Biogas potential for HGV vehicles

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The UK AD & Biogas Expo took place last week in Birmingham

​Biomethane generated from food and drinks processes is being touted as a low-carbon alternative to diesel for commercial vehicles such as HGVs.

A new report on biomethane, conducted by Aker Associates on behalf of Clearfleau, attracted attention at last week’s UK AD & Biogas Expo in Birmingham.

It focused on the use of biomethane for transport in the commercial vehicle market and the barriers to wider adoption of biomethane in the industry.

Consultant Andrew Winship said: “We need new and innovative solutions. We expect to see growing numbers of food and drink processing companies looking to use this technology.

“Biomethane offers a low-carbon alternative to diesel for fuelling their commercial vehicle fleets. With both suitable vehicles and fuels becoming more available, supported through legislation and tax treatment, biomethane as a low-carbon transport fuel is set to grow substantially.”

Diesel is currently the dominant fuel for commercial vehicles but companies are under social, political and environmental pressure to find low-carbon renewable alternatives.

But the decline in Feed-in Tariff (FIT) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) rates meant using biomethane as an alternative fuel to diesel is becoming more economic.

Winship added: “If the mood music is moving everyone away from diesel to combat harmful pollutants the only other solution would seem to be biomethane. It's too early to estimate the size of the market and it will depend on factors such as the availability of waste and feed stock in anaerobic digestion (AD) plants.”

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