August 31, 2017 – Save the date for the Canadian Biogas Association’s exciting and informative annual Value of Biogas conferences. Value of Biogas West will take place in Abbotsford, BC on January 16th and 17th, and Value of Biogas East will be in Gatineau, QC on March 22nd and 23rd. Value of Biogas West and East are Canada’s Premier Biogas and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Conferences, and the best way to connect with the industry network. Potential presenters for the Canadian Biogas Association’s Value of Biogas West and East conferences are invited to submit biogas and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) presentation abstracts to be considered for either or both conferences.
August 24, 2017 – Researchers in Zurich have identified all the genes required by bacterium to use methanol – a common product of biogas plants – as a food source. It is hoped that the new insights will help scientists advance the use of bacteria in the field of biotechnology. A common focus for chemists is determining how small carbon molecules such as methane and methanol can be used to generate larger molecules. This is a problem which bacteria solved long ago, with some using methanol as a carbon source to create energy carriers and cellular building materials.
August 24, 2017 – Leading US advocates for advanced liquid and gasified biofuels have united to urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stand behind President Trump’s commitment to driving investment in the next generation of ‘homegrown’ fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Leaders of the American Biogas Council, Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Biotechnology Innovation Organisation , and Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas have co-signed a letter to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. They call on Pruitt to reverse track on 2018 goals and waiver credits that would suppress demand for cellulosic fuels.
August 24, 2017 – Biogas projects are booming in Malaysia, according to one renewable energy developer. Green & Smart Holdings plc (AIM: GSH), who generate power from biogas captured through the treatment of palm oil mill effluent, has seen a major upswing in operations. Megagreen Energy (“MGE”), an associated company of Green & Smart, has already completed five biogas plants under engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (“EPCC”) contracts with 6MW of total capacity.
August 24, 2017 – GE’s Distributed Power announced that it is providing its Jenbacher biogas engine technology and myPlant Asset Performance Management (APM) solution for three new landfill power production sites in Turkey. The plants are owned by ITC-Ka Enerji Uretim Sanayi Ve Ticaret AS (ITC), the largest landfill gas power producer in the country.
August 25, 2017 – What are the pre-accreditations and regulations to be followed in the UK to flow biomethane into the gas pipe-line system? How do the financial close and the connection offers work? David Hurren tries to interpret the uncertainty of the post-Brexit climate.
August 25, 2017 – In the U.K., the latest Electric Insights report, produced by researchers at Imperial College London, in collaboration with Drax, found that renewables accounted for 25 percent of Britain’s electricity during the second quarter. All low-carbon sources together produced 55 percent of Britain’s electricity over the same period. The report shows the carbon intensity of grid electricity is now the lowest ever, falling below 200 grams per kilowatt hour (kWh) over the quarter, dipping below 100 grams per kWh on four days during the three-month period.
August 29, 2017 – A fleet of more than 100 low-emission biomethane powered buses could take to the streets of the Bristol region in the UK over the next few years, following the award of a multi-million pound government grant. In August, a biomethane fuelled double-decker went into service in Bristol, part of a ’pathfinder’ exercise by local bus operator First West of England to assess how well the biogas vehicle coped with operations in the city. Among other things, the initiative aims to assess how the double-decker affects refuelling and maintenance operations.
August 29, 2017 – Air Liquide has announced its acquisition of a majority equity in Norwegian company Skagerak Naturgass AS, a subsidiary of Skagerak Energi that belongs to Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, Statkraft. Skagerak Naturgass AS operates a distribution network delivering natural gas to industry, and 100 percent biomethane to the Norwegian transport sector through four bio-natural gas for vehicle (bio-NGV) stations installed in the Oslo region. This new joint venture allows Air Liquide to pursue its business development in the Scandinavian biogas market, firmly aligned with its aim of harnessing renewables technology for clean transport.
August 29, 2017 – As an organic process, biogas production is inherently variable, dependent not only on feedstock, but also on ambient conditions such as temperature. For energy asset owners who want to deliver dependable heat and power in commercial or industrial energy supply applications, this inherent variability potentially represents a significant challenge. One solution for spark ignition reciprocating engines is fuel blending, which effectively supplements and precisely matches the variations in biogas availability with additional natural gas. Maintaining a constant output from the engine, irrespective of variations in biogas availability, ensures consistent energy supply even if biogas production falls to zero.