A step closer to decarbonising long-haul road transportation

phys.org | 7/16/2018 | Staff
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Thanks to the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, efforts to promote the deployment of low-carbon alternative fuels (AFs) in transport have intensified in recent years. However, these technologies haven't yet become mainstream, particularly in the heavy-duty road vehicles sector that predominantly relies on diesel engines.

Supported by the EU COLHD project, a recent report sheds light on the obstacles impeding the wide adoption of AF solutions in Europe. "Our research shows there is no common European support strategy towards AFs, and a clear lack of political and financial support, together with the discontinuity of policies and low economic appeal of Alternative fuel solutions." It also points to the limited number of refilling stations along the European road networks, mainly due to the insufficient availability of brands and models of alternative-fueled vehicles (AFVs) in the market. "On the other hand, existing AFV or AFs stations are hindered by a lack of standards or standardization inconsistencies in manufacturing and deployment, fuel quality requirements, interfaces between AFV and filling stations and EU training guidelines for Alternative Fuel drivers."

Report - Difficulties - Costs - Investments - AF

The report highlights the difficulties involved with costs and investments in AF infrastructure, as well as the limited economic viability of biofuel use in transportation. To address these issues, the authors of the report emphasize the need for developing a common European approach to the AF market and call...
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