Biogas Lorry Trial gets underway

09 August 2017

A large-scale trial featuring 81 biogas-powered delivery vehicles of varying sizes is about to begin across the UK.

Led by industrial gas company, Air Liquide, the biogas lorry trial is funded by the Department for Transport’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), in partnership with Innovate UK.

The project involves five different sizes of HGV, ranging from 12 to 44 tonnes.

Three different biogas fuels will be deployed – biomethane, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Part of the trial will be to measure the CO2 reductions of each type of fuel to determine which gives the greatest savings compared to traditional diesel trucks.

The trial will also test the effectiveness of a refrigerated trailer using a cryogenic liquid nitrogen cooling system, which is also expected to reduce CO2 emissions and improve air quality.

Several haulage operators are involved in the trial, including Kuehne + Nagel, Wincanton, ASDA, Brit European, Howard Tenens and Great Bear.

Cenex, the Loughborough-based centre of excellence for low carbon technologies, is to manage data analysis for the project.

“The project aims to demonstrate lower-emissions technology innovation into the UK’s logistics industry and HGV fleets, which account for 17% of all UK road transport emissions,” said Steve Carroll, Head of Transport at Cenex.

“Working in partnership with Air Liquide, the project lead, Cenex will manage all data analysis and project dissemination, update a dedicated gas vehicle hub website, and organise informational workshops for participating fleet operators and interested members of the industry.”

Air Liquide is an established company in the biogas market, operating more than 50 bio-LNG/CNG refuelling stations across Europe.