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.