WBA has introduced a new service, presenting a global round-up of important developments in the biogas industry. Edited by Andy Crofts (firstname.lastname@example.org) it delivers a snapshot of industry growth with links to more detail attached.
A biogas generation pilot project has recently come to an end in Botswana. The project began in 2017 and focussed on training local people to construct and maintain their own small-scale digesters. Debate on the future role of AD in Botswana is ongoing, as the government seeks to promote greater use of renewable energy.
The Kenyan Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has announced it is working on a framework which will promote the commercialisation of biogas in the country. According to Director of Standards Development and International trade, Esther Ngari, Kebs has developed a code of practice (KS 2951:2022) applicable to farm and industrial scale biogas systems. This gives guidance on planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of farm and industrial scale anaerobic biogas systems.
QUBE Renewables has provided AD equipment to Oserian Flower Farm in Kenya. This has been supported by Energy Catalyst, an Innovate UK programme. Oserian Flower Farm generates up to 1,825 tonnes of plant matter waste a year.
The South African Biogas Industry Association (SABIA) has set out its priorities at its Vision 2030 conference held on October 12th. The association noted that biogas lacks the regulatory, policy and market financial support that solar or wind power has. It has established six working groups which will focus on the financial sustainability of the biogas industry, creating industry standards and policies, the promotion of biogas in feedstock production, technology commercialisation and developing training material. SABIA aims to treble its membership by 2030.
Sistema.bio, in partnership with Native Energy, has introduced a biodigester carbon programme in Uganda. The Uganda Dairy Biogas Programme aims to boost small and medium dairy farms through partnerships with local dairy organisations and businesses to make biogas plants more accessible to local farmers.
The Argentine wholesale electricity market administrator, CAMMESA, has revealed that two biogas-fired power plants were hooked to the grid during the third quarter of 2022. This was part of the RenovAR2 project. The two sites are Pollos San Mateo (2.4 MW) and General Villegas (1.2 MW).
Belize is to undertake a biogas feasibility study, with support from the Caribbean Development Bank. The study will involve waste lagoons at three municipal sewage plants. It will assess the amount of biogas generated, the most efficient technology options for energy generation, and the financial viability of capturing and converting it to electricity.
Brazil’s National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) has announced it is to fund a new biogas plant in the municipality of Elias Fausto, in the state of São Paulo. The plant will comprise two digesters with the capacity to generate 4.5 million m3 of biomethane per year, and generate 2.15 MW of electricity. The plant will cost R$44 million and is expected to become operational in early 2024.
Brazilian energy company Raizen SA (a joint venture between Shell and Cosan SA) has announced an agreement to supply Scania with biomethane for its Sao Bernardo do Campo plant, beginning in 2024.
Wheaton Brasil has announced it is to begin using biogas generated at its glass manufacturing plant in São Bernardo do Campo, Sao Paulo.
Rimrock Feeders is proposing to build an AD plant at its site in Foothills County, Alberta. The project would be built in partnership with Tidewater Renewables. If granted planning permission, it could be operational in January 2024 and provide heat to around 6,000 local homes.
Char Technologies Ltd has been granted C$1.5 million by the Canadian government for its Thorold biochar project which will produce RNG. The company will establish a new site near Niagara Falls, Ontario.
The Hartland landfill in Vancouver is to install a new RNG collection facility. This will be built by Waga Energy, using its WAGABOX technology. This will replace an older facility first constructed in 2004. Gas will be sold to FortisBC and injected into the local network.
McDonald’s Canada has taken delivery of its first RNG-powered truck, in British Columbia. The truck, a Volvo VNR Electric Class 8, will be powered by gas supplied by FortisBC. It is the first of seven planned for operation by McDonalds Canada by the end of 2022.
Stanton Farms, in Ilderton, Ontario, has opened what it claims is the first agricultural-based renewable natural gas supplier to Ontario’s natural gas network.
BP has announced it is to buy Archaea, in a deal worth around US$4 billion. Archaea, based in Texas, currently operates around 50 RNG and landfill gas sites across the US.
Chevron and CalBio are to expand their partnership on dairy biomethane projects. Chevron will provide additional funding for as many as seven digesters and one central upgrading facility across a cluster of dairy farms in Merced County, California.
Divert has signed a ten-year contract with BP, for the supply of biogas from three of its food waste digestion plants. The deal is worth an estimated US$175 million. Divert expects to begin supplying gas under the agreement by the end of 2023.
On October 26th, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control held a public hearing regarding a proposed new biogas facility in Seaford, Sussex County. The proposal is from Bioenergy Devco.
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Food Lifeline of Seattle approximately $200,000 to assist in the development of a community-owned anaerobic digester in the South Park neighbourhood of Seattle. Food Lifeline will partner with Duwamish Valley Sustainability Association, Black Star Farmers, and Sustainable Seattle, to develop new anaerobic digester capacity for the South City Biodigester Collaboration project.
Clean Energy Fuels has opened a RNG filling station in Groveport, Ohio. It is the first to be opened under an agreement with Amazon for 19 such stations in total. The Groveport station will dispense 700,000 gallons of RNG annually instead of diesel.
Greater Commercial Lending has completed US$25 million in long-term financing to help develop and build dairy biogas digesters and a biogas pipeline for the Aemetis Biogas Central Dairy Digester Project located in Stanislaus County, California.
Idaho is considering new approaches to waste management. At the Boise Environmental Innovation Summit held last month, a range of waste-to-energy options were looked at, including anaerobic digestion.
Impact Bioenergy has raised US$3.6 million in funding, principally from Japan’s Itochu Corporation. Impact will use the cash to scale up manufacturing of its food waste digesters. The company has already installed over a dozen across the USA.
The Jack Daniel distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, is to be equipped with a new RNG facility costing US$29.3 million. It will be developed by TC Energy Corporation and 3 Rivers Energy Partners. It is expected to become operational in 2024.
On September 30th, The State of New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services published its 2022 Solid Waste Management Plan. The plan noted that the State currently has no solid waste AD capacity, but that this was being looked at as an option for future waste management.
Opal Fuels has begun operation of a landfill biomethane facility at the Pine Bend landfill in Minnesota. The new facility replaces an earlier gas-to-electricity plant at the site.
Republic Services and Archaea Energy have announced they are to develop a new RNG facility at Middle Point Landfill in Tennessee.
SunGas Renewables has announced an agreement with Arbor Renewable Gas for supply of its SunGas System 1000 technology and equipment package to Arbor Gas’ Spindletop Renewable Gasoline Project located in Beaumont, Texas.
Waste Management Inc has revealed it expects to see a six-fold increase in the amount of RNG produced at its landfills by 2026. The company announced investments in RNG totalling US$825 million in its 2022 Sustainability Report.
The company has received preliminary approval to build a $90 million RNG facility at the Fairless landfill in Falls, PA. This will process gas from the landfill and inject it into the local distribution grid.
A US$100,000 agreement has been signed in Fiji for a biogas project.
Verbio India has opened what is claimed to be India’s largest bio-energy plant. Located at Lehragaga, Punjab, the plant has capacity for 100,000 tonnes of agricultural residues per year, producing 33 tonnes per day of compressed biogas.
Korean start-up Kinava has developed a pilot hydrothermal carbonisation system, and is looking to enter the US market.
A new study is looking into the biogas potential of partly digested grass from cows. This is being done at New Zealand’s first AD plant, due to enter operation in January 2023.
Sri Lanka’s National Innovation Agency has announced a partnership with DFCC Bank to support the adoption of biogas technology.
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has secured a site for an industrial scale biogas plant in Wallonia, Belgium. Together with Belgian developer Cryo Advise, CIP will jointly develop the biogas plant. A final investment decision is expected by the end of 2023. If it proceeds, the plant will use agricultural and industrial organic waste to produce biogas which can either be injected into the grid or be liquified for use as green fuel for transportation.
Fluxys TENP GmbH announced a new six-month tender for supply of biogas through its TENP pipeline.
The German Biogas Association has raised concerns that German laws, in particular long waits for building permits, hinder potential for future biogas investment in the country.
EnviTec Biogas said it had signed the company’s first biomethane purchasing deal to supply a bio-LNG production plant near Berlin. The agreement covers the supply of a total of 90 GWh of biomethane per year from the three biogas plants operated by Loick Group in Heiligengrabe, Hennstedt, and Huenxe.
Greece has issued an amended National Waste Management Plan. This makes construction of recyclable sorting units mandatory in all new waste management facilities in the country. Anaerobic digestion is listed as an option for treatment of separated organic waste.
College Proteins has lodged plans to build a 50,000 tonne per year AD plant in Nobber, Ireland. Proposed feedstocks include grass and maize silage, food waste and slurry. The company had previously applied to build a waste incinerator at the site, but has now abandoned this.
The Irish government has elected not to apply for REPowerEU funding.
Italy’s new biotmethane decree ( s.c. “Decreto Biometano”) came into force in October. It provides incentives for the construction of new biomethane plants, and the conversion of plants for the production of electricity from previous agricultural production of biogas.
Iveco is partnering with GLS Italy and energy supplier Vulcangas to launch a new biogas production plant near Lodi. The plant at the Cascina Antegnatica farm would produce biomethane using agricultural waste from local farms. This will supply Vulcangas and be used to fuel the LNG-powered vehicles in GLS Italy’s truck fleet.
Wärtsilä is to build a biogas plant in Tervete, Latvia. The order was placed by AS Agrofirma Tervete, which will utilise the plant to upgrade and liquefy biogas from agricultural waste into bioLNG. The installation is designed for production of 10 tonnes of bioLNG per day.
Titan has announced it is to build the world’s largest biomethane liquefaction plant at the Port of Amsterdam. Biogas to feed the plant will be generated by an adjacent facility being developed by BioValue.
Supermarket chain Aldi is looking to boost its renewable fuel truck fleet. The company is to partner with CNG Fuels, and aims to operate 30 biomethane-powered vehicles by the end of 2022.
Whiskey distiller William Grant & Sons is applying to expand AD capacity at its site in Girvan, Ayrshire. If approved, Grissan Carrick will install two anaerobic digestion tanks, two feed intake tanks, a blending tank and process water tank.
Cardboard manufacturer Corrboard has invested £7 million in an on-site AD plant, as part of efforts to make its business 100% carbon neutral.
Scirocco Energy pleased with strong first year performance of its AD plant in Northern Ireland.
Sterling Pharma Solutions has noted that it has begun AD operations at its site in Dudley, West Midlands. This produces biomethane which is injected into the national grid.
A team of researchers from the University of South Wales are looking into the production of biohydrogen from wastewater solids. This is a novel two-stage biohydrogen/biomethane anaerobic digestion system which can increase energy recovery from biodegradable wastes by up to 37%, compared with existing waste treatment processes. Funding has been made available from the government’s Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme.
A planning decision is due on 14th December for a new AD plant proposed in Bressingham, Norfolk. Deal Farm Biogas began work on the site in 2015, but the project has been subject to repeated delays. If approved, it will use organic waste and crops to create biomethane.
Israeli company HomeBiogas has been awarded the World Sustainability Award in the field of Circular Economy. The company develops digester systems which provide a cost-effective way for people to turn organic waste into biogas for cooking and natural fertiliser.