BiogasWorld Weekly Vol 42

By | 2018-02-15

Villagers in Kenya using biogas stoves

February 12, 2018 – Local press is reporting that the NGO, Biogas Taita, is working with the community to reduce fuel costs and increase the use of the cleaner burning fuel. The system uses anaerobic digestion to generate the gas, which is then used for cooking and heating in households. The project suffered from poor availability of information about biogas, with some families fearing that it was unsafe to use due to its homemade nature and lack of certification from the Energy Department.

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ABC: Budget act extends biogas, biomass PTC through 2017

February 12, 2018 – The American Biogas Council released the following statement from Executive Director Patrick Serfass in response to passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The legislation, passed Feb. 9, only includes a one year retroactive extension of the Production Tax Credit for biogas and biomass through 2017 but extends similar credits for other renewable energy technologies. “While we are grateful to the many members of Congress who continued support the development and deployment of renewable energy sources in general throughout the U.S., we are extremely disappointed that the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 continues to pick winners and losers in renewable energy and put new biogas systems at an economic disadvantage, stifling clean energy growth and investment.

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UK Anaerobic Digestion Industry Welcomes RHI Reforms

February 9, 2018 – The laying of legislation to reform the UK’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will ‘give a vital boost’ to the production of green gas in the UK, according to the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA). The organisation welcomed the reforms to RHI, a government scheme designed to incentivise the generation of renewable heat, laid before Parliament following a long delay and said it would incentivise the generation of renewable heat.

Read more on Waste Management World

Biogas could give Denmark 20,000 jobs and €2.1 billion in exports

February 9, 2018 – Denmark’s biogas industry has the potential to create 20,000 new jobs and generate 16 billion kroner (€2.1 billion) of exports, according to new analysis. Exports of biogas technology from Denmark are expected to reach growth of at least 100% by 2035, but could exceed expectations and rise to as much as 900%, The Local reports. The analysis was performed by the consulting agency Damvad Analystics. “Our analysis is based on knowledge of general expectations for export of energy technology and of the development in Denmark, where biogas makes up a constantly increasing portion of the gas in the pipeline network,” said Damvad CEO Kristian Mørk Puggaard.

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Video tour of a biogas plant: from feeding the digester to producing energy

February 13, 2018 – Davide Dornetti, from the “Agricoltura Innovativa” (Innovative Agriculture) community, has sent us a working demonstration of the biogas plant that has been operating at his farm in Lodi since December 2012. A complete tour taking in the fermenters, the control and supervision room, the pump room and the container that houses the engine and alternator.  The total energy produced to date is 26,355,142 kWh.

See the video on Biogas Channel

Map of over 500 European biomethane facilities released

February 13, 2018 – The European Biogas Association and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) have collaborated on a comprehensive map of all known biomethane installations currently running in Europe. ‘European Biomethane Map 2018’ lists over 500 units on the continent, and according to its creators is the first of its kind. It’s been produced with information taken from biogas associations, energy agencies and companies. “The number of biomethane plants in Europe has been considerably increasing in recent years, reaching over 500 units today,” said Jan Stambasky, president of the European Biogas Association (EBA).

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Brazil approves 103 MW of renewables to enter special scheme

February 14, 2018 – Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy has allowed three solar power facilities and one biogas plant with a combined capacity of 103.3 MW to enter the national Incentive Regime for Infrastructure Development (REIDI). The total cost of the Steelcons Sol do Futuro I, II and III, and the Biogas Bonfim plants is estimated at more than BRL 416 million (USD 126.2m/EUR 102.3m), according to decrees published by the national power sector watchdog Aneel.

Read more on Renewable Now

London Assembly condemns city’s waste management practices

February 15, 2018 – The 15 February report concludes that the city must limit the amount and type of waste that is allowed to go to incinerators. It also calls for the expansion of anaerobic digestion as a way to handle food waste more cleanly. Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged that no recyclable or biodegradable waste will be sent to landfills by 2026, he has also set a target of a 65% recycling rate for the capital. But even if this target is met, the report concludes that incineration is likely to be the primary form of residual waste management for the foreseeable future.

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Anaerobic Digestion industry welcomes London Assembly report recommending Energy from Waste reduction

February 15, 2018 –  Separate food waste collections would allow food waste to be properly recycled through AD, producing not only renewable heat and power and low-carbon transport fuel but also nutrient-rich biofertilizer, says the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA). The report finds that despite efforts to cut waste and increase recycling, more than half of London’s waste ends up being incinerated in the process known as ‘Energy from Waste’. The amount of waste sent from London for incineration has doubled in the last decade, reaching a total of two million tonnes in 2017.

Read more on Renewable Energy Magazine

A bridge too far? Bristol biogas bus route facing tests

February 15, 2018 – The launch of biogas buses in Bristol, UK, is still facing potential obstacles, reports the Bristol Post. According to the local news service, workers for MetroBus, Bristol’s rapid transit system, were photographed carrying out height tests on a recently renovated Ashton Avenue swing bridge in the city in the south-west of England. Reopened in May 2017, the bridge is set to form part of the city’s new MetroBus M2 route, a route which is set to include the city’s biogas buses.

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