Danish Trade Council – Biogas Alliance
Waste, Recycling and Biogas Advisory
About the Company:
The Trade Council (TC) is a consultancy within the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which offers financial and business development services to Danish exporting companies. The Trade Council in North America has a dedicated Waste, Recycling and Biogas Advisory to identify biogas projects and match these with technology and service providers from Denmark. TC is looking to establish relationships with stakeholders from the private and public sector, in order to facilitate knowledge sharing, and innovation to accelerate biogas production in the U.S. and Canada.
The Danish Trade Council has a partnership agreement with the Danish Export Credit Agency (EKF) that seeks to help Danish companies by making it possible and attractive for international customers to buy their products and services. They do so by providing financial support and senior loan guarantees to U.S. dairies that are utilizing Danish solutions and technologies. In addition, EKF can protect against loss on foreign buyers; e.g. L/C guarantee or contract guarantee. Lastly, EKF supports the financing of Danish exporters; e.g. working capital guarantee or capital expenditure guarantee.
About the Solution:
In December 2017, the Waste, Recycling and Biogas Advisory launched a strategic alliance of complementary companies that are highly experienced in biogas production. The alliance consists of five companies specialized in project development, design and engineering, biogas cleaning and upgrading, specialty equipment, turnkey solutions and pre-treatment technologies for separation of organic waste. WBA is supporting the biogas alliance members in achieving their objectives in North America through participating in conferences, meeting with stakeholders and organizing fact-finding trips to Denmark.
Ammongas – delivers tailored design solutions at a competitive price within biogas upgrading, air/gas purification, odor removal, ammonia separation and concentration.
Gemidan Ecogi – provides a pre-treatment technology for separating organic and non-organic waste to create a more than 99 % pure bio pulp, which enters into anaerobic digestion for renewable energy production.
Renew Energy – is an engineering company specialized in designing biogas plants taking into account financials, biomass availability, digestate offtake and so on.
Nature Energy – is the largest developer and operator of biogas production in Denmark. As a former gas utility company, Nature Energy is particularly experienced in biogas upgrading projects.
Grainit – provides a cloud-based farm storage management and documentation tool (application) that keeps track of the logistics of large-scale biogas facilities.
Biogas in Denmark
Denmark produces around 35 million tons of animal manure per year equivalent to 6 tons per person of Denmark’s 6 million inhabitants. The abundance of livestock manure and a strong focus on reducing carbon emissions have made Denmark a frontrunner when it comes to the development of biomass and biogas technologies. Danish farmers are highly advanced when it comes to finding alternative revenue streams, from nutrient recovery to energy production, while reducing climate emissions. Biomass is the source of 70% of Denmark’s renewable energy consumption and when it comes to biogas end-uses, Denmark has strong competencies in biogas to renewable natural gas. In fact, the Danish TSO, Energinet, reports that finds the Danish gas grid currently consists of 40% RNG, and is on track to run entirely on biogas in 2027.
Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators
Consultants, Developers & Service Providers:
- Can be an integral part of a project team
- Generally used to provide specific expertise or to reduce the responsibility or risk
- Most projects have at least some Consultants, Developers and Service Providers
- Consultants are generally hired to oversee or advise in a specific area of expertise
- Developers usually are responsible for the entire project
- Service Providers typically provide services in a particular area of expertise
- No Consultant, Developer or Service Provider can make a bad project successful
The Biogas Alliance brings together complimentary Danish biogas companies that provide solutions related to organics management through anaerobic digestion. The companies produce renewable natural gas and fertilizer for use in crop production through large-scale, centralized co-digestion of animal manure, food waste and other organic feedstocks. The Alliance members have a strong history of working together to provide the most effective and efficient solutions based on integration and synergy.
The Biogas Alliance currently consists of five Danish biogas companies, which provide an integrated solution to organic waste management and biogas energy production. From food waste pre-treatment, anaerobic co-digestion, biogas cleaning and renewable natural gas production.
Newtrient will continue to work with the Danish Trade Council and the Biogas Alliance to further refine the cost and performance information of each of these technologies and will provide this information on the individual technologies as it becomes available and as new commercial dairy installations come on line.
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