The Groningen based gas trading company GasTerra closed the largest Green Gas deal of the Netherlands. GasTerra will buy 23 million m3 renewable gas annually , sufficient for 15,000 households. The gas comes from a company called BioRights that develops a production location in Hardenberg to convert biomass into second generation biofuels. The biogas produced is upgraded to natural gas quality and fed into the gas grid of Gasunie. Also bioethanol is produced for blending in gasoline and the released carbon dioxide will be captured and re-used in the process or sold, for example to the greenhouse horticulture.
Biogas Plant of the Future
With the project ‘Biogas Plant of the Future’ DSM, Attero, Noblesse Proteins, Dutch Association of Poultry Farmers and Energy Valley Foundation will build a demo installation for the production of biogas in Wijster, Drenthe. Thanks to a special enzyme it is possible to ferment 150,000 ton of chicken manure and flotation sludge, resulting in a production of 15 million m3 biogas. This project is also supported by the Province of Drenthe and is part of the nationwide acceleration Agenda of the ministry of Economic Affairs. The total budget of this project is 3 million euro, with a contribution of 1 million from the National Innovation Programme of the Top sector Energy.
Green ferries for the Waddensea
Shipping company Doeksen received a subsidy from the Wadden Fund to build a freight ferry on ‘Dual Fuel’. This freight ferry between Harlingen and Terschelling will sail on 85% LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and 15% diesel. This is considerably cleaner and more quiet than traditional ships. The LNG vessel of Doeksen is the first step in greening the shipping on the Wadden Sea. The Wadden Fund contributes to this 3.5 million euro investment with a 1.2 million subsidy out of the programme for ‘Sustainable development harbours and energy transition’.
Power-to-Gas and Biomass gasification Torrgas
The Amsterdam based company Torrgas is going to build a gasification plant in Delfzijl to convert torrefied biomass into syngas. In total, an investment of 18 million , for which recently a Wadden Fund grant has been received of almost 6.5 million euro.In addition, a pilot electrolysis plant will be constructed to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen. This so-called Power-to-Gas route makes it possible to produce sustainable gas out of green electricity. The produced syngas, hydrogen and oxygen will be sold in the chemical industry in the direct vicinity. The investment for this pilot is approximately 25 million euro.
The deals were announced by Energy Valley, a facilitator of renewable energy projects in the northern Netherlands.