Pilot deployment of a smart (bio-)LNG/CNG network in Flanders, investigating an innovative ‘mobile CNG pipeline’ concept
The Action contributed to extend the supply of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuelling stations in Belgium. A LNG/CNG refuelling network based on the innovative concept of "virtual ‘mobile CNG pipeline" was developed. This consisted of the production of CNG and LNG centrally followed by the road transport of L-CNG to several satellite CNG stations.
The Action tested a first pilot network consisting of a central LNG/CNG station and a satellite CNG station. The first satellite station was located in Hoboken, next to Antwerp, close to the Rhine Alpine and North Sea Mediterranean Core Network Corridors. The location of the central station was defined during the Action but was located also, along the Core Road Network.
The satellite station was initially fed by the existing station in Kallo. The pilot network was the subject of a study that validates the technical, economic and ecologic viability of the concept. The Action analysed the possibility to expand the concept on a larger scale, seeking to overcome any remaining market limitations and barriers targeting both light and heavy-duty traffic.