units with different components. Serial production will use a combination of the solutions that show the best results over this year’s tests.
The company has become the most extensive NGV refueling network in this country. This expansion, included in its objective of strengthening its offer of alternative fuels in Europe, was achieved after collaboration agreements with HAM and Molgas, which make up the UTA NGV network in Spain, together with Repsol, Cepsa and Incoenergy.
The European Parliament adopted its position on the Gas Decarbonisation Package, which takes stock of the Biomethane Action Plan and includes the requirement for Member States to set-up national strategies and to ensure regional mapping of highest production potential areas. The EBA welcomes the inclusion of 2030 mandatory biomethane target in the regulation.
The first integrated industrial CNG compression, transport and decompression project in Mexico has been running successfully for 10 years. The initiative was conceptualized and developed by Promotora Energética E3 for Hortícola Cimarrón, located in San Felipe, State of Guanajuato, and has Canadian technology from IMW.
The equipment is designed to transport 1.0 ton of hydrogen on the US roads and more than 1.3 ton on EU roads, with a working pressure of 517 bar (7,500 psi). Calvera and Shell have been working together for more than two years on the engineering and technological development of this project, which will take its first steps in the US and Germany.
The facility will be producing 120 gigawatt hours (GWh) worth of bio-LNG per year from early 2025 onwards. It will process approximately 400,000 tons of feedstock yearly. Gasum is investing nearly 54 million euros in the plant, of which 15 million has been provided as a grant from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s Klimatklivet program.
Heavy-duty transport is a vital sector for the functioning of the internal market and a suitable regulatory framework shall support the development of clean vehicles using different technologies and fuels. Decarbonization is an immediate challenge and all options that can have a rapid impact need to be enabled. Sustainable and renewable fuels can speed up this process.
The financial figures for 2022 once again confirm the growth trend of recent years for this Italian company specialized in the design and manufacture of cryogenic pumps, with a turnover increase of 32% compared to 2021. This increase is mainly due to the progressive process of decarbonization of maritime transport and the growing use of LNG in this sector.
Wärtsilä will supply dual fuel engines and high-performance axial flow waterjets for a new high-speed ro-pax ferry. The ship, the ‘Margarita Salas’, is being built at Astilleros Armon Gijon in Spain on behalf of the Spanish shipping company Baleària. LNG is currently the cleanest and most mature marine fuel available within the industry’s decarbonization focus.
RTC is a regional entity overseeing public transportation, traffic management, and roadway design and construction funding for Southern Nevada. RTC’s public transit system delivers more than 64 million annual passenger rides in the greater Las Vegas Valley. New Flyer’s Xcelsior CNG bus emits 90% less NOx compared to traditional diesel engines.
Mariarosa Baroni is participating as a speaker at the #IndiaEnergyWeek Strategic Conference (6 – 8 February 2023, Bengaluru), an event under the patronage of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. She has over 35 years of experience in the development of alternative fuels transport, contributing in the early 90s to the launch of OEM’s first gas-powered cars.
The APGNCA will host AltFuels Perú 2023, which will take place on 19-22 April at Villa Complejo Ferial, Lima. It will include top-level conferences with more than 70 speakers, all experts in the natural gas and sustainable mobility industry, as well as an exhibition with more than 120 companies that will showcase their latest products and services.
During the FICCI conference: “Future of Mobility: India’s Journey towards Net Zero,” Nitin Gadkari underlined the steps taken by the government to facilitate the use of alternative fuel technologies such as bio-CNG, bio-LNG, electrics, hybrids, and hydrogen fuel cells, while constantly revising emission standards to reduce pollution.
The 60,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, located in Maryland, will support the annual production of up to 10,000 cylinders for heavy-duty vehicle applications and will employ up to 150 skilled workers. It expands production capacity and allows for further expansion by adding additional production equipment as demand for hydrogen cylinders continues to grow.
The ‘Haugesund Knutsen’, chartered by Shell Spain and built by Astilleros Armón Gijón, will be based at the Port of Barcelona. It will also serve more customers in the Mediterranean, playing a key role in the region’s security of supply and boosting the use of LNG as the most environmentally friendly fuel for shipping today.
ColliCare Logistics has already received the first four Scania trucks that run on bio-LNG. The remaining six natural gas vehicles will arrive during Q1 2023. To achieve a sustainable delivery fleet and a greener future, the company is investing in changing their traditional road transport with biomethane-powered units.
The new bio-LNG truck can carry out demanding, long distance transport tasks, while reducing overall CO2 emissions. It features a new power level of 500 hp, joining the previous 420 and 460 hp engines. The new engine also gets major technical upgrades that make it up to 4% more fuel efficient, which together with a new 10% larger gas tank, allow a longer range.
The MINEM ratified its commitment to the widespread use of natural gas for vehicles through the NGV Savings program of the FISE, which finances the conversions of private cars and taxis, up to for an amount of S/ 4,000 (more than U$S 1,000). It is planned to reach more than 50,000 conversions this year, with a budget of S/ 400 million (U$S 104 million).
The new vehicles, accesible for wheelchairs and to transport bikes, are DINA Linner G model and will reduce 95% of polluting emissions, 90% of nitrogen oxides and about 20% of greenhouse gases. They are part of the UAEMex’s Potrobús shuttle service, which transports thousands of students with nearly 20 routes.
The two partners plan to deploy more than 100 filling stations, under the TotalEnergies brand, in France, Benelux and Germany in the coming years. The new joint venture will lead to the creation of a major player in hydrogen solutions and contribute to the decarbonization of road transportation in Europe.
Wärtsilä will supply its biogas liquefaction technology to Scandinavian Biogas Mönsterås, a joint venture company between Scandinavian Biogas Fuels (SBF) and local farmers supplying manure and agricultural waste to the project. The new plant will produce 30 tons per day of bio-LNG, which will be used as transport fuel for heavy vehicles.
The LNG vehicles feature two tanks of 540 liters each and allow a range of up to 1,600 km. They are equipped with the most advanced fuel saving systems such as predictive GPS, intelligent auxiliary systems and the Smart EGR system. The cab design, optimized from an aerodynamic point of view, allows for a further reduction in fuel consumption of up to 4%.
With the implementation of the Strategic Public Transport System (SETP), with 130 natural gas buses, the Valledupar Integrated Transport System (SIVA) becomes a sustainable service that collaborates in the commitment of the Department of Cesar to be an energy power in the country and that thinks about the health of the community.
The company has signed agreements to supply natural gas and biomethane or upgrade their refueling facilities with Filamar Energy Services, Denver International Airport, Jacksonville Transit, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, City of Burbank, US Foods, Pacific Expressway and Propark.
The new vessel is the first of 10 LNG dual-fuel ships that Anglo American will introduce to its chartered fleet during 2023 and 2024, delivering an estimated 35% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to ships fueled by conventional marine oil fuel. This is a key component of the company’s ambition to achieve carbon-neutrality for its ocean freight by 2040
Hexagon Agility has received a new USD 25.6 million order representing the inaugural order of its new TITAN 450 modules. This redesigned Mobile Pipeline® enables the safe transport of almost half a million standard cubic feet of CNG or bio-CNG in a 40-foot module, allowing customers to deliver more gas with fewer trips, resulting in reduced operating costs.
Under the new name, the association looks forward to continuing the work with the EU, the industry, and the civil society to ensure that all use the full potential of gmobility. Bio-CNG and bio-LNG are the best-developed green transportation fuels available on the market and the fastest way to replace diesel in heavy-duty vehicles.
AG&P Pratham is developing CGD networks in three districts of Kerala including Alappuzha, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram. To date, the company has launched 11 CNG stations in Alappuzha, two in Kollam and seven in Thiruvananthapuram. They plan to launch 23 more CNG stations in the state by March 2023.
The 12-meter FOTON AUV buses have capacity for 100 passengers, feature Cummins engine and Allison transmission, and will help the State renovate its public transportation system. Of the 142 new NGVs, 30 are already operating in the direct University circuit, which supports the shuttle service of students from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, in Monterrey.
Clean Energy will supply 86 million gallons of renewable natural gas to San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). By running on biomethane instead of diesel, it is anticipated that the MTS bus fleet will reduce 73,972 metric tons of CO2—the equivalent of planting 1.2 million trees or taking 15,939 gasoline cars off the road.
SEA-LNG has shared its overview of LNG as a marine fuel in 2022-2023. This resource highlights how the shipping industry has advanced along the LNG pathway to decarbonization in 2022 and outlines what progress is anticipated in 2023. LNG is the only scalable fuel available today for deep-sea shipping that addresses both climate and health challenges.
The company has received new orders from Permian Global, Inc. d/b/a CORE Automated Fueling Solutions and CORE Natural Gas (CORE) and from RenewGas Transportation to supply its Mobile Pipeline® TITAN modules to transport and deliver CNG and renewable CNG, helping displace use of diesel with natural gas.
RWE, Germany’s second largest energy company, has chosen the Spanish multinational to set up and operate a new regasification terminal in Brünsbuttel. This unit will have the capacity to store up to 170,000 cubic meters of LNG on board and to deliver 5 bcm (billions of cubic meters) of natural gas to the grid annually.
Sangamon Mass Transit District (SMTD) received $5.9 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Low-No Emissions Bus Program, which will allow to replace eight of their diesel vehicles with four natural gas buses and four hybrids. Currently, SMTD runs 22 CNG buses.
Adani Enterprises Limited (AEL) signed an agreement to launch a pilot project to develop a hydrogen fuel cell truck for mining logistics and transportation with Ashok Leyland and Ballard Power. The vehicle, scheduled to be launched in India in 2023, will weigh 55 tons, have three hydrogen tanks, and a 200-km working range.
The President of the Council of Ministers Alberto Otárola referred to the widespread adoption of natural gas and said that the Ministry of Energy and Mines will promote the expansion of the current natural gas network with an investment of 491 million soles. He added that, until December 2022, 370,000 vehicles were converted to CNG.
The company announced the near completion of its Modesto, California, facility’s transformation into a first-of-its-kind showcase for sustainable manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution technologies. The upgrade involves the transition of the diesel fleet to ZE and NZE vehicles, fueling infrastructure for the new fleet and on-site renewable energy generation and storage.
Arla Foods has received seven new Volvo FM LNG 6×2 trucks that will run on biomethane to help the business meet its targets to reduce the CO2 emissions of its operation by 2030. They are expected to cover 200,000 km per year. Arla considers bio-LNG is the best option to improve the sustainability of its commercial vehicle fleet.
With the collaboration of GESA, Cálidda opened this new facility, located on the Panamericana Norte highway, in the District of Puente Piedra, Department of Lima. It will have a great impact on the development of sustainable mobility, promoting clean and economical Peruvian energy, which gives heavy duty fleets a range of up to 1,600 km.
The new facility is an EDUX service station, a new concept of mobile and transportable unit developed by HAM Criogénica. It features one dispenser with two hoses, which allows CNG to be refueled quickly and safely in passenger cars, light vehicles and trucks. HAM has a network of more than 100 natural gas stations in Spain and Europe.
Named BioBéarn and located in Mourenx in the south-west of France, this new unit, fed with organic waste, has begun feeding its first cubic meters of biomethane into the natural gas transmission network operated by Téréga. Its development began in 2016 and will be the largest in the country with a maximum capacity of 160 GWh.
The Council of Ministers, at the proposal of the Ministry for the Energy Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO), approved a Royal Decree for the concession of 74 million euros for the start-up of four renewable hydrogen projects in Spain, from companies IVECO, H2B2, SENER and Nordex.
According to Sedigas’ new report ‘Study of biomethane production capacity in Spain,’ the country has the potential to produce 163 TWh/year of biomethane, which would cover around 45% of the national demand for natural gas and whose development could have meant savings of 4,000 million euros for consumers on their energy bills in 2022.
The H2 MOBILITY Deutschland initiative has put into operation Berlin’s fifth hydrogen station at the Shell filling station Tempelhofer Weg 102. It is available for refueling hydrogen vehicles at 350 bar (buses and trucks) and at 700 bar (passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and refuse trucks). It is conveniently located near the city motorway 100 and the A 113.
Province of Misiones’ Ahora Taxi program will subsidize up to 50% of the value of a new vehicle (including the installed CNG equipment and the corresponding identifying paint) with the car manufacturer’s commitment to take the used car as part of payment. The taxi owner has the option of paying the amount owed through a loan from Banco Macro.
Promoting the use of natural gas for vehicles, in addition to contributing to the improvement of air quality, will allow significant economic savings for users, such as private vehicles, interprovincial transport companies and public buses, among other productive sectors; thus impacting the economic reactivation of the Peruvian population.
The company has initiated the change of energy matrix towards a sustainable transport system with the help of Scania Peru. It has acquired 32 Scania CNG trucks, from the Green Efficiency line. This is the largest fleet of European brand natural gas trucks sold in Peru so far and will allow the company to supply its customers more efficiently by reducing its fuel costs.