Germany: already 151 biomethane plants injecting into the grid

The German Energy Agency (dena) published biomethane barometer for the first half of 2014. The number of plants injecting biomethane into natural gas grids increased by 21 since November 2013, and currently amounts to 151. 

The dena’s barometer reports on the following key findings for the first half of 2014:

  • 151 plants inject biomethane into the German natural gas grid. That’s 21 more than in the last survey from November 2013.
  • Maize continues to be the most important feedstock in biomethane production (both by mass and energy. Also other substrates are increasingly used and this trend is expected to continue in 2014. One of the reasons for such a feedstock modification is a maize cap, which limits use of maize by 60% (introduced by Renewable Energy Act 2012, EEG 2012) and a voluntary conversion to alternative substrates.
  • Implementation and funding of biomethane projects on the German market worsened significantly due to introduction of the Renewable Energy Act 2014 (EEG 2014) and reduction of biomethane FIT by 40%.
  • Biomethane marketing outside of German borders increased considerably. Export is now the third-largest use path for biomethane, which shows the industry efforts to overcome the marketing problems on the German market.

Download Branchenbarometer 1/2014