- ETI project to build knowledge of natural gas as a HDV fuel
- Project built a software tool to calculate the well-to-motion greenhouse gas emissions of natural gas powered vehicles
- Findings were used in the ETI’s HDV efficiency programme - which sought to increase the fuel efficiency of UK HDV’s up to 30%
Natural gas is a potential long-term substitution for existing liquid fuel based technologies in heavy duty vehicles, but more research is required to assess the economic likelihood of this pathway. The software tool that Element Energy developed will calculate the total greenhouse gas emissions (known in the industry as “well to motion”) and the subsequent associated costs for different gas production pathways. It also considered how the influence of product development over time could influence the cost, performance, technology choices and the market take-up of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas.
Element Energy, the strategic energy consultancy specialising in the analysis of and technical insights into low carbon energy markets was the prime contractor delivering this year long £300,000 contract. They were joined with sub-contract support from University College London, one of the world’s leading universities, CNG Services Ltd, providers of consultancy and project management services in relation to the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel and Strateco AB, a commercial advisory and research company with 30 years of experience in heavy and light duty natural gas vehicles.