BSR’s project is unique in Germany and recently won in the “A Place of Excellence in the Land of Ideas” contest. The treatment facility is expected to process about 60,000 tons of organic waste annually, all of them collected from “Biogut” containers by newly converted refuse vehicles. Once transported to the plant, micro-organisms within the bio waste release raw biogas during fermentation of the biodegradable material.
With the opening of this highly regarded facility, BSR now operates about 150 Mercedes-Benz Econic CNG refuse trucks on its own renewable bio natural gas, rather than natural gas made from non-renewable fossil fuels. This includes 22 new vehicles that waste operator purchased as replacements for older models in October 2013. All Mercedes-Benz Econic trucks are exclusively fitted with Allison fully automatic transmissions 3000 Series™ as they help maximize CNG engine performance.
By substituting bio natural gas for diesel fuel in these refuse vehicles, BSR will save about 2.5 million liters of diesel each year, while reducing carbon dioxide by 6,200 tons, as well as nitrogen oxide, sulfur and other particulate emissions. Furthermore, through the repurposing of biological waste for cleaner burning fuel, rather than using crops which could otherwise produce food, BSR has taken a sustainable approach to fueling its fleet.
Source: Allison Transmission.