Liquefied natural gas (LNG)
The main objective of this area is to strengthen the transport, storage and distribution infrastructure for liquefied natural gas (LNG), in all scales, to promote its use as an alternative fuel to those derived from oil, and as a solution for overland, rail and maritime transport.
LNG offers significant benefits, as it contributes to reducing environmental pollution and decreasing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and contaminating particles. That is why LNG is expected to play an important role in the transition to a decarbonised economy, as contemplated by the European Union in its latest strategic plans.
Lines of action
LNG logistics optimisation. Small Scale
Development of new optimised solutions, both from the viewpoint of LNG transfer and refuelling, (loading and unloading), and in equipment and procedures that guarantee the quantity and quality of the fuel transferred (LNG metrology).
Development of LNG as a cleaner and more efficient transport fuel. Bunkering
Our main objective in this area is to promote its use as an alternative fuel. Especially interesting is the use of LNG as a maritime fuel given the enormous power and fuel consumption required by this sector and its increasingly strict environmental restrictions. We are working on the development of new solutions for ship refuelling logistics solutions (bunkering), which will make it possible, in the short, medium and long term, to equip ports with more suitable LNG storage logistics infrastructure.
LNG measurement development
The development of LNG logistics in the energy transfer and sale operation requires a suitable metrology, for both the quantity and quality of the product. We are involved in different internationally relevant projects that will make it possible to establish a new stable metrological framework that will facilitate commercial operations.
DirectLink LNG (2016-2017)
The Floating Universal Transfer System (UTS) is a patented comprehensive solution for ship-to-shore LNG transferring and bunkering, as an alternative to the costly traditional infrastructures (port and jetty) and with a minimal environmental impact.
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LNG on wheels (2017-2018)
Development of an LNG tanker truck carrying vessel capable of refuelling from a Small Carrier off-shore, in an anchorage near a commercial port. Once in the port, the LNG is distributed directly through tanker trucks.
Raman spectroscopy (2016-2018)
Viability analysis for measuring the composition of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) in liquid phase, without having to vaporise it with Raman spectrography technology, which was currently applied only in the chemicals and pharmaceuticals sector.
Multiple Truck to Ship (2015-2017)Implementation of the Multiple Truck to Ship (MTTS) concept, based on the simultaneous off-loading of several tanker trucks and which has transfer rates that achieve loading times that are always optimum, the technical viability of which has been proven.