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Food waste recycling turnong into energy for buses in Trentino

Food waste recycling turnong into energy for buses in Trentino

Improving the sustainable mobility and producing renewable energy starting with the food waste. In Trentino (Italy) the first italian project of circular economy about transport is ready to start. The project anticipates the european regulations on the use of renewable sources for transport and it is to transform the 100% of the Trentino food waste and part of Bolzano's one treating it into the plants in Faedo and Rovereto in order to get ottenere biomethane and use it to power the city buses of Trentino Trasporti.

The project is the result of the pertnership between the Autonomus Province, Trentino Trasporti, BioEnergia Trentino, Foundation Mach and Municipality of faedo, with the common goal, to accomplishing a system that will allow to deliver biomethane to the public transport Trentino, trough the national gas grid of SNAM with a subsequent economic savings. This is an important step forward for reducing harmful emissions in the enviroment.

The starting point of the project is the separate collection sector. BioEnergia Trentino will provide for the food wastework transforming it into a good soil improver used instead of chemical fertilizers across the Adige Valley for the fertilisation of the vineyards and apple orchards. Furthermore, from the fermentation of the food waste you produce biogas which is just a mix of methane with other gases aimed to produce renewable electricity, heat and high-quality compost.

At the same time, according to the Province's website, will start also this new industrial sector: "the production of biomethane for haulage in favour of th city coach fleet that, at the end f the project, will be 64 (powered by methane) instead of 42 (already powered)"

The fermented biogas will be purified and, in agreement with Snam, it will be included in the methane transport network. The pipeline will manage all current and future production bringing the biologic methane till the Trentino Trasporti's garage in Gardolo, only 10 km from the production plant.

Once fully operational, the ambitious plan provides for the total "autonomy" as regard the public transport a powered by biomethane.

We hope that another good example of energy efficiency like this could inspire many other Italian cities!

 




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