Port of Barcelona evaluates results of project to convert 26 trucks to natural gas
The members of the RePort project, which aims to boost natural gas as an alternative fuel in the trucks that operate in the port of Barcelona, recently held their general assembly, where they evaluated the progress of this initiative, which began five years ago and that will culminate on April 15, and the details of the last phase. RePort is led by the Port of Barcelona in collaboration with ATEC (Association of Containers Carriers), Acció (the agency for the business competitiveness of the Generalitat de Catalunya), Naturgy, Dimsport Spain, IDIADA, and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, among others.
The project has included the development of a system for the transformation of diesel engines into natural gas dual-fuel, its installation in 26 trucks and the subsequent monitoring. This technology allows vehicles to use diesel and natural gas at the same time, helping to optimize the air quality of the port of Barcelona and its area of influence. In addition to environmental improvement, RePort aims to promote technological development, innovation and quality research in the field of road transport of goods.
The RePort project is integrated into the Ris3cat Mobility Eco Community, coordinated by Ficosa and co-financed by the European Regional Development Funds of the European Union within the framework of the ERDF Operational Program of Catalonia 2014-2020, managed by Acció. Its budget is 1,610,000 euros, of which approximately 690,000 have been financed by the ERDF funds. In addition, the project is one of the actions included in the Air Quality Improvement Plan of the port of Barcelona.
“Today, we already have 25 trucks transformed to CNG, and the last one will be converted to LNG. To do this, some LNG tanks will be put in place and the engine will be adapted so that it can work with both diesel and natural gas,” said Daniel Ruiz, environmental consultant for the introduction of LNG at the Port of Barcelona, in statements to Diario del Puerto.
The converted trucks correspond to different companies that are part of ATEC and that transport cargo containers in the port of Barcelona. "The most important thing of this initiative is the reduction of NOx and CO2 emissions, in addition to the reduction of the economic bill, since less diesel is consumed with natural gas, therefore it is more profitable for carriers," Ruiz added.