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The UK AD and World Biogas Expo 2019

Join the largest international trade show dedicated solely to anaerobic digestion and biogas. The UK AD and World Biogas Expo 2019 offers a unique combination of industry insight, innovation and investment opportunities for both the UK and international markets. Register your free ticket today!

NEW in 2019!

Along with 200+ exhibitors, this year’s event will feature five themed theatres: Circular Cities Theatre, Future Farming Theatre, Food Waste and Water Theatre, Innovation Hub, The Engine Room.

Learn the latest in market news, including policy and regulations, as well as discover global trends, developments and success stories.

Now co-located with the World Biogas Summit, the global thought leadership forum on anaerobic digestion and biogas. Discussions with leading figures in sustainable development will centre around the industry’s contribution to tackling climate change and meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Register here for your free delegate pass!

5th Future of Biogas Europe, 13th – 14th November 2019, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The European biogas market is set to witness strong growth on account of growing focus toward decarbonizing the energy sector supported by a multitude of legislative schemes and policies. Increased production and use of biogas to support the circular economy and renewable energy mix will stimulate the industry growth in the region. 

According to recent report published by Global Market Insights, Inc. says Europe Biogas Market is expected to surpass USD 6 Billion by 2025.

The World Biogas Association estimates that by 2020, the biogas sector in the Netherlands has the potential to produce 1.2 billion m3 of biogas or 0.75 billion m3 of biomethane, increasing to 3.7 billion and 2.2 billion m3 respectively by 2030 (Green Gas Forum, 2014). Significant growth is expected in biogas from manure, sewage sludge, grass and seaweed. 

In the light of this, ACI’s 5th edition of Future of Biogas Europe will be taking place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 13th & 14th November 2019. Join the conference in Amsterdam to discuss the latest challenges and developments making an impact on the biogas industry and benefit from excellent networking opportunities.

For more Details on Sessions & Topics, please View Agenda: https://www.wplgroup.com/aci/future-of-biogas-europe-agenda/

EBA Members are entitled to a special discount on registration – to claim please contact Mado Lampropoulou onMLampropoulou@acieu.netor +44 (0) 203 141 0607

Request of data from biogas plants on treatment of digestate


Complete the survey

The H2020 project SYSTEMIC is looking for information about digestate treatment for compiling a database. The information in this database will be used to prepare a calculaion tool that provides the cost-benefit analysis for existing technologies. The calculation tool will be made publicly available after the project (2021).

By completing this survey, you can win an invitation (hotel costs and dinner included) to one of the SYSTEMIC Living Lab meetings in 2019-2021. During this meeting, all operators of the European biogas plants in the SYSTEMIC project will be invited (5 demo installations, 10 outreach locations and interested associated plant operators).
 
The Living Lab meeting gives a unique insight into the progress of the project, offers network moments with biogas plant operators all over Europe and scientists and includes a visit to one of our demo installations or outreach locations.

It is possible to fill in the survey in Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. Please complete the survey as completely and correctly as possible. Your anonymity is secured! Thanks in advance for helping this research initiative.

EXPOBIOGAZ 2019, the renewable gas benchmark event in France

More than 220 exhibitors and brands, 4000 professionals expected!

Co-organized by GL events Exhibitions and the Club Biogaz ATEE, the 8th edition of Expobiogaz, will take place on June 12 & 13 2019 in Lille Grand Palais, France.

In 2019, Expobiogaz evolves to become the trade show dedicated to renewable gas, a leading event in France to discover a full range of renewable gas production solutions and value channels: anaerobic digestion, power-to-gas, pyrogasification, injection, combined heat & power, sustainable mobility

At the core of a buoyant region in renewable gas resources, Expobiogaz stays as close as possible to the markets and project initiators, bringing business and development opportunities your way on a regional, national and international scale.

With several in-show events and highlights, Expobiogaz offers professionals the opportunity to learn and stay informed:

  • 2 days of themed conferences, organized by Club Biogaz ATEE and Biogaz Vallée®
  • Expobiogaz Innovation Award 
  • Agricultural village, dedicated to farm managers, breeders…
  • 2 methanation units visits, on the eve of the exhibition
  • Talent Forum, dedicated to recruitment and training
  • Business Meetings, the business appointments service
  • The National Renewable Gas Assembly, run by the Renewable Energy Syndicate

To request your free access badge to visit Expobiogaz: click here

New biogas plant in Austria for municipal waste treatment

A new biogas plant will be built at the Wiener Neustädter Abfallbehandlungsanlage, in Austria. The new plant, which will go into full operation in 2020, will produce 1,200 MWh of electricity and 1,500 MWh of heat per year for the self-generated power of the Wiener Neustadt waste treatment plant. This will help saving 700 tons of CO2 per year.

The positive news were celebrated with a ground-breaking ceremony last 22 February. In the future, a dry fermenter plant from Pöttinger will be installed upstream of composting. In the so-called 3-A process (Aerobic Anaerobic Aerobic), up to 120m³ biogas with 60% methane content is to be produced from 1t substrate within 21 days.

Mayor Klaus Schneeberger speaks of a deliberate decision to promote renewable energy: “With the new biogas plant in waste management, we are making two important steps forward: on the one hand, the waste is recycled even better than before and on the other hand, we generate green electricity and ecologically sound heat , which in turn corresponds to the idea of ​​climate protection. “

SEBIGAS opens new biogas plant in Belgium

The EBA was very happy to be in Thuin, on Feb. 28th, for the inauguration of SEBIGAS’ successful new venture into the Belgian biogas market in collaboration with Walvert, a local Walloon company with over 10 years’ experience in anaerobic digestion in the agricultural sector. Annually, the plant will process approximately 12,000 tonnes of agricultural by-products to produce 5000 MWh of electricity (which corresponds to the consumption of about 1500 households) and will provide an equal amount of thermal energy for district heating.

The digested organic matter includes, among others, livestock manure, maize silage and crop residues. The produced digestate will be returned to local fields in the form of liquid and solid fractions, acting as both fertiliser and soil improver.    

This project has been running since January 2019 and has brought together private actors, policymakers, local citizens and farmers… successfully demonstrating that very concrete steps can be taken at a local level towards a sustainable future and a local bioeconomy. 

Policy updates for biogas and biomethane. What’s new?

During the coming months, EBA will be working on its policy strategy for the next years and determining its goals in view of the European elections of 26 May and the consequent new EU mandate. Until now, the first quarter of 2019 has brought intense policy-discussions before the last plenary session of the current mandate taking place this week in Strasbourg puts the next policy decisions on stand-by until the new Parliament starts its political activities in July. We will have to wait a bit more, until the last quarter of this year, to know the names of the new Commissioners and the results of the Brexit negotiations after the last extension granted by the EU.

Against this background of political changes, lively discussions have been fuelling the activity of the European capital to determine also the role of gas in the future EU energy mix. EBA is actively working to align its priorities and actions with different partner organisations and discuss its own positioning with members in the recently started working group ‘Future of Gas’.

New transport policies are also being introduced and old ones are reviewed. The Clean Vehicles Directive has been amended and new CO2 standards for Light-Duty Vehicles introduced. The Directive on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (DAFI) is entering the review process and EBA is providing its input through the European Commission’s expert group ‘Sustainable Transport Forum’. In addition, we have also participated in the Commission’s public consultation on the DAFI calling for EU-wide targets for biomethane infrastructure and stronger national strategies.

EBA keeps advocating circular economy through for the use of digestate as bio-fertiliser in the agricultural sector. This work has ended-up with a rather positive outcome, as the new Fertiliser Regulation has been agreed on by the EU institutions and digestate will finally be included in the Annex V of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). Digestate products will therefore be exempted from the REACH registration requirements.

Many other policy discussions are still going on concerning the implementation of RED II, the Sector Coupling of Gas and Electricity or and the development of support schemes for biogas/biomethane. EBA will continue its intense work to ensure favourable consideration of biogas and biomethane in all EU policies relevant for our sector.

Questions on EBA’s policy activities?

A positive example of cooperation between research and humanitarian aid from BOKU University

Research and Innovation are essential to boost positive developments for our environment and our society. This activity is even more rewarding when it provides benefits for vulnerable people. Our member, the BOKU University in Austria, has been involved in a research project for a very good cause: provide humanitarian aid by managing faecal sludge in emergency operations to protect the affected population and environment. Last March, these efforts were rewarded with the Austrian “Neptun Wasserpreis” (water prize).

Improving sanitary conditions in situations of emergency: a humanitarian concern

After the earthquake and the subsequent Cholera outbreak in Haiti 2010 Faecal Sludge Management in emergency operations has shifted into the focus of humanitarian aid. In faecal sludge (on site collection and transport to treatment plant), as in wastewater treatment process and effluent quality control, is highly important to safeguard the environment and the population. This is especially true in disaster response situations and in refugee camps. Due to high population densities and the general vulnerability of the affected population.

Developing and testing of the lab prototype: Malawi

The development of the Faecal Sludge Field Lab (FSFL) was started in 2017 by the Microbial Sludge Quality (MSQ) project, funded under the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF). The prototype was developed at the Institute of Environmental Biotechnology, from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences of Vienna (BOKU), in cooperation with the Austrian Red Cross, Waste COOP and Butyl Products LTD. The prototype included all equipment and supplies for the analysis of 100 samples of the most important process control parameters (COD, TS, nitrogen species, biogas potential, etc..) and public health parameters (faecal indicator organism and helminth eggs). The whole lab, including support equipment like a photovoltaic panel, was field tested in Blantyre, Malawi, where several faecal sludge treatment plants were monitored. The prototype set up at the local project partner is still being used as environmental analysis lab.

New labs in Uganda and Bangladesh

In 2018, a new lad unit was sent to the Ugandan Red Cross Society in the framework of the FAST project. In addition, a field school was organised to train 20 lab techs of the Sub Saharan Red Cross Societies on the operation of the lab. This lab is now placed in Kampala to provide service for emergency situations and development cooperation projects. Within the same project, a scientific paper was published describing the development of the field lab.

By the end of 2018, another FSFL was dispatched to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the two IFRC faecal sludge treatment plants in operation in the camp. Since 2017, more than 700,000 people from Rhakine state fled violence and settled down in the Kutupalong-Balukhali extension site near Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Initially, pit latrines were constructed as main containment/sanitation system, but this approach towards sanitation proved challenging in the complicated humanitarian context. The clayish ground, high population density and positioning of the latrines within flood plains lead to latrine desludging and set up of faecal sludge treatment plants for safe disposal. By April 2019 the field lab has widened its operation to start monitoring faecal sludge treatment plants of other actors.

Currently, the Austrian Red Cross has started a cooperation with EAWAG for the continuous improvement of the Faecal Sludge Field Lab.

New editions of the EBA Statistical Report and the Success Stories!

As every year, we have been preparing the new edition of these two important publications that provide updated data on biogas in Europe and positive stories about the last biogas developments.

Statistical report

The EBA Statistical Report has become an important point of reference for the European biogas and biomethane sectors, consulted by EU institutions and by numerous industrial stakeholders worldwide.

Every year, the report includes new features and developments. For the 2018 edition, a European Overview was published at Christmas and extensive analyses in form of country profiles will be available at the end of this month. This edition includes newly developed European maps and per capita analyses that present the national markets in a new and unique light. In addition, there will be 25 Country Profiles, 2 more than last year. The full version of this 8th edition counts with more than 100 pages of data and statistics on biogas and biomethane in Europe.

This new structure allows for 2 different versions of the report:

  • European overview: 200€
  • Full report (European overview + country profiles): 400€

The full version of the report is available for members free of charge! Non-members who want to acquire this publication can contact Margherita Genua: genua@european-biogas.eu

The collection of this data would never have been possible without the contribution of national associations and the support of the companies who sponsored this publication: ETW, Streisal, DSM, BTS, SHV Energy, YARA, GRDF and DMT.

 Success Stories

The EBA Success Stories is another of the publications produced in-house by the EBA Secretariat. In order to promote the positive developments of biogas and biomethane, this publication showcases positive stories within our sector provided by EBA members.

The edition of this year concentrates in the most recent developments and includes the implementation of biogas plants, the development of new tools and technologies and inspiring examples on different options of feedstock uses.

Each case includes a description of the project, identifies the social, economic and technological impact of each initiative and includes a table with technical data. In addition, readers can discover in detail the activities performed for each case and the results obtained.

The success stories are available for free on the EBA website: ONLINE VERSION

Harm Grobrügge appointed new President of the European Biogas Association

The new President was elected yesterday during the General Assembly of the EBA and will be in charge for the association for the next 3 years. The composition of a new Board of Directors was also submitted to a vote. The elected candidates will support the EBA in highlighting the current potential of biogas and biomethane in the transition towards decarbonisation and the development of a truly circular economy.
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