LBST Newsletter Q4.2014: Extending the ‘energy turnaround’ to the transport sector
Dear Friends of LBST,
on the path towards reaching international greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, we will necessarily need to include the transport sector into future measures. So far, biofuels have been used for several years, and battery electric vehicles are now offered commercially. The potential use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in heavy-duty road freight transport is being evaluated. Additionally, renewable electricity-based synthetic fuels like hydrogen and methane or liquid hydrocarbons derived from it are increasingly subject of investigations and pilot projects. The associated technologies are available and infrastructures are already being built.
Electricity-based synthetic fuels facilitate a further integration of the energy sectors. In particular the combination of the electricity and transport sectors creates exciting new opportunities:
■ The transport sector will play an increasing role in integrating intermittent wind and solar energy into the grid.
■ Technologies like electrolysis, hydrogen storage and transport, and fuel cells will become essential for growing markets, offering global growth opportunities for leading industrial players.
■ The conversion of electricity to gas creates an additional link between the respective grids, enhancing the role of the gas grid for energy transport and storage.
■ New business opportunities emerge along the entire value chain.
Leveraging these synergies takes time and appropriate planning. In an early phase, it also requires a certain level of policy support. Industry and policy makers will need to work hand in hand in extending the ‘energy turnaround’ to the transport sector. LBST will continue to support this process with our advisory and scientific expertise.
This newsletter showcases examples of recent publications by LBST experts in the field. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us, if there is anything you would like to discuss.
Uwe Albrecht and the LBST-team
The role of hydrogen in the energy turnaround –Status and Outlook
Looking forward, hydrogen and fuel cells can significantly contribute to reducing oil import dependence and long term energy storage while also supporting economic growth. The study (German only) commissioned by e-Mobil BW shows hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to be on the verge of commercialization. Recommendations include policy measures aiming at supporting market initialisation and growth.
LBST contact: Matthias Altmann
Power-to-Gas in Transport
To what extent can we count on electricity-based fuels contributing to energy supply in the transport sector? This is the underlying question addressed in this short study conducted for the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure within the national Mobility and Fuel Strategy (jointly with our partners DLR, ifeu, and DBFZ). Results show a significant potential for them to reduce fossil fuel use and associated greenhouse gas emissions. They can also facilitate the integration of intermittent renewable electricity.
LBST contact: Ulrich Bünger
LNG in Transport
LNG in heavy-duty road freight transport
LBST has contributed to a White Paper by the German Energy Agency (dena) with analyses covering fuel supply and use. The paper addresses opportunities, challenges, and next steps for using LNG in trucks. Required technologies are available. Including renewable methane will further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
LBST contact: Patrick Schmidt
LNG as an alternative fuel
In another short study within the framework of the German mobility and fuel strategy LBST has assessed the potential for LNG in water vessels and in heavy commercial vehicles. Analyses covered markets, technologies for drives and infrastructures, as well as emission reduction potential. Resulting perspectives look particularly promising in water transport, but to a certain extent also in road freight transport. Additionally, LNG use opens the door for renewable energies in these transport applications.
LBST contact: Reinhold Wurster
Other Fuel-related topics
■ Future fuels for combustion engines
LBST has supported the German Research Association for Combustion Engines e.V. (FVV) with a comprehensive analysis of potentially upcoming fuel options for combustion engines (German only). Pathways assessed include synthetic fuels derived from renewable power have (power-to-gas, power-to-liquids). The final report is now available online.
LBST contact: Patrick Schmidt
■ LBST runs H2stations.org, the most comprehensive
and up to date overview on hydrogen refuelling stations
worldwide. The well-known website offers headline information. Customer
specific evaluations and reports are available upon request.
LBST contact: Evi Pschorr-Schoberer
life-cycle analyses of fuels and drives
LBST experts are among the main authors of the well-to-tank reports for the European Commission, the most recent version 4a has just been released. Greenhouse gas reductions and energy efficiencies are analysed for a wide range of fuels in the European context. Results are continuously reviewed and updated using best available data, providing a sound scientific basis and a globally accepted reference.
LBST contact: Patrick Schmidt
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Particular expertise exists in energy (renewables, energy storage, hydrogen and fuel cells) and mobility (fuels and drives, infrastructure, mobility concepts), with our work in sustainability cutting across all sectors.
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With its deep understanding of developments and technologies and its truly independent advice, LBST helps its clients to secure their future.
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