Messer has partnered with GNVERT, a subsidiary of ENGIE that specialises in the distribution of alternative fuels, to develop green solutions for customers in the refrigerated road transport segment.
ENGIE recently inaugurated the Courneuve natural gas station in France. For the project, Messer provided the station with liquid nitrogen bunkering solutions for heavy good vehicles (HGVs), carriers and semi-tractor trailers, equipped with a cryogenic refrigeration units.
With the number of deliveries in town centres increasing, Liquid nitrogen-based cryogenic refrigeration units represent an innovative and effective solution for addressing the new demands of unban logistics. The liquid nitrogen produces a green and silent cold that doesn’t emit particulates, nitrogen oxides (NOx) or carbon dioxide (CO2), making it possible to carry-out night-time deliveries whilst respecting residents and the environment.
Philippe Van Deven, General Director of GNVERT, explains, “This partnership not only offers new prospects for the development of alternative fuels in the refrigerated transport segment, but also increases productivity for our customers by making it possible to bunker natural gas fuel and liquid nitrogen at the same station.”
Nicolas Denis, President of Messer France, comments, “Faced with the increasing demands of transporters, we figured out, together with our partner ENGIE, a way to offer bunkering points and to make it possible to deploy this innovation. It [the solution] responds to environmental concerns that France and its local communities must address.
Plans have been made to duplicate this model at several other ENGIE stations.