The developers of the BioUltra want to replace urban trams and trains with their greener design, which runs on biomethane.
The research is also evaluating which small strategic sections can be used as a testing ground for this type of biomethane tram. One of the greatest opportunities is to connect small urban centers with this system.
A fuel from waste
Biomethane is a derivative of various waste products. These include agricultural crop residues, sewage sludge, animal manure and food waste. All are broken down by bacteria to produce the gas.
Its proponents claim that carbon released into the atmosphere by burning biomethane would still be emitted by the natural decomposition of its components, while burning natural gas or other fossil fuels adds carbon to the system.
Ultra Light Rail Partners, the company behind the train, has received a £ 60.000 grant from the UK Government's Sustainable Innovation Fund.
The next steps of the biomethane tram
Now the company is planning to develop a rail car capable of carrying 120 passengers, with particular attention to the safety of Covid-19.
Ultraviolet lights and heavily filtered airflow will be included, according to a statement from the Chamber of Commerce.
Tangible prospects from biomethane
Beverley Nielsen, president of Ultra Light Rail Partners, says, “This is truly a trust in our business. It has long been focused on providing light and affordable rail cars as a comfortable, modern, reliable and safe alternative to car travel.
We want to be able to offer this biomethane tram option to the UK's largest and smallest cities so they can realistically get polluting vehicles out of their cities and towns and improve the quality of life for all. "
A recent recent monitoring by the Sustainability West Midlands agency found that reducing the levels of just one pollutant, PM2,5, by 50% would prevent up to 952 deaths per year in the British West Midlands alone.
And with us?
The Italian initiative to finance biomethane also produces results in Italy, also thanks to biomethane decree bis of 2018. Several plants already started and good prospects. The incentive system has an indicative budget of 4,7 billion EUR and applies to all new plants for the production of biomethane and biofuels obtained from waste, agricultural residues and algae. We have another two years to do the best we can, the current funds go to biomethane plants that come into operation by December 31 2022.