09 Apr 15 | Author Lucinda Beeman |
The production of biomethane is set to increase as the ‘green’ gas becomes the UK’s leading renewable heat technology.
It is forecast that by the end of 2015 there will 32 operational biomethane to grid projects, set to increase production substantially. It is expected that 32m therms of biomethane will be injected into the gas grid this year, compared to just 300,000 in 2012.
The 28 biomethane plants currently in operation have the capacity to produce enough energy to meet the heating and cooking needs of more than 100,000 homes, and biomethane is increasingly used to power HGVs and buses. The fuel’s popularity has been bolstered by the government’s Renewable Heat Initiative.
According to James Baldwin, managing director of CNG services: “Biomethane, made from waste, is a perfect renewable fuel as it can be seamlessly incorporated into our existing energy network and also works as a vehicle fuel for HGVs and buses. Growth of biomethane since the first Biomethane Day has been spectacular.
He continued: “Next year biomethane plants will be injecting over 2.3 billion units of gas into our gas grid. That’s the equivalent of three 60,000 tonne LNG tankers not needing to dock at our ports. And the future looks bright, whatever the result of the General Election is. We know all main parties support biomethane.”