Biogas boost for Bradford Council’s low-carbon trial03 December 2012

A temporary vehicle refuelling station and bulk CNG (compressed natural gas) gas store has been leased by the Bradford Metropolitan District Council from biogas equipment supplier Chesterfield BioGas.

The move is part of a DEFRA-funded project to produce a low emissions strategy, starting by running light vans and a minibus powered by organic CNG.

Chesterfield BioGas is supplying the gas dispensing and data recording equipment, as well as a mobile and fully charged bulk gas storage skid unit. All items have been installed at the council's fleet services depot.

The trial vehicles come courtesy of Mercedes-Benz and Iveco, and the amount of biogas fuel they use will be monitored by the council to assess the level of emissions and fuel efficiency, as part of its air quality management programme.

Councilor Andrew Thornton, executive member for environment and sport, says: "This trial is part of a larger goal of improving air quality, protecting public health and achieving competitive advantages through the transition to a low emission economy."

John Challen

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