LNG as an alternative fuel: Steps towards the European implementation

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In the current discussion about alternative energy supply and strategies in Europe, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) comes to the fore. Today the LNG share in the global gas trading is at about 30 %, in Europe at only 15.5 %. Most notably LNG is used in industry and pipeline feeding. For the use of LNG as fuel, which could reduce the dependence on oil, there are currently only limited supply options for end users. The infrastructure is still in a developing stage. The aim of this work is a detailed analysis and assessment of the developments around the implementation and applications of LNG. With specific focus, the potential of LNG as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets and ships is being investigated. For this purpose, an extensive literature research was carried out in a first step. There is an impressive amount of work and projects in order to break through these barriers and to implement LNG as alternative energy and fuel source. Currently in Europe there are 38 LNG filling stations, which supply about 200 trucks and buses. Due to stringent emissions requirements, the LNG-powered ship market has grown in the last decade. About 20 ships are already in transit on the coast of Norway. For inland vessels LNG as fuel in Europe is still banned, but nevertheless there are currently operating two barges with a certificate of exemption between Basel and Rotterdam. The results of this paper should point to the problem areas as well as the potentials for LNG as fuel and make a significant contribution for further implementation steps.
Period23 Apr 2014
Event titleEnergy Quest 2014
Event typeConference
LocationEkaterinburg, Russian FederationShow on map