SmaRTGas new gold sponsor

The SmaRTGas Network has the ambition to build up the world’s largest innovation cluster on small scale thermochemical conversion of biomass/waste to biomethane. The Network comprises 28 partners from 12 countries conducting cutting-edge R&D within biomass gasification, pyrolysis, gas cleaning and methanation as well as stakeholders interested in the business opportunities offered by small scale bioSNG production.

Following have committed themeselves to participate in, and co-finance the SmaRTGas Innovation Cluster:

Prof. Hermann Hofbauer, Vienna University of Technology
Prof. Thomas Kienberger, Montanuniversität Leoben
Prof. Frank Scholwin, CEO Institute for Biogas, Waste Management & Energy
Prof. Hartmut Spliethoff and Dipl.Ing Sebastian Fendt, Institute for Energy Systems, Technische Universität München
Dr. Reinhard Seiser, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Stefan Rönsch, team leader syngas technologies, Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum, DBFZ.
Prof. Henrik Thunman, Department of Energy and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology.
Dr. Pekka Simell, Principal Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
Dipl.-Ing. Tim Schulzke, Group Manager Thermochemical Processes and Hydrocarbons, Fraunhofer UMSICHT.
Prof. Marcus Öhman, Head of Division of Energy Science, Luleå University of Technology.
Dr. Serge Biollaz, Head of Thermal Process Engineering Group, Paul Scherrer Institute.
Dr. York Neubauer, Head of research group TCKON, Department of Energy Engineering, Technische Universität Berlin
Prof. Klas Engvall, Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Royal Institute of Technology.
Rolf Ljunggren, CEO Cortus Energy AB.
Dr. Jan Stambasky, President European Biogas Association.
Dr. Ülo Kask, Head of the Board, Estonian Biomass Association.
Edson Ng, Principal, G4 Insights Inc. Canada.
Dr. Sigitas Rimkevicius, Director of Lithuanian Energy Institute.
Prof. Jaap Kiel, Program Development Manager Biomass, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)
Tea Varrak, Vice-Rector for Innovation and Internationalization, Tallinn University of Technology
Prof. Jacek Wankowicz, Director of Institute of Power Engineering, Poland
Prof. Jürgen Karl, the Chair for Energy Process Engineering, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Anders Persson, CEO SYSAV Utveckling AB
Fredrik Olrog, CEO OX2 Bio AB
Dr. Niels Bjarne Rasmussen, Danish Gas Technology Centre
Prof. Xue-Song Bai, Lund University
Torbjörn Nilsson, CEO AB Gas & Värmeteknik
Dr. Jörgen Held, CEO Renewable Energy Technology International AB

Bright future for biogas upgrading in Sweden

After a couple of rough years the biogas upgrading sector starts to look pretty good in Sweden due to the following reasons.

1) Extended state aid approved for biomethane, i.e. no energy tax and no carbon dioxide tax on biomethane used as vehicle fuel until end of 2020.

2) The Swedish politicians are working on long term sustainable policies and instruments to replace the tax exemption.

3) The support for anaerobic digestion of manure is doubled to a little bit more than 4 €cent/kWh.

4) “Klimatklivet” is providing 600 million SEK/year (approx. 63 MEUR/year) during 2016, 2017 and 2018 as investment support for projects leading to reduced GHG emissions. Biogas as vehicle fuel turns out favourably since the Swedish power sector is more or less decarbonised since many years back.

5) There is an EU directive stating that “Member States shall ensure that a sufficient number of publicly accessible refuelling points are available, with maximum distances of 150 km, to allow the circulation of CNG vehicles Union-wide by 31 December 2020 at the latest.” Due to the limited Swedish natural gas grid, off grid solutions will play a central part to fulfill the directive and here local production of biogas followed by upgrading and connected to a filling station will be crucial. Many of the existing 162 public filling stations in Sweden are operated in this way. With the directive new stations have to be built, especially in the northern part of Sweden.

6) Swedish politicians have an ambition that the transport sector should be fossil fuel independent at 2030. As there are not many years left the instruments promoting renewables and punishing fossil fuels have to be stronger and stronger which of course will be favourable for biomethane.

7) Small scale gasification and methanation is on the verge to be commercialized. Sweden with vast forest resources will likely see demo plants and commercial plants within the coming years. Just as in anaerobic digestion the carbon dioxide has to be removed and here biogas upgrading technologies are of major interest.

REGATEC brings the biogas, gasification and Power-to-gas communities together and highlight the latest advances and development within biogas upgrading, gas cleaning, liquefaction, gasification/methanation and Power-to-gas.

The REGATEC 2016 call for posters is open

A maximum of 32 posters will be accepted for presentation and published in the REGATEC 2016 conference proceedings. Poster proposal are accepted on a first come, first served basis until the maximum number is reached. Besides the scientific quality and industrial relevance REGATEC strives to get a good international mix of poster presenters and at the same time respect the gender equality.

Topics

  • Anaerobic digestion, gas cleaning and upgrading
  • Cryogenic upgrading and/or liquefaction
  • Biomass gasification, syngas cleaning, methanation and CHP
  • Power-to-gas

For more info see http://www.regatec.org/posters

Poster session extended due to large nr of submissions

Due to the large number of high quality submissions the REGATEC 2015 poster session will be extended. In total 54 poster proposals were recieved. 33 have been accepted, 7 are in process and 14 have been withdrawn or rejected.

The accepted posters cover anaerobic digestion, gas cleaning, upgrading, gasification, methanation, Power-to-gas, and biogas in dual fuel systems and fuel cells.

See the list of accepted posters.

European Commission represented at REGATEC 2014

Dr. David Baxter, European Commission Joint Research Centre and Leader of International Energy Agency, Bioenergy, Task 37 Energy from Biogas and Landfill gas will give a plenary presentation at REGATEC 2014.

The presentation will give an overview of the renewable energy policy as applied to biogas and biomethane. In addition dr. Baxter will discuss Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for biomethane through gasification and methanation.