The German biogas industry has made remarkable progress under the renewable energy law EEG in recent years, now providing 5 % of the national electricity demand or 9.5 million households. Including sewage treatment plants and landfill gas installations with a transformation of the produced gas into electricity, more than 10,800 biogas power plants are operating today. Their total installed electrical capacity is about 5,000 MW, included are 210 biogas upgrading plants feeding about 130.000 m3/h of pure bio-methane into the national gas grid. Due to poorer supporting conditions (low tariffs, unfavorable tendering process, no gas feed-in tariff), the addition of new plants in the last few years has been limited almost exclusively to small scale on-farm plants for the digestion of manure and a few communal bio-waste treatment plants.
In this project, IBBK is involved as best practice partner and has realised the following work within the different WPs:
WP 2: Tools for successful regional biogas initiatives and developments:
- Exploration of existing publications and tools of regional approaches (in Germany and beyond)
- Identification of three examples of interesting and successful biogas projects from Germany
- Participation in voting for the 10 most promising biogas projects for presenting in the brochure
- Updates delivered by the three selected German biogas projects
- Updates delivered on the national (calculation) tools
WP 4: Networking (activities on national and EU level) & Replication (beyond target regions)
- Knowledge and experience sharing between the Croatian project partner EIHP (Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar) and IBBK (The International Biogas and Bioenergy Centre of Competence). The German project partner provided support for the implementation of actions in the target region Croatia on site from 14th to 16th of June 2016.
- Contribution to the BiogasAction replication event in Warsaw on the 3rd of June 2016. It revealed a sincere interest of the market actors in the Polish biogas sector to develop new projects and to learn from EU experience. As a result of this event, a report on the Polish biogas market situation has been developed.
- Participation at the workshop „Danish Bioenergy Export Group meeting“ which was organized by the Agro Buisiness Park on the 7th of September 2017 in Billund/Denmark.
- Organisation and implementation of the BiogasAction webinar with the title „Arguments beyond economic factors“ on the 23rd of February 2018.
- Participation at the roundtable workshop „Food waste table at the coast of Croatia“ which was organized by the project partner EIHP on the 13th of June 2018 in Zadar/Croatia.
WP 5 Dissemination & Communication
- Provision of content for the website
- Contribution through feedback on the project’s brochure and roll-up.
- Send out of six national project newsletters
- Publication of five national press releases
- Participation as a speaker at the following events: Conference „Perspectives of the utilisation of biogas“ on the 7th of December 2016 in Fribourg/Switzerland, International Biogas conference “Future of Biogas” in London (organised by ACI) on the 11th of November 2017, Biggest biogas trade fair in Southern Germany „Biogas Infotage 2018“ on the 10th of January 2018 in Ulm, Conference “Energy efficiency and biogenic residues and waste materials in the Greek food industry” on the 16th of October 2018 in Thessaloniki/Greece, International conference “Future of Biogas” in London (organised by ACI) on the 7th of November 2018, Conference “Efficient heating grids” organized by the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg on the 15th of November 2018 in Hinterzarten, Annual general meeting of the network partner HeRo e.V.. (the largest biomass network in the federal state of Hesse) on the 4th of December 2018 in Witzenhausen.
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