Rolande, pioneer and market leader for the development of infrastructures for liquefied natural gas and bio-LNG in the Netherlands, opened an LNG refuelling station with two LNG dispensers in Hamburg at Malfeldstraße 23 . The former Tankpool24 station is located on a strategically important transport corridor for goods deliveries to Scandinavia, northeastern Europe and the transport of containers to and from the Port of Hamburg. With the Hamburg location, Rolande is further expanding its public LNG filling station network in Germany.
The public 24/7 self-service filling station has two LNG dispensers. It makes a significant contribution to establishing LNG as an environmentally friendly fuel. Due to the spacious entrance and exit, the filling station is optimally dimensioned for heavy trucks. The futuristic architecture of the filling station is functionally adapted to the requirements of CNG/LNG trucks. With its filling stations, Rolande makes an important contribution to the currently existing LNG network in Germany, which currently includes 135 public filling stations (according to the German Energy Agency DENA). Rolande also acts as an important partner for transport companies that want to switch to high-calorific CNG (CNG+), LNG or bio-LNG.
Europe-wide LNG network
With the opening of the filling station in Hamburg, Rolande is making progress in setting up a Europe-wide LNG network. The company has already achieved full coverage in the Netherlands and Belgium, and further locations are also planned in Germany by the end of the year. In order to further optimize the availability of LNG and bio-LNG for transport companies, Rolande continues its growth course and continuously invests in refueling stations in the three countries.
“Hamburg marks a milestone for Rolande to make liquefied natural gas available for all trucks at strategic transport hubs,” says Jolon van der Schuit, CEO of LNG pioneer Rolande. “LNG is an important step towards sustainable fuel. As soon as emission-free bio-LNG is available in sufficient quantities, Rolande will offer 100 percent biological fuel at all its stations.”
The use of CNG and LNG is subsidised by the state in Germany. For example, HGVs that run on compressed or liquefied natural gas are exempt from the German road tolls until December 31, 2023. This saves the freight operator up to 18.7 Eurocents in road tolls for each kilometre driven.
Bio-LNG is produced from certified waste such as organic household waste, sludge, manure or agricultural waste and is a 100 percent biological fuel. It is low in emissions and climate-friendly. At the same time, it has a high energy density and can help reduce emissions from transport and achieve climate protection goals. Bio-LNG takes the form of liquefied bio-methane or a liquefied, synthetically produced methane. This has the same chemical properties as LNG, but results in drastically lower CO2 emissions. NOx and particulate emissions are significantly lower, especially compared to a diesel truck. The use of biogas can therefore save up to 100 percent CO2.