Rolande, pioneer and market leader in the development of LPG and Bio-LNG infrastructures for HGVs in the Netherlands, is expanding its filling station network by adding another site in Germany. From now on, drivers can refuel with LNG at the Grasdorf (Holle) traffic junction. The company only recently opened a new filling station in Lübeck in March. Further refuelling points are already in planning in Ziesar and Hamburg.
On November 16 Rolande opened the fifth German LNG filling station at the Grasdorf site in the Harz Foreland in cooperation with the European fuel card provider and fuel manufacturer IDS (International Diesel Service), a subsidiary of Petroleum Corporation. The location is particularly notable for its connections to the 7 and 39 motorways and federal highways no. 6 and 444. This move means that many more customers can benefit from this sustainable fuel from today With its filling stations, the company makes a key contribution to the currently existing network of LNG stations in Germany, which currently includes 2 filling stations that are open to the public (according to the German Energy Agency DENA). Rolande also functions acts as a key partner for transport companies looking to switch to high calorific CNG (CNG+), LNG or bio-LNG.
The 4/4 public self-service filling station has 2 LNG dispensers. It plays a major role in establishing LNG as an environmentally friendly fuel. This is because as many as 150 vehicles can refuel without long waiting times. The spacious entrance and exit means that the filling station is perfectly sized to serve HGVs. The filling station’s futuristic architecture is adapted in function to the needs of CNG/LNG trucks.
“We are delighted to be opening the next LNG filling station in Grasdorf. Our aim is to make liquefied natural gas available to all trucks – this is what we want to pursue,” said Jolon van der Schuit, CEO of LNG pioneer Rolande. “Our customers can already access LNG as a sustainable and at the same time economical fuel at five locations in Germany. We plan to expand our distribution and marketing chain constantly in order to develop a sustainable service across Germany. As a part of this, we pay close attention to the sustainable use of resources and economically optimal use of LNG.”
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 95 percent CO2.