Methane, either as natural gas or as processed bio-gas, is one of the energy alternatives that has attracted interest as a possible fuel for urban buses. The reasons for this are the great potential for "clean" exhaust and the competitive fuel price. Three Swedish local authorities have made preliminary studies of the consequences of using methane to fuel buses. Bio-gas is the most interesting long-term possibility, but in Gothenburg and Lund the intention is to start using natural gas, as this option is already available there. Linkoeping is interested in starting a test with a limited number of bio-gas buses. The three local authority preliminary studies have been brought together. The Swedish Transport Research Board - TFB - has financed parts of the Gothenburg and Linkoeping studies. The Lund local authoriy and the project manager have kindly made the Lund study available for this composite report. By reading the three preliminary studies together, it is possible to obtain a clear picture of what bus operation with methane in Sweden would imply. It is demonstrated that methane operation is technically possible and that costs would be slightly higher than for today's diesel (oil) operation. Large-scale implementation would require a few years to introduce, but the environmental gains would be great. Gas operation would mean a "cultural change", but this can be handled by means of information and training. (TRRL)

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    Birger Jarls Torg 5
    Stockholm,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • EKELUND, M
    • Roth, A
  • Publication Date: 1990


  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; References;
  • Pagination: 143 p.
  • Serial:
    • TFB Meddelande
    • Issue Number: 157
    • Publisher: Transportforksningsberedningen
    • ISSN: 0283-9105

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00619771
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1992 12:00AM