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Fuels of the Future 2020 is "Putting Biomethane on the Road"

The forum "Putting Biomethane on the Road", part of the programme of the upcoming 17th "Fuels of the Future" International Conference on Renewable Mobility will highlight the development path and successes of the biomethane fuel market in recent years. The focus is on the broad spectrum of biomethane applications in the mobility sector now and in the near future, along with the economic and political framework for use of biomethane as a fuel. 

Almost 600 participants from over 40 countries converged in Berlin, Germany during January 21-22, 2019 to attend the 16th International conference “Fuels of the Future”. The organizers have since announced a special “Putting biomethane of the Road” forum to specifically address biomethane, aka renewable natural gas (RNG), as a transportation fuel for the 17th edition of Fuels of the Future to be held in Berlin, January 20-21, 2020 (photo courtesy Markku Björkman).

To be held in Berlin Germany, January 20-21, 2020, the forum will be moderated by Dr Claudius da Costa Gomez, Managing Director, German Biogas Association (Fachverband Biogas e.V.) whereas Dr Claus Bonsen of E.ON Bioerdgas GmbH will describe the most important milestones in establishing biomethane in the mobility sector, using his company as an example. Dr Bonsen will in particular address the high potential of biomethane for greenhouse gas reduction as one of the competitive advantages of this sustainable biofuel.

Jaqueline Daniel-Gromke, German Biomass Research Center (Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum GmbH – DBFZ) will present the business model for a micro biogas processing plant and its integration into the gas supply system.

The presentation will include a comprehensive analysis of the cost and potential, as well as ways to open up new biomethane production and utilisation potential, e.g. options to convert biogas plants from electricity generation to biomethane production.

Rollout of bioLNG

Adaptation of the legal framework to recognise liquefied biomethane (LBG or bioLNG) as a means to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements opens up a further option for companies in the mineral oil industry to fulfil their emission reduction obligations.

In their presentation, Toni Reinholz and Matthias Edel, German Energy Agency (Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH– dena) will explore the current challenges and the results of dena’s study “Bio-LNG – a renewable and low-emission alternative in road freight and shipping“. As well as tackling aspects such as sustainability and cost-effectiveness, the study also formulates political recommendations for a faster market ramp-up of bio-LNG.

Biomethane and sector coupling are inextricably linked in the renewable energy industry’s perception. The new technological approach – Power-to-Gas (P2G) – further enhances coupling for various sources of renewable energies, allowing existing feedstock potential, such as carbon dioxide (CO2) from anaerobic digestion (AD), to be integrated into the cycle.

Michael Riebesecker, MicroPyros GmbH reports in his lecture on initial experiences with biological methanation and the economic effects that can be achieved by integrating biological methanation into the fuel market.

The forum “Putting Biomethane on the Road” offers participants an excellent opportunity to gain an overview of the status quo concerning biomethane use in the mobility sector and highlights new potential set to emerge in the near future thanks to changes to the legal framework.

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