Reaping Profits from Landfill Biogas

FARMINGTON, Conn., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Biogas is a versatile energy carrier with potential to satisfy power and fuel demand across a range of end-use applications while mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from a diverse array of organic waste streams. Biogas' flexibility, growing demand for waste treatment processes, and an increased focus on greenhouse gas mitigation are generating demand on a worldwide basis. Methane gas produced from landfills is one of the most established sources of biogas for power generation and heating purposes. The US, the UK, Canada, and Australia are some of the countries that make extensive use of landfill gas for power generation.


The global biogas market is driven by supportive policies from governments worldwide, which are investing in biogas and related technologies in order to ensure the stability and security of energy supply and curb carbon emissions. In the wake of increasing energy security and environmental concerns, support mechanisms in favor of biogas and related technologies are expected to be strengthened in most nations. This is expected to drive the global biogas market to continue its growth momentum in coming years.

Biogas Power - Global Market Size, Feedstock Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Regulations and Key Country Analysis to 2025

The global biogas power market registered considerable growth between 2001 and 2011, with the cumulative installed capacity increasing from 2,388 Megawatts (MW) in 2001 to 8,377 MW in 2011 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 13.4%. Cumulative installed capacity is projected to register moderate growth over the forecast period, with cumulative installed capacity expected to reach 22,040 MW by 2025, increasing at a CAGR of 7.2%.

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Germany, the U.S. and the U.K. contribute to more than half of the biogas installed capacity. Germany leads the global biogas market with a capacity share of 28.1% as of 2011, followed by the US and the UK with respective shares of 17.9% and 15.5%.

Biogas Power in Germany, Market Outlook to 2025 - Capacity, Generation, Regulations and Company Profiles

In Germany, biogas power also contributed around 3.7% to the country's renewable power capacity in 2011. Germany installed around 2,247 MW between 2001 and 2011. These capacity additions can be attributed primarily to the strong policy support provided by the German government in the form of tariffs for biogas electricity producers. The government has been instrumental in developing the biogas electricity market in the country through the development and operation of agricultural methanization plants.

UK Biogas Power Market Outlook to 2025

In the UK, landfill gas accounted for 33.7% of total biopower installed capacity in the country in 2011, and sewage sludge gas accounted for a 6% share of the UK's total biopower installed capacity in 2011.

The report analyzes the power market scenario in the UK (includes thermal conventional, nuclear, large hydro and renewables) and provides future outlook with forecasts up to 2025.

US Biogas Power Market Outlook to 2025

In the US, the main feedstocks used for biopower generation are wood waste and MSW. Landfill gas accounts for a 15% share in US biopower generation. There are 76 biogas plants generating power in Finland, of which 76 biogas plants are powered by gas recovered from landfills, which accounted for around 63.3% of global biogas power generation.

The report analyses global renewable power market, global biogas power market, the US power market, the US renewable power market and the US biogas power market. The report highlights installed capacity, power generation and average number of homes powered during 2001-2025 in the US biogas power market. A detailed coverage of renewable energy policy framework governing the market with specific policies pertaining to biogas power is provided in the report. The research also provides company snapshots of some of the major market participants.

Reaping Profits from Biomass, Solar, and Fuel Cell On-Site Generation

As emerging technologies increase in scale and maturity, and Fortune 500 companies commit to more sustainable operations, diesel generators' vice-like grip on the building on-site generation market is loosening. Adoption inertia has begun to give way with the growth of distributed solar, and that wave will continue with the adoption of biomass gasifiers and boilers, and fuel cells - as long as those systems can prove economic feasibility. Those economics will be aided by rising energy prices and incentives to avoid carbon dioxide emissions, but the most impactful factor - system cost reduction - is in the hands of technology suppliers and their partners.

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Renewable Biogas - Methane Recovery and Utilization in Landfills and Anaerobic Digesters: Municipal Solid Waste, Agricultural, Industrial and Wastewater Market Analysis and Forecasts

This report analyzes the global market opportunity for biogas capture across four key industrial segments: municipal solid waste (MSW), agriculture, industrial, and sewage treatment. The report provides a comprehensive assessment of the demand drivers, business models, policy factors, and technology issues associated with the rapidly-developing market for biogas production and utilization. Key industry players are profiled in depth and worldwide revenue and capacity forecasts for raw biogas and RNG production, segmented by region and industrial segment, extend through 2022.

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