Dr. Manuel Lage, general manager
and CEO at NGVA Europe, recently spoke about the
future of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a vehicle fuel.
"LNG is opening the use of natural gas as
an alternative fuel in long-distance road transport. But the
interesting point is that there are no other alternatives. When
you go for road transport, you use diesel or you use LNG.
That's why it's becoming so important in the considerations,
not only for the transport industry but also the European Union," Dr. Lage
However, Dr. Lage noted that a "lack of infrastructure" is
stopping LNG from being rolled out across Europe as the vehicle
fuel of choice.
"In Europe, the development of LNG
filling stations has been carried out by the fleet users
because they are very aware of the economic interest of LNG
against diesel. They converted the trucks, and they built their
own filling stations."
Small-scale LNG has been experiencing considerable growth in
recent years and is expected to become even more popular and
important in the years to come.
A number of organizations are now investigating the business
case, and are considering different ways of investing in and
using LNG technology, Dr. Lage