Study on the potential of injecting biogas into the gas network

The Renewable Raw Materials Agency (FNR) has published a study on the prospects for the introduction of biogas into the natural gas network.

The Renewable Energy Act (EEG) makes the production of electricity from biogas profitable, but its exploitation in the form of heat would be even more so. Thus, distribution via the natural gas network would be an interesting alternative.

Biogas would first be purified to achieve the quality of natural gas.

The advantage would be to be able to transport it over long distances to the end customer. However, according to the FNR, even if the process worked, it would not necessarily present a real interest everywhere: the gas network is not sufficiently developed to allow access to the entire population, and the quality of the gas varies in depending on the regions. In conclusion of the FNR study, gas preparation is profitable from a given installation size. The study makes it possible to determine, on which site and under which conditions the preparation of the gas and the connection to the network are interesting. It also makes assumptions about the most interesting regions for a biogas network.

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For more information, contact:
- FNR - tel: +49 3843 69 30 0 - email: infor@fnr.de
- The study is available free of charge at http://www.fnr.de under the
"Literatur" section
Sources: Depeche idw, press release of the FNR -13 / 04 / 2006
Editor: Valerie Bichler, valerie.bichler@diplomatie.gouv.fr

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