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New energies 24/03/2022

Could Biogas be a solution to the energy crisis?

Let's have a look at some innovative projects currently being implemented in the field of green gases that can directly contribute to the need for energy independence and decarbonization.

The war in Ukraine raises the question of the dependence of European countries on Russian gas, hence putting the issue of energy sovereignty back in the spotlight, the development of the renewable gas sector is more than ever an opportunity to be seized.

The European Commission is already planning to double the production of biomethane over one year, by helping farmers to become energy producers and by promoting all economic actors. What if the current energy crisis allowed for a tenfold increase in innovation? 

What if the current energy crisis made it possible to increase innovation in the field of renewable gases?

Biomethane production units to increase by 40% in Europe by 2021

In Europe, the momentum around biomethane now seems to be well and truly underway, with production potential becoming increasingly important. The European Biogas Association (EBA) and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) states in the 3rd edition of their European Biomethane Map that Europe had 1,023 biomethane production units in October 2021 (an increase of 40% in one year and 111% since 2018). Since June 2020, 300 new units have come on stream in Europe in order to inject biomethane into gas networks, for the most part.   Find out more

Producing green hydrogen and biomethane from hemp

French startup Qairos Energies is developing a concept for producing green hydrogen and biomethane from hemp. A biomass pyrogasification demonstrator will produce green hydrogen, heat and biomethane. The launch of this demonstrator will involve a call for projects to enable a buy-back price to be set for these new synthetic gases. GRDF, which aims to inject 27% of green gas into the network by 2030, is involved in the project.  Find out more

Producing low-carbon gas from solid waste

Forest biomass, non-recyclable plastics and solid recovered fuels from household waste... With the Synthane project, GRTgaz and ETIA intend to produce renewable gas by combining pyrolysis and methanation processes to convert carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2) into methane (CH4) that can be injected into the networks. This installation is completed by a purification device and a catalytic methanation unit to maximize the quantity of injectable methane.  Find out more

CNG Fuels opens world’s largest public access biomethane refuelling station

Located in the heart of Avonmouth, outside the city of Bristol, the site can refuel 80 HGVs per hour from 14 high-speed dispensers, When fully utilised, the station will cut 70,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by taking diesel HGVs off the road.  The site will meet the growing demand from major brands such as Amazon and Royal Mail to cut emissions from haulage and save money while supporting the decarbonisation of the UK’s road haulage sector, which is responsible for 18% of total UK road transport emissions.  Find out more

Securing Liquefied biogas supply for future  Fossil-Free Shipping 

Furetank, a Sweden shiping compagny  has  developed a new series of vessels operating, for now, mainly on liquefied natural gas, LNG. The ambition from the start was to switch over to LBG as soon as possible. The company has  signed a letter of intent with Eskilstuna Biogas, enabling the development of a new biogas plant producing around 5,000 tons of LBG annually to run its vessels. The gas will be extracted from manure and food waste from the municipalities of Eskilstuna and Strängnäs. It is upgraded to a 100% waste-based, fossil-free and renewable biofuel, LBG. Find out more

The cleantech Soddec wants to transform the waste of SMEs into renewable gas

The startup Soddec has developed an energy recovery equipment in methanization, to give professional businesses the possibility of valuing their bio-waste and transform it into energy with the aim of self-consumption. The economic model is based on the replacement of collection costs by the rental of the biowaste treatment equipment. The first operational prototype will be launched in a small brewery that produces 50 tons of bio-waste per year. The installed nano-methanizer should cover half of the company's gas needs. Find out more

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