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The benefits of using low carbon LPG in the commercial road transport industry

  • Posted On: 29 June 2015
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Based on the Millbrook Evidence Report: The Future of LPG and its Use as an Automotive Fuel over the Next 35 Years’ (February 2015), commissioned by UKLPG and independently produced in February 2015 by Millbrook Proving Ground there is clear evidence of potential and a strong future for automotive LPG through to 2050. As a low carbon fuel, automotive LPG continues to play a key role.

Potential environmental and health benefits from automotive LPG.

While it is clear that a continued investment in robust engine performance and emission testing data is needed for automotive LPG to further support its case, Millbrook’s Evidence Report has demonstrated that there is a significant research base already in existence. Using international reports from Atlantic Consulting and Element Energy, as well as information sourced directly from European authorities and the vehicle manufacturers themselves, Millbrook’s engineers have reinforced the potential environmental returns from automotive LPG. For example, the EU Fuel Quality Directive publishes carbon intensities of the current major fuels and notes that LPG has 23% reduced carbon intensity versus diesel and a 21% reduction versus petrol. The evidence examined by Millbrook indicates that LPG may well be more favourable than many competing options, especially when a sustainable or ‘bio’ proportion is taken into account.

Referring to data from an independent German test facility, it was noted that compared with diesel, LPG is lower on the pollutants that are harmful to human health.

LPG as part of Dual Fuel technology.

To produce the Evidence Report, Millbrook’s engineers undertook a thorough review of existing OEM and aftermarket technology, as well as assessing the potential for automotive LPG to be used in hitherto unexplored Powertrain combinations. The Millbrook Evidence Report has confirmed that this could give a good platform for LPG to make inroads either as a mono or dual fuel.

Delivering significant economic and environmental benefits to the Vehicle Operator.

Mercury Fuel Systems’ own data covers well over 50 million kilometres travelled under all road conditions. Downloaded from a variety of our customer’s vehicles, the information confirms that the introduction of LPG as a dual fuel will significantly reduce Co2 and other emissions. In simple terms, Mercury’s Quicksilver-AFI system replaces up to 30% of the expensive and carbon-intensive primary fuel (diesel) with the less expensive and lower carbon-content secondary fuel, LPG. This dual-fuel technology will deliver significant economic and environmental benefits the Vehicle Operator.

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For further information please contact Mercury Fuel Systems Ltd; Tel: 01197 822980

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