Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) June 12, 2018 – 26 vehicles have been adapted for the use of natural gas thanks to this led initiative by the port of Barcelona in collaboration with ATEC, ACCIÓ and Gas Natural Fenosa, as part of the RePort project, which is designed to promote the use of natural gas as alternative fuel for trucks.
With the aim of reducing polluting emissions and improving air quality, the project has been presented at Barcelona port.
In addition to the environmental benefits, RePort aims to promote the technological development, innovation and quality research in the field of land transport of merchandise. The project has included the development of a system for the transformation of diesel engines into dual-fuel, its installation in 26 trucks and subsequent monitoring. This technology improves the quality of the air at the port and the immediate surroundings.
The partners of the RePort project, which is led and coordinated by the port of Barcelona and is supported by’ACCIÓ, l’Associació de Transportistes Empresaris de Contenidors (ATEC), Gas Natural Fenosa, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, IDIADA, l’Escola d’Enginyeria de Barcelona Est (EEBE-UPC), Dimsport Spain, Renewable Technical Consulting and l’Escola Europea-Intermodal Transport.
The RePort project is integrated in the Ris3cat Mobility Eco, coordinated by Ficosa and co-financed by the European Regional Development Funds of the European Union within the framework of the FEDER Operational Program of Catalonia 2014-2020, managed byACCIÓ.
The budget is €1.61 million ($1.89 million), of which approximately €690,000 ($810,57o) has been funded by the ERDF fund.
This project is one of the actions included in the Improvement Plan for the Air Quality of the Port of Barcelona. It started a year ago and includes four main activities, each of them led by different partners:
1. Study of air quality in Barcelona and neighborhoods (led by Barcelona Supercomputing Center)
2. Design of the conversion of vehicles to Dual-Fuel (led by IDIADA)
3. Logistics of supply of natural gas to vehicles (led by Gas Natural Fenosa)
4. Demonstrative: tests of vehicles with gas fuel, monitoring of consumption, benefits and emissions (led by IDIADA and ATEC).
Further information about Ris3cat (January 2017) can be accessed here.
A Catalunya 2020 update can be read here.
Source: Barcelona Port
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