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Raw biogas production to hit 2141 billion cubic ft/y

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A recent report from Navigant Research examines the global biogas market, including policy issues and market drivers, with forecasts for capacity and revenue, segmented by feedstock source, end use, region, and selected country, through 2024.

Widely utilised for onsite generation by industrial facilities and distributed customers, biogas offers reliable baseload power to the grid and benefits from favourable regulatory support in many national markets. Considered the cleanest renewable vehicle fuel in both the US and the EU, long term growth of the biogas market will be dependent on a combination of technical improvements and an ability to develop untapped market opportunities; annual raw biogas production capacity is expected to reach 2141 billion ft3/y by 2024.

Biogas feedstocks are available worldwide, but logistical challenges in collecting, transporting, and handling these feedstocks makes them viable in only a narrow set of circumstances,” says Roberto Rodriguez Labastida, Senior Research Analyst with Navigant Research. “While projects using gas recovered from landfill are the cheapest source of renewable energy currently available, small scale projects in more rural locations will need aggressive incentives to be competitive with other sources of energy.”

According to the report, biogas remains a subsidy-dependent enterprise, and high growth in the short term will be limited to regions where policy support is already in place. Breakthroughs in feedstock conversion rates and innovations in control systems will be necessary in improving the competitiveness of biogas and unlocking the potential of higher cost resources.

The report, ‘Market Data: Renewable Natural Gas’, analyses the global biogas market, focusing on four feedstock sources: waste, industrial, agricultural, and sewage. Policy issues and market drivers are detailed for each region. Global market forecasts for capacity and revenue, segmented by feedstock source, end use (electricity, renewable natural gas injection, and transport), region, and selected country, extend through 2024. The report also includes a discussion of key inflection points that will help shape the biogas market over the next several years.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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