A New York-based energy research organization has published a report: Renewable Natural Gas (RNG): The Solution to a Major Transportation Challenge — that states use of renewable natural gas as a vehicle fuel is a technologically viable alternative to relying exclusively on petroleum-based fuels for transportation. The new publication was prepared by Energy Vision, a New York-based energy research organization, and CALSTART, a California-based leader in clean transportation technologies. It details the many benefits of converting organic wastes into clean vehicle fuel. Read more »
Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel: Models for Developing Fueling Infrastructure was prepared by American Gas Foundation. It was written to enable local distribution companies (LDCs), and other stakeholders, to better understand the commercial and regulatory considerations involved in entering the NGV refueling market. The study outlines a variety of models that may be employed; recognizing that approaches to this market will vary based on the needs and policy goals of individual regulated service territories. Attention is given to past practices, innovative approaches, and the current and near-term environment that recognizes the important role LDCs will play in establishing natural gas as a mainstream transportation fuel.
AGF Transportation Study 2012 (pdf file)
Energigas Sweden, a member-funded industry organisation that works to increase the use of energy gases, published statistics for 2011. A summation of the 2011 production and use of biogas shows that the proportion of biogas that goes to the automotive sector this year is by far the largest. 50% of the produced biogas is upgraded and is now used as a vehicle fuel.
Altogether there are 233 biogas production plants of which 135 sewage treatment plants, 55 landfills, 19 co-digestion plants and five industrial gas plants. Farm biogas plants has increased by five and is now 19 in number. Sewage treatment plants still account for nearly half of the production. The co-digestion plants which include household waste, slaughterhouse waste and manure from farm biogas digested increased volume by almost 20 percent compared to 2010. The amount of biogas from landfills declined simultaneously.
“Despite a glaring demand there is not enough increase in biogas productions. And it is the political signals and long-term rules of the game are missing. The government does not provide any information on the conditions in the future or on operational instruments to get this market,” says Anders Mathiasson, president Energigas Sweden.
(Information from Energigas Sweden news)
The American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF) issued a new report that urges the federal government to switch its transportation contractors to carriers that fuel on domestic fuels such as natural gas. By switching just 20% of its business to carriers who fuel on domestic alternative fuels, the federal government can save up to $7 billion annually on transportation services.
Follow the link for further details about the American Clean Skies Foundation report.
Roadmap Report Summary now available in English
Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications set up a “Future motive powers in transport” task force in January 2012 define targets and plans for achieving them, for different transport sectors including road, rail, water and air transport in 2020 and 2050.
A sector report covering renewable methane (see endnote) was prepared by the Finnish Biogas Association and North Karelian Traffic Biogas Network Development Programme. A 31 page summary in English of the full interim 133 page Finnish report has recently been published – “Roadmap to renewable methane economy.”
The report outlines a target of 40% use of renewable methane in the transport sector by 2050. This includes the road transport sector, with an interim goal of 2% use by 2020, and the marine sector, which will see at least 20 vessels running on biomethane by 2020.
The final report of the task force will be published in spring 2013.
Endnote: Renewable methane means biomethane, wind methane, solar methane and other methane fuels produced by renewable energy sources.
More information – NGV Global News item: Finnish Transport Sector Sets 40% Renewable Methane Target.
A two year study by the National Petroleum Council concludes that natural gas is a promising alternative fuel for on-road transportation from both an economic and technology perspective. The study looked at both light and heavy duty applications.
“There are competing priorities in the pursuit of new fuel and vehicle technologies that are reliable, affordable and environmentally advanced and natural gas is well-positioned within the study,” said Karen Hamberg, Vice President of Sustainable Energy Futures at Westport.
The study also analyzed four other fuel pathways, including hydrocarbon liquids, biofuels, electricity, and hydrogen, as well as the fuel-vehicle systems that may develop over the next several decades.
Included in the report summary are the following natural gas insights (abbreviated):
- Increased long-term low-cost supply can drive increased use of natural gas for transportation
- There is opportunity for LD and HD natural gas vehicles to become attractive to both retail and fleet consumers
- Few technological barriers exist
- ICE enhancements can translate to NG engines
- Build-out of infrastructure is critical
The Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future Final Report is available by clicking here.
More information – NGV Global News item, U.S. Transportation Sector Report Acknowledges Importance of Natural Gas as Transportation Fuel.
The Department of Central Services from the U.S. State of Oklahoma has issued a request for proposals (RFP) that could eventually lead to the purchase of thousands of compressed natural gas powered vehicles. NGVAmerica says 21 states have joined the initiative, including the thirteen states that previously signed onto the NGV MOU (Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming), plus eight more states (Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia). Other states are invited to participate as well.
See NGV Global News for more details about the US state government NGV acquisition program.
3 million zloty (USD 0.9 million) was granted by the Polish government to the researchers at Poland’s Technical University of Lublin for the progression of the research on the operation of diesel engines using compressed natural gas (CNG).
See NGV Global News for a report on the Polish dual-fuel research.
Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, moderated an inter-disciplinary meeting on boosting the use of natural gas vehicle (NGV) fuel. The meeting participants such as the senior officials from specialized Russian ministries, leading oil companies (Rosneft and LUKOIL), large producers of motor vehicles (KAMAZ, GAZ Group, Machinery & Industrial Group, Yo-AUTO and Russian Railways), executive authorities of Russian constituents as well as the structural units and subsidiaries of Gazprom, addressed the key aspects of the NGV fuel market advancement in Russia. Gazprom challenged the meeting participants to significantly expand the NGV business in Russia and create a huge gas sales market on its basis to be fed with Gazprom’s gas.
See NGV Global News for more details about the natural gas vehicle in Russia meeting.
Last February 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy launched a new $30 million program, titled Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy (MOVE). Currently, there are now 13 projects that have been selected in total to be funded under this program, with each project aiming to find new ways of harnessing America’s abundant natural gas supplies for cars and trucks and expand the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel. The projects will also focus on developing natural gas compressors that make it easier for consumers to re-fuel at home.
See NGV Global News for more information about the Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy program.