Like hydrogen, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is seen as a major contributor for the energy transition. LNG has a range of applications, including operating as a greener and more environmentally friendly fuel.
The LNG mobility industry has developed massively in recent years. LNG is thus used as a fuel and provides an alternative to diesel. The marine & offshore sector is already using LNG for commercial transport, for example. However, land mobility is also increasingly turning to this greener energy. Indeed, LNG represents a considerable potential as the new clean fuel for land transport.
LNG is ideally adapted to the transport sector as it offers many advantages. It is the most economical and environmentally friendly fuel on the market for road transport, it ensures a long driving range for driving anywhere in Europe, it allows up to 50% less noise pollution and a net reduction in CO2, Nitrogen Oxide and fine particle emissions. Furthermore, filling up with LNG is as quick and easy as filling up with diesel. Finally, LNG is cheaper at the fuel station than diesel. In comparison with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), which is also widely used for transport, LNG has the key advantage of being a “long distance” fuel.
The development of the LNG Mobility industry in Europe:
More and more companies are turning to LNG and are converting their truck fleets to this energy. Among them, Jacky Perrenot, France’s leading mass distribution transporter, is now equipped with 600 LNG-powered trucks. Major brands such as Ikea, for example, will now be delivered by LNG trucks.
However, the increasing number of LNG vehicles requires a developed network of refueling infrastructures. In this respect, Italy has the best charging facilities with almost 1,400 stations, followed by Germany with more than 800. France, meanwhile, only has 127 stations today, but this figure is expected to increase considerably in the coming years. Thus, the key players of the LNG market are turning towards the LNG mobility industry. Total is very interested in Natural Gas for Vehicle (NGV) and is committed to developing a European network of 450 stations supplying NGV by 2025.
Although LNG is clean and environmentally friendly compared to traditional fuels, it is still a fossil fuel. Thus, the Bio-LNG sector is also developing. In the Netherlands, Shell has begun the construction of its bio-LNG plant, which will eventually be distributed in the country’s network. Bio-LNG comes from the conversion of biogas extracted from organic waste. In this process, the pure methane is separated from the biogas and liquefied into bio-LNG. As a result, bio-LNG is a 100% CO2-neutral fuel.
In the current context of the energy transition, LNG mobility will certainly play an important role. Thus, Surfeo supports companies in their diversification plans with a certified methodology and adapted objectives to their needs.
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