Gasrec, the UK’s first commercial producer of liquid biomethane (LBM) fuel, will provide the fuel for five Sainsbury trucks to be fitted with Genesis Dual-Fuel technology supplied by Clean Air Power, the developer and provider of natural gas combustion technology for heavy duty diesel engines. (Earlier post.)
Sainsbury's started a trial of Clean Air Power’s technology in August 2007 and in August 2008 began to operate one of its Mercedes-Benz Axor Euro 3 vehicles fitted with Clean Air Power technology, running on Gasrec’s fuel.(Earlier post.) The vehicle runs daily to Sainsbury’s new flagship green store in Dartmouth, Devon from the Sainsbury’s Emerald Park depot near Bristol.
Sainsbury’s has named this initiative “Running on Rubbish” and is keen to increase its experience of operating these vehicles with a view to expanding the use of biogas within its fleet in the future.
Liquid biomethane is a commercially competitive and environmentally sound fuel that can be directly substituted for natural gas. The UK Government considers biomethane to be one of the most sustainable biofuels in terms of impact on resource depletion in relation to alternatives such as biodiesel and ethanol. Biomethane also has the lowest carbon intensity of all commercially available biofuels - in heavy goods vehicles, using biomethane can save up to 60% in CO2 emissions on a well-to-wheel basis when compared with diesel fuel. One tonne of LBM is also equivalent to 1,200 liters of diesel, which is sufficient to fuel a 44-tonne heavy goods vehicle for an entire week.
Gasrec supplies the fuel by tanker in liquid form for bunkered storage, proving an solution for applications where vehicles operate on a regular back-to-base cycle.