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Calor earns RTFCs from imported bio-LPG, plans to go electric

Mon 19 March 2018 | Back to news list

Calor is breaking new ground by claiming Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates for bio-LPG imported from the Netherlands. Calor is reported to have taken delivery of bio-LPG produced from biomethane that is a by-product of Finnish biofuels producer Neste’s biodiesel plant in Rotterdam. “We’ll be claiming RTFCs for these, and in addition we’ll be claiming for Greenhouse Gas Certificates on the imported LPG from April, under the recently revised GHG Directive, when that scheme is expected to launch for the transport sector,” said Paul Blacklock, head of strategy at Calor.

Calor is a major supplier of LPG to non-road mobile machinery such as forklift trucks, and has been promoting LPG as a clean fuel in road transport to help tackle GHG and air quality issues in the UK. The road transport sector is likely to be a keen buyer of bio-LPG to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and particulate emissions from other fuels such as diesel.

Bio-LPG, is a new, renewable fuel that is chemically identical to LPG but created from renewable, ethically sourced feedstocks, such as organic plant materials, vegetable oil and animal fats. Crucially, this means it is a ‘drop-in’ fuel. So there’s no need to replace any equipment, appliances or your supply infrastructure if you’re currently using LPG to help fuel your fleet. Vehicles using Bio-LPG can achieve CO2 savings of between 50 to 80 per cent when compared with conventional LPG.

Calor has been promoting LPG and methane gas for use in a range of vehicles including taxis, vans and trucks. Calor will soon be trialling the a world first, a range extended electric truck developed by electric vehicle manufacturer EMOSS.. The technology uses LPG to drive the vehicle’s on-board range-extending electric generator, providing charge for the batteries powering the truck. The technology promises to increase a vehicle’s battery-only range from 40 to 250 miles, as well as offering the potential for GPS ring-fencing to cut emissions to zero when operating in city centres.

Calor are due to start piloting the first prototype unit in their own cylinder fleet later this year. As the UK government continues to pursue transport fuel strategies that can improve operational efficiencies and cut emissions.

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