Biomethane for 5000 Swedish cars
Biogas purification and generation specialist Carbotech, based in Essen, Germany, has been awarded a contract to design and build a biogas plant at the Sofielund wastewater treatment plant in Huddinge, a municipality of Stockholm county. The new biogas plant is being built for Scandinavian Biogas in collaboration with SRV Återvinning AB, a waste management company owned by five municipalities in the Stockholm region.
Scandinavian Biogas is constructing the plant to address the increased demand for larger volumes of locally produced, renewable energy, with an exceptionally great need for renewable vehicle fuel. Biogas will be produced by gathering and processing food waste and converting it into renewable biogas, also called biomethane.
The project is ready to begin construction and the goal is to have the new biogas plant up and running in the first half of 2015. Designed to treat 2000 m³ / h of raw biogas, the plant will produce 8 million normal cubic meters of vehicle fuel grade biomethane, with initial expansion plans in place to double the capacity to 16 million standard cubic meters.
The renewable fuel produced will have a methane content of more than 97% after purification and will be used to supply natural gas vehicles (NGVs).
Upon completion, the plant will produce about 100 million kilowatt hours of biomethane annually, enough to supply around 5000 vehicles a year travelling an average mileage of 20,000 kilometers. The city of Stockholm is therefore increasing its proportion of biomethane to 50% starting in 2015.
(Sources: Carbotech and Scandinavian Biogas)