France wants to increase biogas production from agricultural waste to replace fossil fuels from Russia
In order to reduce its dependence on natural gas from sanctioned Russia, France wants to increase the production of biomethane from agricultural waste. It is hoped that biogas can replace Russian fuel in less than 10 years.
French farmers have voiced support for Europe’s bid to wean itself off Russian gas and plan to launch new biofuel production facilities, reports the Associated Press, adding that small biofuel stations are already supplying hundreds or thousands of homes.
However, the biogas solution is unlikely to quickly replace supplies from Russia, AP noted.
The French authorities have reportedly taken several measures to accelerate the development of biomethane since the launch of the Russian military operation in Ukraine.
Biomethane met around 1% of France’s energy needs in 2021 and is expected to reach at least 2% this year, according to AP citing industry representatives.
Gas from agriculture could represent 20% of French gas consumption by 2030, more gas than France imported last year from Russia.
Biomethane production could be doubled in a few years, but it won’t be cheap, according to Andrea Horbelt, spokesperson for the German biogas association.
“Using biogas for electricity is more expensive than solar and wind power, and always will be,” Horbelt explained.
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