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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.

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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.

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

REGATEC 2015 – a success

The 7-8 May 2nd International Conference on Renewable Energy Gas Technology, REGATEC 2015, took place in Barcelona, Spain. The fundamental idea of the conference is to provide a common platform for biogas, gasification, and Power-to-gas players since there are strong synergies between these sectors.

In total 140 people from 26 countries registered for the conference which was opened by Dr. Nakada from the world organisation on renewable energy, IRENA.

The president of the European Biogas Association, Dr. Jan Stambasky, seized the opportunity to launch the association’s new ”EBA vision and mission”. Now the association takes a holistic approach to renewable energy gases, whether they are produced through anaerobic digestion or gasification, which is in line with the fundamental idea of REGATEC.

During the two day conference 64 presentations by leading experts were given, and 17 exhibitors showed the latest within anaerobic digestion, gasification and Power-to-gas.

SEAT and Iveco Spain displayed the new generation of environmentally friendly gas powered cars with superior fuel economy. SEAT Mii Ecofuel consumes merely 2.9 kg/100km which gives a fuel cost of approx.  5€/100km in Sweden and approx. 2.90-3.60€/100km in the rest of Europe.

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On the photo Dr. Jan Stambasky, the president of the European Biogas Association and Jörgen Held, CEO Renewtec and conference organizer, in front of one of the displayed NGVs, a SEAT Leon ST TGI.

REGATEC 2015 was sponsored by Cortus Energy AB, EQTEC Iberia, EBIOSS Energy, GDF Suez, JTI, Landvärme GmbH, and Schmack Carbotech GmbH.

REGATEC is organized by Renewable Energy Technology International AB (Renewtec AB) and Institute for Biogas, Waste Management & Energy

 

REGATEC 2014 in good progress

We are happy to announce that REGATEC 2014 is in good progress. Already at this early stage several high profile speakers from Asia, America and Europe have confirmed their participation.

The speaker list is available at www.regatec.org/speakers

REGATEC 2014 has a technical and industrial focus and is directed towards microbial and thermo-chemical conversion of biomass and waste to biomethane. Don’t forget to mark 22-23 May 2014 in your calendar.