Biomethane as a Transport Fuel

 

SevernNet is undertaking a survey, on behalf of a local organisation, concerning the possibility of using bio-methane in the Avonmouth area as a transport fuel.

We would be most grateful if you might take a few minutes to answer a few short questions about your organisation, your fleet, and your thoughts on using an alternative fuel such as bio-methane. The survey can be downloaded here and emailed to intern@severnnet.org.

 

Biomethane yields several important benefits in comparison to traditional diesel fuels::

  • Proven around 30% saving on fuel costs
  • Greater than 97% reduction of harmful particulate matter and NOx of tailpipe emissions
  • Lower running costs
  • and it is locally produced!

If you are able to complete the survey, in the next few days, and send us your response it would be a great help to this research and the potential for cheaper, more environmentally friendly fuel in the area. 

More about Biomethane

What is Biomethane?

Biomethane is a versatile fuel which is produced from the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. Comprising approx. 98% methane, it has the same composition as natural gas sourced from geological formations, and can be used as a direct replacement for natural gas in vehicles. Similarly to its fossil fuel equivalent, it can be compressed (CBM) or liquified (LBM).

 

Reliability and Availability

Gas-powered vehicles are now available as ‘off the shelf’ models. For LVCs this includes the VW Caddy, Mercedes-Benz Sprinters and Iveco Daily. A variety of gas-fuelled HGV vehicles are produced by Volvo, Scania and other manufacturers.

These come with the standard manufacturer’s warrantee and have strong reliability track records. Most models include a small petrol tank reserve providing around 80 miles back-up to the main gas tank.

 

Biomethane in Avonmouth

Biomethane is produced locally in Avonmouth from Bristol’s waste. This survey is part of an investigation into potential demand to install local filling facilities in Avonmouth. If demand is proven, commercial availability might be anticipated in 2017.

This could be of particular interest to businesses travelling from, and back to, the area on a regular basis.

An example of the use of this fuel locally is being piloted via the Biobus  and the Biobug.