February 2, 2018 – The German market is living through the establishment of a new technology: dry anaerobic digestion. The concept is simple: heterogeneous organic fractions with a high content of dry substances can be used to produce biogas, without the need for complex treatment cycles. This new technology amplifies the range of organic wastes suitable for the digestion process and results in low operation and maintenance costs. An excellent example is found in Germany, in Dresden, where a dry digestion plant processes 31,000 tonnes of organic waste and produces 800 kW of electricity and heat.
February 2, 2018 – Brazil has the potential to generate some 115,000GWh/year of electric power from biogas, a volume that could have supplied 25% of all energy consumed in the country in 2016, according to local association Abiogás. Biogas plants in Brazil generated 135MW on average in 2017, up 14% on the figure for 2016. The energy came from 35 units using urban, agro-industrial and livestock waste.
February 5, 2018 – Renewable energy costs will continue to fall. Since 2009 Solar prices have dropped by about 62%, while offshore wind costs have almost halved reaching £57 per megawatt hour in 2017. According to a new report this is going to continue falling and renewable energy is set to be cheaper than fossil fuels in just two years.
February 5, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the sustainable energy non-governmental Energy Vision released two case studies assessing projects that were among the first to produce renewable compressed natural gas (R-CNG) vehicle fuel by using anaerobic digesters to capture biogases from decomposing organic waste.
February 5, 2018 – German company EnviTec has commenced work on a new biogas facility in Shanxi, 500km southwest of Beijing. The recent ground-breaking ceremony marked the beginning of EnviTec’s fifth biogas project in China. Shanxi Shenmu New Energy will be responsible for operating the 1,570Nm3 biogas plant following its completion at the end of 2018, and will also handle all construction work.
February 5, 2018 – An anaerobic digester and biogas treatment plant at an Australian abattoir has commenced commercial production. According to a statement from ReNu Energy, the independent power producer who’ll operate the facility, revenue flow from the Goulburn Bioenergy Project has commenced and will ‘ramp up’ as biogas production increases. Located at the Southern Meats abattoir in Goulburn, New South Wales, the Goulburn Bioenergy Project includes an anaerobic digester, which is supplied with wastewater from the facility, a biogas treatment plant, two 800kW dual fuel (natural gas and biogas) Caterpillar generators and electrical interconnection to the facility.
February 6, 2018 – “Greening gas”: this was the theme of the 4th Edition of the EBA Conference which was held in Antwerp, Belgium. More than 200 delegates and more than 40 sessions presented by industry representatives, decision makers and researchers confirmed the potential growth of the sector and highlighted the increasing role of greening gas and, in particular, biomethane. The “Greening Gas Award” was also presented for the first time.
February 8, 2018 – The possibilites of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data-analytics have revolutionized the future of the energy sector. Along with a solid digital infrastructure, IoT allows access to data almost anywhere in the world, and has the ability to analyze data mitigating the risk of investments in energy assets and to maximize the performance of portfolios. This type of analytics is the driving force behind standardized management of energy assets around the globe. This makes it possible to produce power, monitor performance and manage portfolios efficiently within large networks.
February 8, 2018 – Reform to the UK’s Renewable Heat Incentive have finally been laid before Parliament, ending months of indecision and confusion. The RHI is a government scheme designed to incentivise the generation of heat from renewable sources. It directly affects the UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) industry. According to a statement from the UK’s Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), the proposed reforms to the RHI would restore tariffs for heat generation to levels that would stimulate deployment and provide tariff guarantees to give long-term certainty to investors and those generating renewable heat.
February 8, 2018 – Can biogas support access to energy in Africa’s rural areas? The answer comes from Pamoja Cleantech, a young social enterprise, which helps Uganda’s small-size farms transform agricultural waste (such as corn or rice waste) into biomass for producing electricity, improving the profits of the community and contributing towards sustainable development.