Sep 27, 2016

3 things to know about E.ON’s new Danish biogas plant

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Admin
2 min
A joint venture between the German utility giant and a group of Danish farmers has resulted in a state-of-the-art green energy facility. Here are thr...

A joint venture between the German utility giant and a group of Danish farmers has resulted in a state-of-the-art green energy facility. Here are three key facts about the groundbreaking Sønderjysk Biogas project.

It’s E.ON’s biggest biogas project to date
Sønderjysk Biogas is not only E.ON’s biggest biogas plant, but also Demark’s largest biogas plant. The facility will turn some 540,000 tonnes of organic matter — including straw, manure and other agricultural residue — into green energy.

It started as an initiative by local farmers
In 2009, 86 farmers in southern Jutland united to form the Sønderjysk supplier association to facilitate the development of a large biogas plant in their local area. The group got in touch with E.ON, one of the world’s largest investor-owned utilities, and the two formed a joint venture to bring the association’s vision to life.

Now that the plant is operational, it will process somewhere around 425,000 tonnes of livestock manure annually from farms within 18 kilometres of the plant.

It’s going to cut carbon emissions — in a big way
The biomass plant is expected to reduce Denmark’s annual carbon footprint by 51,000 tonnes because it will produce biomethane to be injected into the gas grid. Biomethane is a gas produced by the anaerobic digestion of organic matter. It’s a simple chemical replacement for natural gas, but without any of the carbon footprint. It can be used as a vehicle fuel, distributed to the gas supply grid or used to generate green energy.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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Renewables
Dominic Ellis
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Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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