Grupo HAM installs third HAMikro biomethane station in Lleida, Spain
Spain-headed natural gas refueling technology developer, gas distributor, and service provider Grupo HAM has announced that it has designed, installed and commissioned its third HAMikro refueling station in Lleida, a city in western Catalonia, Spain. The facility allows the refueling of biomethane derived from a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).
The facility, which is owned by FCC Aqualia, a leading private Spanish company in the municipal end-to-end water management service sector, is located in the municipal water service facilities that the company has in Lleida. The unit comprises of a fuel compression system that uses a low flow compressor, a device that allows the storage of biomethane in bottles at high pressure (CNG) and a vehicle pump dispenser.
The HAMikro service station is part of the SMART Green Gas project, co-financed by the European Union (EU), that aims to generate local renewable compressed biogas (CBG) biofuels for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.
The wastewater from Lleida household’s is treated at the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), and the by-product of the treatment process, sewage gas, is cleaned and upgraded into a vehicle grade biomethane fuel with a low carbon footprint.
According to Grupo HAM, the project involves an important boost in the research and creation of circular economy alternative fuels in the automotive sector. Furthermore, that the company is “committed to innovation in order to be at the forefront of all activities” related to liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) and natural gas vehicles (NGV) of which the HAMikro service station is a prime example.