Here’s an overview of key biogas news.
A study conducted by Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) shows BC leading the nation in ‘shovel-ready, shovel-worthy’ clean fuel investment projects. “A recent study of our members’ and other firms’ plans to increase feedstock and advanced biofuel/synthetic fuel production capacity in BC show the province to be attracting 40% of all Canadian projects identified,” stated ABFC President, Ian Thomson. “Eight projects are in active development. The estimated $885 million capital inflow to BC will generate $1.15 billion in construction spending and $2.2 billion in annual economic benefit.
The City of Boulder, Colorado, US, has partnered with Tetra Tech and CGRS on a wastewater biogas project. Construction on the biogas use enhancement project is almost halfway complete at the city’s Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF). Biogas produced from wastewater digesters will be converted into renewable natural gas (RNG) for vehicle fuel and will be delivered to community partners for use after injection into the Public Service Company of Colorado pipeline. The city partnered with Pasadena, California-based Tetra Tech and Fort Collins, Colorado-based CGRS to design and build the biogas-to-RNG conditioning system, which will replace the WRRF’s co-generation system that is at the end of its service life.
The first-of-its-kind in the nation renewable natural gas (RNG) offloading station at Dane County, Wisconsin’s landfill today received its first load of RNG from a manure digester in the Yahara Lakes Watershed. Brightmark has completed construction of the multi-million-dollar project upgrading gas equipment at its digester northwest of Waunakee in the Town of Vienna. The biogas converted from 90,000 gallons of manure per day will be trucked to the county’s offload station from the digester project.
Hexagon Mobile Pipeline®, a Hexagon Composites subsidiary, has received a substantial contract for TITAN® 53 transport modules from Xpress Natural Gas LLC (XNG) a leading full-service provider of compressed natural gas (CNG). The strategic agreement has a total value of USD 7.3 million (approx. NOK 70.2 million) and includes additional purchase and rental options through 2021. The TITAN® 53 large-capacity Mobile Pipeline® modules will serve virtual interconnect projects providing natural gas to communities and industries that do not have access to sufficient pipeline capacity in the US.
Danish fund manager, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) reached a first close of $1.7 billion from investors that include PensionDanmark and AP Pension in CI IV, which looks to become the largest global renewable energy infrastructure fund — with a target size of $6.2 billion, according to a release. The fund looks to invest $11 billion to $16 billion in greenfield renewable energy projects across North America, Western Europe, Asia and Australia. “The market timing is favorable for greenfield renewable infrastructure investments,” said Jakob Baruël Poulsen, managing partner at CIP.
Owner of Waitrose and John Lewis reveals plans to build filling station for its growing fleet of biomethane trucks as it unveiled a fresh commitment to wean its entire transport fleet off fossil fuels by 2030. John Lewis Partnership has unveiled plans to build a new bio-methane gas filling station that would allow Waitrose lorries to run on fuels derived from food waste and other waste materials instead of diesel. The retail giant launched the plans today, as it announced a fresh commitment to wean its 4,800-strong transport fleet off fossil fuels by the end of the decade.
Spanish fuel company Repsol has announced two industrial decarbonisation projects involving green hydrogen and biogas. The CEO of Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, presented the projects on 15 June that the company will undertake with the support of prominent Spanish and international partners. The facilities, to be built in the port of Bilbao and the surrounding area, will represent an €80 million investment. The first project involves building one of the largest net-zero emissions synthetic fuel production plants in the world, based on green hydrogen generated with renewable energy.
The European Biogas Association (EBA) and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) have just released the second edition of the ‘European Biomethane Map’. The analysis of the data collected shows that the number of biomethane plants in Europe has increased by 51% in 2 years, from 483 in 2018 to 729 in 2020. There are currently 18 countries producing biomethane in Europe. Germany has the highest share of biomethane plants (232), followed by France (131) and the UK (80). This is the second edition of the map. It has been made in cooperation between two organisations promoting the development of renewable gases: the European Biogas Association (EBA) and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE).
The coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic and subsequent measures taken to control it are having a significant impact on the bioenergy sector worldwide according to a World Bioenergy Association (WBA) survey conducted to understand the impact on the global bioenergy industry. A key recurring theme among respondents is their desire for policymakers to recognize bioenergy as an essential sector, incentivize bioenergy development, and establish strong and stable policies around the world. The spread of coronavirus (COVID19) and subsequent measures taken to control the spread are having a significant impact on the bioenergy sector worldwide.
Although the coronavirus crisis has slowed down clean energy investments and installations, renewable energy and green technologies have the chance to emerge as the winners in the post-COVID-19 world. Undoubtedly, the global health crisis has impacted every corner of the energy industry, including renewables. Yet, renewable energy has so far been the energy source most resilient to lockdown measures. Demand for renewables is set to grow this year—and this will be the only energy source to grow in 2020 compared to 2019, in contrast to all fossil fuels and nuclear, according to a recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).