Flexible use of Biomethane

The 1st international VDI Conference "Biomethane - Upgrading and Utilization" on 19 and 20 March 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany highlights as a central theme the preparation and application range of biomethane

Duesseldorf/Germany, November 2012: The biogas sector is growing worldwide. Feeding biomethane into the natural gas grid has many advantages: it enables the existing infrastructure to be decentralized and used efficiently. Using biomethane is, therefore, a key technology that can play a part in regenerative and storable energy supplies. Biomethane is also becoming ever more important as a fuel. The 1st international VDI Conference "Biomethane - Upgrading and Utilization" on 19 and 20 March 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany will discuss solutions and practical experience involving different upgrading methods in the case of feeding biomethane into the network and using it as a fuel in Europe.

The organizer is VDI Wissensforum in conjunction with the partners European Biogas Association (EBA), Deutsches Bioforschungszentrum (DBFZ) and National & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA). Dr.-Ing. Bernd Krautkremer and Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Michael Beil from Fraunhofer IWES in Kassel, will be chairing the conference.

The two-day conference highlights as a central theme the technical, political and economic aspects of the market, and is intended as a platform for exchanging ideas on the latest technological developments for preparing biogas and the biomethane utilization options.

Speakers include experts from the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) who will be reporting on the EU Renewable Energy Directive and the CEN Standard (European Committee for Standardization). A speaker from the NGVA will be addressing the demands placed on biomethane in respect of feeding it into the grid on a standardized basis and regarding biomethane as a fuel. The Swedish Gas Technology Center will be providing an overview of the biomethane market in northern Europe. In brief lectures, users will be introducing established and new biogas upgrading methods.

Experts from Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie will be demonstrating how they produce biogas by way of their own technology in a new kind of bio refinery using residual agricultural products. They are the first biofuel producer worldwide that has succeeded in producing a straw-based biofuel in an industrial standard.

As well as field reports from Göteborg Energi AB and agri.capital, the program includes an explanation on the preparation experience using various resources to extract fuel and biomethane. Furthermore, lecturers from industry and research will be presenting new developments and technologies such as Bio-LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), Power to Gas and production of biogas under pressure.

For registration and the program, please go to www.vdi.de/biomethane or contact VDI Wissensforum Customer Service, PO Box 10 11 39, D-40002 Düsseldorf, E-mail: wissensforum@vdi.de, Tel.: +49 211 6214-201, Fax: -154.

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