Västerås Public Transport (VL) provides public transport services in Västmanland county in mid eastern Sweden. One of VLs goals is to be 100% fossil free no later than 2020 and the main renewable fuel used is biogas. Today the company has three depots with biogas, and a fourth one on the way, serving over 100 buses.
VL was not a formal partner in the main stage Baltic Biogas Bus project but has taken on the role as lead partner for the extension stage More Baltic Biogas Bus to further strengthen its biogas investments and share its extensive experience on biogas buses.
Stockholm Public Transport (SL) is Sweden’s leading provider of public transport services. On a normal weekday more than 700 000 Stockholmers use our services and do approx. 2,5 million boardings. During peak hours almost 8 out of 10 travel by Metro, commuter trains, tramways and buses. The system offers 25 000 daily trips on 2000 buses and 1000 trains, serving 244 stations and 14 000 bus stops.
One of SLs goals is to provide a 100% fossil free public transport not later than 2025. Today, all track vehicles run on green energy and the number of renewable fuelled buses increases steadily. SL has used biogas fuelled buses in the inner city services since 2003. Further biogas expansion of both depots and buses in the region will take place in the next years.
SL was the Lead partner in the Baltic Biogas Bus project but is not a formal partner with any financial commitment in the extension stage More Baltic Biogas Bus. SL has chosen to join the extension as an associated partner taking part in the dissemination to continuosly develop its biogas investments.
Biogas East (Biogas Öst), a regional organization promoting biomethane in mid eastern Sweden, aims to strengthen cooperation between municipalities, producers, distributors and end users of biomethane, thereby increasing the number of production plants, filling stations and vehicle fleets fuelled by biomethane. Biogas East’s objective is to coordinate dialogue between stakeholders, evaluate the market and realize various operative projects in effort to increase the production and use of biomethane.
Biogas East primary task in the Baltic Biogas Bus project was to distribute results and knowledge gained by the project via its extensive network. For the More Baltic Biogas Bus project Biogas East has taken the lead role of work package 2.
Ruter is Norway`s leading provider of public transport services and are responsible for the public transport in the Oslo region. 250 million travelers use our services yearly (metro, commuter trains, tramways, ferries and buses). The system offers 3 473 000 yearly trips.
One of Ruter`s goals is to provide a 100% fossil free public transport not later than 2020. Today, all track vehicles run on green energy and the number of renewable fuelled buses increases steadily. Ruter will start using biogas fuelled buses in 2010.
Ruter was a dissemination partner in the Baltic Biogas Bus project but has chosen to join the More Baltic Biogas Bus project as an associated partner.
HOG Energi (formerly Hordaland Oil and Gas) is a coordinating body for activities involving energy in Hordaland, established to secure Hordaland’s position as a leading energy region. HOG Energi is a member organization with regional and local communities, organizations and enterprises, such as Hordaland County Council, City of Bergen, University of Bergen and BKK (leading power company in Western Norway) as members.
The aim of the organization is, in cooperation with others, and in an environmentally friendly way, to utilize natural and human resources for economic growth in the energy sector in Hordaland. HOG Energi focuses on better framework for the industry, technology development in the energy sector, production and the use of renewable energy. Carbon capture and storage (CCS), offshore wind and biogas production are among HOG Energi's most prioritized tasks together with the more established activities in the hydro power and oil and gas businesses. 81 natural gas buses run in Bergen today and the city is planning a biogas production plant.
HOG Energi is a partner in the extension stage More Baltic Biogas Bus project, taking the lead role of work package 3.
Skyss is owned by Hordaland county authority. Skyss' purpose is to plan, purchase and market public transport services. Contracts for the operation of bus routes and the Bergen light-rail system (Bybanen) are awarded to traffic companies via tender competitions. Skyss is responsible for planning itineraries, developing ticket systems, information and marketing. Skyss has its own Customer Centre for customer follow-up and processing of customer enquiries regarding public transport with Skyss. All the buses in the county of Hordaland will feature the Skyss logo.
Skyss is a partner of the extension stage More Baltic Biogas Bus project.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is an impartial expert organisation. VTT's research covers a broad range of technologies: information & communication, energy, industrial processes and systems, materials and manufacturing, biotechnology and life sciences, as well as building and transport.
In the field of engines, fuels and emission, VTT is the leading research institute in the Nordic countries. VTT supports product development of industry by using large selection of research facilities, such as heavy duty chassis dynamometer. The focus in engines and vehicles related research is on efforts for reducing energy use and its negative impact. Entire chain from fuels and engines to various emission control technologies is covered.
VTT was a formal partner in the main stage Baltic Biogas Bus project producing life cycle analysis of biogas buses. VTT has chosen to join the More Baltic Biogas BUs project as an associated partner taking part in dissemination.
Tartu is a university town with more than 98,000 inhabitants. It is the centre of the Region of South-Estonia. The University of Tartu is the oldest and biggest university in Estonia. The development and management of the town is effected by the Town Government, which is also acting as one of the partners in the Baltic Biogas Bus project.
Tartu aims to be a modern environment that promotes innovation and development. The aim is expressed in Tartu´s wish to become a part of the international transport system. First steps have been made to make the town´s transport system more safe, customer friendly and environmentally sustainable.
The following actions are proposed to achieve the aim:
1. The implementation of modern technical solutions that enable to inform the passengers of the bus time-tables, analyse the occupancy of the buses and optimize the bus network. It will result in the rise of citizens´satisfaction with the public transport system.
2. Making preparations for the implementation of environmentally friendly biogas buses.
At the moment there are 27 contractual bus lines and 5 commercial bus lines in Tartu. The total length of the bus lines is 421 kilometres. In 2008 the number of passangers with tickets using public transport in Tartu was over 12 000 000.
Tartu as the project partner aims at learning from the partners´ experience of using biogas through different project activities. The broad objective of the project is to implement the acquired knowledge in Tartu and encourage the widespread use of biogas in the public transport system in the Region of the Baltic Sea.
Riga City Council Traffic Department is a legal entity of Riga City Council.
The Riga City Council (RCC) is a municipality and has local authority powers according to the Law on Local Governments.
Taking on the BBB project, The Riga City Council Traffic Department (RCC TD) intend to actively participate in realising the tasks we will be entrusted with. Our aim, apart from the scientific development, is widening knowledge of our partners and everybody concerned, regarding more sustained transport development, in which the BBB initiative plays a significant role.
Riga City Council Traffic Department is also a partner of the extension stage project More Baltic Biogas Bus.
Kauno Autobusai is one of the leading public transport companies in Lithuania. The mission is to provide public transport services with regular bus routes in Kaunas city and suburbs. Kauno Autobusai operates 168 buses on 31 bus routes, with more than 650 bus stops. Every day, on average about 90,000 passengers are carried.
The company aims to continually improve the quality of it´s services with a radical renewal of the vehicle fleet. In 2005 the company acquired 55 modern, comfortable and environmentally-friendly "Solaris" brand buses and plan to purchase more new buses in the future.
The company is a member of the National Road Carriers Association Linava State, it has close business relationships with related businesses in Lithuania and abroad. Kauno Autobusai is a disseminiation partner in the Baltic Biogas Bus project.
Motor Transport Institute is a leading scientific institution in Poland with almost 60 years of experience. The results of our work are the source of knowledge to the entire automotive branch of trade and industry, and the opinions issued by ITS represent an expert foundation to form legal acts concerning, amongst others, road traffic safety, type approval regulations as well as very vital environmental protection.
With a care for environment in mind, we are searching for possibilities and technologies which can significantly slow down the process of its degradation. The use of gas fuels from the renewable sources, as the energy source, are undoubtedly one of the directions of the future pro-climatic activities, particularly essential in the context of dynamic growth in the number of car users and lengthening car mileages. Promoting and developing a BBB idea is vitally important for the Institute as an innovator in the domestic automotive industry.
Taking on the BBB project, we intend to actively participate in realising the tasks we will be entrusted with. Our aim, apart from the scientific development, is widening knowledge of our partners and everybody concerned, regarding more sustained transport development, in which the BBB initiative plays a significant role.
Motor Transport Institute is also a partner of the extension stage project More Baltic Biogas Bus with the lead role of work package 4.
Public Transport Company (MPK) of Rzeszow provides public transport services in the city of Rzeszow, Poland.
MPK Rzeszow was not a formal partner of the Baltic Biogas Bus project but has chosen to join the More Baltic Biogas Bus project.
ATI erc GmbH: As a regional development agency for high-tech and innovative companies and projects in the region of north-east-Germany, the ATI erc institution is experienced in research, analysis, feasibility studies, result presentation, strategy development as well as in implementation, training and educational fields. ATI erc is also responsible for the companies already having or only contemplating international business and innovative operatives.
ATI erc BmBH was the lead of work package 4 in the Baltic Biogas Bus project and is also a partner in the More Baltic Biogas Bus project.
The ITC - Innovation and Trend Centre - is the technology centre of the community of Bentwisch near Rostock.
ITC are supporting innovative small and medium sized companies and start-up projects by renting out production facilities, offices and industrial real estates. There are more than 250 such companies in the region of Bentwisch.
ITC was a dissemination partner in the Baltic Biogas Bus project, working closely with ATI to support the goal to introduce biogas as fuel in the public transport sector. ITC has chosen to join the More Baltic Biogas Bus as an associated partner.