Xebec’s first biomethane-to-grid project in Italy now operational
Canada-headed Xebec Adsorption Inc.(Xebec), a global provider of gas generation, purification and filtration solutions for the industrial, energy and renewables marketplace has announced that its first project in Italy – a biogas upgrading plant in Modena – is now operational.
The installation for the client AIMAG is successfully producing biomethane, also known as renewable natural gas (RNG), for injection into the local gas grid of AS RETIGAS. The biogas is produced from the anaerobic digestion (AD) of source-separated municipal organic waste.
According to Xebec, environmental engineering and construction company Atzwanger AG-SpA chose Xebec as its upgrading supplier after an extensive evaluation of various technologies. Xebec’s innovative Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technology was selected as the most reliable, cost-effective and simple solution.
This brand new dry-digestion-plant of organic waste is one of the first in the country to feed biomethane into a public grid thanks to the vision and determination of our client AIMAG, and one of the fastest ever built thanks to our key partners Xebec and Strabag, said Dr C. Atzwanger, Managing Director, Atzwanger AG-SpA
Incentives driving European RNG market
Xebec notes that similar RNG projects are developing throughout the EU, driven by both environmental regulations and government incentives.
As an example, the Italian Government recently identified the transportation sector as a primary end-user for RNG. It has set aside EUR 4.7 billion in incentives to aid large gas consumers as well as incentives for biomethane in transport.
Since announcing these incentives, Italy’s gas operator, SNAM, has received more than 800 requests from potential biomethane producers to connect their upcoming biomethane production sites to the existing gas grid, indicating a market size for biogas upgrading equipment in excess of CDN$ 1.5 billion over the next 3 to 5 years.
We’re delighted to have this first Xebec upgrading system operating in Modena, proving our system’s performance and reliability in Italy. Xebec is already a market leader in France with over 20 PSA systems delivering consistent, quality RNG to customers. Italy is strategically becoming the second key market for Xebec in Europe, said Dr Francesco Massari, General Manager, Xebec Europe.