Natural Gas Vehicle Refueling Infrastructure

As the market for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) expands, the need for infrastructure to refuel the vehicles becomes more urgent. Refueling stations supply natural gas that has been either compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) to power vehicles. While CNG vehicles span all vehicle weight classes, LNG vehicles are currently limited to heavy duty trucks – a fact that has significant implications for refueling station operators.

Refueling stations are designed either to supply a specific private fleet of vehicles with fuel or as commercial stations open to the public. Regardless of fuel type, the most significant cost for new stations is often the cost of infrastructure to deliver the natural gas to the station. That said, the market for CNG refueling is a much more mature market than that of LNG refueling. Navigant Research forecasts that, by 2020, there will be slightly fewer than 30,000 natural gas stations in operation worldwide.

This Navigant Research report examines the current market for CNG and LNG refueling station equipment and the drivers for the development of the NGV infrastructure market. The report includes updates on the current market for NGV refueling infrastructure and the cost drivers for the facilities, an assessment of the infrastructure supply chain, and profiles of key players. The report also provides conclusions and recommendations for CNG and LNG refueling infrastructure market players.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What kinds of NGV refueling infrastructure are being constructed?
  • How many NGV refueling stations will be in operation worldwide by 2020?
  • What are the factors that contribute to the growth of publicly available infrastructure?
  • What are the key drivers of growth in the refueling infrastructure market?
  • What are the cost drivers of CNG and LNG refueling stations?
  • How well developed are the supply chains for CNG and LNG refueling stations?
  • Who are the key players in the refueling infrastructure market?
Who needs this report?
  • CNG and LNG retailers
  • CNG cylinder manufacturers
  • Cryogenic storage tank manufacturers
  • Natural gas mining companies
  • Natural gas utilities
  • Natural gas pipeline and/or shipping companies
  • Biogas (landfill gas) producers
  • Government agencies and policymakers
  • Industry associations and advocacy groups
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Market Update

2.1   Infrastructure Development

2.1.1     Public and Private Refueling Issues

2.2   Compressed Natural Gas Refueling

2.3   Liquefied Natural Gas Refueling

2.3.1     Saturated versus Cold Liquefied Natural Gas Refueling

2.3.2     LNG Refueling Standardization

2.4   Station Cost Drivers

2.4.1     Market Drivers

2.4.2     Market Inhibitors

2.5   Key Players

2.5.1     Blu Transfuels

2.5.2     Clean Energy Fuels

2.5.3     Cryostar – Linde Gas

2.5.4     ENN Energy Holdings Ltd.

2.5.5     Fuel System Solutions

2.5.6     General Electric Oil & Gas

2.5.7     GNC Galileo

2.5.8     Royal Dutch Shell

2.5.9     Siemens

2.5.10   Trillium CNG

3. Conclusions and Recommendations

List of Charts and Tables

  • NGV Refueling Stations and Annual Vehicle Sales, World Markets: 2013-2020
  • Cumulative Natural Gas Vehicles by Vehicle Type, World Markets: 2013-2020
  • Cumulative NGV Refueling Stations by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
  • Average Share of CNG Station Component Costs
  • CNG Station Components
  • LNG Station Components
  • Types of LNG
  • Natural Gas Truck Return on Investment, United States

Report Details

  • Pages: 13
  • Tables, Charts,
  • Release Date: 3Q 2013


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