16 December 2013
BOC and Stobarts break new ground with help from Technology Strategy Board funding.
BOC, the UK's largest supplier of compressed and liquefied gases, and logistics specialists Stobart Group welcomed Jon Horsley, lead technologist, low carbon vehicles, from the Technology Strategy Board to Eddie Stobart's new liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling station near Warrington, Cheshire.
As part of a £23m programme coordinated by the Technology Strategy Board, and designed to encourage road haulage operators to switch to low-carbon commercial vehicles, this state-of-the-art, dedicated LNG refuelling station in Appleton Thorn is now on-stream. The funding provided by the Technology Strategy Board was matched by an investment from Eddie Stobart, enabling it to operate a fleet of 20 new dual fuel Volvo tractor units from the site. Other LNG fleet operators may also access the station installed by BOC.
The refuelling station forms part of a project to track both the usage of LNG and the reduction in CO2 emissions and employs innovative ‘zero loss' refuelling technology, developed by BOC, a member of the Linde Group. This uses cryogenic cooling to ‘temperature-condition' the fuel just prior to dispensing, which prevents leaks.
What are the benefits of using LNG?
Dual fuel is an innovative technology that allows natural gas to be used in conjunction with diesel, reducing the total consumption of diesel and cutting CO2 emissions. LNG typically accounts for up to 60 percent of total fuel consumption for a dual-fuel vehicle.
Diesel produces around 2.6 kg of CO2 for every litre burned, whereas LNG when used with diesel in a dual fuel vehicle typically reduces CO2 emissions between 10 and 14 per cent.
Phil Spittle, Eddie Stobart general manager for fleet compliance, added: "The Technology Strategy Board grant, matched by our own investment, has helped drive forward our commitment to sustainable distribution. The transition from diesel to BOC's dual fuel technology has been extremely smooth and has allowed us to help stimulate innovation in the logistics sector. The use of dual fuel vehicles is an exciting development and will support the increasing need for Eddie Stobart and its customers to reduce their carbon footprint."