Wednesday, 16 January 2019

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This IEA Bioenergy Task 37 case story concerns upgrading landfill gas to biomethane. By combining membrane filtration and the cryogenic distillation process, the WAGABOX® process developed by the French Waga Energy has proven to be effective (uptime > 95%) in upgrading landfill gas to gas grid standard.

Read more on the IEA Report  describing the plants where the solution has been implemented.

The first Wagabox plant, operational in Saint Florentin, France.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

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Snam, through its subsidiary Snam4Mobility, has acquired 100% of Enersi Sicilia Srl, a company that owns the authorization for the development of a plant to convert biomethane from urban solid waste in the province of Caltanissetta, Sicily. Snam4Mobility is the company through which Snam is developing refueling infrastructure for CNG and LNG vehicles. 
This acquisition, for approximately EUR 2 million, will allow Snam to build its first biomethane plant that will be able to manage 36,000 tons per year of urban waste, providing neighbouring municipalities with a totally renewable solution to the problem of waste disposal.
The plant will be built by leveraging the managerial and technical expertise of the subsidiary IES Biogas, which will oversee its development and construction. 
Snam4Mobility is the company through which Snam is developing refueling infrastructure for compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles. The growing interest in the sustainable methane and biomethane mobility market demonstrates the great potential of alternative uses of gas.
Biomethane is a renewable energy source derived from a process of purification of biogas, which is obtained from the exploitation of products and by-products of the agricultural and agro-industrial chain and from the organic part of urban waste. Biomethane can be fed into the natural gas transport infrastructure.
A study carried out by Ecofys for the European Gas for Climate consortium (which includes Snam and eight other companies and associations) estimated that the production and use of biomethane and other renewable gases in existing infrastructure would enable Europe to meet the climate targets of the Paris Agreement, saving around 140 billion euro per year by 2050.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

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Within the Ecomondo fair in Rimini, IREN Group has been one of the awarded companies for the Italian Sustainability prize 2018 for its activities in BioMethER project concerning the development of the pilot plant in Roncocesi.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

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The second national meeting on biomethane took place on October 11 in Bologna organized by the NGO Legambiente with the contribution of BioMethER who was amongst the industrial experiences presented at the conference.

In Italy, natural gas plays an important role as it represents the 34.6% of gross domestic consumption: 70.914 million cubic meters, distributed between the residential  (40.7% of consumption), industrial (20.4%) and transport (1.5%) sectors.

Biomethane production in the agricultural sector alone could cover 12% of current consumption of gas in Italy with obvious environmental and economic advantages. Biomethane is a fundamental link for the correct treatment of biodegradable waste in the context of the new circular economy scenario at the national level, starting from the central and southern regions of Europe. It can also play a fundamental role in our country's energy strategy, to reduce air pollution and to combat climate change.

According to the Italian Thermotechnical Committee the biomethane is able, in fact, to avoid the emission of greenhouse gases of at least 75% compared to those of fossil fuels, a fundamental contribution to the goal of containing the global warming within 1.5 degrees centigrade as recently advocated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

All presentations (in Italian) are available here