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The Future is Small Scale, Which is a Big Deal

For the September ’19 issue of LNG Industry, LIQAL’s CEO Jorg , explains how technological developments, along with an increase in distribution infrastructure, are enabling the transition from diesel to more sustainable alternatives such as LNG and bio-LNG.

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The future is small scale, which is a big deal. Diesel must go. The transport sector wants to accelerate the decarbonisation of transportation fuel and reduce dependency on oil-based fuels. Why? Because there is no future for these polluting fuels. Strict environmental regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower fuel prices are the main drivers for providing a clean alternative to diesel. LNG is an attractive ecological and economic alternative for heavy transport and is well-placed to meet new supply demands.

The challenge is to act quickly and improve the availability of fuelling infrastructure for end users like heavy-duty trucks and ships. For companies like LIQAL, one way to achieve this is to go small.

Small scale LNG is the big thing for the future according to LIQAL. The Dutch LNG technology developer has seen a tidal change in the industry and firmly believes that LNG is the next station on the road to decarbonisation.
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ŠKODA presents natural-gas-powered SCALA G-TEC at Berlin’s CNG Mobility Days 2019

ŠKODA is introducing the most eco-friendly variant of its new compact model at the CNG Mobility Days in Berlin (24/25 June 2019): the ŠKODA SCALA G-TEC. This natural-gas-powered SCALA completes the engine roster for the new compact model, adding a particularly efficient and eco-friendly variant. The 1.0 G-TEC has a peak output of 66 kW (90 PS), with three CNG tanks enabling a range of around 410 kilometres in natural-gas mode, according to preliminary data. Combined with the nine-litre petrol tank, this makes for a total range of around 630 kilometres. The new ŠKODA SCALA G-TEC will enter showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2019

SKODA SCALA G-TECChristian Strube, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development, explains: “Natural gas will play a key role in ŠKODA’s engine portfolio over the coming years in order to lower CO2 emissions. Our natural-gas engines are becoming more and more popular with our customers because of their low emissions. And anyone driving a ŠKODA SCALA G-TEC will in future also benefit from comparatively low fuel costs in many countries.”

ŠKODA is building a range of eco-friendly natural-gas models. The new ŠKODA SCALA G-TEC joins the OCTAVIA G-TEC as the second natural-gas-powered model in the ŠKODA model range. The new SCALA G-TEC is powered by a three-cylinder turbo with a 1.0-litre displacement and an output of 66 kW (90 PS). Its maximum torque of 160 Nm is transmitted via a 6-speed manual gearbox. The SCALA G-TEC is specifically designed for CNG use and complies with the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. CO2 emissions are reduced by around 25 per cent compared to running on petrol, with considerably lower nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions as well and no particulates.
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SEAT receives the “Energy and Sustainability” award

The Spanish Gas Association (Sedigas) recognised SEAT for its commitment to natural gas as an alternative fuel
Luca de Meo accepted the award at an event attended by José Domínguez Abascal, Secretary of State for Energy from the Ministry of Ecological Transition
SEAT is currently working on projects to obtain renewable gas for its vehicles

SEAT receives awardThe Spanish Gas Association (Sedigas) recognised SEAT for its commitment to natural gas as an alternative fuel
Luca de Meo accepted the award at an event attended by José Domínguez Abascal, Secretary of State for Energy from the Ministry of Ecological Transition
SEAT is currently working on projects to obtain renewable gas for its vehicles

Sedigas acknowledged the company’s firm commitment to natural gas as an alternative fuel for sustainable mobility. At present, SEAT is the European carmaker with the broadest range of vehicles fuelled with compressed natural gas (CNG), with three models produced in the brand’s Martorell factory: the Leon, Ibiza and the Arona, the only CNG powered SUV in the world. In 2018 the company tripled its sales of CNG vehicles and announced an investment of 6 million euros to enlarge the Martorell factory capacity in order to increase the number of gas driven vehicles it produces daily from 90 to 250.
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Gas filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles rapidly increasing in Sweden

Monday saw the opening of Gasum’s first filling station with liquefied natural gas and biogas in Sweden. The number of filling stations is now set to greatly increase in Sweden in the coming year.

Alternatives to diesel are increasing in popularity on the fuel market as carbon dioxide emissions need to be reduced in Sweden and Europe. Several fuel companies are now investing in liquefied natural gas and biogas, thus planning to build many stations in the near future. One of them, Gasum, opened their first station in Sweden on Monday. It is their next step towards the 50 stations Gasum has planned in the Nordic countries. The new network of stations is a necessity in the transition to cleaner fuels for heavy-duty vehicles. Gasum has four filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles in Finland alread
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LNG France present in SiTL 2019

From March 26 to 28, LNG France will participate in the 36th edition of the SITL Europe (Semaine Internationale du Transport et de la Logistique), one of the main European meeting places for transport and logistics, which this year will feature the presence of more than 500 companies.

LNG-FRANCE-GRUPO-HAMSiTL brings together all the innovative products and services dedicated to the transport of goods, the logistics industry and the supply chain. In the fair are represented various areas of experience in freight transport: modal transport (road, maritime, rail) and specialized (temperature controlled, hazardous materials, urban…), information systems / RFID (software TMS and WMS), supply chain management, infrastructure, real estate, transport equipment (fuels, embedded systems, tires), robotics and intralogistics.
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CNG-powered Leon now available with a new 1.5 TGI Evo engine

Advanced 1.5 litre Miller-cycle engine to maximise the benefits of CNG
Smart integration of three compressed natural gas tanks boosts range in CNG-only mode to 500km without compromising practicality and driveability

SEAT CNG Leon TGI EvoThe new Leon TGI Evo – built at SEAT’s Martorell facilities – continues the success of the Leon TGI and Leon ST TGI but advances the technology to make it even more relevant to the market and further push the uptake of CNG-fueled vehicles. SEAT is at the heart of the CNG trend, with compressed natural gas variants of the Ibiza, Mii and recently released Arona pushing adoption, and now joined by the Leon TGI Evo and Leon ST TGI Evo.

The Leon TGI Evo’s advanced turbocharged four-cylinder, direct-injection 1.5 litre engine, (based on the TSI petrol engine of the same capacity), integrates an advanced stop-start system, the latest generation of variable turbine geometry turbocharging systems and a Miller cycle combustion process to maximise efficiency and performance.
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MAN Lion’s City G awarded by the German gas industry

The German gas industry has awarded the MAN city bus with its newly developed E18 gas engine at the 2018 Innovation Prize ceremony. The jury was won over by its economical and environmentally friendly overall concept in combination with the MAN EfficientHybrid hybrid module.

man_LionsCityGThe gas version of the new MAN city bus generation, which celebrated its world début at this year’s IAA Commercial Vehicles trade show in Hanover, features the completely new E18 engine series. Compared to its predecessor, the gas engine offers higher torque with lower displacement, making it both more powerful and more compact.
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ŠKODA SCALA run on natural gas

The world premiere of the ŠKODA SCALA will take place on 6 December in Tel Aviv / Israel.The new hatchback model will enter the market as early as in the first half of 2019.

skoda-scala-cngThe all-new model offers a high level of active and passive safety, full-LED headlights and tail lights, plenty of space for luggage and passengers, as well as numerous Simply Clever features.
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Alexela to open first LNG fuel station in the Baltics

In November, Alexela is planning to open LNG fuel station in Jüri, first of its kind in the Baltic region.

Alexela_logoLNG is more and more used in the world as a fuel for heavy goods vehicles. Its main advantage in the transport sector – lower level of air pollution than diesel and significantly lower price – approximately up to 25 000 Euros a year per vehicle, which is a big plus for freight carriers. The importance of reducing air pollution has already become critical for the whole transport sector. Rather severe air emission limits, which until now were applied only to passenger cars, are according to the proposal of the European Commission on May 17, considered to establish also on heavy goods vehicles. In addition, Europe has set a goal to link cost of tolls with air emissions. All these steps are related to an ambitious plan of shifting the whole transport sector to cars with zero and low CO2 emission.
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ŠKODA OCTAVIA G-TEC now boasts a new more powerful 1.5 TSI engine

Exclusively available with a COMBI body and the Active, Ambition or Style equipment lines, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA G-TEC achieves a range of 480 kilometres in its more eco-friendly pure CNG mode.

ŠKODA OCTAVIA G-TECThe new 1.5-litre engine in the ŠKODA OCTAVIA G-TEC has an output of 96 kW (130 PS) – 15 kW (20 PS) more than its predecessor. Thanks to variable intake valve timing with Miller cycle operation, it is also very efficient. In CNG mode, CO2 emissions are reduced even further, by around 25 per cent compared to petrol, with considerably lower nitrogen oxide (NOx) output and no particulate emissions. As a result, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA G-TEC complies with EU6d-TEMP, the most stringent current emissions standard, making it an eco-friendly alternative to cars running on conventional fuels.
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