Sunday, February 25, 2018

IADAB News - Edition 16 - AD vs Incineration Icknield Farm Plant Sold Blackburn Meadows Biogas

Date: 25 February 2018: This is Issue 16 of the IADAB News Weekly, where we summarise the news of the week in the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Industry.
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This week we are featuring 4 UK stories as follows:



The first for popularity was our video Disadvantages of Incineration vs Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas.  The video is a short into video, based upon a report accepted by the London Assembly’s Environment Committee, as reported in PR by ADBA titled "Anaerobic digestion industry welcomes London Assembly incineration report".

Second, we include the news that John Laing Environmental Assets has invested in the Icknield Farm anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, which it now owns. The company says that the AD sector is attractive to JLEN due to the high proportion of inflation-linked revenues backed by government subsidy regimes.

Third, Sheffield Blackburn Meadows Wastewater Treatment Plant has received an upgrade providing a new Anaerobic Digestion Plant in South Yorkshire.

Fourth and finally, in the news is that the North Selby Anaerobic Digestion & Horticultural Glasshouse Project is in consultation. Subject to planning, this new AD Plant will provide a new horticultural glasshouse facility for one of the country’s leading specialist plant propagation companies, using heat and electricity provided by a co-located Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility.

Alright, let’s get started with the detailed articles… (Scroll down for each extract and use the links to the full articles on each of the individual websites.)

The following is our intro video. Watch the intro video below, for a taster of what you will read if you scroll down below the video:



1 - Disadvantages of Incineration vs Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas

We recommend that you read the full article about the disadvantages of Incineration vs Anaerobic Digestion, which is based upon a report accepted by the London Assembly’s Environment Committee, as reported in PR by ADBA titled "Anaerobic digestion industry welcomes London Assembly incineration report". Go to the above link to read our additional comments on the topic of disadvantages of burning waste and our wider perspective on this. via Incineration vs Biogas

Top tips on growing maize for anaerobic digestion
Building of new AD plants has stagnated somewhat, but there are still opportunities for farmers to grow maize for existing plants and make use of the digestate they produce. Growing maize for anaerobic digestion (AD) plants has seen a substantial increase in the last three years.

From harvest 2015 to harvest 2016 it saw a 55 per cent increase. However, more recently there has been a stagnation in construction of new AD plants as operators wait for the new Renewable Heat Incentive tariff to be agreed by the Government.

New legislation means new AD plants can only use 50 per cent of crop-based feedstock, whereas for existing ones it can be 100 per cent.

However, there are still significant opportunities for arable farmers to grow maize for AD plants and benefit from the digestate by-product they produce, believes Jon Myhill, technical feedstock manager, Future Biogas, which operates 11 plants, primarily in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, procuring crops, straw and manure from 11,000ha (27,170 acres).

“The AD industry’s selling point is that it’s a local market for farms and they are not exposed to volatile prices – the maize price doesn’t really fluctuate year-on-year. Prices are not at the top and not at the bottom, but as long as you get the yield, it’s not a risk every year growing it,” says Mr Myhill.

AD maize facts

  • 52,000ha of maize grown for AD in 2016, an increase of 55 per cent on the previous year 
  • AD accounts for 29 per cent of the total maize area in England 
  • Maize growing accounts for one per cent of the total arable area in England
via Top tips on growing maize for anaerobic digestion

2 - John Laing Environmental Adds Another Anaerobic Digestion Asset

John Laing Environmental has added another anaerobic digestion asset – John Laing Environmental Assets has announced an investment in the Icknield Farm anaerobic digestion (AD) plant. The investment consists of the provision of a debt facility to repay existing loans and acquisition of a minority equity stake from private individuals who were the project’s developers for an aggregate amount of c.GBP11m.

The Icknield Farm AD plant, located in Ipsden, South Oxfordshire, was commissioned in December 2014. The plant has a capacity of c.5MW and predominantly produces biomethane exported to the national gas grid. In addition, the plant also has a 0.4MW CHP engine and is accredited under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Feed-in-Tariff (FiT).

The Icknield Farm AD plant is JLEN’s second investment in the AD sector, building upon the recent acquisition of the Vulcan AD plant, to establish a growing portfolio of AD assets and further diversify the Company’s portfolio of environmental infrastructure projects including, wind, solar, waste and wastewater.

This acquisition brings the total capacity of the renewable energy assets in the JLEN portfolio to 259.2MW.

Richard Morse, the JLEN chairman, said “We are pleased to make a further investment in the anaerobic digestion sector through the Icknield Farm AD plant, which has a proven operational history. 

The AD sector is attractive to JLEN due to the high proportion of inflation-linked revenues backed by government subsidy regimes, and we look forward to working with our partners in the sector.” via JLEN Buys AD

3 - Sheffield Blackburn Meadows Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade: Anaerobic Digestion Plant – South Yorkshire

Blackburn Meadows wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) is located in the city of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, UK.

The plant was upgraded by a joint venture (JV) of AECOM and Galliford Try under two contracts worth £49m ($78m). The JV primarily improved and added new facilities at the site to expand the plant’s capacity to serve up to 830,000 people.

Worth around £19m ($30m), the second contract enables the plant to treat 21,000t of sludge on an annual basis, with integrated thickening and dewatering processes. Upgradation was completed in April 2016.

The project involved the construction of new inlet works, eight new primary settlement tanks, and aeration lanes, including the replacement of various facilities.

The second contract included the installation of a new mesophilic anaerobic digestion facility at the plant. It involved construction of buildings and various other pieces of equipment required to treat sludge. Mesophilic anaerobic digestion enables the breakdown of biodegradable materials using micro-organisms under moderate temperatures.

The new sludge treatment facility enables neighbouring farmlands to use the recycled sludge as manure. The facility also enables Yorkshire Water to generate 1.9MW of renewable energy using combined heat and power units.

The whole project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 6,500t, and greenhouse emissions by up to 30%. via Sheffield Blackburn Meadows Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade: Anaerobic Digestion Plant

4 - Peel – North Selby Anaerobic Digestion and Horticultural Glasshouse – North Yorkshire

The North Selby Anaerobic Digestion & Horticultural Glasshouse Project is in consultation and will provide a new horticultural glasshouse facility for one of the country’s leading specialist plant propagation companies, using heat and electricity provided by a co-located Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility. The AD facility will employ combined heat and power (CHP) units to generate heat and electricity from up to 60,000 tonnes of organic waste (source separated food waste, commercial and industrial waste and agricultural waste) per year.


Our plans now include a horticultural glasshouse which will use heat and electricity generated by the AD facility, making the two facilities ideal for co-location. The North Selby site provides a suitable location for the facility due to its topography, existing grid connection and other infrastructure, access to good transport links and existing screening.

The plant propagation facility will be operated by Howden based specialists Plant Raisers – the UK’s foremost plant propagator for the horticultural sector – which has a vast amount of experience and continues to lead the way in new techniques and developments.

Plant Raisers is the largest tomato, cucumber and pepper plant propagator in the UK and the only one to have a quality system certified to conform to BS ISO 9001:2008.

Our project will use Anaerobic Digestion (AD) technology to generate heat and electricity from up to 60,000 tonnes of feedstock which will comprise organic waste such as separately collected food waste, materials arising from a broad range of commercial and industrial operations (such as waste from restaurants, schools, food processing plants and supermarkets) and agricultural wastes.

The main products resulting from anaerobic digestion are biogas - a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide which is very similar to natural gas - and digestate which can be used as a bio- fertiliser.

The biogas can be used to generate electricity, gas or heat, or compressed for use as a biofuel. via Peel – North Selby Anaerobic Digestion and Horticultural Glasshouse – North Yorkshire - Construction Project Profile.

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NAO Renewable Heat Report - Green Gas Industry Reaction

Green gas industry responds to the UK's national Audit Office (NAO) Renewable Heat Report

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This article is a little way off from our usual subject matter, so let us just say that by "Green Gas" we are referring to is simply renewable gas such as biogas, and its product after upgrading to raise its purity "biomethane". So, the green gas industry referred to is partly the anaerobic digestion and biogas industry. It also includes renewable methane from other processes.

One big benefit from green gas is that it is home-grown and reduces need for expensive natural-gas imports.

Before you start reading the Press Release below, we can tell you that green gas production has NAO support. It's not surprising that the anaerobic digestion, and bioresources industry is keen to publicise the NAO's advice.

The ADBA Press Release follows:

Industry echoes NAO call for govt. to address policy gap by providing long-term support for renewable heat and introducing effective carbon price

Report says successor policy to RHI will be announced this year.

Responding to a new report from the National Audit Office (NAO) on the cost-effectiveness of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association, said:

“As one of the technologies supported by the RHI, biomethane (or green gas) is currently heating over 300,000 homes and displacing almost 800,000 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent to taking almost a million cars off our roads."
"As a home-grown, renewable source of heat, it is helping to decarbonise the UK’s gas grid and improving energy security through reducing the need for expensive natural-gas imports from unstable parts of the world."
"With support for the RHI due to end in 2021, we’re calling on the government to put in place long-term support for renewable heat to help give certainty to the green gas industry. The government should also set an effective carbon price that would better demonstrate green gas’s excellent value for money in reducing emissions and producing home-grown renewable heat.”
Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, said on the publication of the NAO’s RHI report:
“The government faces a huge challenge in cutting harmful carbon emissions. The NAO report shows how the government has massively cut back its ambitions for this scheme, and that as a result it will have to work even harder elsewhere.”
"But right now the government doesn’t know how it is going to cut carbon from heating systems in millions of homes and businesses around the country. There is a limited amount of time to work with, so it needs to start making real progress now.”

ADBA understands that some of the recommendations made in the report have already been incorporated into the RHI reforms that are currently going through Parliament, which, if passed, will give a vital boost to green gas production in the UK.

The report states that a decision on the successor policy to the RHI is due to be announced this year.


Sources: National Audit Office: https://www.nao.org.uk/

Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) website: www.adbioresources.org

PRESS RELEASE: Anaerobic digestion industry welcomes laying of RHI legislation: http://adbioresources.org/news/press-release-anaerobic-digestion-industry-welcomes-laying-of-rhi-legislati


Sunday, February 11, 2018

IADAB News - Edition 15 - UK Food Waste Company Take-over Irish WWTW AD Plans and Biogas Buses

Date: 11 February 2018: This is Issue 15 of the IADAB News Weekly, where we summarise the news of the week in the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Industry.

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This week we are featuring 4 UK events in the AD scene in the UK, and one in the US. These are chosen as being the items which have scored most highly based upon the last seven days of social network interaction across Twitter, Facebook, and Linked-In (provided by Kudani).

The first item is the surprise acquisition of Tamar Energy by Biogen, which amounts to a substantial re-alignment of food waste AD capacity in the South of England. It may help reduce the downward trend in gate-fees for Food Waste disposal in the south of the UK, but that will remain to be seen.

Next, in Ireland there is good news for growth in AD, during Irish Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) upgrades. When these are completed, it is proposed that the number of sites with anaerobic digestion will increased by 5.

Next, we have a new US item. the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) issued a request for proposals to procure up to 899,250 MWh/year of renewable energy, and our reading of the request is that AD bids could make up the lion share, if companies put AD plant options in their proposals. There is not much time though with a short deadline for bidders to make their submissions.

Finally, we have two UK items. The first is an ADBA post in which it joins an industry-wide call for the government to issue a long-awaited FIT consultation, so that much needed confidence in continuity of the subsidy scheme can return and allow investment to flow into new projects.

Our fifth and last item is welcome. £40 million will awarded to Councils for low emission buses. Using the money councils will be able to retrofit vehicles with technology to reduce tailpipe emissions of nitrogen dioxide. Retrofitting buses to use biomethane as a vehicle fuel offers a carbon reduction and can help reduce air pollution.

Alright, let’s get started… (Scroll down for each extract and use the links to the full articles on each of the individual websites.)

The following is our intro video. Watch the intro video below, for a taster of what you will read if you scroll down below the video:



1. Biogen Acquires Tamar Energy

Biogen has expanded its food waste recycling network through the acquisition of Tamar Energy, one of the largest anaerobic digestion (AD) owners and operators in the UK. The acquisition was completed by Ancala Partners LLP, the independent mid-market infrastructure investment manager for an undisclosed sum. 

A number of Tamar Energy's existing shareholders have rolled-over their investment into the combined group. The acquisition creates one of the largest independent AD operators in the UK. via anaerobic digestion food waste industry food waste management renewable energy

2. Ambitious Plans for More Wastewater Anaerobic Digestion Plants in Ireland

Maximising energy recovery from sludges through anaerobic digestion is at the heart of Irish Water’s National Wastewater Sludge Management Plan:

“There are 14 wastewater treatment plants in Ireland with anaerobic digestion currently in operation. More than 50 per cent of all wastewater sludge was anaerobically digested in 2014. This is expected to increase to approximately 65 per cent when WWTP upgrades, currently under way, are completed. It is proposed that the number of sites with anaerobic digestion is increased to 19, as the optimum strategy for treatment, with the biogas produced used for energy recovery in all cases.
Advanced anaerobic digestion followed by reuse of the residual bio-solids on land has been evaluated to be the most sustainable solution for wastewater sludge treatment and disposal.” via bridging skills gap

3. Connecticut Issues New RFP For Offshore Wind, Fuel Cell, And Anaerobic Digestion Projects

Last week, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) issued a request for proposals to procure up to 899,250 MWh/year of renewable energy and associated Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from offshore wind, fuel cell, and anaerobic digestion renewable energy resources, pursuant to long-term contracts of up to 20 years. Bidders must submit completed proposals to DEEP by April 2, 2018. Connecticut will announce winning bids in June 2018. via Connecticut Issues New RFP

4. ADBA joins industry-wide call for long-awaited FIT consultation

ADBA has today joined a number of trade associations to write to Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, regarding the long-awaited Feed-in Tariff consultation.

The letter highlights the contribution renewables technologies supported under the FIT make to UK energy and carbon targets. With the FIT scheduled to close to new applicants in March 2019, the letter calls on BEIS to address the uncertainty this cliff-edge end date poses, by working with industry to deliver alternative routes to market.

In support of the letter Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of ADBA, said:

The UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has already delivered so much, powering over a million homes and reducing the UK’s greenhouse (GHG) gas emissions by 1%, particularly in challenging areas such as agriculture. With the right support, however, it could meet 30% of current household electricity demand, quadruple its contribution to reducing UK GHG emissions, and provide 30,000 rural jobs. While AD is an established technology, the absence of a FIT post March 2019 is a serious threat to the viability of the UK AD industry and its ability to contribute to meeting a wide range of policy goals. We urge BEIS to set out a sustainable future for small-scale, low-carbon energy projects such as AD beyond 2019 to give reassurance to what is such a crucial industry for meeting climate goals in the UK. via ADBA

5. £40 million awarded to Councils for low emission buses


As part of the Clean Bus Technology Fund, which was launched in 2017, the Joint Air Quality Unit has today announced awards totalling £40 million to local authorities across the UK to support efforts to improve air quality in UK towns and cities. Using the money councils will be able to retrofit vehicles with technology to reduce tailpipe emissions of nitrogen dioxide. Although much of the recent in the vehicle sector has come on the OEM side, retrofitting buses to use biomethane as a vehicle fuel offers a carbon reduction and can help reduce air pollution.

Road transport is going to change dramatically over the next couple of decades – and we have to make sure that the bus industry is ready to benefit from those changes.

Above, you can see Nusrat Ghani MP beside one of Nottingham City Transport's biomethane buses.
via £40 million award for buses

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

What is a Manure Pond and How to Use Lagoon Biogas



So you want to know: What are Manure Ponds and How to Use the Lagoon Biogas which an unmixed lagoon produces naturally.

Definition of "What is a Manure Pond"

A farm manure pond or lagoon is a man-made outdoor earthen basin filled with animal waste.

They are created from the manure slurry, which is washed out from underneath animal pens and piped into the pond.

A foul smelling gas called biogas is produced, and the majority of the gas is methane.

Some farmers cover their manure ponds to capture the biogas, and reduce odours.

Image illustrates What are Manure Ponds and How to Use Lagoon Biogas.
A floating plastic membrane cover, which wll hold the gas until it is needed, and pipes to collect the gas, are all that is needed for the simplest systems.

The methane in the biogas can be used for heating and for generating electricity on the farm.

Other farmers go to great lengths to produce biogas in large tanks called digesters where they put manure and used bedding material from their barns.

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 However, to use the biogas from a simple manure pond can be worthwhile financially especially in warm climates, and will help reduce climate change by reducing damaging greenhouse gas (methane) emissions.

For more info go to https://anaerobic-digestion.com/clp

Saturday, February 03, 2018

IADAB News - Edition 14 - Biomethane Developments + New UK RHI Scheme Update

Date: 4 February 2018: This is Issue 14 of the IADAB News Weekly, where we summarise the news of the week in the fast developing Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Industry.
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This week we are focusing on events in the biogas plants which upgrade their raw biogas and sell it as biomethane.

First we include news from the Dutch that the first biomethane has been injected into the gas grid at the Microferm project in Deurningen (NL).

Second, California is moving toward adopting the European Model of biomethane production and gas grid injection of the output with the news that 5 pilot projects will go ahead to identify a largely untapped energy resource, and put organic waste to work for California. This is an exciting first step to building the market for renewable natural gas in the US state.

Third, and the most exciting, given the prospect that another huge biogas feedstock source "straw" is now looking possible to add to the rising number of waste biomass sources which can be disposed of, while also producing renewable energy. 
A happy woman is pleased about producing biogas and biomethane from straw.

Yes! Biomethane from only straw! 

The new VERBIO technology makes it possible to leverage a massive potential raw material source which has been unused to date.

Next, we feature our video on the AnaerobicDigestion YuTube Channel where we explain "What is a Biogas Upgrade? and purification of biogas to biomethane.

Followed by a reminder that RTFC Price Information within the anaerobic digestion and biogas industry is now available from markets expert Energy Census [RE]fuel (currently at no charge).

UK Biomethane and the Long Awaited New RHI Scheme

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UK biomethane progress has been almost halted throughout 2017, with only 2 new projects started. The reason is the delay in issuing the new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) rules, with the promised improved incentive rates for biogas plants making biomethane.

The New RHI was expected in March 2017, but it was delayed due to a drafting error and then due to the snap UK government General Election in June.

The new RHI is now expected to be announced during the current quarter. Expert John Baldwin predicts 30 to 40 UK biomethane projects in the next 2 to 3 years, subject to the life of the RHI when the announcement is made.

Alright, let’s get started… (Scroll down for each extract and use the links to the full articles on each of the individual websites.)

The following is our intro video. Watch the intro video below, for a taster of what you will read if you scroll down below the video:



1 - First biomethane injected into gas grid at Microferm project in Deurningen (NL)

The first biomethane was injected into the Dutch national gas grid on Friday December 22 at the Microferm project ‘Broekhuis Koegas’ in Deurningen in the Netherlands. The installation produces 40 Nm3 biomethane per hour. HoSt is turn-key supplier of the installation.
via First biomethane injected into gas grid at Microferm project in Deurningen (NL)

California Utilities Issue Draft Solicitation for Dairy Biomethane Pilot Projects

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southwest Gas jointly issued a draft solicitation yesterday for dairy biomethane pilot projects under California Senate Bill (SB) 1383. Proposed projects must demonstrate an ability to capture and process biogas from dairy cows to produce renewable natural gas, which can replace traditionally sourced natural gas for generating electricity, heating homes and fueling vehicles. At least five projects will be selected.
The draft solicitation is the first step in a new program created under SB 1383 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which has been directed to reduce methane emissions from agriculture in the state by 2030.
"This is an exciting first step to building the market for renewable natural gas," said Lisa Alexander, vice president of customer solutions and communications for SoCalGas. "Renewable natural gas, with its ability to turn methane emissions into a source of energy, is a critical element of a comprehensive approach to climate change, and we look forward to supporting these efforts."
"The capture of biogas from agriculture is an innovative way to produce renewable natural gas to fuel our homes and businesses while helping achieve the state's climate goals," said Michael Schneider, chief environmental officer and vice president of operations support and sustainability for SDG&E. "These pilot projects will help us identify a largely untapped energy resource and put organic waste to work for California."
via California Utilities Issue Draft Solicitation for Dairy Biomethane Pilot Projects

Biomethane from only straw? | European Bioenergy Day

Through the support of the European Union, VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG has developed an innovative production plant for biomethane that is manufactured from 100% straw. VERBIO  has reached the first project milestone on schedule, feeding the first gigawatt hours of biomethane generated from 100% straw since October 2014 into the local natural gas network operated by Stadtwerke Schwedt. “Straw bio-methane technology is a clear demonstration that second generation biofuels using local supply chains are no longer a thing of the future, but are today’s reality,” commented Dr. L├╝dtke, Chairman of the Management Board of VERBIO AG.

VERBIO AG has been the operator of two large biomethane plants since 2011, each with a capacity of 30 MW. These plants produce approximately 480 GWh of biomethane from distillation slop, a waste raw material by-product generated from bioethanol production, with the resulting biomethane used as biofuel for vehicles powered by natural gas. With the volume produced VERBIO supplies more than 100 of the 900 natural gas fuel stations in Germany, making it the unchallenged market leader in this segment.
The new plant, also developed internally, is based on mono straw fermentation technology. The plant will be extended to reach 16,5 MW capacity by the year 2019, generating 140 gigawatt hours of biomethane annually for sale as biofuel from approximately 40.000 tons of straw. To date, EUR 25 million has already been invested in the construction of the plant. Further amounts will be invested in the coming years to optimise the plant. The straw used to fuel the plant is gathered within a radius of 80km of the plant to ensure maximum economic and ecological efficiency. In exchange, the fermentation waste is provided to farmers as organic fertiliser. This local production chain creates employment in the region’s agricultural sector and ensures maximum CO2 efficiency.
The new VERBIO technology makes it possible to leverage a massive potential raw material source which has been unused to date. In Germany alone, an annual quantity of between 8 and 13 million tons of straw that could be used to manufacture bioenergy currently remain unused according to a study by the DBFZ (German biomass research center). This energy quantity represents the fuel required annually by more than 5 million motor cars. via Biomethane from only straw?

Spanish company unveils innovative project to produce biomethane

Valoriza Agua is executing the Smart • Met • Value research project to obtain a renewable and local biofuel through biogas production processes that take place in the wastewater treatment plants (WWTP).
The project, which is being carried out in the WWTP that Valoriza Agua manages in Guadalajara, consists of the design of a cleaning system for the biogas that is generated in the anaerobic digestion processes that take place in these facilities to obtain a biomethane with quality for its network injection and other uses such as transport. With HAM technology, the company already offers supply of this renewable fuel to vehicles.
The Smart • Met • Value includes four differentiated technological goals: development of a gas absorption model for biogas; development of a methane purification technology of high efficiency but with energy consumption significantly lower than currently used, obtaining a prototype for the mixing of gases, obtaining biomethane that complies with the current regulations (PD001).
via Spanish company unveils innovative project to produce biomethane

What is a Biogas Upgrade? Purification to Biomethane

The biomethane produced with biogas upgrading technology has the same specifications as natural gas, which makes it fully compatible to the existing natural gas infrastructure and applications. Optionally, the CO2 by-product can be recovered for use in a variety of applications.
via What is a Biogas Upgrade? Purification to Biomethane

Bio-fuel Market Prices - 3 Reasons UK Biomethane Producers Watch Them

Like it or not, biogas and especially biomethane producers should start to take a keen interest in Bio-fuel Market Prices, and here is our list of 3 reasons why.
“UK Biomethane producers and potential “biogas-plant to biomethane upgraders”, should be watching bio-fuel market prices closely.”
That’s because many foresee big gains in the prices they will in future be likely to get for biomethane sold with an associated RTFC certificate into the road transport fuel market.
RTFC Price Information within the anaerobic digestion and biogas industry is now available from markets expert Energy Census [RE]fuel (currently at no charge), which already indicates that for much of 2017, producers could obtain something of the order of magnitude of double the payment per kg which is commonly obtained from selling it now into the heat market.
via Bio-fuel Market Prices 3 Reasons UK Biomethane Producers Watch Them


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