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One of Europe’s fastest growing markets
Efforts to improve air quality and reduce emissions produced by petroleum-based fuels continue throughout Europe. In addition, there is a strategic objective of reducing dependence on oil for all energy uses and applications. All this, as well as the economic and energy security advantages, is encouraging all countries to further adopt alternative fuels for road and marine transport:
CNG, LNG, Biogas, Dual Fuel, Hydrogen, Hybrids, express this trend in real life, which is gaining momentum in the Iberian Peninsula, one of Europe’s fastest growing markets regarding the use of alternative fuels and the related industry. The Iberian region has a leading position in Europe since it has 42% of the LNG continental storage capacity in regasification plants, distributed in its 6 active plants (the Spanish gas system has 7 of the 23 existing in Europe). Moreover, Spain is one of the European Union countries with the strongest supply security, receiving gas from more than 10 different sources.
10-14 June at IFEMA
AltFuels Iberia 2019 will be held at the IFEMA Trade Fair Center, in Madrid, featuring first level conferences and exhibition of vehicles of all kinds, supply stations, components, plants, engines terrestrial and marine, as well as the entire alternative fuels industry universe showing the latest technological developments, with multiple networking & business options, and new advances. The event seeks to explore and strengthen economic ties among key decision makers, fostering high-level business meetings with the latest alternative fuel technology.
It is organized by AltFuels Communications Group, a publishing company and event organizer with wide experience in the natural gas sector worldwide, which publishes the NGVjournal.com newsletter, various specialized digital magazines and specific events: from the AltFuels Mexico of this year up to 4 biennial events of NGV Global, 6 of NGVA Europe, 3 of NGV Italy and several more in different countries of Latin America. AltFuels Communications Group was dedicated from the beginning to the natural gas for vehicles industry and development and expanded, in recent years, to the entire alternative fuels market.
We put all our experience and know-how at the service of the alternative fuels industry. The event will have the support of different national and international associations of the sector, and with the special collaboration as co-organizer in the maritime part of the Fundación Jorge Juan, responsible for the Madrid LNG & SHIPPING Forum, major international congress for the LNG maritime sector.
Natural gas, a sustainable and economic fuel
Natural gas for vehicles is the most efficient, clean and sustainable fuel since it balances significant environmental advantages, through the reduction of emissions of both CO2 and pollutants and less noise pollution. Considering that the origin of environmental pollution comes mainly from transport, natural gas is the real alternative for vehicles, since it reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides by more than 85%, emissions of sulfur oxide by 100% and particles in suspension by almost 100%. In addition, gas engines produce up to 50% less noise than diesel engines.
In Spain, the vehicle fleet running on natural gas has almost tripled during the last 7 years, going from 2,900 units in 2010 to almost 8,500 in 2017, which represents an increase of almost 300%; while the car registrations experienced a rise that exceeds 2000% when climbing from 97 registrations in 2012 to 2,300 in 2017. On the other hand, there are 22 provinces that already offer natural gas supply at public stations, including Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Valencia. In the Iberian Peninsula there are 63 (53 in Spain and 10 in Portugal) natural gas stations open to the public and other 60 private facilities, according to the Spanish Gas Association (Sedigas). Due to its two variants, CNG and LNG, natural gas meets the demand of different types of transport, from passenger cars, urban public buses, vans and light distribution trucks to heavy long-distance trucks, without forgetting maritime and rail transport, achieving a significant reduction in both global and local emissions. In addition to its environmental advantages, natural gas is a very competitive fuel from the economic point of view, since it allows a saving of 30% per kilometer compared to diesel and 50% compared to a gasoline vehicle.
Circular economy and biofuels
On this transition to decarbonization, the concept of circular economy becomes more important and natural gas has its answer in biomethane. The use of this biofuel from renewable sources provides additional advantages for mobility decarbonization since supplying 20% of biomethane into the distribution system would reduce 36% of global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) compared to petroleum-based fuels. The production of biomethane is a key value for the circular economy, as it provides a new and intelligent way to produce a clean and high quality fuel from local organic waste. Biomethane is a renewable fuel, low in carbon and available for the transport sector, both in the form of CNG and LNG. With this availability, the measured benefits of natural gas as a low carbon fuel are greatly expanded, resulting in a substantial reduction of all GHG emissions.
On the other hand, hydrogen is also a relevant energy actor in the region, being a renewable and clean fuel because its sole tailpipe emission is water vapor. Spain has six hydrogen refueling stations, located in Albacete, Huesca, Zaragoza, Puertollano and two in Seville. However, it is expected to reach 20 stations by 2020 to facilitate the expansion of vehicles powered by technology. Recent efforts translate into more than 200 R+D+i projects, more than 80 companies involved in the sector, more than 40 research centers, universities and public research organizations and more than 500 million euros in research projects.
Madrid Trade Fair
IFEMA (Institución Ferial de Madrid) organizes fairs, shows and congresses in Madrid, Spain. During their events, both Spanish and foreign companies meet to generate business relationships, multiply their contacts and present the latest products and technologies. The IFEMA exhibition center is located northeast of the city, at Campo de las Naciones, next to the Barajas airport, and has a 200,000 m² hall for exhibitions distributed in 12 pavilions, a convention center of more than 10,000 m², as well as spaces and equipment necessary for the optimal execution of the activities that take place in it.