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BIOSURF workshop: side event Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

On March 22nd 2017, in the framework of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), BIOSURF organised the Workshop: “Biomethane as fuel – applications and obstacles”, with 24 participants.

After a brief introduction from Vice-President of the German Biogas Association, Hendrik Becker, the workshop started with a focus on practical experiences through the presentations of Chris Perry, Stephan Hoffmann (PlanET Biogastechnik GmbH) and Volker Wehber (Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH). Mr. Perry refered to his experiences in the production of biogas in Canada. Mr. Hoffmann presented biomethane projects located mainly in Europe (Germany, France and United Kingdom). The block ended with a presentation from Mr. Wehber about different projects in Asian countries like Japan, South Korea, China and Thailand.

In a second phase of the workshop, the development of the biomethane markets in Europe and the United Kingdom were presented by BIOSURF partner organisations EBA (Arthur Wellinger) and REA (Gaynor Hartnell) respectively.

The last part of the workshop was dedicated to biomethane projects in developing countries and the possibilities of biomethane in these markets by Clemens Findeisen, consultant for international developing cooperation at the GIZ.

The agenda, a summary of the workshop and presentations are available here.

Great attendance and success at EBA latest Workshop

The one-day event focused on the contribution of biogas towards European renewable energy policy beyond 2020. (more…)

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BIOSURF workshop for the promotion of biomethane in Romania

On the 21st of February 2017, a BIOSURF workshop was organised in Bucharest for the promotion of biomethane in Romania, with the aim to exploit and disseminate the results of the project outside its countries. It was attended by more than 50 participants.

Grigoris Papageorgiadis (ARBIO) welcomed the participants and showed a brief overview on biogas and biomethane in Romania. Then, Attila Kovacs (EBA) presented the biomethane production pathways, the benefits of biomethane in different sectors, and the challenges of biomethane trade. He stated that close monitoring of biomethane injected is important because operators need trust.

Diego Piedra-Garcia (FNR) presented a summary of the most important EU sustainability criteria regulations for the biomethane production, which are the Renewable Energy Directive, the Fuel Quality Directive, the Communication from the Commission on voluntary schemes and default values, and the Indirect Land Use Change Directive. Martina Conton (EBA) presented the calculation of GHG emissions caused by biomethane production.

Stefano Proietti (ISINNOVA) as coordinator of the BIOSURF project, presented a project summary, introduced the aim of the workshop, presented the project approach, its founding pillars and the activities so far undertaken.

Finally, Attila Kovacs (EBA) presented the concepts for cross-border biomethane trade. The proposed solution for cross-border mass balancing and transfer of sustainability claims is a special purpose voluntary scheme, named ERGaR (European Renewable Gas Registry).

Presentations and a brief summary can be found here.

The workshop was organised jointly with the beside event Biomass – the energy promise for environmental issues.

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Opening of the biggest NGV filling station in France

île de France province has built its first public filling station for compressed natural gas.


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Progress report on biomethane development in France

In November 2016, 24 biomethane units were injecting in the gas grid – the last unit that has been built is the unit of Chaumont.  26 biomethane units should inject biomethane before the end of the year, all gas grids combined (distribution and transport).

The biomethane production of units built and connected to the gas grid adds up to 375 GWh.

There are 398 biomethane projects at GRDF, mostly agricultural. 320 projects should emerge before end of 2022 in order to be consistent with the 2023 goal of 8 TWh. 65 projects reach the “detailed study” stage each year, whereas 178 per year are necessary to reach the 2023 goal. The number of projects is expected to increase during the two next years, but a stagnation is expected starting from 2019.

A study produced in 2013 by Solagro – Inddigo for the French national agency for the environment and energy (ADEME) has evaluated the feedstock for AD at 130 millions of tons of Raw Matter, that is to say 56 TWh of primary energy in biogas production (of which 12 to 30 TWh of biomethane). It is composed of 90 % of agricultural inputs ; intermediate crops represent 10 %.


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