Thursday, 27 February 2020

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As part of its ongoing commitment to improving air quality and tackling the Climate Emergency, First West of England launched its 77 new biomethane bus scheme, including a major natural gas station at Lawrence Hill depot. Earlier this year, the first ten of the new buses came into operation on the metrobus m3 service, drawing fuel from the existing CNG station opened last year at the Parson Street premises of Bristol Community Transport, but they will use now the brand-new fueling station at Lawrence Hill depot.

The next 27 buses will take to the streets in East Bristol this month, launching a brand new citylines east Bristol identity and replacing all city buses currently running along Church Road to St George and points east – routes 42 to 45.

The new buses feature Scania chassis and bodies built in Britain by Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL), will reduce emissions by 85% and give customers a much-improved on-board experience, smooth and quiet with modern, comfortable interiors, featuring USB charging points and a second wheelchair space on each bus.

The new filling station, designed and built by Gas Bus Alliance (GBA), which also provides the fuel, represents an investment of more than £2 million and took around nine months to build.  It can provide 100% bio-CNG to fuel up to 100 buses, and can be easily extended to supply more buses as they are purchased.

Monday, 23 September 2019

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Biomether organizes a biomethane roadshow in Emilia-Romagna starting from Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 September. The Roadshow will take you to the IRETI demonstrative plant in Reggio Emilia on the 24th, and to Ravenna, Herambiente plant, on the 26th.

On the 27th, Biomether will have its final conference in Bologna, presenting the results of the project and the Regional Guidelines produce for the Biomethane sector in Emilia-Romagna. The conference will also discuss future perspectives for biomethane with the end-users in the transport sector.
All events will be held in Italian.

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Reggio Emilia, September 24th, 2019
IRETI demonstrative plant and the agreement between ART-ER, IREN and Volkswagen Group

Ravenna, September 26th, 2019
Opening of Biomether demonstrative plant for landfill biogas upgrading in Ravenna

Bologna, September 27th, 2019
Biomether final conference 

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Posted by BioMethER
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In Europe, up to 70% of the feedstocks used for biogas production come from the agricultural sector and include manure, energy crops and agricultural residues.

Utilisation of agricultural residues such as manure is significant in countries where the animal husbandry and dairy sectors are developed. Biogas provides a profitable slurry management solution while creating new business opportunities in rural areas suffering from depopulation.

Increasingly, existing anaerobic digestion plants are converted from power generation to upgrading
to biomethane. New biomethane plants have started operations in several EU countries, their
number tripled since 2011. Biomethane, has same characteristics to natural gas and can therefore
replace it in all its uses. With the right incentives, biomethane is a commercially viable fuel: it can rely on existing natural gas infrastructure and it contributes to reaching European climate targets by reduced CO2 emissions and improved air quality.

Source: Policy brief report on biogas by Bioenergy Europe 

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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Bright Biomethane has delivered the biogas upgrading system with membrane separation technology to the largest waste water treatment plant (WWTP) of the Netherlands: WWTP Harnaschpolder of the Delfland Water Authority. The produced renewable gas will be supplied to the transport sector. Construction is progressing extremely well and the first renewable gas is expected to be supplied to the grid this month.

Operational management and maintenance of the Harnaschpolder waste water treatment plant in Den Hoorn is carried out by Delfluent Services B.V. on behalf of Delfland Water Authority. At this WWTP, approximately 6.5 million Nm3 (cubic meters) of biogas per year is produced from sludge digestion.

The biogas produced consists of around 60% methane, and is not immediately suitable for gas grid injection. Bright Biomethane’s biogas upgrading system ensures that the biogas is upgraded to biomethane, consisting of 89% methane. Around 4.5 million Nm3 of renewable low-calorific gas (L-gas) with natural gas quality will be injected annually in the gas network of network manager Westland Infra, and supplied to the transport sector, accounting for around 30 million km of road transport per year. In the future, the biogas upgrading installation can easily be made suitable for the production of high-calorific gas (H-gas).

The Delfland Water Authority is one of the 21 water authorities in the Netherlands, and wants to create a working environment that is as sustainable and circular as possible. Delfland has the ambition to be energy neutral by 2025. In addition, the water board also wants to supply green energy to third parties. The production of renewable gas is therefore another important step in this energy transition. Bright Biomethane already realized a renewable gas installation for Delfland before: at WWTP De Groote Lucht in Vlaardingen. This way, Bright’s biomethane systems make an important contribution to the sustainability of the transport sector and the energy transition in the Netherlands.

Source: NGV Journal

Monday, 5 August 2019

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The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) announced that the North American renewable natural gas industry has reached the 100 facility benchmark this summer. With the addition of three recent operational facilities, the 101 biomethane production sites across the continent equate to nearly 150% growth over the past five years from the 41 projects built between 1982 and 2014.

“Increased biomethane development and deployment leads to greater adoption of the renewables we use to drive, and heat and power our homes and businesses,” said Johannes Escudero, RNG Coalition co-founder and CEO. “We join our members and all users of RNG in celebrating this milestone, which is a great achievement for sustainability and for decarbonizing our gas and power systems.”

The RNG Coalition was founded eight years ago when there were 31 operating renewable natural gas projects in North America. Having reached 50 sites in 2015, the organization set the goal to double the number of production facilities in North America within 10 years. The industry has hit the target in half that time by eclipsing 100 sites this summer.

Three DTE Biomass Energy facilities in Wisconsin that convert cow waste from area dairies into renewable energy are among the new biomethane production sites this year. “We are very excited to be involved in dairy biogas, because we’re helping family-owned dairy farms to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and offset use of vehicle fossil fuels,” said Kevin Dobson, VP of Business Development for DTE Biomass Energy.

According to the RNG Coalition’s database of renewable natural gas production sites, there are more than 50 additional facilities currently under construction or in development. “100 projects is a milestone worth celebrating, not just for the industry, but as a symbol of hope for our planet,” added David Cox, RNG Coalition co-founder and Operations Director.

Source: RNG Coalition

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

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CNG Fuels has commenced construction of two public access renewable biomethane refueling stations, two of five due to open in 2019 to cater for soaring demand from HGV operators switching from diesel, the company announced. The new bio-CNG stations will serve major truck routes and cities, and will be able to refuel up to 3,000 HGVs a day, a near 500% increase on capacity at the company’s existing stations at Leyland, Lancashire and Crewe, Cheshire, which can refuel more than 600 vehicles daily.
Construction work on a station in Warrington, at Omega South on the M62, has begun. It is expected to be the largest public access natural gas refueling station in Europe, catering to several major haulers based in the area. It will be able to refuel up to 800 HGVs a day and serve 12 vehicles simultaneously.
CNG Fuels has also commenced construction at Erdington, close to the M6 in Birmingham. The station will be able to refuel more than 600 HGVs a day, and will be built on land belonging to Cadent, operators of Britain’s biggest gas distribution network, at its National Distribution Centre in Gravelly Way Industrial Park. Cadent, with whom CNG Fuels have collaborated previously on Leyland CNG station, have committed to convert their entire fleet from diesel to CNG.
These stations have been supported by Ingenious, an investment manager specializing in the infrastructure, real estate and media sectors. They are due to open in the autumn together with a third, previously announced station at the Red Lion Truckstop off the M1 at Northampton, which will be able to refuel more than 350 HGVs a day. The Northampton station is part of the UK’s first large-scale study of how biomethane can help slash road transport emissions, supported by the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK.
“Renewable and sustainable biomethane allows companies to achieve deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, cut pollution and save money – no wonder demand is soaring. Our customers are already planning to order hundreds of new biomethane trucks in 2019 and we have interest from companies which run a third of the UK’s HGVs,” said Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels. “We’re making it easier for fleet operators to make the switch from diesel by developing a nationwide network of public access biomethane stations on major trucking routes and at key logistics hubs.”
CNG Fuels expects to start construction on two more public access stations in the autumn, at Larkhall in Scotland and Knowsley, near Liverpool, and plans to add a further eight in 2020, making biomethane fuel available throughout the UK, from Scotland to the south-west. It is also developing the portfolio with support from Ingenious.
Source: CNG Fuels - NGV Journal

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