The EU’s TEN-T Program will support with over €3.9 million a study and pilot for the development of alternative refueling infrastructure on the main Dutch highways. A network of greener and cheaper LNG and LBG (liquefied biogas) filling stations will help to prepare the roll-out at European level. The project’s ambition is to pave the way to the European deployment of LNG/LBG as a fuel for medium and long haul road transport.
Expected to be completed by December 2015, the initiative will pilot the construction of five LNG/LBG refueling stations on the main highways connecting The Netherlands to Germany and Belgium, namely in Nieuwegein, Heteren, Veghel, Utrecht and Geldermalsen. The outcomes will contribute to European renewable energy targets by establishing an operational market for LNG within a short period of time and sharing best practice with industry and other transport stakeholders at the European level.
It will also address the lack of operational data on LNG/LBG use, which often refrains transport service providers from switching to the alternative fuel. 75 LNG/LBG-powered trucks operated by different companies will be equipped with a data collection system providing the necessary information on the trucks and the stations. The data will feed into new business models based on LNG/LBG use.
The project was selected for EU funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Annual Call 2013, priority ‘Decarbonization/substitution or environmental cost reduction’. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.