The announcement that Hamworthy Oil and Gas Systems, a leading developer and supplier of gas handling and biogas liquefaction technology, has been awarded its first contract for a biogas liquefaction plant in Oslo, with Norwegian Cambi AS, a specialist in biowaste treatment is destined to be the first of many this year. It may be that there are so many biogas liquefaction projects announced this year that we will look back and say 2012 was the year when the industry first realised the potential for "upgrading" biogas for what it is. In one word it's "massive".
Will 2012 be the Year Biogas Liquefaction Comes of Age?
Biogas liquefaction, which also entails purification to remove impurities which would otherwiase cause corrosion is not a new technology, and once the initial investment has been made it is not all that expensive, and yet it unlocks the BIG advantage of biogas energy in this form because it is storable. It is also a great low emissions transport fuel. In fact, until those guiys always promising the coming dawn of hydrogen fuel - which never quite arrives - have made it easily, safely and cheaply, storable biomethane upgraded as a LNG equivalent fuel wins hands down.
The biogas plant announced today will treat 50,000 tons of food waste a year and produce around 14.000 Nm3/day of biomethane. Some are even saying that NOT to upgrade by adding biogas liquifaction, and to generate electricity (+ Combined Heat and Power (CHP)) alone from biogas is a deplorable waste! Your views are welcome. Please comment below, from the article page.
Here, below our video (which if you watch it to the end explains biogas upgrading) is most of the rest of the article (visit the original webiste via the link for the full article):
The liquefaction plant is to be delivered early 2013 and Hamworthy Oil & Gas Systems' responsibilities will include feed gas compression, biogas cleaning & liquefaction and liquid biogas storage and export.
"We were able to employ our knowledge and expertise in liquid gas handling gained from 30 years experience in the marine and oil & gas markets to secure this breakthrough contract," said Reidar Strande, Hamworthy Oil & Gas Systems, LNG Business Unit Director.
Hamworthy's liquefaction plant design is based on conventional components and uses a plate-fin heat exchanger for the liquefaction process. The technology is scalable upwards to a capacity of at least 60 tons a day.
The biogas plant is located in Nes, Romerike, an agricultural region northeast of Oslo, and is designed and delivered by Cambi AS to the highest specifications in the biowaste sector. The produced biomethane will be used as biofuel for buses in Oslo, putting the entire region at the forefront of environmental innovation.
Renewable gas is one of the most environmentally friendly alternative fuels. Replacing diesel with upgraded biogas to fuel 135 buses will reduce fossil CO2 emissions by 10,000 tonnes a year. Also NOx and particles emissions will be significantly reduced, meaning cleaner air and less noise.
The EU has set a target to reach a 20% share of energy from renewable sources within 2020. In order to reach this ambitious and important goal, large investments have been made and they will continue to grow in this sector.