Residents in Sweden’s Västra Götaland localities of Mellerud, Strömstad, Bengtsfors and Åmål will have the option to refuel with biomethane (renewable natural gas) by spring of 2018, reports BRC Sweden which has been allocated nearly SEK 8.9 million (approx. USD 1 million) to support the company’s investment in building four biogas filling stations.
The Fyrbodal area of Västra Götaland already has biogas filling stations at six different locations. The rural areas are often neglected for infrastructure development, hence its decision to apply for funding from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency to get investment support, explained Dennis Staaf, CEO of BRC Sweden.
With the climate investment aid from the Swedish EPA, BRC Sweden will receive approximately 73 per cent of the total investment cost. BRC Sweden will carry approximately SEK 3.4 million (USD 400k) of the total cost.
“This is a new step for us at BRC, because we’ll be responsible for both building and operating the service stations. We’ll buy locally produced biogas from Biogas Brålanda and Trollhättan Energi to the extent possible and we’ll hire more staff. We predict a very bright future for the biogas market,” says Dennis Staaf.
BRC has been active in Trollhättan, a city and the seat of Trollhättan Municipality in Västra Götaland County since 2010. Customers include Ford Motor Company, Scania, AGA and E.ON. The planning phase for the four new biogas filling stations will commence shortly and the project will be completed by 1 June 2018.
In addition to building and operating biogas filling stations, BRC produces biogas systems for vehicles and converts diesel vehicles and construction machines so that they can be powered by a combination of biogas and diesel.