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1 THE CLEAN FUEL CONCEPT BIOGAS BRÅLANDA The clean oday s and tomorrow s needs for environmenta ly friendly fuce ls, and introduces an fuel concept Biogas Brålanda meets today s and tomorrow s needs ct innovative concept for the extraction åla ålf o biogas from manure. ls, and introduces an innovative concept for the extraction of b t is a co-operation with farmers from the Dalboslätten. entally friendly fuels, and introduces eets today s an innovative concept for the he extract eon of biogas from manure. and tomorrow s needs for environmentally f os or slä sie Brålanda meets today s ndly fuels, and introduc The manure and tomorrow s needs for environ As one o

2 THE CLEAN FUEL CONCEPT BIOGAS BRÅLANDA THE CLEAN FUEL CONCEPT BIOGAS BRÅLANDA MEETS TODAY S AND TOMORROW S NEEDS FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FUELS, AND INTRODUCES AN INNOVATIVE CONCEPT FOR THE EXTRACTION OF BIOGAS FROM MANURE. The Clean Fuel Concept provides a unique concept for the extraction of biogas for motor vehicles. On Dalboslätten, one of Sweden s largest cohesive agricultural areas, the technology, structure and methodology required for meeting a heavily increasing need for alternative fuels, are being developed. The Clean Fuel Concept is based on tried and tested technologies, in order to ensure quality and effi ciency. Within the Clean Fuel Concept, several farms are linked to one common pipeline in order to be able to deliver large volumes of biogas. The Clean Fuel Concept is an innovative concept for winning biogas on small farming businesses. The fl exibility of small-scale enterprise is combined with the advantages of large-scale production. HOW DOES IT WORK? The Clean Fuel Concept is a co-operation with farmers from the Dalboslätten. The manure and the digesters are located on the farms, and the biogas is transported by means of a pipeline. The short distances make the system both costeffective and environmentally friendly in comparison to methods with which the manure has to be transported over long distances. INSTALLATION FOR UPGRADING THE GAS MANURE/CROPS INSTALLATIONS ON FARMS CRUDE GAS IN Gas dryer MANURE/CROPS Local gas mains Pipeline for biogas Existing pipeline Biogas installations on the farms Existing biogas installation Filling station Installation for upgrading the gas MAIN PIPELINE UDDEVALLA FRÄNDEFORS VÄNERSBORG VEHICLE GAS OUT Gas dryer BRÅLANDA Local gas mains MELLERUD TROLLHÄTTAN GRÄSTORP FILLING STATIONS

3 NATURE S CYCLE With the Clean Fuel Concept, the methane, which is a natural component of manure, is collected and used for powering lorries, buses and personal vehicles. In such a way, the carbon-dioxide becomes part of a closed cycle, which does not harm the environment. The remains from the digestion process are collected and spread on the fi elds for fertilization purposes. These remains have even better fertilization properties than the original manure. They are absorbed better by the crops, and emit less odors, methane and nitrous-oxide.

4 THE MARKET CALLS THE CLEAN FUEL CONCEPT RESPONDS Companies in the automotive sector are now clearly communicating their need for alternative fuels. The Volvo Group were the fi rst to develop carbon-dioxide neutral demo lorries that were run on biogas-combined fuels. Within the framework of Volvo AB s program for engines powered by environmentally friendly fuels, Leif Johansson, Volvo s Managing Director, recommends second generation bio-fuels, but emphasizes the lack of supply. The Clean Fuel Concept combines the concept and the technology, and is prepared to meet the need. AREA WITH THE RIGHT PREREQUISITES When it comes to winning biogas from waste and sewage sludge, Vänersborg and Trollhättan together have more than ten years worth of experience. By integrating the Clean Fuel Concept in the existing gas network, the infrastructure for biogas is expanded and made more effi cient. Manure from agricultural businesses will be transported to rural areas in the form of energy. AGRICULTURE MEETS RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY As one of Sweden s largest cohesive agricultural areas, with a large production of manure, Dalboslätten provides the right conditions for the Clean Fuel Concept. The number and proximity of farming businesses provides a good foundation for the concept. Developing agricultural areas thus becomes an integral part of research and technical development. The Clean Fuel Concept is based on reliable technology, and goes a long way towards developing tomorrow s solutions. Among others, possibilities for optimizing the heat exchanger, the pumpingand grinding system and the decomposition process will be researched. As we speak, Swedish technology companies are developing a digester that is specifi cally designed for farm-level biogas extraction. After the technology has been tried and tested, the Clean Fuel Concept, including its structure and method, may be made commercially available to other interested parties on a national as well as international basis. MONEY TO EARN There is a considerable demand for renewable fuels, and calculated profi ts look good. With today s consumer prices, investors will make a profi t that greatly exceeds the banks interest rates. The Clean Fuel Concept is a profi table proposition. A NEW PERSPECTIVE SUBTERRANEOUS INFRASTRUCTURE The Clean Fuel Concept entails that farms will be connected through a system of underground pipes. Each farm or group of farms has its own digester, where the manure is subjected to the decomposition process. The crude gas is fed into a pipeline, by which it is transported to a central processing installation, where it is treated to comply with vehicle-fuel standards, e.g. by removing the carbon-dioxide. Subsequently, the biogas is distributed through the pipeline to fi lling stations or gas suppliers. Gradually, more and more farming businesses can be integrated in the infrastructure. The material that is subjected to the decomposition process consists of manure from cattle, pigs and poultry, as well as other organic waste materials. If energy prices increase, different types of crops such as hemp can be used to generate biogas. The infrastructure is already in place, with the network connected, ready to meet the increased demand. An effi cient use of farm resources contributes to reducing carbon-dioxide- and nitrogen emission levels. The processed crops can also be used for fertilization purposes, as an alternative to artifi cial fertilizer. STEP 1 Biogas extraction on Dalboslätten: 20 GWh/year equals approximately 2.1 million liters of petrol 130,000 tons of manure = 2 million m 3 of biogas/year This equals the annual fuel consumption of: 30 lorries 30 buses 250 personal vehicles Reduced carbon-dioxide emissions = 14,978 tons THE FUTURE Potential generation on Dalboslätten: 200 GWh/year equals approximately 22 million liters of petrol 230,000 tons of manure = 3.4 million m 3 of biogas/year 8,000 hectares of crop for decomposition purposes = 200,000 tons of crop = 18 million m 3 of biogas/year This equals the annual consumption of: 8,000 personal vehicles 100 buses

5 THE CLEAN FUEL CONCEPT IS MADE POSSIBLE BY OUR TRUSTED PARTNERS Biogas Väst/Business Region Göteborg Financiers Researchers Hushållningssällskapet Väst Innovatum Technology Park Lantbrukarnas Riksförbund LRF (National Association of Farmers) Farming businesses Food-processing industry The clean fuel concept Biogas Brålanda meets today s CONTACT DETAILS Peter Eriksson Hushållningssällskapet Väst Telephone: +46 (0) Cell. phone: +46 (0) Melleruds kommun (The Municipality of Mellerud) Naturbruksgymnasier (Natural Resource High schools) Svenska Gasföreningen (Swedish Gas Society) Technical suppliers Vänersborgs kommun (The Municipality of Vänersborg) and The Karin Stenlund Innovatum Technology Park Telephone: +46 (0) Cell. phone: +46 (0) tomorrow s clean The clean fuel concept fuel needs for The Clean Fuel Conce concept B Biogas Brålanda meets environmentally friendly fu owgas Brålanda rroioo Production: Bozzanova AB. Text: Jenny Persson. Photo: Volvo etc. Translation: Joachim Van Zoelen / Polaris Communications. Print: Cela-Grafi ska Environmental certifi cation ISO This brochure was co-fi nanced by the County of Västra Götaland, Fyrbodal s Association of Municipalities, and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe invests in rural areas, Västra Götaland s County Administrative Board. meets today s and tomorrow s needs for environ

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