Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

UK study on alternative fuels for transport granted EU support

Creation date: October 16, 2013

The European Union will support with over €5.7 million from the TEN-T Programme a study to test the potential use of Bio-Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel for heavy goods vehicles (HGV). It contributes to the realisation of the "Railway/road axis Ireland/United Kingdom/continental Europe" (TEN-T Priority Project 26) and will also comprise a live trial to test the findings.


The study, which was selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, supports the decarbonisation of road freight transport in Europe via the rapid deployment of Bio-LNG as an alternative fuel for the HGV fleet, where emissions per vehicle are greatest.


Bio-LNG is rapidly emerging as a more environmentally friendly fuel for the transport sector and its uptake is encouraged by the European Union.


The study will test the use of Bio-LNG in a full live trial with HGV fleet operators in the UK, with detailed monitoring of fuel and traffic throughput. Five open access Bio-LNG refuelling stations will be deployed and tested in Thurrock, Avonmouth, Livingston, Wakefield and Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT).


Testing will also be extended to continental Europe via two mobile refuelling stations, building local demand for open access refuelling on top of the initial demand from UK based operators.


The final report will condense the pilot's results as well as presentthe three main topics of the study:


1) progress on standards

2) business model

3) roadmap for deployment of Bio-LNG across the TEN-T network


The study is set to be completed by the end of 2015.