The Swedish Scania CV AB together with their representative in Lithuania UAB Scania Lietuva and partners “SG Dujos“ and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University launched field-test project to examine alternative fuel for vehicles.
The test started on the 18th of September – a city-bus powered by Hydrogen enriched (up to 20%) Natural Gas (H2NG) has started a test in real conditions on Lithuanian roads. Later this year the project team plans to test a truck powered by similar fuels – Hydrogen and Natural Gas mixes.
“Scania pays particular attention to the development and presentation of sustainable transport and services to its customers. One of such examples is the testing of transport vehicles in Lithuania together with our partners – “SG Dujos”. We pursue to test a new mixture of gas and hydrogen to assess the economic and environmental characteristics of this fuel. Lithuania was chosen for testing not by chance, but basing on the following several factors: the positive economic situation in the country, the favourable attitude of the state institutions and the most recent actions to promote the sustainable transport, as well as the partners of Scania in Lithuania “SG Dujos” have a scientific base and resources that allow us to make such tests in our market. ” says Mr. Darius Snieška, the Director of Scania Lietuva. According to him, Scania has already pre-tested such fuels in laboratory in Sweden.
“The results have given us a positive mood and we see a significant advantage of this type of fuel. However, in order to get real results, we are performing tests also on the road where the bus will travel in the main cities of Lithuania. The information gathered during these tests will be the basis for further actions, which will decide on the use of new fuels”, says Mr. D. Snieška.
“We are developing sustainable fuel infrastructure in Lithuania and neighbouring region, the development of which would involve all concerned parties – vehicle users, manufacturers and the developers of the infrastructure. We are pleased that our consistent efforts to explore the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel and to develop technologies and the infrastructure have attracted attention of one of the global leaders in the transport sector, and last year our cooperation has moved to the practical level” says Mr. Virginijus Korsakas, the CEO of “SG dujos” also the Head of the Association of Alternative Fuels and Infrastructure.
The research company “SG dujos Auto” (member of the “SG Dujos” group of companies) developing innovative technologies for the using of hydrogen and natural gas for automotive fuel and the infrastructure signed the cooperation agreement with Scania in June last year. SG Dujos have agreed with Scania to cooperate on development of new products, to support the sustainable development of the transport sector through joint initiatives, joint transport and infrastructure solutions in Lithuania and other countries.
Currently, 23 buses powered by hydrogen-enriched natural gas (H2NG) and filled in “SG Dujos” filling stations transport passengers on the routes of three Lithuanian cities – Telšiai, Ukmerge and Marijampolė. These buses consume about 0.5 million cubic meters of H2NG per year.
During the Test – 8 Thousand Kilometres on Lithuanian Roads
The test bus Scania will be tested in September-October on various regular routes in Vilnius, Kaunas, Šiauliai, Klaipėda, Telšiai, Ukmerge and Pabradė. It is estimated that the bus will travel about 8 thousand kilometres. During the tests, passengers will not be transported. The research will aim to identify and compare the performance (fuel consumption, performance, ecological, etc.) of a bus powered by various gases (biogas, natural gas) and gas mixtures (various hydrogen and natural gas).
A city-type Scania Citywide CK280 UB 4×2 LB low-ground 12.0-meter long bus powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) will be tested in Lithuania. The 9-liter 280-horsepower engine with a torque of 1350 Nm OC09 101 and GRS895R gearbox with a mountain brake-retarder that meets the highest ecological requirements Euro-6 will be fitted on this bus. The length of the bus is 12m total capacity – up to 100 passengers. The buses of this model have already been able to positively recommend themselves in Vilnius, where 50 city Scania Citywide models carry passengers on the city routes.
The test bus is specially-adapted for experiments. Instead of people, the bus will carry additional weights simulating the natural load of the transport vehicle. The bus has additional test equipment that collects data on the engine performance and fuel consumption. These data are sent to the Concern’s Laboratory every day, as well as to the Research Centre of the company “SG dujos”. These data will be important in assessing the economic and environmental impacts of the new fuel type. The latter is very important for Scania, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sustainable and alternative modes of transport and the systems thereof, ” says the executive of Scania Lietuva.
About the Group “SG dujos“:
The company “SG dujos Auto”, one of the companies of the group of companies “SG dujos” has been developing alternative fuel research since 2012, when the experimental laboratory for the researching of hydrogen as a fuel or fuel additive, environmentally friendly fuel additives and fuel systems was established in Pabradė. It is the first such laboratory in Lithuania, unique in Eastern and Northern Europe.
“SG Dujos“ is a pioneer and leader in the field of the use of compressed natural gas as a fuel for transport in Lithuania, successfully expanding its activities and contributing significantly to the development of alternative fuels in Lithuania. At present, the company has concentrated its activities in six cities of Lithuania – Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Kaunas, Ukmergė, Marijampolė and Telšiai, helping to renew the bus fleets of these cities with natural gas-powered buses and aiming to develop the infrastructure of compressed natural gas in Lithuania.