Spanish Supermarketeer Expands Natural Gas Fleet

| Spain: Tavernes Blanques

Mercadona Iveco TransporterMercadona, a Spanish supermarket chain, together with its transport suppliers is planning to invest a further EUR 4m (USD 5.12m) in clean energies. As part of their efforts to foster sustainable transport and good air quality, the company is set to incorporate 40 natural gas-propelled lorries in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. Read more »

Port of Barcelona is Converting Straddle Carriers to LNG; Establishes Marine LNG Strategy

| Spain, Barcelona

APM Terminal BarcelonaApplus+ IDIADA, a provider of design, testing, engineering, and homologation services to the automotive industry worldwide, is working with the Port of Barcelona on an adaptation project that will see two of the Port’s straddle carriers converted to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) operation. Engine modifications are being completed and in-field testing is expected to be underway before year end. Read more »

Castile-León Aims for 1 Million Tonnes less CO2 with Natural Gas Fuel

| Spain, Valladolid

Traffic emissionsSeveral efficient energy models for reducing the impact of the transport sector upon air quality are being debated around the globe. At a seminar in Spain, the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation in partnership with the Regional Government of Castile and León renewed their partnership agreement aimed at fostering awareness initiatives and encouraging energy efficiency and rational energy use. Read more »

European Study Shows Renewable Gas Can Achieve Net Zero GHG Emissions by 2050

| The Netherlands, Groningen

“…there is a role to play for renewable gas in the form of bio-CNG/LNG, as an efficient, sustainable and scalable alternative to other energy dense fuels.”

A new study — Gas for Climate : How gas can help to achieve the Paris Agreement target in an affordable way — published by the Gas for Climate initiative, sets out a plan to meet the Paris Agreement target in a cost-effective way. It focuses on using renewable gas in existing gas infrastructure for the heating of buildings, to produce dispatchable electricity as a complement to wind and solar, and to fuel heavy transport. Read more »

New Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Calculator Launched by Argonne

| USA, Washington DC

HDV Emissions Calculator (logo)Argonne National Laboratory has launched the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Calculator (HDVEC) at a presentation at FedFleet 2018 in Washington, DC. NGVAmerica President Daniel Gage says: “This calculator demonstrates that allocating funds to deploy low-NOx natural gas vehicles provides the best way to deliver immediate and cost-effective NOx reductions and air quality benefit.” Read more »

Alt-Fuel Opportunities in BC Cleantech Funding

| Canada, Vancouver BC

GFS dual-fuel Cat Haul TrucksIn British Columbia, the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) has entered into a Trusted Partnership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) that will fuel cleantech innovation in BC’s energy, mining and forestry sectors. As stated on the NRCan website, alternative-fuelled vehicle projects qualify for inclusion. Read more »

Californian Quartet Drafts Dairy Biomethane Solicitation

| USA, Los Angeles CA

Cows walking to the afternoon milkingFour Californian gas suppliers are seeking to promote the State’s renewable natural gas (RNG) industry and clean energy by issuing a draft solicitation for dairy biomethane pilot projects under California Senate Bill (SB) 1383. Proposed projects must demonstrate an ability to capture and process biogas from dairy cows to produce renewable natural gas, which can replace traditionally sourced natural gas for fueling vehicles and other energy requirements. Read more »

Eurocargo Natural Power Meets Murcia’s TLX

| Spain. Murcia

Iveco Eurocargo Natural Power for TLX MurciaGinés Huertas Industriales, the official Iveco dealer in Murcia, has delivered a Eurocargo Natural Power model powered by natural gas to Murcian company Thermologic Express (TLX). The controlled temperature logistics company will use the refrigerated truck for urban distribution throughout the Mediterranean region of Spain. Read more »

Renfe Commences LNG Passenger Train Trials in Spain

| Spain, Madrid

Renfe Prototype LNG passenger trainThe first traction tests in Europe of a train powered by liquefied natural gas are underway in Spain. The tests, conducted on the line between Mieres and Figaredo, will analyze the potential environmental and economic advantages that natural gas can provide in rail transport using non-electrified lines. in atendance for the launch were Spain’s Minister of Development, Íñigo de la Serna, and Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, Álvaro Nadal. Read more »

Tata Motors and Westport Fuel Systems Aim for Bharat Stage VI

| Canada and India

Westport Fuel Systems Inc. entered into a development and supply agreement last week with India’s Tata Motors Limited for their 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder natural gas spark-ignited commercial vehicle engine family to meet the Indian Government’s new Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) emission standards, scheduled to take effect in April of 2020. Read more »