Proven information on the state of the European biomethane market is concentrated in one place. The European Biomethane Map locates and lists all known biomethane installations in operation in Europe.
The map provides specific details about each biomethane plant, in particular:
- the type of connection to the grid;
- the main substrate used;
- modernization process;
- the date of commissioning;
- cross-border connection points and pipelines;
- type of network connection (some plants are connected to the transport network, others to the distribution network, and some are not connected because they use it for their own consumption);
- the type of gas transported in a particular network (depending on national specifications and may be low-calorie or high-calorie);
- availability of Bio-LNG (liquefied natural biogas) or Bio-CNG (compressed natural biogas) at the production site, which can be used as a “green” fuel in the transport sector.
The map brings additional data about the European biomethane market evolution, distribution of plants in European countries, and forecasts of natural gas and biomethane indigenous production in Europe until 2037.
In recent years, the development of biomethane has experienced a dynamic ascent and this 51% increase in the number of biomethane plants over the past two years confirms this positive trend. The industry is already producing 23 TWh of this green gas. By 2030, the sector could substantially enlarge the production to 370 TWh and reach 1,170 TWh by 2050. The analysis of the data collected shows that the number of biomethane plants in Europe has increased from the 483 plants (2018) to 729 units (2020).
18 countries are currently producing biomethane in Europe. Germany has the highest share of biomethane plants (232), followed by France (131) and the UK (80).
The information gathered in the document comes from national biogas associations, energy agencies and companies. The developers are the European Biogas Association (EBA) and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE). Two editions have been released: the first in 2018 and the second in 2020.
Source: European Biomethane Map, 2020: https://bit.ly/3ICYv4L.