Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s compression unit has signed an agreement with Seranco S.A. for 16 Clean Energy CleanCNG 2.0 300 HP compressors at three Empresa Municipal de Madrid (EMT) fueling facilities throughout the city.
Currently, EMT operates approximately 2,000 buses, including 500 that are fueled with CNG. Last month, EMT and the City Council of Madrid approved the purchase of an additional 200 CNG buses in 2017 – in addition to the purchase of 400 made in 2016.
Clean Energy Fuels says the transit agency has a goal of making their entire fleet “clean” by 2019. EMT announced it would continue to purchase CNG buses because they reduce pollutant emissions by 70% in relation to diesel and comply with the strictest European emission regulations.
In December, the city of Madrid joined Paris, Athens and Mexico City in laying out plans to ban diesel from their cities by the year 2025. Madrid already plans to ban cars from 500 acres of its city center by 2020.
“We are proud to perform this project, this will be the first step to improve the air quality of Madrid City in the next years. We hope many other cities will join this process increasing their commitment with the environment,” says Santiago Garrido, CEO of Gas & Go.
“Madrid is just one of a number of cities across Europe and around the world [that] are taking steps to clean up their air that has become a significant health issue for its citizens – largely caused by the use of diesel,” says Frank Meyer, president of Clean Energy Compression. “We are proud to partner with Seranco to expand EMT’s use of their CNG fleet, which is one of the best and quickest ways to address harmful smog.”
Clean Energy Compression handles oil-free compression in cylinders and pistons, providing clean gas to the system while minimizing the amount of lubricant used and keeping the storage capacity constant.