UK Green Gas Revolution Continues with BioSNG Plant Launch

The launch of the world’s first commercially operating BioSNG plant making gas from waste has marked further progress in the UK’s rapidly growing green gas market. 
 
The new plant has been developed in Swindon by National Grid Gas Distribution, Advance Plasma Power, and Progressive Energy. It will produce 22GWh of substitute natural gas per year from 10,000 tonnes of household waste. 
 
The low carbon BioSNG produced will fuel Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and supply gas to homes and businesses. When fully operational the plant will be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 5000 tonnes per year. 
 
The technology has the potential to provide 100TWh (terawatt hours) of green gas per year; enough to fuel all Britain’s HGVs or meet one third of domestic heating demand. The decarbonisation of domestic heat and heavy goods transportation are two significant challenges facing the UK as we move to a low carbon economy, and the use of green gas will have a key role to play. 
 
David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association said:
 
“The UK’s Gas Distribution Networks (GDNs) are working with industry partners to drive innovation in green gas technology which will provide clean, affordable and sustainable energy to meet the challenges of decarbonisation. 
 
The use of green gas, such as BioSNG, biomethane and hydrogen, will also make efficient use of the UK’s extensive gas network infrastructure meaning costs and disruption to customers are minimised. 
 
We have the opportunity to become a world leader in green gas and low carbon network technology and today’s launch demonstrates the progress that we are making in this increasingly important market.” 
 
National Grid Gas Distribution Chief Executive Chris Train, OBE, said: 
 
“National Grid Gas Distribution is delighted to be involved in this important project.
 
“Developing green technologies such as BioSNG means our customers can keep on using our network and their existing household appliances for affordable energy which will also be more sustainable and eco-friendly. Green gas fuelled vehicles also cause much less pollution than diesel and are particularly suitable for inner cities.”
 
He added: “Making gas from household waste also reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill.
 
“As a long established player in the gas industry we’re delighted to be at the forefront of this exciting new frontier in the sector.”
 
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