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87 - Inflection point for Biogas and Biomethane / Redefining Energy podcast
- Dec 1, 2022 9:29 am GMT
The biogas/biomethane industry is now one of the promising segments of the Energy Transition: security of supply, renewables sources, local jobs, round the clock dispatchability; the industry ticks all boxes.
Biogas can basically be made from any organic material, so the three big sectors are: 1) agricultural wastes (manures and slurries, crop residues) 2) food waste (from the processed food industry or food manufacturing, but also from supermarkets and households) 3) waste water. Biogas only contains 50%-60% methane; it can be upgraded to produce “biomethane” by removing the CO2 and other impurities.
Recent massive deals have made the headlines (BP acquisition of Arcae, Shell of Nature Energy, Macquarie of BayWa biogas, Nextera of Energy Power Partners) and more big players are committing capital to this industry: (TotalEnergies, Marubeni). Overall, the industry could x10 this decade.
To discuss the future of biogas/biomethane, we bring on Chris Huhne, UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary from 2010 to 2012, one of the founding fathers of CFDs in the Renewable Energy Industry and currently Chair of ADBA (Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association).
We review the challenge of technological standardisation, government incentives, and feedstock supply chains.
Will biogas solve the energy transition on its own? Certainly not. Will it be an important part of the solution? Definitely.
We thank our long-time partners Aquila Capital
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