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´Power to Gas` breakfast in Strasbourg - NGVA Europe urges for more political courage to support innovative solutions
pondělí, 14. října 2013
On 9 October 2013, NGVA Europe co-organised a breakfast roundtable in Strasbourg in collaboration with industry, including ETOGAS, E.ON and AUDI. The event was hosted by MEP Corinne Lepage (ALDE/FR) and MEP Paul Rübig (EPP/AT), who welcomed participants and several of his MEP colleagues to this strategic "gas breakfast", which was held in the context of the legislative proposal amending the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). Matthias Maedge, Head of the NGVA Europe Brussels Office, stressed the high relevance of renewable methane to be used in the natural gas mix and pointed out that all biofuels will coexist. However, "Member States will fail badly to achieve the mandatory 10% RES target in transport when hoping for liquid biofuels only. Europe will need a multiple counting methodology for synthetic methane from Power to Gas to provide a much stronger stimulus and make more use of the most innovative solutions", he said. The main contributor to reach the target will be the blending of biofuels. NGVA Europe therefore strongly supports the EU Commission's recent proposal to limit global land conversion for biofuel production and raise the climate benefits of biofuels used in the EU, amending the RED and FQD. Biomethane and Power to Gas used in NGVs is the only feasible way to the achieve the 2020 renewable transport targets and plays a key role in the biofuel mix of the future.
On 11 September, the European Parliament voted in favour of the draft report by liberal MEP Corinne Lepage, including a push for advanced biofuels via e.g. "4x counting for liquid and gaseous biofuels of non-biological origin" (Power-to-Gas). At the same time MEPs voted by just one vote against starting negotiations with the European Council, meaning the legislation will now pass on to a second reading. A further tangible progress risks not be reached until after European elections in May 2014, in case Council and European Parliament will not reach an agreement in an early second reading, to be held within the coming weeks.
The plenary vote also endorsed a 6% cap on first generation (i.e. crop based, edible feedstock) biofuels with respect to reaching the 10% RES target by 2020. This raises the 5% limit initially proposed last year by the European Commission, but also lowers the 6,5% limit proposed by the Parliament’s industry committee. In addition, MEPs agreed on a sub target of 2,5% for advanced biofuels. This new category of renewable liquid or gaseous fuels of non-biological origin comprises in particular new energy carriers such as hydrogen or synthetic methane, produced in Power to Gas plants using electricity produced from a surplus of renewable wind or solar elctricty. The LCA (Life Cycle Analyses) for Power to Gas and biomethane from waste is the most sustainble solution compared with other biofuels.
In this context it is noteworthy that Power to Gas has no influence on the cultivation of food or animal feed. The renewable gas produced in Power to Gas plants are efficient solutions to store energy produced from renewable energy sources and can be transformed into renewable gaseous fuel. Due to its molecular structure (CH4), Natural Gas, biomethane or Substitute Natural Gas (SNG) are chall emically the same product with no blending limitations. NGVA Europe strives to defend the multiple counting for synthetic Natural Gas produced from renewable surplus electricity (Power to Gas) and an early second reading instead of postponing the discussion and having a regular second reading to be held in the next legislative period.
In the course of the event in Strasbourg, industry representatives showcased examples of successful application of the Power-to-Gas technology. NGVA Europe member E.ON presented its recently inaugurated Power-to-Gas unit in Falkenhagen (Eastern Germany). The unit uses wind power to run electrolysis equipment that transforms water into hydrogen which is injected into the regional gas transmission system. The hydrogen becomes part of the natural gas mix and can be used in a variety of applications, including space heating, industrial processes, mobility, and power generation.
Furthermore, Audi presented its Audi e-gas project, which is centred on the world's largest power-to-gas plant that has a capacity of six megawatts of connected wattage. Built by NGVA Europe member ETOGAS, the plant converts green electricity into renewable methane, providing the synthetic methane to customers of the recently introduced A3-tron g. With this fuel motorists can drive virtually carbon dioxide-neutral with CO2 emissions of 20 grams per kilometre. The amount of gas made available by the plant located in Werlte, northern Germany, supplies 1.500 g A3-tron with an annual mileage of 15,000 kilometres - 22.5 million km in total.
Source: NGVA Europe
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