By 2030, 130 anaerobic digestion (AD) biomethane plants are to be built in rural Ireland.
Members of the Renewable Gas Forum Ireland (RGFI) have today stated that they aim to achieve 2.5 TWh of biomethane by 2030 and 9.5 TWh by 2050.
130 biomethane plants will be built in rural Ireland by 2030 and 9.5 TWh by 2050, creating around 3,000 jobs, all requiring €1bn (at 2.5 TWh) of capital funding.
The Irish government’s increased target for domestic biomethane production of 5.7 TWh by 2030, a step that will require the development of 130 large-scale agricultural anaerobic digestion plants over eight years.
At an RGFI biomethane conference in Dublin today, over 30 speakers heard from Ireland, other European countries and the US, where AD biomethane production is well advanced.
The biomethane industry has indicated that Ireland has the potential to become a major player in biomethane production, using agricultural feedstocks on farms and dedicated waste incinerators.
It is also hoped that biomethane can help provide a diversification opportunity for farmers and provide a renewable gas supply for gas consumers, including the food and beverage industry and the transport sector.
Last week Secretary Eamon Ryan announced the Renewable Heat Obligation Scheme to be implemented by 2024, something RGFI has sought as the best vehicle to provide a stable and fair way to bridge the funding gap and pave the way for industrial investment paves.
The Irish Strategic Investment Fund is establishing a €200 million dedicated biomethane fund and RGFI has applied to the government for €100 million in equity funding up to 2025 – needed to develop the first 20 AD biomethane plants .
https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/agri-business/plans-for-130-large-scale-agricultural-anaerobic-digestion-plants-by-2030-42130573.html 130 large-scale agricultural fermentation plants are planned by 2030