SEAT working towards alternatives fuels from waste water

Spanish car maker SEAT, part of the Volkswagen group have joined forces with global water management business Aqualia to develop the innovative SMART Green Gas project.

SEAT Leon TGI CNG powered car
SEAT Leon TGI CNG powered car

The creation of renewable biofuel from waste water is to be used in compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vehicles. To kick off their collaboration, with a duration of five years, both companies this month have begun performing pilot tests in the water treatment plant located in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz).

As part of their collaboration, SEAT has provided Aqualia with two SEAT Leon TGI vehicles to conduct the necessary testing with the biomethane obtained from the treatment of sewage.

This joint project aims to help drive research and the creation of alternative fuels by producing renewable, 100% locally produced gas.

SEAT is fully behind this collaboration, as it is a firm commitment to a genuine ecological alternative to petroleum products with CNG vehicles producing less CO/2 than petrol alternatives.  This aligns with the company’s CNG strategy and its commitment to improving the environment.

According to SEAT Vice-President for R&D Dr. Matthias Rabe

“With this development and collaboration project with Aqualia, SEAT has become the first brand in the country’s automotive sector to use 100% Spanish biomethane obtained from waste water.

Fostering the creation of renewable alternative fuels, which help promote future environmental improvements and the long-term use of vehicles in cities are an integral part of SEAT’s CNG strategy”

The treatment of water is costly and energy intensive, the project is the result of research developed by Aqualia to obtain valuable resources from the sewage treatment process.

Waste water treatment plant in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Waste water treatment plant in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

Developing the SMART Green Gas project with a medium sized waste water treatment plant could potentially lead to the daily production of a million litres of biofuel. This is enough to power more than 300 vehicles. With multiple treatment plants dotted around urban areas cities could become more autonomous and sustainable as they generate their own energy to fuel their fleet of buses, bin lorries, police cars or ambulances.

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