LNG-Motion project nominated for a 27.8 million Euro grant

8-07-2016

The LNG-Motion project, in which PitPoint participates, was nominated by the European Commission for a grant of € 27,800,000 from the infrastructure fund Connecting Europe Facility for Transport (CEF-T). This project intends to pave the way for a massive roll-out of LNG truck filling stations through-out Europe.

The grant budget made available by the European Commission for new technologies and innovation in transport was heavily oversubscribed. Nevertheless, the Commission decided to make almost half of its budget of EUR 60 million available to the LNG-Motion project. This is due to the high added value this will have for Europe. The subsidy will be formally adopted by the Connecting Europe Facility Coordination Committee by the end of July. The LNG-Motion project is the initiative of Axègaz in cooperation with Mabanaft, GCA and PitPoint. Hezelburcht assisted the partners in their application.

Practical research

Research is done in the LNG project into the commercial, operational, technical, regulatory and environmental aspects of the use of LNG in road transport. In addition, the potential of bio-LNG will be examined, as well as a standardized method of payment for refuelling. For the implementation of this ´real-life´ research, 42 LNG filling stations will be built throughout Europe. The stations will be along the trans-European road network TEN-T that traverses the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Italy, Hungary and Romania. As many as 200 LNG powered trucks will be deployed to collect data throughout the EU. In addition, besides this project, another 400 LNG powered trucks will be invested in. With the results of this study, a large-scale roll-out of LNG tanks will soon be possible across Europe.

LNG much cleaner than diesel

The subsidy to the LNG-Motion project fits in with the European Union’s policy to reduce CO2 emissions by promoting the use of alternative fuels. Natural gas, in compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) form, has already proven itself as a clean fuel for road transport. At this time, truck transport (especially done by diesel vehicles) is responsible for approximately 5% of the total CO2 emissions in the EU. LNG reduces greenhouse gases such as CO2 by approximately 15% and the emission of particle emissions and NOx is up to 90% less compared to diesel. This makes LNG an excellent fuel, both for climate control and for a direct improvement of air quality.