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Member press release (Opinion piece) – “Energy Security Strategy overlooks biogas”

Matt Hale

By Matt Hale, International Sales & Marketing Director, HRS Heat Exchangers

Given the long wait for the Government’s latest British Energy Security Strategy, which was published on 7 April, it is disappointing in both its level of detail and the lack of acknowledgement of the role of biogas, biomethane and green hydrogen in decarbonising and securing the UK’s domestic energy supply.

Although gas is a key element of the Strategy, it only recognises ‘a second lease of life for… North Sea Gas’ and makes no reference to anaerobic digestion, biogas or methane at any point. In fact, the renewables section makes no reference to any form of bioenergy, seemingly excluding the key role that sustainable forms of biogas, liquid biofuels and solid biomass can play in a robust and renewable energy mix.

According to ADBA’s report, Biomethane: The Pathway to 2030, with suitable support the UK ‘could generate 5.7 billion m3 of biomethane a year 2030, enough to heat 4.5 million homes. Assuming a conservative improvement in plant efficiency of 25%, these figures could rise to 7.1 billion m3 per year, enough to heat 5.5 million homes.’

Although the Energy Security Strategy appears to support the adoption of hydrogen, it once again ignores any hydrogen of biogenic origins, instead focusing on fossil fuels and water as the main sources.

Overall, the document lacks both firm targets and detailed policies, but despite this HRS will continue to work with existing and new clients to maximise the efficiency of anaerobic digestion, biogas and renewable hydrogen technologies in the UK and around the world.

– ENDS –

About HRS Heat Exchangers

Located in the UK, HRS Heat Exchangers is part of the HRS Group which operates at the forefront of thermal technology,offering innovative heat transfer solutions worldwide across a diverse range of industries. With 40 years’ experience in the anaerobic digestion, biogas and energysectors,specialising in the design and manufacture of an extensive range of turnkey systems and components, incorporating our corrugated tubular and scraped surface heat exchanger technology, HRS units are compliant with global design and industry standards. HRS has a network of offices throughout the world: Australia, New Zealand, UK, Spain, USA, Malaysia and India; with manufacturing plants in the UK, India and

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