Potential production of 5.6 TWh/yr of biomethane in Ireland

Renewable Energy Ireland (REI) published 40by30, a roadmap to an Ireland where 40 per cent of our heat can come from renewables by 2030.

In the report it is noticed that bioenergy solutions using for example biomethane will play a key role in decarbonising hard to retrofit buildings and industrial processes requiring high temperatures. The report also highlights the role of biomethane in transport.

PJ McCarthy, CEO of Renewable Gas Forum Ireland (RGFI) said:

“Renewable gas (biomethane and BioLPG) plays an important role both on and off the gas grid, alongside other renewable heat technologies. Over 500,000 Irish properties have no connection to the natural gas distribution network; two-thirds currently rely on oil boilers for heating and fuel”

Paddy Phelan, President of the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) said:

“We are delighted to support the development of this vision for the renewable heat sector by Renewable Energy Ireland and its members across all of the renewable sectors and technologies. Bioenergy, including solid biomass and biogas/biomethane, as an indigenous, locally sourced, dispatchable energy source can deliver large emissions reductions across each heat sector and temperature range in Ireland.”

Projections for the potential production of biomethane

The report cites the following forecasts:

Irish BioEnergy Association and Cre advocate for a medium term target of 1.6 TWh/yr for biomethane in line with the Climate Action Plan Ireland.

In turn, KPMG proposes an ambitious programme comprising 225 Agri-based AD plants (feedstocks comprising 60% silage, 40% slurry) and 11 commercial waste plants operational by 2030, with a potential production of 5.6 TWh/yr of biomethane.

The full report can be downloaded here:  40by30

Source: Renewable Energy Ireland (REI)