Biomethane Day 2014 shows biomethane making real steps forward to unseat ‘fossil fuel’ in UK
The third Biomethane Day, the exhibition and conference for the biomethane sector, was held on 9th April in Birmingham. The event attracted all the major players from this emerging sector, including CNG Services, Renewable Energy Association, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Ofgem and National Grid.
On the day in dustry experts reviewed the plethora of new biomethane projects which show how seamlessly this green gas can be used in our existing energy networks and as a vehicle fuel.
Growth of biomethane since the first Biomethane Day has been spectacular. In 2012 around 300,000 therms of biomethane were injected into the gas grid and by 2015, when current projects come online, there will be around 32 million therms to grid.
John Baldwin, managing director of CNG Services who co - organised the exhibition and conf erence with the Renewable Energy Association, gave an overview of the market and said: “The Biomethane market growing fast, delivering big benefits and will make a significant contribution to meeting 2020 renewable energy targets. This year’s event was th e most exciting to date as you can see projects being completed and the sector making a leap forward. By using the existing gas grid and central heating systems, biomethane represents an attractive way to get low carbon heating to homes in cities in parti cular, where no other alternative exists”.
Thirty four companies exhibited with 14 expert speakers, many talking about projects completed in 2014.
Biomethane is also supported by via the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) worth £860million, from the Departme nt of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which is the world - first financial incentive which provides support for emerging biomethane producers.
The Renewable Energy Association (REA), co - organisers of Biomethane Day, talked about the not - for - profit Green G as Certification Scheme (GGCS) it has developed.