Bio Energy Netherlands
- Green heat for district heating and/or industrial applications
- Green electricity
- Green hydrogen
- Green CO₂
We cooperate with public authorities and industrial clients, realising the entire project from planning and financing to construction and operation.
By gasifying the wood instead of combusting it, not only are many harmful emissions avoided (much less nitrogen and particulates, amongst others, are emitted), but extra resources may be extracted during the process. As it happens, biomass is not only suitable for replacing fossil fuels in the energy sector, it can also replace them in other sectors and industries. For example, many molecules that are used in chemistry may also be extracted from biomass. For this reason, Bio Energy Netherlands strives to extract hydrogen and CO₂ from biomass in addition to supplying heat and electricity. This way fossil fuels are no longer required in order to gain these resources, and Bio Energy Netherlands simultaneously contributes to the transitions to renewable energy and a circular economy, as well as a transition to a biobased economy.
When untreated residual wood, which can no longer be reused in any other meaningful way, is left to rot, harmful substances are released during its decomposition. This includes methane, a very potent greenhouse gas. Often the material is burned, releasing the CO₂ that was stored in the wood back into the atmosphere. During the gasification of the wood the harmful emissions are minimal. In fact, gasifying the wood at the Bio Energy Netherlands plants, instead of combusting it, leads to net negative CO₂ emissions, because not gasifying this wood would cause more CO₂ emissions.
The gas that is produced by Bio Energy Netherlands can be used to generate heat and electricity. Here too, emissions of greenhouse gasses are reduced by replacing heat and electricity from fossil fuels. Because windmills and solar panels are mainly utilised for generating electricity, the gasified biomass of Bio Energy Netherlands is especially useful for improving the sustainability of heat production. As a matter of fact, heat production is responsible for the largest amount of energy usage in the Netherlands. Currently this heat is mostly produced using natural gas. A lot of greenhouse gas emissions reduction can be achieved by improving the sustainability of the Dutch heat production.
In order to make the whole process as sustainable as possible it is necessary to look beyond the gasifiers alone. This is because energy is also used during the gathering and delivery of the biomass. For this reason, the plants of Bio Energy Netherlands exclusively make use of regional biomass, limiting the transportation distances to a minimum.
Additionally, the port of Amsterdam is an important transhipment port for coal. When the energy transition results in a decreased demand for coal, parts of the port will need to be revised. Bio Energy Netherlands’ first gasification plant can be part of a solution, for when it starts its production of molecules for the chemical industry, the port of Amsterdam can become an interesting location for chemical business to cluster.
Meanwhile, the gas extraction in Groningen is gradually being stopped. Heat production forms the majority of the Dutch energy demands, with natural gas being its main fuel. Bio Energy Netherlands plants can deliver sustainable heat to heat networks, partially compensating for the reduced supply of natural gas from Groningen.