Here’s an overview of key biogas news.
A leader at the state’s only biogas plant says lax enforcement of the law has limited the potential for energy production. More businesses in Connecticut next year will fall under a 6-year-old law that requires the recycling of food waste at an authorized organic waste recycling facility. In theory, that should give a boost to the state’s only food waste-to-energy plant, Quantum Biopower, which opened in 2016. But the plant’s vice president, Brian Paganini, is not expecting more than a slight uptick in the number of truckloads of rotting foodstuffs rumbling up to the plant’s reception bays come 2020.
Canadian biofuels firm Iogen Corporation has congratulated Threemile Canyon Farms and Equilibrium for the successful opening of the only dairy manure renewable natural gas production facility in Oregon, US. The facility, located near Boardman in Oregon, uses manure from 33,000 dairy cows to feed an anaerobic digestion (AD) system, followed by a biogas clean-up system that injects RNG into the grid. The RNG produced at the facility is used as a transport fuel, helping to eliminate around 130,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually – equivalent to removing 28,000 cars from the road.
HoSt is to supply Microferm manure-to-biomethane installations to two Dutch dairy farmers who have the ambition to profitably produce energy from manure via the Jumpstart cooperative of dairy company and founder FrieslandCampina. The contracts are signed, which means another step closer to biomethane production and a climate-neutral development of the dairy sector. The Stokman family from Koudum, province Friesland and the Haarman family from Blokzijl, province Overijssel are the entrepreneurs who have chosen for HoSt manure biogas plants through the Jumpstart program: an exceptional opportunity to produce renewable energy from manure on a small scale.
PlanET Biogas USA is working with DTE Biomass Energy (DTEBE) to construct new world-class anaerobic digesters at three dairy farms in Wisconsin. These projects will take manure supplied by the host farm, process and upgrade it into Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) for off-site grid injection. PlanET is proud to announce that digester foundations are well underway and all equipment will be delivered by the end of this year. When complete, these three sites will host 10 of PlanET’s latest in digester technology.
As the world prepares for the COP25, to be held in Madrid from December 2 to 13, SUEZ Group has reaffirmed its commitment to fighting climate change towards the 1.5°C trajectory recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and stepping up its own efforts to preserve water resources and the oceans. By 2030, 40% of the world population will be affected by drought. Aware of the urgent need to tackle global warming, SUEZ has joined the Climate Ambition Alliance, led by the Chilean government, by taking the “Business Ambition to 1.5°C, Our Only Future” pledge launched by the United Nations Global Compact last September.
Xebec Adsorption Inc. (TSXV: XBC) (“Xebec”), a global provider of clean energy solutions announced today that it signed a letter of intent on December 4th, 2019, with Maas Energy Works (“MEW”) for five Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) systems. Four of these systems will use Xebec’s innovative small-scale containerized Biostream™ upgrading solution. The Biostream units are fully containerized and automated systems with a 62 to 280 SCFM (100 to 450 NCMH) capacity to convert biogas into 98+% pure biomethane, with 99+% methane recovery. The system is flexible and reliable with a 40 to 100% turn-down. One of the system options includes an integrated CNG Fuel Dispenser.
A new Gas for Climate analysis prepared by Navigant, a Guidehouse company, shows that scaling up renewable gases in the EU can create 1.7 million to 2.4 million jobs by 2050, of which 600,000 to 850,000 would be direct jobs. Full decarbonisation of the EU gas sector is expected to be an important contribution to the goals of the EU Green Deal and the upcoming decarbonisation package. Renewable and low-carbon gases, combined with large quantities of renewable electricity, are essential to achieving a climate-neutral EU energy system. Production of renewable gases and low-carbon gases is already creating jobs today.
The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) announced the Sustainable Methane Abatement and Recycling Timeline (SMART) Initiative at the RNG 2019 conference this week in Dana Point, California, casting the vision for RNG stakeholders to develop an action plan to sustainably capture and repurpose methane that would otherwise be wasted via flare or escape fugitively into the atmosphere from more than 43,000 sites in North America by 2050. There are more than 4,400 landfills, 19,000 large farms and 20,000 wastewater treatment and lagoon facilities, food waste and agricultural sites in the US and Canada, where methane emissions naturally occur as organic materials decompose.
Countries are being urged to significantly raise renewable energy ambition and adopt targets to transform the global energy system in the next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) that will be released at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid. The report will show that renewable energy ambition within NDCs would have to more than double by 2030 to put the world in line with the Paris Agreement goals, cost-effectively reaching 7.7 terawatts (TW) of globally installed capacity by then. Today’s renewable energy pledges under the NDCs are falling short of this, targeting only 3.2 TW.
Specialist bioenergy funding provider Privilege Finance has launched a ‘manifesto’ for renewable energy from waste. The manifesto outlines the company’s vision for shaping a future whereby the UK is energy self-sufficient and sends zero food waste to landfill. “In the current election campaign, the green agenda has been at the front of peoples’ minds like never before,” said Chris Winward, commercial director at Privilege. “All the major political parties have included actions in response to the climate emergency as part of their manifestos, but it is imperative that we communicate our vision for how people, businesses and organisations can take actions to drive a reduction in emissions, as we can’t rely purely on government-led initiatives.”