By 2020, the European Union plans to raise the share of renewable energy used in the transport sector to 10%. “Biofuels must be the main driver of the energy revolution on the roads. This target cannot be reached in such a short time by means of electric vehicles or hydrogen,” declared Sauter. “And biofuels need to be produced sustainably and must not compete with food production,” he said.
Therefore, he explained that biogas made from straw harbors has vast potential for efficient mobility, as it does not displace farmland. According to a study by the DBFZ German Biomass Research Centre, the quantity of straw that goes unused in Germany amounts to 8–13 million tones every year and the amount of energy this could produce could power 4 million cars over the same period.
“Moreover, our product is not any more expensive than natural gas. Consequently, verbiogas makes sense not just ecologically but also economically. Our customers, the public and private utilities, hence stand to profit in a number of ways,” added Sauter.