Bioenergy

Sweden: Pioneer of solar district heating

When it comes to district heating, Sweden has made the switch from fossil fuels to biomass and waste heat (see chart). As early as 2015, biomass provided 46 % of the energy in district heating networks across the country, followed by 24 % from waste incineration and 8 % from industrial excess heat. Fossil fuels came only to about 7 % of the around 175 petajoules, or PJ, produced in Sweden in 2015 (latest data available).

19.04.2018

ÖkoFEN presents fully self-sufficient family home

With the new system, ÖkoFEN wants to enable customers to supply themselves with 100 % of ecological heat and self-produced electricity in the future. (Graphic: ÖkoFEN)

Independence in terms of energy supply is one of the most important future topics. For this reason, ÖkoFEN presents a new, and as the company says unique system at the ISH expo in Frankfurt. The system allows single-family houses to be independent of power supply.

09.03.2017

Green heating for Denmark's second largest city

The Studstrup Power Station is located northeast of Aarhuse. (Photo: DONG Energy)

In Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, one of the world’s biggest biogas-fueled combined heat and power (CHP) stations is located. On October 10th the Studstrup Power Station switched to use exclusively wood pellets instead of coal. The plant is now providing green heating and electricity for the city and the surrounding area corresponding to the annual heating consumption of 225,000 residents.

10.10.2016

Permanent tax exemption for agricultural biogas plants in France

France is making biogas plants such as the one in Saint Sigismond more lucrative. (Photo: Weltec Biopower)

The French finance law of 2015 already provided a seven-year tax exemption for agricultural biogas plants. From 2016 onward, that exemption will become permanent. It only recently came to light that the French tax authorities confirmed this in an administrative letter dated 6 January 2016.

24.03.2016

1 MW biogas plant in Australia

The two stainless-steel digesters in Aurora which will be fed with 100 tons of organic waste per day. (Photo: Weltec Biopower GmbH)

A suburb of Melbourne, Australia, will get a Waste-to-Energy biogas plant with a capacity of 1 MW. The German biogas expert Weltec Biopower and Aquatec Maxcon are responsible for the plant’s construction, which is scheduled to take 14 months.

10.11.2015

Biomethane plant in the UK inaugurated

The biomethane plant that is being built in Metheringham, UK. (Photo: Agraferm Technologies)

The German company Agraferm Technologies AG starts building its tenth biomethane plant in the United Kingdom. Overall, Agraferm has received three contracts for new biogas plants.

14.10.2015

Things you need to know about the new heating label!

The efficiency label for new heating systems, water heaters and heat storage systems went into effect on 26 September. Many specialist publications, including our own, have been reporting on the topic for months. Trade associations have also been flooding the market with information, making it hard to keep track. For this reason, we decided to put together a summary of the most important points.

30.09.2015

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