New data collection on biomethane in Europe

As part of the EU project "GreenGasGrids" the German research institute Fraunhofer UMSICHT has created a market overview of the European biogas and biomethane markets. It provides all market participants a comprehensive data collection for the production, processing and supply of biogas. Information is provided on national legal frameworks, technical aspects of biomethane production, processing and supply, sustainability issues and current political agendas.

Thirteen international partners have worked together to launch the project "GreenGasGrids". It is supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) funding program. The project consortium is made up of energy agencies, industry associations and research institutions from ten European countries. The project will run until June 2014.

So far, actual market development has lagged behind the existing potential. This is mainly due to information deficits, insufficient national legislation, lack of technical standards and insufficient networking between the participants, as well as international barriers to selling biomethane.

In Europe there are currently 200 plants in operation that process biogas into biomethane. Of these, about 150 feed into the public gas grid. In Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and Austria biomethane has already been in use for several years. Appropriate transport mechanisms are already in place there. Other EU member states are now following with their own provisions.

Katharina Ertmer

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