The meeting of the General Assembly of ECO-GATE, has agreed on concrete innovative solutions that it will develop and implement in the 21 gas stations that are going to be launched in Spain, France, Portugal and Germany. The project falls within the framework of the European plan of global action for the development of sustainable mobility, an initiative led by Nedgia, the natural gas distribution company of the Gas Natural Fenosa group.
In the same session, ECO-GATE also approved its new logo and visual identity that it has already begun to implement in its dissemination plan.
Among the different innovative solutions ECO-GATE has decided to apply are:
- technological and operational innovations to carry out improvements in the infrastructure of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG), being fuels and logistics services that are intended to make the loading of vehicles more efficient and to reduce the costs of operation of the service stations;
- real pilots with advanced solutions for the conversion of vehicles to CNG and LNG, to improve their efficiency, reduce costs and improve performance;
- development of a universal payment platform; and
- implementation of real pilots of the use of renewable gas (hydrogen and biomethane) in mobility.
The new logo approved by the General Assembly plays with green and blue in reference to the sustainable energy that represents the use of natural gas in mobility. The symbol reflects the efficiency and environmental attributes of natural gas in an environment marked by the need to reduce pollution and advance in decarbonisation.
Representatives of the 25 participating companies from Spain, Portugal, France and Germany, attended the General Assembly meeting that took place at the headquarters of NEDGIA in Madrid.
The European Union approved €10 million euros for the ECO-GATE project involving a consortium of natural gas operators, technology and service providers, end users and experts in market knowledge and promotion. The project involves the construction of 21 gas stations in the Atlantic and Mediterranean corridors of the road network of Spain, France, Germany and Portugal. For this, the financing that ECO-GATE has is distributed among the four countries, and will allow the development of gas stations in Barcelona, Girona, Burgos, Madrid, Murcia, Salamanca, Irún, Tordesillas, La Junquera, Córdoba and Cartagena, Lisbon, Setúbal, Maia, Aveiro, Tours and Heddesheim, among other cities.
ECO-GATE will make possible the rapid and massive deployment of conventional and renewable natural gas thanks to a significant reduction of the unit cost and to a better understanding and greater knowledge of the needs of the customers. Participants include natural gas operators NEDGIA, Enagás Transporte, Dourogás Natural, Endesa Energia, Galp Energia, Repsol, Gas Natural Europe, Inversora Melofe and Molgas Energía; technology and service providers Cetil Dispensing Technology, Soltel It Solutions, Cidaut Foundation, Evarm Innovation, Universidade de Tras-Os-Montes and Alto Douro, Imdea Energy Foundation, Audigna, Ghenova Ingeniería and Madisa; final users : Correos and San José López; and the following experts in market knowledge and promotion: GASNAM, Port Authority of Gijón, Port Authority of Huelva, University of Santiago de Compostela and Soulman Insightful Thinking.
The project has the support and interest of the Ministry of Industry of Spain and the General Direction of Energy and Geology of Portugal, in addition to the Spanish Gas Association (SEDIGAS) and the European Association of natural gas and renewable gas for mobility (NGVA Europe).
Nedgia is the natural gas distribution company of the Gas Natural Fenosa group in Spain, where it is present through 11 distribution companies.
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