• Anaerobic reactors for agricultural waste

    From anaerobic digestion of organic waste a methane rich gas is produced (biogas) which can be treated to be injected into the natural gas grid or used as transport fuel.

  • In Roncocesi (Reggio Emilia, Italy) the first demonstrative plant in Italy for biomethane production and use as transport fuel

    Biogas produced from a wastewater treatment plant will be treated in a dedicated upgrading plant to obtain biomethane.

  • HERA’s landfill in Ravenna

    The first demonstrative plant in Italy for the upgrading of landfill biogas to biomethane production for direct injection into the natural gas grid will be located in the waste disposal of HERA in Ravenna.

  • Upgrading

    The upgrading process consists of separating carbon dioxide and other undesired components from the biogas obtained from wastewater treatment plants or waste disposals. The energy content of upgraded biogas becomes comparable to natural gas (biomethane). The optimal upgrading technologies depend on biogas flow and on its characteristics.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

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The establishment of the new project for biomethane trade tracking.
This innovate initiative was established at the European Biogas Association Conference, recently held in Ghent. The European Renewable Gas Registry counts nine partners form eight countries, including Italy. Mr Attila Kovacs, Executive Board Member at EBA, explained: ‘The European Renewable Gas Registry has a main function of enabling the usage of the European natural gas network for the distribution of the product (i.e. biomethane).’

The whole initiative is closely connected to the national registers and the idea is to build the network of national registries, relying on the already existing information. So far eight European countries have already agreed, but there is still a long way to go.

Read the Press Release from EBA

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

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Thursday, 15 September 2016

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Sacramento County’s trucks will be filling up with the advanced renewable liquefied natural gas (RLNG) at a significant discount with a multi-year contract with Applied LNG. “We are extremely proud that Sacramento County is diversifying its fleet fuel portfolio with 100% renewable LNG as part of the broader effort to reduce GHG emissions”, said Phil Serna, County Supervisor for District 1 and member of the California Air Resources Board. “This brings our renewable fuel consumption for our entire fleet to more than 50%.”

Sacramento County refuels trucks with biomethane

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

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Bus operators and local authorities across England have been awarded a share of the funding provided by the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT), to buy low emission buses and install infrastructure. Of the 13 successful bidders, three will use the funds to acquire biomethane (renewable natural gas) buses and infrastructure. Successful bidders:

  • Merseytravel: £4.9million for a total of 72 biomethane, hybrid or electric buses and associated infrastructure
  • Nottingham City Transport: £4.4 million for 53 biomethane buses and infrastructure
  • Reading Buses: £1.7 for 16 biomethane buses and infrastructure

Low emission buses produce at least 15% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the average modern diesel bus but they typically cost significantly more. The funding will cover up to 90% of the difference in cost between a new bus and its diesel equivalent, as well as up to 75% of the cost of infrastructure.

The low emission bus scheme builds on the Green Bus Fund, which saw £89 million of government funding put more than 1,200 green buses on England’s roads – representing 4% of buses in service. The government has also invested more than £26 million since 2013 to retrofit more than 2,000 buses in pollution hotspots with low emission technology.

The government’s support for low emission buses is one part of a £600 million package of measures from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles by 2020, which also includes £400 million of guaranteed money for individual plug-in car grants, investment in ultra-low emission taxis, and research and development funding for innovative technology such as lighter vehicles and better car batteries.
In May last year, Reading Buses set a world record for a non-modified bus, attaining a top speed of 80.73 miles per hour and an average speed over a full lap of 76.785 mph, setting a new record in the process. The bus was one of Reading’s buses that operate on renewable natural gas  and returned to urban duties the following day.

Source: NGV Global News

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

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Greenville Energy Ltd began producing renewable energy from Anaerobic Digestion in 2012. The company, based in Tyrone, Northern Ireland, utilizes the waste from the family’s dairy farm, Greenville Dairies, and waste from food manufacturers and food retailers to produce biogas.

Already a model of best practices for Anaerobic Digestion in Northern Ireland, Greenville Energy is now developing a new project, in addition to producing power. The excess biogas production will be transformed into liquefied biomethane, or bio-LNG, which allows for significantly reducing the cost of storage and transport of biomethane. Bio-LNG offers a unique opportunity to valorize biogas when there is no gas grid near the Anaerobic Digestion plant or when it lacks capacities for injecting the biomethane. Thanks to this, Greenville Energy will supply industrial sites with renewable energy to meet their growing energy demand and/or their objective to reduce their carbon footprint.

To implement this innovative project, Greenville Energy has chosen Cryo Pur, an equipment supplier based in Palaiseau, France, thanks to the sales support of Fast Technologies, a technical solutions provider based in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. With its cutting edge technology and its highly qualified teams of engineers, Cryo Pur will deliver the design, the assembly, the installation and the commissioning of the bio-LNG plant in first quarter 2017.

Cryo Pur’s technology uses cryogenics in a single, energy-efficient process, to both purify biogas and liquefy biomethane: biogas is first upgraded to biomethane by separating carbon dioxide, which is itself liquefied to be sold as an industrial product. Biomethane is then also liquefied in order to be stored and transported by truck to its site of use.

The launch of the Greenville project is the first commercial unit in the world to produce liquefied biomethane from biogas on a small scale: 3 tons per day of bio-LNG or 10 GWh per year of storable and transportable renewable energy. As the Cryo Pur system is suitable for large-scale projects as well as smaller ones, it will definitely be a turning point for the deployment of bio-LNG in Europe and globally, contributing to opening new prospects for the biogas industry.

“After the validation of Cryo Pur’s technology with our demo plant at Valenton Waste Water Treatment Plant in France, signing the first commercial contract with Greenville Energy is for us the validation of our strategy to cost-effectively build integrated bio-LNG production units, with a great potential in the UK and Ireland markets,” said Denis Clodic, CEO of Cryo Pur.

Source: NGV Journal

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

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Air Liquide announced the commissioning of 12 biogas upgrading units in the last 12 months in Europe. The 12 new biogas purification units commissioned by Air Liquide are located in France, in the United Kingdom, in Hungary and in Denmark. With these new units, Air Liquide triples its biogas purification capacity on the European continent. Overall, Air Liquide has designed and deployed worldwide 50 biogas purification units in order to transform biogas into biomethane and inject it into the natural gas networks.

Read the full news on the NGV Journal