The UK’s first open access Bio-LNG filling station, built by Gasrec, is launched today, marking the start of a nationwide investment in infrastructure that seeks to reduce transport emissions.
The station has been launched in an official opening ceremony by Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Department for Transport, Norman Baker MP.
The launch marks the start of a nationwide investment in infrastructure seeking the ultimate prize of wiping out nearly two-thirds of the nation’s heavy goods vehicle (HGV) emissions.
Gasrec’s groundbreaking new facility in Daventry is the first of its kind. It will lead to significant cuts in pollution and fuel costs; allow gas-powered or dual-fuel trucks to use Bio-LNG; and will operate in a similar way to a traditional petrol station.
Bio-LNG is Gasrec’s proprietary blend of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquid biomethane (LBM) – a natural, green source of renewable energy produced from organic matter such as household food waste. The company is Europe’s largest producer of this fuel.
Transport Minister Baker said, “The innovation shown by Gasrec and its partners in projects like this can help the UK meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets while creating green jobs to build the economy.”
“This announcement represents a significant step towards achieving carbon and air quality benefits and I am very pleased that demonstration fleets from the Government’s Low Carbon Truck Demonstration Trial will be refuelling from this site.”
Gasrec Commercial Development Manager, Doug Leaf, said, “The launch today is a very proud moment for everybody at Gasrec. It clearly shows how our technology, innovation and ambition are leading the way to shrink pollution and costs for the UK’s HGV haulage fleet.”
“It is a pleasure to see our service not only saving customers significant sums of money but also helping them to play their part in protecting the environment. Big haulage companies are working and investing with us because they understand this intrinsic value.”
“This is the important first step of a journey which we have high hopes will be a national success story,” he added.
Compared with pure diesel equivalents, Bio-LNG can cut fuel costs by 20-30% and CO2 by a minimum of 20%, while delivering a 90% reduction in NOx and particulate matter emissions.
Running the UK’s HGV fleets on Bio-LNG could cut haulage emissions by up to 65%, according to a report by consultant Ricardo AEA.
Daventry is the first site identified by Gasrec as part of its national Bio-LNG refuelling network planned to be up and running by the end of 2015, helping the UK meet its 80% greenhouse gas reduction target by 2050.
The Daventry site is capable of fuelling up to 250 HGVs a day in the first phase from three Bio-LNG dispensers. The second phase will increase that capacity to up to 700 vehicles. Gasrec will provide training and support to drivers. This will initially be carried out at the station, before customers’ own teams are able to train their colleagues.
Fuel is stored at -160ºC and is pumped through vacuum-insulated pipework all the way to the dispenser nozzles. A five-person Gasrec team will staff the station 24-hours a day. The company is specifically looking to serve multi-location logistics organisations and in the last 18 months has already installed eight refuelling stations at customer sites. Clients include B&Q, Sainsbury’s, and Tesco.
Established in 2003 to develop a system to produce Bio-LNG, Gasrec leads the gas fuel market as Europe’s only producer and distributer of Bio-LNG.
A proprietary fuel derived from landfill gas, anaerobic digestion and other sources, Bio-LNG is a mix of liquefied biomethane (LBM – 15%) and liquefied natural gas (LNG – 85%). The future-proof fuel promises carbon and cash savings for commercial vehicle operators across the UK.
Gasrec was established in 2003 to develop the system to produce Bio-LNG. Today, the organisation also supplies, installs and manages dedicated on-site refuelling facilities for its transport customers.
Bio-LNG is delivered in liquid form and dispensed either as liquid or compressed gas. Unlike other forms of compressed gas, refuelling facilities do not need to be next to a high pressure gas main.
Gasrec’s liquefied biomethane production plant in Albury, Surrey, is capable of producing more than six million litres of diesel equivalent a year. The plant is located next to a large municipal landfill site and the gases from the decomposition of organic waste are cleaned and liquefied. The fuel produced is guaranteed to be at least 96% biomethane and no more than 4% nitrogen.