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New world record for the MicroJoule prototype

Compressed natural gas, the big winner of the 2016’s Shell Eco-marathon

The MicroJoule team – winner in the CNG London prototype category – 3 July 2016 ©Shell

With 2,606 km for the equivalent of 1 litre of  gasoline, the MicroJoule vehicle designed by the students of the “La Joliverie” Highschool (Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire) set a new world record for energy savings using compressed natural gas (CNG) during the 31st edition of the Shell Eco-marathon. For its second participation in the CNG category, MicroJoule, backed by GRTgaz, established itself as the big winner of the competition, all categories taken together, for internal combustion engines.

This achievement, even better than last year's, confirms the performance of gas as a fuel and its capacity to reconcile energy efficiency with lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Partner of the vehicle since 2015Tgaz congratulates the students of the “La Joliverie”  Highschool GR for their excellent performance, the fruit of their unfailing commitment to achieving technical excellence, their drive and their team cohesion. For Philippe Maindru, head of the MicroJoule project at “La Joliverie”, « the partnership with GRTgaz helps us continue our research and demonstrate the technological and environmental advantages of CNG, which is asserting itself as a concrete, affordable and high-performance alternative in the world of transport. »

The founders of the MicroJoule vehicle and GRTgaz share the conviction that gas is an effective solution to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector, with tried and tested technical reliability similar to that of vehicles using traditional oil-based fuels. Compared to diesel, CNG emits 25% less CO2 but also much less nitrogen oxide and virtually no particles. With the expected development of renewable gas (biogas), the carbon footprint of CNG will become negligible. In 2015, 76,000 tonnes of CO2 were avoided in France by 14,000 vehicles being powered by gas rather than diesel

The Shell Eco-marathon is a unique competition that challenges students to design, construct and drive vehicles capable of covering the longest distance possible with as little fuel as possible. The 31st editing of the Shell Eco-marathon attracted 200 teams, 3,000 students from thirty or so countries on all continents and 30,000 visitors near Queen Elisabeth Park in London.