Sweden, the first biogas train

The first train running on biogas, a renewable energy produced from organic waste, was put into circulation on Monday ( 24th October ) in Sweden, we learned from the company Svensk Biogas. "The train left on time, at 14:42 pm, and everything is going well," said Peter Undén, marketing director of the owner company, contacted on board by AFP.

The craft, which links the cities of Linköping, south of Stockholm and Västervik, on the Swedish east coast, about 80 kilometers apart, will now make a “daily trip, but the ambition is to do so by two or more, ”said Undén. Composed of a single wagon that can transport around sixty passengers, the old Fiat machine saw its diesel engines replaced by two Volvo gas engines, explained Svensk Biogas at its inauguration last June.

It carburizes with biogas, an emanation of the decomposition of organic matter that takes place naturally or voluntarily and which, once valorized, can serve as fuel.

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As is the case for other biofuels, the combustion of biogas allows a significant reduction in the emission of carbon dioxide with greenhouse effect.

"It does not consume the usual fuels, but renewable energy (...) it is a very good way to acquire sustainable transport systems", underlines Peter Undén. In addition, biogas is a material which does not depend on external imports. "The municipalities can ensure their own production and this creates jobs," he said.

Finally, it is also quieter than most other trains, according to Undén. Svensk Biogas chief marketing officer welcomed the first Monday, "an opportunity to show that this is something that works."

According to him, foreign countries have expressed interest in the biogas train, including India.

Source: La Libre Belgique

Rulian's note: Finally a country that seems to be moving. Our rulers would do well to take seed. Congratulations to the Swedes.

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