The European Commission’s Biogasmax project, formulated to share biogas-related experiences in terms of best practices in managing urban transportation, has published the results of the project via a Synthesis report, including 25 technical ‘final reports’ produced by the EC – funded Consortium between 2006 and end-2010.
The Synthesis report (44 pages), presents the main outcomes and findings of the Biogasmax project. Lessons from experiences of six European demonstration sites are described and show that biomethane is a great way of turning waste into transport fuel.
Partners identified the technical, operational and institutional barriers that prevented biomethane from entering the market, and drew conclusions from the lessons learnt during the large scale demonstration projects. There were 30 partners from seven European countries involved in Biogasmax between 2006 and 2010.
The report is available from the Biogasmax website at www.biogasmax.eu.
The Falköping Model – Excel based calculation model now available
Biogasmax is also making available two versions of the Falköping Model, which enables users to estimate market demand for biomethane in a region from evolving gas vehicle fleets and estimate supply capabilities from a range of production and distribution facilities. It takes a system perspective to model multiple actors across a 15 year time-span, allowing users to examine (and fine-tune!) the economic and environmental performance of the whole biomethane system, and its component parts.
The two versions – light and advanced – provide support (via pre-defined average values) or alternatively the ability to heavily customise and adapt inputs to match your local conditions.
The Biogasmax project will provide support to users of the Falköping Model, and welcomes feedback on their experience. Users are encouraged to share the results of using the Model, in order to build up a library of example biomethane systems relevant across different regions in Europe.
The Falköping Model is also available from the Biogasmax website.
Life Cycle Assessment of Biomethane Fuel
The provision and use of biomethane as a substitute for natural gas is considered to be a sustainable technology. But exactly how sustainable is it? How can sustainability be quantified at all? Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an internationally accepted tool for the provision of information about the environmental relevance of products and services. Biogasmax conducted LCA studies of biomethane from the participating plants across Europe. As the project results show, biomethane offers great reduction potential compared to fossil fuels, since between 50 to 70 % less climate impact than natural gas over the entire life cycle. Since natural gas is considered rather clean compared to fossil fuels, biomethane comes out with even lower emissions against gasoline and diesel. The dedicated evaluation report contains the complete portfolio of impact categories. Available from the Biogasmax website at www.biogasmax.eu.