Today governments around the world recognize the scale of the climate crisis and acknowledge the need for action to counter and mitigate the effects of rising temperatures, anaerobic digestion (AD) is one bioenergy technology that has enormous untapped potential and is seeing remarkable growth.
A recent report by the World Biogas Association (WBA) illustrates the contribution that the AD can make to meeting the Paris Agreement commitments, and its potential to become a key player in the development of a sustainable circular economy. A key finding of the WBA report, ‘Global Potential of Biogas’ is that anaerobic digestion (AD) technology, which produces biogas from the treatment of wastes, can help reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 3,290 to 4,360 million tonnes CO2 eq or approximately 10-13 percent of the world’s current GHG emissions.
Biomethane refers to the gas produced by cleaning and upgrading biogas produced through anaerobic digestion of organic by-products, such as wastewater solids, livestock manure, food wastes, and yard debris. After removing carbon dioxide (CO2) and other gases, the remaining methane is essentially the same as natural gas and can be used in all the ways natural gas is used. For this reason, biomethane is also called renewable natural gas or green gas or when it is compressed and used as Vehicle fuel “Compressed Biogas” (CBG). CBG use in transportation provides an enormous reduction in GHG pollution, when compared to diesel fuel and compressed natural gas (CNG). Researchers in Europe have been studying the impacts of their choice to use biomethane for transportation vehicles.
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CBG in India
Government of India launched Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative on 1.10.2018 to promote CBG as an alternative, green transport fuel for efficient management of biomass and organic waste. As part of the SATAT scheme, Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies, Gail (India) Limited and Indraprastha Gas Limited launched Expression of Interest (EoI) for procurement of CBG from the entrepreneurs at an assured price. Under SATAT initiative, as on 26.11.2019, 441 Letters of Intent has been awarded for production and supply of CBG.
The Government of India has a vision to set up 5,000 CBG plants by 2023, and for this purpose, production offtake guarantee is being given for such plants. There will be no restriction on the technology choice and Government is incurring Rs 75,000 Crore capital expenditure for setting up infrastructure for City Gas distribution network. Besides the potential to boost availability of more affordable transport fuels, better use of agricultural residue, cattle dung and municipal solid waste, the CBG plants will provide an additional revenue source to farmers, and 75,000 direct job opportunities and lakhs of indirect jobs.
BoxLNG's Positioning in Indian CBG Market
BoxLNG aims to be present at every stage of the value chain for CBG in India. Its business model is based on positioning the company in feedstock & production stage and subsequently, in logistic and supply of biogas to end customer.
For it CBG business, BoxLNG wishes to enter into procurement contract for feedstocks. The company will also invest in collecting the feedstock and its logistics eventually, while developing facilities to store the feedstocks.
BoxLNG also has plans to invest in developing its own infrastructure for CBG by building, owning and managing generation plants. Not only this, BoxLNG will also take care of entire delivery and transport of Bio-LNG to its customers.