A successful EBA 10-year anniversary conference

On the 19th of September the 10-year anniversary of the European Biogas Association (EBA) took place at Palais des Académies in Brussels.

The conference was opened by the new president of EBA, Harm Grobrügge. The conference was sold out and there were even people on a waiting list!

It’s evident that EBA is a strong voice in Brussels and that the EU Commission listens to EBA. Representatives from DG ENergy, DG Move and DG AGRI all recognised the work done by EBA and recommended EBA to emphasize the sustainability aspects of biogas (anaerobic digestion) and synthetic methane (gasification and Power -to-gas) and how they contribute to the circular bio-economy and other socio-economic benefits.

Harm and Susanna
Harm Grobrügge, President and Susanna Pflüger, Secretary General, ready to cut the cake. Photo: Jörgen Held

Biogas can be used in many applications but it seems that upgrading of biogas to natural gas quality is attracting most interest. Bruno Sander Nielsen, Danish Biogas Association presented the Danish sucess case and the ambition to completely replace natural gas with renewable gas in 2035-2050.

The discussion became a little bit more louder when energy crops as substrate was mentioned. The food versus fuel discussion seems still to be alive. However, the focus is on intermediate or sequential crops for nutrient management, soil improvement and reduce soil erosion. It’s obvious that both different types of waste and intermediate crops are needed and they don’t exclude each other.

Among many interesting presentations the overview of biomass gasification projects and innovation in Europe by Olivier Guerrini, ENGIE and the role of biomethane in a decarbonised world by Zoltan Elek, Landwärme can be mentioned.

The conference ended with a nice cocktail and light dinner including the tasty anniversary cake.

REGATEC 2019 is in good progress

REGATEC 2019 takes place 20-21 May at Scandic triangeln, Malmö, Sweden. The interest in renewable methane including biogas, biomethane, bioSNG, electro-methane and landfill gas is huge. The exhibition was sold out at an early stage and the poster session is full. 70+ oral and visual presentations by leading experts and prominent industrial representatives, Network Plus, the exhibition and the poster session make REGATEC 2019 a vibrant hotspot for the biogas, gasification, power-to-gas and landfill gas communities.

So far almost 170 people from 24 countries have registered for the conference.

New Renewtec Report on small scale bioSNG

Within the LignoSys project the performance of three small scale (~10 MWth) thermochemical conversion routes for lignocellulosic feedstock to biomethane have been investigated.

The three thermochemical options are:

  • Indirect gasification through the Heatpipe Reformer (HPR)
  • PyroCatalytic Hydrogenation (PCH)
  • Indirect gasification through the WoodRoll® process

The LignoSys final report has been published as Renewtec Report 008:2018.

The most striking result is that small scale bioSNG technology based on allothermal gasification is able to compete with large scale bioSNG technology based on pressurised, oxygen-blown gasification not only in terms of GHG emissions, primary energy need and conversion efficiency but also in terms of bioSNG production cost!

Jörgen Held appointed faculty opponent

On the 12th of October Jörgen Held acted as the faculty opponent when Laura Malek, Lund university, defended her PhD thesis “Renewable gas in a Swedish context”.

Laura Malek PhD defense

The examination committe consisted of Kristin Holmgren, IVL, Ola Wallberg, Lund University and Klas Engvall, Royal Institute of Technology.

The thesis deals with possible improvements related to implementation and expansion of SNG in Sweden on three different levels: national distribution, industrial production and specific plant improvements.

BioProGReSs final report available as a Renewtec Report

Renewtec AB was engaged by in the BioProGReSs project as WP leader of the communication and dissemination activities.

BioProGReSs revolved around advanced syngas cleaning based on Chemial Looping Reforming and a new innovative continuous online tar analyzer (CON-TAR) developed by Technische Universität Berlin.

The public version of the BioProGReSs final report has been published as an ISSN numbered Renewtec Report (Renewtec Report 007:2018).

Click here to download the report (3 MB).

ADEME in France has recently released a new report: A 100% renewable gas mix in 2050?

Here you can read the summary in English
http://www.ademe.fr/sites/default/files/assets/documents/etude-100gazenr-gb-2018.pdf

Three production routes were included namely; Anaerobic digestion, Gasification and Power-to-gas.

For those interested I can recommend 5th International Conference on Renewable Energy Gas Technology, REGATEC 2018, 3-4 May in Toulouse. Here 60+ leading experts will present the latest advances within Anaerobic digestion, Gasification and Power-to-gas.

The conference will be opened by the Industrial Director of ENGIE, the President of the European Biogas Association and the EUROGAS General Secretary.

For more info www.regatec.org

Jörgen Held appointed Executive Managing Director of Baltic Energy Innovation Centre

The Baltic Energy Innovation Centre is a non-profit making association with activities focused on innovative energy technology in general, and biogas and biomethane related development in particular.

The association was founded by Lithuanian Energy Institute, Institute for Biogas, Waste Management & Energy  and Renewable Energy Technology International AB.

The general assembly appointed Dr. Jörgen Held as the Executive Manaing Director on the 20th of June 2017.

REGATEC 2018 takes place 3-4 May in Toulouse

The 5th edition of International Conference on Renewable Energy Gas Technology, REGATEC 2018 takes place at Radisson BLU in Toulouse, France 3-4 May 2018.

France is becoming the new hotspot for biomethane due to the strong political will and the high feed-in tariff. We are happy to bring REGATEC to France and provide a platform for the AD, gasification and Power-to-gas community.

 

Gas to become the world’s primary energy source by 2035

DNV GL’s forecast of the energy transition shows that gas will become the largest single source of energy from 2035 towards 2050.

More info is to be found in the GNV Magazine market news.

The development of the natural gas infrastructure and market will remove two of the main barriers for introduction of renewable methane, namely the need for infrastructure and the public awareness of using a gaseous fuel. Natural gas and renewable methane are miscible in any proportion and it’s just to inject the renewable methane into the natural gas grid to reach all customers connected to the gas grid. Methane is the most versatile fuel and can be used with higher efficiency and lower emissions than any other commercially available renewable fuel.

Renewable methane can be produced from a multitude of feedstocks/substrates and through bio-, electro- and thermochemical conversion, e.g.:

  • Anaerobic digestion of waste followed by cleaning and upgrading to biomethane
  • Renewable methane formed by hydrogen from stranded or excessive electricity in combination with carbon dioxode
  • Gasification of lignocellulosic feedstock followed by gas cleaning and methanation

For any one interested in renewable methane the annual International Conference on Renewable Energy Gas Technology, REGATEC is a must.  Last year’s edition had 210 participants from 24 countries, 13 sponsors and 42 exhibitors.

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