UK projects to inject biogas into distribution grid

By Erin Voegele | December 04, 2013

U.K. gas network company National Grid and Future Biogas have announced the commissioning of an £8 million ($13.11 million) anaerobic digestion project at Lindholme, near Doncaster, England. The system can process 35,000 metric tons of locally grown biomass material per year.

Biogas produced by the anaerobic digestion system is processed by National Grid equipment and then injected into the natural gas network. According to the company, the facility can produce 12,000 cubic meters of biogas per day.

“This is National Grid’s first commercial bio-gas connection and we are very proud of this achievement,” said Jermy Bending, director of network strategy at National Grid. “It is the culmination of months of hard work between National Grid, Future Biogas and all our suppliers.”

The facility is the first biogas plant built and operated by Future Biogas. “We are delighted to have delivered the first commercial biomethane plant with National Grid and look forward to building upon this successful partnership. We already have two further plants in construction and are very pleased to be working with the National Grid team again,” said Philipp Lukas, managing director of Future Biogas.

National Grid also recently announced a demonstration project that converts household waste into biogas that can be injected into the national gas distribution network. The project is managed by National Grid, Advanced Plasma Power and Progressive Energy.

The project was recently awarded £1.9 in funding through Ofgem’s Gas Network Innovation Competition.

"Green gas, produced using our Gasplama technology, is a viable, cost-efficient and green alternative to natural gas.  Indeed, its expansion could help the UK in realizing its ambitions of keeping the lights on, reducing carbon emissions, keeping energy costs low for consumers and diverting waste from landfill - a truly complete solution,” said Rolf Stein, CEO of Advance Plasma Power.