sWeden leads the way

The world´s fastest growing biogas region

Californians are used to leading the way to better health and environment. Already in 1993, Los Angelse took a first step towards cleaner city air and reduced emissions of fossil CO2 by replacing 2,200 diesel buses with buses running on natural gas (fossil methane). In april 2017 the second step of the strategy was launched when the bus fleet initiated a switch to fueling RNG.(Renewable Natural Gas.sw: biogas) RNG has no negative impact on the climate and is produced from waste. In fact, RNG production in the US has increased by a factor of one hundred in the last five years.

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, started running city buses on RNG 13 years ago. In 2017 the neighbouring region Västmanland was running 95% of the public bus fleet on locally produced RNG.

every apple has a core

New York City has more than 13,000 taxi cabs.
All these cars and the garbage trucks in the Big Apple could run on energy from the city´s own backyards.
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Biogas is already being produced at Newtown Creek from what millions of New Yorkers flush down their toilets. In addition to this, every household in New York is now being equipped with specially designed brown waste bins. From the food waste sorted by the people and businesses of New York City, more biogas for cars, trucks and buses can be produced. What a great idea!

In Stockholm Sweden, more than 2,600 taxis and over 300 buses run och biogas. The climate neutral fuel is produced from waste water and from food waste sorted by stockholmians into 100,000 specially designed bins. Brown bins.

 Brown trucks turning green

UPS, United Parcel Service, is a world leading logistics company.
Since 2015 UPS has invested 320 million US dollars in replacing diesel trucks with trucks running on natural gas (fossil methane). 

In november 2017, UPS decided to increase the fleets share of climate neutral renewable natural gas from 8 to 23 %, a great step towards decreasing their carbon footprint.

At logistic company Widrikssons Åkeri in Västberga, southern Stockholm, half the fleet runs on methane. 48 trucks are fueled with100% RNG (sw:biogas) produced locally.

                  The king changes the game

In february 2017, the New York Times published an article on  "The King of Compost", Charles Vigliotti. As president of the American Organic Energy, Mr Vigliotti has a truly great thing going. A new plant that can make two new products out of garbarge in only three weeks.
If Mr Vigliottis plan succeds it will mean that 180,000 tons of food waste anually is transformed into biogas and eco-fertilizer.
US farmers buy 21 billion dollars worth of fertilizer every year and the biogas can be sold to businesses interested in turning their truck fleets sustainable or in producing green electricity.

Sweden has 34 plants producing biogas and fertilizer from food waste. In 2017, the Södertörn plant 30 minutes from Stockholm city produced biogas enough to fuel 6,000 cars from food waste sorted by stockholmians. 

        smarter, cleaner and a lot more fun

In 2008 "Mr Biogas Europe", Marcel Borger and his partner Pelle Schlichting founded OrangeGas. The business plan was based on dutch businesses and public paying a little more for a locally produced fuel that is both environmentally- and climate friendly.

By July 2018, Marcel and Pelle had 75 biogas fuelling stations up and running in the Netherlands and 35 in neighbouring Germany. And they´re not done yet.

To make chosing biogas even easier, the Orange Gas fueling stations have built-in vacuum cleaners offering drivers the opportunity of leaving the station with a cleaner car.

  Biogas - the smart and clean fuel.

Sweden has 170 public filling stations selling biogas. All that is missing are the vacuum cleaners...

                   How to google your waste

In 2010, Google global headquarters initiated a project paving the way for smarter logistics by having organic waste collected separately. To simplify and clarify the new procedure to employees, new office recycling bins were designed in 2013. In combination with training programs and new signs, sorting increased from 10% to 78%. Changing from plastic- to compostable bags for the organic fraction reduced the anual use of plastic bags by a whopping five million bags. (!!!)

When MD Jan Rapp in 2011 replaced plastic sacs with washable. multiple use, containers at Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm, organic waste recycling increased by 600%. The new system saves 14 000 plastic sacs annually. Separate desk top bins for organic waste were introduced by Biogas Academy at SF Bio head office in Stockholm in 2016. No single use material is needed in the loop. 

      no smoke without fire

Three billion people world wide cook their food on open fires. This means having to pay for wood, spend time getting it and that trees are being cut down instead of offering shade and binding cultivable soil. Smoke from these fires cause millions of deaths every year in so called "indoor air pollution". The same group of people have a high risk of attracting different kind of infectious diseases due to polluted water and non-existent garbage collection.

HOMEBIOGAS solves these problems. Instead of leaving droppings from cows, goats and sheep on the ground they come to use in a unit like the one in the picture. Organic waste from the household goes the same way.
Out of the HOMEBIOGAS unit comes sufficient biogas to run a cooking stove for two hours every day, and as a bonus, a liquid fertilizer is produced. No money wasted on buying wood, no time wasted on getting it, less areas are deforrested and less people and animals get sick from drinking polluted water or inhaling polluted air. Biogas - the game changer. 

biogas cars make more sense than electric

 In december 2015, a Finnish study focusing on the economics in reducing carbon dioxide emissions from road transport was published. The conclusion was that it would cost 8 billion US dollars more to reduce emissions by building an infrastructure for chargers and switching to electrical cars compared to fueling transportation with domestically produced biogas. 

Why?

Because producing biogas using residue from farming and organic waste creates new jobs.
The study painted a vision of 50,000 biogas fueled vehicles on finnish roads by 2030 and that by then, the country would have 50 biogas fueling stations.
The same year the study was published Sweden reached 150 biogas fllling stations fueling 49,000 vehicles. With a potential GNP worth of 8 billion dollars.

Google the report: "How to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions From Road Transport by 40%", VTT Dec 2015

sun powers ferris wheel, RNG powers buses.

On Santa Monica Pier, a favourite sunday  excursion for many Angelinos, the Ferris wheel is solar powered.
To reduce greenhouse emissions from local buses the municipality has chosen another technique - since 2015 the 200 local buses are powered by biomethane/RNG. .

Big Blue Bus is a national leader in sustainability. The company´s sucess fueling buses with RNG is likely to have influenced ten times as large neigbouring Los Angeles Metro Bus´ 2017 decision to use the same fuel in 2 200 buses (see top). To make it easier for bicyclists to travel the area, every Big Blue Bus has bicycle racks mounted on the front fenders. 

WHY BIOGAS?

Every human being on the planet needs to eat and use the toilet. The greater the amount of people in a city, the more waste. Biogas technology enables the production of non-fossil methane from food waste, sewage or residue from farming.

As you are reading this, the world´s larger economies are increasing their use of natural gas (fossil methane) for industrial purposes to heat homes, produce electricity and fuel ships, trucks and cars. In January 2018, China became the
world´s number one importer of natural gas. The reason: China, just like the USA, wants to reduce the use of coal as fuel in the production of electricity.

The second step in this development is to switch from natural gas to biogas. Biogas (biomethane/RNG) is chemically identical with natural gas and can be produced by every country from waste. Doing so has a number of benefits:

  • the country´s economy benefits
  • turning waste into energy reduces environmental impact
  • industry, shipping and road transports can operate without affecting the climate. 
  • with a domestic, independent production of fuel and fertilizer, food production and transportation becomes less vulnerable to global politics.


This is why an increasing number of countries are developing their own biogas infrastructure.

Biogas Technology - making what everybody needs from what everybody has