The UK Environment Agency, with support from WRAP and industry representatives including the Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association (ADBA), has developed and today launched a Quality Protocol for Biomethane.
The QP was also developed with funding from LIFE+, and sets out end of waste criteria for the production and use of biomethane arising from the degradation of organic wastes in a landfill site or anaerobic digestion (AD) plant.
The QP enables the injection of the gas into the grid or use in an appliance suitably designed and operated for natural gas, without the need for waste regulatory controls.
“Biomethane to grid is an embryonic sector in the UK at present, with only a handful of trial projects in operation,” explained EA Environment & Business Manager Roger Hoare. “This is largely due to cost and regulatory barriers that exist, one of which is the waste status of biogas from landfill and AD. This QP provides a route to overcoming this barrier.”
A number of companies related to the industrial gas and equipment industry are already involved in this ‘embryonic’ sector, including Chesterfield Biogas (CBG) and Xebec Adsorption Inc., both of whom can provide biogas upgrading units for the purification of biogas to biomethane streams.
The Quality Protocol is applicable immediately in England and Wales, and is available to download from the ADBA website.
Matt Hindle, Policy Manager of the ADBA, said, “Biomethane has huge potential as a form of renewable energy which can decarbonise hard-to-reach areas such as industrial processes, heating and road transport. The Quality Protocol will help developers and operators by giving greater certainty around waste controls, so ADBA welcomes its publication.”
A trend towards higher natural gas prices, coupled with the demand for renewable energy, is creating strong demand for the equipment to upgrade raw biogas to purified biomethane.
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