Italy a new hotspot for biogas upgrading?

The Italian decree from 2013 regarding biomethane regulations will be replaced by a new one in early 2017. The new decree will favour biomethane as transport fuel.

Italy is the most advanced European country when it comes to nr of filling stations and use of methane (natural gas) as vehicle fuel. Having the infrastructure in place and a public awareness of using methane as vehicle fuel Italy has already overcome the two main barriers for large scale implementation of biomethane as vehicle fuel.

The NGV fleet and number of filling stations continues to grow. 885,000 NGVs in 2014 compared to 970,000 NGVs in 2015. 1,100 CNG and L-CNG/LNG stations in 2015 compared to 990 in 2014. Almost 75% of the European NGV fleet is in Italy.

Since 2016, owners of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Italy are being encouraged to convert their vehicles to CNG as part of a new round of incentives made available by Italy’s Ministry of Environment. This scheme offers EUR 1.8 million to support alternative fuels.

Italy remains dedicated to the development of NGVs and encourages other countries to follow the leading example of the Italian industry and government.

Italy has 1,391 biogas plants and as the feed-in tariff for green electricity is phased out it’s natural to look for biomethane dedicated to the transportation sector as an alternative. This implies a huge opportunity for biogas upgrading companies.

It’s not a coincidence that we chose Italy as the location for 4th International conference on Renewable Energy Gas Technology, REGATEC 2017. The conference revolves around renewable methane of vehicle fuel quality produced through anaerobic digestion/upgrading, biomass gasification/methanation and Power-to-gas. For more info www.regatec.org

REGATEC 2017

Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development, ENEA, has granted REGATEC 2017 patronage

Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development, ENEA, has granted REGATEC 2017 patronage because of the relevance of the issue addressed.

REGATEC 2017 relvoves around renewable methane of a quality suitable as vehicle fuel or for grid injection. The REGATEC team are pleased that ENEA has chosen to support REGATEC 2017 especially since Italy is the leading NGV country in Europe, with a well developed biogas sector and strong ambitions to increase the share of biomethane in the transportation sector.

Visit at Lithuanian Energy Institute

On the 11th of October, Jörgen Held visited Lithuanian Energy Institute in Kaunas. The institute is a Pre-BASIC Biogas project partner and the visit included discussions regarding the BASIC Biogas application to the South Baltic Sea Programme as well as a study tour in the well-equiped LEI laboratories.

The director of innovations at the Enerstena Group, Ralfas Lukoševičius, participated also in the BASIC Biogas discussions.

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Click here or one the picture to the right for more info on the visit (in Lithuanian).

 

 

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The Pre-BASIC Biogas coordinator, Jörgen Held and the Director of Lithuanian Energy Institute, Sigitas Rimkevičius look forward to an extended collaboration.

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Deputy director, Dr. AndriusTamošiūnas in front of the institute.

The Lithuanian Energy Institute is the national energy research body and has close to 300 employees, and 11 laboratories with top modern equipment. LEI provides accredited services related to material research and testing, and liquid and air metering.

REGATEC 2017 in good progress

The 4th International Conference on Renewable Energy Gas Technology, REGATEC 2017 takes place 22-23 May 2017 at Parchi del Garda, Pacengo (Verona), ITALY.

The conference is in good progress and people have already started to register for the conference.

GOLD SPONSOR
BTS Biogas

 

 

EXHIBITORS
VTT Technical Research Institute of Finland Ltd.
BTS Biogas GmbH/Srl
Bioenergy International
Consorzio Italiano Biogas e Gassificazione

SPEAKERS
Renewable methane development in China
Prof. Xiujin Li, Bejing University of Chemical Technology

High methane conversion efficiency by low temperature steam reforming of bio-feedstock
Dr. Valerie Dupont, Leeds University

Advanced syngas cleaning and increased bioSNG efficiency
Prof. Henrik Thunman, Chalmers University of Technology

ECN System for Methanation (ESME)
Dr. Guadalupe Aranda Almansa, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)

Methanation of air captured CO2
Dr. Pekka Simell, VTT Technical Research Institute of Finland Ltd.

HELMETH – a high efficiency Power-to-gas concept
Prof. Dimosthenis Trimis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Small scale gasification-based CHP in Italy
Prof. David Chiaramonti, University of Florence

 

 

Manure and algae in focus at Pre-BASIC Biogas Seminar

On the 8th of November, the Pre-BASIC Biogas Seminar took place at Scandic Triangeln, Malmö, Sweden.

65 people from 11 countries listened to biogas experts giving presentations on anaerobic digestion of manure and aquatic substrates, digestate utilization and biogas upgrading. In addition Pentair Haffmans, ETW Energietechnik GmbH and Hitachi Zosen Inova BioMethan GmbH gave technical presentations on the biogas upgrading technologies they supply.

The presentations are available for download, free of charge at the seminar website.

The seminar was part of the Pre-BASIC Biogas project coordinated by Renewtec AB.

 

Renewtec visits ECN

On the 29th of September, Renewtec visited the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) in Petten.

The visit was part of the bioSNG technology inventory Renewtec AB is doing on behalf of an industrial client. The MILENA gasification process, the OLGA tar removal, and the ESME methanation were discussed in detailed and updates on the Alkmaar demonstration project (ambigo) were given.

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Photo Jörgen Held. From left: Dr. Christiaan van der Meijden, representing ECN and Martin van’t Hoff, Business Development Manager, Dahlman Renewable Technology in front of the MILENA, OLGA and ESME posters.

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Photo Jörgen Held. Lab scale OLGA unit at ECN.

The OLGA unit removes the tars above the water dew point. In this way the water can easily be removed by condensation without any contaminants in form of tars.

NBC 2016 take aways

The 6th Nordic Biogas Conference, NBC 2016, took place 7-9 September on the Viking Grace cruiser. The advantages with a LNG powered ship became evident when the cruiser went silently and with clean exhaust gases through the Swedish and the Finnish archipelagos.

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Approx. 135 participants and 8 exhibitors took part in this biennial event. The main take aways were:

  • The biogas production is increasing in all five Nordic countries.
  • For the first time ever biomethane through gasification and methanation of woody biomass was included in the biogas statistics (GoBiGas contributed with 1 GWh to the Swedish biogas production in 2014).
  • There are several interesting projects related to new substrates. One project focused on the marine organism Ciona and another one on kraft mill fibre sludge.
  • The European Biogas Association stressed the need for a European roadmap for biogas and the possibility for cross-border trading.
  • One presenter emphasized that as long as biogas is a marginal player in the energy system the politicians will not make any substantial committment to promote it.

The presentation by Renewtec on behalf of the European Biogas Association may be the solution to the last bullet point. There are several ways to produce renewable methane besides anaerobic digestion/upgrading. Gasification/methanation and Power-to-gas are two other options. When these three sectors make a joint effort, we will no longer talk about a marginal player but an industry with potential to decarbonize the energy system to a large extent.

Driving a CNG car in Poland

Poland has 25 filling stations for CNG according to NGVA Europe. On the 10th of June Renewtec AB visited the filling station in Gdynia. Before filling the staff has to initiate the filling with a special card. One can only pay cash and only with the Polish currency, zloty at the filling station in Gdynia.
The CNG price was a nice surprise, 3.08 zloty/Nm3, i.e. approx. 0.73 euro/Nm3. The filling station had a good pressure since it was possible to fill 21 Nm3 (20 Nm3 is more normal).

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