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Iveco and Uniper have opened Germany’s first LNG
fuelling station for trucks in Ulm. The facility will be used
in particular for endurance tests in trials of innovative
engine concepts for long-haul transportation. By joining
forces, both companies will be perfectly positioned to
advance the use of LNG in heavy-duty transportation.
Iveco is the first manufacturer to offer a suitable LNG
commercial vehicle. Uniper, one of the leading energy
companies operating in the international LNG business,
has substantial quantities of LNG at its disposal, and the
requisite capacity at LNG terminals. Uniper sells LNG
fuel under the LIQVIS brand.
Uniper’s Chief Operating Officer Eckhardt Rümmler,
whose responsibilities include development of new
business segments, explained: “The construction of this
fuelling station in Germany represents a first, important
step in the development of innovative, environmentally
friendly fuelling alternatives in long-haul transportation.
Working in further partnerships, we want to build a fitfor-purpose network of LNG fuelling stations in Germany
and selected neighbouring countries in the next few
years. We are thus making an important contribution
toward improving environmental performance and noise
reduction in road transportation.”
Sascha Kaehne, Business Director at Iveco Magirus
AG, said: “We are pleased to join forces with Uniper in
taking the first step toward a true alternative to diesel
in Germany at the Ulm development site. The Stralis is
now the first LNG vehicle in Europe that is fully capable of
long-haul transportation from the perspective of drivers
and business owners.”
Madrid City Council has allocated 279,000 euros for
grants in the taxi sector for the purchase of vehicles
incorporating cleaner fuels and technologies. This aid,
included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan of Grants, has
increased its amount, which initially was fixed at 100,000
euros, and aims to improve the service conditions of
the cabs and its environmental features included in the
2015-2019 Government Operational Program of the
Department of Environment and Mobility.
Grants will be of 3,000 and 1,000 euros per vehicle. 3,000
euros will be allocated for the purchase of eurotaxis with
equal or less emissions than 160 gr. CO2/km and 80 mg.
NOx/km. belonging to the following categories: hybrid,
plug-in hybrids and extended range electric vehicles,
and vehicles powered by engines that can use alternative
fuels such as CNG. For other vehicles with the same
characteristics, which are not eurotaxis, aid will be 1,000
The Department of Environment and Mobility made a
firm commitment to cleaner technologies and alternative
fuels for the fleet of municipal vehicles. The main axes
of this action are the use of natural gas in heavy vehicles
(trucks and buses). Of all council vehicles, 2,011 are
“green”: 1,209 CNG vehicles, 555 Euro V or higher diesel
vehicles, 113 hybrids, 86 LPG vehicles, 33 EVs and 15
bioethanol vehicles.
During this year, the Municipal Transport Company (EMT)
will incorporate 200 new low-emission buses to its fleet,
including 170 powered by CNG. In addition, the cleaning
and waste collection service will begin renewing its fleet
this year, adding 109 new natural gas trucks in October.
The shipping container transport specialist Speed
is introducing an LNG-fuelled Volvo truck to its fleet
operating from Helsinki’s Vuosaari Harbor. Gasum is
developing the natural gas refuelling network in all the
country, and it will open an LNG station for heavy-duty
vehicles at Vuosaari Harbour in August.
“We want to lead the way in the transport sector and
introduce new, more environmentally friendly vehicles
to our fleet. LNG is a natural step in our efforts to make
transport greener. We’ve already been involved for four
years in an Eco-Truck trial where large-capacity modular
combination vehicles are operated under a special permit
granted by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi).
The results are promising: carbon dioxide emissions
have been cut by as much as over 40%. I believe that
the number of Speed’s LNG vehicles will increase in the
future,” said Speed Oy Managing Director Tuomo Vallas.
“We’re happy that Speed invested in an LNG-fuelled
truck. It is an excellent fuel for heavy-duty transport.
Speed is setting an example for other transport
companies by offering cleaner container transport. LNG
is an excellent alternative for use instead of diesel and
can help reduce emissions,” commented Gasum Sales
Manager Petri Michelsson.
“Volvo wants to be actively involved in progress, and by
participating like this we’re able to build and develop
the truck sector for better service to our customers and
society in the future while at the same time operating in
line with our core value of environmental care. This also
helps us make sure we have the best competencies and
knowledge in the sector as regards new technologies and
products,” added Kimmo Ahonen, Director, Vehicle Sales,
Finland, Volvo Trucks.
Recently, a total of 30 modern CNG MAN articulated
buses have replaced the older generation of articulated
and non-articulated vehicles in the Slovenian capital
Ljubljana, the winner of the European green capital
award 2016. This offers the local residents a number of
On the one hand, the 18-meter-long buses increase
passenger capacity on the most frequented routes. An
articulated bus has sufficient capacity for a total of 155
passengers, 35 of whom can be seated. Extra comfort
and safety is provided by a fully flat low floor, a folding
ramp, video surveillance, passenger information system
with easy-to-read LED displays, air-conditioning system
and integrated ceiling heating system.
On the other hand, the new MAN Lion’s City CNG vehicles
also reduce emissions thanks to the gas engines they
are equipped with. Through the use of biogas or e-gas as
fuel, short distance passenger transport could be almost
entirely CO2-neutral. Efficient operation is supported
by a real-time fleet management system. Moreover,
the efficient 6-cylinder in-line engine delivers 310 HP
(228 kW) at 2000 RPM. The vehicles are also fitted with
a new generation DIWA6 automatic gearbox from Voith
with an integrated retarder and the capability to adapt to
topographic conditions.
“The trend of urbanization and the simultaneously
increasing pressure on transport companies to reduce
their emissions in urban areas calls for new solutions for
short distance passenger transport. We are very proud
that we can contribute to making Ljubljana cleaner and
greener with our low-emission and cost-efficient CNGpowered buses,” said Martin Strier, Managing Director of
MAN Truck & Bus Slovenija.
Westport Fuel Systems Inc. announced that Volvo Car will
launch the bi-fuel version of its new V90 station wagon.
This vehicle is based on the same engine technology
as the Volvo V60 sports wagon which recently won
second place in the Best Environmental Car in Sweden
– company car category. Sales of the V90 BiFuel, which
will supersede the Volvo V70, will start in Sweden in
June, 2016. Vehicle deliveries are expected to start in
December, 2016.
This engine can run on either CNG/biomethane
or gasoline and forms part of Volvo Car’s Engine
Architecture, which ranks as one of the best engine
families in the world. It is expected to offer low emissions
of 120g CO2 when run on CNG and 40g CO2 when 100%
biogas is used. As well as showcasing excellent green
credentials, the car will also feature a high-performance
254 HP engine, 350Nm torque and an eight-speed
automatic gearbox to ensure a world-class driving
“The Volvo V90 BiFuel will be an important model for
us. It will primarily benefit our taxi fleet customers,
and it will also be good for companies with an explicit
environmental policy,” said Fredrik Isakson, Manager
of Fleet Sales and Business Development at Volvo Car
“Westport and Volvo Car are working together to provide
customers with leading natural gas technology, great
performance and ultimately a low-emissions profile. By
collaborating with OEMs, like Volvo Car, we are able to
develop vital technology solutions to reduce emissions
and continue to meet demand for premium natural gas
vehicles,” said Nancy Gougarty, President and COO of
Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management
Committee; Oleg Belozerov, President of Russian
Railways; Dmitry Pumpyansky, Chairman of the Board
of Directors of Sinara Group; and Andrey Bokarev,
President of Transmashholding, signed the Agreement of
Cooperation in the NGV sector at the 2016 St. Petersburg
International Economic Forum. The document is aimed
at promoting natural gas use in railway and road
transportation, reducing carbon footprint, facilitating NGV
market growth, increasing domestic gas consumption,
and fostering the national machine building industry.
According to the agreement, Gazprom will build modern
natural gas fuelling infrastructure facilities in the
locations approved by Russian Railways and will provide
for the refuelling of the railway rolling stock with LNG.
The Company will assist Russian Railways in testing
natural gas-powered locomotives.
Russian Railways will see to the adaptation of production
and technical facilities at railroad depots and will develop
and implement a vocational training and re-training
system for engineers, technicians, and crews working at
gas-powered locomotives. In addition, Russian Railways
will adopt a program for converting its corporate vehicles
to natural gas.
In their turn, Sinara Group and Transmashholding
will provide for the certification, manufacturing, and
maintenance of natural gas-powered locomotives
(mainline gas turbine locomotives for Sinara Group
and gas turbine shunters for Transmashholding). The
signatories to the document agreed to synchronize
their efforts in expanding the fleet of gas-powered rail
transport and developing the refuelling and maintenance
2016, JULY
Third LNG refuelling station
opens in Italy
It is located in Castel San Pietro Terme (Bologna) and it was designed and
built by HAM Italy, in partnership with Iveco and Vulcangas Emilia. The three
refuelling sites are located in seven strategic nodes for freight transport.
ome Iveco Stralis trucks powered by LNG have been
part of the opening ceremony of the third Italian
LNG station on June 9 at Castel San Pietro Terme,
in Bologna, with the presence of authorities, press
and business representatives, which confirms the great
interest in this energy source.
the overall savings on the total cost of ownership (TCO) of
the Iveco Natural Power can reach 10% when compared
with a diesel vehicle. The natural gas has in fact a cost to
the lower pump compared to Diesel, allowing a significant
reduction in the cost of fuel, which represents one of the
most important items of TCO.
The industry experts that attended the ceremony explained
the advantages of LNG, a fuel that now is concretely
available for heavy duty vehicles, as seen in the Iveco
Stralis Natural Power AT440S33T/P C-LNG exhibited at the
station, which caught the interest of the audience.
The natural gas-powered engines are more
environmentally friendly compared to those fuelled by
petroleum fuels and allow a significant reduction in CO2
polluting emissions.
Fabio Pellegrinelli, Gas Business Development at Iveco
Italy, during his speech drew attention to the importance
of this new opening which confirms and supports the
growing demand for sustainable transport, an essential
requirement today, which Iveco has always focused on, with
an experience of over 20 years.
Iveco’s attention and continuous search for new
technologies has allowed the brand to be the European
leader in the alternative fuel industry, anticipating
solutions that will help further reduce the environmental
impact of the transport sector and become the ideal
partner for sustainable transport, as stated in the slogan
the brand: “Iveco. Your partner for sustainable transport.”
The Stralis Natural Power C-LNG has a 560-litre cryogenic
LNG tank and four 70 litre CNG tanks that allow a total
range of over 750 kilometres, thus allowing its use even on
medium and long distance. Regarding economic viability,
These vehicles allow reducing CO2 emissions from 10% to
100% in case of using of biomethane. Finally, they offer a
reduction of noise by an average of five decibels compared
to the diesel versions, which makes them perfect for waste
collection operations and night distribution.
During the day, to learn the concrete operation of the
refuelling process, it will be possible to have assistance
to refill vehicles. The LNG supply system was installed by
HAM Italy for the Vulcangas Emilia station, a leader in the
distribution of natural gas which has decided to take a farsighted investment in LNG. The facility is located near the
exit on the section of the A14 motorway, a strategic hub for
domestic and international freight traffic.
The technical expertise and experience of HAM Italy have
produced the first station with a horizontally positioned
tank. The infrastructure network for the distribution of
LNG has now a third site in Italy and new openings are
expected by the end of 2016.
Inaugurata la terza stazione
di rifornimento a gas naturale
liquefatto in Italia
È stata inaugurata a Castel San Pietro Terme (Bologna) la nuova stazione LNG realizzata da HAM Italia
per conto di Vulcangas Emilia. I veicoli Iveco alimentati a Gas Naturale Liquefatto possono contare oggi
in Italia su tre punti di rifornimento dislocati in altrettanti nodi strategici per il traffico merci.
li Stralis Iveco alimentati a gas naturale liquefatto
(LNG) hanno fatto da cornice alla cerimonia
inaugurale della terza stazione italiana LNG che si
è svolta giovedì 9 giugno 2016, a Castel San Pietro
Terme (BO), alla presenza di autorità, stampa e addetti ai
lavori, a conferma del grande interesse per questa fonte
Nel corso della cerimonia sono intervenuti gli esperti del
settore per spiegare i vantaggi del gas naturale liquefatto,
carburante oggi concretamente disponibile anche per
i mezzi pesanti, come testimoniato dagli Iveco Stralis
Natural Power AT440S33T/P C-LNG esposti, che hanno
catturato l’interesse del pubblico presente.
Fabio Pellegrinelli, Gas Business Development Iveco Italy,
nel corso del suo intervento ha richiamato l’attenzione
sull’importanza di questa nuova apertura che conferma e
supporta la crescente domanda di trasporto sostenibile,
esigenza oggi imprescindibile, verso la quale Iveco punta
da sempre, e nella quale può vantare un’esperienza di oltre
20 anni.
L’attenzione e la ricerca continua di Iveco alle nuove
tecnologie hanno permesso al brand di essere leader
europeo nel settore dei carburanti alternativi, anticipando
soluzioni che contribuiranno a ridurre ulteriormente
l’impatto ambientale del settore dei trasporti e divenendo
il partner ideale per un trasporto sostenibile, come
dichiarato nel pay-off del brand: “Iveco. Il tuo Partner per
un trasporto sostenibile”.
Lo Stralis Natural Power C-LNG ha un serbatoio
criogenico LNG da 560 litri e 4 serbatoi CNG da 70 litri
che permettono un’autonomia complessiva di oltre 750
chilometri, consentendo così il loro impiego anche sulla
media e lunga percorrenza. Da un punto di vista della
sostenibilità economica, il risparmio complessivo sul costo
totale di esercizio (TCO) di un veicolo Iveco Natural Power
può raggiungere il 10% se confrontato con un veicolo a
gasolio. Il gas naturale ha infatti un costo alla pompa
inferiore rispetto al Diesel, consentendo una sensibile
riduzione del costo del combustibile, che rappresenta una
delle voci più importante del TCO.
I motori alimentati a gas naturale sono più ecologici delle
motorizzazioni alimentate con carburanti derivati dal
petrolio e consentono una riduzione importate sia delle
emissioni inquinanti sia di CO2.
L’utilizzo di questi veicoli permette di ridurre le emissioni
veicolari di CO2 dal 10% fino al 100% in caso di utilizzo
di bio-metano. Infine, la riduzione del rumore in media
di cinque Decibel rispetto alle versioni Diesel lo rendono
il veicolo ideale per le missioni di raccolta rifiuti e di
distribuzione notturna.
Durante la giornata, per comprendere nel concreto la
facilità dell’operazione di rifornimento, è stato possibile
assistere all’approvvigionamento dei veicoli. L’impianto
di rifornimento LNG è stato realizzato da HAM Italia per
la stazione di rifornimento di Vulcangas Emilia, azienda
leader nella distribuzione del gas naturale che ha deciso
di fare un investimento lungimirante nel gas naturale
liquefatto, ed è collocata nei pressi del casello sul tratto
dell’autostrada A14, nodo strategico per il traffico merci
nazionale e internazionale.
La competenza tecnica e l’esperienza di Ham Italia
hanno permesso di realizzare la prima stazione dotata
di un serbatoio posizionato in modo orizzontale. La rete
infrastrutturale per la distribuzione di LNG mette oggi la
terza bandierina in Italia e si prevedono imminenti nuove
aperture che implementeranno in modo importante la rete
di distributori entro la fine del 2016.
2016, JULY
France speeds up implementation
of NGV and alternative fuel projects
La Poste Group and ENGIE are promoting the adoption of biomethane and
hydrogen mobility with a new strategic partnership. Moreover, Air Liquide has
recently opened first multi-energy station featuring CNG and LNG in the country.
La Poste Group/ENGIE project
a Poste Group and ENGIE, via its wholly owned
subsidiary GNVert, are developing various ecomobility projects that make use of natural gas
and hydrogen in conjunction with their green and
sustainable mobility goals. La Poste Group and ENGIE will
be cooperating for example to design refuelling solutions
for certain La Poste fleets of natural gas/renewable
natural gas vehicles and hydrogen vehicles.
Philippe Wahl, CEO of La Poste Group, and Isabelle Kocher,
CEO of ENGIE, signed a cooperation agreement to develop
various eco-mobility projects, in particular through the use
of CNG, an alternative fuel with recognized environmental
and economic advantages, and hydrogen, a promising fuel
that offers good driving range that emits only water vapour.
Their European scale agreement covers 5 years.
The objective for La Poste Group is to establish its
leadership in sustainable mobility by prioritizing largescale use of low CO2 fuel emission vehicles, making a
significant contribution to reducing air and noise pollution
in cities. Through GNVert, the partnership will enable
ENGIE to contribute to the development of the promising
alternative fuels market, based on fuels that are less CO2
emitting and without particulates. The agreement also
establishes conditions necessary for the development
of biomethane, a renewable natural gas fuel from
methanization of waste.
At the same time, La Poste Group and ENGIE commit to
collaborate on an awareness campaign and coordinated
communications on eco-mobility in conjunction with the
energy transition.
La Poste is also engaged in an ambitious research and
development program focused on the use of the clean
vehicles of tomorrow, testing cars and bicycles operating
on hydrogen. For the past year, La Poste Group is also
involved in developing natural gas vehicles for use
throughout France. As an energy revolution pioneer, ENGIE
considers transportation a major development focus. To
accelerate the adoption of alternative fuels, it has decided
to invest up to €100 million over five years to develop
natural gas fuel for trucks in Europe.
Multi-energy station
Air Liquide has launched on
21 June the first clean multienergy station dedicated to road
freight transport in France and
in Europe, based in Flévilledevant-Nancy. With this new
station, the company contributes
to the development of a cleaner
mobility. As clean energies, they
enable to cut both fine particles
and CO2 emissions, specifically
when CNG and LNG are issued
from biomethane.
This new multi-energy station,
open to the public and dedicated
to road freight transport,
enables to supply vehicles with
CNG, LNG, and liquid nitrogen
(N2) on a single site. CNG and
LNG trucks are used for urban
deliveries. Nitrogen is meant for
trucks fitted with a cryogenic
refrigerating unit for food
refrigerated transport.
The station will provide clean
energies to the truck fleet
running on LNG/CNG and
on nitrogen for refrigerated
transport of Transalliance, a
European transport and logistics
company. Those trucks are used
for deliveries in urban areas on
behalf of Samada, Monoprix’s
logistics subsidiary.
Air Liquide designed the station,
operates the infrastructure, and
distributes the fuels. The Group’s
know-how ensures safety and
optimal operation performance
to Transalliance. This new station
will supply 80 trucks over time.
2016, JULY
Dual fuel biomethane application
for tractors launched in Italy
Ecomotive Solutions has launched the first dual fuel biomethane application for Fendt
Tier4 tractors. The system provides for the use of natural gas or biomethane as an
alternative fuel for diesel tractors, storing this gas in the transportable Ecomotive
Solutions ‘Bio CNG Pack’.
New Holland presents T6.180 Methane Power
tractor in the UK
oldim Group’s company Ecomotive Solutions,
known for its d-gid Diesel Dual Fuel platform
designed for logistics and industrial vehicles,
has introduced the first dual fuel biomethane
application for Fendt Tier4 tractors. This represents
the latest development in the Group’s ongoing initiative
to promote the use of biomethane in agricultural
mechanization, in collaboration with Italian Biogas
Consortium and Piccini Paolo Group.
The system provides for the use of natural gas or
biomethane as an alternative fuel for diesel tractors,
storing this gas in the transportable Ecomotive Solutions
‘Bio CNG Pack’, which effectively solves the issue of fuel
autonomy in the field for agricultural vehicles. Once the
‘Bio CNG Pack’ is connected, the tractor is ready to operate
in the field using biomethane, regardless if this is produced
locally, by the farm, drawn from a micro-station connected
to the public network or taken from a bio-LNG station.
The tractor engine has been optimized using d-gid Diesel
Dual Fuel technology, developed by Ecomotive Solutions:
in real time, the d-gid ECU assesses how much diesel can
be eliminated from the primary fuel injection to the tractor,
to allow for a secondary injection of CNG or biomethane,
calculating the perfect amount to be added in order to
ensure the smooth operation of the machine, without
triggering losses of torque or power, or compromising the
reliability of the engine in any way.
The initiative was first presented in 2014 with the support
of the Italian Biogas Consortium with a view to introducing
the use of biomethane across the diesel-powered
agricultural vehicles already working on the farms. “We
believe that we have achieved our goal, and have found the
missing piece to the puzzle, fostering the self-consumption
of locally-produced biomethane, and in doing so, promoting
Farmers attending Cereals on 15-16 June got their first
look at New Holland’s second generation T6.180 Methane
Power tractor and took the opportunity to look inside and
quiz the company’s product specialist. New Holland has
a long history of researching and promoting the role of
agricultural mechanization within a sustainable future
for agriculture, through precision farming, equipment
supporting conservation agriculture, training in sustainable
farming practices, and alternative energy sources.
“We’re delighted to bring our Methane Power tractor to the
UK and give British and Irish farmers the opportunity to
see it for the first time,” said James Ashworth, Marketing
Manager for New Holland Agriculture UK and ROI. “This
second generation prototype marks an important stage
in achieving New Holland’s goal of energy independent
farming. Biomethane, as a renewable source of energy, is
an exciting prospect for powering tomorrow’s agricultural
The second generation prototype is based on a New
Holland T6.180 standard tractor and features a 175hp
(129kW) Nef 6 engine developed by FPT Industrial that
delivers 740Nm torque. The nine gas cylinders have a
total capacity of 300 litres (52kg) compressed methane,
sufficient for approximately half a day of normal tractor
The Methane Power tractor can bring fuel cost savings
of up to 20%. On environmental performance, the new
machine has 80% less polluting emissions than a standard
diesel tractor and is already capable of fulfilling future
greenhouse gas targets, which are expected to require a
20% reduction in emissions across Europe by 2020.
the delivery of ‘zero-mileage’, short supply chain fuel to
power diesel engines,” said the company.
Now, on completion of the development and testing
phases, the dual fuel tractor is set to be transferred to
the headquarters of Ltd., one of the first Italian
companies with a biomethane refuelling point, validating
the efficacy of this new system in the field.
Iveco introduces revolutionary New
Stralis NP truck
The model is the first natural gas truck specifically designed for long-haul operations. It is the
only truck that can run on CNG or LNG, or a blend of the two, to deliver the power rating, comfort,
transmission technology and fuel autonomy to suit long-distance haulage missions.
he New Stralis NP, which runs on CNG and LNG,
features the new 8.7-litre Iveco Cursor 9 Natural
Power Euro VI engine, the first of its kind to deliver
the same power (400 HP) and torque output (1,700
Nm) as its diesel equivalent (it generates 17% more power
and 6% more torque than its best competitor). It is the first
natural gas truck with a 12-speed automated gearbox:
the Eurotronic transmission guarantees lower fuel
consumption and greater driving comfort.
In the LNG-only version the New Stralis NP has a record
range autonomy of 1,500 km. It also features the Hi-Way
cab, which was introduced on the “International Truck of
the Year 2013” Stralis Hi-Way, and is greatly appreciated
by customers for the functionality and comfort it offers
on long-distance missions. The New Stralis NP delivers
this exceptional performance with the same payload as its
diesel equivalent.
Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President, said: “Iveco was the
first manufacturer in the world of commercial transport to
understand, in 1991, the potential of natural gas. We have
introduced in the market natural gas versions of trucks,
vans and buses. As a result, today we have a running fleet
of more than 15,000 gas vehicles in Europe. The New
Stralis NP builds on Iveco’s extensive expertise to take a
step into the future: it is the first true long-haul gas truck
in the market that offers an alternative to diesel vehicles
and the most sustainable long-distance transport truck
The improvements introduced in the New Stralis NP
contribute to a 3% reduction in Total Cost of Ownership
compared to the previous model, which already had fuel
pump costs up to 40% lower than its diesel equivalent.
The new 8.7-litre Iveco Cursor 9 Natural Gas engine
leverages on the stoichiometric solution Iveco developed
25 years ago, which has come to be the most proven
and reliable technology in the market. The performance
has been further improved with important engineering
upgrades: re-profiled intake ports increase fuel economy,
injectors and rail have been modified to allow a higher
fuel injection pressure for a best-in-class performance,
and a new high-flow 3-way catalyst minimises noise and
The engine delivers the same output of 400 hp and 1,700
Nm torque as its diesel equivalent, resulting in bestin-class weight-to-power ratio, power density, service
intervals, and quiet operation. It generates 17% more
power and 6% more torque than its best competitor.
The 12-speed automated gearbox lowers the New Stralis
NP’s fuel consumption and adds to its driving comfort.
The bigger capacity of the fuel tanks lengthens the range
autonomy of the LNG-only version to the record level of
1,500 km. The New Stralis NP delivers this exceptional
performance with the same payload as its diesel
250 Stralis NP for French firm
Founded in 1945, Perrenot Group (formerly known as
UNIC) has been a loyal Iveco customer since 1960. It has
grown to be one of France’s leading transport brands
across all sectors (mass distribution, long haulage,
construction, bulk, containers, logistics, etc.), both
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nationally and internationally. The company operates a
fleet of 3,500 motor vehicles. With 1,500 vehicles – of which
750 are tractors – Iveco is the dominant brand in Perrenot
Group’s fleet.
The Group was among the first in Europe to use
biomethane Iveco tractors in their operations in 2012.
To this day, these remain the only vehicles capable of
contributing to better air quality, drastically reducing CO2
emissions, and halving noise levels. In 2013, having tested
other alternative energy solutions, Iveco’s natural gas
technologies proved to be the natural choice for Perrenot
Group with the purchase of the first CNG refrigerated
transporters fuelled by liquid nitrogen. In 2014, the Group
took yet another innovative step, commissioning the first
LNG tractors in France.
2016 marks a historic turning point in the collaboration
between Perrenot Group and Iveco with this exceptional
order for 250 natural gas Stralis. The supply contract is
testament to the strong partnership and, most importantly,
the two companies’ powerful commitment to sustainable
road transport. It is worth mentioning that the introduction
of the New Stralis NP, ‘TCO2 Champion’, was a crucial
factor in the Group’s choice.
Pierre Lahutte concluded: “With this historic order
Perrenot Transport will be running the largest fleet
of natural gas trucks in Europe. For its part, Iveco has
reached a further milestone in its leadership in natural
gas technologies for sustainable road transport. We are
very proud of Perrenot Group’s trust in Iveco, which is the
result of the unique partnership that has allowed our two
groups to write a new important chapter in the history of
sustainable transport in Europe.”
– collectively responsible for a fleet of more than 10,000
commercial vehicles. The group attended a series of
presentations on July 5 at Uttoxeter race course, less than
a month after the international launch of the New Stralis
NP (Natural Power).
Nick Pemberton, Director of Iveco’s Truck Business Line,
opened the event by setting out the potential for natural
gas as a genuine alternative to diesel, citing major benefits
including ultra-low emissions, quieter operation and fuel
costs which are around a third lower than diesel. “Natural
gas offers the widest range of opportunities to replace
diesel in the commercial vehicle market – it’s no longer a
fuel of tomorrow, it’s a fuel of today,” he said.
Where NGVs were previously the domain of local authorities
and fleets involved in urban distribution, Iveco’s latest
product innovations mean they are now a viable solution for
regional, national and international transport missions –
thanks to a range of up to 1,500km on LNG-powered Stralis
4×2 models. The new 400hp Iveco Cursor 9 Natural Power
engine is also the first of its kind in the world to deliver
the same power output as diesel in a commercial vehicle
Iveco showcases Natural Power technology to
major British fleets
Iveco has presented its vision for the use of Natural Power
to senior fleet decision makers representing 80 transport
and logistics companies from across the United Kingdom
Martin Flach, Iveco Product Director, explained: “We
have broken down the boundaries that made natural
gas a ‘niche’ segment, and we are seeing the booming
development of natural gas refuelling stations across
Europe. With Iveco’s Natural Power technology we also
have the benefit of a simplified after-treatment system,
meaning there’s no need for EGR, SCR, AdBlue or
particulate filters. Plus the reduced cost of natural gas
versus diesel translates directly into a lower total cost of
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GNL para camiones en Barcelona
nales del transporte, con sala de descanso, duchas, oficinas, restaurante y parking vigilado.
La estación de gas natural estará situada en una zona muy
próxima al Puerto de la ciudad y en la Ronda del Litoral,
lo que permitirá dar servicio a un número importante de
vehículos, tanto de la propia flota de Petronieves como
externos. De hecho, esta empresa tiene como objetivo
transformar 25 de sus camiones diesel a gas natural en los
próximos años.
El proyecto contempla la habilitación de un surtidor doble
de GNC para vehículos livianos y uno de GNL para camiones. Los equipamientos también incluirán un depósito de
GNL de 60 m3 y una bomba de pistones para el suministro
de GNC. Cuando la estación de gas natural esté operativa,
previsto para finales de año, esta instalación se convertirá
en la primera de suministro de GNL en la ciudad de Barcelona.
as Natural Fenosa y Petronieves firmaron un contrato para construir una estación de GNC y GNL
en la gasolinera que Petronieves tiene en la Zona
Franca de Barcelona. Esta estación, así como otras
de la red de Petronieves, está abierta las 24 horas y está
especialmente diseñada para dar servicio a los profesio-
Por el momento, existen 42 estaciones públicas de gas en
España, de las cuales 25 pertenecen a Gas Natural Fenosa. Otros municipios de Cataluña que ya cuentan con esta
infraestructura son Hospitalet de Llobregat, Viladecans,
Santa Perpètua de Mogoda y Abrera. Cataluña es la Comunidad Autónoma con más instalaciones de carga de GNL.
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GASNAM lleva el gas natural vehicular
a la Universidad Europea
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acuerdo para el desarrollo de enseñanzas de especialización y actividades de formación en el Máster
Universitario de Ingeniería de la Automoción, que la Universidad Europea ofrece entre sus diversas titulaciones.
Con el nuevo acuerdo, los alumnos de este Máster contarán con la experiencia de los profesionales de GASNAM
para conocer las ventajas del gas natural como combustible en todas las aplicaciones de la movilidad y su creciente
presencia en el panorama energético mundial.
objetivos de reducción de la huella de carbono.
A través de esta titulación, la Universidad Europea sigue
apostando por la innovación y ofrece a los estudiantes un
temario diseñado acorde a la realidad del sector en el que
participan profesionales de empresas e instituciones de
prestigio según sus necesidades. Orientada a la empleabilidad, esta titulación ofrece formación desde el punto
de vista técnico-práctico, de dirección de proyectos y de
producción, para alcanzar soluciones económica y técnicamente viables a los problemas actuales del sector de la
Los profesionales y titulados técnicos en alguna de las
ramas de la ingeniería que cursen el máster tendrán así
la posibilidad de conocer las ventajas que ofrece el gas
natural que, junto con el biometano de origen renovable,
constituye la única alternativa real, económica y ecológica
a los derivados del petróleo, particularmente en el transporte profesional terrestre y marítimo, para conseguir los
GASNAM fue creada en España en 2013, pero desde entonces ha extendido sus actividades a Portugal, representando los intereses ibéricos relativos al GNC y GNL en
todo tipo de movilidad. GASNAM mantiene un crecimiento
continuo, habiendo pasado de 30 miembros en enero de
2014 a los actuales 97, repartidos en las dos secciones
terrestre y marítima.
una posición líder, con más de 7.000 cisternas cargadas
en sus instalaciones del puerto ferrolano en 2015. Esos
envíos tuvieron como destino 140 puntos del noroeste
ibérico, donde las empresas pueden optar ahora por este
combustible gracias a la existencia de una regasificadora
gallega, que hace todavía más rentable el suministro por
su proximidad y disponibilidad.
Barcos pesqueros podrán cargar GNL de
camiones en Galicia
La flota pesquera gallega puede ganar competitividad y
eficiencia ambiental a través del uso de GNL como combustible.
En esa renovación cuenta con la ventaja de disponer de una
regasificadora en el puerto de Ferrol, desde donde partirán los
camiones cisterna que habrán de abastecer a los pesqueros.
Esta oportunidad ha sido puesta de manifiesto por el director de
Desarrollo de Reganosa, Rodrigo Díaz Ibarra, en una ponencia
presentada en Navalia, la Feria Internacional de la Industria
Naval de Vigo.
Díaz Ibarra expuso en la jornada sobre “El GNL como
combustible marítimo”, celebrada en Navalia. Reganosa es uno
de los dos gestores de infraestructuras gasistas reconocidos
por España y por la UE. La infraestructura de suministro de
GNL que conforme una cadena logística flexible y eficiente es
fundamental para el desarrollo del mercado, y es fundamental
hacerlo en el momento actual, ya que “las decisiones de
inversión que se vayan a tomar en nuevos barcos a GNL
dependerán de si los armadores disponen de una garantía de
suministro a un precio competitivo”, explicó el directivo.
En tal sentido relató la experiencia de la distribución de GNL a
través de cisternas para la industria, donde Reganosa ocupa
Rodrigo Díaz Ibarra relacionó el impulso que supuso la
implementación del GNL para la industria gallega con la
ventaja competitiva que para la flota pesquera supondría
apostar por este nuevo combustible. Por un lado, los
pescadores ganarían eficiencia económica gracias a
la reducción de los costes de combustible, y, por otro,
eficiencia ambiental al emplear los barcos un combustible
que produce menos emisiones contaminantes que los
convencionales. Al contrario que los buques de gran porte,
que precisan ser abastecidos de GNL a través de otro barco
de bunkering, los pesqueros podrán ser suministrados por
medio de camión cisterna y en cualquier puerto de Galicia.
La jornada estuvo organizada por GASNAM y Manuel
Lage, su Secretario General, fue el moderador de las tres
mesas redondas. En la primera sesión Cotenaval presentó
el diseño del nuevo ferry de Baleària, que pronto iniciará
su construcción en los astilleros de LaNaval de Sestao.
También participaron los fabricantes de motores MAN
Diesel & Turbo y Wärtsilä, y representantes de Energylab,
Bureau Veritas y Lloyd’s Register. La segunda mesa
apuntó a los barcos pesqueros gallegos. La jornada cerró
con el suministro de GNL y la posición privilegiada de la
península Ibérica en cuanto a su disponibilidad y logística
para abastecer a los buques que utilicen el combustible
en cualquier punto del litoral peninsular, y participaron
Reganosa, Endesa y Gas Natural Fenosa.
El Puerto de Cartagena se consolida como
referente en bunkering de GNL
Representantes del transporte marítimo, ferroviario y por
carretera participaron en la jornada organizada por el Puerto
de Cartagena, Enagás y GASNAM para la potenciación
del uso del gas natural como alternativa a otros tipos de
combustibles en el transporte. La jornada estuvo dividida
en cuatro apartados específicos: el primero, el impacto del
gas en la economía y en el medio ambiente, así como su
uso como transporte; el segundo como combustible en el
transporte marítimo; el tercero en el transporte terrestre por
carretera y ferroviario y el cuarto contó con la intervención de
la directora general de Energía y Actividad Industrial y Minera
del Gobierno Regional, Esther Marín, que abordó la evolución
y el futuro del gas natural en la Región de Murcia.
El director general de Infraestructuras de Enagás, Claudio
Rodríguez, destacó la experiencia de más de 45 años de la
compañía en el sector: “Con ocho plantas de regasificación
como la de Cartagena, la península ibérica cuenta con una
posición geoestratégica privilegiada y un extenso know-how
en el desarrollo de soluciones logísticas, que son claves
para el impulso del GNL como combustible alternativo en
el transporte”, señaló.
La Autoridad Portuaria de Cartagena fue la primera en
España en contar con un reglamento aprobado para el
suministro de GNL a buques desde camión cisterna. En
este sentido su presidente Antonio Sevilla señaló que en la
actualidad es el Puerto de referencia en bunkering de GNL
en el Mediterráneo y se quiere consolidar dicha posición,
promoviendo el uso de un combustible más eficiente como
es el GNL.
Hasta la fecha se han realizado operaciones de suministro
a los buques gemelos Kvitbjorn (Oso blanco) y Kvitbnos
(Delfín blanco), los mayores buques de carga general
que han repostado este tipo de combustible, y a varios
Por su parte, Manuel Lage, Secretario General de
GASNAM, subrayó el enorme potencial del gas natural
como combustible alternativo, el único capaz de dar
respuesta a todo tipo de transporte por carretera,
ferrocarril y marítimo.
HAM y Galp colaboran en nueva
estación de GNV en Madrid
vehicular. El Grupo HAM es un conjunto de empresas de
servicios, dedicada, entro otras actividades, al diseño, construcción y desarrollo de nuevos puntos de GNV.
Asimismo, la estación está próxima a la M-50 y a la zona
norte industrial de la Comunidad de Madrid y muy cerca
del aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas. Además, la
estación de servicio es un referente en esta área por estar
frente al Histórico Circuito del Jarama, sede de numerosos
eventos relacionados con el motor durante todo el año.
alp anunció el inicio del trámite de autorización
para la instalación y explotación de un punto
de carga de GNV en la provincia de Madrid. La
estación de servicio Jarama se encuentra ubicada
en San Sebastián de los Reyes (Madrid), en la Carretera
A1, KM 26,200. Su locación es de gran valor estratégico, ya
que se encuentra en la entrada/salida de la Capital por la
Autovía A-1.
Este punto de suministro será instalado con la colaboración
de HAM S.A, empresa líder y pionera en el sector del gas
HAM incorpora camiones Scania a GNL para
transportar gas criogénico
HAM, pionera en el uso del gas natural licuado en Europa,
cuenta actualmente con la experiencia y los recursos
necesarios para ofrecer el servicio integral del gas natural
licuado y comprimido, en sus diversas aplicaciones
(industriales, vehiculares y de distribución). Para realizar
dichos servicios cuenta con una flota de aproximadamente
150 vehículos que transportan el gas y a los que
recientemente se han incorporado dos unidades Scania.
Los camiones recién adquiridos, dos Scania G340 LA 4X2
MNA GNL con cabina CG19H, arrojan un par máximo de
1.600 Nm y cuentan con una autonomía de 1.000 km. gracias
a sus dos depósitos de GNL con una capacidad de 150 kg y
115 kg respectivamente. Estas unidades están realizando
transporte de gases criogénicos, ya que tienen el certificado
ADR para transportar mercancías peligrosas.
HAM, que opera con vehículos de GNL desde 1999 y utiliza su
Con la inauguración de este nuevo punto de repostaje,
que estará operativo el próximo otoño boreal, llegarán
significativas mejoras medioambientales a la provincia. La
estación de servicio Jarama se convertirá en la primera
estación de gestión propia de un operador energético con
GNV. De este modo, Galp ampliará su red de estaciones
que ofrecen este tipo de combustible, reafirmando su
apuesta por la instalación de puntos de suministro de
energías alternativas en sus estaciones de servicio de
propia red de carga, ha apostado por los vehículos a GNL
de Scania “por su fiabilidad y la calidad propia de la marca.
Los vehículos recién incorporados están dando buenos
resultados de consumo; creemos que el producto que nos
ofrece Scania está tecnológicamente avanzado. Esperamos
seguir colaborando con ellos”, comentó Víctor Bandera,
gerente de Logística de HAM.
El acuerdo, realizado a través de ScaITT, el concesionario
de Scania en Barcelona, también incluye servicios de
financiación así como un contrato de Reparación y
“Cubrimos todo el ciclo del gas natural y toda la compañía
está enfocada a una filosofía de trabajo implicada al 100%
con el gas. Por ello, nos beneficiamos del menor precio
del gas comparado con el diesel y nuestros conductores
saben sacarle el mayor rendimiento a estos vehículos y
valoran las ventajas que ofrecen como el bajo nivel de ruido
y la reducción de emisiones de CO2, entre otras”, agregó
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El Grupo Calvera participa en la
Conferencia Mundial del Hidrógeno
a Conferencia Mundial de la Energía de Hidrógeno
(WHEC 2016) reunió a los principales actores en el
desarrollo y la difusión del hidrógeno como vector
energético del 13 al 16 de junio. Investigadores,
técnicos y empresas procedentes de 50 países se reunieron en Zaragoza, España, por primera vez para la 21ª
edición de esta Conferencia Mundial.
El Grupo Calvera, una empresa española con una posición
de liderazgo internacional en el campo del almacenamiento y transporte de gas de alta presión, exhibirá un sistema
de transporte de hidrógeno único en el mercado, ya que
está aprobado tanto para el transporte terrestre como
marítimo, con una alta capacidad y una significativa reducción de peso. Además, ofrecen equipos de tecnología de
almacenamiento de hidrógeno y la logística necesaria para
que otras compañías desarrollen estaciones de servicio de
Calvera experimentó un cambio estratégico en su organización en función de su especialización en diferentes campos con el fin de satisfacer las demandas de los diversos
sectores. Mientras que estos segmentos presentan similitudes técnicas, hay una amplia gama de usuarios finales
y diferente comportamiento del gas. A tal fin, después de
una revisión en su imagen corporativa y una gran inversión
financiera y desarrollo de su capital humano, el grupo se
compone de tres divisiones principales: Calvera Industrial
Gases (soluciones integrales para gases del aire, gases
para los sectores de alimentos y medicinas), Calvera Gas
Technology (división especializada en GNV y biogás, con
un fuerte impacto en soluciones logísticas integrales para
introducir el GNV como alternativa al diesel y GLP) y Calvera Hydrogen.
En cuanto a la tercera división, la empresa invirtió mucho
para impulsar su especialización en soluciones basadas
en el hidrógeno como vector energético. Gracias a su experiencia en equipos H2 para el sector industrial, cuenta
con una posición de liderazgo en el campo. Cabe mencionar que Calvera es administrador de la Fundación para el
Desarrollo de Nuevas Energías de Hidrógeno en Aragón y
que participa activamente en proyectos nacionales e internacionales en relación con la aplicación de H2 como fuente
de energía, lo que hace que sea una entidad líder en el
desarrollo de la economía del hidrógeno.
En este respecto, colabora y ofrece su experiencia, así
como sus capacidades técnicas y de fabricación, a empresas de tecnología que actualmente desarrollan productos
vinculados al hidrógeno, como estaciones de servicio, generación de hidrógeno a través de aplicaciones de electrólisis o de pilas de combustible.
La principal contribución de Calvera al campo, gracias a su
experiencia y sus capacidades de cálculo y construcción,
es su alta especialización en la prestación de soluciones
logísticas a medida, sobre la base de los volúmenes de H2
a ser comprimido, transportado, almacenado, distribuido
y consumido en las diferentes etapas. Del mismo modo,
la empresa muestra un fuerte compromiso con la generación de energía a partir de fuentes renovables y su uso
generalizado en la sociedad en general y en el sector del
La EMT de Madrid
incorporará más de 80
nuevos buses a GNV
l operador de transporte de la capital española
con sus aproximadamente 3,2 millones de habitantes es un usuario a largo plazo de combustibles
alternativos en sus autobuses. Hasta ahora, el
uso de vehículos a gas natural ha hecho posible reducir
las emisiones en más de un 80%. Con su orden de 82
Mercedes-Benz Citaro NGT (Natural Gas Technology), la
empresa municipal EMT de Madrid continúa apostando en
esta tecnología respetuosa con el medio ambiente.
Los vehículos en cuestión son 40 buses Mercedes-Benz
Citaro a gas natural articulados con una longitud de 18
metros, así como 42 vehículos rígidos también a gas natural y con una longitud de 12 metros. El nuevo Citaro NGT
con motor a gas natural establece estándares en términos
de aceptabilidad ambiental y confort. Está aprobado sin
restricciones para el uso de gas natural renovable según
DIN 51624. Esto hace que logre una huella de carbono aún
menor, ya que la unidad prácticamente no genera emisiones de CO2.
Además, el nivel de ruido del motor a gas natural es notablemente menor que el de un motor diesel similar. Depen-
diendo del estado de conducción, sus emisiones de ruido
son de hasta 4 dB (A) inferior. Ambos factores – bajas emisiones de CO2 y bajo nivel de ruido – hacen que el nuevo
Citaro NGT sea especialmente adecuado para dar servicio
en el centro de ciudades transitadas, así como áreas residenciales o distritos de la vieja ciudad con gran número de
turistas. En Madrid, los nuevos autobuses a gas de Mercedes-Benz operarán en la ciudad, incluyendo una de las
principales avenidas de Madrid, el Paseo de la Castellana,
que está en el centro de la capital española.
La pieza central del nuevo Citaro NGT es el motor a gas
natural Mercedes-Benz M 936 G. Con una cilindrada de
7,7 litros, es actualmente el motor a gas más compacto
de su clase: pesa sólo 747 kg, incluyendo el precatalizador. Se basa en el moderno motor turbodiesel OM 936. El
motor mono-combustible instalado verticalmente de seis
cilindros en línea funciona con gas natural comprimido o
biogás. Tiene una potencia de 222 kW (302 CV) a 2000 rpm
mientras que entrega un par máximo de 1.200 Nm consistentemente desde 1200 hasta 1600 rpm.
Gobierno Vasco apoya
extensa ruta europea
con camión a gas
ransordizia es la primera empresa europea de
transporte internacional que logró atravesar Europa con un camión que utiliza exclusivamente GNL.
Es un hito para esta empresa de Irún y el resultado de un proceso de innovación que viene impulsando
desde 2013 y que hasta ahora les había permitido realizar
rutas de prueba de menor distancia –porque solo tenían
600 kilómetros de autonomía- al norte de Italia, Francia,
Holanda y Bélgica, pero esta es la primera ocasión en la
que lograron completa la ruta hasta Hamburgo, Alemania.
En 2014 adquirieron un camión Iveco 330 GNL con el que
realizaron pruebas en rutas peninsulares. Pero la falta de
autonomía impedía realizar rutas internacionales, por lo
que a principios de 2016 incorporaron un nuevo tanque sobre esa unidad, duplicando su autonomía a 1.300 kilómetros. Este mes, tras varios viajes de prueba, Transordizia
pudo completae su primer viaje a Alemania desde Madrid
para lo que repostó en las únicas estaciones del trayecto
que ofrecen GNL, ubicadas en Madrid, Olaberria (Gipuzkoa)
y Amberes (Bélgica).
compañía europea con una flota de camiones a GNL para
transporte internacional en Europa.
Este es el primer paso de un objetivo más ambicioso por
el que Transordizia adquirirá toda una flota de camiones a
GNL. Es un proyecto para el que ha contado con el apoyo
del Ente Vasco de la Energía (EVE) que está promoviendo
la utilización de gas como combustible sustitutivo del diesel. Este proyecto convertirá a Transordizia en la primera
El lanzamiento del recorrido, el pasado 4 de julio, contó
con la presencia de la consejera de Desarrollo Económico y
Competitividad del Gobierno Vasco, Arantza Tapia; el director de Energía, Aitor Oregi; y la directora general del EVE,
Pilar Urruticoechea. En representación del Ayuntamiento
de Irún, estuvo su delegada de Movilidad, Cristina Laborda.
En estos momentos la firma está abordando los hitos que
corresponden al periodo 2016-2019, inicialmente con el
pedido de cinco unidades del nuevo modelo de Iveco. Pero
el objetivo de Transordizia es la adquisición progresiva de
25 camiones de la marca Iveco GNL que requerirá de una
inversión de 2,5 millones de euros, con una creación prevista de empleo de entre 30 y 40 puestos de trabajo.
2016, JULY
EU awards nearly €30 million
grant to Axègaz LNG station
Skangas bunkers the world’s
first LNG-powered icebreaker
Skangas has made the first delivery of LNG for Polaris,
the world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker. Polaris is a
dual-fuel icebreaker using LNG as the primary fuel and
diesel as a reserve fuel. The world’s most environmentally
friendly icebreaker was bunkered from two LNG road
tankers at Helsinki’s Vuosaari Harbour on June 18–19,
2016 before her first sea trial on LNG.
The LNG Motion project, initiated by Axègaz, is included
on the proposed funding decision by the European
Commission to be awarded with a €27.8 million grant from
the Connecting Europe Facility for Transport (CEF-T). The
LNG Motion Action aims to pave the way for a large scale
rollout of LNG fuelling stations for truck transport along
the TEN-T core network corridors. The proposed Action
fits with the European Union (EU) policy to reduce CO2
emission and support the use of alternative fuels.
This initiative encompasses a study to evaluate the
commercial, operational, technical, regulatory and
environmental aspects of LNG fuelling in truck transport.
In addition, the feasibility of using bio-LNG as a fuel option
and a standardized LNG fuelling payment system will be
Axègaz will perform a real-life trial in which 42 LNG fueling
stations are built across Europe. The stations will be
located along the TEN-T core network corridors covering
France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland,
Spain, Italy, Hungary and Romania. In addition, 200 LNG
trucks will be deployed across the EU to gather data, while
400 more will be invested in, outside of the scope of this
Action. Results of these real-life trials will facilitate the
large scale rollout of LNG fuelling across Europe after the
project period.
“Polaris will provide a major increase in security for
Finland’s winter navigation – with an added bonus of
being powered with environmentally friendly LNG. We
are determined to ensure the efficient and reliable yearround operability of shipping for Finland’s businesses,”
said Jarkko Toivola, Head of Winter Navigation Unit at the
Finnish Transport Agency.
“Polaris represents a new generation of Baltic Sea
icebreakers. The special hull design and propulsion
arrangement coupled with high power ensure the best
icebreaking capacity in the Baltic Sea as well as excellent
manoeuvrability,” commented Esko Mustamäki, Managing
Director of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, builder of Polaris.
“This is the world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker. LNG is
excellently suited for use as a marine fuel as it’s a great
alternative to oil, and being environmentally friendly is
one of its strengths. Once Finland’s first LNG terminal is
opened in August, the vessel can also be bunkered directly
from the terminal, or bunkering can take place from road
tankers at ports around the country,” added Skangas Sales
and Marketing Director Tommy Mattila.
Port of Santander undertakes
project to promote LNG
The budget was highly oversubscribed, and the European
Commission selected only the projects with the highest
European added value. “A large scale European network
coverage combined with a big fleet of heavy goods vehicles
will enable to convince the market of all the environmental,
technical and economic benefits of LNG as a near-future
massive fuel for massive transport,” said Edouard de
Montmarin, Business Development Manager, Axègaz.
The proposed funding decision must now be formally
approved by the Connecting Europe Facility Coordination
Committee, which will meet on 8 July 2016. Adoption of the
decision by the Commission is expected for end July 2016.
The Seagas project, which has a budget of 1,127,000 euros
and the financial support of the European Commission,
seeks to carry out a feasibility study to build LNG storage
facilities in the ports of Roscoff (France) and Santander
(Spain) to supply ships and also in Santander for trucking
fleets. The initiative also involves the Chamber of
Commerce of Morlaix, Roscoff port concessionaire, the
Government of Cantabria through the Technological Centre
in Integrated Logistics and Brittany Ferries, the project
The project is scheduled to be developed in three phases.
In the first stage a parking area for LNG tanker trucks
–for bunkering the ships- must be created in the port
lands. The second phase involves the construction of fixed
storage tanks in each of the two ports, of LNG bunkering
capacity for the ships and associated piping cryogenic
connection, in addition to natural gas supply for truck
fleets at Santander port. During the last phase, a facility
would be built in the pier to allow the bunkering of fixed
deposits though barges by sea.
Vessels operating in the English Channel, the North Sea
and the Baltic inside Emissions Controlled Zone (ZEC) in
Northern Europe will be subject to Marpol Regulation and
the related European Directive 2012-33 which provide for
a drastic reduction in the emission levels of sulfur in the
atmosphere from 2015.
In this scenario, the shipping company Brittany Ferries is
preparing a project to build a new cargo and passenger
ferry that would sail between Spain, the UK, France and
Ireland and would use LNG as fuel. Given the routes that
would make the new ship is considered desirable place two
ports to build LNG storage facilities: the port of Roscoff, in
France, and the Port of Santander, in Spain
Spain: first LNG dual fuel tug
launched in Catalonia
On July 4 at Gondan Shipyard in Figueres, in the province
of Girona, at high tide, the first dual fuel tug ever built in
Europe, according to the shipyard, – and the first of a series
of three currently under construction for the Norwegian
shipowner Østensjø Rederi – has been successfully
Designed by the Canadian company Robert Allan, the new
escort tug, with 40.2 meters length and 16 meters beam,
will provide tug services to Norwegian state-owned energy
company Statoil, at the far-north terminal located at
Built to withstand freezing cold, the vessel is shaped
specifically to grant full operational availability at
temperatures of 20 degrees below zero and combines
environmental sustainability trough the use of LNG in
most of its operations, with the flexibility of diesel power to
ensure a high level of operational security.
For the next few months, this new vessel will be moored at
the Yard’s quay while being outfitted according to the best
shipbuilding standards, until completion, when she will be
ready for the thorough sea trials and her following delivery
in 2017.
2016, JULY
Second pan-European
deployment of hydrogen
refuelling infrastructure
“Today marks a significant day in the future of European
transport,” said Ben Madden, Director, Element Energy and
project coordinator for H2ME 1 and H2ME 2. “Our aim has
been to help bring the key businesses and public bodies
investing in hydrogen mobility in Europe together to work
on the common goal of making hydrogen-fueled transport
a reality in Europe.”
New hydrogen refuelling
station in GothenburgStockholm corridor
On June 14 it was launched the second pan-European
deployment of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, and
passenger and commercial fuel cell vehicles. The six-year
H2ME 2 project brings together 37 partners from across
Europe. It will include the deployment and operation of
1,230 fuel cell vehicles, the addition of 20 extra hydrogen
refuelling stations (HRS) to the European network and will
test the ability of electrolyser-HRS to help balance the
electrical grid.
The project has been developed under the auspices of the
Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) initiative and supported
by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH
JU) with funding from the European Union Horizon 2020
program. The H2ME 2 project will complement and build
on a first FCH JU-funded project developed by H2ME
partners, H2ME 1 (, with plans for 300 fuel
cell vehicles and 29 HRS. Together, the H2ME projects will
form the largest EU funded project for hydrogen mobility
and fuel cell vehicle deployment.
The €100 million H2ME 2 project, funded with a further €35
million grant from the FCH JU, will significantly expand
the European hydrogen vehicles fleet and in so doing,
aims to confirm the technical and commercial readiness
of vehicles, fuelling stations and hydrogen production
techniques. H2ME 2 will produce recommendations and
identify any gaps that may prevent full commercialization,
as well as collating results to support future investments.
Together the H2ME 1 and H2ME 2 projects demonstrate the
breadth and depth of the commitment to hydrogen-fuelled
road transport as a pan-European solution to the need to
have viable, competitive, alternatives to fossil fuels.
PNel Hydrogen Solutions (formerly branded as a part
of H2 Logic) has entered into an agreement with the
City of Mariestad for the sale and construction of a
H2Station®. The hydrogen fuelling station will be located
in the strategic Gothenburg-Stockholm corridor, and will
complete the last leg in connecting the Scandinavian
capitals. It is part of the EUR 100 million H2ME 2 project,
co-funded with EUR 35 million from the public private
partnership Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
“The City of Mariestad is actively pursuing a strategy of
increasing use of renewable energy and fostering a local
industry within new technologies. The new hydrogen
fuelling station is an important step, as it enables use of
hydrogen as fuel for vehicles and creates a platform for
new activities within renewable hydrogen production and
energy storage. In addition, the new station in Mariestad
will provide hydrogen fuelling in the strategic transport
corridor between Gothenburg and Stockholm, enabling
hydrogen vehicles to make the cross-country drive
between the two cities, for the first time”, said Jacob
Krogsgaard, Division Manager of Nel Hydrogen Solutions.
The project includes a turn-key installation of a
H2Station® including services & maintenance and will
be owned by the City of Mariestad. The agreement has
a contract value exceeding EUR 1 million and will be
delivered in the fourth quarter of 2016.
“We started working with the H2ME-2 program during the
second half of 2015. We are happy to announce the first
H2Station for Marienstad, and will continue to work under
the same program to deploy more stations in the Nordic
region”, Krogsgaard concluded.
Toyota Mirai arrives
at Spain
Four units of the Toyota Mirai, which uses hydrogen as an
energy source for propulsion and emits nothing but water
vapour, will be exhibited and tested by those attending the
XXI World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC) during the
four days of the event, which will be held at the Palacio de
Congresos in Zaragoza from 13 to 16 June 2016.
It will be the first time this sedan can be seen in Spain,
where it is not currently commercialized due to the
absence of a specific plan of promotion and development of
hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. Throughout the Spanish
territory, today there are five hydrogen refuelling stations.
The Toyota Mirai is already sold in Japan and the United
States since the end of 2014 and 2015 respectively, and in
various countries of Europe: it began in UK, Germany, and
Denmark and subsequently expanded to Belgium, Sweden
and Norway. The Netherlands will join in late 2016.
The Mirai works by combining hydrogen and oxygen in the
fuel cell stack where the electricity that powers the
electric motor and drives the Mirai is generated. Its range
is similar to that of gasoline vehicles and refuelling time is
only 3 to 5 minutes. Using hydrogen as an energy source to
generate electricity, Mirai achieves a unique environmental
performance, without CO2 emissions and pollutant
emissions throughout their cycle of use, providing
autonomy and ride comfort at the same level as any other
model with gasoline engine.
2016, JULY

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