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22 September 2022
12:05 - 12:40 BST
Future Use of Refuse Derived Fuel as a Feedstock in the Production of Low Carbon Fuels
Speaker: Andy Cornell, ABSL
Advanced Biofuel Solutions (ABSL) has developed a technology, RadGas, that converts household waste or biomass residues into biofuels while capturing carbon dioxide. RadGas can convert a range of feedstocks such as refuse derived fuel (RDF), straw or wood chips into a range of biofuels such as biohydrogen, biomethane or SAF. Moreover, in the production of biomethane or biohydrogen, the majority (if not all) of the carbon can be captured, paving the way towards carbon negative fuels, a key component of the energy mix towards net zero.
RDF is the preferred feedstock for the RadGas process in markets where there is sufficient availability and local regulations mean that it attracts a gate fee. In most parts of the world there is good waste availability, meaningful gate fees and a desire from policymakers to encourage environmentally friendly pathways for waste treatment, such as ABSL’s offering.
As such, we would propose a discussion around the future use of RDF as a feedstock in the production of low carbon fuels, for use in heating, transport or industry.
12:40 - 13:15 BST
Green Acetylene Production – Using Biogas to Achieve a Step Change in Supply Chain CO2 and Waste Production
Speaker: Paul Hudson, Transform Materials
Production of acetylene via the widely used calcium carbide route produces solid and liquid waste in the supply chain as well as CO2. Use of biogas in the Transform Materials novel, non-thermal microwave plasma process prevents the need to generate solid and liquid waste and can cut CO2 emissions associated with the acetylene hugely. The process not only protects the environment but it produces green hydrogen as a by-product! Use of the TM process is a great way to valorise methane from all sources, especially biogas and can unlock the potential of green products made from acetylene such as PVC, acyrlic polymers, synthetic rubbers, acetylene black, graphene, vitamins and pharma applications amongst others.
13:15 - 13:50 BST
Biomethane Sector in France and Technical Levers to Reduce the Production Costs of Biomethane from Anaerobic Digestion
Speaker: Marine Juge, ENGIE Lab CRIGEN
The biomethane production in France is largely growing since the last years and several pathway are available or under developments as for example anaerobic digestion or, pyrogasification. Due to actual context and new European objectives the sector is booming.
European Commission announced to increase to 35 bcm the biomethane production in 2030 which double the initial objective and represent 15% of the current European gas consumption. To achieve this ambitious target we will need to drastically increase the number of units, diversify the pathways and so optimise the production costs to improve the profitability and guarantee the quick development of the pathways.
This paper presents the current biomethane sector in France: the different pathways, the number of units, the regulation and incentives evolutions, etc. Moreover, the paper presents the ENGIE’s ambitions in terms of cost reduction thanks to the development of several technologies. Indeed, it is thanks to a combination of solutions that we will able to achieve the new European ambition in Green Gases production:
- Improve the CAPEX with lower foot print
- Optimize biomass conversion to increase methane production
- Reduce methane losses to improve environmental footprint but also increase biomethane revenue
- Identify new co-products to create new revenues