The biomethane industry is gaining more interest due to its potential to deliver clean energy to a wide array of end uses, especially when this can be done using existing infrastructure. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), currently, 3.5Mtoe of biomethane is produced worldwide (the vast majority in the European and North American markets). However, there is still a need for further research to learn how to optimize the injection skid’s design, operation, and maintenance. Therefore, this project was launched in April 2022 to determine the best practices regarding biomethane injection practices in the European Union.
The targeted countries of this benchmark are Denmark, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, and Ireland.
One of the expected results of this project is to identify best practices in different domains of the biomethane injection that will allow a CAPEX and OPEX reduction while allowing equal or greater safety levels. Some other expected benefits are:
Short term benefits:
- Up-to-date knowledge of the costs associated with biomethane injection
- Ability to compare with a large pool of peers in different European countries
- Identification of best technological choices and practices
- Identification of further developments & innovations
The project is expected to last for 4 months, there is a Steering Technical Committee formed by 7 members GRDF (DSO France), Italgas (DSO Italy), GNI (DSO Ireland), Nedgia (DSO Spain), Gas.be (represents the transport and distribution gas network operators of Belgium), SVGW (Association of gas and water from Switzerland), and NPL (National Physical Laboratory from the UK) that together will ensure the correct development of the project. This project will be carried out by three well-known research centers in Europe DGC (Denmark), which also has the project management, KIWA (Netherlands) and DNV (UK).
The project is divided into four tasks:
- Task 1- Benchmark: Collect the return on experience from different DSO
- Task 2 – Smart gas grids :
- Detail the instrumentation level installed on the gas grid and at the injection skid for remote Operation and Control.
- Task 3 – Consumables management:
- Identify the consumables used and specify the logistics associated with it (logistics cost, transport, etc.)
- Task 4 – Best Practices:
- Identification of Best Practices & Recommendations, Identification of further developments & innovations
At the end of the project, there will be a final report and a roadmap proposal.