Biogas Bevvy

The U.S.’s potential for CHP from biogas has attracted a European technology manufacturer.
By Lisa Gibson | June 22, 2011

With more than 1,500 European cogeneration installations under its belt, German company 2G Bio-Energy Technologies is focusing its interests on a growing U.S. biogas market that it says represents enormous opportunity. The company already has a number of combined-heat-and-power projects in line under Florida-based technology manufacturer 2G-Cenergy, which it jointly owns with its North American management office.

The company saw growth opportunity in the U.S. for its technology, applied in combination with all types of anaerobic digesters at landfills and with methane-generating wastewater treatment facilities, according to Michael Turwitt, 2G-Cenergy president and CEO.

“The U.S. is actually a very interesting and prosperous market for all renewable and energy efficiency technologies,” Turwitt says. “While the rest of the industrialized world has been very active implementing advanced and modern energy technologies for years, the U.S. market is just now waking up and trying to catch up. The opportunities are endless, and despite a lot of regulatory challenges (every state within the U.S. is different), the market for our products is clearly expanding.”

In April, Pennsylvania-based Environmental Management Group International Inc. awarded 2G-Cenergy with an order to supply a high-efficiency biogas CHP plant for an anaerobic fluidized bed digester technology at a brewery in New York, according to Turwitt. More recently, Three Rivers Solid Waste Management Authority in Pontotoc, Miss., announced it will invest $1.3 million in a 2G biogas power plant for its landfill facility. 2G-Cenergy also has modular systems under development in Massachusetts, South Carolina and Texas, and dairy farm operators have ordered 2G’s systems for their biogas plants in Washington, Oregon and California.