UK’s LNG provider Calor has further enhanced its refueling network for natural gas powered trucks by upgrading its Aust LNG facility, near Bristol. Part of Moto’s Severn View Services, the facility is located off the M48 motorway by the Severn River Crossing, a vital refueling stop for LNG vehicles using the M4 corridor to travel to London or elsewhere in the UK, and has been upgraded to consider the requirements of mono-fueled trucks.
As part of this upgrade, the new system uses ‘zero loss’ cooling technology to keep LNG within the storage tank at the ideal temperature and pressure for refueling vehicles. Similar work has been carried out at Moto’s Donington Park, Lymm and Grantham service stations, to add to Calor’s growing LNG infrastructure of six public refueling facilities.
Keeping LNG in this optimum state reduces the likelihood that warm gases such as methane need to be vented from the vehicle’s onboard storage tank during refueling. Venting can result in increased emissions and prolonged refueling times. Thanks to the ‘zero loss’ technology, if venting is still required all vent gases are captured in the LNG station with no losses to atmosphere.
As demand for LNG continues to grow in the haulage industry, especially for long-haul vehicles, Calor continues to invest in its LNG refueling network. “Leading truck manufacturers are predicting that, by the early 2020s, vehicles powered by natural gas could account for 20% of all HGVs sold. This growing market share highlights the obvious benefits of choosing LNG to power long-haul HGVs now and into the future,” said Mark Gilks, Transport Specialist at Calor.
“As a low-carbon, competitively-priced fuel solution with good availability, LNG has a big role to play in helping the transport and logistics sector hit its environmental targets. Ensuring our publicly-accessible LNG refueling network, which is the largest in the UK, can best support the demands of HGVs is crucial to this aim,” added Gilks. “By upgrading our Aust facility, as well as stations in Donnington, Lymm and Grantham, we can provide the necessary transport infrastructure to support the growth of LNG.”