Selected for funding under the EU’s TEN-T Annual Call 2013, a study and pilot for the development of alternative refuelling infrastructure on the main Dutch highways will be supported with over €3.9 million (USD 4.1 million). Project 2013-NL-92062-S is to be completed by December 2015.
The project’s ambition is to pave the way to the European deployment of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) / Liquefied Bio Gas (LBG) as a fuel for medium and long haul road transport. To this end, the project will pilot the construction of five LNG/LBG refuelling stations on the main highways connecting The Netherlands to Germany and Belgium, namely in Nieuwegein, Heteren, Veghel, Utrecht and Geldermalsen.
The project will also address the lack of operational data on LNG/LBG use, which often refrains transport service providers from switching to the alternative fuel. 75 LNG/LBG-powered trucks operated by different companies will be equipped with a data collection system providing the necessary information on the trucks and the stations. The data will feed into new business models based on LNG/LBG use.
The project’s outcomes will contribute to European renewable energy targets by establishing an operational market for LNG within a short period of time and sharing best practice with industry and other transport stakeholders at the European level.
The project was selected for TEN-T funding under priority ‘Decarbonisation/substitution or environmental cost reduction’. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.
The TEN-T Programme was established by the European Commission to support the construction and upgrade of transport infrastructure across the European Union.