UK Bio-Gas Filling Station Network Grows

Gasrec is opening its first bio-gas filling station in the west country, UK.
Published: Sun 25 May 2014

Gasrec, Europe’s leading supplier of liquefied gas fuel for transport will be launching a new ‘open-access’ bio-LNG filling station in the South West, at Junction 24 of the M5 on 1 June.

The new low emission station is part of a growing national network and will initially supply around 30 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) run by a number of existing Gasrec customers. The station’s strategic location is expected to receive much interest from existing Gasrec and other retail and distribution customers using the M5 to access business in the south west.

Cut fuel costs and pollution

The facility and others in Gasrec’s network will help HGV fleet operators cut fuel costs and pollution. This will also help the government to meet its long term carbon reduction targets and improve air quality.

Ben Sawford, Gasrec’s chief commercial officer, says that they already have the support of many existing customers. According to Mr Sawford, many transport fleet operators recognise the need to make substantial cuts in their emissions. While HGVs only represent one per cent of UK road vehicles, they produce a disproportionate 20% of carbon emissions from UK road transport and a significantly higher proportion of the more dangerous particulate matter and other noxious elements.

Developing a network

Gasrec is working closely with retail and distribution customers to develop a network of bio-LNG filling stations across the UK. As the infrastructure grows it provides businesses with the confidence to significantly increase their use of low emission bio-LNG for deliveries across the country.

Last year, the company secured European funding through the TEN-T programme to develop, by the end of 2015, five ‘open-access’ stations in the UK - and two mobile stations in continental Europe.

The Bridgewater site will be a state-of-the-art pumped LNG filling station, supplying the company’s proprietary low emission bio-LNG fuel. The flexible and modular facility will have the capacity to supply up to 80 vehicles per day although it will ultimately be expanded to replicate Gasrec’s Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal near the M1, which is now capable of fuelling up to 700 gas vehicles daily.

Benefits of bio-gas

Biogas can be an alternative to conventional transportation fuels. The benefits of biogas are similar to the benefits of natural gas. Additional benefits include:

  • Increased Energy Security—Biogas offsets non-renewable resources, such as coal, oil, and fossil fuel-derived natural gas. Producing biogas creates employment and benefits local economies.

  • Fewer Emissions—Biogas reduces emissions by preventing methane release in the atmosphere. Methane is 21 times stronger than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.

  • Better Economics—Biogas reduces the cost of complying with combustion requirements for landfill gas.

  • Cleaner Environment—Producing biogas through anaerobic digestion reduces landfill waste and odors, produces nutrient-rich liquid fertilizer, and requires less land than aerobic composting.

Research and development efforts are reducing the costs of biogas production and purification, producing higher-quality natural gas from biogas, and evaluating the performance of biogas-fueled vehicles.

The world market for biogas plants is projected to reach US$8.9 billion by 2017, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts Inc. Growth will be driven by a number of factors including volatile gas and oil prices, increased government focus on renewable energy production, legislation encouraging the production and utilization of biogas and an increasingly stable supply of biogenic raw materials.