Leipzig/Hamburg, May 16, 2018 With immediate effect the haulage company Konrad Zippel has implemented a climate-friendly and cost-efficient solution to powering supplier logistics at BMW’s Leipzig plant. In combined transport networks the Hamburg haulage experts have always powered their own trains using electric transmissions, transporting freight almost emissions-free. Now there is also a practical solution for decarbonising the last mile to the customer. To achieve this, Konrad Zippel is using four new SCANIA CNG (compressed natural gas) powered trucks and Straw in Tank – with 100 percent biomethane from VERBIO.
Compared to a classic diesel powertrain the biomethane-powered engine achieves a 90 percent CO2 reduction by using fuel from waste materials and from straw, thereby also significantly contrib-uting to the reduction of fine-particle and nitrogen oxide emissions. In view of the growing economic and environmental demands on road transport, the CNG engine using methane from renewable sources is currently the only and most efficient alternative solution to diesel.
Container transport combines two primary characteristics: transporting heavy loads and large dis-tances. In this sector e-mobility is definitely not an option in the foreseeable future. An alternative is available in the form of methane-powered engines which can be CNG (compressed natural gas) or LNG (liquefied natural gas) – CNG in very cold, fluid form – which can be used to transport heavy vehicles with a range suitable for international transport.
“We took notice of the alternative energy sources while taking part in the sustainable power working group in the Port of Hamburg, and then deepened our engagement by talking to Scania and VERBIO,” explained Axel Kröger, shareholder and managing director of Konrad Zippel. Under consid-eration of the usage of the vehicles the haulier chose to acquire the four SCANIA C 340 trucks using CNG fuel. The Zippel trucks refuel with biomethane from VERBIO at the Agip filling station on the B2, close to the A14 motorway. “This is strategically well positioned, a stone’s throw from the BMW plant and on the route to the combined terminal at Schkopau, where we transfer our freight from the Port of Hamburg from rail to road transport and vice versa – also for other custom-ers,” said Axel Kröger.
Bernd Sauter, VERBIO AG’s Management Board member for logistics, added, “We ferment straw to biogas in Schwedt/Oder, which is processed to natural gas quality standards and pumped into the natural gas network and offered for sale at the filling station in Leipzig.” Straw is an agricultural residue product, and large quantities of it have remained unused until now, as Bernd Sauter ex-plains: “Nobody needs to worry that raw materials for food will be used here – we use only straw, Straw in Tank. In Germany there are approximately eight to thirteen tonnes available annually which can be used for this purpose.”
After VERBIO’s own fleet of five IVECO CNG/biomethane trucks, the Zippel group’s SCANIA fleet is Germany’s second largest commercial transport fleet to use this modern alternative fuel.
Axel Kröger stated that his company’s first experience with the CNG trucks was very positive fol-lowing approximately three months of operation, both from a business point of view as well as in terms of driver satisfaction. As a result he concluded, “These are results that we did not expect so quickly, and which make us optimistic that we can expand the SCANIA CNG fleet.” Verbiogas may also be in use in combined transport systems in the Berlin region in the future. The filling station network is extensive, and verbiogas can be transported in a cost- and CO2-efficient manner to every CNG filling station in Germany using the gas pipeline supply network.
Images (© VERBIO AG):
Picture 1: One of the new Zippel trucks at the Schkopau container terminal
Picture 2: VERBIO’s own CNG truck fleet