What is considered to be the biggest biomethane refuelling station is expected to be opened near Bristol by the end of the year. On completion, the biomethane refuelling station will be the world’s largest, capable of refuelling 80 trucks per hour.
The new refuelling station is situated at Avonmouth near the junctions of the M4 and M5 motorways, an area widely regarded to have the busiest freight routes in the country. This site was chosen to increase coverage of South West England and South Wales and the location is ideally suited to serve the distribution centres for companies like Farm Foods, Hermes, and Warburtons.
The project is undertaken by CNG Fuels, which currently has six similar refuelling stations spread across the UK. CNG Fuels have plans to construct a further fourteen refuelling stations by the end of 2022. The CEO of CNG Fuels, Mr. Philip Fjeld predicts that by the end of 2025, 10% of all HGV fleets will be running on biomethane fuel. It is hoped that the construction of the refuelling station will encourage fleet operators to make the switch from diesel fuels.
The European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive regards biomethane derived from manure as a carbon-negative fuel. As a result, CNG Fuels is presently sourcing manure-derived biomethane to develop fuel for Heavy Goods Vehicles, thereby reducing the countries carbon footprint.
The methane released by manure will no longer be released into the atmosphere but consumed by trucking. Biomethane is regarded as the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly replacement for diesel fuels available at present. Cost savings are expected to be as high as 40% and carbon emissions reductions of nearly 90%. Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) contribute to 4.2% of the UK’s carbon footprint.
Biomethane is 100% manufactured from food waste and regarded as a low-carbon fuel. The revised Renewable Energy Directive of the EU considers biomethane from manure a carbon-negative fuel. It is expected that the UK will adopt these rules come 2022.