Air Liquide has launched France’s (and Europe’s) first multi-energy station in Fléville-devant-Nancy, about 350 km east of Paris. Open to the public and dedicated to road freight transport, the station supplies vehicles with compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), and liquid nitrogen (N2 ) on a single site. CNG and LNG power trucks are used for urban deliveries. Nitrogen is meant for trucks fitted with a cryogenic refrigerating unit for food refrigerated transport.
Air Liquide cites three major benefits of these fuels: as clean energies, they reduce fine particle and CO2 emissions, specifically when CNG and LNG are supplied from renewable resources (RNG); engine noise is also significantly lower, which is a true asset for urban and peri-urban deliveries, especially at night, and they are more economical, with a lower cost price per mile than diesel.
The station will provide fuels to the truck fleet running on LNG/CNG and on nitrogen for refrigerated transport of Transalliance, a European transport and logistics company. Those trucks are used for deliveries in urban areas on behalf of Samada, Monoprix’s logistics subsidiary.
Air Liquide designed the station, operates the infrastructure, and distributes the fuels. This new station, which should supply 80 trucks over time, is in line with Air Liquide’s strategy in support of clean mobility.
(Source: Air Liquide)