Natural gas in the form of CNG (compressed natural gas), LNG (liquefied natural gas), biomethane and BIO LNG (liquefied biomethane) is the cleanest and most efficient alternative compared to traditional fuels.
As part of the 2020- 2024 strategic plan Snam will invest 720 milion euros in energy transition business es. Of these, 150 million will go to sustainable mobility, in order to expand CNG and LNG distribution infrastructure, strengthen the offer of LNG for heavy transports and launch the first hydrogen distributors.
In mobility Snam promotes the development of natural gas - in the form of CNG (compressed natural gas), LNG (liquefied natural gas) and biomethane (renewable gas) - as a clean, efficient and economic source of power for light and heavy vehicles.
Within the plan Snam will realise approximately 150 natural gas refuelling stations,to increase the distribution infrastructure with an LNG focus, Small Scale LNG projects and hydrogen.
220 millions are planned to build new biomethane plants, with a total capacity of 64 megawatts.
The future of "green" mobility in our country is closely linked to the diffusion of natural gas and biomethane, which represent the "Italian way" to the decarbonisation of transport. Italy is a leader in Europe for automobiles circulating in CNG (compressed natural gas), a technology that breaks down particulates and nitrogen oxides and considerably reduces carbon dioxide emissions compared to traditional fuels such as diesel and petrol. Biomethane makes Bio-Mobility renewable and even more green: this resource, which can be obtained from the organic fraction of municipal waste or from agricultural and agri-food wastes, emits almost zero levels of dust (as well as conventional natural gas) and It further reduces CO2 down to zero compared to methane and traditional fuels. The emissions of a biomethane vehicle are comparable to those of an electric vehicle powered by wind power.
An interesting perspective for biomethane is its liquefaction and consequent transformation into bio-LNG, the only technology currently available for the development of fully renewable fuels and zero CO2 for heavy vehicles. In order to feed the liquefied biomethane trucks, Snam is developing a project which envisages the realisation of micro-liquefaction plants distributed throughout Italy, capable of producing about 150,000 tonnes of LNG or Bio-LNG per year and support the increase in the circulating fleet of natural gas trucks - from the current 3,000 potentially up to 15,000 units - and the development of the first bunkering activities to support the marine market in Italy and the first LNG trains that Snam is developing together with FS and Hitachi.
27 April 2021 - 17:58 CEST