Wednesday, 22 November 2017

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A dedicated webinar organized by the BiogasAction H2020 project illustrates current regulation and significant projects throughout Europe.

Biogas Action aims to serve as vehicle for the development of the European biogas sector and to increase the biogas and biomethane production in the European Union, by focusing on removing the non-technical barriers to contribute to creating better frameworks for the widespread production of biogas and biomethane, in line with the EU 2020 targets.

Link to the webinar recording

Presentations available for download:

Thursday, 16 November 2017

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SOL S.p.A. who developed the upgrading units of BioMethER plants has been awarded the 23rd edition of Federchimica Responsible Care prize, the Italian national chemistry industry association, for its activities in BioMethER.

The award has been assigned to SOL because of its role in developing low carbon energy sources from waste streams, supporting the shift towards a circular economy, thanks to the activities of BioMethER LIFE project.

Responsible Care is a program of the Chemical Industry, active worldwide for voluntary actions towards sustainability.

Monday, 9 October 2017

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Providing an overview on Biomethane sector in Europe focusing on landfill and waste water biogas upgrading to biomethane is the goal of the workshop, organized by BioMethER at Ecomondo 2017, the largest greentech Euromediterranean exhibition, hosting each year more than 100.000 visitors.

The workshop will start with an European state of the art by EBA (European Biogas Association), followed by experts from Sweden (Malmberg) and Italy who will present interesting plants, afterwards BioMethER upgrading plants from IRETI and Herambiente will be discussed.

Save the date:
Wednesday November 7 Novembre Ecomondo Rimini Exhibition Center
14:00 - 17:00, Sala Orchidea Pad D6
BioMethER workshop programme

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

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The Swedish government’s new budget takes an important step to promote biogas (biomethane), a renewable natural gas, by carrying forward a bonus arrangement through to 2018. The policy target is independence from fossil fuels by 2030 and fossil free from 2050.

Among other measures, the bonus for gas passenger cars is increased from SEK 7500 to 10.000 (USD 920 to 1228). Maria Malmkvist, CEO of Energigas Sverige (the Swedish Gas Association), says the news of an increased bonus has been well received and must be viewed as a bonus for the climate. She says it needs to be easy to choose a real environmental car.
The budget also supports the reduction of methane from manure. Energigas explains that the budget for plants producing manure biogas will be increased by another 30 million (USD 3.75 million) by 2020. “But it would have been better if the support had also been extended to more raw materials where biogas production is needed to end the cycle and promote a circular economy,” Malmkvist adds.

The budget contains news that the government wants to “investigate the market conditions for Swedish biogas and propose long-term instruments”. An analysis should also be made of the “best use of biogas resource utilization and how it can be afforded competitive conditions in both the short and long term”. Energigas Sverige welcomes this news. Swedish biogas producers have been hampered by the import of biomethane from countries with production support. In Sweden the use of gas is supported but not the production. To this end, the government has indicated it will set up a circular economy delegation, a move for which the Swedish association will become a “constructive partner”.

“Today’s distorted competitive relationship, with imports of subsidized biogas, needs to be corrected. Without increasing production and use of biogas in Sweden, the overall climate and environmental goals can not be achieved,” says Malmkvist.
During the first half of 2017, vehicle gas had a biomethane share of more than 80 percent, up from 73 percent in 2016.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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HERAmbiente S.p.A.,  one of Italy's largest multiutilities and environmental service providers, partner of BioMethER, will retrofit the existing composting plant in Sant Agata, near Bologna, to produce biomethane from food waste for grid injection.

The facility will be supplemented with treatment and anaerobic digestion of 135,000 tonnes of food waste per year. The biomethane will be produced using Malmberg Compact® GR 20R.

The capacity of the plant will be 1000 Nm3/h and it will produce 7.5 million Nm3 biomethane per year for the Italian gas network. As byproduct, 20.000 ton/year of high quality fertilizer are produced from Prior to choosing Malmberg water scrubber technology HERAmbiente undertook a thorough evaluation of robust upgrading technologies for food waste biogas. 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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Utility Engie and supermarket chain Carrefour have announced plans to cooperate on the logistics to operate 200 biomethane-powered trucks around France by the end of 2017.

In an announcement, the two said the move would reduce CO2 emissions by 75% and cut other pollutants from fossil-fuel powered vehicles.

Carrefour and Engie’s alternative-fuel subsidiary GNVERT have been working together on testing biomethane for road haulage since 2013.

According to the two companies, “the success” of the tests means Carrefour has decided to “accelerate the deployment” of biomethane powered vehicles with the goal of opening nine service stations by the end of the year.

The stations, which would also be open to the public, would allow the 200 trucks to deliver to 250 urban stores in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux and Lille.

The first of the these stations, which was opened this week, is located in La Courneuve and will serve the Paris region.

GNVERT chief executive Philippe Van Deven said: “The inauguration of this station marks a new stage in the development of alternative fuels in France, and in particular that of biomethane fuel.

Carrefour is the first to have committed itself so resolutely to using biomethane fuel in France and in Europe. We are very proud to be able to support them with innovative solutions that open up new perspectives for the energy transition of fuels.”

The stations will also allow natural gas-powered vehicles, such as coaches and refuse-collection trucks, to refuel there.

More information here.
Source: European Biogas Association