BIOMODE is a project program with the objective of promoting and
demonstrating the traffic usage of biogas in
. The first phase of the program is now in operation. During the first
phase, two regional infrastructures (the production, handling,
distribution and usage of biogas) are established in Seinäjoki region and
the region of
and Laihia, as well as an attempt to establish a connection with a project
plan simultaneously running in Jyväskylä is made. More accurate planning
and a number of background studies to do with eg quality control are also
included in this phase. Additionally, the potential of the gas from waste
disposal areas, the biogas potential of rural areas and the regional
potential of other traffic bio fuels are studied. BIOMODE project program
is coordinated by the Technology Centre of Merinova (Teknologiakeskus
Merinova Oy). Vaasa Energy Institute is responsible for the practical
implementation of the project. The project is funded by the town of
, Business Service Centre of Seinäjoki Region (Seinäjoen Seudun
Elinkeinokeskus), VASEK (the Vaasa Region Development Company), Regional
Council of Ostrobothnia (Pohjanmaan Liitto) and Regional Council of South
Ostrobothnia (Etelä-Pohjanmaan Liitto).
The usage of biogas as traffic fuel does its share to respond to the
near-future requirements of a more environmental course of action,
increasing domestic, regional and local self-sufficiency as well as
cost-management and better predictability. In order for the usage of
biogas to increase, in addition to a functioning infrastructure it is
required that the customers show acceptance and willingness to adopt new
kinds of vehicles and to be committed to the usage of new kinds of fuels.
VaasaEMG is involved in the BIOMODE project program by carrying out an
extensive market study about these potential users of biogas.
When studying the possibilities of the traffic usage of biogas, it is
essential to consider the attitudes and the opinions of the users and
decision-makers right from the start. Attitudes can be favourable or
non-favourable, and they can have a crucial impact on the decision-making
process. The potential customers' need for information concerning the
traffic usage of biogas must also be mapped in order to avoid the possible
hindrances in the implementation of biogas caused by the lack of
information and other possible misconceptions. Accurate and well-targeted
information and marketing can promote the usage of biogas and accelerate
the public acceptance of biogas as traffic fuel.
The research part of VaasaEMG in the BIOMODE project is scheduled to occur
in two phases, the first of which was carried out during Spring 2008.
During this first phase, the challenges and possibilities of the usage of
biogas as a traffic fuel were studied with the means of desk-top research
and expert interviews. Extensive interviews were also carried out amongst
the companies within Vaasa and Laihia region that show the most potential
as the users of biogas (companies with considerable fuel consumption yet
mostly rather restricted regional usage of vehicles, such as companies
involved in environmental management, distribution companies and driving
schools). The second phase will be carried out in Autumn 2008 when the
research will be expanded particularly geographically at least towards the
direction of Seinäjoki.
VaasaEMG members responsible for
this project: Merja Pakkanen and Nea Aspholm.