Sunday, March 04, 2018

IADAB News - Edition 17 - Biomethane Italy's €4.7bn for Biofuels - New Map - CNG Shuttle Buses

Date: 4 March 2018: This is Issue 17 of the IADAB News Weekly, where we summarise the news of the week in the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Industry.

It's been a few weeks since we looked at developments in biomethane projects. These are anaerobic digestion and biogas plant projects where the raw biogas will be further treated to clean it to the same standard as natural gas. This means that the Anaerobic Digestion Facility operator will be able to sell the "biomethane" energy into the natural gas distribution system, or for other uses such as to replace CNG as a renewable fuel for vehicles.

First we have the welcome news that the European Commission cleared a 4.7 billion Euros ($5.73 billion) support scheme in Italy for advanced biomethane and biofuels, 

We wanted to know more about this and found out that the scheme, which will run until 2022, supports the production and distribution of second and third-generation biofuels for use in transport vehicles. 

Third this week, is that the European Biogas Association and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) have collaborated on a comprehensive map of all known biomethane installations currently running in Europe. The‘European Biomethane Map 2018’ lists over 500 units on the continent, and we welcome this because the AD industry really needs to publicise their success and listing each biomethane plant is an essential first step to keeping the public informed.

Fourth, and finally, we have the news that, as part of its commitment to environmental responsibility, the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is launching of a fleet of biogas-powered shuttle vehicles. There will be 7 buses equipped to use this renewable biofuel to start with.

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 - EU Clears Italian Support Scheme For Advanced Biomethane And Biofuels

BRUSSELS, March 1 (Reuters)
The European Commission on Thursday cleared a 4.7 billion euros ($5.73 billion) support scheme in Italy for advanced biomethane and biofuels, saying it was in line with state-aid rules. "The scheme will encourage the production and consumption of advanced biofuels ... via Reuters

2 - EU approves Italy's €4.7bn public support for biofuels

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Italy's plans to provide €4.7 billion (£4.2bn) of public support for advanced biomethane and biofuels have been approved by the European Commission. The scheme, which will run until 2022, supports the production and distribution of second and third-generation biofuels for use in transport. via European Commission

3 - Map of over 500 European biomethane facilities released

The European Biogas Association and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) have collaborated on a comprehensive map of all known biomethane installations currently running in Europe.

‘European Biomethane Map 2018’ lists over 500 units on the continent, and according to its creators is the first of its kind. It’s been produced with information taken from biogas associations, energy agencies and companies.

Map of Biomethane Plants in Europe


“The number of biomethane plants in Europe has been considerably increasing in recent years, reaching over 500 units today,” said Jan Stambasky, president of the European Biogas Association (EBA).

“EBA and GIE have decided to illustrate this positive trend with this map, which provides a high-quality overview of the main technical features, current status and location of existing installations. With the huge development of the biomethane sector expected in the coming years, this pioneering map might be the first in a long series.”

According to an EBA statement, the map provides specific details about each biomethane plant, including connections to the gas grid, feed-in capacity, main substrate used, upgrading process and date of start of operation. Cross-border interconnection points and pipelines are also indicated.
via Map 500 European biomethane facilities


4 - Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport Rolls Out Biomethane Fuelled Shuttle Buses

As part of its commitment to environmental responsibility, the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is launching of a fleet of biogas-powered shuttle vehicles and creating an agricultural club.

A fleet of seven shuttles, running exclusively on renewable natural gas were recently brought into service at this airport. The customised shuttles have been designed and fitted out to convey passengers between the car parks and the terminals.

(c) Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport

This initiative is part of the ACA 3+ accreditation obtained in May 2017 by Aéroports de Lyon, supported by AirPact, the global environment policy of VINCI Airports.

Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport further confirms its commitment to environmental responsibility with another initiative – creation of an agricultural club, a unique space for dialogue enabling the airport and the farmers managing the site’s land reserves to work together to develop sustainable and innovative agriculture. via Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport

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