Analysis finds increased demand, identifies challenges.
America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) commissioned TIAX, a laboratory-based technology development company with a focus on clean energy, to carry out an analysis of the U.S. and Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Market. It was found that, while there are cost and infrastructure challenges to the broader use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles, demand for natural gas vehicles has increased. Using 2009 numbers, it was found that the amount of natural gas demanded for transportation use is 3.2 billion cubic feet, the equivalent of 27.7 million gallons of gasoline.
The analysis is described as a thorough and independent assessment of the key technical, economic, regulatory, social, and political factors and challenges that shape the market for natural gas vehicles.
The report will be released in portions over several weeks, however the first two segments, addressing CNG and LNG infrastructure, are available now. In them, TIAX discusses the “chicken and the egg” issues confronting the natural gas industry; namely, are more natural gas vehicles needed to spur infrastructure development or is more infrastructure needed to be developed so that more natural gas vehicles can be put to use?
According to the study, the cost to build a public access fast-fill CNG station could range between $650,000 and $1,000,000 — the latter figure includes built-in compressor redundancy. A time-fill station suitable for a back-to-base fleet of forty vehicles could cost about $675,000.
Successful implementation of LNG infrastructure will minimize costs in the LNG supply chain.TIAX will release other portions of their study in the coming weeks and months.
ANGA says natural gas vehicles offer incredible opportunities and this report from TIAX is a good assessment of what has been achieved while laying out a roadmap for future development.
The CNG and LNG segments can be found on ANGA’s website.