The national conversation around improving air quality on the UK’s roads looks unlikely to diminish anytime soon. However, with road transport firms in Leeds fearing the imposition of a clean air zone in less than two years could put them out of business, many organisations are asking what sustainable solutions there are available to help them achieve the stringent reduction in NOx emissions required.
Indeed, firms in Leeds have called for a slowdown in clean air zone proposals that could see non-Euro 6 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) facing daily fines of £100 from 1 January 2020. With 28 other local authorities under the same pressures, a range of new measures are underway that will help the UK’s transport and logistics industry move towards a greener future.
The world’s first LPG range extender
One of the latest innovations developed by electric vehicle manufacturer EMOSS is the world’s first LPG range extended rigid all-electric truck. The new technology will help to improve air quality on the UK’s roads. The technology uses LPG to drive the truck’s on-board range extending electric generator, providing charge for the batteries powering the truck.
Calor is due to start piloting the first prototype unit in its own cylinder fleet later in 2018, so usage data can be checked against claimed figures. But, as the UK government continues to pursue transport fuel strategies that can improve operational efficiencies and cut emissions, the LPG range extender represents an exciting opportunity for the transport and logistics sector in the future.
The technology looks set to provide the capability to increase a vehicle’s battery-only range from 40 to 250 miles, as well as offering the potential for GPS ring-fencing to cut emissions to zero when operating in city centres.
BioLPG: a fuel for the future
Another key solution for the transport and logistics sector is BioLPG. A new, renewable fuel from Calor, BioLPG is chemically identical to conventional LPG but created from renewable, ethically sourced feedstocks, such as organic plant materials, vegetable oil and animal fats. As a result, BioLPG acts as a ‘drop-in’ fuel, with no need for operators to change any equipment, appliances or supply infrastructure if you’re currently using LPG for a HGV fleet.
Fleets using dual fuel technology can, therefore, immediately begin taking advantage of BioLPG and start realising instant savings, with no need for a separate supply chain. Those looking to convert from alternative fuels such as diesel will realise the benefits are even greater still.
On the LPG element of dual fuel technology, vehicles using BioLPG can achieve CO2 savings of between 50 to 80 per cent when compared with conventional LPG.
BioLPG’s manufacturing process involves transforming a diverse range of feedstocks into biofuels. During manufacturing, the feedstocks undergo a series of complex treatments, and are combined with hydrogen in a process called hydrogenolysis. This separates and purifies their energy content, resulting in advanced biofuels.
During the biodiesel refining process, a variety of waste off-gases are produced. For every 100 units of biodiesel, five additional units are generated as an off-gas stream. This is then purified to create BioLPG, which is identical to conventional LPG and can be used by the transport and logistics sector.
Feedstocks used in the production of Calor BioLPG by NESTE are verified with International Sustainability and Carbon Certification.
With the development of Calor BioLPG and the potential of EMOSS’ new LPG range extender technology, there are a range of sustainable solutions available for the transport and logistics industry that should help fleets meet environmental targets, both now and in the future.
Posted on: May 3rd 2018