National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) and Gas Networks Ireland are leading a new transport revolution as they introduce CNG and renewable natural gas for trucks, vans and buses. The ‘Causeway’ project also marks a first for NUI Galway, as this is the first time that the University has been successful in securing a funding application from the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The €25 million project received approval for €6.5 million co-funding from the European Commission.
Causeway will see the development of a natural gas refueling network in Ireland, supporting an overall nationwide roll-out of 70 CNG stations. In addition to this, a renewable gas injection facility will be built in 2018. This will introduce biomethane into the natural gas network for the first time. The work will be monitored and documented by NUI Galway. This research will then be fed back to gas operators all over Europe and will assist in the development of similar projects across the continent.
President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, said: “This is a major project for NUI Galway to be involved in, as it will form the basis of the first use of an alternative, sustainable transport fuel in Ireland. Within our Ryan Institute for Environment, Marine and Energy Research, in particular, we have built up a track record in sustainability research and innovation. This includes decades of scientific and engineering expertise built up in the area of renewable gas.”
Denis O’Sullivan, Head of Commercial at Gas Networks Ireland, commented: “Transport accounts for over one third of all energy used in Ireland. The development of a natural gas network will significantly decarbonize Ireland’s commercial fleet. CNG, and the soon to be introduced renewable gas, will play a major role in making transport in Ireland cleaner. We are determined to play an important role in facilitating the development of this new, cleaner transport network.”
Source: NUI Galway