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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Pre-BASIC Biogas is a seed funding project with the objective to build a strong consortium and establish a Baltic Sea Innovation Cluster on Biogas (BASIC Biogas) within the framework of the South Baltic Sea Programme.
Project partners are Danish Gas Technology Centre, InnoBaltica Sp z oo, Koszalin University of Technology, Lithuanian Energy Institute and Rostock University.
With 165 participants from 24 countries REGATEC 2016 set a new all-time-high record in terms of participants.
The conference was opened by the Governor of Scania, Margareta Pålsson and the president of the European Biogas Association, Dr. Jan Stambasky.
28 exhibitors, 25 oral presentations by leading biogas, gasification and Power-to-gas experts and 41 posters made REGATEC 2016 the ultimate meeting point for stakeholders interested in renewable methane.
The interest in REGATEC 2016 is huge and the event will be the largest biogas, gasification and Power-to-gas conference in Sweden during 2016.
The conference will be opened by the Governor of Scania, Margareta Pålsson, followed by a presentation by the President for the European Biogas Association, Dr. Jan Stambasky.
REGATEC 2016 has a truly international character and 60+ leading experts will highlight the latest advances, which in combination with a large exhibition provides excellent opportunities for networking and to find new collaboration and business partners.
Oral presentations and posters will be evaluated by the Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) of EBA, consisting of acknowledged experts in anaerobic digestion and gasification technologies
Papers can be delivered on all conference topics: biogas and syngas production, biomethane production, circular economy, sustainable raw materials, digestate, biorefineries and future markets.
The SAC will evaluate the proposals based on their relevance to the topic, innovation of the concept and quality of presentation (both scientific evidence and oral skills). Upon peer review the SAC reserves the right to decide about oral or poster presentations where appropriate.
On the 12th of Janaury Renewtec participated as a regional expert in the Vangurad initiativ, Biogas beyond energy. The meeting was arranged by the Lombardia region and took place in Milan. Other regions participating were Asturias, Navarra, Brandenburg, Emilia Romagna, Malopolska, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Skåne and West Finland.
The interest for biomethane as vehicle fuel was strong and several regions look at the success of the Scania region and Sweden within this field. There were also a strong interest in small scale thermochemical conversion of woody biomass to biomethane.