HAM Group has designed, installed and commissioned its third HAMikro refueling station, which allows the refueling of biomethane (renewable natural gas) derived from the treatment of wastewater. The facility, owned by Aqualia, is located in the municipal water service facilities that the company has in Lleida, in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region.
The installation consists of a fuel compression system using a low flow compressor, a structure that allows the storage of biomethane in high pressure cylinders and a pump that is responsible for supplying this source of energy to vehicles.
The HAMikro service station is part of the innovative SMART Green Gas project, co-financed by the European Union, with the aim of generating domestic renewable biofuels for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.
The wastewater reaches the sewage treatment plant from the drains, dishwashers, washing machines, etc., of the homes of the Lleidans where it is transformed into a valuable resource, where CO2 and H2S are selectively eliminated. The gas attains a quality that can be used as fuel for the automotive industry, with beneficial effects such as the reduction of the carbon footprint.
This project implies an important impulse in the research and creation of alternative fuels in the automotive sector, thanks to the production of renewable and 100% autochthonous gas, which in turn allows advancing the development of a circular economy and in the construction of resilient cities.
Grupo HAM is are committed to innovation in order to be at the forefront of all activities related to liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) and vehicular natural gas, setting a benchmark for developing, through its R+D+i department, actions linked to the creation, development and start-up of projects such as the HAMikro service station.
During this year HAM will carry out more than 30 projects related to natural gas, a clean and sustainable alternative fuel, which allows to reduce the emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and fine particles, thereby achieving a lesser negative impact on the environment, compared to fossil fuels.