Methanation technology enables gas system decarbonization

13-12-2019

Gasunie, GasTerra and DNV GL published today a comprehensive state-of the art overview on methanation, i.e. the process of converting hydrogen, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide into gas-grid quality methane. A crucial technology.

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December 13, 2019

Methanation technology enables gas system decarbonization 

Gasunie, GasTerra and DNV GL published today a comprehensive state-of the art overview on methanation, i.e. the process of converting hydrogen, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide into gas-grid quality methane. . The document, shares theoretical, operational and commercial information on this promising technology. With their report the authors aim to stimulate development of methanation technology and thus help accelerating de-carbonisation of the natural gas system.

Gas produced from sustainable sources has an important role to play in decarbonising the energy system in the lead-up to the mid of the century.  Producing bio-methane from biomass gasification, hydrogen produced by electrolysing renewable power and bio-methane from anaerobic digestion make methanation (the process of converting hydrogen or syngas into gas-grid quality methane)  a crucial technology as the last step in the value chain from renewable sources to grid-injectable methane. 

In Europe, being frontrunner in introducing renewable gases into the market, recently, there has been a great deal of progress in developing various gasification and methanation technologies. Several experimental and demonstration installations are in operation already and new developed systems are moving towards mature levels.

The report from GasTerra, Gasunie and DNV GL provides an up-to-date overview of basic chemical and biological methanation technologies, discusses the relevant technical aspects of this technology. Furthermore the report presents an extensive list of methanation projects and technologies. A set of manufacturer-specific fact sheets present detailed technical and commercial information.

The partners of this report aim to provide insights and knowledge that will enable the industry to accelerate biomethane production.

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Contact information

Harm Vlap
Senior Technical Consultant, Gas Quality & Transition
DNV GL Oil & Gas
E-mail: Harm.Vlap@dnvgl.com