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Biogas to Energy : The World Market for Biogas Plants

  • June 2016
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  • Ecoprog GmbH
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  • 328 pages

Biogas to Energy – The World Market for Biogas Plants

The worldwide construction of new biogas plants will continue in the next 10 years Between 2016 and 2025, the installed capacity will increase from around 7,000 MWel to 9,600 MWel, while the number of biogas plants will grow from circa 12,000 to 15,000

Subsidies for electricity, heat or fuel produced in biogas facilities will remain the main driver for this development However, as many (especially European) countries cut their support schemes, this development will not be as dynamic as in the early 2010s These reductions show the most severe impacts in the formerly dominating German market

Many market players are thus exploring new ways for doing business Apart from tapping new international sales markets, many technology providers are currently developing their service business related to optimising existing plants (repowering)

Against this backdrop, ecoprog GmbH has once again analysed, together with local partners, the global market for biogas plants This is the fourth edition of our study

Europe remains most important market for new biogas plants by 2025

Throughout the world, around 2,600 MWel of new biogas will be constructed by 2025, with RE subsidisation schemes being the most important market driver. Europe will remain the dominating region, despite the slump on the German market. These are some of the results of a new market study by ecoprog GmbH.

More than 12,000 biogas plants are currently active worldwide, reaching a capacity of about 7,000 MWel. Over 90% of these facilities are located in Europe, as parts of this region already started to introduce subsidisation schemes for renewable energy (RE) in the 1990s. About two thirds of all the world’s biogas plants are installed in Germany, where about 8,000 facilities were constructed based on the regulations of the German Renewable Energy Act (ErneuerbareEnergien-Gesetz, EEG).
However, Germany cut subsidies considerably in 2012 and the market, once dominating global market activities, slumped. Other countries have also begun to focus their subsidisation schemes on competition, saving costs and sustainability criteria. In Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, this has even resulted in a complete halt of state support.

Consequently, the number of biogas plants will increase in the years to come, but to a significantly smaller extent than in the booming years of the early 2010s. Whereas about 3,000 MWel were installed between 2010 and 2015, the installed capacity will only increase by about 2,600 MWel to 9,600 MWel from 2016 until 2025.

About 90% of all capacities were built in Europe in the booming years around 2011, but the share of new constructions will decline to about 75% by 2025. Europe thus remains the by far strongest regions worldwide. The strong biogas markets in France, the UK, Italy and Poland will at least compensate some of the considerable decrease of the German market.

Asia and North America become more important as well, as individual advantageous subsidisation schemes will produce positive outcomes, e.g. in Thailand. In the regions South America, Australia and Pacific as well as Africa and Middle East, the construction of biogas plants will remain limited to individual, sometimes very large projects. In most of the countries of these regions, lacking subsidies are the cause for the sluggish market development. Japan, by contrast, mainly struggles with gridlocked structures on the energy market and obstacles in the approval processes.

France will be the world’s strongest growth market by 2025. About 440 MWel will be constructed there, thanks to the expansion of the national subsidisation system: in the course of the new energy transition law passed in 2015, the feed-in tariff was increased and an additional auction system was introduced.

The market study “Biogas to Energy” includes:

A detailed analysis of the essential political, economic, managerial and technological trends for constructing and operating biogas plants

A concrete description of the current and future market volumes by countries, up to and including 2025, based on a transparent and comprehensible methodology

A description of more than 7,300 biogas plants, including essential technical data such as capacity, date of commissioning, used substrates as well as contact addresses These plants represent about 85% of the worldwide installed electrical capacity from biogas

A description of more than 770 new construction projects, over 140 of which are currently being built These projects are also listed with their essential technical data and contact addresses

A presentation and analysis of the most important biogas plant operators and manufacturers

Table Of Contents

Biogas to Energy : The World Market for Biogas Plants
Preface to the Analyst Version 14
Preface 15
Management summary 17
Part I: Plants and market 21
1 Plants 22
11 Plants worldwide 22
12 Europe 26
13 North America 27
14 South and Central America 29
15 Asia 30
16 Australia and Pacific 31
17 Africa and Middle East 33
2 Market development 35
21 Global market development 35
22 Europe 40
23 North America 41
24 South and Central America 43
25 Asia 43
26 Australia and Pacific 44
27 Africa and Middle East 45
3 Competition 46
31 Operators 46
32 Plant manufacturers 48
4 National markets 59
41 Asia 59
China 59
India 65
Other Asian countries - overview 71
Indonesia 71
Kazakhstan 72
Malaysia 72
Nepal 73
Content
Qatar 73
Papua New Guinea 73
Philippines 73
Pakistan 75
South Korea 75
Taiwan 76
Thailand 76
Vietnam 78
42 Europe 81
Austria 81
Belgium 86
Czech Republic 91
Denmark 95
Finland 99
France 104
Germany 115
Hungary 126
Ireland 131
Italy 135
Latvia 144
Netherlands 147
Poland 153
Portugal 159
Slovakia 162
Slovenia 165
Spain 169
Sweden 174
Switzerland 179
United Kingdom 184
Other European countries - overview 193
Belarus 193
Bulgaria 193
Content
Croatia 194
Cyprus 196
Estonia 196
Greece 197
Iceland 198
Lithuania 199
Luxembourg 201
Malta 201
Macedonia 202
Moldavia 202
Norway 202
Romania 203
Russia 204
Serbia 205
Turkey 206
Ukraine 207
43 North America 211
Canada 211
USA 216
44 South and Central America 223
Brazil 223
Other South American countries - overview 228
Argentina 228
Bolivia 228
Chile 228
Honduras 228
Cuba 229
Mexico 229
Peru 229
Puerto Rico 229
Uruguay 230
45 Australia and Pacific 231
Content
Japan 231
Australia 236
46 Africa and Middle East 238
Israel 238
Kenya 238
Morocco 239
Nigeria 239
South Africa 239
Part II: Background 241
5 Differentiation and definitions 242
51 Differentiation 242
52 Differentiation by substrates 245
53 Differentiation by types of fermentation 247
6 Plant technology 249
61 Delivery and processing of the biomass 249
62 Fermentation technology 250
63 Anaerobic fermentation of biomass 255
64 Biogas applications 257
65 Applications of digestates 258
7 Costs and revenues of biogas plants 260
71 Investment costs 260
72 Current costs 264
73 Revenues 266
8 Market factors and framework conditions 269
81 RE legislation 269
82 Waste legislation in Europe 276
83 EU legislation after 2020 282
84 Current trends on the biogas market 286
85 Procurement of substrates 289
86 What biogas plants are criticised for 293
87 Biogas generation potential 294
9 Planning a biogas plant project 296
Content
91 Project idea 297
92 Preliminary planning: analysis of the existing situation 298
93 Pre-feasibility study 300
94 Negotiation phase 301
95 Awarding 302
96 Approvals 303
97 Deciding the type of biogas use 305
98 Choosing a manufacturer / technology provider 305
99 Calculating profitability 306
910 Construction, construction supervision, commissioning 307
Glossary 308
Methodology and sources 311
Annex B: forecasts 312

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