FEBRUARY 6

Expansion of liquid biogas

Expansion of liquid biogas

With this project Oskarshamn Energi plans to expand its current biogas business into liquid biogas and thereby make it possibility for heavier trucks to convert from fossil fuels to biogas. The investment is about 1,5 MEUR and is expected to reduce fossil CO2 emissions by about 3 500 ton/year.

Oskarshamn Energi is a local city-utility based in the city of Oskarshamn on the south-east coast of Sweden. Starting 2012 the company has developed its biogas business from scratch, a business that now constitutes about 10% of the company´s total turnover. The current business consists of three public filling stations for cars and vans and two filling-stations for the regional bus service that Oskarshamn Energi has built, owns and operates.

The biogas sold in the filling stations is sourced locally and is produced from fermentation of household waste, manure and waste from the local food industry. Biogas is a renewable fuel and the waste resulting from biogas production is recycled back to the local farming resulting in a sustainable cyclic local fuel-system.

Our next contribution to the transformation of the transportation system away from imported fossil fuels to locally produced renewable fuels is to build a filling station for liquid biogas. Liquid biogas is simply biogas that is cooled down to a temperature where its converted to liquid form. By doing this a lot more gas can be carried in the tank of the vehicle, thus significantly increasing the transportation range. The longer transportation range would open the possibility for larger trucks to convert from diesel to biogas. There is already trucks available that can run on liquid biogas but the number of filling stations in the area are limited.

A liquid biogas filling station consists of a tank equipped with cooling to store the biogas, a compressor house to increase pressure and a dispenser used to fill the truck with biogas.

Climate benefits:

Reduced fossil CO2 emissions of 3 500 tons/year

Budget:

1,5 MEUR

Timing:

2023

Contact information

Oskarshamn Energi AB
Kenny Lundström
+46 705 14 35 16

Swedish green Recovery

The timing of the European Green Deal and the Climate law is excellent. Since around the time of the Paris agreement, there is an impatient willingness to act in the business sector, and we need authorities to catalyse this development.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat was founded to support Sweden’s ambition to decarbonize the transport sector. The Swedish Climate Law set an ambitious sector target for transport –  70 percent reduction of carbon dioxide by 2030. Through 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations the 2030-secretariat is supporting this ambitious development, independent of technical solutions or political parties. We are convinced that we need to work in parallel on behaviour, fuels (all low carbon or zero emission fuels) and vehicle technologies. All is needed.

We invited partners to send in proposals that fit well within Green recovery under the Green Deal. We have collected some 30 proposals, mostly in Sweden, in different areas using different technologies. We, the 2030-secretariat, are a Coalition of the willing with a focus on the target year 2030. There are many initiatives brewing in Sweden.

We strongly support initiatives like the Green recovery fund, and we see an increasing interest to take part. In this work we would like to stress the following:

• Allow for a multitude of solutions. We do not know which technology will be decisive, but we do know that many different technologies will be needed

• Changing our behaviour and the use of digital mobility is as important as legislation for vehicles or fuels. The 2020’s is the decade of digitalization, let’s invite digital solutions into the mobility sector

• Avoid having the good alternatives compete. The future is a combo; electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, biogas and some of the new fuels entering the market

• Do not separate fuels in generations or levels of sophistication. We are interested in the greenhouse gas reduction potential of the fuels, not what they are called

We sense a strong willingness to move forward, a season of change that is both needed and welcome. We hope that these initiatives can inspire. If you like an idea – steal it, if you want to participate, contact the person listed by the project. But most importantly, get inspired by what is possible.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat is made up of 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations joined in one common goal – supporting Sweden in reaching a 70 percent reduction of CO2 in the Swedish transport sector by 2030. We work in three areas, all equally important: vehicle technology, fuels and electrification and behaviour. All three important areas that need to deliver if we are to reach the climate target for the transport sector. The 2030-secretariat is independent from individual companies and political parties and does not favour any specific technology or solution. The reduction of CO2 is what counts. We are equally inspired by entrepreneurship and innovation as we are with grit, the on-going task of increasing efficiency. We need all to reach the climate targets.