BiogasWorld Weekly Vol 32

By | 2017-11-30

How do you build a digester for a biogas plant?

November 23, 2017 – Today we’ll be your guide in discovering the building stages of a digester for a biogas plant. Watch the video that a Biogas Channel viewer has sent us!
When fully developed, this biogas plant will process 1,050,000 tons of agricultural bioproducts and organic waste and produce more than 33 mio Nm3 (equivalent to 45.4 MW) of biomethane per year to be injected into the Danish gas grid. The plant is expected to be operational in 2018.

See the video on Biogas Channel

AD industry welcomes Industrial Strategy White Paper

November 27, 2017 – The UK anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has today welcomed the publication of the government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper, with the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) saying that AD can play a ‘key role’ in enhancing British industrial capacity. Agri-tech and the circular economy are key tenets of the White Paper, with AD playing an important role in both sectors through supporting sustainable agriculture and organic resource recovery.

Read more on ADBA’s website

UK’s anaerobic digestion industry sees encouraging signs from government

November 27, 2017 – The UK’s Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has welcomed the British government’s new Industrial Strategy White Paper, saying that anaerobic digestion (AD) can play a key role in ‘enhancing’ Britain’s industrial capacity. Key features of the White Paper are agri-tech and the circular economy. Anaerobic digestion plays an important role in both sectors by supporting sustainable agriculture and organic resource recovery, ADBA argues.

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Towards a European biomethane market – BIOSURF and Bin2Grid EU projects present their final results

Brussels, 28 November – The final conference of BIOSURF and Bin2Grid, two EU-funded projects aimed at increasing the production and use of biomethane in Europe, took place on 24 November in Brussels. Speakers from both initiatives presented their main achievements from the last three years. The projects have promoted the collection of waste materials and the development of grid injection of biomethane in order to create an “embryonic” European biomethane market and encourage its use as a transport fuel. All presentations are available.

Read more on BIOSURF’s website

European Parliament’s energy committee endorses 35% renewable energy target for 2030

November 28, 2017 – The European Parliament’s energy committee ITRE has adopted changes to the EU’s renewable energy directive (RED) to include a new binding 35% green energy target for 2030 as well as a new set of principles on future financial support to renewable energy sources. Spanish S&D member José Blanco López, who is responsible for steering the plans through Parliament, said: “Europe needs to do more. It needs more ambition for renewable energy if it wants to fulfil its Paris commitments, fight climate change and lead the energy transition.”

Read more on Biofuels International

EIA: Biomass, waste fuels produced 2% of US electricity in 2016

November 28, 2017 – Biomass and waste fuels generated 71.4 billion kilowatthours of electricity in 2016, or 2 percent of total generation in the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s recently released annual electric power data. Biomass fuels are defined as all non-fossil, carbon-based (biogenic) energy sources. Waste fuels are defined as all other non-biogenic wastes. Wood solids accounted for nearly one-third the electricity generated from biomass and waste. Most wood solids come from one of three sources: logging and mill residues; wood, paper, and furniture manufacturing; and discarded large timber products, such as railway ties, utility poles, and marine pilings.

Read more on Biomass Magazine

Barrow Green Gas confirmed as UK’s ‘biggest’ shipper of biomethane

November 28, 2017 – Barrow Green Gas (BGG) has been confirmed as the UK’s biggest shipper and supplier of biomethane, as the Green Gas Certification Scheme has revealed that sales of Green Gas Certificates have hit a total of 1TWh of biomethane. This 1TWh biomethane, also known as green gas, is enough to power 83,000 UK homes for a year. More than half of this biomethane has been supplied by Barrow Green Gas, via its producers throughout the UK. Barrow Green Gas is the not only the biggest green gas shipper, but the only gas business in Great Britain that is focused solely on the biomethane market.  BGG supports biomethane producers, supplies biomethane to gas buyers and trades Green Gas Certificates from producers to buyers

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Containing landfill gas emissions: a new methodology

November 29, 2017 – How can we quantify the production of methane gas in landfills? And how can we contain the environmental risks of uncontrollable emissions? We put this question to Joseph Akunna of Albertay University, originator of a new containment methodology already tested and applied in an old landfill site that has now been transformed into a park.

See the video on Biogas Channel

100% biogas powered brewery developed by Carlsberg

November 30, 2017 – Beer maker Carlsberg’s brewery in Falkenberg, Sweden, is now powered 100% by biogas and green electricity. The move has reduced the brewery’s carbon emissions from thermal energy and electricity to zero. Earlier in 2017, the Carlsberg Group launched a new sustainability programme – Together Towards Zero. One of the four ambitions stated in the programme is to achieve zero carbon footprint by eliminating emissions from all breweries, as well as achieving a 30% reduction in the beer-in-hand carbon footprint by 2030. To achieve these targets, Carlsberg Group breweries will use 100% renewable electricity and eliminate coal as a source of energy by 2022.

Read more on Bioenergy Insight