Iveco Natural Gas Fleet the Culmination of Waste-to-Biomethane Initiative

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The methane molecule symbolises the initiative culminating in a biomethane-powered fleet. (Image: Sydeme)

Iveco S.p.A, a Fiat-owned industrial vehicle and bus manufacturing company based in Turin, Italy, has delivered 34 natural gas vehicles (NGVs) to Sydeme, the public company in charge of the management of domestic waste in Moselle-Est (north-east France). The vehicles consist of six Fiat Professional vans (four Fiorino and two Doblò) and 28 Iveco vehicles which were on display during the ‘Journee Filiere BioMethane’, a day dedicated to biomethane production and valorization, held October 23 in Forbach.

According to Sydeme, the event highlighted the combination of innovative technologies on the same site: bio-waste methanisation from a multi-stream collection, biogas treatment, injection of biomethane into the public network, a public biomethane station and a fleet of gas-powered vehicles.

The Iveco fleet is made up of three Daily — multi-purpose light utility vehicles ranging from 3.4 to 7.0 t — and 25 Stralis, the Iveco flagship product of the heavy range, from 19 to 44 t.

The fleet is supported by a GNVERT high-speed public filling station, providing both CNG and biomethane fuel. Fully powered by biomethane, this fleet enables 100% carbon-free driving, emitting very low noise, particles and NOx. Not using Diesel, the reduction in fuel costs could reach 40%.

Clément Chandon, Product Director at Iveco France, said on the occasion of the partnership with Sydeme: “By selecting Iveco, the European leader in NGV vehicles, Sydeme has chosen to diversify from Diesel with a technology which is the cleanest, the most multi-purpose and the most profitable”.

This technology is available for all tonnages up to 44 tons and ensures, with its silent operation, an optimal working environment and minimal inconvenience for local people. The advantageous cost of CNG enables rapid return on investment and the low carbon content, enables a reduction of CO2 emissions of approximately 10%.

Sydeme’s Méthavalor plant in Forbach, is designed to transform the domestic waste brought by the Iveco NGV fleet, into electricity, hot water, renewable fuel and compost suitable for organic agriculture. Earlier this year (April), Air Liquide delivered its first biogas purification unit to the Méthavalor facility for the injection of biomethane into a natural gas network.

Thanks to the biomethane produced by Sydeme, the ‘greenhouse effect’ output of the vehicles becomes neutral. Iveco says no other technology, currently in existence or within the development stages, is able to offer a comparable output: the transportation of a useful load of up to 29 tons for 300 to 700 km without increasing the greenhouse effect or compromising the air quality whilst reducing noise-related disturbances.

The Cursor 8 NGV engine of the Stralis trucks is made in France. It is produced in the FPT Industrial (Fiat Powertrain Technologies) factory located in Bourbon-Lancy (Saône-et-Loire).

(This article primarily compiled using information from an Iveco press release)


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