ED95 makes heavy road transports climate friendly
The transport industry is facing diesel shortage and the threat of climate change requires immediate action. The increasing heavy road transport must switch to renewable fuels.
ED95, SEKAB’s ethanol-based biofuel for heavy vehicles such as trucks and buses, is a proven alternative to diesel with small local emissions and very large benefits for the climate.
Kyl & Frysexpressen runs on second-generation ethanol
To clients with particularly high standards on reduced carbon emissions, SEKAB also provides ED95 made from from second-generation ethanol produced using residues from existing production. This means that no arable land is occupied and that the fuel does not compete with food production.
A company that has made a major investment by largely switching to renewable fuels is the transport company Kyl & Frysexpressen in Stockholm. They run their trucks on second-generation ethanol from SEKAB for some of the largest Swedish convenience stores.
“Today we have 70 trucks, 15 of which run on ethanol, and we would like to apply it to all our cars, said Robert Barkensjö,” general manager of Kyl & Frysexpressen. “I believe that public opinion will demand it in the future. Then we are well equipped, because we have tested this for two years now, so we know it works.”
ED95 – a renewable alternative to fossil based diesel
ED95 is a fossil-free alternative to diesel, but with similar properties in the engines. It’s just a small modification of the engine that needs to be done, and truck manufacturer Scania has extensive experience of doing just that.
“This is something that we have done commercially for almost 30 years now,” said Jonas Strömberg at Sustainable Systems Scania. The first truly commercial ED95 powered fleet started in Stockholm in the 80s. This is a very good fuel since we can use it in a modified diesel engine with the same efficiency as on regular diesel. That way you use the ethanol in the best possible way.”
To get to sustainable heavy transport, we will need many different tools, but biofuels will be one of the essential tools. When looking at biofuels, there are really only three choices from a commercial and sustainable point of view, and it is ethanol, biodiesel and biogas.
– For us at Scania, it is very important to have good products for all of these three biofuels and ethanol is the biggest, the cheapest and actually also the most durable of the biofuels, said Jonas Strömberg at Sustainable Systems Scania.
SEKAB offers second-generation ethanol
Kyl & Frysexpressen has chosen to specifically buy ED95 produced from second-generation ethanol, SEKAB’s premium quality. This ethanol is produced using residues from existing production.
– Second generation ethanol means that a different type of raw material is used than for the first generation, which in turn means we’re using materials that do not compete with food. That is mainly the big difference, said Charlie Ryden at SEKAB
Hundreds of vehicles run on ED95 in Sweden
More than 800 vehicles in Sweden are already running on ED95, including many of Stockholm’s public transport buses. Kyl &Frysexpressen have their own fueling stations, but also uses the first public filling station that opened in 2010.
– Since we know that the transport sector will have a future diesel shortage and we need a good, sustainable and inexpensive substitute for diesel. Ethanol is probably the most cost effective alternative of all the biofuels to replace diesel, said Jonas Strömberg.
Second generation ethanol – great environmental benefits at low costs
– The environmental benefit is huge; carbon emissions are close to 80 percent compared to a conventional, traditional diesel truck at an increased cost of just a few percent more per truck. It’s a very inexpensive way to do something for the environment. One truck is equivalent to about 100 cars in carbon emissions. With our twelve ethanol trucks this means we have reduced the same amount of emissions as that of roughly 1200 cars, said Robert Barkensjö.