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

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

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Tata Motors unveils India’s first biomethane bus and engines

Tata Motors has unveiled the country’s first biomethane-powered bus at the Bio-energy program, called ‘Urja Utsav’, organized by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. Tata Motors has pioneered the introduction of natural gas vehicles in India and has lauched several technologies in CNG engines. Moving towards NGVs will not only contribute majorly towards decreasing emissions for a cleaner environment, but operating engines on biomethane will also help promote Government of India’s Smart City initiative.

Source: NGV Journal

Friday, 26 May 2017

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Biomethane represents a great opportunity for Emilia-Romagna, where 253 biogas plants, equivalent to about 225 MW electric power, are located. With the upgrading plant of Ireti in Roncocesi (Reggio Emilia) the region starts to pave the way for biomethane from wastewater biogas.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the European Commission LIFE programme, the wastewater plant of Ronocesi hosted the First Biomethane Day in Emilia-Romagna, first region in Europe for the number of participated LIFE projects!

About 70 participants were attending the workshop and site visit to the first BioMethER upgrading plant from wastewater biogas hosted in Roncocesi. At Roncocesi, about 65 m3/h of the biogas produced by the anaerobic digestion of wastewater exceeding the thermal demand of the digestor itself will be treated in the upgrading plant based on membrane technology installed by SOL.

The source biogas and the produced biomethane will be monitored to check that standards for grid injection are achieved. 

>> The amount of biomethane which can be produced amounts to 140.000 m3/anno, enough to fuel 150 vehicles running for 15.000 km/year!

>> Presentations (in Italian) are available here

Friday, 28 April 2017

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

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Producing biomethane from the anaerobic digestion of wastewater treatment sludge: this is the goal at the BioMethER demonstration plant in Roncocesi, Reggio Emilia, managed by IRETI.

After site preparation works, the upgrading unit of the demonstrative plant of IRETI in Roncocesi has been installed and positioned on site in early march. The upgrading untiIt consists of a membrane upgrading plant will remove CO2 and other undesired components from the biogas flow produced by the waste water treatment plant.

Currently, part of the biogas flow is used to cover the heat demand of the anaerobic digestion plant itself, but the exceedence is flared. IREN's president Paolo Peveraro, is proud of this achievement which is "a step forward towards a circular approach in each of the processes in which IREN is involved".

After installation, the upgrading plant at Roncocesi waste water treatment plant is now undergoing a commissioning phase. Once operational, it will produce grid-standard biomethane. 

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

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New bio-LNG plant underway to serve German energy company

The plant, treating up to 1,250Nm3/h of biogas, will produce both bioLNG and LNG, offering a technological response to the need to liquefy and store methane-based energy streams. Both gas cleaning and liquefaction are cost- and energy efficient, thereby making profitable projects possible even for smaller gas streams.

Source: NGV Journal