AGF Study — Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel: Models for Developing Fueling Infrastructure

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)

Biogas for Transport Reaches 50% in Sweden (2011 Stats)

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)

Government can Save Billions with NGVs in USA – Clean Skies Report

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.

40% Renewable Methane Target for Finland’s Transport Sector

Roadmap to renewable methane economy -FinlandRoadmap 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.

“Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future” – US National Petroleum Council Report Released

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.

Germanischer Lloyd Report on costs and benefits of LNG as ship fuel for container vessels

Report by Germanischer Lloyd on Costs and benefits of LNG as ship fuel for container vessels states:

Using LNG as ship fuel promises less emissions and, given the right circumstances, less fuel costs. The attractiveness of LNG as ship fuel compared to scrubber systems is dominated by three parameters:

  • Investment costs for LNG tank system
  • Price difference between LNG and HFO
  • Share of operation inside ECA

With 65% ECA exposure, LNG system payback time below two years is predicted for the smaller vessel sizes (using the standard fuel price scenario).

For the 2,500 TEU vessel, a comparison of payback times for the scrubber and for the LNG system, and varying LNG prices, shows that the LNG system is attractive as long as LNG (delivered to the ship) is as expensive as or cheaper than HFO, when the fuels are compared on their energy content. Read more »

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.