Dutch biogas upgrading specialist, Bright Biomethane, completed the installation of the first biomethane facility in Belgium to inject renewable gas into the grid.
According to the company, the installation at Energy Conversion Facility ‘IOK Afvalbeheer’ in Beerse and successfully produced Belgium’s first sustainable biomethane and injected into grid of operator Eandis’s.
IOK Afvalbeheer currently produces renewable bioenergy in two ways: 75% of the biogas is converted in a CHP into heat and electricity that also is reused by the biogas plant and the biogas upgrading system and 25% of the biogas is converted to biomethane for injection into the national gas grid.
This sustainable energy production will in the future shift towards an increase of biomethane. Instead of 91 Nm3 low-calorific biomethane (L-gas), 242 Nm3 high-calorific biomethane (H-gas) per hour will be produced in the near future.
Bright Biomethane added that the project was not just the first of the kind in the country, but also its first in Belgium.
The biomethane system uses membrane technology to upgrade the biogas to 91 Nm3 biomethane per hour, equivalent to the annual natural gas consumption of 350 households.
The company also noted that its system is easily expandable, ensuring that enough biomethane is produced in the future to provide gas for around 1000 families.
The biogas is produced from the anaerobic digestion of garden, fruit and vegetable waste (GFV) from more than half a million residents of the Kempen area.
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