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GIE: biomethane to play a major role with renewable electricity

The number of biomethane plants in Europe has increased by 51 per cent in two years, shows the European Biomethane Map published by the European Biogas Association (EBA) and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE).

There are currently 18 countries producing biomethane in Europe. Germany has the highest share of biomethane plants (232), followed by France (131) and the UK (80).

The map provides specific details about each biomethane plant, including their connection to the gas grid, feed-in capacity, main substrate used, upgrading process and date of start of operation.

“In recent years, the development of biomethane has experienced a dynamic ascent and this 51 per cent increase in the number of biomethane plants over the past two years confirms this positive trend,” said Susanna Pflüger, EBA Secretary General. “Our industry is already producing 23 terawatts per hour (TWh) of this green gas. By 2030, the sector could substantially enlarge the production to 370 TWh and reach 1,170 TWh by 2050. The EU is in need for green gas solutions such as biomethane. Political support is essential to maximise the needed deployment of biomethane and ensure smart sector integration.’’

Some of the existing plants are connected to the transport grid, others to the distribution grid and a few are not connected as they use it for their own consumption. The map also shows whether there is on-site production of Bio-CNG or Bio-LNG, which can be used as a green fuel in the transport sector.

“Biomethane has many positive externalities nowadays and we were looking forward to present the recent development of this technology in Europe,” added Boyana Achovski, GIE Secretary General. “It is already showcased by several studies that a fully renewable energy system in which biomethane play a major role in a smart combination with renewable electricity and Europe’s well-developed existing infrastructure offers the best solution to cost-effective and resilient energy system integration. Developing waste to solutions in energy, of which biomethane, for example, will provide the flexible energy we look for. It will also create circular and decarbonised local economies and in Europe, we already have all the ingredients to make this happen.”

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