The latest news concerning BTS Biogas and the biogas sector
Last week Friday 29th, FAEP (Federação da Agricultura do Estado do Paraná) visited our 1MW consortium plant in Bruneck.
Among the FEAP team were present also experts and decision makers like the Paranà Planning Minister, the Paranà Secretary of the Agriculture Minister, institutional representatives of CONSELEITE, FUDPEDEC and other top experts.
The Brazilian mission, has been very useful for all the participants sharing technical, political and environmental obstacles, lessons learned and of course solutions and new opportunities.
On August the 1st, 2017, an agreement was signed for the construction of the first four biomethane plants fed exclusively with manure, leftovers and by-products of agricultural origin in Italy.
The important agreement for the implementation of these first plants was signed by BTS Biogas, Italy's leading company with more than 150 plants in Italy, and Biogas Refinery Development (BRD), a company with a high know-how in the renewable energy sector with specialization in the field of biogas/biomethane.
Michael Niederbacher - CEO of BTS Biogas - said that "After years of waiting due to the length of the legislative process, the Italian Biogas market is re-starting also on the agricultural front. Our company will start construction back in Italy after the success of biogas/biomethane plants built in the UK: some fed by the organic fraction of solid urban waste, others with agricultural byproducts such as straw and chicken manure. There are many advantages for the agri-industrial sector, municipalities as waste management and of course for BTS Biogas with a very strong agricultural experience".
The plants, which are predominantly authorized, will be located in Veneto, Lombardy and the south of the Country: representing the starting point for agricultural biomethane in Italy with an appropriation defined by the Ministerial Decree of about one billion Euros.
The biogas plants will be engineered, built and commissioned by BTS Biogas and fed exclusively by agricultural feedstocks: cattle slurry and manure, triticale, citrus paste, and many more.
BTS Biogas with 130 feedstock pre-treatment systems installed (BIOaccelerator) - technology required for the use of by-products and agricultural by-products such as straw, corn stalks, etc. without the usage of silage (no food) - can rely on a high experience in the processing of organic matrices used in anaerobic digestion plants (biogas) this will be crucial in the incoming biogas era of by-products, leftovers and organic waste. In particular, BTS has developed a straw pre-treatment systems (water EXTRUSION/fibreCRACK), making fermentation possible of the enormous quantities available which are now still a problem.
Michael Niederbacher: "The technical, agronomic and biological know-how of BTS Biogas will continue to give big support to the agricultural sector by providing highly efficient agronomic, logistical and economic solutions. Technologies for the post-treatment, the so-called digestate, are now well established: BTS has successfully developed and installed many BIOdry systems, pelletising (BIOpellett) and composting (BIOcompost) of the digestate. Those final products represents precious renewable organic fertilizers that will replace fossil fuels with greater efficiency.
The signed agreement marks the real start of the "Biogas done right" where the concept of waste disappears, giving space for all the technical and biological opportunities that can enhance the enormous potential of organic agricultural wastes available in Italy.
"Our company is using a fleet of vehicles powered by methane since more than five years and soon with biomethane as well: we are sure and with us the big Automotive companies like Fiat in front line and Volkswagen/Audi, the future of automotive and renewable fuels for both agricultural and industrial biomethane. We are entering a new era characterized by the utilization of renewable energy sources and smaller amounts of emissions. A biomethane powered car emits less than 5g CO2 per kilometer compared with other technologies emitting over 130g per kilometer. By feeding a plant exclusively with agricultural wastes or the organic fraction of the solid urban waste, the emissions could be negative as a biomethane plant eliminates greenhouse gas spills from landfills or during spillage of agricultural waste streams. CO and NOx emissions are reduced by more than 95% compared to a Diesel-powered machine. After the Dieselgate, biomethane could solve most of the problems of the combustion engines since the electric car have not yet reached development so that they can effectively solve the problem. Biomethane technology is an immediate key solution, especially for heavy transport. The four plants we are going to build will produce 8 million Kg of biomethane per year in Italy, equivalent to about 160 million kilometers of biomethane cars, which corresponds to 10,000 cars per year and 12,000 tons of CO2 avoided to safeguard our beautiful planet "concludes Michael Niederbacher.
Garforth, Leeds – BTS Biogas Ltd (www.bts-biogas.com) announced today that Taymour Abidi has assumed the role of Managing Director to further develop BTS Biogas’ pres-ence in the UK.
Taymour joined BTS Biogas Ltd in 2014 as a Project Manager and has since gained ex-tensive experience of the UK biogas market through his involvement in all projects, from inception through to completion.
Reporting directly to the Board, his role will include: overseeing all project management, operations and commissioning activities; development of new business and expanding the After Sales team. Bjoern Blankespoor will continue to head the International Sales team in Italy.
Taymour said “I am delighted to be given this opportunity to lead the UK team and look forward to growing our business through the construction and servicing of new AD plants, whilst also strengthening our relationships with existing clients.”
Taymour’s previous experience includes Project Management of a Country Club devel-opment in Spain and Risk Management at a Commodity Trading Fund in Gibraltar.
Taymour holds a BEng in Biochemical Engineering from University College London and an MSc in Biofuels Process Engineering from Cranfield University.
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The 195 countries present in fact signed the first universal agreement on climate. An ambitious long-term objective was set: to stabilise the increase in average global temperatures under 2 degrees with a commitment to limit the increase in temperature to 1.5 degrees. Another key point was a path to reducing emissions by periodic voluntary strengthening of the reduction objectives by the individual countries.
The key players in this field are sources of renewable energy, which will play a role of primary importance in emission reduction.
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The Grazioli farm, an agricultural and cattle breeding company based in the surroundings Lodi, is an excellent example of the use of soil, natural resources and energy efficiency that benefits both agriculture and the local community. More specifically, Grazioli has installed a 250 kW BTS Biogas plant, which is 80% powered by the company's own resources and waste products using the BIOacceleratorS pre-treatment system, allowing for the exploitation of 'difficult' substrates and helping to increase the performance of the materials used. A huge success and an example for all farmers who want to enter the biogas market!
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