The feed-in of biogas into the gas distribution system - A solution for the future?

The way to further development of the utilization of biogas in Germany has been cleared by the amendment to the renewable energies law that was enacted by the German parliament at the beginning of June.

Experts predict that the feed-in of biogas into public gas distribution systems will also profit from this development. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology has already regulated important details in an own gas distribution law this spring.


The German Federal Government as well as the gas economy doesn't just see an important contribution to climate protection through the increased biogas feed-in but also an important contribution to security of supply. By the year 2030, about 10% of our use of natural gas is to be covered by biogas. That is the result of a study conducted among others by the renowned Wuppertal Institute. Several gas companies, such as for example the erdgas schwaben GmbH have ambitious goals. The regional supplier of Augsburg announced that by 2020, 20% of the distribution will be covered by regional biogas.

In order to have sufficient quantities of biogas in the future, it is indispensable to purify the gas mixture in order to reach the same degree of purity as „conventional" natural gas. There are several methods for this kind of purification. The 8th Biogas Conference „Bio-natural gas from biogas. Regenerative Energy with a Future", will give an overview of experiences and perspectives of these technologies. Furthermore, the Swedish Gas Centre will report on previous experiences with biogas as fuel in the Scandinavian kingdom. Sweden belongs to the leading countries in the use of this fuel-alternative.

The 8th International Biogas-Conference will take place in line with the RENEXPO® 2008. From October 9th to 12th 2008, the trade fair in Augsburg will revolve around renewable energies and energy efficiency in construction and renovation. The subject spectrum reaches from old building renovation to heating with sun and wood to passive houses, block heat and power plant, mobility, heat pumps, hydropower, wind energy and biogas.

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