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Bin2Grid - Turning unexploited food waste into biomethane supplied through local filling stations network

The Bin2Grid project is promoting segregated collection of food waste from specific and various waste producers (food and beverage industry, catering, residential) in order to produce biofuel (biomethane) and its usage through local filling stations network.

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Towards a European biomethane market

The final conference of BIN2GRID and BIOSURF projects, two EU-funded projects aimed at increasing the production and use of biomethane in Europe, took place on 24 November in Brussels. Speakers from both initiatives presented their main achievements from the last three years.

The projects have promoted the separate collection of food waste and the development of grid injection of biomethane in order to create an “embryonic” European biomethane market and encourage its use as a transport fuel. Bojan Ribic from ZCH and Stefano Proietti from ISINNOVA, coordinators of both projects, presented the actions from the beginning as well as the archived results and outcomes. The conference was organised with a series of policy recommendations, followed by a panel discussion of experts. Jan Stambasky, President of EBA, highlighted the need to recognise the waste as an energy source as well as domestic natural gas network of each Member State as a single logistical facility as well as the necessity for each European country to create a national biomethane registry, and stressed that preferential access to the natural gas grid should be provided to biomethane in every Member State.

By promoting the collection of waste materials such as food waste, while removing non-technical barriers, the projects managed to develop the grid injection of biomethane and its use as a transport fuel, paving the way towards a European biomethane market. The panel confirmed the great potential of biomethane in decarbonising Europe and reducing energy imports, and foresees an increase in production and usage in transport and heating and cooling thanks to a growing generation stemming from the power-to-methane technology. Project’s representatives agreed that further action is required to take full advantage of this positive trend, hence intending to pave the way for a future project. All presentations are available here: