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Germany to continue leading the biogas charge

Research and consultancy firm GlobalData has revealed that supportive government policies will see Germany continue to dominate global biogas energy generation for the foreseeable future.

According to its latest report, biogas power generation is forecast to increase from 18,244GWh in 2012 to 28,265GWh in 2025.

The US, the second most productive biogas power producing country, is expected to increase generation from a more modest 2012 figure of 9,072 GWh to 20,936 GWh in the same timeframe.

The new report says that the German government has been instrumental in developing the biogas electricity market in the country through the development and operation of agricultural methanisation plants.

The key driver for the increase in biogas installations is the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) which provides feed-in tariffs for projects. The act also provides support for the development of the biopower market in the form of bonuses for biogas CHP  plants.

GlobalData forecasts moderate growth for the global biogas power market between 2012 and 2025, expecting it to climb from 50,516GWh to 130,321GWh.