The development of biogas as a vehicle fuel has taken another step in Sweden where biogas is already an attractive alternative for light duty vehicles and buses. A new plant in Lidköping, Sweden, is now operational and produces Liquefied Biogas as an alternative fuel for heavy duty vehicles. This is said to be one of the first such plants in the world.
The liquefied biogas has been transported by tanker to Gothenburg, where one of Fordonsgas Sweden AB’s filling stations provides heavy vehicles with the climate-friendly fuel. The biogas is made using residues from the local food industry. The plant also supplies local farms with biofertilizer, which supports the transition to sustainable agriculture.
The Lidköping Biogas plant can produce 60 GWh on an annual basis, which approximates the fuel requirements of 6,000 cars or 200 trucks. The biogas production reduces the emissions of carbon dioxide from the transport sector by 16,000 tons per year.
Eric Zinn, Biogas Development Engineer for Göteborg Energi AB, explained to NGV Global News, “The facility is at approximately 80% capacity on the biogas production side now. Liquefaction is at approximately 30%. As of Sep 1 we plan to be at 100% biogas production (60 GWh/yr) and 80% liquefaction (50 GWh/yr). The remainder is sold as CBG (compressed biogas).”
“Thanks to Air Liquide’s biogas liquefaction technology, we have proved it possible to transform waste to a very clean and eco-adapted fuel for heavy vehicles,” says project leader Claes Sommansson at Göteborg Energi.
Lidköping Biogas is a cooperation between several parties. Lidköping Biogas AB is the company that runs the biogas liquefaction plant and is owned by Göteborg Energi AB and the Municipality of Lidköping. Swedish Biogas International Lidköping AB owns and operates the biogas production plant.
(This article compiled using information from a Göteborg Energi AB press release)