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Veolia, Waga Energy partner on major European biogas project

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Veolia and Waga Energy have partnered on one of the largest green gas projects in Europe.

The firms launched the construction of WAGABOX, a unit recovering biomethane from landfill waste. WAGABOX will be installed in Île-de-France at Veolia’s Claye-Souilly landfill to supply renewable gas to 20,000 homes in the Paris region from February 2022.

The Claye-Souilly non-hazardous waste landfill has been recovering biogas from waste in the form of electricity and heat since 2016.

WAGABOX is a breakthrough technology for recovering biogas from landfill waste. It combines two technologies – membrane filtration and cryogenic distillation – and separates methane from other components, providing 98% pure biomethane.

The biomethane will then be injected into GRDF’s natural gas distribution network to supply individuals and businesses in Paris.

Avoiding 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, the unit contributes to the local energy loop and the region’s ecological transformation. From 2022, for 15 years, the site will generate 120 GWh of gas per year, making it the second-largest project in France, and the largest green gas production capacity from a non-hazardous waste storage facility in Europe.

Mathieu Lefebvre, CEO and co-founder of Waga Energy, said: “I would like to thank Veolia for its confidence and its commitment, at our side, to the fight against global warming, a major issue for our generation.

“This innovative project demonstrates French excellence in green gas engineering and waste processing and recovery. It is also an example of a partnership between a young innovative company and a major international group serving the energy transition.”

France already has 10 WAGABOX units, with a total capacity of 200 GWh per year, which supply 32,000 homes with renewable gas and avoid 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

“The European framework sets the ambition to reduce net CO2 emissions to zero by 2050,” said Hélenè Lebedeff, territory director of Storage & Recovery at Veolia. “This requires the deployment of large-scale industrial solutions.

“The recovery of biogas from landfilled waste is a key lever to contribute to this objective. This project with Waga Energy, by its size and impact, is an industrial and regional ecology model that will produce local, renewable, and carbon-free energy.”