Engie is developing dry biomass-to-energy projects via its collaboration with Swedish Goteborg Energi and involvement in the Ambigo project, the first dry biomass-to-gas project located in the Netherlands, the company said Friday.
The French power utility announced its commitment to advancing technology of the new biomass-to-gas production approach which focuses on 'the gasification of dry biomass, such as wood waste, straw and dry residue from forests, agriculture and the paper industry, and is still at its first demonstrations stage.'
The technical potential of dry biomass in the European Union countries is 880,000 gigawatt hours a year.
Accordingly, Engie signed a technical and commercial cooperation contract with Goteborg Energi to cultivate the industrialization of the dry biomass-to-gas production method.
Goteborg Energi developed the first commercial dry biomass-to-gas production plant in Europe and supplies energy to the city of Goteborg in Sweden.
The agreement covers three main areas for cooperation --
1. sharing industrial know-how on commissioning plants and their operations,
2. commercial cooperation on green gas retailing
3. and innovation using these technologies
Additionally, Engie is involved in the Ambigo project, the first dry biomass-to-gas project to be located in Netherlands which aims to develop innovative gasification technology more focused on waste valorization.
Engie will supply engineering and operational know-how for the project.
The Dutch government, wanting to accelerate the development of new green industry, will support the project with a dedicated feed-in tariff for the injection of the produced biogas in the Dutch grid.
By Zeynep Beyza Kilic