Institut für Energietechnik (IET)

Renewable Methane for Transport and Mobility

Today, 43% of the Swiss road traffic could be fueled by synthetic methane - and this only by converting the carbon dioxide emissions of the cement and waste incineration plants into renewable methane. This is a result of a study carried out by a research group at the Institute for Energy Technology IET at the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil. The project was financed by the National Research Programme Number 70 for the Energy Turnaround of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

In 2014, the project Renewable Methane for Transport and Mobility (short: RMTM) started, and it was completed in spring 2018. In the project, the carbon flows in Switzerland were evaluated, including possible carbon dioxide sources for power-to-gas plants. The goal was to evaluate the potential of renewable methane for replacing fossil fuels in traffic. Especially with the increasing amount of renewable electricity sources, which lead to increased fluctuations in the power grid, power-to-gas technologies will play more and more an important role in energy systems.

Partners in the project were the EPFL, St. Galler Stadtwerke, the University of St. Gallen as well as the ZHAW.

Read the results of the projects in the paper linked below:


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