Plans have been drawn up to build 130 anaerobic digestion (AD) biomethane plants in rural Ireland by 2030.
Members of the Renewable Gas Forum Ireland (RGFI) today announced their ambition to reach 2.5 TWh of biomethane by 2030 and 9.5 TWh by 2050.
This will see the construction of 130 biomethane plants in rural Ireland by 2030 and 9.5 TWh by 2050, creating around 3,000 jobs, which requires capital funding of €1 billion (at €2 .5 TWh).
Raising the Irish government’s target for indigenous biomethane production to 5.7 TWh by 2030, a move that will require the development of 130 large-scale agricultural anaerobic digestion plants within eight years.
An RGFI biomethane conference in Dublin today heard from more than 30 speakers from Ireland, other European states and the United States where AD biomethane production is already well advanced.
The biomethane industry has suggested that Ireland has the potential to be a major player in the production of biomethane, using AD from on-farm agricultural feedstocks, as well as dedicated waste-fueled plants.
It is also hoped that biomethane can play a role in providing a diversification opportunity for farmers, as well as a renewable gas supply for gas consumers, including the food and beverage industry and the transport sector.
Last week, Minister Eamon Ryan announced the Renewable Heat Obligation Scheme, which will be implemented by 2024, something that RGFI has sought as the best way to provide a stable and fair way to bridge the funding gap, and paves the way for industry investment.
Ireland’s Strategic Investment Fund is setting up a dedicated €200 million biomethane fund, and RGFI has submitted €100 million of capital funding to the government until 2025 – needed to develop the first 20 biomethane plants. biomethane AD.