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Decarbonize Transportation with RNG (RNG Coalition Report Attached)
NGV America
Date: 2022-05-13
According to the Washington, DC-based Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGV America) and Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) , 64 percent of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year 2021 was renewable natural gas (RNG).

RNG use as a transportation fuel grew 13 percent over 2020 volumes, up 234 percent from 2017 levels. NGVAmerica and RNG Coalition report that in 2021 a total of 610 million gallons (GGE)2 of natural gas were used as motor fuel. Of that, 390 million gallons (GGE) were from renewable sources.

Captured above ground from organic material in agricultural, wastewater, landfill, or food waste, RNG can produce carbon-negative results when fueling on-road vehicles like short- and long-haul trucks, transit buses, and refuse and recycling collection vehicles. California Air Resources Board data confirms that the annual average carbon intensity (CI) value of California's bio-CNG vehicle fuel portfolio in its Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program was carbon negative and below zero at -44.41 gCO2e/MJ for calendar year 2021.

RNG use as a motor fuel in 2021 displaced 3.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e); lowered greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to removing the GHG from over 9.4 billion miles driven by the average passenger car; eliminated CO2 emissions, equivalent to removing CO2 emissions from more than 427 million gallons of gasoline consumed; and sequestered carbon, equal to 4.5 million acres of U.S. forests for one year.

NGVAmerica is a national trade association of sustainability solutionists and experts in the clean transportation field. Our roughly 200 members are dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles, ships and carriers powered by natural gas and biomethane. NGVAmerica member companies produce, distribute, and market natural gas and biomethane across North America, manufacture and service natural gas vehicles, engines, and equipment, and operate fleets powered by clean-burning gaseous fuels.

Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas is the non-profit association providing public policy advocacy and education for the sustainable development, deployment, and utilization of renewable natural gas in North America.

Download the Decarbonize Transportation report HERE (Source: Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Website, May, 2022) Contact: NGVAmerica, Dan Gage, Pres., www.ngvamerica.org; Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Johannes Escudero, Pres., Founder, www.rngcoalition.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG Coalition ,  RNG,  NGV,  bio-CNG America,  


UK Municipal Waste-to-Biofuels Plant Progressing (Int'l.)
Advanced Biofuel Solutions,Greenergy
Date: 2022-05-13
In the UK, Protos Biofuels Ltd., , a project developed by Swindon-based Advanced Biofuel Solutions (ABSL) Ltd and London-based biodiesel producer Greenergy, reports its first municipal waste-to-advanced biofuels project has appointed Petrofac to deliver the front-end engineering design (FEED) services and Sumitomo SHI FW to supply the gasifier to convert household waste into synthesis gas (syngas). Proval will design the direct current plasma arc furnace that will be used to clean the syngas and Wood to licence their VESTA process that will convert syngas into biomethane and biohydrogen.

The commercial scale Protos plant in the north west of England will incorporate ABSL's RadGas process technology and will convert 150,000 tpy of household waste into renewable low-carbon fuel while avoiding roughly 160,000 tpy of carbon dioxide emissions when fully operational in 2025. (Source: Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd., Website PR, 11 May, 2022) Contact: Protos Biofuels, Martin Hopkins, Advanced Biofuel Solutions, +44 1793 832860, www.absl.tech; Greenergy, +44 (0)20 7404 7700, mail@greenergy.com, www.greenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel Solutions,  Greenergy,  Waste-to-Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


Biomethane, Biogas Notable Quote -- EC Pres. Ursula von der Leyen

Date: 2022-05-06
"We must become independent from Russian oil, coal and gas. We need to act now to mitigate the impact of rising energy prices, diversify our gas supply for next winter and accelerate the clean energy transition. The quicker we switch to renewables and hydrogen, combined with more energy efficiency, the quicker we will be truly independent and master our energy system." -- Ursula von der Leyen , Pres., European Commissions, Mar, 2022

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas news,  Biomethane news,  EC news,  


Wartsila to Construct German bio-LNG Facility (Int'l. Report)
Wartsila
Date: 2022-04-29
Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila reports it will supply equipment for a 63,000 tpy bio-LNG facility being developed near Fulda, Germany by Bakum, Germany-based sustainable energy and logistics solutions specialist REEFUELERY GmbH.

The plant will utilize biomethane from agricultural and other waste materials as feedstock to produce biomethane which will subsequently be liquefied and delivered to the Alternoil filling station network as REEFUEL (bio-LNG) -- a carbon-neutral transportation fuel. (Source: Wartsila, PR, 27 April, 2022) Contact: Wartsila, Mirja-Maija Santala, Marketing, +358 400 793 827, mirja-maija.santala@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com; Evensol, David Wentworth, CEO, dwentworth@evensol.com, www.evensol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  bio-LNG,  Biomethane,  


FDE Snares Liquefied Biogas, Bio-CO2 Specialist (Int'l., M&A)
Cryopur
Date: 2022-04-25
French gas producer La Française de l'Energie (FDE) is reporting acquisition of 94 pct of the capital of Massy, France-headquartered Cryopur, a specialist in the treatment of biogas and its liquefaction into LBG and Bio-CO2.

Cryopur's patented cryogenic technology purifies biogas into Bio-CO2 and Biomethane before liquefying it into LBG. The Bio-CO2 produced through the Cryopur process can be recovered in short circuits throughout the entire value chain, including as an alternative transportation fuel.

Cryopure technology is now in operation in the UK and Norway at 2 biogas production sites with a present total production capacity to date of 5,000 tpy of LBG and 5,000 tpy of Bio-CO2. Other activities include the upgrading and liquefaction of biogas, landfill gas, flare, rare gas and others.

The portfolio of projects being finalized is includes 7 new European projects currently under discussion for an anticipated amount of over €35 million. (Source: FDE, Website, PR, 19 April, 2022) Contact: Cryopur, Denis Clodic, Founder, +33 1 80 38 41 32, contact@cryopur.com, www.cryopur.com/en; FDE, Julien Moulin, Pres., +33 (0)3 87 04 32 11, contact@francaisedelenergie.fr, www.francaisedelenergie.fr/en/home

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cryopur,  Biogas,  


TNRE Announces AD/RNG Project Partners (Ind. Report)
True North Renewable Energy
Date: 2022-04-22
True North Renewable Energy, LLC (TNRE) is reporting a partnership with The Weitz Company and DRANCO, Inc. as the engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) and technology supplier for three anaerobic digestion (AD)advanced composting facilities in Imperial County and Kern County, CA and Yuma County, AZ.

Each of the three facilities will come in at roughly $250 million and process up to 600,000 tpy of organic material to produce up to 1,000,000 MMBtu/y (8MM DGE/y) of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) while reducing pollutants by 160,000 MT of CO2e -- equivalent to the annual emissions of 35,000 passenger vehicles. The three projects are expected to begin operations in 2025.

TNRE develops, owns, and operates state-of-the-art organics-to-renewable energy facilities, including large scale, regional high-solids anaerobic digestion (AD) infrastructure to create biomethane and other valuable products. (Source: True North Renewable Energy, PR, 20 April, 2022) Contact: True North Renewable Energy, Gary Aguinaga, Pres., 321.307.5844, gaguinaga@tnrenewableenergy.com, www.tnrenewableenergy.com; The Weitz Company, www.weitz.com; DRANCO, Inc., www.dranco.be

More Low-Carbon Energy News True North Renewable Energy,  RNG,  anaerobic digestion,  


TotalEnergies Opens Netherlands Hydrogen Refueling Station (Int'l.)
TotalEnergies
Date: 2022-04-20
TotalEnergies Marketing Netherlands is reporting the opening of a new hydrogen refueling station in Breda, The Netherlands. The station is part of the Interreg project "Hydrogen region 2.0", which is coordinated by H2 knowledge and cooperation platform WaterstofNet.

In addition to hydrogen the station offers gasoline and other liquid fuels as well as electric vehicle charging at up to 175 kW. The station supplies hydrogen with both 700 and 350 bar filling pressures. Passenger cars and other light-duty vehicles refuel at 700 bar, while 350 bar is used mainly for heavy-duty vehicles, such as buses and trucks.

TotalEnergies operates 24 hydrogen service stations in Germany as part of the H2 Mobility joint venture and is working to expand its network of service stations to include biomethane, hydrogen, LNG and electricity. (Source: TotalEnergies Marketing Netherlands, PR, April, 2022) Contact: TotalEnergies Marketing Netherlands, www.corporate.totalenergies.nl/en/total-netherlands

More Low-Carbon Energy News TotalEnergies news,  Hydrogen news,  


CEGH Launches Green Gas Trading Platform (Int'l. Report)
Central European Gas Hub
Date: 2022-04-11
In Vienna, Austria, the Central European Gas Hub (CEGH) is reporting the launch of new platform for trading green gases, such as biogas and hydrogen into central and Eastern Europe.

The platform enables the purchase or sale of biomethane guarantees of origin (GOs) as well as biomethane with our without GOs. In addition to a bulletin board, auctions will also be available to enable suppliers and buyers to interact in a common marketplace, which will simplify trade conclusions and processing, according to CEGH.

Around 0.1 TWh of biomethane is currently being fed into Austria's natural gas network. By 2050, 5 TWh of green gas should be available. (Source: Central European Gas Hub, Website PR, 4 April, 2022) Contact: Central European Gas Hub, Gottfried Steiner, CEO, www.cegh.at

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Gas,  Hydrogen,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  


Swedish Gov. Announces Biogas Investment Plan (Int'l. Report)
Biogas, Biomethane
Date: 2022-04-04
In Stockholm, the Swedish Ministry of Energy Digitisation, has announced a long-term plan to support biogas producers and to help reduce the country's dependence on imports of fossil natural gas from Russia.

The plan would pay a subsidy of up to &euro.02) per kWh if the biogas is upgraded to the same quality as natural gas. Liquefied biogas can receive an additional €.01 per kWh in support.

The Swedish government's 2022 budget has earmarked €47.9 million to increase biogas production and strengthen producers' competitiveness. In 2023 and 2024, it is proposed that €67 million per year be provided for the same purpose.

Expanding biogas production is in accord with the European Commission's previously announced REPowerEU plan under which the biomethane sector will deliver 20 pct -- 35 billion cubic metres -- of current EU gas imports from Russia by 2030, the European Commission has announced. (Source: European Commission, Energiegas Sweden, Apr., 2022) Contact: Energiegas Sweden, Maria Malmkvist, CEO, 08-692 18 40, info@energigas.se, www.energigas.se/in-english; Swedish Ministry of Energy Digitisation, www.government.se/government-policy/digital-policy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biomethane,  


Waga Commissions France's Largest RNG Production Unit (Int'l.)
Waga Energy,Veolia
Date: 2022-04-01
Maylan, France-headquartered WAGA Energy is reporting the commissioning of a large capacity WAGABOX® unit at Veolia landfill l in the city of Claye-Souilly, near Paris. The unit will produce 120 GWh per year of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) -- equivalent to the consumption of 20,000 households -- and save 25,000 metric tpy of CO2e emission through the substitution of RNG for fossil-based natural gas. The RNG production from the facility will be injected directly into the GRDF gas grid.

The Claye-Souilly project is one of four developed in France by Waga Energy through its partnership with Veolia, a world leader in waste management. A WAGABOX® unit is already in operation in Saint-Palais (Central France), with two other units under construction in Le Ham and Chatuzange-le-Goubet.

The Veolia Claye-Souilly landfill is the largest facility in the Waga-Veolia portfolio, recovering and treating up to 1.5 million metric tpy of waste.

WAGA Energy, which has three international subsidiaries -- Philadelphia, Penna., Shawinigan Quebec, and Barcelona, Spain -- estimates there are 20,000 waste storage sites around the world -- with roughly 4,200 in North America -- and that less than 1 pct of the gas produced is currently converted into biomethane. (Source: Waga Energy, Website PR, 30 Mar, 2022) Contact: Veolia, Estelle Brachlianoff, CEO, Investor Relations: + 33 1 85 57 84 76 / 84 80 , investor-relations@veolia.com, www.veolia.com; WAGA Energy, Marie-Amelie Richel, Administrative & Financial Director , Laurent Barbotin, laurant.barbotin@waga-energy.com, www.waga-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waga Energy,  RNG,  Veolia,  


BTS Biogas Launches Authorisation Consultancy (Int'l. Report)
BTS Biogas
Date: 2022-04-01
Italian anaerobic digestion specialist BTS Biogas reports it is offering a highly specialised consultancy service in the field of authorisations for the construction and operation of biogas and biomethane plants. The consultancy service is aimed at companies planning to construct a biogas and/or biomethane plant, regardless of the technology that will be installed.

The BTS consultancy offering includes: prepare the technical/environmental, construction and fire prevention documentation to obtain the single authorisation relative to Legislative Decree 387/2003 and PAS Legislative Decree 28/2011; prepare ENEL/SNAM applications for the connection to power lines and methane pipelines; produce complete PAUR and AIA paperwork for OFMSW/organic waste fueled plants; and actively support its customer for the presentation of the project and participate in the required service conferences and technical meetings as needed in the authorisation procedure. (Source: BTS Biogas, Website, Mar., 2022) Contact: BTS Biogas, Christine McKiernan, Managing Dir., +39 0474 37 01 19, www.bts-biogas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Versalis,  BTS Biogas,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


EIB Supporting Italian Anaerobic Digestion Plant (Int'l., Funding)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2022-03-28
The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it will invest €35 million in a new Anaerobic Digestion facility to be constructed in the Italian municipality of Pescara as part of the municipality's 2021-2025 climate strategy plan aimed at promoting the circular economy, energy efficiency and solid waste management.

EIB funds will be used to renovate existing waste sorting facilities, finance the purchase of environmentally-friendly transport such as electric, hybrid or biomethane vehicles, improve energy efficiency in 55 public buildings. and develop a 50,000 tpy AD system to produce 4 million m3 per year of biomethane. (Source: European Investment Bank, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  


CycleO to Develop European Biomethane Platform (M&A)

Date: 2022-03-28
Boston-headquartered Ara Partners, a private equity investor in industrial decarbonisation, is reporting acquisition of Bilboa, Spain based FNX Liquid Natural Gas -- a small-scale Natural Gas Liquefaction and biogas plant upgrading specialist -- to form CycleO Group, a European biomethane platform.

CycleO will develop and operate biomethane projects across Europe. The company will capture, process and upgrade naturally occurring methane gas produced by the agri-food and livestock industries to produce biomethane as a direct substitute for traditional natural gas, according to the release. (Source: Ara Partners, Website PR, 21 Mar., 2022) Contact: FNX Liquid Natural Gas, +34 946 125 100, info@fnxlng.com, www.fnxlng.com/en; Ara Partners, www.arapartners.com; CycleO, Laurence Molke, CEO, www.cycle0.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  


Brazil Supports Biomethane Growth, Emissions Reductions (Int'l.)
Brasil
Date: 2022-03-28
In Brasilia, the Barsil Ministry of Mines and Energy has announced it will invest more than $1.4 billion (US) to construct and operate 25 new biomethane facilities across six states counry wide. The investment will be made through the Special Regime of Incentives for Infrastructure Development Program of Social Integration and Contribution for the Financing of Social Security (COFINS) taxes for the acquisition of machinery, construction materials, and equipment.

Additionally, the Environment Ministry reports the creation of the National Program for the Reduction of Methane Emissions, also known as Metano Zero, designed to support the generation and use of biomethane derived from urban and rural waste. (Source: Brazil Ministry of Mines and Energy, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: Brazil Ministry of Mines and Energy, www.gov.br/mme/pt-br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethae,  


RGF Ireland Increases Biomethane Prod. Target (Int'l. Report)
Renewable Gas Forum Ireland
Date: 2022-03-21
In Co. Cork, the Renewable Gas Forum Ireland (RGFI) has come out in support of the European Commission's (EC) announced increased target for biomethane production as part of its REPowerEU plan. Under the plan, EU member countries will produce and deliver 20 pct (35 billion cubic meters) of the current EU gas imports from Russia by 2030.

RGF also announced the Teagasc Grange Research Center in County Meath will become a center of excellence for biomethane production, regenerative agriculture and research. Previous Teagasc Grange research found that increased biomethane production will not compete for feedstock with food production and that anaerobic digestion (AD) technology is complementary to sustainable farming. Biomethane was introduced into Ireland's gas network more than two years ago.

The RGFI promotes a scalable, agri-feedstock-based model of AD biomethane production to decarbonise thermal processes in the food industry while also supporting farmers, the environment and the circular bio-economy, according to its website. (Source: Renewable Gas Forum Ireland, PR 8 Mar., 2022) Contact: Gas Networks Ireland , David Kelly, Bus. Dev., +353 21 453 4000, www.gasnetworks.ie; Renewable Gas Forum Ireland, PJ McCarthy, CEO, www.renewablegasforum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biomethane,  EC,  


RGF Ireland Increases Biomethane Production Target (Intl. Report)
Renewable Gas Forum Ireland
Date: 2022-03-21
In Co. Cork, the Renewable Gas Forum Ireland (RGFI) welcomed the European Commission’s (EC) announced increased target for biomethane production as part of its REPowerEU plan. Under the plan, EU produced biomethane will produce and deliver 20 pct (35 billion cubic metres) of the current EU gas imports from Russia by 2030.

RGF also announced the Teagasc Grange research centre in County Meath will become a centre of excellence for biomethane production and regenerative agriculture and importantly, their research has already shown how biomethane production will not compete for feedstock with food production. RGFI highlighted. AD technology is a complementary discipline, supporting additional, diverse incomes, sustainable farming, and long-term business planning. GNI first introduced domestically produced biomethane into Ireland’s gas network more than two years ago.

The RGFI promotes a scalable, agri-feedstock-based model of AD biomethane production to decarbonise thermal processes in the food industry while also supporting farmers, the environment and the circular bioeconomy, according to its website. (Source: Renewable Gas Forum Ireland, PR 8 Mar., 2022) Contact: Gas Networks Ireland , David Kelly, Bus. Dev., +353 21 453 4000, www.gasnetworks.ie; Renewable Gas Forum Ireland, PJ McCarthy, CEO, www.renewablegasforum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Gas Forum Ireland news,  Biomethjane news,  


EU to Significantly Boost Biomethane Output by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
European Union, European Commission
Date: 2022-03-16
The European Commission (EC) is reporting the 27 county European Union (EU) plans to use funding under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to double the planned production of biomethane by 2030 . The boost in biomethane output is part of an EU plan to make the 27-member trading bloc independent of Russian fossil fuel energy, as part of the backlash against that country's invasion of Ukraine.

The EC aims to double the biomethane production objective of the "Fit for 55" plan -- the EU plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55 pct by 2030 -- which would lead to the creation of 35 billion cubic mpy of biomethane by 2030 (the current plan envisages 17 billion cubic mpy). To that end, the EC says that EU member states' CAP Strategic Plans should channel funding to biomethane production from biomass sources, including agricultural wastes and residues in particular.

The plan, called "REPowerEU" aims to diversify gas supplies; speed up the roll-out of renewable gases; and replace gas in heating and power generation, which, the EC says, can reduce EU demand for Russian gas by two-thirds before the end of the year. (Source: EC. 14 Mar., 2022)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biomethane,  RNG,  European Union,  Fit for 55 ,  


Biomethane, Biogas Notable Quote -- EC Pres. Ursula von der Leyen
Ursula von der Leyen
Date: 2022-03-16
"We must become independent from Russian oil, coal and gas. We need to act now to mitigate the impact of rising energy prices, diversify our gas supply for next winter and accelerate the clean energy transition.

"The quicker we switch to renewables and hydrogen, combined with more energy efficiency, the quicker we will be truly independent and master our energy system." -- Ursula von der Leyen , Pres., European Commissions, Mar, 2022

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ursula von der Leyen ,  Biomethane,  Biogas,  


TotalEnergies, FNSEA Partner on Biofuels, Renewables (Int'l.)
TotalEnergies
Date: 2022-03-09
TotalEnergies today said it has formed a partnership with the French federation of farmers' unions (FNSEA) to develop renewable energy, including biofuels and biomethane from agricultural waste, and manufacture biofuels from agricultural residues or "low greenhouse gas" crops.

TotalEnergies is aiming for net zero emissions by 2050. It plans to spend $100mn annually to build a portfolio of projects capable of generating carbon credits worth a minimum of 5mn t/CO2 equivalent per year by 2030. The credits will be used after 2030 to offset the company's scope 1 and 2 emissions. In 2020, roughly half of TotalEnergies' spending was targeted at "growth" sectors , which it includes gas and LNG. (Source: TotalEnergies, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: FNSEA, www.fnsea.fr

More Low-Carbon Energy News TotalEnergies news,  Biofuel news,  Biomethane news,  Carbon Credits news,  


CNG Fuels Touts World's Largest Bio-CNG Refueling Station (Int'l.)
CNG Fuels,
Date: 2022-03-07
London-headquartered CNG Fuels, the UK's leading operator of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refueling infrastructure and provider of compressed biomethane (Bio-CNG), is reporting the opening of the world's largest public access biomethane refueling station in Avonmouth, near Bristol, UK.

The facility, which can refuel 80 HGVs per hour from 14 high-speed dispensers, is part of CNG Fuels's network of eight renewable biomethane refueling stations across the UK. The company plans to build a further 12 stations . When fully utilized, the station will cut 70,000 tpy of GHG emissions by taking diesel HGVs off the road. The site forms (Source: CNG Fuels, PR, Website, 3 Mar, 2022) Contact: CNG Fuel, Philip Fjeld, CEO , +44 (0) 203 907 3936, info@cngfuels.com, www.cngfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CNG Fuels news,  CNG news,  Bio-CNG news,  Biomethane news,  


USask to Produce Ag Waste, Woody Biomass RNG (Ind. Report, R&D)
University of Saskatchewan,Tidewater Renewables
Date: 2022-03-07
On the Canadian prairies, Prof. Dr Ajay Dalaia, a researcher from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is working with Calgary-headquartered Tidewater Renewables ltd. to develop a novel integrated process to produce RNG from Alberta's abundant crop and lumbering and forestry residues which alone produce approximately 24 tpy of woody biomass. The goal is to help decarbonize the heating and power production sectors by replacing non-RNG with biomethane and help Canada's transition to a low-carbon economy.

Prof.Dalai is developing a novel integrated process that uses anaerobic digestion and thermochemical gasification methods to produce RNG. The biomethane produced in this way is identical to the methane in natural gas and can be directly injected into existing natural gas networks.

Tidewater Renewables is providing $150,000 per year for three years for the project. Dalai is seeking Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada grant funding for the project. (Source: University of Saskatchewan, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: Prof. Dr Ajay Dalai, University of Saskatchewan, College of Engineering and Canada Research Chair of Bioenergy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing, 306-966-4771, ajay.dalai@usask.ca, www.engineering.usask.ca; Tidewater Renewables Ltd., (587) 475-0210, info@tidewater-renewables.com, www.tidewater-renewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


California PUC Sets Methane, Biomethane Targets (Ind. Report)
California Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2022-02-28
In Sacramento, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) reports it has set biomethane procurement targets for utilities to reduce short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) emissions to help achieve a 40 pct reduction in methane -- which is more than 80 pct more potent in terms of climate change damage than CO2 -- and other SLCPs by 2030.

The targets establish short-term and medium-term procurement goals. The short-term 2025 biomethane procurement target is 17.6 billion cubic feet of biomethane, corresponding to 8 million tons of organic waste diverted annually from landfills. The medium-term 2030 target for biomethane procurement is 72.8 billion cubic fpy. This higher amount reflects roughly 12 pct of current residential and small businesses gas usage in 2020.

Renewable gas procurement will reduce otherwise uncontrolled methane and black carbon emissions from landfill, agricultural and forest management sectors which account for over 75 pct of California's methane emissions, according to a California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2019 study. (Source: California Public Utilities Commission Contact: California Public Utilities Commission, 415-703-2782, www.cpuc.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources BoardCalifornia Public Utilities Commission,  Biomethane,  Methance ,  


European Produced Biomethane Cheaper than Natural Gas (Int'l.)
European Biogas Association
Date: 2022-02-23
The not-for-profit Brussels-headquartered European Biogas Association (EBA) is reporting the price of natural gas in Europe presently stands at €80 per MWh , compared to €18 a year ago, and is expected to remain at high levels.

Today, the price of biomethane can be 30 pct lower than the current natural gas pricing. Biomethane can be produced starting from €55 per MWh, whereas natural gas costs around €80/MWh, without considering CO2 prices. EBA predicts renewable gas will likely remain cheaper than natural gas in the short- and long-term.

While other renewable gases, such as green hydrogen, need time to scale up and are still two-to-four times more expensive, biomethane is available and scalable within the coming eight years.

The rapid scale-up of biomethane across Europe could provide at least 34 billion cubic metres of renewable gas by 2030 if underpinned by supportive legislative framework. This represents around 10 pct of total EU gas demand by 2050. The EBA believes, if the growth trend continues, the biomethane industry could cover 30-40 pct of the EU's gas demand by 2050.

"The EBA advocates for recognition of biomethane and other renewable gases as sustainable, on demand and flexible energy sources that provide multiple knock on socio-economic and environmental benefits. Supported by its members, EBA is committed to work with European institutions, industry, agricultural partners, NGOs and academia to develop policies which can enable the large-scale deployment of renewable gases and organic fertilisers throughout Europe, supported by transparent, well established sustainability certification bodies to ensure sustainability remains at the core of the industry" according to the organization's website. (Source: EBA, Website, Feb., 2022) Contact: EBA, Harmen Dekker, CEO , +32 24 00 10 89 info@europeanbiogas.eu, www.europeanbiogas.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Natural Gas,  European Biogas Association,  


Veolia Plans Emissions-Cutting French Biomass Project (Int'l.)
Solvay, Veolia
Date: 2022-02-18
Brussels-based chemicals producer Solvay SA and Veolia Environnement SA are reporting the launch of a €225 million project aimed at replacing coal with biogas for the production of clean energy at Solvay's soda-ash plant at Dombasle , France.

The new facility, which will be constructed by Solvay and operated by Veolia, is expected to cut the plant's CO2 emissions by 50 pct when fully operational in 2024.

Veolia, one of the world's largest biogas energy producers, aims to maximize the recovery of biogas in the form of biomethane and to develop more green energy production capacity to help combat climate change, according to the company.(Source: Solvay SA, PR, DJ 16 Feb., 2022) Contact: Solvay Ventures, www.solvay.com/en/innovation/solvay-ventures; Veolia, Estelle Brachlianoff, CEO, Investor Relations: + 33 1 85 57 84 76 / 84 80 , investor-relations@veolia.com, www.veolia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solvay,  Veolia,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2 Biomass,  


Veolia, TotalEnergies Report Biomethane Paertnership (Int'l.)
Veolia, TotalEnergies
Date: 2022-02-11
Paris-headquartered oil and gas conglomerate TotalEnergies and UK-based biogas to energy specialist Veolia are reporting an agreement to produce biomethane from Veolia waste and water treatment facilities operating in more than 15 countries.

The partners will develop and co-invest in a portfolio of international projects, with the ambition to produce up to 1.5 TWh of biomethane per year by 2025 -- equivalent to the average annual natural gas consumption of 500,000 residents and will avoid some 200,000 tpy of CO2. TotalEnergies will market the resulting biomethane as a renewable fuel for mobility or as a substitute for natural gas in other uses.

TotalEnergies 500 GWh of production capacity and aims to become a major player in biomethane internationally by partnering with market leaders such as Clean Energy in the U.S. The Company is active across the entire biomethane value chain, from project development to marketing of biomethane and its by-products (biofertilizers, bioCO2). It aims to produce at least 2 TWh of biomethane per year by 2025 -- equivalent to the annual consumption of 670,000 French consumers and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 400,000 tpy, according to the company release. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website, Feb., 2022) Contact: TotalEnergies , Stephane Michel, Pres. Gas, Renewables & Power, Investor Relations, +33 (0)1 47 44 46 46 l, ir@totalenergies.com, www.totalenergies.com; Veolia, Estelle Brachlianoff, CEO, www.veolia.com

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ETW Touts SmartCycle® Biogas Upgrading System (Int'l.)
ETW Energietechnik
Date: 2022-02-09
Moers, Germany-headquartered compact biomethane power plant specialist ETW Energietechnik reports it has "optimized" the worldwide delivery of its ETW SmartCycle® PSA biogas upgrading system for on biogas and waste fermentation (anaerobic digestion) plants.

The "optimization" is intended to significantly reduce initial investment costs and on-site installation time compared to custom-made products -- production and installation time on site are costs reduced by around 30 pct overall. The general benefits of the ETW SmartCycle®PSA, such as minimal energy requirements, maximum turn-down flexibility, long component service life, and low maintenance requirements, remain.

The new SmartCycle® for upgrading biogas to natural gas quality is based on a modular system consisting of ISO standard containers in the standard 20, 40, and 45 foot sizes and raw gas capacity of 550 up to 4000 Nm3/h. All intermediate elements such as connecting parts, piping, and external units cooling systems and activated carbon filters are delivered to the construction site in prefabricated modules, according to the company release. (Source: ETW Energietechnik GmbH, PR, Feb., 2022) Contact: ETW Energietechnik GmbH , Oliver Jende Business Development Manager +49 (0) 2841-9990-209, jende@etw-energie.de, www.etw-energie.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News ETW Energietechnik,  Biomethane,  Biogas,  


Air Liquide Plans Illinois Biomethane Production Unit (Ind. Report)
Air Liquide
Date: 2022-02-09
Air Liquide reports it will construct a 380 GWh per year biomethane production facility in Rockford, Illinois. The new facility will produce biomethane from biogas from a solid waste treatment plant owned and operated by Waste Connections Inc. The plant is expected to be fully operational late in 2023.

Air Liquide now has 21 biomethane operational production units worldwide for a yearly production capacity of about 1.4 TWh. With the new facility the Air Liquide's biomethane production capacity will reach 1.8 TWh per year. (Source: Air Liquide . PR, Website, 7 Feb., 2022) Contact: Air Liquide, Communications, +33 (0)1 40 62 58 49, media@airliquide.com, www.airliquide.com

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UIT Dresden Touts New Biogas Test Facility (Int'l.)
UIT Dresden
Date: 2022-02-07
In Germany, Umwelt- and Ingenieurtechnik (UIT) Dresden. Is touting its newly launched biogas test system. The system is standardised in terms of fermenter sizes, agitator, heating, feeding, discharge and measurement technologies allowing as many as 10 fermenters to be integrated into one biogas test plant BTP2-control.

The reactors can be equipped with feed and discharge pumps and parameters pH, redox potential, temperature, gas quantity, gas quality and gas components CH4, CO2, O2, H2 and H2S can be measured and recorded. The measurement parameters are selected according to customer requirements. The elements of the biogas test plant are controlled by a SENSOcontrol system, designed and programmed by UIT Dresden. (Source: UIT Dresden, Website, Feb., 2022) Contact: UIT Dresden, +49 351 8864600, www-uit--gmbh-de

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Biomethane Transport Fuel on the Rise, says NGVA Europe (Int'l)
NGVA Europe
Date: 2022-02-07
The Natural Gas Vehicle Association Europe (NGVA is reporting rapid growth in the use of biomethane as a transport fuel in Europe with over 25 pct of the gas used in road transport being renewable natural gas (RNG).

The European gas refueling infrastructure network includes more than 4,110 CNG and 499 LNG stations, where a "significantly higher" amount of biomethane , including, bio-LNG, is presently available compared to 2020.

The European Commission (EC) estimates there will be at least 467 TWh of biogas and biomethane available in 2030 rising to an estimated 1,020 TWh by 2050. From today's production of 22 TWh of RNG, Europe has a potential of 1,200 TWh, of which 117TWh will be distributed as a transport fuel (bio-CNG and bio-LNG), according to the NGVA release. (Source: NGVA, Feb., 2022) Contact: NGVA Europe, Dr Jens Andersen, Sec Gen, info@ngva.eu, www.ngva.eu

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Veolia, TotalEnergies Partnering on Biomethane Development (Int'l.)
Veolia, TotalEnergies
Date: 2022-02-07
In Paris , TotalEnergies and water and waste management specialist Veolia Environnement S.A are reporting an agreement to produce biomethane from Veolia waste and water treatment facilities operating in more than 15 countries and to co-invest in and develop a portfolio of international projects to produce up to 1.5 TWh of biomethane per year by 2025 -- sufficient to meet the average annual natural gas consumption of 500,000 residents and will avoid some 200,000 tpy of CO2 .

The two firms will pool their industrial know-how in biomethane production. Veolia will provide its expertise in the production and processing of biogas from its facilities and TotalEnergies will market the resulting biomethane as a renewable transportation fuel or for other uses.

TotalEnergies has close to 500 GWh of production capacity and aims to become a major player in biomethane internationally by partnering with market leaders such as Clean Energy in the United States. The Company is active across the entire biomethane value chain, from project development to marketing of biomethane and its by-products (biofertilizers, bioCO2). It aims to produce at least 2 TWh py of biomethane 2025 -- equivalent to the annual consumption of 670,000 French consumers and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 400,000 tpy, according to the release.

Veolia, one of the world's largest biogas energy producers, aims to maximize the recovery of biogas in the form of biomethane and to develop more green energy production capacity to help combat climate change, according to the release. (Source: Veolia, TotalEnergies, PR, Website, Feb., 2022) Contact: TotalEnergies, Stephane Michel, Pres. Gas, Renewables & Power, Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962 , ir@totalenergies.com; Veolia, Estelle Brachlianoff, CEO, Investor Relations: + 33 1 85 57 84 76 / 84 80 , investor-relations@veolia.com

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Gas Infrastructure Europe Biomethane Notable Quote
Gas Infrastructure Europe
Date: 2022-01-31
"2021 has witnessed the most exponential deployment of biomethane plants in Europe -- nothing surprising here considering what biomethane brings to the table for decarbonisation. It is the only renewable fuel available and scalable today in Europe, which can enable the cost-competitive use of already existing gas infrastructure.

"The combined amount of biomethane and biogas (raw form of biomethane) available today can cover already the whole gas consumption of Belgium." (1,023 biomethane production plants are presently operating in Europe, according to the European Biogas Assoc.) -- Boyana Achovski, Gas Infrastructure Europe, Dec Gen, www.gie.eu

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Brightmark, Chevron Plan CA. Anaerobic Digestion Project (Ind. Report)
Brightmark, Chevron
Date: 2022-01-31
San Francisco-based Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC -- a joint venture partnership between Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Brightmark LLC subsidiary Brightmark Fund Holdings LLC -- reports it plans to construct an anaerobic digestion project at the Vlot Calf Ranch dairy farm in Chowchilla, California.

The Vlot anaerobic digestion project, which is anticipated to capture, clean, and convert methane from manure into renewable natural gas (RNG), is Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC's first RNG project in the Golden State and is expected to be completed in 2023. (Source: Brightmark, Website PR, 19 Jan., 2022) Contact: Chevron, Andy Walz, Pres. Americas Fuels & Lubricants, www.chevron.com; Brightmark, Bob Powell, CEO, Cory Ziskind, (646) 277-1232, Cory.Ziskind@icrinc.com, www.brightmark.com

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Valmet Supplying Biogas Automation to BioWOIMA (Int'l.)
Valmet
Date: 2022-01-19
Finland-based Valmet Oyi reports BioWOIMA Finland will install its automation system at a pioneering household and commercial biowaste biogas plant in the city of Tallinn, Estonia. The facility will produce biomethane for the natural gas network and fuel for CNG-powered vehicles. Delivery is slated for this coming May. The plant is expected to be operational in 2023. (Source: Valmet,18 Jan., 2021) Contact: BioWOIMA Finland , +358 40 5147047, www.biowoima.com; Valmet, +358 4 0505 2001, www.valmet.com

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PG&E's Gas Transmission System Receives Dairy RNG (Ind. Report)
Pacific Gas and Electric
Date: 2022-01-17
In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reporting pipe-line ready RNG from Redding, California-based Maas Energy's anaerobic digestion facilities in Merced County has begun flowing via the California Energy Exchange's pipeline into PG&E gas transmission system.

The project, which produces pipeline-ready RNG (biomethane) from 15 dairy farms in Merced County, was largely funded by the California Public Utilities Commission's Dairy Biomethane Pilot Program -- part of the state's strategy to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants.

According to the California Air Resources Board, roughly half of the state's methane emissions come from dairies and livestock. (Sources; PG&E, PR. 14 Jan., 2022) Contact: PG&E, Chris DiGiovanni, Business Dev., www.pge.com; Maas Energy, (530) 710-8545, info@maasenergy.com, www.maasenergy.com

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IES Biogas, CVE French Biomethane Plant Nears Completion (Int'l)
IES Biogas,European Biogas Association
Date: 2022-01-17
Pordenone, Italy headquartered IES Biogas is reporting Marseille-based CVE Group will soon conclude construction of a 320 Nm3 per hour (1.2 MWe) bioethane plant north of Amiens, France. The new facility will process roughly 25,000 tpy of organic, industrial, and agro-industrial waste -- slaughterhouses, bakeries and various others -- to produce 2.2 million m3 of biogas per year when it come online in 2023.

Marseille-based CVE Group is a global independent developer, financier and builder of solar, hydropower plants and biomethane units.

According to the European Biogas Association, France is the fastest-growing European country in this sector. Ninety-one plants went into operation in 2020 and another 81 were installed in the first seven months of 2021. Currently, 950 new projects are underway with a total production capacity of 22.6 TWh per year. (Source: IES Biogas, Website, PR, Jan., 2022) Contact: CVE Group, + 33 4 86 76 03 60 www.cvegroup.com; IES Biogas, +39 0434 363601, www.iesbiogas.it

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Europe's Gas Consumption Pegged at 30-40 pct Biomethane by 2050 (Editorials, Opinions & Asides)
European Biogas Association
Date: 2022-01-17
The 11th edition of the European Biogas Association's Statistical Report estimates that by 2050, 30 to 40 pct of Europe's total gas consumption could be sustainable biomethane.

According to the report, combined biogas and biomethane production in 2020 amounted to 191 TWh or 18.0 bcm of energy. The numbers are expected to double in the next 9 years. By 2050, production can be at least five-fold reaching over 1,000 TWh, with some estimates going up to 1,700 TWh. Agricultural-based biogas and biomethane plants make up the lion's share of total production, which is now more the entire natural gas EU's gas consumption.

2020 saw the biggest year-on-year increase in biomethane production to date with an additional 6.4 TWh or 0.6 bcm of biomethane produced in Europe. According to the report, the sustainable European Bio-LNG production capacity by 2024, considering only confirmed plants, adds up to 10.6 TWh per year, capacity that could fuel almost 25,000 LNG trucks for the whole year. (Source: European Biogas Association , Nov., Dec. 2021) Contact: European Biogas Association, +32 24 00 1089, info@europeanbiogas.eu, www.europeanbiogas.eu

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Gasrec Opening Biomethane Station Remote Monitoring Centers (Int'l.)
Gasrec Ltd
Date: 2022-01-10
In the UK, London-headquartered Gasrec Ltd is reporting the opening of it first Remote Monitoring Center to watch and respond to real-time data from each of its biomethane refueling stations and tanker fleet. The information will be closely watched by an initial team of six control center operators who will monitor gas levels to prevent shortages, and detect equipment faults or potential safety issues immediately and respond accordingly.

Gasrec operates biomethane refuelling stations across the UK, providing green fuel for major retailers and logistics companies including Ocado, Sainsbury's and UPS.

In December 2021, bp took a 28.57 pct stake in the company. (Source: Gasrec Ltd., Website, 6 Jan, 2022) Contact: Gasrec Ltd, +44 20 8191 7079, www.gasrec.co.uk

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First WAGABOX® RNG Project in US Confirmed (Ind. Report)
WAGA Energy
Date: 2022-01-05
Maylan, France-headquartered WAGA Energy, a producer of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from landfill gas, and Steuben County, New York are reporting an agreement for the development of an RNG project at the Town of Bath municipal solid waste landfill.

Waga Energy will fund, build, operate and maintain the landfill gas upgrading unit using its patented WAGABOX® technology to produce grid compliant biomethane (RNG).

The WAGABOX unit, which is slated to be commissioned by March 2023, will purify 1,000 standard cubic feet per minute of raw landfill gas to deliver 207,000 mmBtu (60 GWh) of RNG for residential consumption or used as a transportation fuel while saving an estimated 13,500 tpy of CO2.

WAGA Energy, which has three international subsidiaries -- Philadelphia, Penna., Shawinigan Quebec, and Barcelona, Spain -- estimates there are 20,000 waste storage sites around the world -- with roughly 4,200 in North America -- and that less than 1 pct of the gas produced is currently converted into biomethane. (Source: WAGA Energy, Steuben Count NY, Joint PR, Jan., 2022)Contact: WAGA Energy, Marie-Amelie Richel, Administrative & Financial Director , Laurent Barbotin, laurant.barbotin@waga-energy.com, www.waga-energy.com

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Lightsourcebp Partners on Portuguese Green Hydrogen Projects (Int'l.)
Lightsourcebp
Date: 2021-12-31
London-headquartered global solar energy developer Lightsourcebp and Lisbon-headquartered Portuguese gas utility Dourogas are reporting a green hydrogen joint venture to explore the potential of eight green hydrogen sites and investment in solar and hydrogen infrastructure in Portugal.

As much as 200MWp of solar projects developed by Lightsourcebp will power 130MW electrolysers, developed by Dourogas. The green hydrogen will be injected directly into the country's gas grid. The first project will benefit from a €5 million grant from the EU's Portugal 2020 fund.

As previously reported, Lightsourcebp aims to develop 25GW of solar power by 2025, up from 10GW by 2023. Lightsourcebp has an existing solar pipeline in Portugal of around 1.5GW outside of this new JV. It is also part of hydrogen consortiums in Australia and the UK.

Dourogas, a gas mobility and natural gas utility supplying about 30,000 grid clients in 34 municipalities, is developing a number of green gas projects both with biomethane and hydrogen. (Source: Lightsourcebp, Website PR, 23 Dec., 2021) Contact: Dourogas, www.dourogas.pt: Lightsourcebp, www.lightsourcebp.com

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Greenlane, FortisBC Ink Biogas Systems Contract (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Renewables, FortisBC
Date: 2021-12-29
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based biogas upgrading systems specialist Greenlane Renewables Inc. is reporting its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has been awarded a $12.1 million contract by the regulated utility FortisBC Energy Inc. to supply a biogas upgrading system for a new project at the Vancouver landfill. Order fulfillment is expected to begin immediately.

Greenlane will supply its two-stage pressure swing adsorption (PSA) system to upgrade the landfill gas to clean, low carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) for direct injection into FortisBC's regional natural gas pipeline system. With over 30 years industry experience, Greenlane has sold more than 125 biogas upgrading systems 19 countries, according to the company release. (Source: Greenlane Renewables Inc., PR, 23 Dec., 2021) Contact: FortisBC Energy Inc., David Bennett, Dir, Renewable Gas and Low Carbon Fuels,www.fortisbc.com; Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com

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CNG Fuels Claims Scotland's First Biomethane Station (Int'l.)
CNG Fuels
Date: 2021-12-29
In the UK, London-headqauartered CNG Fuels Ltd. is reporting the opening of Scotland's first public access biomethane gas refueling station between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The facility can refuel up to 450 heavy trucks per day with biomethane sourced from food waste.

Biomethane will cut carbon emissions by 90 pct and reduce lifetime vehicle cost by 30-40 pct compared to diesel fuel, according to the release. (Source: CNG Fuels, PR, 17 Dec., 2021) Contact: CNG Fuels Ltd., +44 20 3907 3936, www.cngfuels.com

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Versalis, BTS Biogas Partner on Biogas Technology (Int'l. Report)
Versalis, BTS Biogas
Date: 2021-12-29
In Italy, Milan-headquartered Versalis and anaerobic digestion specialist BTS Biogas report they are joing forces to develop and market Versalis' proprietary technology for the thermo-mechanical treatment of biomass, using BTS Biogas' fermentation technology, for the production of biogas and biomethane from residual lignocellulosic biomass.

BTS Biogas is responsible for the development, engineering, construction and maintenance of over 250 biogas and biomethane plants across Europe, North America and East Asia. By recycling organic materials from municipalities, food companies and farms, BTS Biogas facilities are designed to generate a consistent supply of renewable energy as well as soil improvers and fertilizers.

Versalis is a wholly owned subsidiary of Italian oil major Eni specializing in the production of chemicals. The company produced 9.5 million tons of chemical products in 2018 and is Italy's largest chemical producer. (Source: Eni, Website PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Eni/Versalis, +39 06 598 21 / Fax: +39 06 598 22141, www.eni.com/en-IT/about-us/subsidiaries-and-affiliates/versalis-company.html; BTS Biogas, Christine McKiernan, Managing Dir., +39 0474 37 01 19, www.bts-biogas.com

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Waga Energy Finds WAGABOX® Project Financing (Int'l. Report)
Waga Energy
Date: 2021-12-13
Meylan, France-based landfill gas-to-biomethane specialist Waga Energy is reporting receipt o fa € 10.4 million non-recourse loan from BNP Paribas, Banque Populaire Grand Ouest, and Meridiam, an investment fund specializing in public infrastructure finance, to a "special vehicle" (SPV) company to refinance four WAGABOX® biomethane units located in France.

Waga Energy operates 10 WAGABOX® units on storage sites run by French industrial players and local authorities. These units, which offer a maximum installed capacity of 225 GWh/year, can power around 35,000 homes and avoid the emission of 45,000 tpy of CO2e -- equivalent to the annual emissions of around 17,000 cars. The company has 10 new units under construction, including one in Spain and two in Canada, which will bring the company's maximum installed capacity to 475 GWh/year within 18 months.

Waga Energy, which has three international subsidiaries -- Philadelphia, Penna., Shawinigan Quebec, and Barcelona, Spain -- estimates there are 20,000 waste storage sites around the world -- with roughly 4,200 in North America -- and that less than 1 pct of the gas produced is currently converted into biomethane. (Source: Waga Energy, PR, 3 Dec., 2021) Contact: Waga-Energy, Marie-Amelie Richel, Administrative & Financial Director , Laurent Barbotin, laurant.barbotin@waga-energy.com, www.waga-energy.com

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First South Dakota RNG Pipeline Gets the Nod (Reg. & Leg.)
Brightmark,NorthWestern Energy
Date: 2021-12-13
In Pierre, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has given the nod to a NorthWestern Energy contract with San Francisco-based BrightMark Full Circle RNG for construction of a roughly eight-mile pipeline to a dairy farm facility near the town of Parker.

The dairy farm could be the state's first supplier of renewable natural gas. The facility would use a Brightmark-owned compressor.

Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC's subsidiaries currently own RNG projects in New York, Michigan, Florida, South Dakota and Arizona. Additional joint equity investments will fund construction of infrastructure and commercial operation of 10 dairy biomethane projects, including new sites in Iowa and Wisconsin, Michigan and South Dakota. Chevron will purchase and market RNG produced from these projects for use in vehicles operating on compressed natural gas (CNG). (Source: SD PUC, Brightmark, KELO, 8 Dec., 2021) Contact: NorthWestern Energy, www.northwesternenergy.com; Brightmark, www.brightmark.com

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bp Takes Stake in Biomethane Fueler Gasrec (Int'l., M&A)
Gasrec, bp
Date: 2021-12-06
In the UK, oil giant bp reports it has acquired a 28.57 pct stake in London-headquartered Gasrec, the UK' largest dual provider of bio-LNG and bio-CNG to road transport. Gasrec builds, owns and operates biomethane refuelling stations across the UK. The company presently operates and owns 10 biomethane refuelling stations capable of fueling 1,250 vehicles per day.

bp will supply Gasrec with renewable biomethane produced mainly from organic wastes. The investment will expand bp's UK footprint in renewable gas production and distribution. (Source: bp, PR, Website, Dec., 2021) Contact: Gasrec, Rob Wood, CEO , +44 20 8191 7079, www.gasrec.co.uk

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Bright Biomethane Touts bio-CNG Biogas Upgrader (Ind. Report)
Bright Biomethane
Date: 2021-12-06
As previously reported in Sept., Netherlands-headquartered Bright Biomethane has been developing a project to "clean-up and upgrade" biogas for bio-CNG production through membrane biogas upgrading and the compression of biomethane, all in a compact unit.

Bright's compact system using scalable modular membrane biogas upgrading technology enables small-scale biogas producers to convert biogas to bio-CNG. A recently completed mini bio-CNG unit in Houffalize has a capacity of 60 Nm3 per hour of biogas and 32 Nm3 per hour of biomethane.

Bright Biomethane offers biogas purification systems to upgrade biogas to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) in standard capacities starting from 19 SCFM (30 Nm3/hr) biogas. With the company's PurePac systems using membrane technology, Bright is able to deliver the total range from small to large biogas upgrading installations, according to the company website. (Source: Bright Biomethane, Website PR Dec., 2021) Contact: Bright Biomethane, +1347 688 4941, info@bright-rng.com, www.bright-rng.com

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UK Organic Waste Biomethane Heating Touted (Int'l. Report)
Energy Networks Association
Date: 2021-11-29
In the UK, the London-headquartered Energy Networks Association's (ENA) first annual Britain's Green Gas Scoreboard reports biomethane produced from cow manure, food waste and household sewage can to supply 770,654 homes while also supporting greener electricity production by displacing natural gas.

The report notes that a total of 109 biomethane green gas production sites are now connected to the UK's gas grid, with developers building a further 23 sites across the nation. In 2011, only one site was connected to the grid. (Source: Energy Networks Association, Website PR, 26 Nov., 2021) Contact: ENA, David Smith, CEO, +44 (0)7792 220 974, www.energynetworks.org

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EBA Highlights Biomethane Ramp-up for Full Renewable Gas Deployment (Int'l. Report Available)
European Biogas Association
Date: 2021-11-29
A just released report from the Brussels-headquartered European Biogas Association notes that 30 - 40 pct of Europe's total gas consumption could be made up of sustainable biomethane by the year 2050.

The 11th edition of EBA Statistical Report provides an in-depth analysis of and biogas / biomethane's potential and the best pathways to ensure full deployment in a future energy mix.

The report analyses the current availability of renewable gases in Europe, notably biogas and biomethane. Combined biogas and biomethane production in 2020 amounted to 191 TWh or 18.0 bcm of energy and this figure is expected to double in the next 9 years. By 2050, production can be at least five-fold reaching over 1,000 TWh or as high as 1,700 TWh.

Agriculture- based biogas and biomethane plants make up the lion's share of the total production, which is now already more than the entire natural gas consumption of Belgium and represents 4.6 pct of the gas consumption of the EU. The biogas and biomethane industries also presently provide over 210,000 green jobs that expected to approximately 420,000 jobs by 2030 and one million or more by 2050. The report also highlights the needed collaboration as well between the biomethane and the other potential major renewable gases, such as green hydrogen in future years.

Over the last decade, the delivery of dispatchable power and heat from biogas has been very important and its role will continue to some extent. However, the current trend places the emphasis squarely on sustainable biomethane production, and it is expected that this tendency will be amplified in the coming decade: biomethane is a versatile energy carrier, suitable for a range of sectors, including transport, industry, power and heating. 2020 saw the biggest year on year increase in biomethane production so far in spite of the pandemic, with an additional 6.4 TWh or 0.6 bcm of biomethane produced in Europe. An even bigger increase is to be expected in 2021, as a record number of new biomethane plants started production in 2020 and are due to become fully operational within 2021, the report notes.

Future gas demand can be met by other renewable and low-carbon solutions such as green hydrogen. The development of synergies between green gases will be key to meeting future gas market demands. In line with this, the report highlights the need to develop a vision of how biomethane and hydrogen will integrate with each other in the future. Future infrastructure investments should aim to strengthen the distribution of renewable gases by considering the specific requirements of each gas as well as their most suitable development.

The report points out as well a clear tendence towards the increasing use of sustainable feedstocks for biogas and biomethane production. These include mostly industrial waste, municipal waste or agricultural residues. It is also expected that the remaining energy crops to produce biogas will be replaced by sustainable cropping, for example with the introduction of sequential cropping systems which at the same time allows for carbon farming and revitalization of the soil.

The contribution to sustainability is one of the benefits of biogas and biomethane production for our society, but there are many others. As the EBA report points out, a solid calculation of the economic value of the wider benefits of biogas and biomethane is needed, so that the revenue channels for biogas and biomethane producers can be diversified. The translation of these societal benefits into market signals would allow biogas and biomethane production to compete on fairer terms with other types of energy supply while at the same time further stimulating production plants to achieve the highest levels of societal benefit.

In terms of use by sectors, the need for decarbonization of all transport modes will be especially relevant for the coming years and thus the need for further renewable gas uptake in that sector. According to the report launched today, the sustainable European Bio-LNG (liquified biomethane) production capacity by 2024, considering only confirmed plants, adds up to 10.6 TWh per year. This projected 2024 production capacity could fuel almost 25,000 LNG trucks for the whole year.

The report, which includes new and more detailed country insights and forecasts, is available on the EBA website. (Source: EBA, PR, Website, 25 Nov., 2021) Contact: EBA, Harmen Dekker, Director, www.europeanbiogas.eu

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Canberra Releases Australia's Bioenergy Roadmap (Int'l. Report)
ARENA
Date: 2021-11-24
In Canberra, Australian Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Hon. Angus Taylor, has unveiled the Australia Bioenergy Roadmap. It includes new analysis which confirms the adoption of key technologies, which would see $10 billion added to Australia's GDP by 2030 and the creation of 26,200 full-time jobs. The roadmap also confirms that bioenergy could provide up to 40 pct of Australia's total energy consumption by the 2050s.

The Australian government has committed $33.5 million to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA} to support the bioenergy sector through co-funding additional research, development and deployment of advanced sustainable aviation (SAF) and marine biofuels and to help make advanced biofuels more cost competitive with traditional jet and maritime fuels.

To date, the Government, through ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), has invested just under $500 million in Australian organic waste, biogas, biomass, biofuels and related low-carbon fuels projects. Current Government measures underway to support the Australian bioenergy sector include:

  • The consideration of biogas, as well as hydrogen, in the National Gas Law review through Energy Ministers;

  • The development of a new Emissions Reduction Fund method for biomethane by the Clean Energy Regulator ;

  • Biofuels being considered as part of the industry-wide fuel standards review;

  • Bioenergy being utilized in Government-supported microgrid studies.

    The biogas measures together aim to help the development of a voluntary zero-emissions gas markett hat will drive early demand for clean hydrogen and other zero-emissions gases and recognise consumers' voluntary purchase of zero-emission gas.

    Download Australia Bioenergy Roadmap HERE (Source: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Website Release, 19 Nov., 2021) Contact: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister, +02 6277 7120, angus.taylor.mp@aph.gov.au, www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/taylor; ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au

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  • UK DfT Reports Detailed Renewable Fuels Data (Int'l. Report)
    UK Department for Transport
    Date: 2021-11-17
    According to the UK Department for Transport (DfT), renewable fuels made up 5 pct of the country's transport fuel mix, down from 5.9 pct over the same period 12 months ago. Of the total 1.44 billion litres of renewable fuels supplied between 1 January and 20 September, 63 pct was biodiesel, 25 pct was bioethanol and the balance was biomethane.

    The DfT data notes the most common fuel type was biodiesel made from used cooking oil (16.5 million litres), followed by bioethanol from sugar beet betaine residue (8.5 million litres). Of the renewable fuel supplied to date this year , the most widely reported source for biodiesel was used cooking oil from China (168 million litres) and corn from Ukraine for bioethanol (51 million litres).

    Taken together, renewable fuels achieved an average of 85 pct greenhouse gas (GHG) savings when compared with fossil fuel use, according to the DfT release.

    Download the UK Department for Transport Renewable Fuels Statistics HERE (Source: UK Department for Transport, Website, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: UK Department for Transport, www.gov.uk/government/latest?departments[]=department-for-transport, twitter.com/transportgovuk

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