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165% rise in biomethane production plants documented with industry-first map.

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 9:10:00 PM

Close to half of all the biomethane plants are built in Germany“This map provides a high-quality overview of the main technical features, current status and location of existing installations.”

For those with even a passing knowledge of European biomethane production in recent years, the rate of change and the commitment to produce more of the renewable energy source has been impressive. Demand for the organic material-derived fuel grows seemingly on a daily basis as companies, governments and consumers alike seek sustainable solutions to light up their buildings, power their vehicles and heat their homes.

Making that fuel on such an industrial scale can only be done with the help of a significant number of biorefineries – more than 500, in fact. So much has happened in a relatively short period of time, and it’s easy to lose sight of just how far the bio-based industry has come. Helpfully though, two major organisations directly involved in the sustainable fuel have provided some much-needed context, producing a glorious map and fact sheet that gives detailed information on all known biomethane installations along with their key performance data.

There are now more than 500 biomethan plants

Put together by Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and the European Biogas Association (EBA), the European Biomethane Map 2018 is the first publication of its kind and provides accurate and 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.

Revealed in European Biomethane Map 2018, between 2012 and 2016, 310 new plants have been built across Europe – a 165% rise. Germany leads the way in terms of numbers of biomethane production facilities with 194, followed by the UK which has 85, while Spain is propping up the foot of the table with one plant.


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Also included in the first edition of the map is information on cross-border interconnection points and pipelines, data concerning the evolution of the European biomethane market, plant distribution across the continent and 20-year forecasts of biomethane production in Europe until 2037.

Commenting on the release of the map, Jan Stambasky, the president of EBA, and Boyana Achovski, the GIE secretary general, said the map could be the first of many and illustrated the positive trend that biomethane was undergoing. “The number of biomethane plants in Europe has been considerably increasing in recent years, reaching over 500 units today. This map provides a high-quality overview of the main technical features, current status and location of existing installations,” said Stambasky.


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