Dutch biogas upgrading contract for Greenlane Biogas
Project will produce enough green gas annually for a town of 10,000 residents
A biogas upgrading system to be supplied and installed by Greenlane Biogas will produce 6.9 million cubic metres of biomethane annually for injection into the local gas grid in the Lingewaard municipality, near Arnhem in the eastern Netherlands.
The contract forms part of a project known as Groen Gas Gelderland (GGG) and has been awarded to Greenlane Biogas by a co-operative venture between Holding BEB BV, Engie Biogas Holding BV and Biogas Plus BV.
A Greenlane ‘Totara’ upgrading unit will upgrade biogas produced from 72,000 tonnes per year of wastes collected from an extensive farming area - mostly manures, high-energy crops and grass.
As well as the main upgrading system, Greenlane will also supply and install a nitrogen generator to reduce the calorific value of the output gas to conform to Dutch grid requirements. Sufficient nitrogen will be produced to match the biomethane output of the main plant, even when it is running at maximum capacity. A biofilter will also ensure all volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have been eliminated which might otherwise affect the odour of the output gas.
Greenlane Biogas is the world’s largest manufacturer of biogas upgrading systems with nearly 30 years experience in the sector. Among more than 100 operating systems worldwide, there are several in Holland which have a proven track record over a number of years.
GGG says the project will contribute substantially to the sustainability goals of the province of Gelderland and estimates that the annual reduction of CO2 due to this venture will be equivalent to that of 650,000 trees.
Greenlane is due to install and commission the system by Autumn this year.
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NOTE TO EDITORS ABOUT GREENLANE BIOGAS IN 2016
Greenlane Biogas is an established worldwide leader in biogas upgrading, with more than 100 sites operating in over 20 countries. With more than 30 years’ experience designing and installing biogas upgrading plants, Greenlane’s process development and technical experience is unrivalled..
Greenlane Biogas upgraders are operational Around the world, Greenlane upgraders are successfully operating in (among others) Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Holland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the United States.
The two largest biogas upgrading plants in the world at Güstrow, Germany, and Montreal, Canada, use Greenlane's water wash technology.
The technology employed is efficient and environmentally friendly, processing and purifying the raw biogas produced from wastewater treatment and the anaerobic digestion of a wide range of organic waste materials, including food waste. When upgraded, the resulting biomethane (or renewable natural gas) has very similar properties to the natural gas used in gas networks or as a vehicle fuel. Many Greenlane projects have gas-to-grid or pipeline connection as their objective.
The company has recently added two further technical processes for upgrading biogas - Membrane and Pressure Swing Absorption (PSA) - to its world-leading water wash technology. This now gives Greenlane a unique position in a growing market, enabling it to provide a solution for all biogas upgrading projects, regardless of site location or feedstock type. It also allows it to mix technologies to produce the best solutions for the customer.
Greenlane Biogas is a member company of Pressure Technologies plc, which is listed on AIM of the London Stock Exchange
A BRIEF HISTORY
The original Greenlane Biogas company was formed in the mid-1980s in New Zealand. The business was at the forefront of the earliest development of the biogas sector, particularly in Scandinavia, and Germany. It was at that time that the first association between Greenlane and the predecessors of the present owners was made. Chesterfield Cylinders Ltd supplied the high-pressure gas cylinders for bulk storage of the upgraded gas where gas-to-grid was not possible.
By November 2008 Chesterfield had become part of Pressure Technologies plc (PT) and the brand Chesterfield BioGas (CBG) had been established as a division of Chesterfield Special Cylinders Ltd. The signing of a co-operation agreement between Greenlane and CBG conferred exclusive rights on CBG to market, manufacture and maintain Greenlane equipment in the UK and Eire. CBG was made a separate company within the PT group.
Within 2 years the UK's first biogas upgrader designed to supply biomethane to the national grid was installed at a Thames Water site in Didcot. The environmentally-friendly water wash technology at the heart of the process provided a benchmark and much important information for the expansion of the biogas industry in the UK. A number of other upgrading projects for CBG soon followed, particularly in the agricultural and food waste sectors.
In October 2014, the PT group (which is listed on AIM of the London Stock Exchange) acquired the worldwide Greenlane business, giving it a global presence in the rapidly growing biogas upgrading market.
Soon afterwards Chesterfield BioGas adopted the widely known Greenlane Biogas brand name. Sheffield, UK now forms the headquarters for the worldwide operation. The business operates in three geographical regions; North and South America and China, serviced out of Vancouver, Canada; Europe, serviced out of Sheffield, UK; and South East Asia and Australasia serviced out of Auckland, New Zealand.
Greenlane Biogas is now the world’s largest manufacturer of biogas upgrading systems, with more than 100 plants operational.