DNV GL has opened a LNG test centre to enable safer and more efficient use of LNG. The test centre, located in Groningen, the Netherlands, will enable safer and more efficient use of LNG. Also, it will support stakeholders across the value chain with operational experience and intelligence in addressing the large variations in the properties, density and calorific values among LNG sources globally.
The facility, at the organization’s existing renewable energy technology and gas laboratory site,is the first with a capacity compatible for the downstream sector. Its capacity is up to 250kg of liquefied gas and boasts a heat exchanger that allows the temperature of the LNG – and therefore its boil-off – to be precisely regulated.
A stable and known composition of LNG is important for accurately assessing energy content and engine performance control. With accurate fuel composition monitoring, DNV GL`s online Propane Knock Index (PKI) methane number calculator can be used to assess the fit-for-purpose of gaseous fuels with end-use appliances.
The impact of changing LNG composition on engine performance can also be studied at the Groningen site.