When I work as a blogger, I have to be on the internet a lot and am always focused on getting interesting and current information in the field of bioenergy. The internet as a medium can sometimes be quite mysterious here and you can watch the living development of global bioenergy from many angles. Even if the rapidly growing internet is sometimes sharply criticized and certainly not rightly criticized, I have to admit that no other medium gives me so much pleasure when I pursue my professional passion for bioenergy. Because in German-speaking countries German Energy Agency (dena) One of the most exciting sources with current and in-depth information on the biogas industry, I would like to introduce the national energy agency and its largely free range of services in the biogas sector in this article.

Who is dena?

Many will be familiar with the German Energy Agency from the trade newspapers or through comments on the energy industry by its managing director Stephan Kohler in the Tagesschau. For those of you who have not had the good fortune to come into contact with dena in the course of the energy transition, I would like to start by offering some information on one of the most important competence centers for renewable energies, energy efficiency and intelligent energy systems in Germany.

Dena is at the interface of politics, business and society and with its mission statement to contribute to economic growth and prosperity, the energy agency advises politicians and consumers, as well as manufacturers and service providers in Germany, but also in Russia or China. After an almost exponential phase of growth, the number of employees at dena has grown from 2 in the year of foundation 2000 to currently over 150. Given the explosiveness and complexity of the energy transition, further growth would not come as a surprise.

The partners of the energy agency are half the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by BMWi, BMELV, BMU and BMVBS, and the other half established financial and insurance companies (KfW, Allianz, Deutsche Bank, DZ Bank). In 2010, dena generated annual sales of over 20 million euros.

On the dena website there is also a recommended image film in which the German Energy Agency is presented. On the continuously expanding dena YouTube channel you will also get an insight into some of dena's projects and fields of activity.

Which projects in the field of bioenergy are already at dena today? There are extensive projects in particular in the case of gaseous bioenergy and, for current reasons, in particular in the feed-in of processed biogas (bio natural gas / biomethane). In this bioenergy sector, I see dena, along with some plant manufacturers, as one of the leading market designers and I look forward to briefing you on the following biogas projects.

  • biogas partner
  • biogas register
  • Green Gas Grids

Since dena's range of services in Biogas division is really very wide and deep, it's best to get started right away!

Logo Biogaspartner dena Biogas partner - an extensive biogas service from dena

biogas partner is at the same time the project name and address of an online platform, which was launched by dena to feed in biomethane to support the German natural gas network and to report on current progress.

The biomethane market is still relatively young and small in terms of quantity, but is expected to grow strongly in Germany in the coming years. By 2020 there will even be politically set targets for the transport sector (see also Article on the natural gas mobility initiative), which will become the largest application area for biomethane in the future as a second-generation biofuel.

The website Biogaspartner.de lists in Einspeiseatlas all German biomethane feed-in projects transparently and provide a short description. The biomethane market is increasingly being shaped at the European level and with the liberalization of the European gas and electricity markets that has begun in the past decade, no national natural gas market, and thus no bio natural gas market, can be managed exclusively at the national level. That is why biogas partners also have one in addition to the German feed-in projects Overview of European biomethane feed-in projects, New projects are continuously supplemented and often also presented.

In addition to the biomethane plants and other current news that have been implemented in practice, the online platform also provides information on the fundamental relationships between biomethane as an energy source. For example, a List of 13 reasons provided which explains the benefits of using biomethane for both the individual consumer and for society as a whole.

Providing a comprehensive list of market participants in the field of biogas and biomethane is also one of the advantages of the biogas partners. Over 60 companies and associations are already committed to project partners (Overview) at the biogas partners. Above all, the assignment of the individual industry players to the respective processed value chains very interesting and should make planning new biomethane projects even easier.

Also the annual award of a Biogas price in three categories ensures awareness of this energy source and the promotion of competition and innovation within the biogas industry.

The new one should not only be a real information treat for bioenergy enthusiasts Biomethane industry barometer which was first published in June this year.

As a special service, dena also offers one Newsletter on the biogas partner project whose subscription is free of charge if you follow the link. I am a subscriber myself and very satisfied with this monthly bioenergy information injection directly into my email inbox.

Finally, a reference to Sandra Rostek, who as Biogas Partner Project Manager and contact person for the Biogas Partner project. Ms. Rostek will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the project.

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Biogas register supports market launch of the energy source biomethane

Dena is not only responsible for providing in-depth information on gaseous bioenergy and connecting partners in this area, it also intervenes in other, very market-oriented ways directly in the development of gaseous bioenergy in Germany and Europe.

An energy product can only be successfully traded in a complex, largely automated and increasingly digitized energy market if sellers and buyers are well informed about the quality of the product and this is checked and confirmed by a neutral body. Few people like to buy “the pig in a poke” and this is one of the existing market barriers to trading in biomethane. In this way, biomethane can be obtained from different substrates (liquid manure, maize, grass silage, etc.) and plant concepts and according to various legal texts (EEG 2004, EEG 2012 etc.) are paid for - biomethane is not the same as biomethane.

For a buyer who wants to get the feed-in biomethane from the natural gas network, for example in his 300 km from the production site CHP Turning electricity into electricity can make a huge difference from a business management perspective as to which “type” of biomethane he buys. However, the exact process of biomethane balancing in this new energy market is still under construction and many areas are working hard to improve the market situation for biomethane. An important and perhaps even central project here is dena's biogas register. In one Article on the biogas register this was briefly presented on BiomassMuse when it was founded in 2010.

The biogas partner project of dena is one of the measures that should help to overcome the existing obstacles to feeding biomethane into the natural gas network. Achieving the federal government's feed-in targets of 6 billion cubic meters of biomethane by 2020 appears increasingly ambitious in the current development situation and the initial difficulties of the new energy source are not to be overlooked, but also quite natural. The following two articles report on some of the obstacles and approaches that have been shown in the past to feed biomethane:

The biogas register was developed for producers, traders and consumers of biomethane and is a complete one documentary evidence on the origin of biomethane, which is also a prerequisite for remuneration under the Renewable Energy Sources Act. More information about the biogas evidence (register extractCatalog of criteria Auditore list etc.) can be found on the corresponding pages of the biogas register.

The Control circuit of the biogas register is made up of 14 companies that have financed and supported the establishment of the biogas register. In addition to the development, dena has also been commissioned to operate the biogas register in Germany. The tasks also include looking after the users of the biogas register, as well as accepting new users (initial registration).

The dena factsheet for the biogas register for downloading and printing out the essential information and contact details for queries. Contact Person Stephan Bowe and Robert Moll are responsible for the biogas register at dena.

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GreenGasGrids - dena as coordinator for biomethane in Europe

Green Gas Grids is an EU funding project of the Intelligent Energy for Europe (IEE) program  the European Commission. The goal of the GreenGasGrid, which runs until mid-2014, is to strengthen the European biomethane market.

Dena is the coordinator of GreenGasGrids and works with 12 partners (National energy agencies, scientific institutes, companies) together to promote the use of biomethane in the electricity and heating market, as well as in the transport sector, and to support the achievement of the goals of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

The GreenGasGrids project is divided into 4 working groups, each of which deals with a special perspective on the energy source biomethane. The 4 topics of the working groups are:

  • sustainability
  • Technical standards
  • trade
  • Political framework

You can find one here GreenGasGrids brochure and the contact details by Alexandra Lermen, the contact person at dena.

How do you perceive dena?

So far, I have known dena mainly from the media or, as already mentioned, I gave you lectures from the Chairman of the Management, Stephan Kohler (see Article about BioGas World), seen in action. I recently had the chance to visit dena's office in Berlin for the first time and was very impressed with the presentation of dena and the projects in the field of biogas and biomethane.

For me, the projects presented by dena are very successful examples of what the education for the domestic and regenerative energy source biogas can look like. Biogas brings numerous advantages to Germany (short-term and long-term) and not only causes conflicts.

I look forward to further encounters and hopefully closer cooperation with dena and wish the bioenergy projects biogas partners, biogas registers and GreenGasGrids a successful future. Many thanks to the dena bioenergy team, which is working at the interface between politics, business and society for the best possible cooperation to strengthen bioenergy!

How do you see dena and how do you perceive the work of the Energy Agency through the media? What would you wish for dena to include in its bioenergy program in the future in order to tap further potential of this storable and renewable control energy? A short feedback about previous experiences with the biogas register would of course also be very interesting.

If you would like to find out more about dena's current bioenergy projects, you can also go to the daily supervised accounts at Twitter or Facebook consequences.