UK Biomethane Day 2012

The first UK Biomethane Day 2012 was held June 26, 2012 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.  The event was staged as part of the Green Gas Grids Project, which is a pan European collaboration aimed at promoting the benefits of biomethane injection and its purpose was to give the audience a detailed briefing in relation to biomethane injection.

The success of this first event ensured continuity through 2017. The event is run by REA and CNG Services and it is the largest gathering in the gas-to-grid industry. With 84 plants having injected biomethane by the end of 2016, “Green Gas” is starting to make a material contribution on the UK’s path to lower carbon.

More information on the UK Biomethane Day can be found on the CNG Services website.

Analysis of CNG and LNG Infrastructure in North America

America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) has recently released a report on the analysis of the US and Canadian Gas Vehicle Market. The results showed that although broader use of CNG and LNG vehicles can come with huge costs and infrastructure challenges, the industry cannot ignore the increasing market demand for natural gas vehicles. Using 2009 numbers, analysis have shown that natural gas demand for transportation is 3.2 billion cubic feet, which is equivalent to 27.7 million gallons of gasoline.

More information: NGV Global News item on CNG and LNG Infrastructure in North America and on ANGA’s website.

Netherlands Sets 2015 Goals for LNG-Fuelled Transportation

The government of The Netherlands, along with several Dutch companies, are finding ways to to accelerate the introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a transportation fuel, for both land and marine activity.  The declared goal is to have at least 50 barges, 50 ships and 500 heavy-duty trucks powered by LNG by 2015.  An initial assessment shows an abundant demand for natural gas and well diversified stocks, with a stabilizing effect on prices as a result.  The plan will commence by focusing on two areas: the Wadden Sea-North Sea and the Rhine region from Rotterdam to Basel, Switzerland.

See NGV Global News for more details about the LNG transport in Netherlands initiative.

Hungarian NGV Association Joins NGVA Europe

MGKKE, a Hungarian NGV-related interest group has joined NGVA Europe in helping increase the public acceptance of NGVs.  MGKKE particularly focuses on raising the share of gas powered vehicles in urban public transport to help improve local air quality and reduce noise levels in Hungarian cities.  One of their main objectives is to help build CNG filling stations throughout the country and today, Hungary has 3 public and 14 private CNG stations. MGKKE’s first ever Hungarian NGV conference held last November 24, 2011 was also a huge success.

To find out more about, visit the Magyar Gázüzemű Közlekedés Klaszter Egyesület website at www.mgkke.hu or read NGV Global’s report about the Hungary NGV association joining NGVA Europe.

China’s NGV Growth Accelerating

Media reports from China indicate that in the year April 2011 to May 2012, natural gas vehicle numbers increased by 378,000. More than 60% of the increase happened in the January to May period of this year.

The increase reportedly brings China’s total NGV population to 1.104 million with 98.9% of those operating on compressed natural gas (CNG).

More information: NGV Global News item on China’s NGV Market and CVWorld.

Bi-fuel Toyota Hilux for Thailand

Thai motorists now have a choice of a CNG/petrol bi-fuel version of the Toyota Hilux Vigo Champ when shopping for pickup trucks. The 2.7 litre vehicle is factory fitted and carries a full OEM warranty.

Buyers can choose between a single cab or dual cab version. In both cases the CNG cylinders are located in a purpose built compartment in the cargo bed.

Toyota also supplies a bi-fuel Corolla sedan in Thailand.

More information: NGV Global News item on CNG Toyota Hilux in Thailand.

Italian Concessions Improve Prospects for NGVs

The Italian government has enacted laws introducing concessions favourable to increasing the number of natural gas vehicles on Italy’s roads.

The concessions include relaxed restrictions on the location and operational requirements for natural gas refuelling stations, including the ability to operate self-serve CNG facilities, and increased weight allowances for heavy-duty vehicles operating on natural gas.

More information: NGV Global News item on Italian NGV policy changes; NGV Italy homepage.

Switzerland NGV Update – end 2011

The Swiss Gas Industry Association (erdgas.ch) has reported the number of natural gas vehicles in Switzerland rose to 10,300 in 2011 (up from 9,600 in 2010 according to NGV Global 2010 statistics).

The gas station network in Switzerland now includes 132 stations. Also recorded was an increased sales of natural gas and biogas as fuel – the equivalent of approximately 22.5 million gallons of gasoline, of which biogas (biomethane) amounted to a 21% share.

Across the nation natural gas/biogas at refuelling stations is about 30 percent cheaper than gasoline.

Most of Switzerland’s natural gas comes from Western Europe. The imported natural gas is delivered to approximately two thirds of EU countries and Norway. Almost a quarter comes from development areas in Russia and the rest from various other regions. About half of Switzerland’s supply is purchased under long-term supply agreements with major suppliers in Germany, the Netherlands, France and Italy. These also operate large underground storage facilities. The rest is sourced from contracts with short to very short maturities. There are no contracts with Russian suppliers.

Swissgas is the main importer. Together with German and Austrian partners it is active in the Norwegian natural gas production.

Source: gasorama