Investing in biogas stations to promote greener transport

Brittany (France) invests in biogas stations to promote greener transport.

In two to three years, Brittany should see green fuel stations flourish. “Our objective,” says Marc Le Mercier, the manager of Liger Bioconcept, creating this brand, is to produce 24 stations in the region. At the national level, they should reach 150 in the medium-term.

Brittany (France) invests in biogas stations to promote greener transport.

These stations are open to companies for the supply of fuel to trucks and coaches, but also to individual vehicles. They will offer bioGNV from methanisers located nearby. So far, Liger Bioconcept has already opened the first station in Locminé, where its head office is located. Two others are planned in Ploermël at the end of the year and then in Pontivy

“Each of station, says Marc Le Mercier, requires an investment of around 1 million euros, without any public subsidy.”

Developing the network

To gradually develop this network, the manager is counting on the collaboration with agricultural cooperatives. Each station will be created in the form of a SAS in which the partner cooperatives will be majority shareholders, alongside Liger Bioconcept. Private companies are also very interested in the initiative. This is the case of the Brest group Guyot Environnement, a specialist in the treatment of household waste which intends to run its vehicles on CNG.

The 4 departmental energy unions in Brittany jointly created Bretagne Mobilité GNV, led by Christophe Lally. “In a few months, we will have 6 stations distributing CNG. In the medium term we should have 18 stations”, says Christophe Lally. Unlike Karrgreen, they will initially be mainly supplied by gas distributed by the conventional network and not biomethane.

Brittany, France’s leading agricultural region, is now covered by around a hundred methanisers. The Brittany Regional Council and its partners are showing their ambitions: “the 6-fold increase in the production of renewable gas by 2030 and the injection into the networks of 1,700 Gwh of biogas in 2015, i.e. 10% of Breton consumption of natural gas.”

Reducing carbon footprint

More and more concerned with limiting their carbon footprint, several companies are investing in fleets of vehicles running on gmobility. This is the case of the company Le Saint, wholesaler of fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. It plans to replace between 20 and 50 of its vehicles annually so that, within five years, 30% of its fleet will run on clean energy. At its head office in Guipavas, near Brest, the group plans to build a fueling station which will be managed by Enedis.

“If the purchase of a vehicle running on biogas is more expensive, this energy is 30% less expensive than diesel, for an equivalent consumption”, says Le Saint.

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