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Reference Number NGGDGN01
Title BioSNG Demonstration Plant
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Non-conventional oil and gas production) 50%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Production of other biomass-derived fuels (incl. Production from wastes)) 50%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Cadent Gas
Award Type Network Innovation Competition
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2014
End Date 31 March 2017
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £4,251,000
Industrial Sectors Manufacturing
Region London
Programme New and Renewable Gas Sources
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/Project/NGGDGN01

The challenge therefore is providing cost-effective bio-methane at sufficient scale to meet a greater proportion of the future heat demand and thereby avoid the significant costs to the consumer of decarbonisation via other routes.

Expected Benefits:
The project will determine whether or not it is possible to upgrade gas from waste to a pipeline quality. It will also identify technical performance of the plant and any issues that network licensees would need to address if connecting such a plant, such as pressure, temperature, quality, ramp up ramp down type parameters.
Abstract This project seeks to prove the technical and economic feasibility of thermal gasification of waste to renewable gas (bio-substitute natural gas or BioSNG), through constructing a demonstration plant to take an existing stream of syngas and upgrading it to GSMR quality gas. If successful this will increase the potential availability of renewable gas in the UK by 100TWh.
It will test and demonstrate this by taking a waste derived syngas from Advanced Plasma Power&8217;s (APP) Gasplasma demonstration facility, located at Swindon and upgrade it through a dedicated conversion and clean up plant to a pipeline quality (Gas Safety Management Regulation Specification or GSMR) gas.
The build and operation of the processing plant and test programme will test and demonstrate the concept and design of how syngas from waste can be converted to pipeline quality gas. It will inform the design and economics of subsequent commercial plants that could significantly increase the potential of renewable gas in the UK.
The project follows on from IFI79 (Feasibility and Design of a BioSNG Demonstration project). The project is expected to take approximately 3 years, split into a number of phases including final design and safety, build, commission and detailed test programmes. The planned start date is the 1st April 2014 with an expected completion date of 31st March 2017.
The project will by demonstrating technology to show how biogenic waste and biomass can be converted into a BioSNG gas stream which can provide renewable gas into the grid at the correct pipeline specifications. By doing this it will ensure that there is an alternative source of fuel to deliver low carbon heat other than converting domestic and commercial heat demand to electric heat pumps. The avoided costs of conversion to electric heat sources for gas customers has been estimated at 25bn, whilst the cost of decommissioning the gas distribution networks would be a further 8bn.
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Added to Database 30/11/16