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Difficult to make biogas profitable

Published onsdag 18 april 2012 kl 09.21
Photo: Christer Suneson

The energy company Göteborgs Energi will close a major biogas project at the end of the year, citing problems with profitability, Swedish Radio News reports.

“The project ends at the end of this year and we can already see that it is difficult to make a biogas plants break even. Unfortunately there is not enough interest for it to continue,” said CEO Lotta Brändström.

The project was part of a larger government programme meant to support local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Twenty-five percent of the project which was aimed at developing new technology for the production of biogas, was funded by the government. But according to Brändström, the project would need financial support for more than just a few years.

Six biogas plants, turning materials from the forest industry into fuel, have been built near the cities of Gothenburg, Skövde and Lidköping since 2006.

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