CNG – the immediately available alternative
The German natural gas grid is more than 500 000 kilometres long. It has an outstanding structure and extends into local communities. Together with 50 natural gas storage reservoirs, this powerful infrastructure forms the backbone of a reliable energy supply that is available at any time. The German natural gas grid is therefore among the safest and most advanced distribution grids in the world. The energy industry invests around one billion euros each year in maintaining and expanding the grid.
Some 14 million households and hundreds of thousands of commercial and industrial businesses are supplied with natural gas nationwide. Natural gas power stations and nearly 900 CNG filling stations are also part of the grid – and the number is continually increasing. Already today, natural gas is contributing around 22 percent to German energy supply – and the trend is on the increase. The German gas grid distributes nearly double the amount of energy at around 1000 billion kWh/a compared with the electricity grid (approx. 540 billion kWh/a).
The expansion of CNG mobility therefore neither requires the development of fundamentally new drive technologies nor additional investments in distribution grids. Instead, CNG is available immediately as an exciting economic and environmental alternative to conventional fuels.
Around twelve percent of the natural gas requirement in Germany is covered by domestic sources – primarily from production areas in Lower Saxony. The overwhelming proportion of imported natural gas originates from deposits in the Netherlands, Norway and Russia. Germany is connected to these countries by pipelines. Raw materials experts are assuming that the reserves of natural gas currently known meet requirements until at least the year 2080 if consumption remains constant. Another factor is that new deposits of natural gas are still being discovered and made accessible. Furthermore, the growing proportion of regionally generated biogas is contributing to long-term certainty of supply and to greater independence from imports.