CNG Fuels is opening a renewable biomethane refueling station at Northampton as part of the UK’s first large-scale study of how CNG can help slash road transport emissions. The project, which has received funding from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK, aims to encourage UK fleet operators to switch from diesel to cost-effective, low-carbon biomethane by demonstrating performance benefits. The facility will be able to refuel more than 350 trucks a day and can be supplied by mobile CNG trailers if an emergency cuts off its gas supply (the 40-foot trailers each hold seven tons of gas in composite cylinders, enough to refuel 70 trucks).
The new public access refueling station will open this autumn at the Red Lion Truck Stop, just up the road from Magna Park, Milton Keynes, one of the UK’s largest distribution parks where Waitrose and John Lewis have their national distribution hub. The station will be used by a new Waitrose fleet of 58 dedicated CNG trucks engaged in long-haul, inter-city and urban runs, including six trialing zero-emissions refrigeration units powered by the truck’s gas engine. Performance data will be analyzed by a University of Cambridge team.
Baden Gowrie-Smith, Chief Financial Officer of CNG Fuels, said: “100% renewable biomethane fuel offers fleet operators the chance to dramatically cut carbon emissions, improve air quality and save money. We are now seeing increasing levels of interest and orders from fleets of all sizes. This study will help convince others to make the shift and demonstrates that this is a solution that can be scaled up rapidly within fleets. Fleet operators and drivers are enjoying the ‘diesel-like’ simplicity of biomethane while making a major impact on our environment by tackling the challenges associated with lowering HGV emissions.”
Justin Laney, General Manager Central Transport, John Lewis Partnership, said: “We are committed to reducing the emissions from our fleet. This study will help us quantify not just the carbon emissions reduction of using biomethane, but also the benefits of using our industry-leading clean refrigeration equipment which we expect to show significant benefits for air quality. We’ve worked with the University of Cambridge on a number of projects in the past, so look forward to the outcome of this latest collaboration.”
Source: CNG Fuels