Rolande, pioneer and market leader in building infrastructures for liquefied natural gas and bio-LNG (Bio-Liquefied Natural Gas) for trucks in the Netherlands opened a new LNG filling station on 25 January 2021 at gates of the city of Dortmund. This way, Rolande makes a central contribution to reaching the ambitious climate goals in heavy goods vehicle traffic and establishing a nationwide LNG filling station network in Germany. The next Rolande LNG station in Lübeck is already in the works. Further locations, among others, in Grasdorf, Zeisar and Hamburg are planned in for this year. Rolande operates exclusively public filling stations that can be used by any customer.
While only four LNG filling stations operated in Germany overall in 2019, this figure had increased to 43 as soon as by December 2020. It is supposed to double once more by the end of 2021 with the help of Rolande.
LNG NETWORK IN GERMANY AND EUROPE
“Despite the difficult and challenging year, we have maintained our vision to consistently push ahead with the expansion of our network and – thanks to our reliable partners – we have accomplished to open our first two locations in Germany. We are very proud of this,” says Jolon van der Schuit, CEO of Rolande. “Opening our third filling station in Dortmund is a milestone for our planned blanket-coverage LNG filling station network in Germany and Europe, and the start of a decisive year for us in building ten further stations in Germany. The European Commission has set itself the goal of making the economy climate-neutral by 2030. We believe that the heavy goods vehicle traffic can reach this target as of 2025 and we want to help make this come true. It is becoming ever more important to work deliberately on this in light of the Climate Accord, the CO2 tax and the rising environmental awareness of consumers and businesses.”
PUBLIC LNG FILLING STATIONS – READY FOR BIO-LNG
The station in Dortmund is located at an important traffic hub on B236 near Dortmund’s orbital motorway and it is a traditional public 24/7 self-serve petrol station with two LNG pumps and a capacity to guarantee the quick fuelling of up to 150 vehicles per day without long waits. Owing to the large entry and exit, the filling station has the ideal dimensions for heavy goods trucks. With this, it contributes decisively to gradually establishing LNG further as a more environmentally friendly fuel.
By 31 December 2023, trucks that run on compressed or liquefied natural gas continue to be exempt from road tolls in Germany. This makes for savings of up to 18.7 cents in road tolls per driven kilometre for the operators. LNG trucks are consequently not only sustainable but also attractive economically.
Bio-LNG is a 100% biological fuel that can be derived from certified wastes such as organic household wastes, sludge, dung or agricultural wastes. It is low in emissions and climate-neutral with a high energy density and it can thereby contribute to reaching the climate-protection objectives for traffic. Bio-LNG is liquefied bio-methane or also liquefied, synthetically produced methane. It has the same chemical characteristics as LNG, but a drastically lower CO2-emission. Compared to a diesel truck, the NOx and particle emissions are significantly lower. Up to 95 percent of CO2 can be saved when using biogas.