Europe “could produce 111bcm of biomethane by 2040” according to new report
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by Peter
2d ago
A new report by Guidehouse has revealed that Europe (EU-27 + UK, Norway and Switzerland) could produce 111 bcm of biomethane by 2040. This amount represents over 30% of the EU gas consumption in 2022. The European Biogas Assocation (EBA) said that biogases will play an important role in the European Union’s (EU) ambition to achieve a net-zero future by 2050. Via the REPowerEU plan, the European Commission has set a target to produce 35 billion cubic metres (bcm) of biomethane annually in the EU by 2030, representing a ten-fold increase of biomethane production today. Today, momentum is bu ..read more
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Air Liquide expands its biomethane capacities in the US
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by Peter
2d ago
Air Liquide continues to expand its capacities in biomethane in the US with the construction of two new production units. These units, located in Center Township, Pennsylvania, and Holland Township, Michigan, will treat waste sourced from dairy farms. The facilities will produce biogas from manure feedstock in an anaerobic digester for a total production capacity of 74 GWh, and return the digested waste for the farms’ needs, promoting circular economy in waste management, according to Air Liquide. Using Air Liquide’s proprietary gas separation membrane technology, the biogas will then be purif ..read more
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ENGIE acquires two biomethane production units in the Netherlands
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by Peter
2d ago
ENGIE has acquired two new units in the Netherlands, which represent the Group’s first biomethane production facilities in the country. Located in Hardenberg (province of Overijssel) and Alkmaar (province of North Holland), these two new plants have an annual biomethane production capacity of 90 GWh and 47 GWh respectively. Both units can be extended to reach an annual production capacity of 150 GWh for the Hardenberg unit and 94 GWh for the Alkmaar unit, according to ENGIE. These two new acquisitions, which follow those of Ixora Energy and Rainbarrow Farm in the UK, strengthen the Group’s pre ..read more
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Alternative revenue streams and lower operating costs: why the US beverage industry counts on AD technology
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by Peter
3d ago
Hitachi Zosen Inova updates Bioenergy Insight on its US activity Volatile energy supplies, rising commodity prices and end consumers who are increasingly concerned that their consumer goods are produced in a CO2-neutral and sustainable manner, to name just three aspects that are becoming more and more important for a wide range of industries. US wine producers and distilleries are also looking for holistic solutions for processing their biogenic waste into energy and other valuable resources. A Californian success story rooting back to a Swiss balconySince Hitachi Zosen Inova’s (HZI) Kompogas ..read more
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MOL inaugurates “largest green hydrogen plant” in Central and Eastern Europe
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by Peter
3d ago
MOL Group has developed a 10 megawatt capacity green hydrogen plant in Százhalombatta, Hungary, which it said is the largest in Central and Eastern Europe. The €22 million investment makes fuel production more sustainable: the plant will reduce the Danube Refinery’s carbon dioxide emissions by 25,000 tonnes per year, according to the company. MOL added it will be able to produce 1,600 tonnes of clean, carbon-neutral green hydrogen per year. The investment is in line with the MOL Group’s SHAPE TOMORROW corporate strategy to make the region more sustainable, competitive and self-sufficient. The ..read more
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VORN Bioenergy launches Italian entity
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by Peter
3d ago
VORN Bioenergy, a leading project developer and biomethane producer, has announced the launch of VORN Bioenergy Italia srl (VORN Bioenergy Italia). This follows VORN’s acquisition and full integration of Alvus srl (Alvus), a Bolzano-based project developer in the biomethane and biogas sector last October. As Italy transitions towards greener energy production, biomethane is expected to play a key role in the national energy strategy in the coming years, according to VORN. The company added that, with its expertise and robust project pipeline in Italy – including more than 10 biomethane project ..read more
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Germany’s biogas needs “completely underestimated”, says association
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by Peter
6d ago
The chances of Germany switching from fossil methane to renewable methane are not being practically considered, according to the German Biogas Association. The comment period for the consultation of the Green Paper on the transformation of the German gas distribution grid ends today (12 April). The strategy paper of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action envisages a far-reaching decommissioning of the gas distribution network, as well as a partial reallocation of the network from methane to hydrogen. According to Horst Seide, president of the German Biogas Association: “I ..read more
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Iran’s largest biomass plant is inaugurated
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by Peter
6d ago
Iran inaugurated the country’s largest concentrated biomass power plant that runs on biogas, according to IRNA’s report from the Ministry of Energy. A ceremony was held yesterday (11 April), and was attended by president Ebrahim Raisi and energy minister Ali Akbar Mehrabian, via video call. Alongside the power plant, water and wastewater projects totaling US$283.33 million were also initiated. The 7.2-megawatt plant is adjacent to a wastewater treatment facility in western Tehran, and is expected to produce 50 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. This initiative aims to cut fuel co ..read more
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EBA: “Exploring digestate’s contribution to healthy soils”
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by Peter
6d ago
The further expansion of biogas production in Europe will see the generation of increasing amounts of digestate, according to the European Biogas Association (EBA), as leveraging its significant advantages will yield benefits for farmers, local communities, and producers alike. The EBA is launching a comprehensive white paper exploring the potential of digestate in fostering healthy soils and advancing sustainable agricultural practices across Europe. Further work is also carried out via the FER-PLAY project, assessing multiple types of alternative fertilsers. From reducing reliance on costly ..read more
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US government to award $18.8m for algae biomass research
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by Peter
1w ago
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) have released the MACRO: Mixed Algae Conversion Research Opportunity funding opportunity announcement (FOA). The FOA will award up to $18.8 million (€17.5 million) to address research and development (R&D) challenges in converting algae, such as seaweeds and other wet waste feedstocks, to biofuels and bioproducts that can decarbonise domestic transportation, industry and communities. Seaweeds, also known as macroalgae, are an emerging biomass resource with unique be ..read more
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