DMT Environmental Technology, the global biogas upgrading equipment specialist, has reached a landmark production of 250 million cubic metres of biomethane, which, if converted to vehicle fuel (CNG), would be enough green gas to drive four billion kilometres. Moreover, the firm has also revealed the introduction of its first UK-based sales and service team.
Due to the recent reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), the next six months are expected to represent an exciting period for the biomethane sectors, with millions of pounds of investment set to be poured into new renewable heat projects.
“The new Renewable Heat Incentive tariffs are set to kickstart the second wave of biomethane plants in the UK. Having grown from 0 to 90 plants in the last five years, we expect this figure to grow further over the next few years, and it’s great to see DMT placing themselves at the heart of the UK’s biomethane sector,” said Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of ADBA, the trade body for the UK anaerobic digestion sector.
The membrane technology has become in recent years the preferred upgrading solution for the majority of UK biomethane plants, mainly because of its small footprint, low methane slip, minimal maintenance requirements and superior gas production. DMT’s Carborex® MS is one of the most efficient membrane solutions on the market.
A total of 30 international plant operators, including the UK’s first commercial biomethane to grid facility which opened in 2012 at Poundbury, have benefited from this system; housed in a compact, modular, containerised unit, it boasts an uptime of 98% and upgrades biogas to a methane concentration of 99%, resulting in a higher yield.
“As well as expanding the UK market, we will be increasing the scope of our supply, including offering finance options. In addition, we have fine-tuned our offering and are issuing a five-year membrane guarantee on our Carborex® MS upgrading technology. With this improved strategy, we look forward to helping to take the already thriving UK biomethane sector to the next level – and to producing our next 250 million cubic metres of green gas,” said UK Business Director of DMT, Stephen McCulloch, about future plans for the UK team.