Critical Issues Workshop: Chickens and Eggs

| Belgium, Brussels | Source: Dr. Jeffrey M. Seisler, CEO Clean Fuels Consulting

Chickens and Eggs: Opportunities, Challenges & Strategies Building the NGV Infrastructure – 7-8 December 2011. Brussels, Belgium.

The fourth in a series of Critical Issues Workshops, this workshop discusses the age-old philosophical conundrum in a natural gas vehicle (NGV) context: “What comes first, the chicken or the egg”.  Despite the NGV market being the fastest growing amongst all the alternative fuels, this conundrum still persists: no fuel, no vehicles. The event will be held at Le Chatelain Hotel, Brussels, Belgium.

The purpose of this ‘Critical Issues Workshop’ is to identify, discuss and understand what can be done and is being accomplished to speed the development of the NGV fuelling infrastructure. The workshop will bring together a wide range of stakeholders from the natural gas vehicle industry sectors – fossil and renewable methane, compressed and liquefied — to discuss the challenges, successes, and strategies of establishing national and regional NGV fuelling networks.

A dynamic mix of participants from all facets of NGV transportation – NGV customers, compressor station entrepreneurs, CNG cylinder manufacturers, leading transportation and energy policy makers from the European Commission  – will workshop their way through best practices, policies and conditions needed to foster the breaking of the chicken and egg syndrome for NGVs.

Under inspection will be:

  • National Business Models & Strategies
  • State-of-the-art Fuelling Station Standards
  • Cost Reduction Strategies
  • Alternative Infrastructure Strategies: Mobile fuelling; L-CNG; BioMethane & CH4-H2 blends.

The workshop will culminate in a session entitled ‘Final Discussion & Conclusions: Pathways to Growth & Sustainability’.

The outcome will be a fuelling station strategy paper, based upon what is presented and discussed in the sessions, highlighting the strategic options that address the growth of NGV infrastructures, to help make it happen sooner than later. The workshop results also will provide input to related NGV studies currently being done by the International Gas Union, the United Nations Working Party on Gas, and the European Business Congress.

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