Saab was one of the pioneers in introducing bioethanol. One of the Saab core competencies was the many years of experience with multi-fuel engines, which began in the 90 years. Saab riders driving a Saab 9-5 of the first series or a Saab 9-3 can look forward to some additional horsepower when they opt for the BioPower Concept. The innovative, unique Saab Trionic makes it possible.
Unfortunately, E85 was written dead as fuel by the media, and in Sweden, too, the fossil energy lobby managed to push the biofuel out of the limelight. Ethanol of the first generation is obtained, among other things, from feed or sugar cane, so the criticism is justified at first glance. Anyone who had dealt with the subject years ago, realized that this type of production would only be a bridge to the future.
Because in the long term it was planned to produce E85 from residues of the food production. In Sweden, these are concrete waste from the country's large forestry, such as wood chips and wood waste. In Germany, E85 is to be produced from wastes from agricultural production, more specifically from straw.
The largest German pilot plant for ethanol 14 went into operation in Straubing 2.0 days ago. The chemical company Clariant will use its further developed “sunliquid” technology to produce up to 4.500 tons of cellulose ethanol from around 1.000 tons of wheat straw.
Altogether, studies indicate a potential of around 22 million tons of straw, which can be used for energy in Germany, taking into account the necessary soil regeneration. This could cover about 25% of the current petrol demand in Germany.
Straubing is conveniently located in the Bavarian granary, the transport routes to the plant of the Swiss concern are short. The facility in the Bio Campus Straubing is located on the Danube harbor over which the products can be shipped. For the rural regions of Bavaria or for the large agricultural areas in the northeast E85 could bring additional jobs.
Ethanol 2.0 would be a fuel that could do without painful discussion. Bio-fuels from Germany could have a future, even if the policy would provide for appropriate framework conditions. After all, we have been boldly announced the energy turnaround and perhaps you understand that E85 could be a small, if unspectacular building block to it.
Presumably not, because the lobby for fossil energy is strong and in Germany the burning of diesel fuel is still preferred.
Saab had proven with its multi-fuel engines vision and competence. Who drives a Saab with the BioPower concept, has made the right decision. Whether we ever get the right cars from Sweden again is uncertain. In any case, the Saab Trionic would have been history with our automaker as well. With the introduction of the Saab 9-3 Griffin, the conversion to gasoline direct injection took place here as well. This was Robert Bosch instead of Saab-Trionic under the hood.
Saab BioPower would have then, as in the Saab 9-5 II, still given. But without performance increase through the bio fuel and without additional driving pleasure. But with a good environmental conscience.