Tuesday, 14 May 2019

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The eighth Italian biomethane plant connected to Snam's national gas transportation network was inaugurated today in Sarmato, in the province of Piacenza, northern Emilia-Romagna.

The infrastructure, managed by Maserati Energia, a company active in the composting of organic waste, will introduce over 5 million cubic meters of biomethane annually produced from FORSU (organic fraction of solid urban waste).

These quantities of renewable and zero CO2 gas will be destined for motor vehicles and are equivalent to around 180 thousand supplies per methane car, for an approximate distance of over 54 million kilometers, or 90 thousand trips from Rome to Milan in a year.

Natural and renewable gas are among the best solutions for sustainable mobility, reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and fine dust, ensuring significant economic savings to consumers and being able to count on the largest network of distributors in Europe, also undergoing further expansion thanks to Snam's commitment.

 Source: SNAM


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It is the first station of Endesa that supplies 100% bio-CNG and is fed with local biomethane from the Certenergie methanation unit. This opening is part of Endesa’s NGV development plan in France and Europe, whose objective is to offer solutions for access to natural and renewable gas through a network of public and private stations.

The new station will be open 24/7 and will have capacity for all types of vehicles in its three service lanes, with an area of ​​more than 2,000 m². The refueling time of a heavy vehicle will be less than 15 minutes and less than 5 minutes for a light vehicle.

The financial support of the regional council of New Aquitaine will make it possible to ensure that the pricing of the bio-CNG is made at the same cost as the traditional CNG for 3 years. In fact, the institution compensates the additional cost linked to the consumption of biomethane.

The regional council invested 356,640 euros in the installation of this second station in New Aquitaine. It intends to take advantage of this impulse to create an operational network of CNG/bio-CNG stations to support road transport companies (1,200 companies in New Aquitaine) in their efforts to renew and green their fleets, giving them access to a cheaper and more stable fuel than diesel. The council also wants to install 20 public filling stations and support the conversion of 500 regional freight trucks. In this way, it reaffirms its objective of offering 30% biogas by 2030 and 100% by 2050.

Source: NGV Journal

Friday, 3 May 2019

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At a carbon intensity level equal to or even less than electric vehicle power, FortisBC’s renewable natural gas has been approved by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources for inclusion within the province’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The LCFS supports the responsible development of B.C.’s low-carbon natural gas resources to provide domestic solutions to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels.

“FortisBC is committed to advancing a low-carbon future for the province by tackling emissions from the transportation sector,” said Douglas Stout, vice-president, market development and external relations, FortisBC. “The inclusion of biomethane as an approved fuel under the LCFS provides transportation companies with both an environmental and an economic reason to move to natural gas as a fuel of choice.”

FortisBC has had programs in place for commercial fleets and transit providers to switch to CNG since 2010. More than 850 vehicles have made the switch to natural gas since, providing their operators with a 15 to 25% decrease in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at roughly half the cost when compared against gasoline or diesel. Companies like TransLink, BC Transit and UPS Canada have all benefited by moving portions of their fleets to natural gas.

Using biomethane for transportation provides even greater benefits. Switching to this bifuel from CNG would provide an additional 80% drop in GHG emissions. In fact, FortisBC biomethane averages a carbon intensity of approximately 11 grams of carbon dioxide equivalent (gCO2e) per megajoule (MJ) which is less than electricity used for electric vehicles at about 19 gCO2e/MJ. While customers do pay a premium for biomethane, inclusion under the LCFS will enable them to receive higher emissions credits than CNG, making the overall price competitive.

Source: NGV Journal

Thursday, 28 March 2019

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Bus travelers in Cork were the first passengers to ride a ‘green bus’ in Ireland on March 25. With zero carbon emissions, this biomethane vehicle is a viable alternative for Ireland’s public bus fleet, and the bus has been part of national trials looking at its performance, air quality impacts and CO2 emissions, among other criteria. “Energy Cork has been advocating the benefits of adopting CNG and biomethane for our public bus fleet in Cork for a number of years, so we are delighted to be making a journey on Ireland’s first zero carbon emissions bus,” said Michelle O’Sullivan, Energy Cork spokesperson and Cork Chamber Public Affairs Senior Executive.

“Never has the demand for public transport been greater in Cork with the city centre expecting an additional 10,000 jobs in the next 5 years. We have the opportunity now to shape how we grow and be proactive in adopting technologies that work for the city and which protect our environment and air quality. This technology is tried and tested with examples of biomethane bus fleets in Stockholm, Lille and Nottingham to name just a few cities. We are very keen to see this technology supported by the National Transport Authority and hope to see these buses rolled out in Cork in the not too distant future,” she added.

Faced with EU deadlines to reduce harmful greenhouse gases, and following Budget 2018, Ireland will no longer be able to purchase diesel buses for public transport as of July 1 2019. The Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport has been carrying out technology trials of hybrid diesel, fully electric, electric hybrid, CNG and biomethane buses in Cork and Dublin in recent months to review performance. The buses have been traveling key routes in the urban bus transport network, but have been weighted rather than carrying passengers so this recent operation represents a landmark in Ireland’s move to a greener public transport system.

The first passenger bus journey of its kind in Ireland picks up from Lapps Quay in Cork city and travels to the SFI (Science Foundation Ireland) funded Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI) in Ringaskiddy where passengers have the opportunity to gain insights from leading gas and algal biofuels researcher Professor Jerry D. Murphy on the research and focus of the work ongoing.

Dónal Kissane, Commercial Manager, Gas Networks Ireland said, “We are delighted to welcome members of Cork Chamber, Energy Cork and MaREI/UCC to take part in Ireland’s first carbon neutral bus journey. Unlike the diesel buses currently in operation, this bus runs on renewable gas, and its journey will have a zero carbon emissions footprint. We believe that the future of public transport in Ireland will be based on renewable gas, using waste from the agriculture and food industry.”


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With the installation of the second PSA step, the upgrading plant for landfill biogas at the Herambiente lanfdill in Ravenna has been completed by SOL. Plant operation will produce biomethane for public transport thanks to an agreement with the local public transport company START Romagna.




Tuesday, 26 March 2019

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The technology group Wärtsilä has been given Notice to Proceed for a Liquid biogas (bio-LNG) plant to be built in Asker, Norway. The contract for the plant was awarded in April 2018 by VEAS, a Norwegian wastewater treatment and biogas producing company, and the Notice to Proceed was signed in December 2018.

The new facility will comprise a biogas upgrading and liquefaction plant. It will enable VEAS to produce vehicle quality biogas, thereby creating an alternative to fossil fuels and reducing CO2 emissions. The new bio-LNG plant will be incorporated together with the company’s existing biogas plant, which is the biggest sewage sludge treatment plant in Norway serving nearly 750,000 people. The total bio-LNG production capacity will be 20 tons per day.

“Efficiency and environmental sustainability are two of the main pillars of Wärtsilä’s strategy for future energy use. This new plant represents both of these pillars, and we are proud to be partnering VEAS in this carbon reducing project,” said Arne Jakobsen, General Manager Biogas Liquefaction Systems, Wärtsilä

“Wärtsilä has the experience and technical know-how needed to integrate the new bio-LNG facility with our existing plant. Their support throughout the project has been good, and they have shown themselves capable of meeting our demanding time schedule,” commented Ragnhild Borchgrevink, Managing Director of VEAS.

The scope of supply for the bio-LNG plant includes upgrading of the biogas, hot water production, liquefaction, storage and truck loading capability. Wärtsilä is delivering the system on a fast-track basis, and the on-site installation is scheduled to be completed within a 14-month time-frame. The plant is expected to become in commercial operation during 2020.

Source: NGV Journal
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Gas for Climate, a group of seven leading European gas transport companies (Enagás, Fluxys, Gasunie, GRTgaz, Open Grid Europe, Snam and Teréga) and two renewable gas industry associations (European Biogas Association and Consorzio Italiano Biogas) has just released 2019 scenario analysis for net zero emissions energy in Europe by 2050.

Biomethane and power to methane can supply up to 1,170 TWh at strongly reduced costs, consisting of 1,010 TWh of biomethane and 160 TWh of power to methane. Based on the study, production costs can decrease from the current €70–90/MWh to €47–57/MWh in 2050. These costs reflect large-scale biomass to biomethane gasification close to existing gas grids, as well as more local biomethane production in digesters.

Navigant’s analysis shows that by 2050 all biomethane can be zero emissions renewable gas, in the
sense that any remaining lifecycle emissions can be compensated by negative emissions created in
agriculture on farms producing biomethane.

Estimates of biomethane production in Europe show that production can be scaled up from the current 2 billion m3 to 95 billion m3 of natural gas equivalent. Sustainability criteria as defined by current European directives will be crucial to steer the production.

The full report is available here.