ENGIE revels two new collaborations for ‘dry biomass-to-gas’ project

EBA Member ENGIE announced collaborations to promote innovative green gas production methods across Europe.

The French grid-operator ENGIE sees green gas as the essential part of the energy transition thanks to its potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and its ability to provide a sustainable source of energy, while contributing to the development of decentralised energy solutions.

The new approach that ENGIE is supporting is focused on the gasification of the dry biomass, instead of anaerobic digestion. Its technical potential for European countries (EU27) is 880 TWh/year.

ENGIE and a Swedish supplier have signed a technical and commercial cooperation contract for further promotion of the dry biomass-to-gas approach. The agreement covers three main areas of cooperation: sharing industrial know-how on commissioning plants and their operations, commercial cooperation on green gas retailing, and innovation regarding the technologies used.

ENGIE is also involved now in the Ambigo project, the first dry biomass-to-gas project which will be in Alkmaar, Netherlands. Ambigo project is aiming at the development of the innovative gasification technology, more focused on waste valorisation.

Sandra Lagumina, executive VP in charge of Infrastructure BUs and China at ENGIE, said: “We are convinced that green gases and new ways to produce them with flexibility at local level, while valorising all types of residues, both humid and dry, will play a major role in the energy revolution we’re living right now. We are therefore partnering with the European best in class to accelerate the deployment of our vision. We are a group of forward looking players that need to share their views to make this future happen. It is not about competition, it is about setting up alliances to move together faster and for the benefit of our clients and society at large.’

ENGIE already launched the GAYA dry biomass-to-gas R&D demonstration project in 2010 in France together with 10 other partners, with the aim to develop small modular reactors that can have a variable biomass load thanks to an appropriate design of the gasification reactor (circulating fluidised bed).

Source: Bioenergy Insight

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