Updated: 2/1/2006; 8:29:38 AM.

Future energy
Renewables, fuel cells, hydrogen, and efficiency


daily link  Friday, January 27, 2006


Cows make fuel for biogas train, buses, taxis:  "The world's first biogas-powered passenger train is taking its first passengers between the Swedish cities of Linkoping and Vastervik. And the biogas comes from the entrails of dead cows. .. the organs and the fat and the guts [are] enough, from one cow, to get you about 4km (2.5 miles) on the train."  Processing of the cow waste takes a month from abbatoir to vehicles.  "the train between Linkoping and Vastervik will cost 20% more to run on methane than on the usual diesel. But the oil price is going up and up.. Nor is it just trains. In Linkoping, the 65-strong bus fleet is powered by biogas. .. The taxis, the rubbish trucks and a number of private cars also fill up at the biogas pump..

And if methane doesn't light your fire, you can choose to have your car run on a high-grade biofuel mix. This year, Saab started selling a biopowered version of their 95 model.  Its engine will take a fuel cocktail which is up to 85% bioethanol, made, principally, from Brazilian sugar cane. The bio-powered version of the Saab 95 costs around $1,000 (£500) more than the normal model. But with pump prices for the E85 mix a third cheaper than normal petrol, company car tax breaks, and exemptions for parking and congestion charges, Saab reckons you get that $1,000 back within the first year. ..

Across Europe, transport is not pulling its weight when it comes to meeting the Kyoto targets on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.  Industry is. So, to a lesser extent, are households and agriculture. But now the European Commission ..  has set binding targets for the amount of fuel use it wants taken up by bio-products by the end of this year, and by 2010. "
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