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Renewable gas and related emerging technologies are able to play a major role in the European energy transition

More than 200 delegates gathered last week in Antwerp, Belgium to attend the latest edition of the EBA annual conference. Discussions revolved around the topical issue of Greening Gas through 40 sessions animated by speakers from the industry, research and policy sectors. For its first edition the Greening Gas Award was given to Gasunie, rewarding the company’s achievement in green methane incorporation into its current business.

EBA President Dr. Jan Štambaský first introduced the audience to the growing role of green gas in the European energy mix, focusing especially on biomethane, whose production has been considerably increasing since 2016. Guillaume Virmaux from GRDF echoed this great potential with the example of France, where “a share of 30% of renewable gas in the gas grid is reachable by 2030”. Malcolm McDowell, policy officer in Directorate-General for Energy at the European Commission, confirmed the “Commission’s support of biogas development in Europe in order to have greener and secured energy, reduce GHG emissions and develop rural areas”. 

Emerging innovative technologies and their benefits were also put under the spotlight, such as Power-to-Gas, Power-to-Methane or biomass gasification. Dr. Doris Schmack from MicrobEnergy GmbH (Viessman Group) explained that Power-to-Gas with biological methanation is able to “convert excess of power from renewable energies into synthetic methane and decarbonise all sectors”, bringing many opportunities in energy intensive sectors such as mobility, heating or chemistry.

Andrea Gerini from NGVA Europe (Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association) went forward about benefits for transport, claiming that “renewable gas can provide a significant contribution to decarbonisation, as today’s CNG and LNG vehicle technologies are ready to run on 100% renewable energy”. Dr. A. Schulte from Carbotech Gas Systems GmbH confirmed this message, claiming that “BioCNG and BioLNG should be considered as realistic, technically approved and on short term available options for renewable fuels”. 

The closure of the conference by Dr. Štambaský highlighted the overall tone of optimism regarding the big potential of the sector, as well as the need to continue the efforts to set an appropriate legislative framework that will make the most of the assets of renewable gas: “The growing interest for our conference and the lively discussions held this year demonstrate the richness of our sector, which will continue to grow, potentially boosted by the adoption of several key legislative files by the EU institutions in 2018. The emergence of state-of-the-art technologies will also bring even more environmental-friendly solutions in the years to come.”

On the final day more than 20 participants enjoyed the visit to the DRANCO installation in Brecht, a biogas plant which processes all garden and kitchen waste of the City of Antwerp and surrounding municipalities, powering 3,200 families in the province and producing high-quality compost.

 


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The conference takes place at the Kinepolis Event Center, Groenendaallaan 394, 2030 Antwerp. You will find the entrance to the Event Center at the side of the building, opposite the parking area.

The conference dinner on Wednesday evenening takes place at the Hilton Antwerp Old Town hotel, Groenplaats 32, 2000 Antwerp.

Travelling by car
Kinepolis Event Center: check here  for route descriptions. Parking is free.

Hilton Antwerp Old Town: check here  for route descriptions. Parking (paid) is available at the Groenplaats.

Travelling by plane/train
Kinepolis Event Center: travel to station Antwerp-Luchtbal via Antwerp Central Station (in total approx. 40 minutes from Brussels Airport). From here it is only an 8 minute walk to Kinepolis. From Antwerp International Airport a taxi takes you to Kinepolis in approx. 15 minutes.

Hilton Antwerp Old Town: travel to Antwerp Central station (30 minutes from Brussels Airport). From there you can take the metro (get off at Groenplaats) or a taxi. From Antwerp International Airport a taxi takes you to the hotel in approx. 20 minutes.

A cloak room is available at Kinepolis, so you can store your luggage there.


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Our host for the 2018 conference is a well-respected television and radio presenter from the UK, who currently presents for the BBC. She works as a corporate host for various companies, both in the UK and Europe. Meet Sasha Twining, our conference moderator.

Most recently, Sasha co-presented on high-profile shows on Britain’s Sky News. She also occasionally presented the flagship programme Sky News at Ten. She was the lead anchor for Russia Today, an international news television channel based in Moscow, and anchored all the high-profile events, both in studio and on location.

Sasha has also worked as a correspondent for Britain’s ITV, and presented the catch-up service for BBC NEWS 24. Internationally Sasha presented for the Nine Network (Australian national television) and was London correspondent for both ‘Today’ and ‘Mornings’. Sasha currently presents for the BBC, and fronts the south coast high-profile Mid-Morning show.

Next to her work for television and radio, Sasha works for a number of corporate clients, hosting and facilitating large events, both in the UK and Europe. Key clients Sasha has been working for are, among others, Primark, Mobile World Live, IBC, United Nations, World Coal Association and Eurogas 2017.


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Have you completed your registration? Until January 15 you can still join at the regular rate. After that the on-site rate applies.

During the Christmas period we have been adding some more confirmed names to our speakers page, which now makes the programme almost complete.

Our participants list is also still growing. Interested to see who you will meet in Antwerp? After completing your registration you will be able to see and contact other registered delegates via the information and registration system.

In case you have not yet registered, please make sure to do so before January 15. After this date you can register only at the on-site rate of €700 (regular rates: €500 for EBA members, €600 for non-EBA members and €250 for students). Did you already book your hotel room? The Hilton Old Town Antwerp hotel has only a limited number of rooms with a discount still available. Please contact Kelly Vermeiren (+32 (0)3 204 82 80 –  kelly.vermeiren@hilton.com) for options. 

This year’s study tour , on January 26, will take participants to the DRANCO (DRy ANaerobic COmposting) installation, built by OWS. The regular rate is €100 (after January 15: €150 ) and includes lunch and transport. Meeting point for the tour is the Hilton Antwerp Old Town hotel. Only conference attendees can register for the study tour.

Tour 1       Tour 2*
10:00        13:00 assemble at Hilton Antwerp Old Town hotel
10:15         13:15 departure for OWS installation
13:00        14:00 lunch
14:15         17:15 return at Hilton Antwerp Old Town hotel
*Only in case tour 1 is fully booked

Did you already register and do you want to add the study tour to your booking? You can add the study tour by logging in to your account in the registration system.


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We are happy to introduce to you two of our bronze sponsors: Biogas-E and Yara.

Biogas-E is the knowledge platform for anaerobic digestion in Flanders. As an independent platform Biogas-E acts as a bridge between the government, biogas plant operators, research and manufacturers. Their main goal is the maximisation of the biogas potential in Flanders in a sustainable way by striving for a consistent and supportive legislation, solving potential bottlenecks, stimulating innovation and strengthening the social acceptability. They organise various network moments for interested stakeholders where exchanging ideas and establishing new contacts play a central role. The Biogas-E network provides the perfect introduction to the Flemish biogas sector.


 

Yara offers solutions to farmers and industrial customers while protecting the earth’s resources, food and environment. Founded in 1905, Yara has about 15,000 employees today and provides products to more than 150 countries. The application of its Biogas Production Optimizer (BPO) is Yara’s solution to grow the biogas yield, reduce the amount of substrate and balance the plant operation. As a side effect, H2S concentrations are reduced too. This is achieved by a tailor-made dosing strategy which can be monitored via Yara’s telemetry system. The technical dosing and monitoring approach is a part of the total BPO concept, developed by Yara.

 


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The 2017 EBA statistical report has just been published. As a conference attendee you are entitled to a €100 discount. Buy the report now, so you can download your copy immediately online.

The statistical report offers a unique and comprehensive overview of renewable gas production in Europe, with 23 individual country analyses, including the evolution of national support schemes and tracking of National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) targets.

The structure of the 2017 EBA statistical report has been extensively remodelled: this year’s publication provides more than 120 pages of in-depth information and data about European biogas, biomethane and syngas produced by anaerobic digestion and biomass gasification. A preview is available here.

The statistical report is free for EBA members. Conference attendees pay €300 ex VAT (normal rate: €400 ex VAT). You can order your copy via the online event registration tool. You will receive a digital copy immediately after receipt of your payment. A printed copy will be available for you at the conference.

Any questions on ordering? Send an email to hanna@biogasconference.eu

 


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BTS Biogas is one of the most important providers of biogas plants and considered a pioneer in this sector. The core expertise of the company lies in planning, producing and constructing the plants. For over 20 years its qualified team of engineers, biologists, chemists, agronomists, engineers, designers and marketing experts has gained experience in the design, construction and operation of biogas power plants and thus offers expertise in service, consultation and biological support for biogas power plants from 25kW to 1.5MW+ modules.

BTS stands out through its wide range of products and solutions that are tailored to the individual customer’s requirements. Its complete service, in addition to maintenance and technical servicing also includes biological support.


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One of the conference silver sponsors is Agraferm GmbH.  Based in Germany and active since 13 years, Agraferm developed a unique High-DM- process for the digestion of solid by-products, wastes or crops from agriculture and industry. The technology has been proven i.e. in the big German Biogas Monitoring program 2006 with top-ranking in efficiency. Agraferm was one of the earlier German companies to go international.

Agraferm is one of the few full service providers of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants. Its profound knowledge of process engineering is applied especially in plants of greater than 1 MW power. The largest plant, rated at 18 MW el.eq. maybe world´s largest, utilizes electricity, Bio-CNG and ORC. Together with BTA International, experts for pre-treatment and MSW, they provide the full portfolio of biogas


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All conference attendees are entitled to a 100 discount on the EBA Statistical Report 2017. The report provides in-depth information and data about the European biogas and biomethane sector, from anaerobic digestion, gasification and Power-to-Methane. 

The report offers a unique and comprehensive overview on the number of plants, renewable gas production, support schemes and related policies. The 2017 edition features a country-by-country analysis of 32 European countries.

The statistical report is free for EBA members. Conference attendees pay € 300 ex VAT (normal rate: € 400 ex VAT). The statistical report will be published in the coming weeks. As soon as it is available you will be able to order your copy via the online event registration tool. Here you can also buy your conference ticket. Need any help? Send an email to hanna@biogasconference.eu