Denmark increases amount of biogas in natural gas grid

The amount of green biogas in the Danish natural gas grid will rise more than 500 percent by the end of 2016.

Before the end of 2015, the Danish natural gas distribution companies HMN Naturgas, DONG Gas Distribution and NGF Nature Energy will send around 76 million cubic metres of upgraded biogas into the natural gas grid, doubling the current production capacity of 32 million cubic metres.

In 2016, the volume of biogas in the grid will be increased to around 179 million cubic metres which is five times more than today. This will supply heat to around 100,000 households and reduce Denmark’s annual carbon footprint with about 400,000 tonnes CO2, according to HMN Naturgas.

The biogas is produced of, among other things, manure, surplus straw, sewage sludge, food waste and household waste.

Important element in Denmark’s green transition

Biogas is an important element in Denmark’s aim to become fossil-free by 2050. To upgrade biogas and send it into the natural gas network is an economically efficient way to reduce CO2 emissions. Also, it corresponds with the political aim to increasingly use the natural gas grid to store green gases, such as biogas and hydrogen, as well as use it for transport.

Source: HMN Naturgas (in Danish)